Originally Published: October 14, 2011 9:58 p.m.
Some people just love a challenge. 164 bicyclists, ranging in age from under 18 to over 70, signed up to pedal a 54-mile loop through Prescott, Kirkland and Wilhoit. It's called the Skull Valley Loop Challenge, and it brings hundreds of cyclists and their supporters (and their tourism) to Prescott each year.
The weather was perfect for the Sept. 11 event, hosted by Prescott Alternative Transportation (PAT). Sunlight gleamed on helmets, metal, and mountains as riders pumped for two to five hours through scenic landscape. Afterward, they enjoyed free snacks, drinks and a raffle. Most visited area restaurants and businesses before or after the ride.
Many commented on how much they love the courthouse square and neighboring stores.
The Skull Valley Loop Challenge was sponsored by several local bike shops, including Bikesmith, High Gear, and Ironclad. Thanks to area restaurants and businesses who donated fun prizes for PAT's raffle: New Belgium Brewing Co., Albertsons, Park Plaza Liquor & Deli, Prescott Coffee Roasters, Ponderosa Tire Pros, New Frontiers, Pearl's Place BBQ, Prescott Brewing Co., The Raven Café, Hotel Vendome, Monk's, El Gato Azul, and Marriott's Residence Inn and Springhill Suites. The Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe and national bike companies Cruzbike, Cannondale and Specialized also donated funds or prizes for the ride.
Phrases like "well-supported," "safe," and "lots of fun" were used frequently.
When asked if they would participate next year, 98 percent of respondents said "yes!"