Saguaro Desert



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Saguaro National Park
300 km Brevet

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Date:  Saturday, February 2, 2013

Distance: 190 miles

Start Time: 6:00 am
There will be a mass start at 6 AM and announcements and time for questions at 5:45.
Start Location: Round Trip Bike Shop (Get directions)

Time Limit: 20 hours

Sunrise:  7:24 am
Sunset:  5:56 pm
Moonrise:  4:51 AM Sunday morning, so it's not going to be much help.

Cost: $20 All riders must pre-register. (No day of event registration.)

ACP sanctioned.


Starting in Casa Grande, the route passes through the cotton fields of Coolidge before heading south on SR 79 (Pinal Parkway) which is designated as a scenic highway. Just before Tucson in Oro Valley we turn west and take Tangerine. On the west side of Tucson, we climb up and over Gates Pass (the easy way) and into Saguaro National Park. The route returns north again through the agricultural town of Marana and passes in the shadow of Picacho Peak before returning to Casa Grande.

Terrain: Flat for the first 30 miles through Casa Grande and Coolidge, then a slight, steady but very long climb on Pinal Parkway (SR79). Once you get off Pinal Parkway, (mile 68) it's a long downhill into Tucson. The only other obstacle is the steep climb up Gates Pass and the screaming descent on the other side. There are a few choppy hills through Saguaro National Park. The last 60 miles are flat and travel through the fields of Marana, past Picacho Peak, and finally back to Casa Grande.

Total 3,883 feet of climbing.

Greg Olmstead's RideWithGPS map

Directions to the start

Location: Round Trip Bike Shop

Address: 1148 E. Florence Blvd, Casa Grande, AZ.

Click HERE for a Google map of the start location.

Lodging in the area: View List



Route Map

View  on line map here

Cue sheets will be handed out at the start of each event. Copies are provided here for planning purposes. Make sure you use the cue sheets provided on the morning of the ride. They will be the most up to date.

Download cue sheet (xls)

Elevation Profile

Feb 2011: The route has changed slightly since I made this elevation profile, but this is still a good representation of the route. In Feb 2011, Alan Travis recorded 4,968 feet of climbing. Leonard Zito recorded 4,701 feet.

1. Town of Coolidge
2. Tom Mix Monument, checkpoint #2. Grade is less than 4%, but as you can see, it goes on for miles.
3. Right onto SR 77/89 in Oracle Junction. Relief, at last.
4. Turn from Silverbell to Sweetwater.
5. Gates Pass. Steep Steep climb up: 4%-13% grade, but a blast going down the other side.


Lights: Required. There will be a light inspection at check-in to verify front and rear lights are working and are sufficient for night riding. Also required are reflective vest or sash and ankle reflectors.


Mile 0, checkpoint #1: Bathrooms available at the start.

Mile19: Circle K in Coolidge. (No public bathrooms)

Mile 43:Tom Mix Monument. Snacks and beverages provided. If you're getting warmed up you can give me extra clothes which you can retrieve at the finish. Please do not give me lights or extra batteries. Anything could happen on a ride like this.

Mile 76, checkpoint #3:Food and services at the mall at this intersection including Oro Valley Bike Shop.

Mile 85: Frys in the mall at corner of Tangerine and Thornydale.

Mile 102-111: Several grocery stores on Silverbell.

Mile 120, checkpoint #4: Sandwiches, snacks, and soda provided by brevet volunteer.

Mile 143: Circle K in Marana.

Mile 159: Dairy Queen and Picacho Peak mall. They may close at 6 pm.

Mile 173: Eleven Mile Corner Rd in Eloy. Circle K.

44 Registered Riders.

Rider Name RUSA # City State/Prov
Adam Lock Chandler AZ
Allen Booker 8286 Tempe AZ
April Becerra 6381 Glendale AZ
Art Grijalva 5841 Peoria AZ
Bob Lynn 6366 El Paso TX
Boyd Frick Gilbert AZ
Brian McGuire 7406 Phoenix AZ
Bruce Gardner Glendale AZ
Bud MacRae Lake Havasu City AZ
Carlton van Leuven 4713 Chandler AZ
Clint Wisdom 9242 Chandler AZ
Craig Mills Phoenix AZ
Dale Jacobs 7379 Peoria AZ
David Brake 7351 Mesa AZ
David Holdeman 5332 Scottsdale AZ
Dennis Sieber 9202 Anthem AZ
Dick Wiss 2993 Phoenix AZ
Gerry Elam 6882 Phoenix AZ
Greg Sarbo Gilbert AZ
Ilyssa Summer Tempe AZ
Jack Twitchell 3826 Pomona CA
Jim Pettett 5824 Cave Creek AZ
Joey Korkames 5906 Phoenix AZ
John Ingold 3065 Flagstaff AZ
Karl Groll Tucson AZ
Kate Van Roekel Tucson AZ
Katherine Mahaney Chandler AZ
Kathy Twitchell 4684 Pomona CA
Lonnie Epic Wolff 3100 Cedar City UT
Margaret O'Kelley 5541 El Paso TX
Mark Gregory Vadnais Heights MN
Mark Mandel Green Valley AZ
Matthew Jungers 8020 Phoenix AZ
Michael Barbour 9248 Queen Creek AZ
Michele Brougher 5558 St Louis Park MN
Mike Sturgill 1847 Phoenix AZ
Mike Enfield 2751 Mesa AZ
Phil Kotofskie 6648 Tucson AZ
Ronaele Foss 3147 Colorado Springs CO
Ryan Guzy 6005 Tempe AZ
Scott Walters 6036 Tempe AZ
Stephen Kenny Calgary AB
Steve Atkins 3359 Tempe AZ
Vincent Dominguez-Schugt 3071 Saint Paul MN