By Suzanne Couvrette, Ride Organizer
With a course almost entirely flat and a variety of options, this century offers many opportunities for cyclists of different abilities. Distances offered are suitable for families and novice riders, as well as more experienced riders. This is also a good century to set a new Personal Best!
Starting at Cortaro & Silverbell this year, cyclists head north on Silverbell Rd., continuing over Shadow Pass, a short hill at the north end of the Tucson Mountains. The course follows back roads in Marana and Avra Valley before continuing north on the east frontage road to Picacho Peak, the turn-around point for all options except the 100-milers, who will continue on to turn around at the Town of Picacho, 7 miles further. The return uses the same route, in reverse. Maps will be provided.
Look for a lunch stop stocked with good sandwich makings & snacks, located near Picacho Peak. Two other sag stops along the route will furnish water, fruit & goodies, to give cyclists fuel and some time to socialize.
Most of the course has little traffic. Scenic Picacho Peak looming in the distance keeps changing shape as you get closer and closer!
Pre-registration is VERY much appreciated. Helmets and good riding practices are mandatory.
Picacho Ride Fee:
GABA/ABC Members: $15
DAY OF EVENT FEE:
GABA/ABC Members: $25
If you choose this option,
please bring to the start with you a Registration Form and a Waiver
already filled out and signed. That will really help smooth things out
at the start!
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Sign In Location For All Options:
Cortaro & Silverbell (NE corner).
Park in the north/northwest edge of parking lot
along Silverbell Rd,
so we don’t block regular customers.
Everybody Must Sign In At This Location
And Pick Up A Course Map & Instructions.
Registration Time at Cortaro & Silverbell:
Registration at Cortaro & Silverbell will be from 8 AM to 8:30 AM.
Everyone riding from Cortaro & Silverbell MUST be on the road no later than 8:30 AM.
After you sign in,
100-milers AND 65-milers will start riding from here - Cortaro & Silverbell.
Riders choosing the 35 and 15-mile options will drive to their specific starting point according to their selected option, and start riding from there when ready. You should be on the road no later than 9:30 AM.
35-milers will start riding from Marana at Sandario Rd. & I-10 Exit (Exit 236) (Park in vacant lot SOUTH of the Circle K, or ACROSS the street. Please DO NOT park right in the Circle K parking lot. We do not want to interfere with their regular business customers.
15-milers will start riding from Red Rock exit. (exit 226) Park along east frontage road near exit.
DIRECTIONS TO THE START:
FROM TUCSON, TAKE I-10 NORTH TO EXIT 246 (CORTARO RD.)
FROM PHOENIX, TAKE I-10 SOUTH TO EXIT 246 (CORTARO RD.)
For more information on this ride, contact Ride Organizer Suzanne Couvrette at firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 891-4661.
Want to help? Everyone needs to take a turn to help make all our GABA rides a success! Please call Suzanne if interested.