Please register morning of event
The 2012 theme is Riding (Safely) With Friends.
100K Route Description starting from Iron Gear Sports, we’ll travel south to Brown Road, then west to Country Club, to the Beeline Highway., then to the north and east. The route takes you past Fountain Hills, the Ft. McDowell Casino, then up a gentle 6 mile climb to the Bush Highway. Turning right or south, the route then travels into the Tonto National Forest past Saguaro Lake to the Lower Salt River where we make way to the 4-Way stop at the Salt River Recreation Center. Turning Left, this is the beginning of a more challenging 3.5 mile climb up Usery Pass. From the summit, riders decent down to University Drive where a right turn begins the final leg of this metric century ride. [100k route map]. Lunch is included in registration fee.
50 K route (30-mile) route leaves at the same location but cuts out the tour of Fountain Hills; traveling north to Gilbert Road, then south to McDowell Road and east towards the start/stop location. [50K route map]. Lunch is included in registration fee.
Family Fun Ride (5-mile) route tbd. The family fun ride is FREE, just register morning of event. All participants will be required to complete a waiver, see below. Lunch is available for purchase.
Experience the East Valley Come ride with many of the east valley riders, racers, and clubs. Play in their backyard for a fun morning of riding with friends; Iron Gear Sports, Adventure Bicycles, the Brumbies, DNA Cycling Club, Tempe Bicycle, Focus Cycles, Mike’s Bike Chalet, Two-Wheel Jones/ Jetset Racing, Paragon Cycles/San Tan Racing, A-1 Bike Center , and many others. Come to their backyard and show them how it is done.
All courses begin/end at Iron Gear Sports, SW corner Power and McDowell in Mesa, AZ.
ONLINE pre-registration now closed: Register day-of-ride. Registration begins at 7:30; rides begin at 8AM
- $30: Members (PMBC / GABA / ABC / CAzbike) , day of ride
- $35: non-member, day of ride
Origins of the ride
The Safety Ride grew out of a tragic accident that Winston Benson had approximately 13 years ago. Many accidents happen each year, like this. The Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists is an organization dedicated to the continued education of bicyclists, motorists, and government officials on all issues concerning bicycling and in supporting safe cycling in Arizona.
Often you see a stronger cyclist helping another cyclist up a hill, with a hand on the back. The Hand is a symbol for those who help other cyclists. Winston Benson was known for his caring, helping persona.
We are honored to continue this tradition of this symbol. Come ride with us, your friends and have an excellent day!
By completing the information and paying the registration fee I acknowledge that the registration process is not complete until the morning of the Event when I complete and sign the “Release and Waiver Form”. Anyone under the age of 18 wishing to participate must have a parent or guardian present to sign the Release and Waiver Form.<br />