The Town of Cave Creek is engaged in a monumental effort to preserve pristine Sonoran Desert lands north of the Phoenix metropolitan area.
By annexing over 6,000 acres of State Trust Land into the Town, Cave Creek negotiated a plan to preserve over 4,000 acres as permanent open space which will be used for hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing and as a buffer against rapid urban expansion. This land must be purchased from the State Land Department. To raise the funds necessary for this critical preservation effort, the Town is hosting a number of special events to showcase the lands being protected, generate public interest and raise money for acquisition.
The Cave Creek Bicycle Festival !
Mountain Bike Race/Ride
The 20 mile mountain bike race and ride will again begin and end at Frontier Town in the heart of old Cave Creek. Two groups (racers and recreational riders) will be provided a separate police escort up Spur Cross Road to the end of the paved road. Racers and riders will then be free to race or ride through the spectacular Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area (a Maricopa County Park). This 2,100 acre park is known for its spectacular views of surrounding mesas, well-preserved Hohokam Indian ruins and well-maintained hiking and mountain biking trails. Riders then proceed on portions of the Maricopa County Regional Trail to the 2,900 acre Cave Creek Regional Park. Riders will also pass portions of the State Trust Land the Town of Cave Creek is planning to acquire.
The latter stages of the ride will take you through the P.A. Seitts Preserve at Go John Canyon. This preserve is owned and maintained by the Desert Foothills Land Trust, a non-profit partner of the Town and its land protection efforts. From there, riders return to Frontier Town via a closed lane on Cave Creek Road to a delicious lunch provided by the Cave Creek Smokehouse.
It's time to get the kids racing! This is the second year of our event just for kids we're calling the Kids Kriterium. We will close off a 1/3 mile loop of Hidden Valley Drive in the historic Tamarisk Grove district behind the Cave Creek Coffee Company. We will have races for kids from 18 months to 14 in different age brackets and a special category for kick bikes. Strider "kick bikes" will be available for event use at no cost. Medallions and wrist bands will be given to all finishers. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers in each category and each gender will receive gold, silver and bronze colored medallions.Parents must sign a waiver and be present during the event. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED. Bicycles will be inspected by Flat Tire Bike Shop and volunteers for safety prior to the start of the race.