This spectacular ride includes the climb over Picture Rocks Pass, a gigantic square on the west side of the Tucson Mountains, a traverse across Saguaro National Park West, and a climb over Gates Pass. Whew!
The scenery on this ride is off-the-charts gorgeous as we get a first hand look at the Tucson Mountains, cotton fields. and the National Park.
This ride features 2,000 feet of climbing, some of it steep. ! It is not easy. There are limited support services on the route so bring enough water for at least three hours plus extra tubes.
As a GABA Training ride, re-groupings may be as much as ten miles apart and only for a few minutes. If you are farther off the pace than that, please navigate to the Felize Paseo Park or to the finish at Camino de Cerro.
Start Time: 7:45 AM sign-in. Wheels rolling 8:00 AM.
Ride Type: Training
Final Average: 17+mph, rolling speeds can be higher.
Terrain: Significant climbing-Picture Rocks Pass, Gates Pass. Some rough roads are likely out west.
Total Elevation Gain: 2200 ft.
Traffic: We will be riding on streets and bike paths. Very little shoulder on Gates Pass. Fast traffic. on Picture Rocks Pass.
Support: This ride is unsupported.
Meeting Spot: Feliz Paseos Park See map.
Group size: This ride will be limited to ten riders.
Big Square Route
Please be responsible for your own navigation.
Participation rules: Your GABA membership must be current. If you are not a member, please consider joining at https://www.bikegaba.org/ . Helmets are mandatory. Rear flashing lights are recommended. Please obey traffic laws and represent GABA well.
• B- 16-18 final average.
• 4-Long Climbs