Bicycles, like bats, often sleep hanging upside down in garages and can only find their way around by bell sonar. Help bikes locate the finish line with today's Groupon: for $20, you get one registration for the Arizona Bicycle Club’s 30th Annual Desert Classic Ride (a $40 value for nonmembers, $30 value for members) on Saturday, April 30. Day-of check-in opens at 6 a.m. at Oggi's Pizza and Brewing Company in Glendale.
Founded in 1964, the Arizona Bicycle Club promotes the health and social benefits of bicycling through advocacy, education, and organized events. This year the Desert Classic celebrates its 30th year of pushing pedalers to the precipice over various distances of Arizona terrain. The Century Ride is a 101.1-mile mix of suburban and rural road, featuring four fixed stops for support, gear, and refreshments and one self-stop for pep soliloquies. The Metric Ride is a lesser beast than the Century, covering 64.8 miles with four stops, and partially judged by how many hot dogs can be downed before Century riders get in. Bikers who harbor a deep fear of commitment have the option of playing the field with a Half Century or Half Metric. Each registered participant receives a route sheet, a postride lunch at Oggi's Pizza and Brewing Company, and a nutritious treat to feed their bike. This Groupon is only valid for preregistration, Groupon users must register online before April 30.