3 Best Road Cycling Routes in Mesa

3 Best Road Cycling Routes in Mesa

There is a reason Mesa has been named one of the best cities for cyclists: Mesa is full of wide, open spaces, smooth roads with wide bike lanes, and to the surprise of many cyclists- plenty of rolling hills!

Bush Highway/Usery Pass Loop:

The Usery Pass Road Loop is a favorite among Phoenix cyclists because it offers options to add mileage, has some of the most lush desert scenery in the Valley (especially during the Spring), and the rolling hills make you work hard and give you a nice break. If you’re looking for more information about this ride, check out Phoenix New Time’s extensive review!
Distance: 21-40 miles
Difficulty: Intermediate
Duration: 2 hr. +
Elevation Gain: 1,594 feet

3 Best Road Cycling Routes in Mesa

Tour of Mesa:

The annual Tour de Mesa is a road bike race showcasing some of the best road bike riding in Mesa. The event offers two routes – a short 28-mile ride much like the Bush Highway/Usery Pass Loop (except in reverse), and a challenging 72-mile ride circumnavigating the city of Mesa and heading out the Beeline Highway then looping back down Bush highway, saving two, rough long climbs for the end.
Distance: 28-72 miles
Difficulty: Beginner-Advanced
Duration: 2-3 hrs. +
Elevation Gain: 952-2,367 feet

Tour de Mesa Road Cycling

Tortilla Flat Ride:

This out-and-back route along Highway 88/Apache Trail will take you east of Mesa for a scenic, twisty ride to the small community of Tortilla Flat, nestled between the Salt River and the Superstition Mountains. This section of the 88 slowly ascends into the wilderness before turning into a roller coaster of a road that drops into the Salt River Canyon along Canyon Lake and features numerous short climbs and descents until reaching Tortilla Flat. Some say the 6 or so miles past Tortilla Flat (until the road turns to dirt) are the most scenic miles of the ride. The last section adds some manageable climbing (average gradiant of 4%) that many riders won’t want to miss. If you need to fuel up before heading back, make sure to stop at the Superstition Saloon for a burger and the World Famous Chili!
Distance: 41-60 miles
Difficulty: Advanced
Duration: 3 hrs.
Elevation Gain: 3,077 feet

Road Cycling in Mesa

Mesa is an incredible cycling destination, so if you are looking to maximize your trip it would definitely be a good idea to rent a bike, put in some road miles in Mesa, and maybe even head north to check out the smooth roads of Scottsdale if time permits. If you aren’t planning on bringing your road bike on your trip to Mesa, there are a few options close by from which to rent; however, if you’re looking for high-end and the best bike rental service in the Southwest, you may think it’s worth the drive to rent from AOA in Scottsdale. For longer duration rentals, AOA does deliver and pick-up bikes for an added fee. Call for more details!