FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2015
- 12:00 PM Campsite Opens
- 4:00 PM Beer Garden Opens
- 5:00 PM Italian Feast * Silent Auction start
- 6:00 PM Late Registration – Packet pickup/Check in * Live Music with JD Madrid
- 8:00 PM Registration Closes
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2015
- 6:00 AM Late Registration – Packet pickup/Check in * Food Wagons Open
- 7:30 AM Registration Closes
- 7:30 AM 45 MILE RACE Start
- 7:45 AM 30 MILE RACE Start
- 8:00 AM 15 MILE RACE Start
- 11:00AM Beer Garden Opens, Trouble in Paradise jam session start
- 2:00 PM Kids Race Start
- 2:30 PM Awards Ceremony * Bike Raffle drawing * Silent Auction end
- 4:00 PM Live Music with Vinyl Nova
- 6:00 PM Live Music with the John Scott Band
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2015
- 9:00AM Ride the new sections of trail from Pine Trailhead
- 3:00 PM Campsite Closes
PRE RIDE DATES
August 22, 23, 29, 30
Course will be marked
Start/Finish: 6000 Bradshaw Dr, Pine
* note: A section of the course on top of Strawberry Mountain is private ranch land and will be open ONLY for the pre-ride dates and the race. To ride most of the course at any other time, you can bypass the private land by taking FR 428 (Hardscrabble) all the way to Fossil Creek Rd and turning right into Strawberry. With a map of Strawberry you can pick the course back up at the corner of Fuller & Ralls Rd. You can even backtrack up the mountain from there to the ranch fence to preride the downhill. Otherwise just continue on toward Hwy 87 and head south to the Strawberry Trailhead for the singletrack.
* note: Pre rides are not part of the organized event; it’s an opportunity for individuals to review the race course on their own. Riders assume complete liability for their own safety.
Camping is available at the event venue right across the road from the new start/finish at the Mary Ellen Randall Arena, 6000 Bradshaw Dr in Pine. There is no cost for camping on the private land donated for use in this event, so we ask you to be especially considerate in appreciation of this donation by cleaning up after yourself. Campgrounds open at noon on Friday, September 11, and you will be directed where to park. Tent and car camping is directly across from the venue with RV parking on the other side of the venue. No hookups or dumping is available. Restrooms are on site for your use, free showers are a short bike ride away at Pine Elementary School and 24 hour security is provided.
There is also free camping available in the Tonto National Forest within a short bike ride of the venue area. Again, it’s very important to clean up after yourself.
Plan to camp at the venue for the weekend and enjoy all the pre and post race activities without the hassle of having to drive. Pine is a Gateway Community to the Arizona Trail, just a short distance from your campground, and many restaurants, facilities and shops are all within walking distance. Park your car and spend your down time enjoying the cool mountain air and exploring what the small town has to offer.
FOOD & DRINK
We are totally stoked to be able to offer another outstanding Italian Feast on Friday evening created especially for you by, in our humble opinion, the most talented Italian chef in Arizona! Chef Gerardo Moceri, who apprenticed in Venice and has worked in restaurants all over Italy, brings the real deal to Fire on the Rim. Cost is $10 a plate for race participants and a portion of the proceeds go to wildfire prevention and trail development in the Pine Strawberry fuel break. The meal is also available to nonparticipants – and it’s oh so worth it!
Bright and early the next morning, grab a hearty breakfast from one of the vendors on site. On tap to satisfy your appetite will be a variety of food choices. Returning this year are a few of our favorites; JB’s Smokehouse with their great selection of sandwiches, Oscar’s Coffee Bar (mmm… cappuccino) and Scoops Ice Cream, a perfect afternoon treat! We welcome the Barmy Brit Fish & Chips Food Truck with their British fare, Nut-Tropolis, including a selection of gluten free items and Trident Winery (mmm… wine).
Our Title Sponsor, THAT Brewery, will sponsor the beer garden this year. Be sure to sample the phenomenal local brews on tap, and don’t forget – you can contribute to the Arizona Trail from the comfort of the beer garden just by purchasing an Arizona Trail Ale!
JD Madrid and his band are set to entertain you Friday evening as you enjoy your Italian Feast and That Brewery’s Beer Garden. Acoustic rock? Alternative? Americana? Originals? Covers (over 300 of ‘em)? What difference does it make? J.D. plays songs you want to hear…and that’s all you really need to know!
Plan to spend some time after the race just kicking back and enjoying a local music festival with a lineup of the Rim Country’s finest musicians starting at 11 am. Enjoy Pine’s own hometown band – the ever popular Trouble in Paradise, who will host a jam session Saturday 11am – 2 pm, totally unplugged for musicians & singers. Bring your instrument and jam with the band! Vinyl Nova has been a valley favorite for years performing an eclectic mix of roots/rock/country and other surprises, combining rich harmony vocals with a powerful musical rhythm and groove. And then The John Scott Band‘s awesome blues will round out the evening. John and his crew were such a hit the last couple of years, we’re so happy they’re back!
Check out the course map for details and downloadable files. A secondary timing station will be set up at the intersection of Trail 15 (the Pine Strawberry Trail) and Hardscrabble Road and that’s where the feed zone will be located for your convenience. The bags will be lined up by race numbers to make it quick and easy for you.
A Silent Auction of many wonderful items donated by local businesses will start at 5 pm on Friday evening and end after the raffle drawing at 2:30 Saturday. Be sure to take a look at these great offerings from our community and get your bid in! Raffle tickets for our bikes, including a New Belgium Cruiser, are only $5 so don’t forget to get your tickets for a chance to win one of these beauties!
After the race you are going to be SO happy to see the Stay Tuned Therapeutics booth with their massage and relaxation services! Geoffrey and his crew can give those sore muscles some blissful relief. These folks are well known for their talent in working with athletes and their knowledge of the anatomy of the cyclist in particular.
News Flash!! All NEW Fire on the Rim Kids Race Title Sponsor, Flagstaff Sports Massage, is gearing up to put on an AWESOME race for the kids this year! New course, new categories, brand new race! (Did you notice we’re pretty stoked about this?!) This is a free event and you can sign up at Kids Kamp in the barn before the race. Good luck!
The perfect way to end your weekend in Pine Strawberry is to get in one last ride in the cool forests of the Rim Country before heading home. And the perfect ride is to check out all the work that’s been going on from Pine Trailhead. There’s a newly redone loop designed with bikes in mind. And wait till you ride the new downhill section of Pine Canyon Trail – it’s CRAZY fun!! We’ll leave from the venue at 9 am.
Kids Kamp will be open this year during the race on Saturday from 7 am to 2 pm! In Kids Kamp your kids are entertained and provided for while you race worry free. Certified child care specialists will make sure your kids have a great time with tons of fun activities, lunch and snacks. Cost is (per child) $10. Even if you’re not racing you can sign your kids up for Kids Kamp and take advantage of some down time for yourself. If you’d like to sign up you can do it along with your registration or you can sign up the day of the race. Note: if your child requires constant one on one care or has separation anxiety, please realize that you may need to be present during Kids Kamp or make additional arrangements. If you have thoughts or suggestions we’d love to hear from you on Facebook. The link is on the right.