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Best Tucson Road Bike Rides:
Southern Arizona Offers World’s Best Cycling

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Tucson's Mount Lemmon is the best climbing ride in Arizona.

Road Biking Tucson, Arizona:
Come Discover the World's Greatest Cycling Destination

CYCLING TUCSON, ARIZONA - The Tucson, Oro Valley, Green Valley and Southern Arizona area is indeed the greatest road biking destination in the world. With wide streets, clean air, impeccable desert beauty and year round biking, Tucson is where pros from all over the world come to train and even live. Tucson offers the best road bike rides, the best sightseeing and the best Arizona cycling vacation you can have.

More and more cyclists choose to retire to Tucson than any place in the USA. Of any area to start your vacation - or relocating - Oro Valley and Northwest Tucson is the choice area for road and mountain bikers. Oro Valley is blessed with the scenic Catalina Mountains and 80 miles of bike paths and lanes that connect to over 100 miles of shared use bike paths called The Tucson Loop.

"Whether you are a serious cyclist or just a casual biker, the Oro Valley area is like no other place for road biking in Arizona," says Bart Johnson, retired engineer and volunteer for The Arizona Bicycle Association. "I retired to Oro Valley and I can never see leaving."

Road biking in the Tucson/Oro Valley/Southern, Arizona is great. Be prepared. Tucson is well-known for goat heads, a form of cactus that causes many flats. We recommend Armadillo or Gatorskin tires. All of our bike rentals come with flat protected tires.

Oro Valley is considered the "crown jewel" of Arizona road cycling.

Oro Valley is considered the "crown jewel" of Arizona road cycling.

Arizona's Best Hill Climb Rides

And there are few places in the world that offer more varied and challenging mountain climbs than Tucson. Mount Lemmon's 26 mile climb at 4.3 percent average grade is one of the most popular cycling climbs in America. Just an hour away, Mount Graham, however, is the most difficult. A short drive away and pros love training at Green Valley's Madera Canyon, Whipple Observatory, Kitt Peak and even Arizona's greatest century ride - Amado to Sasabe, Arizona on the Mexican border!

Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona –
Discover 180 Miles of Bike Paths and Lanes

Want to get away from traffic and enjoy our clean, dry air? Start anywhere on the Tucson Loop and bike over 100 miles! The Loop connects to beautiful Oro Valley and the Catalinas. From there, enjoy another 80 miles of bike paths and streets with wide bike lanes.

Grab your road bike or rent a bike from Tucson Bike Rentals and Tours. Or better yet, hire one of our personal tour guides to give you a custom half day bike tour, mixed with road biking instruction. Tours are a fun way to go on rides that only us locals know about! Get away from the city and discover an off-beat path and road bike Arizona like you are a local! Call us today at 520-338-8536.

Oro Valley's Best Beginner Road Biking Rides

Just north of Tucson, Oro Valley is perhaps the best place in Tucson for riders of any level to enjoy. There are 79 miles of routes, paths and signed routes. You can bike and hardly experience any traffic. The 40 miler of El Tour de Tucson starts in Oro Valley, validating this clean, upscale community next to the Catalinas as a premier American cycling destination and the best area in Tucson – and Arizona for that matter – to start a biking vacation.

Road Bike The Tucson Loop!

The Tucson Loop shared use bike path puts Tucson cycling in a class by itself with over 100 miles of paved bike paths that are wonderful for riders of all levels. Got the mojo? Our bike paths connect to beautiful Oro Valley and 80 more miles of paved bike paths and roads with bike lanes. Looking for fun "things to do"? Rent a bike from us and get rolling! More...

 Great Arizona Climbing Rides: From Mount Lemmon to Madera, Tucson is Best

Tucson's Most Dangerous Routes: Cycling Rides We Do Not Like

  •  Old Sonoita Highway Ride - This is often a favorite of national bike tours who stroll into our town. You will ride white knuckled with no edge and many blind spots. Check out our video to learn why this is a accident lawyer's dream ride.
  • Gates Pass McCain Loop Bike Ride or better know as “The Tuesday Group Ride” - We recommend this for experienced riders only. For almost the entire ride, cyclists ride without an edge and face blind spots going up Gates Pass. We do like this ride as an early morning ride during non-tourist season.
  • Oracle Road to Catalina - This is not so much a dangerous ride as it is annoying. Cyclists suffer lots of flats here. This is a crowded Oro Valley highway, but you get a lot of shoulder. Shards of steel and glass are prevalent. Oro Valley is the best place to ride in Tucson, but Oracle Road is a spot we avoid. Have your flat protection tires!
  • El Tour de Tucson Bike Route - This is an aaaaawesome ride DURING  the spectacular El Tour de Tucson event when the roads are all closed. However, this route puts cyclists in the path of too much city traffic. There are much better century rides to be had in Tucson. Ride the Amado to Arivaca to Sasabe century ride and really, really enjoy an intense climb and a fun ride to the Mexican border. There is great coffee in Arivaca as well as Arizona's oldest bar. The burgers are killer. Also, Arivaca is a great place to meet, well, interesting people.
  • Marsh Station Road Bike Ride – Tucson/Vail - Avoid this. This road has not been maintained in years and has glaring potholes. It is a great place to lose your fillings, though.

Tucson, Arizona Road Cycling Routes "At a Glance"