March 2, 2018 Sedona Bike Festival

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by Stkx66, Mar 5, 2018.

  1. Stkx66

    Stkx66 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Southern California
    Name:
    Steve Boudreaux
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower 27+/ 29r
    My wife and I were amongst 5 couples and a father and son team that went to the March 2-5 Sedona, AZ Bike Festival this past weekend. All of whom I've known ridden with and raced Enduro's with for over 20 years. My wife and I took 2 days to get there from Southern Ca. We stayed over night in Phoenix. Our destination motel in Sedona was near the bottom of Slim Shady Trail head and had 2 dinner restaurants and 2 bike shops in walking distance. I brought my 2014 Santa Cruz Bronson and my new Hightower 27+. I only bought a one day shuttle pass for Friday while others bought passes for all 3 days. I only rode my Hightower while in Sedona. On our way into town I went to registration and picked up our welcome bags and shuttle wrist bands for most everybody in our group on Thursday afternoon. Later that day one of my friends showed up and were excited to shuttle our bikes to a trail head 6 miles away. Later we would go back and retrieve his truck. I was on cloud 9! The trails perfect, weather on the cool side with moist grippy groomed ground to ride on. I couldn't have been happier with my new Hightower purchase. On Friday we ( shuttled ) our bikes in our trucks to the Festival to pick up the Shuttle van going to our chosen trail head and the wives who did not ride went on a wine tasting tour. Once we completed our loop we waited for a short time and were shuttled back to the Festival where cold beer, food, a band and vendors were.The G-force arm and leg protection vendor was quite popular. There were numerous bike manufacturers demoing bikes. Our friends who bought the 3 day shuttle passes demoed a different bike each day. There was enough time to get 2 good rides in using the festival shuttles. Our rides were about 5-7 miles each. First shuttle at 10:00 am last at 3:00 pm. The next day, Saturday, we shuttled our bikes with our trucks to other trails. Saturday afternoon for the second ride of the day it was just myself and my friend on the last ride for me for the weekend. Each trail was just as exciting as the next. I ended up in front setting the pace. At one point I was flying down a down hill hitting the binders into a rocky river bottom where the bike stopped and I didn't. More on that later. Highlights of my trip were being with my wife and great friends, hitting stair step combination drop offs and having the bike glide down like it was meant to be. For me it was a lot of " I can't believe I just did that! " Plusser tires sticking to the ground like glue. Suspension was excellent. Lastly, the riders/people at the festival were nice and vendors alike.

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  2. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    Nice photos! :cool:

    And there's a lot of cash sleeping on the basketball courts! :eek:
     
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  3. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Redlands
    Name:
    David
    Current Bike:
    Tallboy Upgrade
    Looks like a blast! Good for the community for putting this event on!
     
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  4. CBone

    CBone Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Antelope Valley
    Name:
    Tucker
    Current Bike:
    Intense Primer
    My though
    My thought when I saw that picture too. How many thousand $$$$$$
     
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  5. scan

    scan Well-Known Member

    Name:
    fran allas
    Current Bike:
    Scott Spark
    Awesome, would love to go to that event one of these years!!! What 's the cost?
     
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  6. Tom the Bomb

    Tom the Bomb Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Alta Loma, Ca.
    Name:
    Thomas Cosgrove
    Current Bike:
    Niner rip 9
    Nice!
     
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  7. doublewide

    doublewide iMTB Rockstah

    Name:
    Mark
    Current Bike:
    Ride Life Ride Giant
    The place is a blast!! Nice RR!
     
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  8. MrGreedom

    MrGreedom Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Name:
    Ryan
    Current Bike:
    BH Lynx6
    Arizona is an open carry state. I just imagine an armed patron guard at the entrance to the court standing with the demeanor a Queen's guard.
     
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  9. Stkx66

    Stkx66 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Southern California
    Name:
    Steve Boudreaux
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower 27+/ 29r
    One day shuttle pass was $ 59.00. Our room was about $ 140.00 per night for a suite for 3 nights. ( Not including the over night cost of Phoenix ) Gas fire place, 2 queen beds and kitchenette where many lunch sandwiches were made. Gas in my Silverado was around $ 200. Other costs are not listed- lunches, snacks food and beer at the Festival. I bet I spent over $ 1,000 by the time I add it all up not including overnighting in Phoenix. We drove 480 miles home in one day ( about 7.5 hours driving ) Also, my wife spent $ 60 + tip for the wine tour.
     
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  10. Stkx66

    Stkx66 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Southern California
    Name:
    Steve Boudreaux
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower 27+/ 29r
    This was bike storage while you walked vendor row and enjoyed the band and food. One filled out a tag, you keep the number and tape the information on the handle bar for retrieval. When I picked up my bike I had to walk out and identify my bike. I gave a description of it on the fly. I picked it up and walked it out myself ( escorted ) but mostly they retrieved your bike for you. They treat your bike like it's the most important bike there gently pressing into the cleats on vans for transport and gently lying over on the side storage in this storage area. ** You didn't have to leave your bike in storage. One could easily take it back to your vehicle and lock it up while others simply rode their bike to the festival from nearby and carted them throughout the festival.
     
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  11. LLPoolJ

    LLPoolJ iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Moreno Valley
    Name:
    James Johnson
    Current Bike:
    Specy Epic, Stumpu and Enduro
    Next year I am in.
     
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  12. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
  13. H2oChick

    H2oChick Well-Known Member

    Name:
    K-Oss
    Mmmmm Sedona - Glad to hear you had a great time. It's kind of hard not to with the scenery and trail selection.
    You can choose whether you want to cruise or pucker.
     
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  14. scan

    scan Well-Known Member

    Name:
    fran allas
    Current Bike:
    Scott Spark
    Thanks for the details, I was only asking about the bike activity. Again thanks!! Been there once and only touched the tip of the great riding out there.
     
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  15. HBkites

    HBkites Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Huntington Beach
    Name:
    Sharone
    Current Bike:
    Why Cycles S7
    Love Sedona.
    Love Flagstaff.
    I'm going to check out Prescott at the end of April.
    Az is awesome 6-8 months out of the year.
     
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  16. Luis

    Luis iMTB Rockstah

    Location:
    Sylmar
    Name:
    Luis
    Current Bike:
    Big Black 29er
    Been there many times but never to the festival. Looks like fun, and it sounds like you had a great time (minus the unplanned superman dismount) :eek:

    Thanks for posting :thumbsup:
     
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  17. Stkx66

    Stkx66 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Southern California
    Name:
    Steve Boudreaux
    Current Bike:
    Santa Cruz Hightower 27+/ 29r
    I was out front coming down a rocky downhill to fast and was trying to slow it down and stop in a rocky river bottom. I went over the bars and held on so the bike cart wheeled with me. My back pack saved my back but I ended up landed on my left side in softball size rock. I have a bruise the size of a dinner plate from the top of my hip down mid thigh. Ugly as hell. The most important part? The bike is OK.
     
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  18. mike

    mike iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Western US
    Name:
    Mike O
    Current Bike:
    GG Smash
    Upper half is good for one chunk of the year, lower half the other. :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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  19. da big hills

    da big hills Well-Known Member

    Location:
    pearl harbor
    Name:
    cagey
    Current Bike:
    enduro 29
    I went to Sedona last year, it was nice. I thought about this event and decided that I liked the empty trails better than demo bikes. My last trip was fun. Happy Vortex trails
     
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