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Jul 26
The Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists hosts a girls mountain bike-ride on the last Saturday of the month. Contact club in ad...more
Jul 26
A cool summer 5K run through the shady Green Valley Pecan Farm orchards, preparing runners for the Pecan Classic in November ...more
Jul 28
Watch Mother Nature's summer fireworks show at Kitt Peak National Observatory. Travel far away from the city lights to view a...more
Jul 30
Self-guided and guided tours, exhibits, and presentations about Southern Arizona birds and butterflies at annual conference i...more
Jul 31
The Tucson Botanical Gardens hosts an evening with fun family activities and entertainment focused around an 'Alien Invasion:...more

Road Biking

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

Arizona Bicycle Experts

Address: 2520 E. 6th St., 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

Fair Wheel Bikes

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

JR Photo

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

Ordinary Bike Shop

Address: 311 E. 7th St., Tucson, AZ 85705
Contact: David Tang
Title: Owner
Phone: 520-622-6488
Fax: 520-882-1981

Oro Valley Bikes

Address: 12985 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ 85739
Phone: (520) 825-2751

Performance Bicycle

Address: 7204 E. Broadway Blvd., Circle Plaza, Tucson, AZ 85710
Contact: Owner
Phone: (520) 296-4715

ProBike Tucson

Address: 6540 E. Tanque Verde Rd., Tucson, AZ 85715
Contact: Chris Gould
Title: Manager
Phone: 520-722-BIKE(2453)