The 8th Santa Catalina Weekend presented by Explore Pinal County
(Oracle Road Race + La Clásica San Manuel)
Arizona’s hardest road race!
February 12-13, 2022
(USAC Permit: 2022-4933)
The UA Cycling Team and Sabino Cycles Team are excited to host the 8th Annual Santa Catalina Weekend. The weekend features the Clásica San Manuel and the Oracle Road Race. This event also serves as a fundraiser for a scholarship for the Mammoth-San Manuel Unified School District! See BikeReg on how to support this fund.
The road race starts and finishes in San Manuel.
Tech guide, with course maps, start times, and elevation charts, can be found here.
Our event could not be possible without support from:
And of course a massive thanks to Visit Arizona, Pinal County, Oracle Visitor Center, and the town of San Manuel for welcoming us into their community and making this race possible.
There are a number of fine establishments in Oracle and San Manuel. In San Manuel, 7 Sky Motel has several rooms available. In Oracle, the 3C Ranch is a unique converted ranch with beautifully restored casitas! Rancho Robles (also in Oracle) provides a similar feel closer to town.
In San Manuel, Mel’s Drive-In is right on course (with awesome shakes), Romo’s Mexican Food is around corner one of the crit (with great burritos), La Casita Cafe, and San Pedro Valley Pizza Co. are a quick walk away as well. In Oracle, the Patio Cafe, Ore House Hilltop Tavern, Peppersauce Kitchen, and Nonna Maria’s are our favorites!
Oro Valley: 551 E Tangerine Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85755
Things to do
Looking for some activities to do after the road race? The Arizona Zip Line Adventures is ready for you! With the longest zip line in the state, AZ Zip Line Adventures is sure to please everyone with stunning views of the Sonoran desert! Come up a weekend early and scope out the road course and then hit up the zip line!
Is science more your thing? Look no further than UA’s Biosphere 2! Stretch the legs after a difficult race and enjoy learning how the Biosphere is advancing research about our world and moving us towards a sustainable future.
1.) Why a “weekend”?
We went with an omnium in 2015 in order to keep the crit and road race on the same weekend. However, running it as an omnium meant finding more prizes and a fairly complex points structure that delayed results. Plus, we found it did not increase participation. The events are still the same great courses you love, just no overall prizes between the two events.
2.) Do I have to race both days?
Nope! But we hope you do!
3.) What happened to the road race?
We transitioned to the out and back in 2017 because of the insurmountable costs associated with using AZ-77. Because it is a state highway, we were required to use AZ DPS officers to control traffic – at 1.5x the rate of Pinal Co. Deputies. There were also additional traffic control signage required such as two message boards placed 3 days prior to the event, and ADOT requires a $5 million dollar insurance policy to use their roads. All of this added up to more than $4,500 to use just that road. In 2016 we lost $3,400 on the road race- luckily the criterium covered the costs and we barely broke even. We felt we had raised entry fees to the highest we could go and for 2017 we could not take the risk of losing money. We are not professional event promoters- we are college students with full course loads, jobs, and a love for cycling. We put on the event in hopes of providing a great race experience and to raise money for our team. While we are always on the search for more sponsors for the event, at the present time we do not have the ability to source out the $4,500 needed to use AZ-77. Should the situation change, we will explore bringing back the full loop. The out and back is still an incredibly difficult course!
4.) Can I help out?
Absolutely! Our events, especially the road race, need tons of volunteers. We can always use help with registration, podium ceremonies, driving follow cars, corner marshaling, set up and clean up. Drop us a line if you are interested!