I visited North Scottsdale, Arizona last week on personal business, and took my road bike.
I know Arizona as a “Snowbird” destination, a place where Canadian retirees escape the cold, winter months. I never thought of it as a cycling destination. Wow! Was I wrong. I rode most mornings, and completed over 250 km during the week.
The experience got me thinking. What is the perfect road ride? What things make my rides more enjoyable? More memorable? Everyone experiences a ride differently, but for me, these are the things that make the difference.
First, I like warm weather. Yes, I ride all year long, including the cold, wet, west coast winters. But I much prefer warmer weather when all I need is a light jersey, ample sun screen, and sun glasses. Like in North Scottsdale.
Second, I like to roll out the back door, and have several routes of varying terrain available to me. Like in North Scottsdale.
Third, I like climbing, and descending. A good route includes some climbs, some descents, and some flats. Like in North Scottsdale.
Fourth, I like quiet, safe roads to ride. Safe may mean little, if any, traffic. Or, it may mean wide, clean shoulders at the side of the road. Like in North Scottsdale.
And lastly, I like scenic rides, something to look at while I train. It helps pass the time, and keeps me focused. Like in North Scottsdale.
Yes, North Scottsdale is a cyclists dream. Warm. Safe. Challenging. And very scenic. North Scottsdale is a cycling destination. I’m already planning a longer return visit this winter.