Bikes have been a big part of the NavajoYES program since our inception. The inaugural Tour de Rez in 1991 helped to establish this biking tradition, which continues to this day with a variety of biking events and our Bikes for Kids project.

In 1995, we initiated two mountain bike events: the Cove Classic MTB Race and the Paradise Loop Ride. The Cove Classic is a mountain bike race on the old mining roads of the northern Lukachukai Mountains above the small community of Cove, Arizona. The Paradise Loop Ride has been staged in 12 times since 1995, combining some of the finest mountain biking in the Shonto, Tall Mountain and Navajo Mountain areas.

Bike Events

Registration Now Open!

Chuska Challenge September 22-23, 2017, 9:00 a.m.

The Chuska Challenge made its debut in the fall of 1995, offering riders a chance to experience the Navajo highcountry at the height of its autumn glory. The 23rd annual Chuska will be staged with a variety of rides, races, live music, camping, great food and outdoor adventure presenters all weekend long!

Located in the Chuska Mountains, the Chuska Challenge is the premier mountain bike ride of the year.  Entry fees are $40 for riders 18-over, and $10 for riders under 18.  There are a variety of tour and race options for riders. Registration includes t-shirts, race poster, course support, all meals Saturday, and Sunday breakfast.  Camping is available near the start/finish line.

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Through Aug. 31:  18-over- $30; under 18- $10

Sept 1 to September 22:  18-over- $40; under 18- $10

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Cove Classic MTB Race

The Cove Classic will take riders on some of the most challenging and scenic country throughout this region, tackling miles of old mine roads and game trails in the northern Chuska Mountains above Cove, Arizona.  In 2017, the Cove Classic is combined with the Chuska Challenge.

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Paradise Loop Ride  April 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m.

The 22-mile route is a loop ride from Shonto north on the Tall Mountain Road (BIA 6310), to Navajo National Monument and back to Shonto on road 221. The route is very scenic, among pinon and juniper forest, and incudes expansive views over the surrounding area, including vast canyons and the looming dome of Naatsisaan. There are aid stations throughout the course.

The weekend begins with Friday night (April 7) dinner at the Shonto Prep High School’s cafeteria between 5:00-7:00 p.m. You will enjoy a healthy menu and live music, plus the
chance to meet other riders. Your registration also includes a light pre-ride breakfast between 7:00-9:00 a.m. on Saturday, on-course support (including fresh fruit, drinks, energy gels, trail mix, sweet and salty snacks). Everyone will enjoy a post-race Navajo taco meal back at the high school at the conclusion of the ride.



Registration is now closed

Hashkènìinii Bike Race

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 7:00 a.m.

The 52-mile route from Navajo Mountain to Shonto traverses some of the most stunning, rugged and remote country in the lower 48. Beginning at the base of Natsisaan, the mountain fades quickly as you descend toward and then into the 2000-foot deep Piute Canyon on a precarious route. After climbing six miles out of the gorge, you begin the ride across Piute
Mesa through some beautiful country among isolated family camps. Eventually, you will confront the very cool but challenging dunes of Sage Valley. After the climb out of Sage Valley, itʼs then past Tall Mountain and on, for the next 15 miles, toward Shonto.



Tour de Rez

The 26th Tour de Rez!  June 20-30, 2017.

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