Date: Jan 7, 2016
Distance: 126 miles.
Start Time: 07:30 AM. There will be a pre-ride meeting before the brevet for last minute instructions.
Start Location: The start/finish control is
at the southeast corner of Palasades & Fountain Hills Blvd in
the parking lot in front of Safeway/Starbuck's.
Address: 13733 North Fountain Hills
Blvd, Fountain Hills, Arizona 85268: 13733 North Fountain Hills
Blvd, Fountain Hills, Arizona 85268
Time Limit: 13.5 hours
This is a very scenic route through Scottsdale, Fountain
Hills & East Mesa. Enjoy grand views of the Superstition
Mountains, Four peaks, Red Mountain & Saguaro Lake. If lucky,
you might even catch a glimpse of the mob of Wild Horses who
make their home in the Red Mountain wilderness. There are very
few flat sections on this route, but the climbs tend to be short
and evenly spaced. The Bush highway & Usery Pass section (about
45-miles), is arguably the most beautiful route in the Phoenix
This route has abundant climbing for an early season ride.
The descents do pay you back, though.
Saguaro Lake looking up the canyon to the Salt River.
on line map
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Total climbing is about 6000 ft., depending
on which measurement device you use.
Take note of the route profile as the climbs
on this ride are not rollers, but long, steady climbs. None of
the individual climbs are particularly difficult, but their
cumulative effect on your legs will be aparent. The descents are
Riders are expected to do simple repairs such as repair a flat tire.
Lights, safety vest/belt, and ankle bands are required if riding after sunset.
Note that there is only about 10 hours of light for this ride
since sunset is at 17:30. You should plan to have lights and
reflective equipment with you at all times.
This brevet is definitely more challenging than past 200k
brevets offered this early in the season. It's not crazy
difficult, but if this is your first ride in 2 months, you might
be cursing the ride organizer at the finish. If you maintain a
steady pace and don't linger at the controls, you can finish
this in fine form.
The Start/ Finish will be located in
Fountain Hills, AZ. A Google map may be found
Here is a detailed map of the Start/Lunch/Finish. It can be
confusing because we enter/leave the plaza from different
directions and meet at different places at different times.
1) START: Park behind the Pizza Hut. We
will meet there for the ride start
2) LUNCH: Will be at Subway. I will also
be there to CHECK you in (100k finish
3) FINISH: Will be at Starbucks inside
Safeway. I will be there to CHECK you in
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Checkpoint #2 is at the top of the second climb
(Usery Pass). This will be a staffed control with some snacks
Checkpoint #3 will be near the top of your
3rd climb. This control will also be staffed with snacks and
Checkpoint #4 will be back at the
Start/Finish location. This will be your lunch stop. Lunch will
be served at the Subway. You'll be able to order any 6" sub,
chips and drink from the Subway in the plaza. There are also
vegetarian options there.
Checkpoint #5 will be located in Cashman
Park in North Phoenix. This will be a staffed control with
snacks and water.
Checkpoint #6 will be your last control on
the route and at the top of the 5th, and final, climb! This
control will be at a convenience store and will not be
staffed. You will need to get a receipt or have your card signed by a store
After this control, you get to enjoy "9 mile hill." This
will be a nine mile descent followed by a very picturesque
ride past McDowell Mountain Park back to Fountain Hills. Keep
your eyes open as you approach Fountain Hills. The fountain
goes off every half hour and can be seen from the route.
Checkpoint #7 is in Fountain Hills and is
Rider limit: 100 riders
Mike Sturgill is your trail boss for this ride.
Still have questions? Contact Mike