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Questions for Arizona riders(11 posts)

Questions for Arizona ridersstinkbug
Nov 22, 2003 8:07 PM
I am looking at taking a few weeks in late winter/early spring to put some big miles in, over all sorts of terrain, am thinking Phoenix or Tucson would be perfect that time of year - the only question is which one has "better" riding? (better roads, less traffic, etc) I have never been to either city
Have been liking Tucson...Mr Nick
Nov 22, 2003 9:46 PM
since I have been riding with my cousin. I live in Scottsdale and have been driving up there to do certain rides. There is Mt. Lemon, Gates Pass and several other scenic rides that you would probably really enjoy. I would recommend trying to hook up with a local or find some maps at Tucson shops because most rides are very well known, but difficult to find if you're not used to the area.

In Phoenix, Ahwatukee has decent rides and there is South Mountain, but I still think Tucson has a lot more nature and beautiful mountain rides.

I believe there is a Tucson Moutnain Tour coming up that you might want to check into. You could find information on the Perimeter Cycling website.
Have been liking Tucson...newhouse
Nov 23, 2003 5:04 PM
my sister lives in scottsdale and i will be spending about five days there over christmas. i'm taking the road bike(took the mtb last xmas) - any suggestions on routes right outta scottsdale. she lives off of cactus and the 101.
Scottsdale ridesdgangi
Nov 24, 2003 11:34 AM
You are fortunate in that there are rides out the wazoo from where you will be staying.

1) Lots of various rides around the Troon area - scenic and hilly
2) Ride around the McDowell's via Troon/Rio Verde/Ftn Hills. Nice scenic ride with some monster hills in Ftn Hills.
3) Ride up Pima to Carefree, west to Cave Creek, south towards Phoenix, and back east to where you started. Don't miss the Satisfied Frog restaurant!
4) Ride east to Mayo Clinic, south to Mtn View, west into PV, and then circle Camelback Mtn via Arcadia. If you want to make the ride longer head west on the canals and loop back via Dreamy Draw Park.

There are many options to ride from where you will be staying. Enjoy!! The weather should be very nice - 70's daytime.

Scottsdale ridesnewhouse
Nov 24, 2003 3:23 PM
thanks for the info! i'm gonna try to do all four but we'll see how much riding i do after eating all day christmas eve/christmas.
Nov 23, 2003 6:32 AM
I've lived in both places. Tucson has world-famous road rides (and mountain biking too). If you mountain bike, Phoenix does have the famous/infamous National Trail, so it's worth a day-trip.
Nov 23, 2003 6:38 AM
if you have not quite made your mind up on either Phoenix or Tucson. Flagstaff or Sedona is absolutely georgeous!!! Some altitude, but nothing like riding past Elk herds and a few bison just after the most beautiful sunrise I'll guarentee you've ever seen.
Nov 23, 2003 6:52 AM
but it might still be cold and snowy in late winter/early spring. Southern AZ however is very mild that time of year. If you squint you can pretend that the javelina are bison.
re: Questions for Arizona ridersBill B
Nov 23, 2003 8:50 AM
I did the same thing in Tucson a few years ago. I had a great time, long rides in the cool sunshine in the morning, relaxing in the warm afternoon sun and great Mexican food every night. Gates Pass and Mt. Lemmon are two of my all time favorite rides. There are large group rides that leave from the university clocktower Tue-Fri mornings. The staff at Fairwheel Cycles was very helpful.
Nov 23, 2003 12:03 PM
I forgot to mention that I was taking my road bike this time, not the mtb. I have been to Flag/Sedona twice. Both had great mountain biking, but I thought the road riding in Sedona was iffy (no shoulders and poor roads) and Flagstaff might still be under snow that time of year.
re: Questions for Arizona ridersdgangi
Nov 24, 2003 1:31 PM
I've lived in Phoenix for almost all of my life and the road biking in this town is fantastic. There are some tremendous rides in Phoenix, North Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, South Mountain, and East Mesa areas.

That being said, I cannot vouch for Tucson because I have never biked there. I lived there for a brief time years ago and at that time I was not into cycling. However, my road biking buddies tell me that Tucson has some great riding too. And from what I know, Tucson is one of the road biking capitals of the USA. There is a reason the Tour de Tucson is such a popular ride.

My take is that you cannot go wrong with either choice this time of the year...