Fire on the Rim is a challenging mountain bike race that takes place in the Tonto National Forest and the picturesque town of Pine, Arizona, to raise funds for wildfire prevention, trail advocacy, and new trail development.This three day event is a family friendly festival with camping, music, food and drink. A community dinner kicks of the event on Friday evening, with live music and a beer garden sponsored by Title Sponsor THAT Brewery. Food trucks, vendors, raffles and the beer garden are all available at the venue.
Bright and early Saturday morning the bike race begins, with starting times for the 15 mile, the 30 mile, and the 45 mile racers. While the racers are out a variety of activities are available for family and friends in the charming mountain towns of Pine, Strawberry and Payson including antique shops, museums and hiking trails.
Kid’s Kamp is a unique addition to the event. Child care specialists provide hours of activities for children so their parents are free to race and/or to enjoy exploring our beautiful area.
As it grows, Fire on the Mountain Bike Race brings more visitors to the Rim Country each year, impacting our local economy and enhancing our image as a hiking and biking mecca.
FIRE DANGER IN THE RIM COUNTRY
The Rim Country, which includes the area underneath the Rim from Pine-Strawberry through Payson to Christopher Creek, is situated within the largest stand of beautiful Ponderosa Pine trees in the world. It is clear that within the beauty of this forest lies the possibility of a major disaster, in the form of uncontrollable forest fires. Pine has the distinction of being rated as one of the top ten areas in the country for the potential of catastrophic wildfire, due to specific geological effects in Pine Creek Canyon.
This danger has grown enormously in recent years for the entire Rim Country. Our ability to live safely in this fire environment depends greatly on pre-fire activities taken by residents to protect lives and property.
Pine Strawberry Fuel Reduction, Inc (PSFR) has a history of active participation in wildfire prevention programs and activities. As a volunteer non-profit community organization, PSFR is dependent entirely upon private donations and grants for its operation. Proceeds from Fire on the Rim contribute to the work of PSFR.
The relative cost of funding fire prevention programs and activities is certainly small in comparison with all that we stand to lose here in the Rim Country.
GENERAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
- 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
- 8:00 PM Registration Closes
- 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
- 2:00 PM Kids Race Start • Live Music
- 2:30 PM Awards Ceremony • Bike Raffle drawing • Silent Auction end
- 6:00 PM Live Music
- 9:00AM Ride new sections of trail
- 3:00 PM Campsite Closes
RACE CATEGORIES / DIVISIONS
- Junior Men/Women – ages 13-18
- Open Men/Women – all ages, competing against everyone
- Masters Men/Women – ages 45 and up
- Single Speed (SS) Open Men/Women – all ages, one gear only
- Team Men – 45 mile only– relay style, 1 lap each, total of 3 laps
- Team Women – 45 mile only – relay style, 1 lap each, total of 3 laps
- Team Coed – 45 mile only – at least 1 women and 1 man, relay style, 1 lap each, total of 3 lap
Note: Relays MUST go through the finish area to exchange, even if only 2 members.
15, 30, 45 mi
BEFORE JULY 15
AFTER JULY 15
OPEN, SS, MASTERS
15, 30, 45 mi
BEFORE JULY 15
AFTER JULY 15
BEFORE JULY 15
AFTER JULY 15
Race day registration closes 30 minutes prior to the start of each event:
- 45 mile starts at 7:30am, registration will close at 7:00am
- 30 mile starts at 7:45am, registration will close at 7:15am
- 15 mile starts at 8:00am, registration will close at 7:30am
The course will be open for pre-rides 2 weeks before race. Exact dates will be announced.
The start and finish is at 6000 Bradshaw Dr in Pine, where all the event locations are happening (see map above)
- 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.
- 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.
CAMP FOR THE WEEKEND
Camping is available at the event venue right across the road from the new start/finish at the Mary Ellen Randall Arena. 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 by cleaning up after yourself.
Campgrounds open at noon on Friday before the race, 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 of Pine has to offer.
FOOD AND 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.
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 a portion of all sales of this beer are donate to the Arizona Trails Association)!
Live music will be available Friday and Saturday – stay tuned for a complete lineup!
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.
The fee 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 via our contact form.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
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 2:00 Saturday. Be sure to take a look at these great offerings from our community and get your bid in! Raffle tickets for our bikes will be on sale before and during the race.
The All NEW Fire on the Rim Kids Race was an AWESOME race for the kids last year! New course, new categories, brand new race! And we hope to have last year’s title sponsor back to work his magic again for 2016!!! 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. And the perfect ride is to check out all the trail work that’s been going on in the Pine Strawberry area. 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!! Location to meet up will be posted.