The Arizona Bicycle Classic takes advantage of our state's best seasons for outdoor adventure in order to serve up an off-the-charts road cycling experience.
This semi-annual fun event, held every April and October, features three distances:
28, 56, or 78 miles (a metric century plus).
The mild terrain along State Route 188, with gently rolling hills, also features spectacular Wild West scenery. According to the state's Cycle Arizona map, SR 188 is one of the least-traveled paved roads in Arizona, and has shoulders at least four feet wide for most of its length.
Our event starts and finishes at picturesque Jake's Corner, about 80 miles northeast of Phoenix. From there, riders will enjoy views of saguaro forests as far as the eye can see, as well as the rugged Sierra Ancha Wilderness and the Superstition Mountains.
All three routes pass through historic Tonto Basin, a site of the infamous Pleasant Valley Range War of the 1800's, and the subject of Tonto Basin, a 1921 Western novel by Zane Grey.
Riders who sign up for either of the longer rides get to see the crystal waters of Roosevelt Lake and ride over the iconic blue bridge. Here the road winds under steep cactus-studded cliffs, with the sparkling lake stretching out below.
At 1080 feet long, this beautiful engineering marvel is the longest two-lane, single-span, steel arch bridge in North America. You'll definitely want a photo of you and your buddies riding across this unique structure.
Besides having a great ride, you'll also be helping out a worthy cause, since a portion of our proceeds goes to St. Vincent de Paul's Payson Food Bank.
Registration includes complementary coffee before the start, and refreshment stations every 15 miles, with water, electrolytes, fresh fruit and healthy snacks. We also provide friendly course SAG and sweep support. Afterward, riders can kick back and enjoy a delicious post-ride lunch.