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Sonoran Desert Cycling Tour

Summary

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Mild winter temperatures and warm spring weather make Phoenix the perfect cycling escape. Spend four days road cycling and camping in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. Camp out under stars as we cycle point to point between campsites, transitioning from the lush riparian environment along the Salt River to the foothills of the McDowell Mountains. Springtime temperatures offer waves of stunning wildflowers among an ocean of vibrant green cacti and warm days of riding followed by cool quiet nights.

Road bike
4 days
235 km / 146 mi
$ 1,195.-
  • 3 Nights Tent camping, double occupancy.
  • All comfortable basecamp gear ( kitchen, chairs, shower).
  • Round-trip ground transportation from Old Town Scottsdale.
  • Fresh meals prepared for you starting lunch Day 1 through lunch Day 4.
  • Water and snacks during van rides.
  • Ride support/ aid stations during rides, rider cue sheets.
  • Professional cycling guide/ bike mechanic on every trip.
  • Permit & Land use fees not included ($ 12 pp)

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Details

Type
Road bike
Duration
4 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
40-60 km / 25-37 mi
Total distance
235 km / 146 mi
Climbing
2 m / 7 ft
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
Camping, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Rental
Dates
18 Oct 2018 - 21 Oct 2018
25 Oct 2018 - 28 Oct 2018
01 Nov 2018 - 04 Nov 2018
15 Nov 2018 - 18 Nov 2018
29 Nov 2018 - 02 Nov 2018
06 Dec 2018 - 09 Dec 2018
13 Dec 2018 - 16 Dec 2018
27 Dec 2018 - 30 Dec 2018
03 Jan 2019 - 06 Jan 2019
10 Jan 2019 - 13 Jan 2019
start dates 2019: Jan: 3, 10, 24, 31, Feb: 14, 21, 28, March: 07, 14, 28, April: 04, 11, 18,Oct: 17, 24, 31, Nov: 07, 14, 28, Dec: 05, 12, 26
Start
Scottsdale, AZ (8:00 a.m)
Finish
Scottsdale, AZ (4:00 pm)
Transfer
Holiday Inn Express
Airport at start
Phoenix Sky Harbor International
Airport at finish
Phoenix Sky Harbor International

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 1,195.-
Permit & Land use fees.
Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure.
Permit & Land Use Fees Include:
Usery Regional Park Entry
McDowell Mountain Regional Park Entry
Cave Creek Regional Park Entry
3 nights Maricopa County camping fees
$ 12.-
sleeping pad, sleeping bag and linen set rental
35$ per bag/set sleeping pad provides insulation and is required on the tour.
$ 70.-
Optional
Tent
four person Basecamping Tent
$ 55.-
Optional
Standard road bike
Included: helmet, flat repair kit, flat or clipless pedals, lock upon request and cleaned, reusable water bottles.
$ 160.-
Optional
Performance road bike
Included: helmet, flat repair kit, flat or clipless pedals, lock upon request and cleaned, reusable water bottles.
$ 225.-
Optional
High performance road bike
included: helmet, flat repair kit, flat or clipless pedals, lock upon request, and cleaned, reusable water bottles.
Optional

Itinerary

DAY 1: USERY MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK

8:00 AM – Meet your guides and fellow riders at our host hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. After a quick meet and greet we’ll transfer via van to Usery Mountain Regional Park where we’ll begin familiarizing ourselves with our bikes and camp. After getting our bike fits and gear dialed in, we will set out for a 20-mile loop that takes us through the outskirts of Tonto National Forest and along the Salt River. We’ll tackle a brief climb, Usery Pass, before heading back and settling into camp for the night. As your guides prepare a delicious meal to fuel the following days of journey-style road riding, you can put your feet up and prepare for a cycling adventure through the heart of the Sonoran Desert.
• Cycling: 20 Miles, +1118 ft elevation gain
• Meals: Breakfast on own, lunch and dinner included
• Lodging: Camping at Usery Mountain Regional Park

DAY 2: USERY MOUNTAIN TO MCDOWELL MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK

The first full day of our journey begins with breakfast and preparing for a healthy day in the saddle. We’ll descend Usery Pass and follow the Salt River upstream where wild horses and other wildlife are commonly spotted. We’ll pass the historic Saguaro Lake Ranch as we climb out of the Salt River Canyon and through the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the town of Fountain Hills. As we approach our next camp, McDowell Mountain Regional Park, rolling hills turn into more gradual, drawn out climbs. Eat and rest up tonight as our longest day in the saddle comes tomorrow morning.
• Cycling: 39 miles, +2069 ft elevation gain
• Meals: All meals included
• Lodging: Camping at McDowell Mountain Regional Park

DAY 3: MCDOWELL MOUNTAIN TO CAVE CREEK REGIONAL PARK

Wake up surrounded by rugged, rocky mountains and rise from our comfortable basecamp, starting the day with a hot beverage and breakfast. Our journey continues west with 50+ miles over varying terrain. From “9-mile climb”, as the locals call it, to the pristine pavement of Sonoran Desert Drive, roll along some of the best roads in the Sonoran Desert on two wheels. With plenty of support and encouragement along the way, we’ll arrive to our final camp with time to relax over a hearty dinner and exchange stories from our day in the saddle.
• Cycling: 52 miles, +2251 ft elevation gain
• Meals: All meals included
• Lodging: Camping at Cave Creek Regional Park

DAY 4: CAVE CREEK REGIONAL PARK

Our final day brings us through the town of Cave Creek and Carefree with one moderate climb to finish out a wonderful four days of riding. We’ll head south and descend on smooth and flowing roads to a scenic picnic lunch prepared by your guide. As the days begins to wind down we’ll return to our Scottsdale host hotel and conclude our journey of cycling through the Sonoran Desert.
• Cycling: 35 miles, +1632 ft elevation gain
• Meals: Breakfast and lunch included
• Lodging: On your own tonight

Map & Routes

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Bicycle

Standard Option - Specialized Allez_prev We offer rental road bikes in various performance levels from premier brands like Trek, Specialized, and Giant:
• High performance (carbon frame road bike, race ready aerodynamic position)
• Performance (carbon frame road bike, endurance focused position)
• Standard (aluminum frame, drop bars, endurance focused)
Each road bike rental includes a helmet and flat repair kit, and can be set up to your basic fit requirements. You are welcome to bring your own pedals and saddle to use with our rental bikes.
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