Rac­ing a train

Los Angeles Times - - TRAVEL - — Mary For­gione

If you think you can out bike a vin­tage steam-en­gine train, sign up for the 2015 Man vs. Ma­chine race fromthe Grand Canyon to the rail­way town of Wil­liams, Ariz. The 54-mile course presents a clas­sic steam-and-mus­cle smack­down the likes of which hasn’t been seen for 25 years. Rid­ers pay $60 to $80 (de­pend­ing on when they reg­is­ter) to en­ter the race and then are to show up, ready to roll, in Tusayan on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon at 1 p.m. on Sept. 26. The course has cy­clists fol­low­ing Ari­zona High­way 64 for 50 miles, gain­ing and los­ing more than 2,000 feet in el­e­va­tion. They then will turn onto his­toric Route 66 for the last four miles. The Grand Canyon Rail­way train, the 310-ton steam en­gine No. 4960 built in1923, will hit the tracks at the same start time. Pas­sen­gers can ride the train and watch the race for $75 for adults and $45 for chil­dren 16 and younger. Info: www.lat.ms/1JpgAly.

Grand Canyon Rail­way

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