As winter rolls in, there are not many places in the country where you can be outdoors riding your bike in short sleeves mid-December.
I’ve had Dawn to Dusk Arizona mountain bike race on my buck list for a couple years now and finally pulled the trigger as part of a quad mixed team representing Team Red, White and Blue Phoenix. I consider myself an intermediate mountain biker so this course was perfect for my first endurance mtn bike race.
The course runs a sixteenish mile loop on the Pemberton Trail at McDowell Mountain Regional Park with 1000 feet of gentle climbing. The downhills are smooth and nontechnical so it’s the perfect way to get your intro to mountain bike racing.
The other appealing thing about this event were all the categories. Riding as a quad team, we each rode two laps over twelve hours. You can choose solo rider, duo or quad teams, male, female or mixed categories. Next year I’m planning to ride as a female duo 50+ with my best friend.
If you are an outdoor enthusiast and a mountain biker, consider putting the Dawn to Dusk Arizona on your list of things to in December. The event is typically the 2nd Saturday in December. The Arizona desert scenery is majestic! The race is well suited for beginners and experts alike, it’s well organized, participants are friendly and the after party is a blast.
In 2011 I lost my best friend to breast cancer. So at age forty-five with a young son as my motivation, I got active and became a triathlete. I was a member of the Clif Bar sponsored Team LUNA Chix program for three years and most recently Athletic Director for the Phoenix chapter of Team, Red, White & Blue. After completing my first Ironman in 2013, I took up mountain biking and trail running. I’m currently training for my first ultra trail running event the American River 50 in Folsom CA in April 2018.