Arizona Desert Camp 2013
We will begin each tour from the Country Inn and Suites Hotel located 1/2 mile from the Tucson Airport. Your arrival hotel room is included in Tucson the day you fly in to Tucson. Your departure hotel room is included the last night of the tour before you fly home the next day. A hotel shuttle bus is available to bring you and your bike to the hotel. You will be able to ship and store your hardshell bike case at the Country Inn and Suites Tucson. Rider Packets and Travel Plans will be mailed around December 15th
The Country Inn and Suites Hotel will take your reservations should you wish to arrive early or stay over a few nights. Make those reservations early!
If you would rather not travel with your bike to camp - you have an option of renting a bike. Contact Jessie Menard of Cycle Tucson at www.cycletucson.com. They can put together a bike that fits you and will deliver and pick up the bike at the Country Inn and Suites.
Download Registered Riders Here!This week of Camp is a fun week of riding through beautiful desert terrain. We will tour for six days in the flat lower desert west and north of Tucson. The weather is always warmer here and a good place for February training. Our out and back route offers flat to gently rolling landscape suitable for early season miles. We will eat breakfast and several lunches during the week at interesting local restaurants. This is a good tour to start your cycling season and break up a winter of indoor cycling.
This tour is in it's second year! It is going on some different roads from Tucson to Nogales and back. This is a medium distance tour. We will be going on some of our favorite routes near Fort Huachuca and along the Mexican border. The terrain has several long grades of 6 miles at 4-6% including climbing Mule Pass into Bisbee. This is an interesting route that will challenge most riders with 4 to 6 hours of cycling each day.
Arrive in Tucson and saddle up for a tour filled with sizzlin' southwest history every day! The first day we ride 49 miles to the Old Sonoita Inn. This inn was built in the style of a horse barn to honor the famous race horse Secretariat. The following morning we'll head out on an easy 55 miles through the wine country of Elgin before spending an evening walking the wooden sidewalks of historic Tombstone.
This tour is for riders who are looking for a fun cycling holiday. It's the easiest Desert Camp Week. You'll enjoy this tour more if you can average 10 mph to have more time to explore the old southwest along the way. If you want to train for racing and average faster than 15 mph you should not attend this week. Please consider joining a longer mileage week of Desert Camp.
This week is a cross between our popular Mountain Week with more time to ride the beautiful Chiricahua Mountains. The 15 mile climb to the Chiricahua Monument is considered one of the best roads in the region. You will spend 2 nights in Willcox and 3 nights in Historic Tombstone so you can customize shorter or longer routes if you wish. You also get to visit quirky Bisbee!
This week is for experienced riders. All riders should be able to ride more than 50 miles in 4 hours with stops
This year we will be staying at the Tombstone Holiday Inn Express located on the outskirts of town.
There's no question that Chiricahua is a tough climb, but I would say that it has some steeper parts and some less steep parts, so it's not just a continuous slog (like Mt Ventoux in southern France). The first few miles are relatively gentle as the scenery starts to change from desert to more forest and you get your first view of the unusual rock formations. To break it up, riders can stop at the Park Service visitor center, which has bathrooms and interesting displays. The middle part of the climb is deep in a forested canyon, which can be cooler than on the desert floor. Sometimes, water is flowing in a small creek bed and you get more close-up views of the bizarre formations. The last few miles are a bit steeper, but still not as steep as parts of the Mt Graham climb from Mountain Week. This stretch is also very rewarding because of the expansive views and switchback road that clings to the hillside. Riders are back into the open at this point and you can see the twisting road up ahead. There is a nice parking lot at the top, surrounded by miles of rock formations, with interpretive displays and short hikes to overlook vista points. In sum, while this is clearly a good climb, I've rarely been on a climb that is as rewarding as Chiricahua and best of all, there is very little traffic. The descent is thrilling, but with excellent smooth pavement, so it takes only a fraction of time to get down.
Concerning the Chiricahua Climb
by Charles Breer
This week is for riders who want to ride long miles everyday, but stay at one location during the week. Daily rides can be customized for riders with specific interests. Evening cycling entertainment and programs will be provided on a variety of topics. Each day will offer longer and shorter routes with 60-100 mile options.
The riders at this camp will range from beginner to experienced. All riders should be able to ride 50 miles in 4 hours with stops.
The training base for riders attending Desert Camp is different than for riders joining our other cross country tours. Most riders are coming from winter climates. They are unable to ride outside during the three months before Camp. These riders can still arrive at Camp ready to ride. Here are some fitness goals:
Register by Dec 1st and receive our custom voler desert camp jersey. All registrations include a cool dry PAC TOUR cycling hat (or other in stock item) and a cycling book.
Ride, Sleep and Eat Option: Opt out of commemoratives and save $100 on one week.
Save an additional $100 when you register for 2 weeks of desert camp as the second week does not receive commemorative items