2009 Rides


Volunteers Needed! Join us for the fun!  We have a lot of work to do and will need your assistance. This of course leads me into the most important thing you can give us for the Holidays – VOLUNTEER. That's right; we are always looking for SAG support, helpers, food servers, tire changers or whatever you can donate of your time. You can make contact any of the club officers or the "honchos" for the rides below.

To Volunteer for one of the ride committees please CLICK  here

  • McDowell Century  November 14, 2009  

Starts Sat. Nov. 14, 2009 at Serano Park 56th Street and Sweetwater. 100 mile,62 and 30 mile routes will

travel the perimeter of the McDowell Mountains. Rest Stops, Maps, and Sag are provided and a meal will

follow the ride in Serano Park. Get Ready for El Tour De Tucson the following week. Info call Rich @

602 953-2585


1.       Chairman: Rich and Mary Rumer

2.       Co-Chair:

3.       Route Design: Neill Thompson

4.       Sag Team: ( Looking for 2 drivers with air pumps)

Event SAG : (3 stops, we need 2-3 people for each one.)




Completed rides

  • New Year's Day Ride  January 1, 2009

The Annual Tortilla Flat New Year's Day Ride will start at 9:00 a.m., at the
NW corner of West Apache Trail (Main St.) & North Apache Trail (highway 88).

17 sag-supported (by Richard Utterback) hilly miles to Tortilla Flat

For more information contact Richard Utterback at 602-400-2996.

Mark you calendar!


  • Wickenburg Overnight  February  21 & 22  , 2009 Great ride!
  • send email to get on the mailing list for next year!  wickenburg@azbikeclub.org 

ABC Wickenburg Overnight



February 21 & 22, 2009

Register early..


Cost: $20.oo includes Club Insurance, a great SAG stop with Lunch, Club Water Bottle for the first 30 riders, and Snacks poolside after checking into our rooms.



"It’s going to be a Kick Up Your Heels Year!"


February 21 & 22, 2009


Well buckaroos and buckarettes, it’s time once again to saddle up and head on out to Wickenburg for another fun weekend bike ride.  We’ll meet at the Albertsons parking lot on Carefree Highway just east of I-17 at 10am. There will be vehicles available to carry your bags. It’s a rolling 45 miles to the Best Western “Rancho Grande” in the center of town. We should have time to visit the desert Caballeros Museum before a swim in the heated pool or a soak in the Jacuzzi. Then it’s on to Anita’s Mexican restaurant for good food and margaritas. On Sunday morning, after breakfast, you may want to stop and visit the Hassayampa Nature Preserve on the way home. We’ll probably finish by around 3pm.




If you’re interested in joining us call the Best Western (928-684-5445) and get a reservation. If you have any questions about the ride call Kristi 928-202-2658 or email kristi@azbikeclub.org  

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    What's more, the ride is a knockout. On State Highway 74 From Lake Pleasant to Wickenburg, you'll pass through the saguaro covered slopes of the Bradshaw Mountain foothills, certainly one of the most scenic rides in greater Phoenix. So, escape the noise and bustle of the city. Come join us in to our peaceful desert destination where you'll find clean air, small town hospitality and the west the way it was meant to be.


    Past Gila Bend Pictures
    • Gila Bend Overnight  March 7-8  ,2009

    It’s time again to get Crazy in Gila Bend! Join us on this spring ride through the desert and find out why the Arizona Bicycle Club has sponsored this traditional tour to the Crossroads of the Southwest for the TWENTY-Ninth time.

    Gila Bend Pictures

    There is information about the historic Butterfield Stage at this website.

    1.       Chairman:

    2.       Co-Chair:


    • May 2, 2009
    • PicasaWeb Slideshow

    • Thank you all! It was a great ride!
      Chairman Heather Fowler - Desert foothills Chapter will run this event.
      Co-Chair: Sharon Ackerman
       Information or to Volunteer email DesertClassic@azbikeclub.org

      Route planning, road markings and portable toilets:

      Route Design: Neill Thompson, Heather Fowler, Rich Rumer
      Sag Team: Dennis MacLeod, Neill Thompson
                            Pre-ride snacks & coffee:

      Membership and Club Clothing Table:


      Regina, Kristi, Russ, and

      Rest Stops: : Sharon Ackerman (4 stops, we need 2-3 people for each one.)
      1.Team Bison: Neill Thompson, Kristi Moore and Kasidy and Jennifer Beasley
      2.Herb and Shari
      3.Ann's Team
      4. Bill and Marjean  Williams
    • Raffle Prize Drawing:

    Sag Drivers: Dennis MacLeod, Sharon Ackerman



    Oggie's Pizza

    • Grand Canyon Overnight August 21-23 2009

    1. Chairman: Richard Utterback
    2.   Co-Chair: Kristi Felts Moore

      Tour fee

      $30.00 ABC & GABA Members

      $40.00 Non-members

      $5.00 additional

      after August 10


      Intermediate ride

      Cost includes: Event insurance,Sag support                                                               

      Saturday night Chili dinner

      Rest stop pig out and pedal

      Camping at Mathers Campgrounds (Tents only)

      Saturday ride to Desert View  - 49 miles round trip.

      The Desert View Drive (AZ 64; also known as the East Rim Drive) passes through thick pine forest with only occasional glimpses of the canyon. Stopping places include Yaki Point after 1 mile; this is near the South Kaibab trailhead and is a popular place for sunset watching, and the aptly named Grandview Point after 12 miles. Yaki Point has recently been closed to all private vehicles to help reduce overcrowding and now access is by shuttle bus or on foot. The final viewpoint along the drive (Desert View) is one of the best in the whole park - from a high promontory just before the east entrance station, a huge area of the Grand Canyon stretches out below; the main ravine to the north and west, the Little Colorado Gorge in the east - a very steep and narrow side canyon cutting into a flat plateau, and the colorful Painted Desert in the northeast. This one of the few south rim overlooks from which the Colorado itself can be glimpsed; the contrast between the greenery alongside the river and the stark reddish rocks is quite striking. There is another cluster of buildings at Desert View including the last gas station for a while and The Watchtower, a 20 meter high stone tower built in 1932 which is just visible from Cape Royal on the north rim, 9 miles away. Nearby, on the south side of the road, the Tusayan Ruins & Museum has the remains of a 12th century Anasazi settlement containing circular kivas and square houses, though the site is not particularly impressive as the remaining walls are only 1 foot high.

      Sunday ride to Hermit’s Rest - 19 miles round trip.
      The scenic drive (Hermit Road, formerly the West Rim Drive) continues several miles further but it becomes narrow and has limited parking so entry is closed to private vehicles during the day in peak season and free shuttle buses are provided instead. Another half dozen viewpoints may be visited, including Pima Point & Hopi Point, and all are linked by a rim trail making it possible to walk between selected points before resuming the shuttle, which is rather slow and bumpy, taking about 70 minutes (excluding stops) for the round trip. The road ends at the most westerly viewpoint of Hermits Rest where several trails descend into the canyon including to Dripping Spring.
      It gets cool at night so bring
      a warm sleeping bag.

     To Volunteer for one of the ride committees please CLICK  here