12th Annual Tour de Scottsdale takes to the road Oct. 11

Tour de Scottsdale

All abilities invited to participate in
scenic Tour de Scottsdale at DC Ranch

Whether a casual road rider looking for spectacular views or a pro cyclist focusing on speed, the 2015 Tour de Scottsdale has something for everyone on two wheels.

The 12th annual Tour de Scottsdale, presented by Oliver Smith Jeweler, starts and finishes at Market Street at DC Ranch on Sunday, Oct. 11. This year’s tour will be capped at 2,000 cyclists, and registration is already nearing the half-way point with just 50 days until the ride.

Hosted by the DC Ranch Community Council, the annual cycling event offers 30- and 70-mile routes that wind around the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, encompassing mountainous views of Scottsdale, Carefree and Fountain Hills.

Every Tour de Scottsdale mile benefits the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, the organization that stewards the preserve.

In addition to the picturesque ride, cyclists and spectators can browse the vendor expo, which includes food, live music, and cycling retailers and specialists.

Registration rates increase Oct. 1. Spots are going quickly so riders are encouraged to sign up by Sept. 30, and save up to $15.

Register at TourdeScottsdale.net.

Registration for the 70-mile route is $135 through Sept. 30; $150 Oct. 1-11 (add $25 for tandem).

Registration for the 30-mile route is $80 through Sept. 30; $90 Oct. 1-11 (add $15 for tandem).

The Tour de Scottsdale begins at 6:30 a.m. Packet pickup is Oct. 9-10 at The Homestead Community Center, 18600 N. 98th St., Scottsdale.

DC Ranch is a 4,400-acre community located adjacent to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in north Scottsdale.

Since its founding in 1990, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy has championed the need for, establishment of, and safe public access to Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The Conservancy works with the City of Scottsdale to ensure completion, management and public appreciation of the Preserve; educate residents and visitors about the Preserve’s environmental and archaeological significance; ensure the public has appropriate access to the land they have repeatedly voted to protect.

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