January 17, 2015
Carlton van Leuven (Arizona RUSA Brevet Administrator) and I pre-rode this course the Friday before the actual event. Since we both worked Friday morning, we decided to start our adventure in the afternoon. The course starts in Chandler at Walmart at Pecos Road and Arizona Avenue. This one of several 'minimal support' (none) brevets on the Arizona calendar this year. These events allow a variety of new routes, and the ability of the organizers to ride with the main event. Because of scheduling challenges, Carl and I pre-rode the event to check out the course.
We rolled out at 1:17 pm and headed north on Arizona Avenue. Lot's of traffic and a few rude drivers for the first 10 miles of city riding!
Soon we cleared the Chandler/Mesa afternoon traffic and were making great time up the Beeline Highway! We rolled into the first checkpoint about an hour and 22 minutes into the ride, after a quick reload we were back on the AZ 87. This section has a gentle upgrade, but we had a gentle tailwind all the way to the Saguaro Lake Turnoff.
|The Beeline with Four Peaks|
|On the Usury Pass Climb|
|All the girls at the check point!|
|Sunset at the EOP|
|The End of Pavement (EOP)!|
|Back at the Dash Inn|
It is only a few miles back to Ellsworth road and civilization. With a full bonk setting in, we decided to stop at the Subway and have a leisurely dinner.
We covered the last 23 miles, in cool temperatures and light traffic and rolled past the Walmart about 9 hours after we started. With 6000 feet of climbing, and some of the best scenery in the Phoenix area, this was an awesome ride, even if much of it was after dark!
Thanks to Carlton and Mike Sturgill for putting this one on the Brevet calendar this year!