Sedona MTB Festival – Sedona, AZ – March 4th – 6th 2016
Last weekend we brought the whole family to Sedona for the Sedona MTB Festival. It was our first time attending and I am already counting down the days till next year. This event should be a priority for all fun-loving cyclists in Arizona.
I have to say that I am not a skilled mountain biker. Most of my mountain bike experience amounts to a couple of demos, clinics and pedaling around Papago Park; but as long as you come with a good attitude, ready to fall and a love for bikes and beer, you are going to have a great time.
Day 1 – Friday March 4th
We stopped by Rage Cycles in Scottsdale to pick up the Surly Pugsley, one of the shop’s rental bikes. The Pugsley is a bouncy, indestructible good time. Picking lines and obstacles are a non-issue with the Pugs. All you have to do is pedal through and hold on. It’s a blast!!
With the Pugs safely strapped to my car we continued on to Sedona!
The Red Agave rents suites and chalets. We stayed in a chalet that would easily sleep five adults, or in our case: two adults and two kids. The first thing you notice when pulling in: breathtaking views. Being in such close and unobstructed proximity to these beautiful rock formations is therapeutic.
After a quick Pugsley ride on this beautiful red dirt, I sat outside drinking a Papago Brewing Orange Blossom and, in all honesty, I had no desire to leave and go to the festival. I could have sat there for endless hours. This place is heaven!
But we came to Sedona for a reason, and that was the MTB Festival. So we packed back in the car for a few short miles to Posse Ground Park where the event was taking place.
So Friday ended up being mostly beer, not much riding. But I already had my eye on what I was going to demo on Saturday…
On the way back to the Red Agave we stopped for groceries. Our chalet had a full working kitchen and we intended to use it.
TIP: Finding a grocery store in Sedona is not easy. I can’t ever find one on Google Maps, except Whole Foods. For cheap groceries close by check out Weber’s IGA Food & Drug on 100 Verde Valley School Road. Not a lot of organic options, but good for vacation.
The Red Agave has a fire-pit within steps and view of the chalets. Ed and I sat by the fire drinking beer and getting to know the other guests, most of which were also there for the festival.
Day 2 – Saturday March 5th
Wake up to this magnificent view of Bell Rock!
Ed and I took turns going to the festival in the morning while the kids enjoyed the resort.
During my turn at the festival, I did a Trek Remedy demo. The line for the Trek demo was not too long which is why I chose that one. I was not expecting much, but the Trek Remedy exceeded my expectations. So much fun! Adobe Jack Trail to Jordan down Power Line Plunge which seemed to be a 90 degree dropping trail but still a blast.
Back at Red Agave after a fun morning trying my best to destroy a very expensive bike.
And then back to the Sedona MTB Festival.
The girls got their hands on some Commencal Bikes demos and now they want new bikes. I’ve never seen a 16″ with hand brakes before!
Before heading back to the hotel, a visit to the Black Cow Cafe for our favorite ice cream in Sedona. Pro tip: Try to score that bench for more of those amazing Sedona views.
Day 3: Sunday March 6th
Last day in Sedona 🙁
Back at the festival: This time around I decided to suck it up at one of the longer lines to demo a Santa Cruz. Down adobe jack again up to Jordan Trail to Javelina and then Crusty. This route was the most fun I had all weekend. Some solid and challenging climbs with a steady roller coaster like decent down Javelina. The Santa Cruz 5010 is the shit!