We will be re-tracing a couple of the routes, and following portions of El Tour up in the Oro Valley area. We start by climbing up Via Entrada, then continue to climb up 1st all the way to Pima Canyon (take a right once you get to Magee) where there's a water stop and small regroup. We then head into Oro Valley, around Vistoso Loop now that construction has moved up 77. We come across Moore Rd, and will be getting water (and maybe a donut!) at the Circle K off of Tangerine. We continue up to the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain, then coast back down to the Santa Cruz bike path, which we take back down, getting off at St. Mary's, then returning through Downtown. This is another extra 12 miles more than Week 4. At 66 miles with 2500 ft of elevation gain, we'll be done at around lunch time, giving us time to start at a reasonable 6:30am. Sunrise is 6:25, if you're riding to the start, make sure you have a headlight.
We have 3 re-grouping spots, one is on the map, we typically stop at the Circle K off of Tangerine, and again when we get on the bike path at Cortaro before the long haul back. The group size has made it hard to be no-drop, I have some maps available at the start.
Week 6 is the Tumacacori Century, which I highly recommend signing up for. It's $15 for GABA members, I recommend doing the 71 mile route or go for the 100 miler, with a cool south loop that takes you to Rio Rico. I developed the route, and will be driving SAG support during the ride in the big black Ford Raptor, hope to see you out there. Click Here for more information (http://gaba.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=87&club_id=307669&item_id=385859&sl=425425730).
About Downtown El Tour Training Rides:
Welcome to the El Tour Training Ride Series from Downtown. These rides start from where El Tour starts at Armory Park, and pick off different portions of the course (as well as some of my favorite rides). The end to each ride has a breakfast/brunch option. The rides will increase from 24 miles week 1 to close to 100 miles prior to El Tour. Pace will always be a C+ to a B (12-16 mph average) depending on elevation gain.