5th Annual Tour de Scottsdale Gearing Up

June 30, 2008 – “105,000 Miles for the McDowells” Challenge Set

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Cyclists are gearing up for the 5th Annual Tour de Scottsdale, and the “105,000 Miles for the McDowells” challenge, which will launch from Market Street at DC Ranch on Sunday, Oct 5 at 7:30 a.m. The 70-mile bicycling event winds through Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, and Fountain Hills, with every mile benefiting the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. A 2.5-mile Family Fun Ride allows even the youngest competitors to join in the Tour, which is sponsored by DC Ranch Community Council, Giant Bicycles and presenting sponsors, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and Scottsdale Foothills Rotary.

“We’re celebrating 10 years of environmental stewardship at DC Ranch, so for the fifth anniversary of the Tour de Scottsdale, we’re demonstrating our commitment to the work of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy with the ‘105,000 Miles for the McDowells’ challenge,” said DC Ranch Community Council Manager Suzann Walden-Wells. “We want at least 1,500 cyclists to ride in the 70-mile race, helping us raise money for the McDowells with every mile they ride.” The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to stewardship of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

The 1,500-rider goal will break previous attendance records for the Tour de Scottsdale, which has become a tradition among cycling enthusiasts who enjoy the challenging course and scenic vistas.

Competitive cyclists and families alike are invited to participate in the Tour.

The Tour de Scottsdale includes:

• A 70-mile challenging scenic ride

• A 2.5-mile Family Fun Ride, beginning at 8:30 a.m., is free and allows moms, dads and children to enjoy a taste of the Tour.

• Five support stations along the course keep cyclists and their bikes in good shape, with food, bike support from Bicycle Showcase, and medical care provided by Southwest Ambulance.

• The Tour Expo, beginning at 9 a.m. race day, provides a festive atmosphere of cycling fashion, a beer garden and wine bar (opening at 10 a.m.), enjoy food, music and fun on Market Street.

• 2008 Tour Launch Party, where entrants can enjoy food and drinks at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar from 4 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2. Alternatively, cyclists can pick up race materials at Market Street Plaza from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4. The launch party is sponsored by Fleming’s and Scottsdale Foothills Rotary.

October is the 14th annual “McDowell Sonoran Month,” and the Tour de Scottsdale is the Conservancy’s biggest event of the month-long celebration. The Conservancy envisions the Preserve at completion to be 36,400-acre (or 57-square mile), protecting as natural, open space nearly one-third of Scottsdale’s 185 square miles.

“We encourage our members and supporters, as well as cyclists and families around the state, to take part in the Tour de Scottsdale. The exquisitely beautiful course provides an opportunity to appreciate the splendor of the McDowell Mountains and surrounding Sonoran Desert, and reminds us of just what it is we’re working so hard to protect,” said Ruthie Carll, Executive Director of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.

Additional sponsors of the event include the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau; the City of Scottsdale; Bicycle Showcase; Circle West Architects; Market Street; and Chipotle.

The Tour is a DC Ranch Community Foundation signature event and is sanctioned by USA Cycling, an organization that promotes and governs different disciplines of the sport, and works to build the sport of bicycle racing, assist with athlete development and sustain international competitive excellence.


WHAT: Tour de Scottsdale cycling event

WHO: Competitive and non-competitive cyclists, and families

DATE: Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008

TIME: 70-mile race to begin at 7:30 a.m.; Family Fun Ride to begin at 8:30 a.m.; Awards ceremony to begin at 11 a.m.; Tour Expo open at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Market Street at DC Ranch;Southeast corner of Pima Rd. and Thompson Peak Pkwy.

HOW: Register online at dcbadventures.com

COST: Registration fees vary from $85-$150 depending on date of registration and either single entry or tandem. Family Fun Ride is free of charge. $10 for a Tour shirt.

PUBLIC CONTACT: DCB Extreme Adventures at 480-460-5052

About DC Ranch

DC Ranch is a 4,400-acre community located adjacent to McDowell Sonoran Preserve in north Scottsdale. Developed by DMB , and designed to respect the architectural and environmental integrity of the region, the community is now celebrating 10 years of engaged desert living. DC Ranch was ranked “Best Family-Friendly” neighborhood by Phoenix Magazine in May 2008. For information about DC Ranch, contact the Ranch Offices on Market Street at 480.513.1500.

About DC Ranch Community Foundation

DC Ranch developers DMB along with the Kemper & Ethel Marley Foundation, established the DC Ranch Community Foundation in 1998. Its mission is to enhance the sense of community within DC Ranch; enhance the educational opportunities for the public and students in the area; and promote the preservation and stewardship of public spaces within the DC Ranch community. The Foundation also sponsors cultural, artistic and civic and recreational activities and supports community volunteerism by matching interested residents with local volunteer opportunities.

About McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Since its founding in 1990, the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy has championed the need for, establishment of, and safe public access to Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The Conservancy works with the City of Scottsdale to: ensure completion, management and public appreciation of the Preserve; educate residents and visitors about the Preserve’s environmental and archaeological significance; ensure the public has appropriate access to the land they have repeatedly voted to protect.

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Vice President

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