Yuma County mayors to hold 6th ‘International Bike Ride’

FOX 9’s Adam Klepp spoke to the Yuma and Somerton Mayors about this event’s local meaning

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) – Get ready to wake up bright and early Saturday morning.

The 6th annual Mayors’ International Bike Ride leaves from the Civic Center at 8 am

Somerton’s Mayor Gerardo Anaya says the event gets better every year.

“Every year it is growing, and is a fun activity that showcases what Yuma County is all about,” Anaya said.

For further context, it is an over 20-mile route mostly down Highway 95, with stops at the Cocopah Korner, Somerton, Gadsden, and San Luis.

Not only that, Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls says the pace is leisurely.

“We are stopping every 3 to 5 miles. So you’ll have a chance to rest,” Nicholls said.

Moreover, bike riders will then head through the San Luis port of entry for a party in the park near San Luis Rio Colorado City Hall, featuring live music plus food and drink vendors.

Additionally, Mayor Nicholls says the San Luis Rio Colorado mayor is meeting riders at the port and will ensure everyone’s safety while in Mexico.

Fortunately, Nicholls adds riders won’t have to wait in line to come back to the US

“We’ve worked it out with customs to get a special fast pass lane to get through, and YCAT will be waiting at the port and can get you back to the convention center,” Nicholls said.

Equally important, riders should still bring the proper documentation to cross back and forth.

Furthermore, both mayors say this event shows the real relationship between Yuma County and Mexico.

“We’re connected. We have a lot of people from San Luis Mexico cross every day to work in our fields,” Anaya said.

“It’s just a really good example of how we work together, and we work together daily,” Nicholls said.

For more information on the ride, click here.

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