Road Road Biking Gates Pass – McCain Loop – Tucson


A great road bike ride when the tourists are gone

Dificulty: HardAverage time: 01:50:00 AMRide Mileage: 21 to 40 miles

Climbing Elevation: 1859

Type of ride: Climb

Road/Mountain: Road


Gates Pass is scenic but very narrow.

ROAD BIKING TUCSON, ARIZONA – This is a popular road bike ride on the west side of Tucson, Arizona. You pass Old Tucson and the Desert Museum along the ride. This ride offers everything from incredible scenery, rigorous uphill and downhill riding as well a fair amount of danger as much of it is not terribly cycling friendly during the busy season.

There are some great views at the top of Gates Pass. Stop and take a look to the east and to the west. As you are going west down Gates Pass you will find this to be a very narrow road and motorists can get close to you.

The ride has a little of everything: flats, rollers and a short killer climb up the back side of Gates Pass.

To add mileage you can do McCain Loop several times or in reverse to add variety.

Enjoy a great Gates Pass cycling video here.

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