6TH ANNUAL EMBRACE THE HEAT – 2020
It is with great sensitivity and months of careful examination of the ongoing COVID-19 issues in our State, that we have concluded that this year's edition of the Embrace The Heat ride to Payson AZ will be cancelled. Yep, it's cancelled. There are too many factors to identify each one specifically that contributed to this decision, however, I didn't make it lightly. I must confess that I struggled a great deal with it. Insurance covering this event was a huge factor, and we are not able to secure insurance for this event when the current state orders do not allow such gorup gatherings, etc. To be frank, this is not what I had envisioned the outcome would ever be.
What next? Everyone has the option to get a full refund of your fee (minus the $5 bank fee through SWSportsREG). I'm 100% fine with issuing full refunds. No harm no foul in my book. You can also just transfer your entry over to 2021 if you'd like. As you know this ride always fills up and is capped. The new date in 2021 is August, 14th 2021. More info and trasnfer info here on SWSportsREG: https://swsportsreg.com/viewevent.php?EC=647.
2021 REGISTRATION IS ALREADY OPEN!
Saturday August 14th, 2021. Back for more! The 7th Annual Embrace The Heat ride to Payson is brought to you once again by Ben Dodge of Bike Accident Attorneys. We are proud to partner with Tyler Whitmore of the Whitmore Real Estate Team for this year’s training ride (remember it is not a race but a fun group ride). With two 56 passenger charter buses we are sure to have a good time. As in times of past once the bus seats are sold out this ride will be closed for safety and permitting issues. This group ride is always capped. Register now to make a donation for the bus cost and reserve your seat for this epic group ride to Payson! https://swsportsreg.com/viewevent.php?EC=647.
Every year Ben Dodge hosts an epic group ride to Payson Arizona leaving from Gilbert Arizona. This ride was born out of a training desire for LOTOJA. Now in its 7th annual year in connection with the Whitmore Real Estate Team, we will ride on Saturday August 14th, 2021 The ride will depart from the Dana Park parking lot on Val Vista and Baseline home of Tyler Whitmore’s office: 1744 S Val Vista Dr, Mesa, AZ 85204. We will ride to The Mazatzal Casino at: Highway 87, Mile Marker 251 • Payson, AZ 85541. This is approximately 76 miles and 7,500′ of elevation gain. Wheels down at 3am sharp! Hydration only aid stations will be provided at least 2x along the way as well as SAG support for anyone who is faltering. Once we arrive in Payson we will head down the main drag to a location yet to be determined where we will have a huge biscuit and gravy breakfast breakfast generously provided by the Whitmore Real Estate Team and Bike Accident Attorneys!
We have reserved 2 charter buses to bring us back down into town after the ride. We are all sharing the cost of the buses and your seat must be reserved in order to secure a spot. The logistics are tough and we want to ensure everyone’s safety, and the safe transport of everyone’s bike back to the valley. This group ride is capped at 112 cyclists. The 1st 112 cyclists who RSVP will get a spot on the charter bus. (RSVP NOW)
Reserving your seat on the charter bus is mandatory for safety and logistical concerns, plus its the only way you get a ride back on one of the air conditioned Charter Buses! This is done by making a non-refundable $45 donation. Yes, this is non refundable. It is also a donation to help share the cost of the transportation and is NOT an event registration fee as this is not an event but just a group ride. **Ride at your own risk.** The charter bus is rented for you whether you bail on the ride or not. Oh yeah – it will be a sufferfest out there. For bus reservaiton purposes, the "Donation" amount fo this ride increases to $60 on 12/1/2020, and $75 on 6/1/2021. Although to be perfectly frank, we doubt this ride will even have any open seats by the end of the year.
We are very excited to host this group ride and get to know so many cyclists committed to pushing their limits. That's how like to roll as well. You can RSVP now on https://swsportsreg.com/viewevent.php?EC=647 to reserve your seat with your donation.
REMEMBER THIS RIDE IS CAPPED at 112 cyclists. Reserve your seat now.