All registrants will receive an event t-shirt, 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.



Race Course

Stage 1 + Stage 2 Race Distance:  Approx. 20 miles 

The Prickly Pedal ride features approximately 40 miles of challenge – with pristine double and demanding, technical, single track trail along the northernmost part of the Maricopa Trail. The race course in 2020 will be the fastest combined times for two Stages. Stage 1 from Spur Cross Conservation Area to Andy Kunasek TH. Stage 2 from Maricopa TR/Black Canyon TR intersection near Game and Fish HQ to Old 87th Ave. Stage 1 start is at SPUR CROSS CONSERVATION AREA, Cave Creek and the finish of the ride, and after-party is at Ten Lane Boat Launch, Main Entrance Lake Pleasant Regional Park.

The Prickly Pedal race features a time trial start based on rider category 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.

Juniors (13-18)

September 1, 2020 to November 17, 2020
November 18, 2020 to November 21, 2020

Adults (19+)

September 1, 2020 to November 17, 2020
November 18, 2020 to November 21, 2020

More Information

Places to Stay


Visit the Town of Cave Creek’s lodging page

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.