Date: Feb 04, 2017
Distance: 188 miles.
Start Time: 07:00 AM. There will be a pre-ride meeting before the brevet for last minute instructions.
Start Location: The start/finish control is
the Walmart parking lot in Coolidge, AZ.
Address: 1695 North Arizona Boulevard,
Coolidge, Arizona 85128
Time Limit: 20 hours
Sunrise: 07:21 AM
Gila Monster 300k
This route forms a loop around the Gila River, and provides
scenic desert views through some historic Arizona mining towns.
Starting in the Gila River Valley, we pass through Coolidge and
then begin a gentle 50-mile 'false flat' climb to Oracle
(averaging 1%, with a max around 4%). Oracle is a curios town at
the bottom of Mt. Lemmon, so slow down and take a few digital
photos. Next is a 33-mile descent into Arizona Mining Country.
Pass through Mammoth on the way to Winkelman...then through
Kearny, after which there are front seat views of the colorful
Ray 'Open Pit' Mine. Next is the 8-mile 'Monster' climb (average
4-5%, with a max grade of 14%). This isn't as hard as it sounds,
but better bring a compact or triple crankset if you have
concerns. Pass through the mining town of Superior, and then
enjoy 37-miles of views of the Superstition Mountains (think
'Arizona Highways' magazine)...home of the legendary 'Lost
Dutchman' mine. Following a short out-and-back to the community
of Gold Canyon, the route passes through the historic town of
Florence before completing the loop in Coolidge.
View on line map
Excel cue sheet - Updated Feb-03-2017 (Final
cue sheet - Updated Feb-03-2017 (Final Superior detour)
Total climbing is about 8000 ft., depending
on which measurement device you use.
Take note of the route profile as the climbs
on this ride are not rollers, but long, steady climbs. The climb
that comes at mile 110 will definitely get your attention. It
comes in 3 large steps. The last mile is particularly
challenging. Remember, walking is just another gear!
Riders are expected to do simple repairs such as repair a flat tire.
Lights, safety vest/belt, and ankle bands are required if riding after sunset.
Note that there is only about 11 hours of light for this ride
since sunset is at 17:59. You should plan to have lights and
reflective equipment with you at all times.
The Start/ Finish will be located in the
Walmart parking lot in Coolidge, AZ. A Google map may be found
Rider limit: 100 riders
Carlton van Leuven is your trail boss for this ride.
Still have questions? Contact Carlton
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