What is the Tour de Scottsdale?

The fifteenth annual Tour de Scottsdale will take place on Sunday, October 7, 2018. The event kicks off at Market Street in DC Ranch, which is located near the southeast corner of Pima Road and Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale. The event features a 70-mile and 30-mile citizen’s ride.

How long is the Tour de Scottsdale?

The 70-mile Tour de Scottsdale course is officially 68.2 miles. The new, 30-mile Tour de Scottsdale course is officially 33.8 miles.

What are the start times?

The Tour de Scottsdale start time for both the 70-mile and 30-mile ride begins at 6:30 am on Market Street at DC Ranch (Thompson Peak Parkway and Pima Road)

What does the Tour de Scottsdale support?

The Tour de Scottsdale festivities bring awareness to the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, the nonprofit conservation organization that engages our community in protecting the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

How much do the events cost?
30-mile 70-mile
April 15 – May 18 $60.00 $100.00
May 19 – July 5 $70.00 $110.00
July 6 – Aug. 16 $80.00 $120.00
Aug. 17 – Sept. 27 $90.00 $130.00
Sept. 28 – Oct. 7 $100.00 $140.00
Tandem: +$15 Tandem: +$25

*All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable*

Register here!

What do I get for my entry?

All 70-mile Tour de Scottsdale entrants will receive:

  • Chip timing
  • Post-ride food & entertainment
  • Commemorative shirt
  • Unique medallion to all finishers
  • Refreshments at aid stations
  • Medical Support
  • Police Support and traffic control on route
  • SAG Wagon Support

All 30-mile Tour de Scottsdale entrants will receive:

  • Chip timing
  • Post-Ride food & entertainment
  • Commemorative  shirt
  • Unique medallion to all finishers
  • Refreshments at aid station
  • Medical Support
  • SAG Wagon Support
How can my family/friends track my progress?

Athlinks offers a way for your friends and family to stay connected while you are on the ride. They will be given progress updates along the course when you pass over splits. Sign up for text message updates here.

Are there any nearby hotels?

Yes! If you are traveling to the Tour de Scottsdale and are looking for accommodations, below are a list of recommended hotels that are with 2-4 miles from our start line.

What is/When is Packet Pickup?

Packet Pickup is when you show up in person and get your timing chip, your t-shirt, etc. You must do this in person.

If you are unable to pick it up your packet in person, you may elect to have a representative do so for you, but they must have a copy of your Chonotrack confirmation email and your signed USA Cycle Waiver.

Click here to print waiver

NO TIMING CHIPS WILL BE RELEASED WITHOUT A SIGNED USAC WAIVER

  • Friday, October 5, The Homestead Community Center in DC Ranch | 18600 N 98th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 6, The Homestead Community Center in DC Ranch | 18600 N 98th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, 8 a.m. – Noon
  • Sunday, October 7, Market Street Plaza in DC Ranch starting at 5 a.m.
I’ve registered for the ride, but I can’t find my confirmation. Help!

To get a copy of your registration confirmation resent to the email address that you registered with, please visit here.

Is there a time limit for the Tour de Scottsdale?

There is a four (4) hour time limit on the 30-mile Tour de Scottsdale course. The last cyclist will be followed by a motorized escort and a RacePlaceEvents vehicle will sweep the entire course at the four-hour mark.

There is a five (5) hour time limit on the 70-mile Tour de Scottsdale course. The last cyclist will be followed by a motorized escort and a RacePlaceEvents vehicle will sweep the entire course at the five-hour mark.

Do ALL cyclists have to ride the 70 miles?

No. You have the option of riding 70 or 30 miles.

Is the Tour de Scottsdale timed?

YES – both the Tour de Scottsdale events will be timed using the Chronotrack timing system which features a disposable chip that will accurately record each individual’s time from start line to finish line.

What are you doing for safety at the Tour de Scottsdale?

As always, safety is top of mind for event organizers and additional measures have been enacted to keep cyclists safe. Discussions with the Maricopa County Department of Transportation resulted in the removal of coning along the 8-mile stretch of the course between Rio Verde and Fountain Hills.

Additionally, we are lucky enough to have the support of some awesome folks that love ham radios on the courses. They know how to keep everyone connected at all times. They will be positioned in strategic locations and will enable us to keep tabs on cyclists. We will also have EMT’s and ambulances available should an emergency arise.

To top it all off, we have fixed and roving support as well as fabulous volunteers. That being said, if at any point you see a cyclist in need, be nice and ask if they need help.

What type of bike may I ride in the Tour de Scottsdale?

You can ride any type of bike as long as you can ride it safely in large groups. Mountain bikes, recumbents and handbikes are all acceptable types of bikes. Aerobars are NOT allowed in the Tour.

Are trailers and bike seats allowed?

No, due to the safely concerns of riding in a large group of people, trailers and bike seats will not be allowed. Trail-a-bikes, however, are allowed and will be charged as a tandem.

Who can ride in the Tour de Scottsdale?

Cyclists of all ages and abilities! There is no age limit or pre-qualification required.

 

The DC Ranch Community Council has a strict no refund policy.

Transfer Policy: The DC Ranch Community Council offers a transfer policy for events. You are able to withdraw your registration and receive a credit for your entry, which you can then use for next year’s Tour de Scottsdale event. We know things happen that prevent you from being able to participate, it’s just life, so we want to accommodate you when issues arise that prevent you from riding when you have already registered.

  • Any athlete can transfer their registration to next years event up to Sept. 30, 2017.
  • The athlete will receive an entry credit.
  • The credit will be valid for the same event the following year.

To transfer your registration, please contact Gabi Enriquez, gabrielle.enriquez@dcranchinc.com before Sept. 30, 2018.

Switching rides/distances policy: Sometimes training doesn’t go as planned or you might not feel up to completing the original distance you registered for. If you find yourself in this situation, there are a few options;

  • If you would like to upgrade from 30 mile to 70 mile ride, you will do this at packet pick up. Please retrieve you timing chip and take to the registration table and request to changing distances. A race official will switch your timing chip and you will pay the difference in pricing. We will honor what the 70 mile ride pricing tier was from your original registration date — not day of registration price.
  • If you would like to drop from the 70 mile to 30 mile ride, please email TourdeScottsdale@dcranchinc.com and request to drop distances. We cannot offer a refund in price differences, however  your additional funds will be used as a donation to our beneficiary, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.

Why do we have strict policies? Almost every event company in the country has a similar policy for a reason. When an athlete registers, the event company begins preparing for your experience. Whether it’s hiring police, security, buying t-shirts, ordering food, etc. we incur expenses immediately, even if you are unable to participate, we start preparing for your arrival. Thank you for your understanding!

Do you allow refunds or transfers?

The DC Ranch Community Council has a strict no refund policy.

Transfer Policy: The DC Ranch Community Council offers a transfer policy for events. You are able to withdraw your registration and receive a credit for your entry, which you can then use for next year’s Tour de Scottsdale event. We know things happen that prevent you from being able to participate, it’s just life, so we want to accommodate you when issues arise that prevent you from riding when you have already registered.

  • Any athlete can transfer their registration to next years event up to Sept. 30, 2017.
  • The athlete will receive an entry credit.
  • The credit will be valid for the same event the following year.

To Transfer your registration, please contact Gabi Enriquez, gabrielle.enriquez@dcranchinc.com before Sept. 30, 2018

Switching rides/distances policy: Sometimes training doesn’t go as planned or you might not feel up to completing the original distance you registered for. If you find yourself in this situation, there are a few options;

  • If you would like to upgrade from the 30-mile to 70-mile ride, you will do this at packet pick up. Please retrieve you timing chip and take to the registration table and request to changing distances. A race official will switch your timing chip and you will pay the difference in pricing. We will honor what the 70 mile ride pricing tier was from your original registration date — not day of registration price.
  • If you would like to drop from the 70-mile to-30 mile ride, please email TourdeScottsdale@dcranchinc.com and request to drop distances. We cannot offer a refund in price differences, however  your additional funds will be used as a donation to our beneficiary, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.

Why do we have strict policies? Almost every event company in the country has a similar policy for a reason. When an athlete registers, the event company begins preparing for your experience. Whether it’s hiring police, security, buying t-shirts, ordering food, etc. we incur expenses immediately, even if you are unable to participate, we start preparing for your arrival. Thank you for your understanding!

Does the Tour de Scottsdale start and finish at the same location?

YES – The Tour starts and finishes at Market Street in DC Ranch.

What should I wear on ride day?

A bicycle helmet is required. Consider wearing padded lycra cycling shorts and a jersey with rear pockets for snacks, sunscreen and a route map. Padded cycling gloves, stiff rubber-soled shoes and eye protection are highly recommended. Carry at least one reusable water bottle on your bike to help combat dehydration from exertion and heat.

What can I expect from the route?

Cyclists in the event ride in a clockwise direction. The Tour de Scottsdale courses include approximately 1,400 feet in elevation changes with a long ascent over the first 25 miles of the 70-mile course. Did we mention it circumnavigates around the beautiful McDowell Sonoran Preserve?

Aid stations on the Tour de Scottsdale courses serve water, electrolyte drinks, nutrition, and fruit. If you have specific needs, please come prepared.  Lastly, please review your course map for aid station locations.

What if my bike breaks down during the event?

No problem! At the Tour de Scottsdale there will be aid stations located along the route and multiple SAG wagons to assist you with mechanical problems or minor first-aid situations. If a major mechanical malfunction occurs that prohibits you from finishing, the SAG wagons will transport you back to the start/finish line.

When do I receive my medal?

All cyclists receive their medal of completion at the post-ride Expo on Market Street in DC Ranch. Please keep an eye out for volunteers handing them out at the finish chute. Awards and medals will no longer be mailed.

What will I find at the Tour Finish Line?

The Chute

After crossing the finish line you will be directed in to the chute. For safety purposes, do not remain in the chute area once you have received your medal.

Information Booth

The Information Booth will be set up for your convenience after the Finish Chute, should you have any questions or need any information on Event Day.

First Aid

If you feel dizzy, ill or have other medical problems, please check with the First Aid tent at the finish. Please report all accidents to staff at the Information Booth at the finish or at one of the aid stations along the route.

Merchandise

Finisher medals will be distributed to all cyclists and commemorative jerseys will be available for purchase.

Results

Results will be streaming live at Market Street Plaza on multiple T.V. screens. Results will be available on RacePlaceEvents.com by midnight on Sunday, Oct. 7. Contact RacePlace with any corrections at http://raceplaceevents.com/contact.php.

Photography

Cyclists and volunteers will be photographed at the start/finish line and on course. Free color proofs will be emailed approximately one (1) week after the event, giving you the option of purchasing prints.

What are Start Corrals?

Start Corrals are designated start areas designed to facilitate a more efficient and convenient start for all participants. Start Corrals 1 and 2 are assigned based on an accepted qualifying time. Corrals 3, 4 and 5 are assigned based on the expected pace per mile provided during registration.

Seeded corrals are offered to ensure a positive experience and provide all participants the same opportunity for a safe, quick and smooth start and sufficient room along the course. Space in the corrals is limited and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Placement into the corrals is not guaranteed. Qualifying performances for corrals must be submitted prior to the August 24, 2018 deadline for consideration.

This year’s event will have mixed corrals for the 70-mile and 30-mile rides. Riders will be placed with same pace riders, no matter what distance you are participating in, with faster paced riders up front and starting first. Please be sure to study course maps, and exercise rider responsibility in knowing your turns. Lastly, please pay attention to course directional signage, as well as your course marshals.

Start time for the Tour de Scottsdale is 6:30 am for both the 70-mile and 30-mile ride.

Seeded corrals are offered to ensure a positive experience and provide all participants the same opportunity for a safe, quick and smooth start and sufficient room along the course. Space in the corrals is limited and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Placement into the corrals is not guaranteed.

How can I qualify for a Start Corral?

Participants will be placed in a corral based on 2014-2017 Tour de Scottsdale results, 2014-2017 result(s) of an event showing proof of past performance (this is based on your results on athlinks.com; please make sure you visit Athlinks to check your results and verify that details are up to date), and self-reported Tour de Scottsdale expected net pace per mile as indicated during the online registration process.

Corrals 1, 2, and 3 are seeded placement for the most skilled and experienced participants that have recently completed a timed tour or ride between Oct. 31, 2014, and the time of registration. To qualify for seeded corral placement in the 70-mile Tour de Scottsdale participants must have completed a 50-mile or longer ride at a qualifying mile per hour pace no earlier than Oct. 31, 2014 and prior to your registration; To qualify for seeded corral placement in the 30-mile Tour de Scottsdale participants must have completed a 20-mile or longer ride at a qualifying mile per hour pace no earlier than Oct. 31, 2014 and prior to your registration. Placement into Corral 1 or 2 is not guaranteed.

This year’s event will have mixed corrals for the 70-mile and 30-mile rides. Riders will be placed with same pace riders, no matter what distance you are participating in, with faster paced riders up front and starting first. Please be sure to study course maps, and exercise rider responsibility in knowing your turns. Lastly, please pay attention to course directional signage, as well as your course marshals.

Start time for the Tour de Scottsdale is 6:30 am for both the 70-mile and 30-mile ride.

Can I switch from one Start Corral to another?

If you qualify for a “faster” corral, you can be moved up by submitting a “faster” qualifying performance prior to the August 24, 2018 deadline. If you were automatically assigned to a “faster” Start Corral but do not wish to start in that corral, you can be assigned to a later starting Start Corral by submitting a request to tourdescottsdale@dcranchinc.com, reassignment to a later starting Start Corral may also occur at Packet Pick-up.

Start time for the Tour de Scottsdale is 6:30 am for both the 70-mile and 30-mile ride.

Can I switch from one Start Corral to another on event day?

No, all participants must start in their assigned Start Corral on the day of the event. Start time for the Tour de Scottsdale is 6:30 am for both the 70-mile and 30-mile ride.

Are Start Corrals guaranteed? How many participants are in each Start Corral?

Start Corrals are not guaranteed – they are filled on a first come, first served basis until they reach their respective capacities. Start time for the Tour de Scottsdale is 6:30 am for both the 70-mile and 30-mile ride.

Is there a commemorative event jersey?

Yes! You can guarantee your size by pre-ordering the jersey through our team store, by clicking here. We will have a limited amount of jerseys for sale during packet pick up and will be on a first come, first serve basis as they do sell out fast! Our 2019 Commemorative jerseys are a unisex club-fit made by Pactimo ($80 each).

Are tri-bikes and aerobars allowed?

Aero-type and other similar auxiliary handlebars are prohibited; this includes tri-bikes with otherwise unremovable aerobars. Only bikes equipped with drop bars or flat bars will be allowed to ride in the event