Tucson Hub Tour
Includes all lodging, all breakfasts and dinners, van support, park entrance fees, leaders, tour maps & narratives.
Timberline van shuttle is included from and to Tucson Airport.
Not included: Airline service to Tucson International Airport, Guide Gratuity.
Airport 3 pm, Hotel 3:30 pm
We’ve gotten to love Tucson during our Chiricahua hiking adventures and custom cycling trips so it is a natural expansion to create a regular tour here.. The area is frequently exalted as a cycling mecca by organizations from Forbes, Outside and the Travel Channel. Come down and join us to find out why.
The city is ringed by 4 mountain ranges, so our itinerary includes exploring the summits and canyons of these natural wonders. Yes, that means climbing and memorable views. During the week we will ride in the Santa Catalina and Rincon Mountains, explore Saguaro National Park – make sure you get a picture by one of these giant cacti- and conquer the Tour De Tucson course. Our first day of riding will get us warmed up as we head into the foothills of the Santa Catalina’s and if the weather gods smile we will enjoy a colorful spread of wildflowers. The long ascent up Ventana Canyon doesn’t make big demands but near the top we start a series of rollers. After a nice descent, we cross through a sleepy neighborhood on our way to Bear Canyon. This section of the ride is marked with rollers and hills as we travel through the pristine Sonoran Desert landscape. A wonderful first day’s ride ends with time to enjoy our resort home.
The Old Spanish Trail is a historical trade route, which connected the northern New Mexico settlements with that of southern California. However our ride on Day 3 is connected only in name with the historic trial. The ride is striking as we travel the foothills of the Rincon Mountains and into the desert “boonies”. Rollers and three moderate hills await us.
Day 4 brings us an ascent, as we take the Catalina Highway up Mt Lemmon to Summerhaven. During our ride we travel through seven life zones in the Coronado National Forest. Saguaro Cacti give way to hoodoos and balanced rocks during the day. Anyone looking for “bragging rights”, the Sky Island route is the longest climb in the state, by the end of the day we will have earned over 6000 ft of elevation.
One of the famous rides in Tucson is the El Tour De Tucson, and on our 5th day we will ride the metric century route around the city. It is a great way to see the whole of Tucson area. Our last day might have the greatest concentration of desert scenery of the week. We will travel to Saguaro National Park and ride the Gates Pass loop. It doesn’t take long to get into a forest of Saguaros along this spectacular stretch of the Sonoran Desert. Alas, the week has come to an end.
This is the ideal trip to invite a non-riding partner or spouse; Tucson has a wealth of additional activities like golf, spas, shopping and hiking. This is just what the doctor ordered for early season adventure.
|Day 1||Arrive, bike fitting, Orientation Dinner|
|Day 2||Santa Catalina Mountains – Ventana and Bear canyon||40|
|Day 3||Rincon Mountains – Old Spanish trail (1451')||40|
|Day 4||Sky Island Scenic Byway (6203'), Catalina to Mt. Lemmon||60|
|Day 5||El Tour De Tucson – we will ride the metric century route of this famous rid (2854')||65|
|Day 6||Saguaro NP (1772')||40|