Heart of Arizona
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Start times: 125 mi: 7:00, 104 mi: 7:30, 44 mi: 9:00
Please join the Bull Shifters as we host this incredible event for the 7th Year
All distances will start and end in Congress. On the 104/125
routes, you’ll get to stretch your legs as you mostly descend to the Santa
Maria River along the picturesque Joshua Tree Forest Parkway. There, you’ll
find the first sag.You’ll want to tank up here cuz the fun, er, climbing is
about to begin!
For the next 16 miles you’ll roll and climb through some of Arizona’s finest to
your second sag. From there, the 200k riders will head left UP the hill to
Bagdad and back. Meanwhile, the century riders will start the 6 mile descent
(woohoo!) back to the Santa Maria River. Enjoy it while it lasts since the 10
mile climb to Hillside awaits on the other side of the river! Never fear
though, the Bull Shifters will be waiting for you at the top for your 3rd sag
of the day. Your reward will be lunch served Bullshifter style. You’re really
gonna like it!
After lunch, you’ll roll past numerous ranches to your 4th
sag near Kirkland Junction. At the junction, 200k riders will hang a left for
an out-and-back to the sleepy town of Wilhoit, just at the base of White Spar
Mountain. Century riders will go right and head for Yarnell. There’s a pretty
big climb to get to Yarnell, but your reward is the thrilling 7 mile descent of
Yarnell Hill! This is what you’ve worked for all day long. After the e-ticket
descent, you’ll have a couple miles of soft peddling and story telling with
your riding buds as you cruise on in to the finish.
The 44 mile riders will head straight for Yarnell Hill. If
you’ve never climbed it, you’re in for a treat. Smooth pavement, wide
shoulders, little traffic, and spectacular views. After the climb, you will
roll through Yarnell and the, always gorgeous, Peeples Valley on your way to
your turnaround and Sag just past Kirkland Junction. Once you’ve rested and
re-fueled, you get to retrace your route back to the finish where helpful
volunteers await your arrival. Did I mention the 7 mile descent of Yarnell
hill?!? This, alone, is worth the entry fee! Serious folks, this descent is so much fun, you
will be smiling like a little kid at the amusement park.
At the finish, the Bull Shifters will be cooking
up some grub so you can feed your tired bodies while reminiscing about your
day’s events. Sit back, relax, and have a burger or hot dog and Coke on us.
You’ve earned it by riding either 44 miles with 3100’, 104 miles with 6000’, or
125 miles with 7100’ of climbing.
A ride well worth the trip out. Visit some
beautiful areas of Arizona with other avid cyclists and bring a friend to enjoy
it with you. There is a distance for
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