About The Race

Race Day: November 21, 2020

Featuring an approximately 40-mile ride, the 2020 Prickly Pedal is race comprised of three (3) timed cross country stages. Stage 1 is from Spur Cross Conservation Area to Andy Kunasek TH. Stage 2 is from the Maricopa Trail intersection with the Black Canyon TR (near Game and Fish HQ) to the east side of New River Rd/Maricopa TR crossing. XC Stage 3 starts just west of Lake Pleasant Harbor Blvd on the Maricopa TR and finishes at Ten Lane Boat Launch Area of Lake Pleasant Regional Park via the Beardsley and Frog Tanks TR Category winners are determined by the fastest combined time of the three (3) XC Stages. Each timed Stage showcases Maricopa Trail diversity. Aggressive ascents and descents, grinding it out on the flats, rocks, water, sand, mud, and roller coaster runs are all part of the fun of this challenging course.

Close to 350 racers in 2019 came from around the Valley, Arizona and across the country to share in the experience of racing and supporting the trails. You see, the Prickly Pedal isn’t just a great race, it’s an opportunity to support the development of a world-class 300-mile trail that rings Maricopa County and links many of its regional parks. Proceeds from the Prickly Pedal support the Maricopa Trail and Park Foundation (MT+PF), a nonprofit organization which strives to provide sustainable financial support to the newly constructed Maricopa Regional Trail System.

Besides being a challenging, exciting, fun race, why does the Prickly Pedal exist? To pour every dollar of race revenue into efforts that will add more pristine miles of Maricopa Trail for riders to enjoy. MT+PF envisions this event evolving into a world class, multi-day, endurance stage mountain bike race, drawing thousands of fans to the desert southwest.

The ride features numerous short, steep, rocky climbs and descents…some of which will require you to dismount and hike. This is not a race for the inexperienced – finish times for most racers are estimated at 3-4 hours. Be prepared for a long day in the saddle. This is a mountain bike race. Racers who have not passed the Stage 2 start cut off point by 12:00 pm will be asked to leave the course and return to the finish line.

The Prickly Pedal race features a Stage 1 time trial start at Spur Cross Convention Area beginning at 8:30 am. There will be two aid stations along the long course stocked with water, sports drinks, fruits and HAMMER Nutrition Products.

Racers and volunteers will enjoy a free snack provided by Hickman’s Egg Ranch and free entry into the After-Party and Award Ceremonies event from 11:00 pm – 3:00 pm. The After-Party will include snacks and refreshments, a beer garden, and a free kids race.

All racers, their fans, friends and family are encouraged to join us at Lake Pleasant Regional Park for the After Party and Awards Presentation.

There will be a shuttle from the After Party back to Cave Creek for racers. Racers will check their bikes into a secure bike corral at the After Party while the shuttle takes them to retrieve their vehicles in Cave Creek.

Course Maps

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Stage 1

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Stage 2

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Stage 3

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Maricopa Trail

The Maricopa Trail is a one-of-a-kind trail that connects Maricopa County’s 10 regional parks by forming an emerald ring around the Phoenix valley. Today the trail is more than 275 miles long, and when complete it will be 315 miles long.

To see a map of the Maricopa Trail go to https://www.maricopacountyparks.net/things-to-do/activity/maps/ .

Maricopa Trail and Park Foundation

MT+PF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, promoting, developing, and maintaining one of the nation’s largest county park systems. MT+PF strives to provide sustainable financial support to the newly constructed Maricopa Regional Trail System which connects all of the Maricopa County parks.

Click here to make a tax deductible donation to the Maricopa Trail and Park Foundation.


Race Details

Race Day Schedule

6:30 – 8:00am 
Racer check-in at Flat Tire Bikes Cave Creek, AZ

 Stage 1 start (time trial start – racers sent every 10 seconds) Maricopa TR Spur Cross Conservation Area

First racer expected at finish line

Cut-off time at Stage 3 start – west side of Lake Pleasant Harbor Blvd on the Maricopa TR”.

*Racers who have not started Stage 3 by 1:00pm will be asked to leave the course and return to the finish line.

11:30am – 3:00pm
Prickly Pedal After Party

Race Registration Fees

Juniors (13-18)

$60.00 September 1, 2020 to November 17, 2020

$70.00 November 18, 2020 to November 21, 2020

Adults (19+)

$80.00 September 1, 2020 to November 17, 2020

$90.00 November 18, 2020 to November 21, 2020


All registrants will receive a race t-shirt, water bottle, great swag and the pride that goes with knowing you are supporting the mission of the Maricopa Trail and Park Foundation (MT+PF).

Participants have the option of making an additional tax-deductible donation to support the MT+PF during registration.

Online registration closes November 19, 2020 at 9:00 pm.

Register Now!

Packet Pick Up

Packet Pick Up/Last Minute Registration:

Friday, November 20, 2020

Flat Tire Bikes, Cave Creek, AZ

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Race Day Packet Pick-Up:

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Flat Tire Bikes, Cave Creek, AZ

6:00 am to 8:00 am

The Finish Line, Awards Party and Post-Race Party

Get your party on MTB-style at Ten Lane Boat Launch area.

Enter the park via the main entrance, and proceed to the Ten Lane Boat Launch area.

The After-Party will include refreshments, a free raffle ticket for racers to win one of many great prizes, free entry to the beer garden, and live music.

FREE Kids Race

Get the little ones involved! Free Kids Race (ages 6-10) on a specially designed course made with the little ones in mind. Cheer for your favorite rider and welcome them to the finish line in front of the main stage at the Prickly Pedal party at Lake Pleasant Regional Park main entrance – Ten Lane Boat Launch Area.

Kids Race Start: 1:00 pm in front of main stage

Register day of event at the Maricopa Trail and Park Foundation booth or pre-register through www.swsportsreg.com

Race categories for Balance Bike riders – 10 year olds.

  • Balance Bike Riders
  • 4 – 6
  • 7 – 8
  • 9 – 10
  • Awards for 1st – 3rd Place.
  • All participants will receive a medal at the race finish.
  • Helmets are required.

Feed Zones

In addition to water and nutrition provided by the race, 40 mile riders can also have support teams meet them at the two designated “Feed Zones”.


Places to Stay


Visit the Town of Cave Creek’s lodging page

Comfort Suites Peoria Sports Complex

Camping in Cave Creek

Cave Creek Regional Park is located about 10 miles from the long and short course finish line. Camping areas inside the park include:

  • Family Campground – There are 38 individual campsites in the family campground equipped with parking for 45′ RVs, water and electrical hook-ups, grills and more. Restrooms with hot water showers are also available.
  • Group Campground – This campground is great for large groups and requires a reservation. It features a restroom with hot showers, ramadas with picnic tables, a fire ring and activity area.

Check out the camping fees or reserve your spot.

Camping at Lake Pleasant

Long course participants may choose to camp at Lake Pleasant Regional Park, which offers 3 separate campgrounds near the long course starting line:

  • Roadrunner Campground – Located closest to the long course starting line, this campground and picnic area has 72 developed (i.e. electricity and water-equipped) campsites.
  • Desert Tortoise Campground – This campground has a total of 76 campsites: 25 developed, 41 semi-developed and 10 for tents.
  • Group Campground – Large groups can make a reservation for the group campground, which includes picnic tables, ramadas and an RV parking area.

Check out the camping fees or reserve your spot.



With an average 300 days of sunshine a year, Cave Creek and the greater Phoenix area offer near-perfect weather that will make your ride exhilarating. Average daily highs in January reach the high 60s, and nightly lows are in the high 40s. Since it is a desert climate, humidity and average rainfall are very low and it is recommended you drink extra amounts of water to stay hydrated. See current weather in Cave Creek.