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n. scottsdale routes?newhouse
Dec 11, 2002 10:08 PM
i'll be in scottsdale (cactus road) during xmas and was wondering if anyone has any good routes. thanks!

also, i looked at the mcdowell mountain mtb trails - anyone done these? do i need extra heavy duty tires/tubes b/c of the cacti or can i get by without them?
I'll be there for xmas alsotriple shot espresso
Dec 17, 2002 2:17 PM
I'm getting there late Sat. I have nothing to do but hang out with the folks so I'm planning on doing a ton of base miles but I have no idea where to ride. If your interested in doing some 5-6 hour, 18mph road rides drop me a line.

hmm, just looked at a maptriple shot espresso
Dec 17, 2002 2:18 PM
I'll be over in Sun City off of 10th, I don't know how big Phoenix is so I don't know if that makes a big difference.
Some Info...cholla
Dec 17, 2002 9:40 PM
North Scottsdale has a bunch of good routes. from Cactus, take any north-south artery to Frank lloyd Wright Blvd. Then head toward the 101 Freeway, and head north on the frontage road. It will t-bone into Pima Road, whee you will take a jog right to continue north on Pima. Pima is a long, slight climb which you can take all the way to Cave Creek Road. Right on Cave Creek, then go straight to the end of pavement, or go right at "Bartlett Lake" turnoff (follow signs) for an additional 28 miles of hills. From Cactus & Hayden, to the end of pavement & back is around 50 miles, mostly uphill out/downhill back. This is similar to the BOS group ride from SW corner, Scottsdale & Shea every Sat a.m. (7:30 or 8 this time of year).

Sunday group ride - Procon Cycling club - SE corner Scottsdael & Shea, 8 am Sundays - Shea Blvd east about 10 miles to Fountain Hills; right on Palisades Blvd.; a few hills, down to traffic light; left at light; follow north out of town to Rio Verde after 8 miles of rollers; then turn east & climb "9 mile hill" (gentle but consistent); left on Alma School Rd., right on Happy Valley Road; left on Pima Road, south to Frank Lloyd Wright; right to hayden; left on Hayen to Shea; right on Shea to start - approx 50 miles.

As for Sun City, I don't know of any group rides, but you can ride west on Bell Road, which becomes "Sun Valley Parkway" and goes for 50 miles with hardly any traffic at all. Very flat, fairly boring to me, but nonetheless a place to ride not far from Sun City.

Lemme know if you need further info.
re: n. scottsdale routes?desert-rider
Dec 19, 2002 2:27 PM
Looks like the Scottsdale road routes have been covered pretty well, but I can comment on McDowell Mnt. The trails are maintained, and ridden often enough that cactus isn't a big problem (not to say it couldn't happen, but I've rarely picked up much in the tires). Think I've had more problems with sharp rocks cutting the sidewalls than with cacti...

One other options for road ride is to ride the Apache Trail (hwy 88) to Tortilla Flats (starts in Apache Junction). Beautiful scenery, and a healthy amount of climbing. There's not really a shoulder to ride on, but minimal traffic...hasn't been a problem yet.

I also second the above recommendation about the ProCon ride....gorgeous ride, and a number of re-group stops. Have not done the BOS ride yet...
thanks for the repliesnewhouse
Dec 26, 2002 10:25 PM
unfortunately i could only take one bike with me on my trip and i decided on the mtb. i hit the mcdowell mountain loops and the phoenix mountains reserve and i quickly learned that i'm not good on rocky terrain. it was fun but i'll be taking my road bike on the next trip out!

anyone ride the apache trail? how far from apache junction to the gravel part of the road and back?
thanks for the repliescholla
Dec 27, 2002 5:48 PM
I sometimes ride the Apache Trail. I start about 3-4 miles east of Apache Junction, and from there it's about 20 miles to the end of pavement turnaround. I think it's the best hilly (and scenic) ride around Phoenix.