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Northern AZ Weekend Trips - EAZ Fall-Winter 2012

Race pits cyclists against Grand Canyon Railway

It’s an epic race that last took place 25 years ago, and now it has returned to take on a new group of challengers. Man (or woman) vs. Machine. Steam vs. Muscle. On Saturday, September 26, 2015 the Grand Canyon Railway, in partnership with Grand Canyon Racing, will fire up its venerable steam engine #4960 – a 310-ton behemoth built in 1923 – to take on hundreds of intrepid bicyclists on a 54-mile course that will climb 2,023 feet starting at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon to iconic Williams, Ariz.

Last held in October 1991, the race has become the stuff of legend.

The race will begin on Highway 64 in Tusayan, Ariz., departing the Grand Hotel at the Grand Canyon at 1 p.m. PDT. From there the course will travel 50 miles south on Highway 64, before merging onto historic Route 66 for the last four miles. The finish line will be at the intersection of Second Street and Route 66 in Williams.

Hosted by Grand Canyon Racing, and sponsored by the Grand Canyon Railway, the event is fully permitted by the Arizona Department of Transportation, and traffic control and law enforcement will be on site for the entirety of the event.

Adding to the excitement and festivities, spectators will be given the opportunity to purchase tickets to ride the train the day of the race and as it competes against its two-legged and wheeled competition. Round-trip tickets are available for the train, which will depart the Williams Depot on September 26 at 8:00 a.m. PDT, arriving at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon at about 11:30 a.m. The train will depart the Grand Canyon at 12:30 p.m., and the race will officially begin at 1 p.m. The train will be composed of Pullman Coach Class cars, a café car, and a Luxury Parlor car. A photo run-by will be featured on the North Bound trip for rail enthusiasts. Rates will be $75 for adults and $45 for children 16 and under.

Registration is now open for the race, and participants may register for the race at www.GrandCanyonRacing.com. Race fees are $60 until July 14, and $80 from July 15 through September 24. Registration will close on September 24 at 10 a.m. PDT. Race registration will include a link for discounted lodging at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel.

For more information on the train, visit www.thetrain.com. For more information on the race, watch the official race video here.

bicyclists - Firebird International Raceway

Bicyclists Take Over Firebird

On Saturday, June 9th, hundreds of competitive bicyclists and novice riders will race around the track at Firebird International Raceway in the Best Buddies Audi Criterium and Bike Ride.

While competitive bicyclists race for cash, anyone can ride and show support for our Buddies while getting to ride on the actual Firebird race track — which is fast, clean, very wide and extremely safe.

The fun goes from 6 a.m. until noon with  four main events, including an Open Public Ride and a Buddy Tandem Ride. Tim Bolen, executive director of Best Buddies Arizona, says, ”holding the Buddy Tandem ride will be the first time for many of our youth chapter participants to ride a bicycle and will provide another platform for our Buddies to not only participate, but to once again be included with all of the other cyclists.”

The mission of Best Buddies Arizona is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership  development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Food and beverages will be available at the event  as well as a “cool zone” with fans, ice packs, chairs and lots of shade. Firebird International Raceway is located at 20000 S. Maricopa Rd. in Chandler.

To find out more information about race day activities, to register, volunteer or sponsor this event for bicyclists go to www.BestBuddiesArizona.org.