More than 200 mountain bikers raced the scenic Maricopa Trail today during the third annual Prickly Pedal Mountain Bike Race.
The race benefits the Maricopa Trail which connects all 11 county parks and currently stretches nearly 300 miles.
“We are extremely proud of the county gem that is the Maricopa Trail,” said Maricopa County Supervisor Bill Gates, District 3. “It surrounds the Valley, links our county parks, and allows nature enthusiasts including, hikers, bikers, and horseback riders, to take in the beauty that is Maricopa County.”
The event started at Cave Creek and challenged riders to keep up the pace for more than 40 miles ending at Lake Pleasant Regional Park. Additionally, kids were invited to race for free at Lake Pleasant Regional Park.
Race entry fees benefitted the Maricopa Trail and Park Foundation which works to help maintain the trail system and provide sustainable financial support for the Regional Parks. The county parks are almost completely self-funded through entry fees and contributions.
“It’s so exciting to see how this race has put Maricopa County Parks on the racing map, and we appreciate how it supports the Maricopa Trail,” said Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman, District 4.
Racers, volunteers and members of the community came together at the finish of the event to celebrate at Lake Pleasant Regional Park on Saturday afternoon. They enjoyed live music, refreshments and great prizes.