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Imagine a 4-day, 220-mile loop through the following cities



add some singletrack (AZT, Hot, Munds, Lime Klin #106, #28, Hernam, Bill Williams, Sycamore Rim)







killer views



camping





the occasional stock tank to filter water


Photos credit: Scott Morris​

and good company



Simple ingredients for a great ride. In case you want more pictures and information, check the following sites:

Scott's write-up
Chad's write-up

Final stats from the route per Scott's track: 216 miles, 24,000′ elevation gain

The new race/group ride is slated for October 9, 2009.

The race/group ride thread
 

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Very reasonable ride. The route we did had plenty of refueling spots. We took it pretty "slow." Sycamore Rim and Williams were probably the most technical points of the ride.

I am going to make a GPX file of the different options, ie cutting out Mingus and going through Jerome, going up Casner Mountain, taking Munds from Flag instead of AZT, going up to the Kachina Peaks, etc.

I hope this is going to become a classic loop for beginner bikepackers that want places to refuel and plenty of options to choose from.
 

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azepicriderandrunner said:
Very reasonable ride. The route we did had plenty of refueling spots. We took it pretty "slow." Sycamore Rim and Williams were probably the most technical points of the ride.

I am going to make a GPX file of the different options, ie cutting out Mingus and going through Jerome, going up Casner Mountain, taking Munds from Flag instead of AZT, going up to the Kachina Peaks, etc.

I hope this is going to become a classic loop for beginner bikepackers that want places to refuel and plenty of options to choose from.
October 9 eh?
 

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azepicriderandrunner said:
I hope this is going to become a classic loop for beginner bikepackers that want places to refuel and plenty of options to choose from.
Very nice. I know of quite a few beginning bikepackers who live very close.
 

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October 9... hmm... The high country will be starting to get quite chilly at night by then. The first snow of the year sometimes isn't far off by then either. Hoping for an "indian summer" like we got last year maybe? I think it was sunny and 70 deg until the end of November, and then we got six inches of snow on Thanksgiving.

This looks like a great ride. Reminds me of stuff I used to do in Colorado. The Frisco --> Breckenridge --> Grant --> Georgetown --> Keystone --> Frisco loop was killer... 3 days. Don't know how many miles or vert feet, but Grants to the top of Guanella Pass was around 3,000 ft... and Georgetown to Keystone over Argentine Pass was around 5,000 feet (right over the divide... sweet!). I haven't been on a multiple day, long mileage ride since I left CO.

This sounds like fun.
 

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The thread over at Bikepacking.net is incredible. Check it out.

So this Fall will be SSWC, then PBR, then FlagMorSedMingWill for me.
 

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sunset1123 said:
October 9... hmm... The high country will be starting to get quite chilly at night by then. The first snow of the year sometimes isn't far off by then either. Hoping for an "indian summer" like we got last year maybe?
Can't say I would not complain if I had to go through some snow drifts, but it can't be as bad as the GLR we did at the end of May.

Riders can leave from their houses at Flagstaff; Scott, Lee and I rode out from Scott's rented house and rode 220 miles, that is pretty rare. Great loop for riders in Sedona, Prescott, and Flagstaff. I hope to make the GPX file available in a few days on the bikepacking.net site with all the options to the loop.
 

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Take out the heat add some water and I'm in. Oct could be just about right.
Looks like a great trip.
 
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