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Mesquite Madness

The sun is shining in Mesquite, the Joshua Trees are always green, the sky is pretty much always blue and the temperatures in March are borderline heavenly. How heavenly? Well, if you’ve been stuck on your trainer all winter with grey skies and freezing temperatures, how does an average high of 74 sound? That’s what we thought, amazing!

Mesquite Madness is a great season opener. We get that a lot of riders are literally coming off the couch in early March. So we made sure to have a distance for you regardless of your current fitness level. If you’re still portaging that extra chub you earned over the holidays, we’ve got a 35 miler that will keep a smile on your face and will be a great way to start your season. Are you more of a closet training fiend who has been putting down ungodly miles without moving? Good on ya! Sign up for the 90 miler that will challenge even the most prepared riders. And of course, we’ve got the middle distance for everyone that falls somewhere in between.

Ride Southern Utah organizes the event and always has great food and friendly faces at the fully stocked aid stations along the route. Games and prizes at different spots throughout the ride, will keep you motivated and might even get you a little something to take home. In addition, there are roving sag vehicles to lend a hand if you happen to run into an issue along the road.


In addition to great support along the ride, you’ll be treated to a post ride meal catered by a local restaurant, Coyote Charro. We can’t let all the details out yet, but needless to say, we have our best foodies on it and they ensure us your taste buds will be happy you decided to go for a ride.

Mesquite might seem like it’s in the middle of nowhere, but it’s only an hour north of Las Vegas, 4.5 hours from Salt Lake City and a short 30 minute drive from St. George. Nestled in the Mojave Desert, you’ll be treated to the dry desert air and Dr. Seussian plants and landscapes. Our favorite is the Joshua Tree named by Mormon Pioneers for the prophet Joshua as they saw the trees as always pointing to heaven. These are a variety of Yucca that grow much taller and tree-like.


Online registration is available until March 14th at Ride Southern Utah. While we do offer late registration at both Red Rock Bicycle from 4-7 on the Friday prior and onsite before the ride from 6:30-7:30 AM, we strongly encourage you to book early. Hotels are filling up fast and this is the time of year people come to the desert. Registration ranges from $40-75 depending on the distance you choose and includes access to all of the aid stations, sag and catered lunch. In addition, you will receive a custom Mesquite Madness hat and medal when you pick up your packet which can be done at the same times listed for late registration.

_DSC1355We picked Mesquite as the location for our first event of the season, not only for its weather and amazing scenery, but also for the many other activities available. The city is kind of like a little brother to Las Vegas with many of the same amenities including live music, gambling, gaming and plenty of swimming pools. Which reminds us, there are games along the way where you can win extra prizes. The big one is at the top of the turnaround hill. If you make it to the top, we’ll make sure it’s worth your while.


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