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Around the Bend
400 km Brevet

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Date:  Saturday, March 3, 2018

Distance: 251 miles

Start Time: 6:00 AM
Registration opens at 5:30 AM. There will be a mass start at 6 AM.

Start Location: Bashas, Sun Lakes, AZ (AtB 400k start) (Get directions)

Time Limit: 27 hours

Sunrise:  6:51 AM
Sunset:  6:27 PM
Moonrise:  11:10 a.m. Waning Crescent with 42% of the Moon's visible disk illuminated.
Moonset:  12:05 a.m.

Cost: $40 All riders must pre-register. (No day of event registration.)

ACP sanctioned.


Carlton Crossing Gillespie Bridge with Friends

Around the Bend 2017 Description

The Around the Bend brevet route can be described as City meets Desert meets Farm meets Reservation in a repeating cycle. The route starts and finishes in Sun Lakes and travels in a counter-clockwise direction.

The route travels along most of the length of the Valley of the Sun. This is on roads that generally only skirt the southern reaches of the cities of the Valley, which together comprise the fifth largest metropolitan area in the United State. Much of the first half of the route is across desert and reservation land. The second half is primarily city and farm land. The roads were chosen to minimize traffic and stop lights, and many are formerly key roads that have been superseded by Interstate and highways, leaving them for cyclists to enjoy.

Services are located at regular intervals along the route. Towns and cities visited: Casa Grande, Sacaton, Casa Blanca, Maricopa, Gila Bend, Arlingon, Buckeye, Estrella, Phoenix, Laveen, Komatke, Sun Lakes, Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek and Coolidge.

Terrain: The route follows the Gila and Salt River Valleys as it winds between several mountain ranges. While this route is relatively flat by Arizona brevet standards, with 2858 feet of total climbing, it differs from flat routes in other parts of the country in that it offers continually changing views of mountains in all directions along the entire course.

"I don't know what lies around the bend, but I'm going to believe that the best does. It has a fascination of its own, that bend, Marilla. I wonder how the road beyond it goes--what there is of green glory and soft, checkered light and shadows--what new landscapes--what new beauties--what curves and hills and valleys further on."

From Anne Of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Directions to the start

Location: Bashas, Sun Lakes, AZ (AtB 400k start)


10325 East Riggs Road, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248

Directions:  Bashas parking lot

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Route Map

View  on line map here

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)

Download cue sheet (pdf)

Elevation Profile

~2600 feet of climbing.

Farms Meet Mountains

Farms Meet Mountains


Lights, reflective vest, ankle bands: Required. There will be a light inspection at check-in to verify front and rear lights are working and are sufficient for night riding.


Information for planning food and water stops for Around the Bend 400k brevet
Mile Information
0 Sun Lakes Start in Bashas' parking lot 
On Riggs Rd: Diamond Shamrock 24 hr market (restroom), McDonalds (12 am), Circle K
20 Komatke market/gas station 
26 Laveen 51st Ave. Many places for food.  Fry's and Safeway shopping centers (12am)
Valero 24 hr market, Sonic, Subway, Quick Stuff, Starbucks, etc.
Next food at Circle K at mile 42
38 Circle K on 143 Ave
47 Estrella. Safeway shopping center, McDonalds
58.8 Buckeye (Hwy 85)  IGA Grocery Store, Darla's Country Kitchen, 
Argento's Pizza, Circle K, Subway, Sonic, Pizza Hut, Romero's Mexican
Next food is at mile 105 in Gila Bend!
59.3 Info Control #2 before intersection with Baseline Rd  
105 Gila Bend Control #3   Lunch Chevron/Texaco Food Mart.  Additional fod along next mile of the route.
Next food and water is at mile 147!
147 Maricopa Circle K, Bashas', Fast food
149 Next food in Casa Grande, mile 180
166 Info Control # 4 Stanfield, Circle K, Circle K  
180 Casa Grande, Circle K  
Next food in Coolidge, mile 198
198 Coolidge Circle K 24 hr  (last food until mile 209) 
209 Control # 5 Florence Circle Ks
Next food is at mile 233
233 Shopping center: Fry's (11 pm) shopping center, KFC (9pm), Burger King (11 pm)
Subway (10 pm), Moreno's Mexican Grill (9:30 pm)
247 Valero 24 hr market, Alberson's grocery (12 am), Subway
249 Fry's grocery (10 pm), Jack in Box
250 Chandler Diamond Shamrock 24 hr market (restroom), McDonalds (12 am), Circle K
251 Finish.  Bashas' parking lot
Sign route card. Mail card in addressed, stamped envelope.

11 Registered Riders.

Rider Name RUSA # City State/Prov
Bob Fisher 9001 Spokane Valley WA
Jennifer Danhaus 8700 Wausau WI
Mike Sturgill 1847 Phoenix AZ
Paul Danhaus 1940 Wausau WI
Paul Foley 1471 Golden CO
Robert Larson 9945 Phoenix AZ
Roger Peskett 3726 Tucson AZ
Steve Atkins 3359 Tempe AZ
Susan Stack 12268 Yuma AZ
Trev Williams Calgary AB
William Timothy 10090 Brooklyn NY