Biking to Lose Weight-Three Sisters Challenge-Henderson | Debra Stefan Fitness
Biking to Lose Weight on the Three Sisters Hill Challenge
Biking to Lose Weight? The Three Sisters Bike challenge ride.
Henderson cyclists and biking visitors revere the River Mountains Loop Trail and they FEAR the Three Sisters Hill Climbs.
Ask any local cyclist and you’ll learn that most fear the challenge of the Three Sisters. In fact, most cyclists ride it clockwise for the thrill of a fast descent. The primary goal is biking for weight loss. The route for today is an introductory approach going Counterclockwise.
The goal is biking for weight loss. Hill climbing is an intense metabolic blast like no other. It’s as intense as you can tolerate until you can’t tolerate it. Then you catch your breath enough to continue. Recovery is brief and interspersed with bouts of all-out effort.
Here’s an aerial map of our route, and then comes my virtual ride of the Three Sisters bike route with GoPro giving you the breathtaking details.
The story behind the bike ride: An enthusiastic biking student shows a true commitment by turning up at my place a little after sunrise. She was curious and motivated after viewing last week’s bike route video in my series on Henderson bike trails. Inspired by the first video on The Three Sisters Bike Trail challenge, she found the “warm-up” hills and texted that she had done the Three Sisters! I was finding it hard to believe that a local cycling student could head out on a solo mission to take on such a biking challenge. We had only gone through the basics of Smart Cycling and she hadn’t gotten to learn the gear shifting protocols for hill climbing yet.
So, I pulled up her route map on MapMyRide, the app where we share our bike rides. As I suspected, she hadn’t gotten near the Three Sisters at all. Driven as she would be to find the real “sistas” I promised to introduce her to this highly regarded section of the Henderson Bike trail system. After all, I am the Henderson trail watch “ambassador” working to aid trail users in the most positive experience to be had on the Henderson trails. I couldn’t tempt someone to take on the challenge alone.
The Three Sisters were formidable and remote. Depending on the day and time, there may not be another cyclist coming by to help her if anything happened. A cyclist needs full control of bike handling skills without risking a fall out there. I’ve seen people fall off the bike at high downhill speeds and I’ve seen them fall uphill from losing momentum. One student shared his leg-breaking experience falling up a steep hill and jamming his leg through the frame on a solo ride. I certainly didn’t want to feel responsible for such a mishap and I knew she was going to find the Three Sisters, with or without me. She’s eager for the challenge.
Once out of the neighborhood, we ride in the bike lane for the first in a series of climbs on Olsen. Crossing Lake Mead Parkway to Athens gets us to the trail. First, we warm up on the Lake Mead Parkway Trail east of Athens.
“Good morning, legs!”
One more climb just to be sure. and then to the highest summit on Lake Mead Parkway trail with a view of the entire Las Vegas Valley. Okay, she’s qualified! We’re heading to the first sister now.
As you can tell by my breathing, it’s a bit of a climb just to get to the base of the first sister.
Now, starts the steep ascent of Sister One. I’ll be downshifting, and zigzagging! Hang on for a virtual ride that lasts one minute.
Tourists rent bikes at River Mountains Bike Shop and head for these hills to say they’ve done the Three Sisters. Motivated by last week’s video feature on the Three Sisters Henderson Bike trail, she was determined to conquer the first “Sister.” Here’s how it happened on GoPro. Just watch over my handlebars and ride along with us. It’s a ride that is right here in southeast Henderson. It’s the Bike Challenge Most Feared – The Three Sisters (Counterclockwise!)
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Debra is a fitness speaker/educator, group fitness instructor, certified personal trainer, jump rope coach, and master yoga teacher with professional fitness experience since 1971. Her fitness courses received university accreditation and professional development for educators. She is the 2020 Educator of the Year for the League of American Bicyclists. Outdoor biking is a year-round daily activity at the Debra Stefan Fitness Residence. Six-pack seekers to seniors and morbidly obese find the private fitness residence to be "home away from home." See Debra's VegasFitness1 YouTube video channel for actual client adventures in the pursuit of wellness. https://www.youtube.com/vegasfitness1