Madera Canyon Bike Ride – Tucson, Arizona

Madera Canyon Bike Ride – Tucson, Arizona
Average time:
4.5 to 5.5 hours
Ride Mileage:
61 to 80 miles
Climbing Elevation:
4,026 ft
Type of ride:

Madera Canyon Bike Ride – Tucson, Arizona

Madera Canyon is an out and back bike ride that starts in Tucson and goes south towards Green Valley, Arizona.

The road bike ride is a favorite with many pro cyclists and triathletes during the winter months.

Many cyclist will do the Shootout on Saturday and then make the turn to go out to Madera Canyon turning the Shootout into a longer ride.

The Shootout coupled with Medera Canyon is great ride to get ready for the racing season during the winter months. Or a favorite in the fall among the locals to get ready for El Tour de Tucson.

The ride to Madera Canyon is a hard ride with a killer climb up to the top of Madera Canyon.

You can easily turn this ride into a century.

Bike Ride Map and Elevation Details

Total distance: 88.24 mi
Max elevation: 5016 ft
Min elevation: 2320 ft
Total climbing: 4026 ft
Total descent: -4029 ft
Download file: Shootout - Madera Canyon .gpx
  • Madera Canyon Bike Ride – Tucson, Arizona


  1. Mike April 18, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    I have heard (and felt) that the top of Madera Canyon is 16% grade. Is that correct?

    • Tyler Ford April 18, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Hey Mike, Not sure of the grade. But I do know the last section in Madera is 16%+++ grade. Yes I would say that is correct.

      • Mike April 19, 2015 at 1:50 am

        Do you ride the Shootout each Saturday Tyler?

        • Tyler Ford April 19, 2015 at 12:32 pm

          Yes have been doing the Shootout for over 25yrs. it is an awesome group ride!

  2. ed delgado June 1, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    TYLER, I will be down in Tucson this coming weekend and would like to join the shootout ride, any tips this time of year? how fast would you say the avg is? still getting in shape since I don’t ride much in the winter months…thanks. ed.

    • Tyler Ford June 2, 2015 at 3:01 am

      Smaller group this time of year but still fast. It will average 22 to 24 mph.
      You can go down Helmet Peak and meet up with the group if you get dropped going out. BE FAST OR BE LAST!

      • ed delgado June 2, 2015 at 3:59 am

        Thx Tyler! That helps.(;

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