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Heart of Arizona Century

Race Details

Heart of Arizona Century

: 125 miles

Heart of Arizona Century

: 104 miles

Heart of Arizona Century

: 44 miles
Race Date: Saturday, November 2, 2013
Start Time: 7:30 AM
Entry Fee: $45.00
Location: Sierra Vista Motel
Address: 22675 Arizona 71
City/State/Zip: Congress, Arizona 85332
Country: USA
Printable Entry:
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
Ride Descriptions:

All distances will start and end in Congress. On the 104/125 routes, youll get to stretch your legs as you mostly descend to the Santa Maria River along the picturesque Joshua Tree Forest Parkway. There, youll find the first sag.Youll want to tank up here cuz the fun, er, climbing is about to begin!

For the next 16 miles youll roll and climb through some of Arizonas 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. Youre really gonna like it!

After lunch, youll 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. Theres a pretty big climb to get to Yarnell, but your reward is the thrilling 7 mile descent of Yarnell Hill! This is what youve worked for all day long. After the e-ticket descent, youll 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 youve never climbed it, youre 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 youve 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 days events. Sit back, relax, and have a burger or hot dog and Coke on us. Youve 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 everyone.
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