Road cycling tour in the Sonoran Desert near Scottsdale Arizona
Road cycling tour in the Sonoran Desert near Scottsdale Arizona
Scottsdale Arizona Self Guided Road Cycling Tour
Scottsdale Arizona Self Guided Road Cycling Tour
Scottsdale Arizona Self Guided Road Cycling Tour
Scottsdale Arizona Self Guided Road Cycling Tour
Scottsdale Arizona Self Guided Road Cycling Tour

Scottsdale Arizona Desert Self Guided Cycling Tour

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The Arizona deserts are a mecca for cyclists in the winter season! The weather makes it perfect for riding throughout the daylight hours and pro athletes, from tri-athletes to professional cycling teams come to the desert to train. So, train like a pro, or at least get out of your ... Read More

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  • Difficulty
    Challenging: 4/5
  • Tour Type
    Self guided road cycling (Level 4)
  • Availability
    Specific dates and custom group requests
  • Duration
    4 Nights/ 5 Days
  • Distance
    28-68 miles per day

Day 1 – Bicycle tour orientation and bike fitting

Upon arrival at the Pure Adventures/AOA rental and tour center in North Scottsdale one of our experts will review in detail your Route Book and reservations. After getting to know you, they may suggest some customized rides or activities to enhance your week. Next we will provide a brief bike setup and collect your luggage (change room available) before you set off on a classic local’s ride to the charming town of Carefree, AZ. When you arrive at your resort you will find you luggage waiting for you at the bell stand. We recommend arriving at our offices before 12:30 pm after you had lunch. Winter sunset hours are from 5pm.
Standard Route: Distance: 28 miles, +1600ft elev gain.
Dinner on your own.

Carefree Resort


Carefree AZ

Carefree Resort

Just North of Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona lies a desert gem, the Carefree Resort & Conference Center. Here you can embrace the Southwestern lifestyle in total relaxation. It’s a place of soothing and simple spaces with uncluttered panoramic views of the Continental Mountains. Play tennis, enjoy the Spa, or simply relax at the pool with a margarita. For couples, families or groups, Carefree Resort & Conference Center is a year-round destination that truly lives up to its name.

Road cycling tour in the Sonoran Desert near Scottsdale Arizona

Road cycling tour in the Sonoran Desert near Scottsdale Arizona

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Day 2 – Desert Discovery & Lake Route

Today’s ride takes you north east into the wild Sonoran Desert to a surprise you may not expect: a lake! In a few brief pedal strokes, you will find yourself away from the sounds of civilization, ascending over a cactus-laden hill into a wide ravine shadowed by towering giant saguaros. Watch out for the Whiptailed Lizards as they scamper off the roadside as you negotiate the high speed descents and what goes down, must….. get ready to tackle a few climbs today. Once you arrive at the lake, head to Rattlesnake Cove for a refreshing swim or simply refuel at the Marina shop. If you still crave burning thighs and breaths that come in gasps, not problem! Today is a great day to extend your ride and we know all of the nearby extended route options. Save some energy though, because tonight is a good one to let loose with the cowboys in nearby Cave Creek post ride. This is the most beautiful and most challenging ride of the program!
Standard Route: Distance: 42 mi Elevation: +4200ft
Breakfast included. Lunch and dinner on your own.

Carefree Resort


Carefree AZ

Carefree Resort

Just North of Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona lies a desert gem, the Carefree Resort & Conference Center. Here you can embrace the Southwestern lifestyle in total relaxation. It’s a place of soothing and simple spaces with uncluttered panoramic views of the Continental Mountains. Play tennis, enjoy the Spa, or simply relax at the pool with a margarita. For couples, families or groups, Carefree Resort & Conference Center is a year-round destination that truly lives up to its name.

Road cycling tour in the Sonoran Desert near Scottsdale Arizona

Road cycling tour in the Sonoran Desert near Scottsdale Arizona

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Day 3 – Around the Mountain

2 Options possible for today! For those seeking a longer day and a challenge, we'll take you "around the mountain" on a 67 mile route with 3300 feet of elevation gain. This route will go around the McDowell Mountains through Fountain Hills offering an amazing view over Four Peaks Wilderness area, the Verde River Valley, including a long 9 mile downhill!
The shorter option is to go to the Toms Thumb Trailhead and return. Closer to 30 miles round trip, this option allows for a hiking option too if you want to carry some hiking shoes in a backpack. The Toms Thumb trail is a spectacular hike high above the Phoenix metro area offer views in all directions many miles.
Take some time for the pools or some spa services back at the hotel! Breakfast included again, other meals on your own.

Carefree Resort


Carefree AZ

Carefree Resort

Just North of Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona lies a desert gem, the Carefree Resort & Conference Center. Here you can embrace the Southwestern lifestyle in total relaxation. It’s a place of soothing and simple spaces with uncluttered panoramic views of the Continental Mountains. Play tennis, enjoy the Spa, or simply relax at the pool with a margarita. For couples, families or groups, Carefree Resort & Conference Center is a year-round destination that truly lives up to its name.

Scottsdale Arizona Self Guided Road Cycling Tour

Scottsdale Arizona Self Guided Road Cycling Tour

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Day 4 - Training Day & Cowboy Towns

Another beautiful sunny day on the bike that takes you westward today along some of the new paved sections popular with local roadies, combined with some older classic routes. Today is all about the miles and you can see some of the suburban and rural coming together as the city encroaches on the rural ranches and former homesteads of this wild west region. Nearby Cave Creek is a combination of city and country; biker and cowboy, and many artists. The ambiance is eclectic and unique and if you haven't been out in Cave Creek yet, tonight is the night to whoop it up! We can add/subtract miles this day according to your goals for your stay.
Standard Route: Distance: 57 miles, +1960 ft elev gain.
Lunch and dinner on your own. Note; the hotel offers a free shuttle into Cave Creek during certain hours. Inquire at the hotel.

Carefree Resort


Carefree AZ

Carefree Resort

Just North of Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona lies a desert gem, the Carefree Resort & Conference Center. Here you can embrace the Southwestern lifestyle in total relaxation. It’s a place of soothing and simple spaces with uncluttered panoramic views of the Continental Mountains. Play tennis, enjoy the Spa, or simply relax at the pool with a margarita. For couples, families or groups, Carefree Resort & Conference Center is a year-round destination that truly lives up to its name.

Scottsdale Arizona Self Guided Road Cycling Tour

Scottsdale Arizona Self Guided Road Cycling Tour

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Day 5 - Return Ride & Depart

Departure Day today! We include a luggage transfer back to our offices so you can get one last ride in today before departing. The ride is mostly downhill into Scottsdale, but we mix in a few climbs and a few last glimpses of the Sonoran desert along the way. Upon arrival back at the Pure Adventures/AOA rental shop you can change clothes and gather your things for departure.
Standard Route: Distance: 37 mi Elevation: + 1500 ft.  

Scottsdale Arizona Self Guided Road Cycling Tour

Scottsdale Arizona Self Guided Road Cycling Tour

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

INCLUSIONS:
- Luggage transfers day 1 and 5
- Orientation on Day 1 to cover navigation, itineraries, Route Book with expert staff
- 4 nights lodging at Carefree Resort – double occupancy
- Breakfast daily (2-5)
- Gloves, helmet and specific pedals when requested with bike rental below
- Detailed Route book with maps, cue sheets, suggestions for stops, water, visits, restaurants, more
- GPX files in advance for your device
- Telephone support throughout the stay

NOT INCLUDED:
- Airfare to and from Phoenix
- Airport transfers
- Rental Road bike fully equipped with emergency repair kit, floor pump, and Extra tool kit
- Optional gratuities to Pure Adventures staff
- Personal insurance and expenses

OPTIONAL UPGRADES:
- High performance bike upgrade: Trek Emonda, Specialized Roubaix or Tarmac, or Trek Domane.
- LODGING upgrades to the Boulders Resort or Four Seasons Resort are possible - ask for a quote.

Lodging

Accommodations: We use 1 hotels in this program, it is an ideally situated resort in the north valley town of Carefree; close to great rides with low traffic and very desert feel yet with all the comforts of a deluxe facility. Hotels included: Carefree Resort ****
** Please see Itinerary tab for more information ** For upgrades, we recommend the Boulders Resort or Four Seasons at Troon of North Scottsdale.
Prices
Scottsdale Desert Road Cycling prices
Price Per person based on double occupancy, 2 participants:
US$TBD/person
Price Per person based on double occupancy 4 participants:
US$TBD/person
Price Per person based on double occupancy 6 participants:
US$TBD/person
Single Supplement when 2 or more booking single rooms:
US$TBD

Larger groups share cost savings; please inquire.

Fixed departure dates coming for 2017-18; custom departure dates on request for parties of 4 or more. Contact us.
Road bikes are available for rent separate starting at $TBD for the Specialized Allez. Other options and upgrades are available, see the Bikes & Gear tab.



Tour Details

Tour Highlights:
- Self Guided Winter Cycling in Warm Desert Climate
- Carefree Conference Resort - oasis in the desert!
- Spring Desert Flower Bloom - amazing display of color and rare plants
- See wild desert creatures in their natural habitat

Need to Know:
- nights are cool to cold in winter and daytimes warm up considerably; From April 1 daytime highs are upper 80s to 90's
- sharing the road with cars; all routes use bike lanes, but vehicle traffic should be expected on the common cycling routes

Dates: November 1 - April 15 . This is Self Guided tour which offers total freedom of dates - you can choose whatever dates you wish. We can price this tour to operate with as few as 2 persons but can go up to larger groups of 12.You form your own group and choose your dates. Please contact us with questions about your group or departure date: Our Contact.

Level 3+ to 4 - The road cycling in this area is hilly at times with some short and steep hills and some long descents. Distances are moderate to challenging but additional miles are easy to add. Some of the best rides will require sustained climbs. This is best as a road bike tour, hybrids possible but not recommended.

Options

Ride options - longer/shorter on some days
Guided and supported riding for groups of 4+
Custom tours for groups, including training camps, Hotel lodging, more

Other Tour Details: About the meals provided: Breakfast only in Carefree included.


ADD ONS: This program is 5 days of riding, and longer rides can be requested. This trip can also be extended or added on to a Sedona hiking trip. We can design a variety of adventure add-ons.

Start time: recommend to arrive at AOA/Pure offices just after noon for orientation, then ride to Carefree. Have lunch before coming. Meet at 12:30pm, 1 hour briefing and ride 2-3 hours before dark to Carefree.
End time: Day 5 - finish back at AOA/Pure. Finish time flexible; luggage must be transferred back from Carefree to meet cyclists at AOA/Pure when they are done. City Transfers are available for a supplement.

 

Local Coordinator

Though this trip is self guided, our staff is none the less focused on attention to detail and keen awareness of what makes a great trip. We ride these routes and know them very well as well traveled cycling routes for strong riders in the local ride scene. Our staff prepares everything you need and will give you the attention you will want at orientation and remain available by phone to sort out any questions you may have. This is part of the value add you get with this tour.  

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