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The Hub: April 2016
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 4/28/2016

April 2016
April 23 Saturday Cycling Report
  Climbing Skills Practice. By Ken St.John
April 16 Saturday Cycling Report
  Remarkably Clear Air on Mummy Mountain Route. By Ken St.John
April 9 Saturday Cycling Report
  Tour Through Chandler and Gilbert. By Ken St.John
April 2 Saturday Cycling Report
  Route Change Surprise. By Ken St.John


April 23 Saturday Cycling Report
Climbing Skills Practice

Added April 28, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Forty-eight signed up to practice their climbing skills in the Ahwatukee Foothills. This training ride provides lots of opportunities to customize the route. Some even did it on purpose. Most eventually ended up at AZ Bread Co. for great food and conversation out on the patio where we also saw several of Pat's runners refueling after their morning activity.

Janet and I will not be on the upcoming Saturday Cycling ride. Our friend Wendell will be at Kiwanis in our place to greet you, collect your autographs, and send you rolling out to Mesa.

Coming up...

Saturday, 04/30/16 7:00am, Kiwanis Park. Tour de Mesa Rewound
This is a revision to the original Tour de Mesa that reverses the direction of the standard route. Distance options of 32 miles with no climbing, or 44 miles with a gentle climb will stretch us to our NE limits. Breakfast will be at Paradise Bakery on the SE corner of McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 5:40

Saturday, 05/07/16 6:30am, Kiwanis Park. ...or Give me Hills
We will approach the Ahwatukee Foothills from the east on Chandler Blvd., then cut south to Pecos before hitting the hills. The 30-mile standard route loops back on Liberty Lane. The extended route adds a couple more hills before returning east on Chandler. Both routes head back to Tempe through Equestrian Trails. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co on the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:34

Saturday, 05/14/16 6:30am, Kiwanis Park. Marco Polo
Marco Polo stretches us to the eastern limits of our range. The 26-mile standard route goes east on Guadalupe for 12 miles, then loops back on Elliot. The 41-mile long route keeps going east all the way to Ellsworth, then heads a little further south before joining the Elliot return path. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery on Guadalupe and McClintock. Sunrise: 5:28

Tid Bits...

PMBC's Tour de Flagstaff is scheduled for July 8-10. Registration will start in early May, but you may want to book your accommodations now if you plan to attend. More details will be posted on the web site soon.

Registration has gone live for the 13th annual Tour de Scottsdale to benefit the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. The ride is Sunday October 9, but registration is capped at 2,000 so they recommend you get your name in now. Register at TourdeScottsdale.net.

Some of you may have met Dan Zimmerman from Spokes Fighting Strokes at one of our Saturday breakfast stops, and you've probably been wondering how you can help Dan to raise awareness of adaptive cycling for stroke survivors. Now he's made it easier by selling t-shirts and jerseys at his fund raising site spokesfightingstrokes.org, to support his teams' cross-country cycling campaign.

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Have fun and ride safely.

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April 16 Saturday Cycling Report
Remarkably Clear Air on Mummy Mountain Route

Added April 24, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Besides the perfect temperature for climbing, the air was remarkably clear on Saturday morning. Any of the 45 cyclists who took a look around at the crest of the hills were treated to bright, clear views of downtown Phoenix on one side, and the iconic Four Peaks looming over the McDowells on the other. I'm not going to say it was the departure of the part-time residents that reduced the air pollution; I'm sure it was the heavy winds that let up just in time for our start. However, I did notice that there was no line at the Starbucks at 6:30. It was eerie.

Here is Jack's report from the Saturday Sun Lakes ride:

We had eight riders start from Sun Lakes this morning and we rode to Ahwatukee to pick up Walt P. Rode from his house to Burrito Company on the SE corner of Elliot and 48th (highly recommended: big portions, $5 entrees, super-fast service, outside seating, and very friendly management). Then we rode south under the I-10 freeway and back to SL via Queen Creek. We'll miss one or two of our snowbird riders soon and hope to have them back next year.

Coming up...

Saturday, 04/23/16 7:00am, Kiwanis Park. Foothills Training Ride
We'll avoid Pat's Run in Tempe by taking a loop through the Ahwatukee Foothills with options of 25 miles with a couple of gentle climbs, or 38 miles that will take you up 5 bigger hills. If you follow the spaghetti-bowl long-route map, you will have gone up and down all 5 approaches with no repeats and no U-turns. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co on the SE corner of Kyrene and Eliot. Sunrise: 5:48

Saturday, 04/30/16 7:00am, Kiwanis Park. Tour de Mesa Rewound
This is a revision to the original Tour de Mesa that reverses the direction of the standard route. Distance options of 32 miles with no climbing, or 44 miles with a gentle climb will stretch us to our NE limits. Breakfast will be at Paradise Bakery on the SE corner of McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 5:40

Saturday, 05/07/16 6:30am, Kiwanis Park. ...or Give me Hills
We will approach the Ahwatukee Foothills from the east on Chandler Blvd., then cut south to Pecos before hitting the hills. The 30-mile standard route loops back on Liberty Lane. The extended route adds a couple more hills before returning east on Chandler. Both routes head back to Tempe through Equestrian Trails. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co on the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:34

Tid Bits...

Triston, lead mechanic with Velofix, surprised us with sag support on Saturday! He tells us their mobile bike-shop is new in the area and they want to get involved with the cycling community. Their stylin' red truck is equipped with nutrition as well as all tools and components for any bike repairs. Besides event support, they also do house-calls and will come to you for your maintenance needs. Tristin said he intends to be with us again on Saturday whenever his schedule allows, though not next Saturday since he has a gig in Prescott. I think this dials up our street-cred a notch. http://www.velofix.com/.

Wednesday, May 18 is the date for the international Ride of Silence in honor of those cyclists who have been injured or killed on our roads and highways. So far there is only one AZ ride scheduled and it's in Green Valley. They will meet at the Green Valley Recreation East Social Center at 5:30 PM for their eleventh local observance of the Ride of Silence. It's not too late to organize one in your own neighborhood; contact Chuck Hill if you want to help make it happen. This is their web site: http://www.rideofsilence.org/main.php.

Events

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for the White Mountain Tour. Please contact any board member.

Have fun and ride safely.

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April 9 Saturday Cycling Report
Tour Through Chandler and Gilbert

Added April 17, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

An even forty cyclists signed in last Saturday to tour through Chandler and Gilbert during AZ Bike Month. The transit Services Coordinator for the City of Chandler sent me a note to thank the PMBC volunteers who participated in their family fun ride, because she didn't get everyone's names or contact info, and neither did I. So thank you to all of you who helped you know who you are. It's one of the easiest volunteer gigs out there, but she always seems to appreciate the effort.

It looks like we've said our final adieus to the Canadian winter visitors who've ridden with us the past few months. I can name five couples, but I think there were more. I wish them all bon voyage until next fall when the cold winds blow them back into town.

Coming up...

Saturday, 04/16/16 7:00am, Kiwanis Park. Mummy Mountain
A 40-mile loop with lots of climbing, or 31 miles with a couple of moderate climbs, takes us north into Scottsdale and around Mummy Mountain. Breakfast stop at Paradise Bakery at McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 5:56

Saturday, 04/23/16 7:00am, Kiwanis Park. Foothills Training Ride
Ride with us on a loop through the Ahwatukee Foothills with options of 25 miles with a couple of gentle climbs, or 38 miles that will take you up 5 bigger hills. If you follow the spaghetti-bowl long-route map, you will have gone up and down all 5 approaches with no repeats and no U-turns. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co on the SE corner of Kyrene and Eliot. Sunrise: 5:48

Saturday, 04/30/16 7:00am, Kiwanis Park. Tour de Mesa Rewound
This is a revision to the original Tour de Mesa that reverses the direction of the standard route. Distance options of 32 miles with no climbing, or 44 miles with a gentle climb will stretch us to our NE limits. Breakfast will be at Paradise Bakery on the SE corner of McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 5:40

Tid Bits...

When I first moved to the end of the Ray-Chandler loop in 1991, Chandler Blvd was all farms west of I-10, had a two-lane bridge over the interstate, a 50mph speed limit and no marked bike lanes. On my daily bike commute I started counting how many cars passed me, and how many of them cut me too close for comfort. Then I made some assumptions about how many close calls will result in contact, how many contacts would result in injury, and how many injury accidents would be fatal. The result was a 7-year life expectancy with 2-3 non-fatal accidents before being finished off. But as the years went by, things noticeably improved. I saw a great graphic representation of this in the recent AZ bike summit when the Transportation Improvement Program Manager from Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) flashed slides showing the progression of the MAG Metro Phoenix Bike Ways map. The first edition in 1992, had just a few, short, scattered green lines, which gradually grew to the 2015 version with its dense tapestry of colorful lines woven across the valley. I hurried to thank her after the presentation for the great, tangible improvements they made, and the fact that 25 years later, I'm still alive, sustaining only two minor-injury vehicle contact incidents; zero since about 2006. To paraphrase Dr. MLK: The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward safe cycling.

The South Mountain Time Trial on May 7th honors Highly Falkner who was killed on Pecos road November 2014. The Vitesse Cycling Club is looking for more participants.

I received sketchy information about a Phoenix bike registration event at a place called Sophomore Square from 10am to noon on Wednesday April 20. If interested you should email Maggie.McGraw.

Events

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for the White Mountain Tour. Please contact any board member.

Have fun and ride safely.

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April 2 Saturday Cycling Report
Route Change Surprise

Added April 7, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Most of the forty-four who signed-in on Saturday seemed surprised about the route change. I guess Thursday is a little late in the week to realize that I had scheduled us to be pirates on the El Tour de Mesa route. Others paid big money for the privilege of competing on a controlled course. We did the South Mountain route instead; at least one couple took it to the towers for the first time. I've swizzled around some of the other upcoming rides to pull in Mummy Mountain and get back to alternating between the two breakfast stops.

I only know of three PMBC members who are going to be helping at the Chandler Family Fun Ride next Saturday; it would be nice to have a few more. Please let me know at the sign-up next week if you want in. Best to preregister at www.chandleraz.gov/transit.

Coming up...

Saturday, 04/09/16 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler/Gilbert Bronze
Gilbert and Chandler are both Bronze level bicycle friendly communities. We'll ride through both communities with route options of 25 or 35 miles. Volunteers for the Chandler Family Fun Ride can branch off form the standard route re-group to the nearby Tumbleweed park. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co. at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:05

Saturday, 04/16/16 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Mummy Mountain
A 40-mile loop with lots of climbing, or 31 miles with a couple of moderate climbs, takes us north into Scottsdale and around Mummy Mountain. Breakfast stop at Paradise Bakery at McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 5:56

Saturday, 04/23/16 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Foothills Training Ride
Ride with us on a loop through the Ahwatukee Foothills with options of 25 miles with a couple of gentle climbs, or 38 miles that will take you up 5 bigger hills. If you follow the spaghetti-bowl long-route map, you will have gone up and down all 5 approaches with no repeats and no U-turns. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co on the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:48

Tid Bits...

Into my sixth month of retirement, I finally joined the PMBC Wednesday morning ride. Jerry lured 30 of us way down to the Ak-Chin Casino for a guided tour of the farm and desert landscape outside the town of Maricopa. I saw my first saguaro blossoms of the season, a Hindu temple, dwarf cars, and more head of cattle in one spot than I've seen cumulatively over my vast lifetime. The immense feedlot had Red River in its name and a storied connection to John Wayne. The herd seemed very proud about it; especially the snooty, free-roaming, grass-fed section.

April is Arizona Bike Month. Here's a list from the AZ Republic about local celebrations. They report that the number of events is up from last year's eighteen to twenty-five, and more cities are getting into the act. A few of them already happened last weekend.

Events

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for the White Mountain Tour. Please contact any board member.

Have fun and ride safely.

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