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Off-road rallies and on-track auto racing can be found in every corner of the Silver State. From NASCAR race car drivers tearing up the speedway in Las Vegas, NV to world championship off-road races, desert scrambles, Silver State showdowns, and Bonneville Speed Week, in no other place is racing a sport taken more seriously than in Nevada. Other Nevada car races that take the spectator out of the sport is the Silver State Classic—a race where Nevadans and visitors alike can drive a car as fast as they can handle on a closed two-lane public highway from Vegas to Ely. 

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World Human Powered Speed Challenge

World Championship Outhouse Races? Nope, not a typo. And just about anything else—whether it’s a bed, a coffin, a zebra, or a camel—consider it raceable in Nevada.  Watch sports like the world’s largest free hot air balloon races and the fastest motorsport on earth in Reno—the Reno Air Races, where pilots race jets around pylons, feet from the ground. From hot rods to pot rods, let us be your guide. 

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Las Vegas Motor Speedway

From Nevada’s Park to Park Pedal Century Ride, to the Tinker Classic bicycle race and beyond, Nevada bike races are just as action-packed as motorsports, too. Only in Nevada will you find Ely’s Race the Rails—running bicycle competitors against a 19th-century locomotive—or bike events like the World Human Powered Speed Challenge that beckons international teams around the world to Battle Mountain in an attempt to break bike racing land speed records. 

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World Championship Outhouse Races

Events in Nevada

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Nevada has never been a stranger to a good time. And for every world-famous event anchoring Nevada’s come-as-you-are, cut-loose culture, there are dozens more that are sure to steal your heart and fill up your camera roll. From big-ticket bashes in our two big metros to community-wide celebrations in every small town in between, find out where and when to whoop it up around the Silver State.


The only thing more exciting than a photo finish? All the photos of just how much fun you’re having before, during, and after they wave that checkered flag or hoist the trophies. And when you share ‘em, tag #TravelNevada so we can race over and show some virtual love.

The moment before I lost Race The Rails...
The Tinker Classic is a point-to-point style event that starts in Beatty and ends at the desert oasis of Spicer Ranch where finishers would be treated to free music, beer, and tacos while reliving the challenges of the day.
Follow-up to the LR export post I made a few days ago. The #fearstearsandbeers #mtb #enduro is one of the most unique races around. It was the first mountain bike enduro (it's 14 years old) and where else do you get to ride your bike through a #casino? Click the link on my profile to see more photos and read all about it.
Such a beautiful sight. #RenoAirRaces #Throwback
Camel Race Weekend!
Our 2 big #bike events are coming up in September. Race the Rails is September 12 and Fear, Tears, and Beers Enduro is on September 26. We are following all covid guidelines to be able to have these events. Finish off the summer right. Come join us. #rideelynv #visitelynv #getelevated #howtonevada #bikes #trains #sendit #wannarace #mtbenduro #steamtrain #nvroadtrip #racetime #nevada #epic #awesome @travelnevada @ponyexpressnevada
September skies and epic fly-bys. 🛩️💫 (📷: Rob Miller)
The longest running mountain bike enduro in North America- Fears, Tears and Beers - happened in Ely, NV yesterday. Everyone kept it safe and things seemed to run very smooth. One of the few events that happened in 2020, and I was grateful to be there with some good friends. 47 miles and 7500 feet of climbing, and I'm feeling it this morning. Long day on the bike followed by a cookout in the park. Ely is a hidden gem of riding. Lots of new trail in the last couple years with a whole lot more on the way! Photo #2 by @scotnicol @visitelynevada #fearstearsandbeers
Race Day 2 - Hard work pays off

Yas smashed it down the 2.5 mile run early this morning and put in incredible effort. 
So much so that she now holds the British women’s multi track land speed record by reaching a top speed of 47.34 mph! 
Good news is, she said she has plenty more fuel in the tank! 
Ken also put in a top quality run that showed off his control and growing confidence in the new system. We’re really excited to see what he can do with some more time in the trike.

To recap; that’s ARION5’s first record... and it’s only Monday! 😉

#UniversityOfLiverpool #ARION5 #Velocipede #ULVTeamOnTour #WHPSC #IHPVA  #Speed #HumanPowered  #BrokenRecord #and #RecordBroken #WheelieProud #JustTrikeToCatchUs #MultiTrackMix
#AintNoSleepForTheWicked #RecordsDontGrowOnTrees #TheyreMadeInTheDessert
Set your alarms! The Great Reno Balloon Race officially begins on Friday! What are you most excited to see? 🎈 #RenoBalloonRace

Photo Credit: @nanderrs