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Let's do a portion of the Chino grinder as we get ready for the big event in September. We'll start near Mile Marker 11 on Perkinsville Road. There's a parking area on your left that includes a shooting area. It's the same place we typically start if going to Jerome. We'll ride past the bridge to the start of the pavement and then return the same way. It's about 41 miles total with about 3700' of climbing. Of course you can always make it longer or shorter if you want just let me know your plans. All gravel.
The Not-So-Flatlander Fifty is about 51 miles with 3200' of climbing. The ride has three legs: Williamson Valley Road to the end of the pavement, Fair Oaks/Tonto to the end of the pavement, and a loop through Crossroads Ranch. You can shorten the ride by skipping any one of these legs. Please bring enough water to get you through the ride, but, we can stop for water at the firehouse across from the Crossroads Ranch entrance if necessary. Pacelines optional; please respect physical distancing guidelines at rest stops. The Tour de Tuesdays is a challenging ride. Pace can be brisk but the ride is NOT a hammer-fest. This is a no-drop ride that ALWAYS regroups for slower riders. Pace varies to suit each week's participants, and similarly paced riders ride together. Join us!
Meet at Watson Lake boat ramp, by bathrooms, below Hwy 89 overlook. Parking in the lot is $3 per vehicle. Ride thru the woods, over the red bridge, onto Peavine, and Iron King trails. Total distance is 17.5 miles, but this can be shortened if desired by turning back at any point in the ride. Mild elevation changes, speed avg ~10-12 mph. We will regroup at the intersection of the Peavine and Iron King trails, and at each turn around point. This ride is geared towards a newer rider, and the pace will be casual, as dictated by the participants. Since the trail is gravel, skinny tired road bikes are not appropriate, but any other bike will be fine (mountain, gravel, hybrid, ebike, etc.). We will practice social distancing.
Park at the dirt clearing on the right about 1/4 mile in from the intersection of Iron Springs and Tonto. We’ll ride down Tonto to where the pavement begins (at the cattle guard and juniper). Returning on Tonto, we’ll hang a left at Contreras for a fairly short invigorating climb and continue on Contreras to the Iron Springs intersection. From there, it’s a fun descent on the pavement back to Tonto and our start. Mostly gravel, 28 miles and ~2000 feet of climbing. Gravel bikes, mountain bikes, and e-bikes are all welcome. Come on out for an early morning no-drop gravel ride in the Skull Valley area.