Former ranger<br>pens biking book

While there have been countless guidebooks on Grand Canyon hiking, there hasn’t been a lot written on cycling opportunities in the area.

Enter former Grand Canyon National Park ranger Andrea Lankford. She hopes her new book, “Biking the Grand Canyon Area,” will fill that niche.

“I had my first bicycling experiences at the Grand Canyon ...,” Lankford wrote in the book’s preface. “On weekends and afternoons, I would get away from the crowds by exploring the dirt roads and Forest Service trails by mountain bike.”

Lankford said she discovered an amazing system of trails and later found even more biking opportunities on the North Rim. Her adventures led to the compilation of her new book.

“An exciting future lies ahead for bicycling at the Grand Canyon,” Lankford wrote. “The National Park Service has already begun the complex and tedious process of planning and building a multi-use greenway along the South Rim to Desert View.”

“Biking the Grand Canyon Area” describes the first completed sections of the greenway.

The book is Lankford’s second, the first being “Biking the Arizona Trail: The Complete Guide to Day-Riding and Thru-Biking.” Lankford and fellow adventurer Beth Overton became the first to mountain bike the entire length of the Arizona Trail, which makes its way through Grand Canyon.

This newest book was published in June. In it, Lankford describes 27 of her favorite rides for mountain bikers and road cyclists on the North and South rims. The 160-page book includes 27 elevation profiles and 17 detailed area and bike route maps, along with preparation and safety guidelines.

For purchase information on the book, go online to:www.westcliffepublishers.com.

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