Cyclists Find Fountain Hills a ‘Match Made in Heaven’

bicyclistWith more than 390 miles of dedicated bike lanes, cycling is the perfect way to enjoy the astounding views in Fountain Hills. Bicycling and hiking are in the top 5 reasons regional folks visit the Fountain Hills. Serious riders find the Hills a challenging place to build strength and endurance for competitive riding, but all levels of riders come to enjoy our special slice of Sonoran Desert heaven.

 

Two local Bicycle stores serve local and regional riders alike.  Fountain Hills Bikes is located at the far north end of the city, convenient to the popular off-road trails available at McDowell Mountain Park. Offering sales, service and rental bikes for short or long term, this experienced crew has served more than two generations of area riders.

Biking GearFountain Hills Bikes   15225 N. Fountain Hills Blvd   480 836-8827

http://www.fountainhillsbikes.com/

The world-renowned mountain bike tracks in McDowell Mountain Park offer three loops totaling 15 miles: one for the experts, one for intermediate riders, and one for the average rider. Each loop offers a variety of obstacles to test the riders’ skills. The first track consists of steep inclines, swooping turns, technical descents, and rugged terrain. This competitive track is geared for mountain bikers who want to test their skills as riders. Joggers and equestrian riders are welcome to give the track a try too. The Long Loop of the track was designed for the average rider but is used by all. The Sport Loop is for intermediate riders and experts. The Technical Loop is for the expert rider. This portion of the track offers swooping turns, very technical descents, and steep inclines.  Recent competitions on these breathtaking hills have drawn more than 30,000 spectators.

 http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell/Biking.aspx

McDowell Mountain BikesServing all ages and skill levels of riders, McDowell Mountain Cycles (MMC) is located on the south end of Saguaro Blvd.  Offering service, products, clothing and training, MMC hosts a number of rides offering exercise, coaching and fellowship.

Their popular Saturday “MMC Road Run” features three levels of riders, from Pro’s to the “Slow Go’s” starts at 7 am from Starbucks.  Schedules and activities vary, so check their website for details. Other rides of interest to area riders include:

mountain BikeDec 5: AES McDowell Mountain 60 – Fountain Hills, AZ

Dec 12: Dawn to Dusk – Fountain Hills, AZ

Jan 16: MBAA McDowell Meltdown – Fountain Hills, AZ

Jan 30: MBAA Estrella Hedgehog Hustle – Goodyear, AZ

Feb 12-14: 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo – Tucson, AZ

MMC also hosts periodic all-ladies rides, which includes all skill levels and is beginning to draw riders from across the valley; details are posted on their informative website.

McDowell Mountain Cycles  11879 N. Saguaro Blvd. Fountain Hills, AZ 85268  480 272-8741

http://mcdowellmountaincycles.com/mmc-life/

Desert Bloom 08 029Trails through Fountain Hills, McDowell Mountain Park and the McDowell Mountain Preserve are accessible from across the valley, giving thousands of outdoor enthusiasts’ access to some of the most pristine desert beauty in the world. So if you want to rent a bike for a few hours at Fountain Hills bikes, or biking is your “daily dose” of fitness, Fountain Hills is the perfect place to glide along under perpetual blue skies.  See Map My Ride link below for thousands of connecting trails across this glorious State.

http://www.mapmyride.com/us/fountain-hills-az/

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