Riding in Phoenix and Sedona.
Our escape to the sun trip this year took us to Phoenix and Sedona. With the easy affordable flight on Allegiant Air out of Bellingham and renting a car we were able to get down pretty cheap. Pivot Cycles graciously lent us a couple of bikes for the trip so we didn’t have to pack ours down. We also had the privilege of touring the Pivot warehouse while in Phoenix, details can be seen here.
Our first day we rode with Chris Cocalis, owner of Pivot Cycles, in his back yard. Great ambassador to the sport and his company. South Mountain, the largest municipal park in the US, is about a 15 minute ride from the Pivot warehouse and a great test ground for his bikes.
We did his breakfast loop before the heat of the day.
The next day we went back to South Mountain to get in some more technical goodness.
We stayed with our friend Benet who we met in Canada on a backcountry ski trip. He’s skied with us on two subsequent trips, now it was our turn to visit him in the hot hot sun.
Benet even tried the Firebird! I think he may be more of a mach 5.7 rider though.
Must of been wet, the Saguaro were blooming!
The Lizards were growing new tails. Must be spring in the desert!
Taking in the view of Phoenix. What a sprawling city!
Top of Telegraph before the descent.
McDowell park, fast flowy xc trails with big Saguaro!
And cholla to keep you on the trail.
Staying at Benets was great! Lee really liked the cool hot tub!
Tracy and Tango wanted our food!
Thanks Cheryl and Benet for putting us up!
Then we were off to the coolness of Sedona to ride with John again. Nice new white Jersey John! John had a bunch of people to ride with. Janet Levy, Deb, Larry, Bruce, Trey, Natalie, Kevin and Greg.
We stayed at Orchards Inn in uptown Sedona, which included a Buffet Breakfast. I would stay here again.
Nice to be back in the Red Rocks!
Kevin from Fruita and Greg from Winter Park joined us for some sunny riding.
First was the exposed Hangover trail.
We also rode some fast more xc trails there.
But you come here for the slick rock.
John on the steeps on his Mach 5.7
Deb only started riding 4 years ago and she’s killing it! She’s also over 60!
Lee getting his steeps on
Another awesome trip to the American South West.
GPS Tracks of our rides:
Day 1 Mormon, National Trail Javalina – Length: 19.9 km –
Vertical up: 403.7 m
Day 2 – National, Telegraph and Desert Classic – Length: 29 km – Vertical up: 750.3 m
Day 3 – McDowell – Fast xc. Length: 36 km – Vertical up: 612.4 m ( I bailed, Lee and Benet did another 20km loop)
Day 4 – Phoenix – Squaw Peak – Length: 21 km –
Vertical up: 459.5 m
Day 5 – Sedona – Draino, Western Civilization, Airie, Mescal – Length: 21 km – Verrtical up: 465.3 m
Day 6 – Sedona – Hangover Trail – Length: 10.5 km – Vertical up: 400.9 m
Day 7 – Hogs, then a Shuttle to ride Highline – Length: 21 km –
Vertical up: 514.4 m
Day 8 – Highline loop, no gps.