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Dec 16, 2002 11:24 AM
I live in Seattle and am going to be in Tucson with my bike for the week of Christmas. Any of you Tucsonians have any good recommendations for easy to follow routes around or close to the city. I would love to do some riding in the hills on roads good for cycling but I don't have a clue where to start. Just training for the upcoming race season and want to enjoy some longer rides in the sun!
Any input would be great.
Dec 16, 2002 11:51 AM
Where will you be staying?
Tucson is small enough that you can get to some of the hills from just about anywhere.

How fit are you?
I can map lots of stuff out just depends on how far you want to ride.

Mt. Lemmon is a must. 29 miles of 7000 ft gain. THat enough?

Mt Lemmon questionsdave woof
Dec 16, 2002 1:23 PM
Question - is Mt Lemmon open again - i.e. paved - all the way now or is it still gravel half way up?

also - is there now a 5$ entry fee to the road (that's what I heard somewherez) and if so, what are the hours of the toll booth?

Dave Woof
Mt Lemmon questionsJustride
Dec 16, 2002 10:31 PM
There are still areas under construction beyond milepost 9. I think that they are open during the weekends. The $5.00 fee does not apply to people just riding up the road. If the booth is open just wave as you ride by!
Dec 16, 2002 2:02 PM
I will be staying around N oracle and W Ina on the NW side of town.(at least that is what it looks like on map quest!) I like riding around 60-80 miles and am a competitive CAT 3 and enjoy hills.
They basically summed it up but....eyebob
Dec 17, 2002 7:58 AM
Mt. Lemmon is a can't miss. There is no toll (ever) for bikes and the construction bit is just about done do no worries there. You can get up high enough to get above the tree line!

Another ride which will be a hell of a ride from the NW side is out to Sonoita. It'll probably be a goo 120 mile round trip with some pretty vistas near So. AZ's wine country. Head towards Mt. Lemmon and get on Houghton Road South out to Carona de Tucson and follow the signs. There are some good climbs out that way. It's where the Posties spent a lot of time when they trained in Tucson a few years ago. Another can't miss is ripping through Saguaro Park East (there are two versions of this pard, East and West, and West is much closer to you, but not as fun). Head towards Mt. Lemmon and get on Houghton S. and follow the signs. Take time to go to the Museam and info area too.

Say Hi to my old stompin grounds for me. Fairwheels and Sabino Cycles are great contacts because they lead group rides all the time. Do the Shoot OUt (every Sat. am) and let me know what you thought. It's a flat group ride with about 7 miles of hammering and a sprint finish (every week). The rules of engagement are a bit scary but it's a good way to meet some folks and ask them about rides. Everyone rides and tend to like to show off Tucson to outsiders so don't be shy about asking.

Bob T.
Growing so fast it may have changed, but two years ago...cory
Dec 16, 2002 2:11 PM
I was there in November two years ago, with just one day to ride. Check this on a map to be sure, because I'm working from memory, but I went west on Ajo Way (Hwy 86) to Kinney Road, then north to the Sonora Desert Museum, which you really want to see anyway. Return over Gates Pass, a tough but not too long climb that connects to Speedway Boulevard and back into town. Some busy highway, but with decent shoulders, then narrow road through the desert, and you come down through a residential area. Get more recent advice from a local if you can, though.
re: TucsonUofAracer
Dec 16, 2002 3:51 PM
Most group rides start from the UA area. Rides on Tuesday through Saturday start at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday rides are shorter and more intense. The Wednesday ride is about 80 miles and more laid back. The Saturday ride is an all out race of about 65 miles. Mostly, it's locals and riders like you, who are training in Tucson. There's a Sunday ride that heads up Mt. Lemmon. The UA team rides start at 9 a.m. on Sundays. Fair Wheels is a bike shop that organizes all the rides. Call them for directions at (520) 884-9018.
On your own, there's a couple routes. Have patience with the complicated directions. These are the most car-friendly routes.

1. Mt. Lemmon-From the University of Arizona-Head east on Speedway about four miles until you reach the intersection of Speedway and Alvernon Way.
Head north (left)on Alvernon Way about 1/2 mile until you reach the intersection of Alvernon Way and Pima Street. Head east (right) on Pima Street for about four miles until you come to a T-stop where Pima Street intersects Tanque Verde. At the intersection there is one lane that turns south (right) and two lanes that allow you to turn north (left) onto Tanque Verde. Take the lane that turns north (left) on Tanque Verde. This road has a nice wide bike/bus lane. Be careful after you pass the park on the right. You head towards an intersection and a bridge right after. The bike/bus lane will veer off to the right turning into a right turn only lane at the intersection just before the bridge. To avoid getting caught in this lane you have to cross over to the left, putting yourself in the right side lane that will head straight through the intersection and up and over the bridge.
From there, it's another couple miles until you hit an intersection for Catalina Highway, which heads left straight to Mt. Lemmon.
The mountain itself has mile markers that start at a flashing sign at the base. There's convenient turn-around points at mile 6, 9, 20 or at the restaurant/ski station at the top (29 miles).
Directions to Mt. LemmonJustride
Dec 16, 2002 10:39 PM
The direction to Mt. Lemmon are excellent but I would suggest one slight change. I prefer to take a left off of Tanque Verde at Bear Canyon. Take Bear Canyon to Snyder then turn right and proceed to Catalina Highway. You come out right at the base of the mountain and avoid the narrow, highspeed stretch of Catalina Highway where there have been several accidents.
Weather change comming!Justride
Dec 16, 2002 10:52 PM
We have be unseasonably warm lately but that is about to change with the arrival of our first major winter storm. You could be seeing temps as low as the 20's in the a.m. warming to 60 by the afternoons. Two days later it could be 80. Bring you toasty gear just in case. I am probably not as strong of a rider as you but I would be glad to hook up and ride or just share some route info. You can email me solodogs at azstarnet dot com.