Monthly Archives: February 2022

Ride List for 2.4.2022

Next weekend crit racing returns with the Santa Catalina Omnium. Crit racing and the Oracle road race.  Still time to register. This great weekend is put on by the University of Arizona Cycling team who were just named best club team in the nation by USA Cycling for the third year running. The Damion Alexander Team with Long Realty proudly supports this program.  Show your support and come out and race or cheer on the riders.  It’s a good time.

I’m not sure why we have not renamed February “24 HOP Month”. This weekend the list again is heavy on the MTB rides. Head out to Willow Springs any time and people are hanging our, riding bikes, drinking beer.

In creating this list I’m amazed how many rides are still not happening. Others are back, but have asked not to publicly share at this time. I’m sure I’m missing some rides and events, so please text me at 520-977-5664 or email if you know of something that should be on this list. I’m sure with each week the list will be enhanced.


I DID NOT CONFIRM EVERY TIME, but did get in touch with most of the ride leaders and shops.  You should always verify times before you head out and remember these ride times are when the ride leaves. Please show up as early as needed to make sure you are ready to roll out at the time posted.


Ben’s Bikes MTB Night RideAlternates between Ben’s Bike the Vail TrailsMonday 6:30PM2 hours no drop 12-15 520-574-2453
Hills, Hills HillsBashas Kolb/SunriseTuesday 6:00AM20 miles About an hour12-14 HILLSDamion Alexander 520-977-5664 text or call
Tuesday Fair Wheel RideUniversity/EuclidTuesday 7:30AM2.5 hours 40 
Tuesday Night Ride Flagpole  – West Side of  Old MainTuesday 8:30PM12-18 milesSlow
Mt. LemmonUniversity/EuclidWed 6:00AM55-60 Miles
JKG DnA Easy Udall Parking LotWed 5:30AMUdall-Mile post 3 on LemmonCasual No Drop
Transit to Dragoon, Third Wednesday Ride.Transit Cycles 100 S Avenida Del Convento,Every 3rd Wednesday of the month 5:30A few milesNo Drop
Wednesday ShredzdaySierra Vista Cherokee Parking LotWed 7:00PM10 miles Sun & Spokes. 520.458.0685 Awesome Site for local routes!
Bike PoloU of A Mall closer to CampbellWed 8:00PM
Up Oracle ThursdayUniversity and EuclidThurs 7:30AM
Hills, hills, hillsBashas Kolb/SunriseThurs 6:00AM20 miles12-14(but Hills)Damion Alexander 520-977-5664
Thursdays are for wheel PeopleAJ’s Sunrise/CampbellThursday 7:00AM45 miles18 520-548-3624
The JKG Flagship rideLe Buzz 9121 E Tanque Verde Rd Thurs 5:30AMLe Buzz to Molina BasinHammer festJKG Strava on Facebook
Homestretch Foundation Spin with the StretchiesLe Buzz 9121 E Tanque Verde Rd Starting dec 3rd 10am75-90 minutesRecovery ride
Bicycle Ranch Tucson Group Bicycle Ranch at Oracle and Ina  Saturday 7:00AM  53 (shorter option of 38 as well) miles17-20 MPHFree Breakfast after ride Steve 520-219-4311
The Old Man ShootoutUniversity and EuclidSaturday 7:15 AM  60 Mile (can be extended to 100)Fast 20
The Big Boy ShootoutUniversity and EuclidSaturday 7:30AM60 Miles(can be extended to 100)
HMS Shop Ride8225 N. Courtney Page WaySaturday 7:00AM4 routes 25-30 MilesNo 520-989-0196
Zona Cycling First of the Month Mt Lemmon RideLe Buzz 9121 E Tanque Verde Rd 1st Saturday 7:30AMAs far as you can getUntil you turn around
Zona Cycling  El Con by the Starbucks .2nd, 3rd, 4th,5th, Saturday 7:30AM65 miles16-18
Broadway Bicycles Shop RideVarious Routes Call ScottOn Hiatus  Scott 520-296-7819
Sabino Cycle Shop RideVaries- email Steve  to be on the listSaturday 7:30AM No  
Super Sunday Bike Ride at Trek .Trek Bikes at Campbell and Ft. LowellOn Hiatus Sunday90-120 MinutesNo Drop 

THIS WEEKS MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDES  ^^^^Road rides are above^^^^

WhatLocationDate-TimeTime  – Distance- SpeedContact- More Info
“Midday Mayhem” @ Fantasy Island – South Loops Start #OldPuebloMTBFantasy Island  South Side Bunny Loops Sat 2.5.22 AT 2 PM – 4 PM  45 minutes – 1.5 hours
Unofficial #24HOP Pre-Ride w/ Bicycle Ranch  24 Hour Town  Sunday 2.6.2022 AT 9 AM – 12 PM  16.5 miles, unless you do 2 laps it’s 33 and if you do 3 it’s almost 50 and so on.
“Midday Mayhem” @ 50-Year Trail  50 Year Golder Ranch trailheadSUNDAY2.6.2022 AT 10 AM – 12:30 PM  90 minutes to 2 hours
Ride: AZT Loma Alta  Camino Loma Alta Trailhead  Sunday 2.6.2022 9AMMeet at the Camino Loma Alta Trailhead at 9am. We will ride to the Pistol Hill trailhead, have a refreshment stop, then head back.
– “Dirt Divas” @ Robles Trailhead #WomenSpecific #OldPuebloMTB  Robles Trailhead  Wed 2.9.2022 AT 9:30 AM – 12 PM  9 miles about 2 hours
Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists(SDMB)  and Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA Tucson off-road Cyclists and Activists.  (TORCA) have a calendars. Check them out  at. SAMBA SDMB TORCA


WhatLocationDateContact- More Info
“Trail Work Day”Fantasy Island w/ SDMB  Fantasy Island Mountain Bike Trails   Saturday 2.5.2022 AT 8:30 AM – 12 PM   
Coaching El Grupito Youth CyclingEl Grupo Clubhouse near downtownMon-Thurs 3:30-6:30. Commit to as little as 1 day a weekJody Bartz 406-581-8855
Night with the pro women of Homestretch FoundationBicycle Ranch TucsonThursday Feb 10,  6PM 2022
Parrot Heads February Bike Path Clean Up  Brandi Fenton Memorial Park    Sat 2.26.2022 8:30AM
GABA Volunteer OpportunitiesYear Round Opportunities to give back to the community. Check out the link to the right. ————-à


WhatLocationDateContact- More Info
White Tank Whirlwind XCPhoenix, AZFebruary 5-6,2022
Flap Jack Flats TTEloy, AZFebruary 6, 2022
BetterRide w/ Gene Hamilton MTB Skills Course  Tucson, AZFebruary
Fountain Hills Gran Fondo  McDowell Mountain Cycles  February 12 8 AM
Santa Catalina OmniumTucson and Oracle AZFebruary 12-13
24 Hours in the Old PuebloWillow Springs, AZFebruary 18-20, 2018
Tonto Mountain RidesUsery Mountain Regional Park
Mesa, AZ
February 19,2022
Spokes and AlewadellFebruary 26, 2022
Rotary Tour de Cookie Bike RideThe Loop/TucsonMarch 5th  
Tour De CureGlendale, AZMarch 05, 2022  Vickie McWatters
(602) 413-3427
Ken Forbes Memorial State Chapmionship CriteriumTucson, AZMarch 12, 2022
BetterRide w/ Gene Hamilton MTB Skills Course  Sedona, AZMarch 11-13, 2022
Cactus CupFountain HillsMarch 11-13, 2022
Bicycle Ranch Tucson Kino Criterium  2500 E Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85713-6218, United States  March 13, 2022
43rd Annual Sonoita-Bisbee Overnight Ride   

Santa Cruz County Fair Grounds, Sonoita, ArizonaMarch 19 and 20, Saturday and Sunday,
Tour De ZonaSierra Vista, Bisbee, TombstoneMarch 25-27
Havasu Havoc XCLake Havasu CityMarch 26,2022
The Arizona Trail Race – 300 and 750 MileArizona Trail, from Mexico to Superior or Mexico to UtahTBD
Tommy Knocker 10                          Silver City, NM Ft. BayardApril 2, 2022     
El Tour De MesaMesa, AZApril 2, 2022
The Javelina ChaseDuncan, AZTentative- April
Prescott PunisherPrescott, AZApril 9, 2022
Sierra Vista OmniumSierra Vista, AZApril 9-10, 2022
El Grupo Scavenger HuntEl Grupo ClubhouseTBD April, 2022
Sinister RidesSan Tan Queen Creek, AZApril 15, 2022
Highly Falkner S. Mountain TTSouth Mountain, Phoenix, AZApril 23,2022
Prescott Punisher XCPrescott, AZApril 29, 2022
Ride Across ArizonaCalifornia to New Mexico 615 milesMay 2, 2022
The Whiskey Off RoadPrescott, AZApril 29-May 1, 2018
Flagstaff Frenzy XCFt Valley Flagstaff, AZMay 7, 2022   
3 Bears TTPicacho, AZ  May 15, 2022

Royal Gorge Six and TwelveCanon CityMay 14,2022
Ride of SilenceTucson, AZMay 18, 2022
Adrenaline Night RidesMcDowell Mountain Park
Fountain Hills, AZ
May 20, 2022
Arizona State MTB ChampionshipsPrescott AZMay 21-22, 2022 
Grand Junction Off-RoadGrand Junction, COMay 20-22, 2022 
The Carson City Off RoadCarson City, NVJune 24-26, 2022
24 Hours in The Enchanted ForestGallup, NMJune 11-12, 2022
Hypnosis Night RidesEstrella Mountain Regional Park Goodyear, AZJune 17, 2022
Stunner Night RidesUsery Mountain Regional Park Mesa, AZJuly 22, 2022
Big Woody RidesFort Tuthill County Park
Flagstaff, AZ
August 13,2022
Vertigo Night RideWhite Tank Mountain Regional Park
Waddell, AZ
August 19,2022
Willcox FlyerWillcox, AZSeptember TBD
State ITT and Tandem ChampionshipsPicacho, AZSeptember 18,2022
Jangover Night RidesMcDowell Mountain Regional Park
Fountain Hills, AZ
September 23, 2022
Mt. Graham Hill ClimbSafford, AZSeptember TBD
The Oz Trail OffroadBettonville AKOctober 7-9, 2022
Tour of The White MountainsPinetop-Lakeside AZOctober 1,2022
Sky Island TourSierra Vista, AZOctober 1, 2022
El Grupo Fall FondoTucson AZOctober 16,2022
Nogales Bicycle ClassicNogales, AZOctober 2022 TBD
Mt. Lemmon Gravel GrinderOracle, AZOctober 2022
Spirit World 100Patagonia, AZTBD November 2022
Saguaro Soiree – A Women’s MTB WeekendUsery Mountain Regional Park
Mesa, AZ
November 19-20, 2022
BetterRide w/ Gene Hamilton MTB Skills Course  Scottsdale, AZDecember  9-11, 2022
Man vs Machine                                               Williams, AZTBD – Traditionally late September
El Tour de Tucson                                    Tucson, AZNovember ,2022
AZ Endurance Series PleasantvilleAnthem, AZ               December 2022
Dawn to Dusk Arizona                                McDowell Mountain Regional Park,December 2022
GABA Toy RideTucson, AZDecember 
2021 McKenzie Frenzy                     Vail, AZ  December 2022
The Arizona Endurance Series rides have not set dates for 2022. I’ll add them as the promoters share them. The website is The weak need not apply.

ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES – WANT BETTER BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE? GET INVOLVED.  Feel free to e-mail if you want to get involved and have questions on the Velodrome Committee, CASA- Cycling Advocates of Southern Arizona, GABA – Greater Arizona Bicycle Association, SDMB -Sonoran Desert Mountain Bike, TORCA – Tucson Off Road Cyclist & Activists, El Grupo Youth Cycling, El Tour De Tucson and all of it’s charity partners, Tour De Zona, Tour De Mesa, Mt. Lemmon Gravel Grinder….  Added bonus, I’ll be there and the pictures are free;-)


These rides are not mine.  I am only sharing the data.  The Damion Alexander Team can’t guarantee anybody’s safety.  There are unknown and unforeseen potential hazards in every ride so you should pay attention and take reasonable precautions.  I always use a helmet.  I think that helmets should be required when riding.  If you choose to listen to music during rides you should only use the headset in one ear or use a bone conducting system.  Better yet, buy a FarEnd Gear earbud.  Communication is essential during all rides and having the ability to hear is a part of your responsibility to others.  Please also ride within your limitations. You are not racing the Tour de France.  If you see someone  that is  not riding within their limitations or are becoming a hazard to others we should politely bring this to their your attention.  Do this for your and everybody’s safety. 

Also, it is everybody’s responsibility to follow all traffic laws.  We are not lemmings.  Just because somebody does something foolish does not mean you need to follow.  Use your head and enjoy your ride.