Riders Enjoy Perfect Weather for the 30th Cochise Classic

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

More than 250 riders joined together to celebrate 30 years of cycling through Arizona’s high desert landscape for the 30th Cochise County Cycling Classic presented by Canyon Vista Medical Center on Saturday Oct. 8. Seventeen riders came from out-of-state and over 40 came from Mexico.

The ride around Cochise County has become a tradition for cyclists in the region, from competitive cyclists to casual cruisers. New this year was the Mayor’s Fun Ride – a family-friendly 8 mile ride addition to the 165, 95, 47 and 27 mile distances. All ages and abilities have been drawn to Douglas for the annual event — novice, intermediate, advanced, and professional riders enjoy the challenge.

Top three male finishers in the 165-mile event: Richard Horne (7:21:12), Shane Castle (7:21:31), and Erwin McKee (7:21:31) Sallye Williams Photo

Cochise Classic ride director Sheila Foraker was pleased with the event.  “Our rider turnout was enhanced by the tremendous turnout of Mexican cyclists from as far away as Hermosillo and many from Agua Prieta, so we were happy to see that.  Also, we were honored and grateful to all those who raised money for Douglas ARC.  We raised nearly $5,000 in support of developmental disabilities, so I would say the event was a success on many levels.”

Top Female Finishers in the 95-mile event: Jennifer Chansley (r) of Tucson (4:29:21) and Kristi Raymond (l) of Mesa, AZ (5:06:46). Barbara Franklin Photo.

Bicyclists, 254 in all, rolled out under clear skies and took to the roads of Cochise County to pedal their way around the five routes. Perimeter Bicycling Association of America announced the unofficial results for the first through third place finishers in all distances of the Cochise Classic. Start and finish for all distances was at the Cochise County Fairgrounds.

Click for Unofficial results for all distances.

2017 Cochise Classic Dedication Recipient John Howard with Sheila Foraker, Event Director Elaine Mariolle Photo

The 2017 Cochise Classic honored John Howard – Olympic Cyclist, Ironman Champion, 1985-1995 Bicycle Land Speed Record Holder – who  continues to be a renowned cyclist, trainer, coach and author at 70 years of age. He was honored at the pre-ride pasta dinner & dedication ceremony. John finished 8th overall in the 95-mile event!

Termsin Smith of Chandler, AZ was the Most Distinguished Woman, finishing the 95-mile event in 8:44:29. Sheila Foraker Photo

The Cochise Classic primarily benefits Douglas ARC, whose mission is to support and involve people with developmental disabilities within the Douglas community. Their ultimate goal is to place people in jobs in the community.

Since its inception, the Cochise Classic has raised over $420,000 for Douglas ARC, the Arthritis Foundation, Rancho Feliz and other charitable agencies.

Generous supporters of the 2017 Cochise Classic include: Best Western – Douglas, Canyon Vista Medical Center, Cirrus Visual, Cochise County Fairgrounds, Consulado de Carrera de Mexico en Douglas, Dakotapro.biz, Douglas Dispatch, Douglas Police, Food City, Madden Media, Tail Winds, The Avenue Bed and Breakfast, Perimeter Bicycling, Primal Wear, Visit Sierra Vista – City of Sierra Vista Tourism Office and Walmart.

For information call (520)-745-2033 or online

Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc. is a non-profit organization responsible for the production of four major cycling events in Arizona, including the Cochise County Cycling Classic.

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