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.  

A BMX rider who goes by the Instagram moniker  yooooaydennnn  shows his wheelie skills Saturday after he and about 200 fellow riders rode down Las Vegas Boulevard. Photo: Norm Clarke

A BMX rider who goes by the Instagram moniker yooooaydennnn shows his wheelie skills Saturday after he and about 200 fellow riders rode down Las Vegas Boulevard. Photo: Norm Clarke