Tucson and the Old West Cycling Challenge – 100 Pedals


2018 dates TBD.

Join Dave on his epic cross-country ride for his Southern Arizona segment, where the sun-warmed roads, towering cacti, and jagged mountains will keep you inspired on this Old West Cycling Challenge in support of 100 Pedals!

You will be amazed at the sight of the mighty saguaro cactus, lush green vineyards, sparkling lakes, and snow-frosted peaks soaring to 10,000 feet, known in these parts as the Sky Islands.

This is the famous Wild West country of Tombstone, but today the climate is both bike-friendly and hospitable. Our cycling trip begins in Tucson, a hotspot for cyclists from around the world. The first ride of the trip will explore the amazing beauty of Saguaro National Park before we head south to bike through Sonoita wine country, approaching the far reaches of Arizona’s southern border and finishing in the most famous town of the Old West: Tombstone!

ANYONE CAN DO THIS! If you are 18 years or older, fit, or willing to prepare, join us. You will receive training, gear, and fundraising tips to get the most out of this experience.

This one-of-a-kind, professionally managed and guided cycling experience will feature:

  • Cycling in Arizona’s wine country and the famous Old West.
  • Inspiring words of Dave Cooke, Founder of 100 Pedals.




Today’s ride will warm up your legs and lungs to the dry Arizona air while we course through the western half of Saguaro National Park, passing notable icons like the Old Tucson Studios and the world famous Sonoran Desert Museum. A steep climb will reward you with a relaxing descent into the outskirts of Tucson, then we wind our way to the Santa Cruz River and link up with “The Loop,” one of the longest non-motorized urban cycling paths in the country.

According to the League of American Bicyclists, “The Loop is a must ride for visitors and residents alike.” In a gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community like Tucson, that recommendation carries quite a bit of weight. After reaching our hotel, we will conclude the day with a classic Southwest-style meal.

CYCLING: 30-mile warm up ride, 1,500-foot elevation gain

MEALS: Breakfast on your own; lunch, dinner, snacks, and water included

LODGING: Comfortable 2–3 star equivalent hotel



Rise early and bike right from the hotel toward the Santa Catalina Mountain range into Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. The desert foothills and rocky gorges of the Santa Catalina Mountains are marvelously intricate yet accessible. The soaring mountains, deep canyons, and unique flora and fauna found here draw over a million visitors to Sabino Canyon each year.

After loosening up, we head through the eastern side of Saguaro National Park, past Colossal Cave, and through iconic Sonoran Desert scenery. This stunning bike ride winds along the foothills of the Rincon Mountains before climbing steadily into the rolling grassland hills of Arizona’s wine region. Ride the entire distance to tonight’s hotel, or hop in the van and enjoy the scenery while resting your legs (if you have to … this is a challenge, remember?). Tonight’s accommodation is a nice but simple inn, as this is truly a “one-horse” town. Dinner is on your own tonight in the charming town of Patagonia!

CYCLING: 48–85 miles, 3,200 to 5,900-foot elevation gain

MEALS: Breakfast, picnic lunch, snacks, and water; dinner on your own

LODGING: Comfortable 2–3 star equivalent hotel in Sonoita


Today we ride from Sonoita to Parker Lake, with optional stops at some of the wineries in the area. Though not as well-known as other winemaking regions, Arizona is home to a blossoming wine industry that boasts many world-class wines. The route to Parker Lake is full of quiet roads, lush vineyards, big miles, and imposing mountains, all of which make this an epic day of riding.

We should have the roads mostly to ourselves on this ride, allowing you to fully soak in the peace and beauty of the surrounding landscape as you pass through largely undisturbed foothills of the sky island peaks. It’s only a short distance from the U.S. border with Mexico, and you won’t believe the rich diversity of this landscape! Returning to Sonoita tonight, you have some free time before a fun group dinner at a Western-themed chophouse right next door.

CYCLING: 29–62 miles, 2,400 to 4,200-foot elevation gain

MEALS: Breakfast at hotel, picnic lunch, dinner, snacks, and water

LODGING: Comfortable 2–3 star equivalent hotel in Sonoita


Today starts early so we can enjoy a nice 50-mile ride to the most famous of wild west towns, Tombstone! Our route will take us south toward Fort Huachuca, skirting Sierra Vista, and then taking a long, lightly traveled road into Tombstone. The big finish in Tombstone will include a lunch and cerveza at Big-Nosed Kate’s near the historic OK Corral. This afternoon we say our farewells to each other and to this culturally-rich area. Your guides will transfer you back to Phoenix with smiles, great stories, friendships, and memories culminating your amazing effort to support 100 Pedals, while Dave sets off to finish up his cross-country ride in San Diego!

CYCLING: 29–62 miles, 2,400 to 4,200-foot elevation gain

MEALS: Breakfast, picnic lunch, snacks, and water; dinner on your own

LODGING: N/A—transfer back to Phoenix

What’s Included?

  • Training, gear, and fundraising tips—we support you all the way!
  • Special use permits and entry fees.
  • Accommodation and meals as specified in itinerary (twin share basis).
  • Round-trip transport to Tucson from Phoenix.
  • Support vehicle, aid stations, and professional, safety-certified, awesome guides.
  • Snacks and water on the rides.
  • Pre-trip planning and office support.
  • Pre-trip info session for participants.
  • Healthy snacks and assorted drinks during van rides.

Not Included:

  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Meals as detailed in itinerary.
  • High-visibility cycling vest.
  • Personal travel insurance (to cover personal injury, cancellation/curtailment, lost items, etc.).
  • Gratuities to guides.
  • Alcohol.


  • Hydration bladder purchase ($35 + tax).

Challenge Pricing and Payment Options

Payment Methods - - - >FundraiseSelf-PayCombo
Registration Fee$225$225$225
Fundraising Minimum$2,060-TBD
Balance Due-$2,060TBD

*Minimum proceeds to 100 Pedals are $1,165 per person and are raised or paid depending on the payment method you choose. And please raise/donate even more to help parents and other family members navigate their lives around a loved one’s addiction.

More Information About How This Works:

  • One hundred percent of donations/sponsorship is tax-deductible for the third parties that sponsor you.
  • Fundraise: You pay a $225 registration fee (not tax-deductible) to reserve your spot. Raise the additional minimum sponsorship (or more!) to cover the challenge costs and support 100 Pedals. Eighty percent of sponsorship is due six weeks before the trip, and the 20 percent balance is due within six weeks of the challenge.
  • Self-pay: Participants who do not wish to fundraise pay the registration fee and balance due six weeks prior to the trip. Consult your tax advisor to discuss questions related to tax deductibility.
  • Combo: Pay the registration fee (not tax-deductible) to reserve your spot in the challenge. You decide how much you want to fundraise. Eighty percent of your total, whether fundraised or paid, is due eight weeks prior, and the 20 percent balance is due within six weeks of the trip. Consult your tax advisor to discuss questions related to tax deductibility.
  • For further explanation of payment methods options, click here.

Space is Limited—Register Now!

MIN: 12 pax | MAX: 40 pax | REGISTRATION DEADLINE: July 16

Please fill out the registration information with as much detail as possible to help us deliver an experience of a lifetime for you. Also, PLEASE READ the Waivers, Trip, and Payment Policy. This is important for you to understand, given the nature of and payment options for an adventure challenge.