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Posted: January 18, 2015 in News/Updates, Racing, Sponsors

awardsWe had a great day out at McDowell and hope you did too.  The first race is our biggest (typically, but you can help break that trend) and we (as a board) walked away pretty happy with the feedback we received from athletes and the sponsors.  We realize there are always things we can do to improve and will be working on that as we move on to Estrella on January 31.  All told we had over 640 riders out at McDowell and a ton of smiles.  Results are up (thank you Mangled Momentum) and pictures from the day will be coming from TR-IAG Sports Photography shortly (they took over 13,000 pics) .

Special thanks to presenting sponsor Bicycles of Phoenix, and refuel sponsor The Pedal Bike Shop, as well as Kate’s Bars for supporting the event and the riders with great support.  We’d also like to thank the sponsors that came out to show off cool bikes and promote their businesses –  Devinci, Pivot, Bike Masters, Giant of Scottsdale, Two Wheel Jones, LifeTime Events, McDowell Mountain Cycles, your presence helps our cycling community continue to grow and thrive.


Posted: January 13, 2015 in News/Updates, Racing

McDowell MeltdownYep, a few short days from now the 2015 season kicks off in grand style at the McDowell Meltdown presented by Bicycles of Phoenix.  A favorite course of many of the locals, and we typically get some out of towners yearning to get out of the snow and grab a glimpse of the sun.  A few quick reminders for you –

  • Register online – its quick and painless, and makes for less paper, saves you cash too!
  • Laps/Counts/Start times – all posted, rev 3 is up.
  • Course is marked – it’s still your responsibility to know your course!
  • Laps – know your laps, the order they are in is the order you ride them.
  • Kids – under 9 can race in 9-11 but will not be scored separately.
  • Teams – get registered, final rosters due before start of race 3.
  • Merchandise – yep, we got stuff for sale – good prices, good stuff – proceeds benefit trails throughout AZ.
  • MBAA Membership – members only will be included in raffles, rad raffles.  Stuff from sponsors, stuff you don’t want to miss out on.  Like what?  How about entries to amazing events, a bike, and other goodness.  Proceeds benefit trails throughout AZ.

We are looking forward to Saturday – see you soon –
~The Board (volunteer board)


Posted: November 25, 2014 in Racing, Trails

The 2014 Cave Creek Cycling Classic is all wrapped up, and it was a success on many levels.  Despite the fact that the trails had gotten crushed weeks prior, the community rallied together, worked extremely hard and put on a helluva event.  I can personally attest to the trail being rad – this was classic AZ desert riding with rocks, climbing, sand, and even a splash of water.  It kept you honest, in and out of the saddle (and occasionally out of the pedals for a few of us).  Check out the re-cap on the trail work.

Desert Foothills Mountain Bike Association (DFMBA) recently completed approximately 600 volunteer hours to rebuild and maintain 10 plus miles of the Maricopa Trail, Spur Cross Trail and Cave Creek Town Trails. This work was needed to repair the battered Cave Creek Cactus Classic (C4) race course in preparation for the annual C4 Race. These trails were left in need of serious repair after the unprecedented Monsoonal season.

The Mountain Bike Association of Arizona (MBAA) provided a grant and loaner tools to help complete the trail work in addition to several volunteers from MBAA. The funds provided by MBAA allowed DFMBA to purchase tools and supplies for the many volunteers who supported the trail repair efforts. DFMBA also utilized the donated resources to conduct four trail education and maintenance days. In addition to MBAA, Okanogan Trail Construction (OTC) donated their time, equipment and expertise. After an impromptu meeting with Matt Woodson, owner of OTC, he volunteered to help repair the trails after DFMBA expressed deep concern for the already scheduled C4 Race that was fast approaching. Matt donated his time, equipment and crews at no charge to DFMBA or the municipalities responsible for maintaining our trails. In fact when DFMBA offered Matt a donation to cover some of his expenses he re-donated it back to DFMBA. You may recognize some of OTC’s other work as he has built and repaired many of the Valleys best trails including The North Phoenix Sonoran Preserve Trail system South of Carefree highway.

The local paper (Sonoran News) was so impressed with DFMBA’s efforts they published an article titled “Mountain Biking at its best”.  The success of these trail work days may not have been possible without the support of MBAA, OTC and the many, many volunteers who sacrificed their personal time.


Posted: September 15, 2014 in Racing

FOTRThe fourth annual Fire On the Rim took place over the weekend.  The MBAA and the PSFR (Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction) non-profits join forces to produce this event – and just about everyone in the local community comes out to volunteer, cheer, drink beer or ride in the event.  This year saw a 31% jump in registration with over 277 riders taking part in the event.  The 45 mile field was stacked with talent and local AZ rider Hunter Keating took the overall win in a tight finish.  The 30 miler was taken by another Arizonan – Brian Little, and the 15 mile was taken by MBAA board member Michael Melley.  The 45 mile relay was a battle, and in the end the locals from 87 Cyclery dominated the defending champs Team America.  In the end the event helped raise several thousand dollars for the non-profits, had 3 killer bands and phenomenal beer from THAT brewery.  We look forward to next year as this event continues to grow and impact the local community.  Thank you for your support.

The folks from Absolute Bikes are awesome.  Great people, a great local shop and just about every rider we have ever met from the shop, respects the trails, helps out (a ton) and has been super helpful….throw in the fact that they made up some kick @$$ courses for the finals (yet again) and we have much love.  Stop in, tell Anthony thank you.  See some orange – thank them, they do more than the average bear for trails.  Ok, enough brown nosing.  Here is the latest – course maps are still getting triple checked, then cleaned up and GPS is being worked on (when it’s not snowing).  Start times are also being massaged – like heavily deep tissue massage – significant changes are a foot for the finals.  Note – we will do Series finals onsite – do your trail work (lots this weekend) and/or your volunteer hours to win the series – you’ve been warned.   We will feed registered riders to help with your patience – if we can beat our proposed awards times, we will.   Settle in, it’s about to get wrapped up on some great trails.  See you soon.  All the latest info has been published on the race page, now go check it out and get signed up!