The 2015 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.
1:00 pm - Meet up with entire group at South Mountain
*Those renting bikes from ElliptiGO should plan to arrive 30 minutes early to get their bike set up.
South Mountain Park
10919 South Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85042
Meeting point and bathrooms: http://goo.gl/maps/PkLSR
Directions: Drive south on Central Avenue from the I-10 freeway. Central Ave ends in South Mountain Park. It’s approximately 15 minutes from I-10 into the park. If parking at the meeting point fills up, there are other lots on Central Ave just before the meeting point on your way in where you can park and ride over to the meeting point.
To start, you’ll ride out 5 miles on San Juan Road at South Mountain, which is paved & closed to traffic. 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 to the summit as a group. The average grade is 4-5% with some steeper sections near the top.
UPDATE 11/3/14: Saturday’s timed race is still planned for San Juan Road at South Mountain if the park & road re-open before our event (or before we send out the final details to the participants.) If the park remains closed due to storm damage, our back up location is Salt River Fields, where we'll complete 2 loops on the road surrounding the stadium for a total of 4.34 miles.
Regardless of the location, Saturday’s time trial will be professionally timed by CEP Timing and will include timing chips, start/finish line, short delay between riders, and announcing & official results at the conclusion of the time trial. The backup location at Salt River Fields will include a split time on the first loop.
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
10:00 am - Meet up at trailhead parking lot
10:30 am - 2:00 pm - Group rides and lunch
Apache Wash Trailhead at Dove Valley Road* (Map)
Phoenix, AZ 85085
The Apache Wash Trailhead provides a central meeting point for 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. You can choose to do several different routes with different riders or take a break back at the trailhead whenever you want. We'll eventually all be back at the trailhead to eat lunch, have drinks, and swap stories before we all GO back to our real lives. *We're working on food options for afterwards.
*Dove Valley Road becomes Sonoran Desert Drive at the Trailhead. The trailhead entrance is on the north side of the street between North Valley Parkway & Cave Creek Road
There will also be swag bags for all registered Winter Classic participants!
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 staying only one night or 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 convenient to several shops and restaurants, and close to our Sunday rally ride location! 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 email@example.com.
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!