With average temperatures in the upper 70s, spring is an ideal time to go cycling through the Verde Valley. The Sedona Century Bicycle Tour offers cyclists an unforgettable ride on stunning terrain.Riders go at their own speed past two national monuments of Indian ruins, across rivers and along historic streets, red rocks and desert views, taking in the breathtaking beauty and history of the area.
“Many people say that this is the most beautiful ride that they have ever been on,” reports Bryan Detwiler, the Sedona Century founder and organizer. Following a continental breakfast at 6:30 a.m., this year’s event will stage at 8 a.m. from the Old Town Mission in historic Old Town Cottonwood, the beneficiary of the charitable ride. Cyclists will have a choice of three circuits:the full ride of 62 miles (approximately a metric century), a medium circuit of 42 miles and a fun ride of 33 miles.
The core of the course will be the same for all three distances.Riders will go past Tuzigoot National Monument and then through Clarkdale, Cornville and Page Springs.The 47-mile ride will add a stretch into Sedona. The Metric Century encompasses the other rides but adds a leg to Montezuma Castle.
The Sedona Century is a fully supported event.There are several rest stops along the route, and there is also a support vehicle in case cyclists encounter mechanical problems with their bikes. After the event, all riders are treated to a free pasta lunch with salad and bread.
Even though the Sedona Century is in its 10th year in 2008, “it is still a hidden jewel,” says Detwiler. “It’s a nice intimate ride.” Approximately 200 cyclists from all over the world come to ride in the Sedona Century. According to Detwiler, riders enjoy the camaraderie of the event, which includes an optional barbecue (with music and prizes).