Tucson Training

About 12 miles up Mt Lemmon

I got back last Sunday from a great 10 days in Tucson Arizona with the Canadian Mtb and road team. Of course I had heard of Tucson, but never actually been there. We travelled with 2 bikes (road and mtn) which seemed like a hassle in the beginning, but was well worth it. The road riding was pretty good, but it was the mtb rides that really made the trip a blast. Combining the road and mtb crew was great. Aside from Games events and maybe some cross the two disciplines don't overlap in the race season so we finally got to put faces to names and just hang out with everyone at the pool post ride without worrying about a competition the next day. It was a great team and tan building trip that helped us get in some miles and dirt riding mid winter.

Favourite rides (Big thanks to TJ and Chloe for taking us out on great loops)

Dirt: Reddington road to 12 miles across Bellota and down Milagrosa (through cacti forest and over some pretty rocky gnarly terrain)


TJ and Amanada still smiling even though we're now out of water and still in the desert!

Starrs Pass: Tons of boulders to ride up and over and some fast descending
50 year trail: take the upper trails for the most fun
Fantasy Island: Near the infamous plane graveyard, is a small but maze like interlooping of twisty trails. Look out for the Cholla cactus

Road...Of course the 24 mile climb up lemmon to fantastic pizza and ginormous cookies has to go in there

Up, way up on Lemmon

Saguara Park Rincon side. You need $5 to get in but the one way traffic on a super fun8km circuit is worth it. Watch that first corner though!

Best coffee shop had to be the Marketplace in Phillips square right beside our hotel. How can you beat a place that has fantastic espresso and that's pastries are made by the only four diamond restaurant in Tucson which shares its kitchen?