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Jul 7
Walkers and their dogs are welcome at Tucson Botanical Gardens every Tuesday and Thursday in June, July, August, and Septembe...more
Jul 8
Invisible Theatre presents three weeks of musical magic at Skyline Country Club. July 8-10 - The Borscht Belt Boys and ...more
Jul 8
A free Wednesday night walk/run, starting at Wade McLean Park, situated immediately east of Coyote Trails Elementary Sch...more
Jul 9
Shop for locally grown fruits/vegetables, plants, flowers, eggs, baked/canned goods, honey, gourds, and herbal remedies at Me...more
Jul 9
Sol Casinos presents a free concert on Thursdays at Casino del Sol Resort with a lineup that includes tributes to classic roc...more
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Posted By: Lesley Kontowicz
This quirky coming of age film was adapted from the novel by Mark Poirier and tells the story of Ellis (Graham Phillips) a 15-year-old boy who is leaving his rather non-traditional home in Tucson ...
Posted By: Edie Jarolim
Trying to decide where to bunk in Tucson? Consider this trio of bed & breakfasts. The Royal Elizabeth Bed & Breakfast InnAdobe Rose InnAll allow you to sleep in a beautiful home and enjoy a ...
Posted By: Teya Vitu
There was no way for me to tell it was brimming with calcite, the primary building block for the spectacular cave formations around me. As I have quickly discovered, Kartchner Caverns, about 50 miles ...
Posted By: Edie Jarolim
Aquarius is ascendant in Tucson this summer. No matter what your sign-or budget-the stars predict a great watery getaway, from a discounted stay at a splashy resort to a free front row seat at one of ...
It's the first day of monsoon season, and the sky over Southern Arizona is celebrating in true desert fashion. Magnificent storm clouds collide with the mountains, rain pours down on the windshield ...
I’ve wanted to see this band since I was 15 years old. With a sound as melodic as it is guttural, Bring Me The Horizon has been at the forefront of the metal scene since they made their debut in ...
Posted By: Graeme Hunt
Living so close to Reid Park has some great benefits. This mid-town park contains both the Dell Urich and Randolph public golf courses, a driving range, tennis courts, the El Con Club ...
Posted By: Graeme Hunt
Look, I get it. Tucson is hot in the summer. But I still like to get out and mountain bike as much as possible. There are those who still brave the heat and ride during the day but honestly, I ...
Posted By: Laurie
My husband, Don, and I spent a weekend at Apache Spirit Ranch in Tombstone (about 2.5 miles west on Allen St., which turns into West Monument Rd-left a brochure in your mailbox). We had a truly ...
Posted By: Graeme Hunt
I found something out about myself on Sunday, March 25, 2012: I am not a runner. Let me back up a bit and explain. My good friend Matt, who had enough with his sedentary lifestyle, joined ...


Road Cycling

Boasting more than 500 miles of metro bikeways, Tucson was recently named the third-best cycling city in the country by Bicycling magazine. Road bikers will feel right at home on the paved streets of the Old Pueblo, which feature wide, designated bike paths on most of its roads.

Incredible Road Bike Rides

Competitive road bikers can not only train in Tucson, but also compete here in Southern Arizona's premier cycling event: Perimeter Bicycling's El Tour de Tucson. This 110-mile road bike race attracts more than 9,000 participants each November and is the largest "perimeter" cycling event in the country. El Tour de Tucson has events for all riding levels, with courses ranging from 31 miles to the 110-miler.

Join local pros and top amateurs for the Shootout Ride on Saturday mornings from FairWheel Bikes. The ride gets out of town nice and leisurely and then picks it up to just subsonic once it hits Valencia Road. Call Fair Wheel Bikes for start times, and expect groups up to 200 riders in the winter. Be aware, the Shootout is not recommended for beginners.

Road riders seeking a muscle-busting challenge can take on the 26-mile (one-way) Catalina Highway, which twists and turns from the desert floor to the top of Mount Lemmon's Ski Valley - a 2-plus-hour, 5%-grade, uphill excursion that takes adventurous riders up roughly 6,000 feet in elevation. The climb upward takes bikers from the cacti and warm, arid desert climate to the high-elevation pines and 30-degree temperature drop atop the mountain. Though the trip up is slow, bikers can enjoy a neary all-downhill cruise back down the mountain, reaching speeds of 40 miles per hour in places.

A popular training route begins on the north side of Tucson and stretches up through the Town of Oro Valley. Beginning at River Road & Oracle Road, the ride is all uphill one way - with both gentle slopes and steep climbs. Riders head north past the western slopes of the Catalina Mountains as far up Oracle Road as they wish, before turning around for the relaxing coast back down to Tucson.

The 34-mile McCain Loop route begins in midtown Tucson at the campus of the University of Arizona and loops over scenic Gates Pass and through the towering cacti of Saguaro National Park. The ride takes bikers past downtown and through sloping mountain passes, to the flat, fast roads near Tucson Mountain Park.

Many other routes created by local Tucson cyclists can be found on the MapMyRide.com website as well as the Greater Arizona Bicycling Association (GABA) website.

Like to hear the crunch of dirt under your two wheels?  Take a look at all of the incredible mountain biking trails that Tucson has to offer.


Cycling Businesses & Routes

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Ajo Bikes

Address: 1301 E. Ajo Way, Ste. 117, Tucson, AZ 85713
Phone: (520) 294-1434

Ajo Chamber of Commerce

Address: 1 N. Plaza St., Ajo, AZ 85321
Phone: (520) 387-7742

Arizona Bicycle Experts

Address: 2801 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716
Phone: (520) 881-2279

Arizona Cyclist

Address: 5350 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85711
Contact: Owner
Phone: (520) 745-8020

Broadway Bicycles

Address: 140 S. Sarnoff Dr., Tucson, AZ 85710
Phone: (520) 296-7819

Downtown to Mission San Xavier de Bac

Address: 1950 W. San Xavier Rd., Tucson, AZ 85746
Phone: 520-294-2624
Fax: 520-294-3438

Fair Wheel Bikes

Address: 1110 E. 6th St., Tucson, AZ 85719
Contact: Ralph Phillips
Title: Owner
Phone: 520-884-9018

JJ Bicycles

Address: 640 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705
Contact: Jose Antonio Villegas
Title: Owner
Phone: (520) 882-8858

JR Photo - Desert Journeys

Address: 1981 N. Fountain Park Dr., Tucson, AZ 85715
Phone: 520-991-1402