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Visiting Tuscon(4 posts)

Visiting TusconBill Bove
Mar 14, 2001 2:00 AM
I will be visiting Tuscon from 3/28 to 4/9, where can I find the local training rides? I'm a slightly overweight, 43 year old cat3. Since I'm going to be in town and they won't take my bike away for finishing last I may as well do the Tuscon Bicycle Classic but I'm relly looking forward to just riding in the hills so any tips would be appreciated.
re: Visiting TusconMRD
Mar 14, 2001 3:45 PM
Fairwheel bikes has racers who go on group rides. they
are on 6th st and freemont. It's easy to find them in the phonebook.

Mount lemmon is another place to do climbing. It's nice up to mile 10 and is pretty steady the whole way. You can work on your LT.

Enjoy!

MRD
re: Visiting TusconJesse Smith
Mar 15, 2001 7:19 AM
Fair Wheel Bikes phone number is (520) 884-9018. Each and every Saturday morning, now starting at 7:00 am, there is a fast group ride that starts at the entrance to the University of Arizona along University Blvd. Not too many hills on this ride. It's about a 3.5 hr hammer fest.
I believe there is another ride that starts out on the corner of Silverbell and St. Mary's that takes you through Gates Pass, which is the main climb in TBC. There's a slower and small group ride that takes off from Full Cycle bicycle shop at 7:30 am on Saturdays.
I was there in October, and...Cory
Mar 15, 2001 7:37 AM
I don't know the area well, but I spent a few days there last fall and found one pretty nice ride. You'll be going to the Sonora Desert Museum (yes, you will--don't miss it). The road out there from south Tucson is (I think) Ajo Way. Find the museum on the map, and you'll see how to ride out there, go north on Kinney Road (may not be the name, but it's obvious on the map), then return over Gates Pass Road, which connects to Speedway Blvd. Shoulders are marginal to non-existent, but there's not much traffic early and on weekdays.
Also there's Sabino Canyon to the northeast of town. I didn't get a chance to go up there, but friends said it was definitely a must. Bike hours in the canyon are restricted, I think, but the ride out there's supposedly pretty nice.