The 2014 ElliptiGO Winter Classic
January 17 & 18, 2015
~ Phoenix, Arizona ~
The ElliptiGO Winter Classic boasts one of the most enjoyable courses we've raced on not only because it’s cut off from traffic, but because the variation in terrain and lots of turns makes it fun to ride. Click here to see results and the details of last year's race weekend.
To start, you'll ride out 5 miles on the paved, closed roads of South Mountain. These rolling hills are your warm-up and then the timed 5-mile race is back up those same rolling hills back to the start. The entire route is a paved road and completely closed to vehicles. After the race, competitors who are feeling up to the challenge are invited to make the 4-mile, 1,000-foot climb up South Mountain as a group. The average grade is 4-5% with some steeper sections near the top.
Following Saturday's ride, we'll all meet up at a local favorite for amazing burgers and beers where we will have an area on their patio reserved:
Biltmore Fashion Square
2502 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Sunday Group Rides
Dove Valley Road at Apache Wash Trailhead
1600 East Sonoran Desert Drive
Apache Wash Trailhead / Sonoran Mountain Park has a variety of routes including a newer divided parkway with very defined bike lanes. A full loop on the parkway is approximately 18 miles & is a popular training route for many cyclists with excellent road quality. It's also fairly flat with some low, gradual inclines. There are also paved/concrete bike paths for those people who want a more casual ride without any concern about traffic. The park is frequented by hikers, mountain bikers & equestrian enthusiasts so it’s just an overall fun & active place. We're working on food options for afterwards.
Our host hotel will be the Drury Inn & Suites. We have a special group rate available to us of $109/night + tax. You can make an online reservation to get our special rate by using this link. Although the reservation is initially set up for 2 nights, you have the option of extending that at our group rate if you want to arrive earlier or stay later. Drury Hotels provide a free hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi, a free "Kickback Hour" in the evenings, and other amenities we think will work really well for our group. Plus, it's close to our events over the weekend! If you would prefer to call in to reserve your room, use Group Code 2225847 to receive the discounted rate.
Drury Inn & Suites
2335 W. Pinnacle Peak Road
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Put this fun event on your calendar for 2015 and plan to join us in sunny Arizona. We will again have a limited number of ElliptiGOs available for rent for the weekend if you will be traveling in from out of town or have friends/family you would like to join you. To reserve a bike and let us know you will be joining us for the weekend, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are a few photos from last year's race and rides. Thank you to Bill Pinnell for letting us use some of his photos from the day!