Saturday, March 2, 2013
Distance: 257 miles
Start Time: 6:00 AM
Registration opens at 5:30 AM. There will be a mass start at 6 AM.
Start Location: Round Trip Bike Shop (Get directions)
Time Limit: 27 hours
9:34 PM, 92% illuminated
Cost: $25 All riders must pre-register. (No day of event registration.)
This route starts and finishes in Casa Grande at the Round Trip Bike Shop. From Casa Grande the route travels in a clockwise direction circling much of the Salt/Gila River Valley, including traveling along most of the length of the Valley of the Sun. This is done on roads that generally only skirt the southern reaches of the cities of the Valley, which together comprise the fifth largest metropolitan area in the United States. Much of the first half of the route is across desert and reservation land. The second half is primarily farm land. The roads were chosen to minimize traffic and stop lights and many are formerly key roads that have been superseded by Interstate and highways, leaving them more enjoyable for cyclists.
Services are located at regular intervals along the route at the towns visited. Towns and Cities visited: Casa Grande, Sacaton, Casa Blanca, Maricopa, Gila Bend, Arlington, Buckeye, Estrella, Phoenix, Laveen, Komatke, Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek and Coolidge.
Terrain: This route being in a valley, has only 2,858 feet of total climbing. With the exception of the railroad grade climb between Maricopa and Gila Bend and some short climbs from Gila Bend to Arlington, this is a flat ride that drops in elevation from Casa Grande down to Gila Bend and returns with a gradual climb to Casa Grande.
Location: Round Trip Bike Shop
Address: 1148 E. Florence Blvd, Casa Grande, AZ
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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.
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Lights, reflective vest, ankle bands: Required. There will be a light inspection at check-in to verify front and rear lights are working and are sufficient for night riding.
Information for planning food and water stops for Around the Bend 400k brevet
Mile - Information
0 Casa Grande Food along Florence Blvd, including 24 hr Wal-Mart
23.3 Casa Blanca Market
33.2 Bad cattle guard right before Maricopa Rd stop light. Traffic light for Maricopa Rd. turns green in 20 sec after tripped. May require multiple bikes over the sensor to trip.
37.2 Maricopa. Circle K (restrooms), Bashas' grocery, Carl's Jr, Subway 8am open. Exit parking lot on N side at far W exit to get onto AZ 238
57.2 Entering Sonoran Desert National Monument
77.4 Caution at new AZ 85 Hwy. and I8 interchange
77.8 Gila Bend. Subway/24 hr market, Space Age Restaurant, Gila Bend Food Market. Circle K, Burger King, McDonald's
79.6 Make U turn in Gila Bend in front of McDonald's at Love's Truck Stop. Welcome to Gila Bend sign is 50 yds ahead on right side of Pima Road.
124.3 Buckeye. IGA Grocery Store, Darla's Country Kitchen, Argento's Pizza, Circle K, Subway, Sonic, Pizza Hut, Romero's Mexican
137 Estrella. Safeway shopping center
145.7 Circle K
157.5 Laveen. Major shopping area. Fry's and Safeway shopping centers (12am) Valero 24 hr market, Sonic, Subway, Wienerschnitzel, Starbucks, etc.
163.5 Komatke market/gas station
180.3 Akimel O'othham Store (8:30 pm)
182.7 Sun Lakes Burger King (12 am), Subway (9 pm)
183.7 Bashas' grocery (10 pm), Minit Market (12 am)
184.7 Chandler Diamond Shamrock 24 hr market (restroom), McDonalds (12 am)
185.7 Fry's grocery (10 pm), Jack in Box
187.7 Valero 24 hr market, Alberson's grocery (12 am), Subway
192.7 Fry's grocery (10 pm)
194.7 Bashas grocery (11 pm), Subway (10 pm), Burger King (12 am), Apple Dumpling Café. Queen Creek Circle K 24 hr on Northeast corner of Power and Chandler Heights Rds.
202.5 Fry's (11 pm) shopping center, KFC, Burger King, Subway (12 am). Moreno's Mexican Grill (9:30 pm), Little Caesar's (10 pm)
208 Skyline market (9 pm) next to Filiberto's sign. Water machine out front
217.8 Watch railroad tracks!
229.2 Coolidge Market (8 pm)
229.3 Coolidge Circle K 24 hr