Among the toughest 100 hill climbs in the USA, only three are in Arizona, and here in Tucson you live next door to one of them.
(According to John Summerson, "The Complete Guide to Climbing By Bike", Mt Lemmon is 33rd on the list of 100 toughest road bike climbs in the US, with a rating of either "hors category" or "category 1" on the scale used to rank the climbs in European stage racing.)
Yes, Mt Lemmon is right up there with the famous passes in the European tours: hardly anywhere else in the US can you climb so high for so many miles in succession. That's why, every winter, Tucson sees packs of riders in matching jerseys, many of them speaking languages other than English, booking up the mountain.
But because the road is so long, it's also very forgiving: the grade averages only 4.5% for 6600 feet of elevation gain over the 56-mile round trip, and the almost continuous 21-mile descent at the end is exciting without ever being terrifying.
Advisory- The temperature on the way up to Mt Lemmon is 20 to 30 degrees colder then the Tucson area. Weather can also change quickly. Check weather day before the ride to know the conditions and bring appropriate clothing to keep your self warm. SAG volunteers will not take your clothing if you leave it at a SAG. You may not get your clothes back.
If you haven't ridden the Lemmon in a while (or ever), GABA can help make it easy. You can minimize the weight in your pockets because we provide four SAG stops, about six miles apart, with fluids, munchies, and healthy carbs. In honor of the pie shop that once operated in Summerhaven near the summit, the uppermost SAG will serve a variety of pies. You can also opt to buy yourself lunch at the restaurants in Summerhaven or Ski Valley at the top. In case something goes wrong, GABA provides vehicular sweep support to help with mechanical problems or provide a lift.
If you're not interested in "easy", GABA can help with that, too. Round up a posse of your riding buddies, see how fast you can fly to the top, and enjoy a social stop to eat pie and swap lies before you charge back down.
Check out our photo's from the 2016 Mt Lemmon Hill Climb HERE
No more then 10 riders to a group.
Pima County Department of Transportation has required the Greater Arizona Bicycle Association to implement a “staged release” from McDonald Park parking for all riders in large groups exiting the parking lot to the base of Catalina Hwy.
Please click on Staged Release for MLHC for more information.
Click HERE for your map & cue sheet.
McDonald District Park, 4100 North Harrison Road Tucson, AZ 85749 (between Catalina Highway and Snyder Rd); free parking.
Check In/Day of Registration time: 6:00 am to 7:30 am.
Recommended start times, based on your average climbing speed, and assuming you spend 15 minutes at each SAG stop:
6:00am for 4mph average
6:30am for 5mph average
7:00am for 7mph average
7:30am for 9mph average
SAG Times Schedule:
SAG 1: Molino Vista Lookout – 6:30-9:30 AM
SAG 2: Middle Bear Canyon – 7:00 to 10 AM
SAG 3: San Pedro Vista – 7:30 to 12 PM
SAG 4: Loma Linda – 8:30 to 2 PM
Official turnaround: Ski Valley
Interested in leading or volunteering for this ride? This is a great ride to organize and you work with some great volunteers and above all have fun! Click HERE for more details on the positions available.
Members ONLY Fee $20 until Feb 26th (members must log in)
Members and Non-Members Fee $40/$60 Feb 27th - May 10th
Members and Non-Members Day of Fee $60/$80
Online registration closes at 10pm on Wednesday prior to the ride. If paying on the day of the event, you must bring your membership card which can be printed out from the website once you log in or you will be charged the non-member rate.
You can pay your fees either with a check, cash or credit card. Each tandem rider is required to pay. Please see the cancellation policy below.
Your ride fee covers all SAG food, to include a great assortment of Pies at SAG 4, as well as supplies and volunteers. GABA also provides financial support and volunteers for various other bicycling activities and organizations. Among these activities and organizations are the Tucson Bicycle Classic, Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Bicycle Inter-community Art and Salvage (BICAS), El Grupo, Boys and Girls Club, Camp Abilities, The U of A Cycling Team, Ride on Tucson, Cyclovia, and the Pueblo High School Cycling Team
EVERYONE MUST REGISTER ONLINE TO RECEIVE THE REGISTRATION FEE. THOSE OF YOU WHO DO NOT WANT TO REGISTER ONLINE, CAN ONLY REGISTER THE DAY OF AT THE HIGHER RATE.
If we don't have a good email address, you will not receive the welcome letter! So please provide an email and be sure that your spam/junk does not block our emails.
ATTENTION GABA MEMBERS:
WHEN REGISTERING ONLINE, YOU MUST LOG IN BEFORE REGISTERING TO GET YOUR MEMBER DISCOUNT!
(no refunds will be given if you forget).
ABC/PMBC members must contact Supported Rides for your online discount code at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ON THURSDAY MORNING AN AUTOMATIC EMAIL WILL GO OUT TO ALL REGISTERED RIDERS WITH A WELCOME LETTER AND ANY INFORMATION THAT MIGHT HAVE CHANGED. SO PLEASE LOOK FOR THIS EMAIL IN YOUR INBOX OR SPAM/JUNK FOLDER!
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Click HERE for instructions on how to register properly for this event!