BIKERS SWARM THE STRIP; NO POLICE PRESENCE REQUIRED
Nearly 200 bikers rolled down the Las Vegas Strip on Saturday, but nobody mistook them for Hells Angels.
Popping wheelies and clad in shorts and T-shirts instead of leather jackets, this merry band of BMX riders was more interested in sightseeing than spoiling for a fight.
As spectacles on the Strip go, this was one of the most improbable. I’ve seen Shania Twain, on horseback, helping wrangle a herd of horses in a promotional stunt to announce her residency at Caesars Palace. Six years ago, Ceelo Green of “Cry Baby” and “Forget You” fame arrived at Planet Hollywood, playing a flaming piano on a flatbed truck. NASCAR burnouts during hauler parades have entertained thousands of onlookers for years.
But this wasn’t promoting any show or event. It was just a cavalcade of BMX buffs participating in what was billed as the first Vegas Blox Rideout.
“We love bikes, we love people and we love hanging outside,” said “Hammer,” an air-conditioning technician from Indio, California. He preferred not to give his real name.
Starting from a downtown parking lot, they had just completed an 18-mile round trip ride to the Fabulous Las Vegas sign, starting from a downtown parking lot. The return leg trip took them down Maryland Parkway.
In the parking lot, a rider who goes by the Instagram name of YooAyden was in full dope wheelie mode while a couple departing cars drew cheers for their burnouts.
They hailed from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Stockton, Oakland and Indio BMX clubs.