Cyclists to take on Grand Canyon Railway

Man versus Machine.

Steam versus Muscle.

After 25 years, cyclists will get their chance to take on Railway in a 54 mile race from the south rim of to , AZ.

Last held in October 1991, the race has become the stuff of legend.

The race will begin on Highway 64 in Tyan, Ariz., departing the Grand Hotel at at 1 p.m. PDT. From there the course will travel 50 miles south on Highway 64, before merging onto historic Route 66 for the last four miles. The finish line will be at the intersection of Second Street and Route 66 in .

Hosted by , and sponsored by Railway, the event is fully permitted by the Arizona Department of Transportation, and traffic control and law enforcement will be on site for the entirety of the event.

Adding to the excitement and festivities, spectators will be given the opportunity to purchase tickets to ride the train the day of the race and as it competes against its two-legged and wheeled competition. Round-trip tickets are available for the train, which will depart the Depot on September 26 at 8:00 a.m. PDT, arriving at the South Rim of at about 11:30 a.m. The train will depart at 12:30 p.m., and the race will officially begin at 1 p.m. The train will be composed of Pullman Coach Class cars, a café car, and a Luxury Parlor car. A photo run-by will be featured on the North Bound trip for rail . Rates will be $75 for adults and $45 for children 16 and under.

Registration is now open for the race, and participants may register for the race at www.GrandCanyonRacing.com. Race fees are $60 untilJuly 14, and $80 from July 15 through September 24. Registration will close on September 24 at 10 a.m. PDT. Race registration will include a link for discounted lodging at Railway Hotel.

For more information on the train, visit www.thetrain.com.

Ron Callahan is the chief cook and bottlewasher at Bike World News, doing everything from website design to bike reviews.
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