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Saguaros and Cycles

Summary

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Ride through the desert on a bike with no name on an incredible circuit through Southern Arizona. Enjoy the lonely desert roads, magnificent colors, and diverse landscapes featuring rolling hills, and jagged mountains rising 10000ft into the sky. Feel dwarfed as you ride amongst the otherworldly Saguaro Cactus, unique to the Sonoran Desert. Explore the blending of American Indian, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo traditions, evident in visits to Tucson, Tumacacori, and art galleries in Tubac. Join us for a taste of this incredible region, and your next cycling adventure!

Road bike
6 days
434 km / 270 mi
$ 2,199.-
  • Specialist cycling guide and ‘on the road’ support staff and vehicle
  • Custom Fitting on 2018 Specialized Diverge Comp Cycle
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Dinner in Bisbee, Dinner in Sonoita, Tucson Brewery Send Off
  • Supported Nutrition Stops, Snacks/Drinks for Ride
  • Luggage Transfer each day
  • Massage
  • Use of Garmin GPS Unit
  • Saguaro National Park Entrance
  • Shuttle available Tuscon airport - Downtown Clifton hotel app. $28

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Details

Type
Road bike
Duration
6 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
80-100 km / 50-62 mi
Total distance
434 km / 270 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Deluxe, room & breakfast
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
30 Dec 2018 - 04 Jan 2019
06 Jan 2019 - 11 Jan 2019
20 Jan 2019 - 25 Jan 2019
27 Jan 2019 - 01 Feb 2019
03 Feb 2019 - 08 Feb 2019
Start
Tuscon
Finish
Tuscon
Airport at start
Tuscon
Airport at finish
Tuscon

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 2,199.-
Downtown Clifton Hotel
Pre nights are offered at the Downtown Clifton Hotel in Tuscon. Cost is xxx(apx. $140 for the room) per room.
$ 140.-
Optional
Downtown Clifton Hotel
Additional post nights are also offered at the Downtown Clifton Hotel in Tuscon, which is the ending point of the tour. Cost is xxx(apx $140) per room.
$ 140.-
Optional
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 599.-

Itinerary

Day 1 – Tombstone to Bisbee

Starting/Meeting point: 8am at Clifton Hotel in Tucson
Meet with you group and cycling specialist this morning for a custom bike fitting, and tour briefing. Shuttle out to the legendary Western town of Tombstone for the beginning of the trip. Our first outing will warm you up with a beautiful ride through the desert from Tombstone to Bisbee along the Old Bisbee Highway. Climb through the stubborn Mule Mountains to the free spirited city of Bisbee. This city has a thriving arts and music scene, with a rich history evident in its charming architecture. After some time to relax, celebrate with your group over a dinner out.
If you’re just getting warmed after that climb, we offer an afternoon extension which loops to the south of Bisbee. This extension will see you climb an additional 1300ft of elevation, and double your total mileage for the day.

Day 2 – Bisbee to Sonoita

We will cover some ground today with a 70 mile ride to the city of Sonoita. The ride features a good amount of up and down as you leave the Mule Mountains behind, and traverse the hilly ridges of the Sonoran Desert. To break up this long ride, we’ll stop at the Fort Huachuca Museum for a supported nutrition stop, and entrance to the Museum. The Museum highlights the history of the US army in the Southwest specifically, an all-black regiment established immediately after the Civil War known as the Buffalo Soldiers.
Located in the heart of Arizona wine country, our destination for the night is the city of Sonoita. Surrounded by towering mountain peaks, rolling hills, picturesque vineyards, ranches, and amazing wildlife, the beauty and spirit of Sonoita will truly enchant you.

Day 3 – Sonoita Loops

Our 2nd day in Sonoita offers a bit of flexibility as you recover from yesterday’s ride. We offer a thirty mile loop bringing you through the surrounding Elgin Wine Country. The desert hills are sure to test your strength, balance, and for those interested, your palate, as you sample some of the local wines.
Another option for today features a beautiful ride, deep into the Coronado National Forest, and finishing at Parker Canyon Lake. While there are a few dips, this route is a gradual uphill. A quick jump in the lake may be just the reward you need. Depending on how you feel, finish your ride at the lake, and shuttle back to town with the Support van. Or hop back in the saddle and complete the round trip.
After the ride, relax in town, or spend the afternoon exploring local wineries before rejoining your group to refuel with a hearty dinner out.

Day 4 – Sonoita to Tubac

If the recent hills, and climbs have been wearing on you, today’s ride is a treat, as we slip into a great downhill flow en route to Tubac. While there are two moderate climbs in the middle of the route, the descent is pretty consistent, totaling -1600ft over the 48 mile ride. Following the second climb, a supported nutrition stop will be available in Beyerville, before continuing to Tumacacori National Historic Park. A settlement dating back to the early 17th century, Tumacacori NHP served as a meeting point for a number of Arizona’s tribes, and European missionaries.
Continuing with a slight downhill, we’ll reach the town of Tubac, our destination for the night. A vibrant art colony, home to over 80 galleries, and the Tumacacori Mission, Tubac is an incredibly charming city, and perfect for a bit of evening wandering.
If you’re in the mood to push it today, our Burner Route breaks away from the main route, weaving through the mountainous Coronado National Forest on gravel track. This route will add two major climbs and a fast and fun downhill before rejoining the main route in Beyerville.

Day 5 – Tubac to Tucson

Today we head North out of Tubac, with a 53 mile ride through the desert towards Tucson. Incredible views of the Santa Rita Mountains to the East will keep you company along the ride. As you near the halfway point of the ride, we will climb into the Green Valley for a supported nutrition stop.
Home to a number of silver mines in the late 19th century, the communities of Green Valley have since been reclaimed by the desert, leaving reminders of their former prospecting days scattered throughout the route. Mission San Xavier Del Bac built in 1783 is considered to be the finest example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States, and is open to the public.
Efforlessly merging indigenous, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo traditions, Tucson is beautiful, young, fun loving, and one of the most culturally rich cities in the Southwest. If you would like to learn a little bit more about the environment in which you’ve been immersed, be sure to visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
Our Burner Route allows you to follow the same route through Green Valley, but with an added diversion through Madera Canyon in the Mount Wrightson Wilderness Area. A favorite of many pro cyclists and triathletes during the winter months, this ride will see you climb nearly 3000ft over thirteen miles. But what goes up, must come down and you’ll soon be able to bomb back down to rejoin the main route to Tucson.

Day 6 – Saguaro National Park West

Today’s final ride takes us on a loop through the western section of Saguaro National Park, and the Tucson Mountain District. The park draws its name from the massive Saguaro cactus, which exclusively line the landscape of the Sonoran Desert. Often growing to more than 40ft tall, and weighing over a ton, these cacti create an astonishing, otherworldly atmosphere.
Although the park is just outside city limits, you will still feel the tranquility of the desert, as you spin along the quiet, rolling roads. A major climb to Gates Pass, will reward you with scenic overlooks of multi colored mountains, and leave you in awe. Remnants of ancient civilizations are evident throughout the park, most notably in the Picture Rock petroglyphs. With three major climbs, and the surrounding beauty, this ride is sure to serve as an exhausting, but fitting end to your cycling adventure. Celebrate your success with an included lunch, and cold beer upon your return to Tucson.

Map & Routes

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Bicycle

T Specialized-Diverge 2018 Specialized Diverge Comp Cycle.
The Specialized Diverge is not quite a cross bike and not completely a road bike. The Diverge is the perfect bike for this tour.
With clearance for up to 42 mm tires and a Future Shock that is geared specifically to riding smoothly over harsh terrain, Specialized notes that: “Sure, some have tried to make their cross bikes more road-capable and others have made their road bikes more adventure-ready, but we created one bike that makes no compromises between the two.”
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