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GABA – OFF THE GRID: Big Square Metric B-/4/61

OFF THE GRID: Big Square Metric B-/4/61


Ride Description:
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.

Ride Code:
• B- 16-18 final average.

Terrain Code:
• 4-Long Climbs

COVID-19 safety measures

COVID-19 vaccination required
Event will be outdoor
The event host is instituting the above safety measures for this event. Meetup is not responsible for ensuring, and will not independently verify, that these precautions are followed.
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The Shootout

The Shootout

The shootout is the Saturday morning group ride. The ride has groups of about 20 riders in the summer and well over 100 riders in the winter and spring. The terrain is fast and rolling with two sprints and a gas station stop about halfway through. The total distance is just over 70 miles. If you’re looking for extra miles and some real climbing, watch for the turnoff to Madera Canyon on Duval Mine Road. If you want to take in the same route at a slower pace, catch the “scootout” or “old man shootout” leaving from the same starting location 15 minutes before the fast ride.

The Shootout is one of the best group bike rides in the country according to Bicycling Magazine. It is common to have pro cyclists showing up for this ride and it can be fast.

Co-founded by Ralph Philips, the owner of Fair Wheel Bikes, and University of Arizona student Bob Cook, an Olympic team member. It is one of the oldest and must do, bucket list group rides in North America.

Ride times change according to the seasons.   I try an update them here, but check out  Click Here for Fair Wheels for the latest info