Waves of mountain bike riders rode off from the Mary Ellen Randall Arena in Pine Saturday morning to tackle one of the toughest trails in Rim Country.
This is the third year for the Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race and organizers said at least several hundred people were competing.
Riders from the around the state signed up to tackle the rugged 15-mile course, opting to make one, two or three turns on the loop.
The peaceful grass meadow at the starting line gave riders no hint of the tough trail ahead, which included more than 2,200 feet in elevation gain, steep downhills and technical, boulder-riddled turns.
The event is organized by the Pine-Strawberry Fuel Reduction, Inc. volunteer group and the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona. Money raised goes toward fire prevention programs in P-S.
After the ride, events in the arena include a concert by the Bucket List band at 1 p.m., awards at 2 p.m., the Trouble in Paradise band at 4 p.m. and the John Scott Band at 6 p.m.
On Sunday, a non-competive ride on a new bike trail in Pine is scheduled for 10 a.m.