January 19 2010
Are you looking for a challenging, yet fairly easy, 50 or 75 or 100-mile ride in the dead of winter?
Craving a ride under the full moonlight?
Wishing for a (possibly record) affordable 100-mile ride? (All distances are $100.)
You'll find all of those at the February 27 Scottsdale Dynamite Dash Endurance Ride 50/75/100 Elevator, which will take place north of Scottsdale, Arizona, from the Checker XII Ranch, on trails in the Tonto National Forest.
As an Elevator ride, If you're having such a good ride and you don't want it to end just yet, you can elevate up one distance at the completion of the ride you entered (you do give up he first completion when you continue on down the trail).
Ride manager Rusty Toth says, "The trail is fairly flat, and mostly easy footing, but still challenging: single-track, twisty, and double wide trails with almost no rock, some washes." Not to mention the views of the saguaro cactus desert and rugged mountains are extraordinary.
"We have an excellent head veterinarian, Robert Washington, from Idaho, and excellent prizes with sponsorships from Easycare, Farnam, and Endurance.net. Friday night's dinner will be prepared by L'Amore restaurant of Phoenix, owned by endurance riders Greg Rose and Kim Abbott."
Normal weather for the end of February is highs around 72, lows around 50. "Due to our recent rains, we will have grass growing and a stunning green desert!
"Don't forget your sunscreen and sunglasses and camera!" Rusty advises.
Pre-registraion is obligatory, as the number of rigs is limited.
For more information, a video sample and photos of the trail, and entry form see http://sites.google.com/site/dynamitedash/.