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  • A Special Thank You to all of our Sponsors
  • In Support Of
  • Schedule of Events
  • Another Whiskey in Your Bottle
  • Event Updates & Live Results
  • Greetings from the Mayor
  • Explore Prescott, Arizona
  • In Memoriam: Ed Furbush
  • Whiskey Awards & Cash Purse
  • Trailside Etiquette (AKA the Rules)
  • Expo Vendors and Content Creators
  • Course Maps & Info
  • Whiskey Off-Road Merch
  • Mother Road Brewing Co. Beer Garden
  • Shimano Kids’ Fun Ride
  • Concert Schedule
  • Want More Miles?

A Special Thank You to all of our Sponsors

In Support Of

Prevent Child Abuse Arizona

Approximately 90,000 babies are born in Arizona each year, over half of whom are at risk for poor developmental outcomes including abuse and neglect. Since 1989, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona (PCA Arizona) has been working toward the day when all children in our state grow up safe and healthy. PCA Arizona’s research-based, effective programs reach more than 45,000 new parents and community professionals each year. Their mission is to prevent the abuse and neglect of Arizona’s children and their work strengthens families so that costly legal and social intervention isn’t needed.

The Prescott Unified School District Education Foundation is a new nonprofit organization which will support Prescott Unified School District‘s educational programs. The Foundation’s mission includes: to provide excellence in education, to promote innovation in teaching, and to partner with the community to enhance the quality of education for all students.

Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance

To preserve, protect and promote mountain biking, trail access and diverse riding opportunities on Prescott area public lands through community education, tourism, advocacy, and unified action.

Yavapai Food Bank

A decade in the running, the Whiskey Off-Road has raised funds and collected canned goods for the Yavapai Food Bank. Although the economy continues to improve, there are still many families struggling to feed their children. Up to 15,000 hungry children live in Yavapai County. Now more than ever, less-fortunate families in Arizona need our help. Currently, Yavapai Food Bank is feeding over 5,500 families throughout Yavapai County each month. Food distribution amounts to as much as 45,000 pounds of food weekly.

The Arizona Cycling Association is a locally incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2012.  The ACA is self-governed, self-funded and self-supported. We facilitate the development of interscholastic cycling teams for grades 6-12 and provide the education, training, licensing and insurance for student-athletes, coaches and volunteers. The league produces a high-quality mountain bike racing experience that emphasizes the value of all participants, camaraderie among peers, a positive sporting behavior and the cultivation of health over competition.

Prescott Creeks

Water is an especially precious resource in Arizona, and Prescott Creeks is a non-profit that promotes watershed stewardship through projects that enhance water quality and riparian habitat in the Prescott Basin. By educating the public about critical relationships between people and creeks, Prescott Creeks works with the community to implement practical solutions to local creek-related issues.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 24th

12p – 6pPacket Pickup at Bikesmith Cyclery

Friday, April 26th

12p – 8pPacket Pickup & Merch Tent Open @ Epic Rides Tents
12p – 7pBike & Gear Expo Open
12p – 7pOrange Seal Refreshes @ Orange Seal Tent
1pAutograph Session + Espresso with Cole Paton @ Orange Seal Tent
2p15 Proof Fun Ride Starts
3p – 8pMother Road Brewing Co. Beer Garden Open
4p – 5:15pWhiskey at George Dickel Tent @ Criterium Beer Garden
5:15pPro Women Findlay Subaru Pro Fat Tire Crit Start (20 min. + 3 laps)
6:10pPro Men Findlay Subaru Pro Fat Tire Crit Start (20 min. + 3 laps)
7:00pPro Fat Tire Criterium Awards @ Main Stage
7:00pMandatory Orange Seal Pro & Amateur Riders Meeting @ Main Stage

Saturday, April 27th

7a – 4pBike & Gear Expo Open
8a – 5pShimano Kids’ Fun Ride Packet Pickup & Registration @ Epic Rides Tent
8aStart 50 Proof on Whiskey Row – Wave 1
8:15aStart 50 Proof on Whiskey Row – Wave 2
9:00aStart 25 Proof on Whiskey Row – Wave 1
9:15aStart 25 Proof on Whiskey Row – Wave 2
9:30aStart 25 Proof on Whiskey Row – Wave 3
10:00aString Pilots take the stage
11a – 9pMother Road Brewing Co. Beer Garden Open
12p – 4pShimano Kids’ Fun Ride Decoration Party @ Shimano Tent
12:00pCheektones take the Stage
2:00pSuper Hero take the Stage and rocks the Courthouse Plaza
4:30pAmateur Awards Party on Stage
6:00pRhythm is Life take the Stage

Sunday, April 28th

7a – 2pBike & Gear Expo Open
7a – 8:30aShimano Kids’ Fun Ride Registration & Packet Pickup @ Epic Rides Tent
8:30aStart Pro Men Backcountry Race
8:40aStart Pro Women Backcountry Race
9:00aStart Shimano Kids’ Fun Ride Triple Shot
9:10aStart Shimano Kids’ Fun Ride Single Shot
1:00pPro Awards Party on Stage

Another Whiskey in Your Bottle

Celebrating 19 knobby tire hoedowns on Whiskey Row in the heart of Prescott, we’re excited to welcome y’all back to the Whiskey Off-Road! This year’s paisley art is designed for the 60 percent of participants who travel here from outside Arizona, as the theme weaves the unique visual experience of riding in the Prescott National Forest and the greater Southwest.

Todd Sadow, Presidente & Eric Fairfield, Operations Manager

Whether it’s your first Whiskey or your 19th, the weekend starts quick, watching the Pro Men and Women throw down in the Findlay Subaru Fat Tire Crit (Pro Tip: the Union Street climb is where the action’s at!). Stroll Whiskey Row and check out the massive expo with more than 45 vendors, including free sealant refreshes and espresso shots from Orange Seal and the latest in tread pattern tech from Maxxis Tires.

For those with climbing aspirations, the fastest male and female up Copper Basin Road will win a new Küat Rack, and every adult finisher will earn a Klean Kanteen stainless pint cup filled with a Mother Road Brewing beverage. Even the kiddos get in on the hoedown with their own Shimano Kids’ Fun Ride. Post ride, the high energy rolls on the Courthouse Lawn for Covers on the Grass, a full day of free cover band music from bluegrass and Americana to classic rock, pop, country and Caribbean.

This year’s Whiskey is ridden in memory of Prescott core lord Ed Furbush, proprietor of Southwest Sounds & Cyclery. His tiny shop of barely 150 square feet was a fixture of the community for 20 years, fostering the love of cycling that’s blossomed in Prescott since his arrival at the turn of the century.

Another Whiskey, another season of good times on two wheels. We’re glad you made the journey!

See ya trailside,

Todd Sadow
Epic Rides

Event Updates & Live Results

Staying informed on Whiskey Row just got a whole lot easier…Sign up to receive text messages from Epic Rides and let us remind you of the Mandatory Riders Meeting, or FREE Orange Seal Refreshes.

All Whiskey Off-Road results are live and typically appear within 5 minutes after the participant crosses the finish line. If you have any questions or wish to appeal your results, please email [email protected] with as much information as possible including rider name, plate number, estimated finish time and GPS file if available. Also please inform us if your results affect the top 10.

Greetings from the Mayor

Greetings, Riders and Fans:

Welcome to Prescott for the Whiskey Off-Road, one of the premier mountain biking events in the nation. The Whiskey Off-Road is one of the most anticipated events of the year in Prescott, kick starting our special event season, and demonstrating Prescott’s reputation as a premiere venue for outdoor recreation.

Mayo Phil Goode

I would like to share a few facts you may not know about Prescott. Our rich history includes the establishment in 1864 as the Territorial Capital of Arizona. Prescott is the Yavapai County Seat. Nestled at an elevation of 5,200 feet above sea level amongst the largest stand of ponderosa pine forests in the U.S, Prescott’s perfect weather provides an average temperature of 70 degrees, with four beautiful and distinct seasons, and breathtaking landscapes complete with granite mountains, lakes, streams, and rolling meadows filled with wildlife. There are hundreds of miles of multi-use trails, golf, fishing, kayaking and family attractions. Later this year, with our friends at the Prescott National Forest, and the local mountain biking community, we will open the first phase of Bean Peaks, one of just a handful of gravity flow mountain bike trails in the southwest.

Prescott is home to museums, performing arts venues, and even a planetarium. Prescott offers western culture mixed with a love of the outdoors. Prescott is easily accessible to Phoenix, Flagstaff, Sedona and even the Grand Canyon. Prescott Regional Airport connects to the world with daily flights to Los Angeles and Denver.

Photo: Sportograf

Prescott is also home to four institutes of higher learning, including the internationally-acclaimed Embry Riddle Aeronautical Unversity. Prescott is an ideal place for those seeking a historic, charming community surrounded by natural beauty, infused with culture and higher education.

While here in Prescott be sure to visit the one of a kind, locally-owned restaurants, bars, breweries, cafes and shops that add to the unique charm of Prescott.

Thank you for joining us for the 19th annual Whiskey Off-Road, and best of luck to all of our contestants.

Sincerely,

Phil Goode
Mayor, City of Prescott

Explore Prescott, Arizona

One of Arizona’s Most Beautiful & Historic Destinations.

Nestled at an elevation of 5,200′ feet above sea level amongst the largest stand of ponderosa pine forests in the U.S., Prescott’s perfect weather provides an average temperature of 70 degrees, with four beautiful and distinct seasons. Prescott is an ideal location for outdoor adventure with five lakes and 470 miles of trails, including the 54 mile Prescott Circle Trail.

The Courthouse Plaza is the heart of historic downtown Prescott and the venue for many of Prescott’s numerous events. Come back to Experience more of Prescott since you won’t be able to fit everything into one weekend.

In Memoriam: Ed Furbush

The 19th Annual Whiskey Off-Road is ridden in memory of Ed Furbush, a long-time Prescott resident and proprietor of the beloved Southwest Sounds and Cyclery bike shop in downtown Prescott. 

Ed was known by customers and friends as a genuine, sincere, simple and laid back guy who loved cycling and helping people build their dream bike. At barely 150 square feet, Southwest Sounds and Cyclery may have been one of the world’s smallest bike shops, and at only $200 per month rent, it may have been one of the most affordable. But the stories told and memories shared within the walls of that tiny shop could have filled a cathedral. 

Before Ed found cycling in the 1980s, he was an avid surfer due to his Florida roots, and a competitive dirt bike racer on the motocross circuits of the southeast. Ed arrived in Prescott at the turn of the millennium, coming from the mountain bike Mecca of Durango, Colorado, where he used to ride with legends like Ned Overend, Bob Roll and John Tomac. Ed was an absolute hammer on the mountain bike, and in his simple fashion, rode a singlespeed most of the time. 

Nobody really knows why Ed chose Prescott back before it was known for its extensive network of mountain bike trails, but according to close friend Sandi Scrimgeour, it was for a simple reason, “Durango was too cold for Ed.”

Living in Prescott, Ed traded in his surfboards for a standup paddle board to explore the local reservoirs, while still maintaining his passion for life on two wheels, especially on the mountain bike and his two-stroke KTM. He opened Southwest Sounds and Cyclery in 2001, selling CDs, servicing peoples’ bikes and doing custom builds with parts brought to him. Ed’s shop was filled with cool art, reflecting his distinct personality and love of the outdoors.  

For more than 20 years, Ed lived in a guest bungalow near Thumb Butte on the property of Scrimgeour. “He lived such a simple life and was like a brother to me,” recalled Sandi. “Back in the day my Mom, Ed and I would pile into the car and drive to mountain bike races all over the southwest.”

There were Ed-isms like “whaddya know, hobo?” and “See ya!” along with his low, characteristic growly grumble. Other times Ed addressed his friends in a unique fashion. “He would always call me by my full name just to be different, nobody else ever did that,” said long-time friend Ron Hart.

But what friends will remember most about Ed was that he lived a simple life on his own terms, and he didn’t waste time with things that didn’t interest him. 

“Ed was a solitary and eccentric guy, but he had a passion for people, for bikes and for small town USA. He had an old school allure, and his down home bike shop encouraged people to pursue their own ride.”

Justin Zich, who knew Ed for more than 20 years, even holding a key to his bike shop.

Southwest Sounds and Cyclery was more than a shop, it was a community gathering space where stories were told and laughs were shared. The shop still sits at 116 S. Montezuma Street, and although it’s permanently closed, locals still stop by to light a candle and pay their respects to the guru of cycling in Prescott.

“After Ed’s passing I was in his shop, and noticed someone sitting out on the front step,” said Zich. “I opened the door and a guy turned around to me and said, ‘let me in the temple, just one last time.’ That’s how important Ed was to the community. People truly loved him.”

Ride on, Ed Furbush.

SEE YA!

Whiskey Awards & Cash Purse

Finisher Awards

To pay tribute to this iconic street, we reward every finisher of the Whiskey Off-Road 15, 25 and 50 Proof events with a well-deserved custom Klean Kanteen stainless steel pint cup at the finish line..

Pro Cash Purse Breakout

The $30,000* cash purse for the 50 Proof Backcountry will be split in half between the top twelve male and female pro riders.

PlaceMale AwardFemale Award
1$5,000$5,000
2$3,000$3,000
3$2,000$2,000
4$1,500$1,500
5$1,000$1,000
6$625$625
7$525$525
8$425$425
9$350$350
10$275$275
11$200$200
12$100$100
Total Purse$15,000$15,000
* Cash purse is secured. $30,000 minimum

Trailside Etiquette (AKA the Rules)

Expo Vendors and Content Creators

Content Creators

Course Maps & Info







Whiskey Off-Road Merch

Purchase commemorative gear at the Epic Rides Retail Tent in the Bike & Gear Expo!

Mother Road Brewing Co. Beer Garden

Make time to enjoy a beer from the Official Beer Sponsor of the Whiskey Off-Road, while raising funds for PUSD.

Mother Road Brewing Co. Beer Garden will have everything a thirsty mountain biker needs, from classics like Sunday Drive American Lager to their refreshing Tower Station Roadside Grove IPA.

The Prescott Unified School District (PUSD) Education Foundation is dedicated to providing excellence in education through partnering with the community to enhance the quality of education for all students. The PUSD Education Foundation will be operating the Mother Road Brewing Co. Beer Garden this year, and all proceeds will go back to this very important public foundation.

Mother Road Brewing Co. was established in Flagstaff, Arizona in 2011 and have a full flight of tasty beers on tap in the Beer Garden.

Mother Road Brewing Co. Beer Garden Hours

Friday, April 26th – 3p – 8p
Saturday, April 27th – 11a – 9p

Shimano Kids’ Fun Ride

Why should adults get to have all the pedal-powered fun at the Whiskey Off-Road? The Shimano Kids’ Fun Ride features two different courses on Sunday morning, perfect for kids of all ages and skill levels. For many kids, this will be their first shot at the Whiskey, and most definitely not their last.

Each course will have volunteers, arrows and pin flags (Triple Shot only) directing riders along the route. The course will be on closed streets and open bike paths away from traffic. All courses must be cleared by 10:30a.

Use the map to see which distance best fits your child’s ability.

Registration Details

Registration Fee: $20 + tax
Includes Number Plate to customize, goodie bag of samples, Finisher Medal and $10 donation to Prevent Child Abuse Arizona

Now until Friday, April 26

All Day Register Here

Saturday, April 27

8a – 5pRegistration & Packet Pickup @ Epic Rides tents in Bike & Gear Expo
12p – 4pDecorating Party @ Shimano tent in Bike & Gear Expo

Sunday, April 28

7a – 8:30aRegistration & Packet Pickup @ Epic Rides tents in Bike & Gear Expo
9aTriple Shot Start
9:10aSingle Shot Start

Concert Schedule

Saturday, April 27th

Concert Lineup

Rhythm is Life

6:00 PM

SUPERHERO

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The Cheektones

12:00 PM

String Pilots

10:00a

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