Heart of Arizona

Ride Your Bike in The Heart of Arizona
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Start times: 98 miles 7:00 am, 44 miles 8:00 am

Please join the Bull Shifters as we host this incredible event for our 11th year!

 

Register HERE   and Ride information

 

Start location: Congress, AZ – in front of the Sierra Vista Motel
Where is Congress, you ask?
37 miles Southwest of Nowhere, AZ
39 miles Southeast of Nothing, AZ
89 miles East of Somewhere, AZ and
67 miles Beyond Hope, AZ
Google map, Click HERE
Located at the Sierra Vista Motel, the smallest motel in Arizona

Ride Options:
– 44 mile Heart intro route.
– 98 mike route

Cost:
$55 Bull Shifter, ABC, GABA members
$60 for non members
$75 for “Day of event” registration
You get:
-2 Beautiful routes
-4 sags on route
-Roving support
-Great swag (for pre registered riders)
– hamburgers at the finish
-Cheerful and helpful volunteers
-Memories to last a lifetime

The Heart of Arizona is a classic bicycle ride started in 1983 and resurrected by the Bullshifters Bicycling Club.  This year the route is being changed so participants will have the opportunity to climb Yarnell Grade made famous by the Race Across America.  It’s a seven mile climb on wide, smooth shoulders that stays a steady 5% to 6% while giving spectacular views of Vulture Peak and the enormous valley that is the last of the low lying desert in Arizona.  You will understand why this is one of the most photographed climbs on the Race Across America.

After leaving the small town of Yarnell you will find the route mostly downhill with a few rollers as you leave the green pastures of Peeples Valley.  After stopping at the first SAG at Kirkland Junction you’ll make your way on very low traffic roads, past isolated ranches to the second SAG above the hamlet of Hillside.  Then you make your way back to Kirkland and take a left up to the small village of Skull Valley where the third SAG is waiting for you.  Each of the Bullshifters’ SAG compete with each other to be the best SAG on the ride.  Each one will have the standard fare riders want to nourish their bodies, but Bullshifter SAGs try to give the riders something extra special.  Sometimes it’s roasted chicken sandwiches, home made pastries, or root beer floats.  Many riders have told us the Heart of Arizona is the best supported ride they have ever ridden.

There’s a climb to get to Yarnell, but your reward is the thrilling 7 mile descent of Yarnell Hill!  This is what you’ve worked for all day long.  After the e-ticket descent, you’ll have a couple miles of soft peddling and story telling with your riding buds as you cruise on in to the finish.

The 44 mile riders will turnaround at the first SAG in Kirkland Junction.  Once you’ve rested and refueled, you get to retrace your route back to the finish where helpful volunteers await your arrival.  Did I mention the 7 mile descent of Yarnell hill?!?  This, alone, is worth the entry fee!

At the finish, the Bull Shifters will be cooking up some grub so you can feed your tired bodies while reminiscing about your day’s events.  Sit back, relax, and have a burger or hot dog and Coke on us.  You’ve earned it by riding either 44 miles with 3100’, or 98 miles with over 6000’ of climbing!

 

 

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

 

Directions:
US 60 to Wickenburg, SR 89/93 N (6 mi.) to
SR89 N (10 mi.) to Congress. Left on SR71 (0.3 mi.) to Start

Questions?
Contact: Jim Pettett:
events@bullshifters.org