Madera Canyon Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

3.3
FIETS
13.3 mi
DISTANCE
2,499 ft
GAINED
3.5 %
AVG. GRADE

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Page Contributor(s): Bo Jensen, Syracuse, NY, USA; Louis Roth, Pacifica, CA, USA

INTRO

This 13.3 mile bike climb is located in AZ, USA. The average gradient is 3.5% and there is a total elevation gain of 2,499 ft, finishing at 5,341 ft.

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Off the side of the road near the start of the climb, or at the amphitheater parking lot at the top of the climb
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Difficulty: Challenging
4
Road
5
Traffic
3
Scenery

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Jan 15, 2024
difficulty: Challenging
scenery: 3
traffic: 5
road: 4
Jan 15, 2024
scenery: 3
traffic: 5
road: 4
I stayed at Jeremiah Inn (520.784.1729) - ask for Beth! It's a cyclist's oasis, and I highly recommend it. It's just 200 yards from the Mt. Lemmon start, but unfortunately, it was snowed over on my visit. So, I drove a short 50 minutes to Madera Canyon. My ride started at the La Posada Community Services parking lot (780 S Park Centre Ave, Green Valley, AZ 85614). I stopped by the office for permission, and there's a restroom available there as well. The climb up Madera is a steady 2% grade until mile 10, then it kicks up a bit, but it's still manageable. The last mile is tough, but doable! The road surface on the climb is smooth; you won't notice the expansion cracks every 15-20 feet. They're a little more noticeable on the descent, though. I used 52/36 11/30 gear setup witch was fine but I couldn’t spin the last 1/4 mile. That was more of grind. The ride itself is peaceful, with not much to see until the last few miles. There are restrooms at the top, a camping area, and Madera Kubo
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CLIMB SUMMARY

Cycling Madera Canyon

Ride 13.3 miles gaining 2,507’ at 3.5% average grade.

This is a nice training ride south of Tucson if you’re getting bored with Mt. Lemmon.  You have 12 ½ miles to warm up before a brutal 10.4% one-half mile pitch near the end.

I’ll take door #1 . . .

Good choice Bo . . . Arizona over New York in November!  👍👍

Photos - PJAMM member Louis Roth, Pacifica, CA