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Bike ride to raise funds for trail building

Staff ~ 4/22/2015

CAVE CREEK – The Desert Foothills Mountain Bike Association is holding a fundraiser ride on Saturday, May 2, that will support a trail building project between the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve and the Town of Cave Creek Trail System.

The Desert Foothills Mountain Bike Association is a 501(c)3 Chapter of the International Mountain Bike Association. With a mission of enhancing bike experiences in the North Valley, DFMBA does a lot of work in Cave Creek. The group is looking to help build a ‘Cave Creek Gateway Trail’ that will connect the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve to the Maricopa Trail, the Tonto National Forest, trails to Prescott, and a variety of parks. The trail would be used by mountain bikers, runners, and equestrians. Professional trail builder Matt Woodson from Okanogan Trail Construction and REI are partnering with DFMBA on this trail-building project. The Cave Creek Town Council has approved the project.

The DFMBA is raising funds for the Cave Creek Gateway Trail with a benefit ride on May 2. The fundraiser will include multiple bike rides, a hike/trail run, and an after-party with food, drinks, and live music. The Elite MTB Ride, 24 miles, will start at 3 p.m. The Intermediate Ride also starts at 3 p.m. The Black Mountain Hike or Trail Run is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. The benefit party will begin at 6 p.m., at Local Jonny’s Café & Bar.

Early registration is $30. Registration at the door will be $40. For tickets, see www.arizonareg.com/merch.php?idSalesEvent=17. Register early to be sure of a space. See more about the Desert Foothills Mountain Bike Association at www.DFMBA.org.