Saturday, November 15, 2014
Distance: 62 miles
Start Time: 9:00 am
There will be a mass start at 9 AM and announcements and time for questions at 8:45.
Start Location: Mt. Lemmon Highway, Tucson (Get directions)
Time Limit: 7 hours
Cost: $20 Pre-registration only. No day-of-event registration.
This route travels from Le Buzz Coffee (a popular hang out for Mt. Lemmon Cyclists) up Mt Lemmon on Catalana Highway. Turn around is at the top of Mt Lemmon in the town of Summerhaven.
Terrain: Flat to rolling for the first few miles to the base of the mountain. Then a 25 mile climb to the summit. Return the back way along Soldier Trail and Tanque Verde.
Mt Lemmon is one big hill - will I make the checkpoints on time?
Answer: It's not certain that everyone will make the checkpoints, but things are stacked in your favor. For one thing, the hill climb comes in the middle of the ride. If you ride to the mountain at a moderate speed, you'll have money in the bank. Don't kill yourself getting up the mountain, but don't take long breaks, either.
Location: Mt. Lemmon Highway, Tucson
Address: Intersection at Mt. Lemmon Highway and Tanque Verde
Directions: From I-10
: Get off I-10 in Tucson at Grant Rd Exit 256. Follow Grant Rd East until it ends at Tanque Verde. Turn left on Tanque Verde Rd. Follow Tanque Verde Rd unitl you reach Mt. Lemmon Highway. The brevet start is at the intersection of Mt. Lemmon Highway and Tanque Verde, NE corner. The shopping center includes Safeway and Le Buzz Coffee. Google map: Click here
View on line map here
Note: The Ride With GPS map may be used to download a file for your GPS, if you wish. Remember, though, that the route sheet you receive at the start of the ride is official, this map IS NOT.
Cue sheets will be handed out at the start of each event. Copies are provided here for planning purposes. Make sure you use the cue sheets provided on the morning of the ride. They will be the most up to date.
Download cue sheet (xls)
About 6,800 feet of climbing. Minimum/maximum elevation: 2500 / 8175 feet above sea level
Lights: Optional. However, if you're still riding after sunset, you need lights as required by law.
Start: Safeway – 9125 E Tanque Verde Rd Tucson, AZ 85749 is open on Saturdays at 5am.
Mt Lemmon: There will be a volunteer with water at Windy Point Vista. Farther up the mountain at Palisades (5 miles from the summit) there MAY (not guaranteed) be water and outdoor toilets. At the summit, there are indoor restrooms and water in the community center which is on your right just as you enter town. There is also a general store in Summerhaven (at the summit) but don't expect anything more than snacks.