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Tucson Road Bike Tour

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Activity
Road Cycling
Destination
ArizonaSonoran Desert
Tour Length
4 days, 3 nights
Accomodations
Lodge-Based
Guide Type
Guided
Difficulty
Moderate to Advanced

When you feel like winter’s icy grip will never let go, reward yourself with a 4-day Tucson road bike tour in Southern Arizona where the sun-warmed roads wind past towering cacti and jagged mountains. Enjoy cozy local hotels and inn-stays, explore Arizona’s burgeoning wine country, and visit the famous wild west outpost of Tombstone. You will be amazed as you bike past the sight of the mighty saguaro cactus, lush green vineyards, sparkling lakes, and snow-frosted peaks soaring to 10,000 ft, known in these parts as the sky islands. Fulfill your adventure cycling dreams while cycling in the region around Tucson, one of the top destinations in the world for cyclists looking to put in those winter miles.

We all 4 enjoyed the trip immensely. The guides were great, biking was awesome, meals were very good.Ron

What's Included

Tour Price Includes

  • 3 nights quality lodging
  • Round-trip ground transportation from the Tucson host hotel
  • Meals starting lunch Day 1 through lunch Day 4, except dinner Day 2
  • Water and snacks
  • Wine tasting in Sonoita
  • Rider support/aid stations during rides
  • Rider cue sheets, GPX files in advance (upon request)
  • Professional Wilderness First Responder certified guide/mechanic

Permit & Land Use Fees Include

  • Saguaro National Park entry and commercial fees
  • Sabino Canyon entry fees

Not Included ​​​​​​​

  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Air transportation to and from Tucson
  • Pre- and post-trip lodging
  • Breakfast Day 1, dinner Days 2 and 4
  • Alcohol and related gratuities
  • Bike and helmet (available to rent from AOA)
  • Long stem tubes
  • Bike shipping/building/packing/tuning*
  • Personal cycling kit
  • Day pack (available to rent from AOA)
  • Gratuities to AOA Guides

Upgrades + Additions

Solo Accommodations Upgrade – $325 pp

All accommodations are shared occupancy by default. Purchase this upgrade to have a tent to yourself.

Gear Rental

  • 30 to 40 liter day pack ($25 per pack)
  • Bike rental is available through AOA.
Rent A Bike For Your Trip

Other Additions

A bike and helmet are not included with the cost of this trip.

  • Bike building/packing/tuning ($125) when you ship to AOA – Find out more
  • Purchase: 3-liter Camelbak reservoir/bladder ($35 per)
Optional upgrades, additions, and rentals subject to tax (7.95%).

Rates

2018 Rates

  • TOUR PRICE $ 1645 pp 1645 pp
  • +Permits & Land Fees $ 14 pp* 14 pp

*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure

*Subject to change and will be based on actual costs at time of departure

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Cyclist rides through desert cacti on Tucson road bike tour

Meet your guides and fellow cyclists at the Arizona Inn and transfer by van to Saguaro National Park. Upon reaching the park, we will get all bikes dialed in and begin today’s ride. This route will warm up your legs and lungs to the dry Arizona air while coursing through the western half of Saguaro National Park, passing notable icons like the Old Tucson Studios and the world famous Sonoran Desert Museum. They flock to Tucson in the winter, so don’t get discouraged if a Pro Rider dances past you on the short but leg-searingly steep climb over (in)famous Gates Pass. Aside from the killer view, your reward is a grin-inducing descent into the outskirts of Tucson. The rest of the ride is super mellow as we wind our way to the Santa Cruz River and link up with “The Loop,” one of the longest non-motorized urban cycling paths in the country. According to the League of American Bicyclists, “The Loop is a must ride for visitors and residents alike.” In a gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community like Tucson, that recommendation carries quite a bit of weight. After reaching our hotel, we will conclude the day with a classic Southwest-style meal.

Cycling

38 Miles, +1500 ft elevation

Meals

Breakfast on own, lunch and dinner included

Lodging

Comfort Suites at Sabino Canyon

Cyclist rides through desert cacti on Tucson road bike tour

Rise early and bike right from the hotel toward the Santa Catalina Mountain range into Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. The desert foothills and rocky gorges of the Santa Catalina Mountains are marvelously intricate yet accessible even via road cycling. The soaring mountains, deep canyons, and unique flora and fauna found here draw over a million visitors to Sabino Canyon each year. After loosening up, our ride will head through the eastern side of Saguaro National Park, past Colossal Cave, and through iconic Sonoran Desert scenery. The Sabino Canyon portion is more of a sightseeing adventure cruise, but when we hit the National Park you will get to find out just what it feels like to have installed your bike on a roller coaster. This might be the one of the only roads in the US where the actually bikes pass all the cars! Many participants take a double lap and ride the loop twice just to experience it again!

Winter rains bring life to the desert and an incredible spring bloom where wildflowers fill the landscape with colors from across the spectrum. The remainder of this epic bike ride rolls along the foothills of the Rincon Mountains before climbing steadily into the rolling grassland hills of Arizona’s wine region. Whether you’re on a touring bike or a high performace rental from our fleet, these roads certainly do not disappoint. Ride the entire distance to tonight’s hotel, or hop in the van and enjoy the scenery while resting your legs. Tonight’s accommodations will be a nice but simple inn, as this is truly a ‘one-horse’ town. The owners of race-horse Secretariat own the Inn, but swear didn’t give the horse any of Lance’s stash. Dinner is on your own tonight in the charming town of Patagonia!

Cycling

48-85 miles, +3,200-5,900 ft elevation

Meals

Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Lodging

Sonoita Inn

Today we ride from Sonoita to Parker Canyon Lake with optional stops at some of the wineries in the area. Though not as well-known as other winemaking regions, Arizona is home to a blossoming wine industry that boasts many world-class wines. The route to Parker Lake is full of quiet roads, lush vineyards, big miles, and imposing mountains, all of which make this an epic day of cycling. We should have the roads mostly to ourselves on this ride, allowing you to fully soak in the peace and beauty of the surrounding landscape as you pass through largely undisturbed foothills of the sky island peaks. The road surface alternates between chamois butter smooth and rough enough to make you wish you installed some 28’s. Don’t fret, the rough sections don’t last long. After a punchy climb and only a short distance from the US border with Mexico, you won’t believe the rich diversity of this landscape! Returning to Sonoita tonight you have some free time before a fun dinner at a western-themed chophouse right next door.

Cycling

29-62 miles, +2,400-4,200 ft elevation

Meals

All meals included

Lodging

Sonoita Inn

Today starts early with an epic (but optional) climb up a canyon into the 10,000-ft Huachuca Mtns followed by a fast and rolling journey across the valley. Squeeze those last watts out of your legs as you power into the most famous of wild west towns, Tombstone! Have some fun, where else can you ride your bike past cowboys having shoot outs in the street while they brag to you about their (very different) riding skills. Carefull about getting to sassy though, one of them might lasso you! The big finale will include a lunch and cerveza at Big-nosed Kate’s near the historic OK Corral. This afternoon we say our farewells to each other and to this culturally-rich area. Your guide will drop you off at the Arizona Inn or the Tucson International Airport (TUS) by 4:00pm this afternoon to conclude your bike trip.

Cycling

54 miles, +2,800 ft elevation

Meals

Breakfast and lunch included, dinner on your own

Lodging

On your own

Nitty Gritty

AOA’s adventures might challenge you, but we don’t want them to surprise you, these Nitty Gritty details can help you decide if this the right trip for you.

Accommodations & Food

This road biking trip rides through some of Southern Arizona’s most beautiful landscapes and stays in the quant town of Sonoita on nights 2 and 3.

You can expect that a small remote town like this has limited restaurant options and the Sonoita Inn, though clean and comfortable, is simple.

 

Rides & Weather

Riding through Arizona’s wine country offers stunning views of lush hillsides and small western towns, the roads that reach this remote area are country highways with limited shoulders and fast traffic at times. Winter and early spring in Southern Arizona’s wine country will be colder than the desert due to higher elevation and may even reach freezing temps. Warm riding gear is necessary.

Trip Ratings

Fitness 3.5 | Comfort 4 | Solitude 3 | Guest Participation 1