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Answer to the Challenge
Updated 2/24/2015
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32nd Annual Answer to the Challenge
Friday, Saturday & Sunday April 24, 25 & 26, 2015

Sponsored by Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club

Download the official Answer to the Challenge Flyer and Registration Form - (.docx Word Document)
Download the official Answer to the Challenge Flyer and Registration Form - (.pdf Adobe Acrobat)

See ride review by Don Youngdahl in The Hub.

At 325 miles, Answer to the Challenge will confront you with three consecutive days of century riding. Along the way you'll be asked to do over 22,000 feet of climbing and the weather can range anywhere from cold and wet to hot and dry - and probably will.

The route takes you from Scottsdale to Strawberry on day one. Day two continues on to Prescott over Mingus Mountain. Day three takes you from Prescott back to Scottsdale. The scenery along the way is some of the best that Arizona has to offer.

There are three types of riders who attempt this ride. The racers start at first light, stop only for Cytomax and water and arrive in beautiful downtown Strawberry (population 35) ready for a full afternoon of activities. The tourists actually take time to look at the great scenery, enjoy the generous sag stops, and arrive just early enough for a nap before dinner. The clueless realize at mile 45 on the first day that they should be somewhere else.

Don't be clueless. This ride covers 325 miles and 22,000 feet of climbing over three days. The first day from Scottsdale to Strawberry climbs about 10,000 ft. The second day to Prescott climbs another 6,600 ft. and crosses the inevitably windy Prescott Valley. Distance on the third day is 127 miles. Be prepared for cold in the mountains and heat crossing the desert. And sometimes (rarely) snow, like last year.

The crew from Landis Cyclery will transport your bags and provide sag stops with snacks and water. They will also pick you up if you can't go on, but space is very limited. If you start, be prepared to finish!

Lodging and meals each day are your responsibility. Since accomodations are limited - early reservations are strongly recommended.

Answer to the Challenge will test your physical abilities. you'll be pushing the endurance envelope, to be sure. It's suited for strong riders experienced at multi-day centuries studded with long and often steep climbs.

Download the official Answer to the Challenge Flyer and Registration Form - (.docx Word Document)
Download the official Answer to the Challenge Flyer and Registration Form - (.pdf Adobe Acrobat)

WHEN

  • Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 24, 25, & 26, 2015
  • Check in opens at 5:00 AM Friday morning
  • First riders out at 5:30 AM. Last sag leaves at 6:30 AM. Slower riders (you know who you are) please start early.

WHERE

  • Starts at Landis Cyclery Scottsdale
  • Southeast corner of Scottsdale Road & Shea Blvd.

REGISTRATION FEE

  • Please pre-register! - SAVE $10 and Help the ride organizer
  • Members (PMBC / GABA / ABC / Bullshifters / USCF) - $70.00
  • Non-Members - $75.00
  • Late Fee - add $10.00 Postmarked after 4/17/2015

MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO:

  • Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club

MAIL REGISTRATION FORM (.docx) or REGISTRATION FORM (.pdf), AND FEES TO:

  • Dick Landis
    c/o Landis Cyclery
    2180 E. Southern Tempe, AZ 85282

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

STRAWBERRY ACCOMODATIONS
Strawberry accommodations are limited. If all hotels in Strawberry are full, call Linda at the Pine Creek Cabins. She can suggest other B&B's and lodges in the Pine/Strawberry area. For other possibilities try www.thatbrewery.com/content/local-lodging.

  • Windmill Corner Inn
    928-476-3064

  • Strawberry Hill Cabins
    928-476-4252

  • Up the Creek B&B
    928-476-6571

  • THAT Brewery (in Pine)
    928-476-3349

  • Pine Creek Cabins (in Pine)
    928-970-9511

PRESCOTT ACCOMODATIONS
Prescott baggage drop-off and pickup will be at the Best Western Prescottonian, Gurley St. A group reservation at The Prescottonian for 30 rooms has been made, but riders need to identify themselves as Answer Riders when they make reservations. Rooms will be held until March 25th. Additional hotels are:

  • Best Western Prescottonian
    (Gurley St.)
    928-445-3096

  • Motel 6
    (E. Sheldon St.)
    928-776-0160

  • Springhill Suites
    (E. Sheldon St.)
    928-776-0998

  • EconoLodge
    (E. Gurley St.)
    928-445-7057

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