Which is the road over Picture Rocks? Is it somewhere between Gates Pass and Avra Valley Rd? Is it paved?idris icabod said:I made a similar move about two years ago from Boulder to Tucson. My advice, don't do it!!!
Seriously, I find Tucson to be very similar to Boulder in terms of the quality of rides/routes and number of riders you see out on the road. June is pretty miserable with the heat but I commute by bike year round, something I never could in Boulder. If you let me know where you plan on living and what exactly you are looking for I can give you some more information. I live in Oro Valley, on the NW side of Tucson. A lot of rides go from the university (downtown), most notably the shootout on Saturday but most of the bike shops also have rides.
Several clubs in town from recreational to racing. A few good bike shops, Arizona Bicycle Experts, Fairwheel and Arizona Cyclist to name a few, all with websites. The best rides IMHO are to the top of Mt. Lemmon which is a 25 mile climb at an average of about 5%. A loop from Oro Valley that goes over Picture Rocks and then back over Gates Pass, works out to be about 75 miles. Gates is short but pretty steep, especially the back side of it coming back to Tucson. Kitt Peak is also a great ride but is a long ride unless you drive part way. The local race, TBC has beencancelled this year from what I have heard. Phoenix has more of a race scene, but there are a number of good races close by, Tour of Bisbee for example.
Please bring Fat Tire.
That would explain the extra odometerage. I lived a while in Boulder, too. My first ride after moving there was west, up Baseline into Boulder Mtn. Park. Bad move. I could see my lungs as I exhaled. The saving grace was that the ride wasn't nearly as bad as Magnolia was steep.idris icabod said:I was wondering why you hadn't responded yet. I am very sketchy with road names but Picture Rocks (which is paved) is a bit more well travelled by cars. It isn't bad usually going the way we do. It isn't as steep as Gates. I get 75 miles in because I live north of Oro Valley, about 1 mile east of Oracle after turning on Golder Ranch Road. Cycle up my way then turn around, it adds about 5 miles on each way which sounds about right with your mileage. If you ever want to ride with us you are welcome. I can let you know of any planned rides. Most of my riding buddies live on Rancho Vistoso so I usually pedal down and meet them in that area.
I will ask my more geographically gifted friends for a complete road list and post it.
I've done the Snyder road climb. I am not too good with really steep climbs but I like the less steep constant climbs such as Lemmon. Boulder, CO had a lot of similar terrain, either long and not too steep or the kind of climbs where you never want to see a bike again.
Copied it and will run it through DeLorme's Topo USA 5.0 (I'm not a GPS or altimeter guy, but Topo USA calculates elevation changes and gives route profiles.....although I have to run it in Virtual PC on me Mac) and see what kind of mileage and elevation changes I'll have. If I ride down Ina to Silverbell then over Gates Pass to Kinney, then reverse back over Gates Pass to UA and up Mountain/First/Oracle to home, that gives 2869ft of elevation gain. For a cruel twist, after coming back over Gates Pass I sometimes add a couple laps up and down A Mountain.....but that only happens on days that I really hate myself. Going over Gates Pass and down Sandario to Avra Valley/Airline/Lambert/Silverbell/Ina/Oracle/Home is 2642ft. And believe it or not doing the Oracle/Ina/Skyline/Sunrise/craycroft(N)/Kolb/Pima/UA/Mountain/First/Oracle/home gives an elevation gain of 2196 ft. Craycroft does get steep north of Sunrise. I like rides with lots of climbing, so I'm gonna do your ride Saturday.idris icabod said:Start East Wilds Road
Left Oracle Road
Left Oracle and home...hot tub and beer
I posted some pictures of the route, the hyperlink is
This was all pulled from Mapquest, it all sounds familiar.
There are lots of clubs and tons of riding opportunities in Tucson. I ride with a club called Saguaro Velo, and it's a really diverse, fun group of fast recreational riders and some racers. There are plenty of other clubs, some more serious than others.superfastbikes said:Hi,
I'm thinking of taking a job in Tucson, moving from denver and all that is dear to me. please tell me of some great regular rides, good clubs, race schedules, anything at all will help. I swear I'll bring beer
In the days pre-baby, I used to do intervals on the back side of Gates Pass. On a good day I could get in about 10 climbs over what I have heard is 12% grade.idris icabod said:Left onto Gates Pass Road and over we go cursing all the way