A day of training on Mount Lemmon.

Yesterday I was able to explore some new and old favorites on Mount Lemmon! The ride gives you very diverse landscapes as you climb up to the densely wooded forests of Ponderosa & Arizona pine trees above 8,000 feet. You then descend all the way down to the Saguaros of the desert floor.

Posted by Russell Finster on Thursday, March 24, 2016

What makes a ride memorable in your eyes? For me, it normally involves a grueling pedal to the top of a mountain with unforgettable vistas. I live for that. After spiking your endorphin level on the climb up, a rewarding, adrenaline pumping descent is just icing on the cake.

The Catalina Highway offers the perfect road for getting your climbing fix in. Over the course of 27 miles you will climb over 6,000 feet.

The Catalina Highway offers the perfect road for getting your climbing fix in. Over the course of 27 miles you will climb over 6,000 feet.

The vista from the top of today's ride. To the west, 5,500 feet below, lays Tucson, Arizona. 

The vista from the top of today's ride. To the west, 5,500 feet below, lays Tucson, Arizona. 

The San Pedro River Valley sits on the east side.

The San Pedro River Valley sits on the east side.

My Scott Spark says "enough with the pics, it's time to shred!" Incinerator Ridge Trail.

My Scott Spark says "enough with the pics, it's time to shred!" Incinerator Ridge Trail.

Prime singletrack. Upper Bug Springs Trail.

Prime singletrack. Upper Bug Springs Trail.

Not a bad spot to enjoy a Clif Bar.

Not a bad spot to enjoy a Clif Bar.

Saguaros are a good sign the bottom is near. La Milagrosa Trail.

Saguaros are a good sign the bottom is near. La Milagrosa Trail.

4 and a half hours later I made it back to my car tired but thrilled after an amazing day exploring some new trails as well as others that I have put countless hours on in the past. I enjoy the intervals, or "work" side of being a professional athlete, I love racing, but nothing does it for me like a good old day in the hills on the knobby tires.