Here are seven desert cycling events that promise to add amazing sights, and challenging hills, to your race season.
9th Annual Mountains To The Desert Bike Ride 2012Telluride, Colorado - September 22, 2012 1 of 8
This is a grueling, but very rewarding, one-day bike ride from Telluride to the Gateway Canyons. (Not only will you enjoy amazing mountain sights, but you'll also be raising money for the Just for Kids Foundation.)
JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes - Death ValleyDeath Valley, California - October 18-21, 2012 2 of 8
Whether you're a competitive cyclist, Sunday rider or just a flat-out newbie, this event—in one of the most stunning natural wonders in America—is a must-do.
High Desert Fall Memorial CenturyLancaster, California - October 20, 2012 3 of 8
This annual ride features an exciting route with scenic vistas and very few stoplights or stop signs. (Though seasoned roadies will find the 100 miler to be a challenge, there is a route for all cyclist levels.)
Fall Death Valley Century, Ultra Century, and Double CenturyDeath Valley, California - October 27, 2012 4 of 8
Starting in the heart of Death Valley, this popular cycling event offers participants breathtaking climbs and some of the most beautiful scenery in the country.
2012 Palm Desert CenturyPalm Desert, California - Novemeber 10, 2012 5 of 8
This recreational road bicycle event in Coachella Valley offers cyclists unrivaled views of the Salton Sea and just over 2,000 miles of climbing elevation.
Warm Winter Bike Tour—California Desert EscapePalm Springs, California - December 27, 2012-January 1, 2013 6 of 8
This six-day, five-night tour takes you through the desert floor of the San Jacinto mountains, up the spectacular Montezuma Grade and ending in the Temecula wine country.
Vacation Bicycling Arizona Sonoran DesertTucson, Arizona - March 2-March 8, 2013 7 of 8
There are few sights more startling than cycling through the Arizona Sonoran Desert. And this bike tour, with minimal mountain climbs, is perfect for cyclists who seek more scenery than a grueling climb.