Before you ride Flagstaff, Sedona or anywhere else in Arizona, you need to buy this guide. -- Mountain Bike magazine, November, 1996
Cosmic Ray has succeeded at the toughest bike trick of all: a cycling resource book you'll love reading even if your butt prefers a La-Z-Boy in your living room over a stretch of slickrock in Arizona. -- Bikesite, Geff Hinds, June, 1998
If you are lucky enough to run into Cosmic Ray, ask him to take you for a ride. You'll remember it for the rest of your life! -- Mountain Bike World magazine, UK, August, 1997
Legendary! -- Outside Magazine, June, 1993
The best all time Arizona mountain bike guide. -- Richard Cunningham, editor, Mountain Bike Action magazine, September, 1996
The best book available on the subject. Ray is legend among the local mountain biking fraternity. A keen knowledge of off-road Arizona. -- The Sunday Times of London, January 14, 1996
This zany little guide delivers the nitty-gritty on Arizona's best Mountain Biking. With Cosmic Ray at the wheel, just reading it is like going for a ride. -- Arizona Republic Outdoor Adventure, 1996
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RATING THE RIDES - For comparison's sake, all rides were rated by me, a seedy but sincere middle age male in reasonably good physical condition if otherwise unencumbered by the thought process.
EASY - Some hills with nothing too steep or too long. A weenie ride. If you can't handle this, you are one hopeless sofatater. I suggest more Doritos and TV including lots of info-mercials, games, soaps, golf and shopping. Get plenty of quality couch time, high dollar gin, sex toys and video games. See a doctor!
MODERATE - Guaranteed to get the dead laughing and singing again. Interesting terrain with some healthy exposure to risk. Good sweaty stinky hard work, but still not killer.
DIFFICULT - Rough, tough, painful, hard and muy dangeroso with occasional warp speed, climbing and distance. Not for the respiratorily challenged. Sort of like straight espresso. If you don't know what it is, you don't want it!
EXTREME - Caution! May set off low self esteem panic attack. Possible bloodbath. Parents would not approve. Nor your insurance agent, doctor, spouse or bike if it could talk. Also known as puck-10, no brainer, E-ticket, hairball, burley, Barney or barndog, abusive, gonzo, mongo, mondo, psycho, way super gnarly, hideous, hateful and gruesome. Do you lack common sense? Is your brain adrift in a sea of cheap beer or what?