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The Hub: July 2016
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 7/31/2016

July 2016
July 23 Saturday Cycling Report
  Strange Haze on Chandler/Gilbert Bronze. By Ken St.John
July 16 Saturday Cycling Report
  Construction Detours on McKellips Loop. By Ken St.John
July 9 Saturday Cycling Report
  HHHHHHHOTTTTTTTT. By Ken St.John
July 2 Saturday Cycling Report
  Research to Oak turns Hot and Windy. By Ken St.John


July 23 Saturday Cycling Report
Strange Haze on Chandler/Gilbert Bronze

Added July 31, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Forty-one cyclists rode to the southeast under a strange haze that limited visibility to less than a mile. I missed those distant mountain views, and still have no idea of what we were breathing, or what caused it. As far as I know, everyone survived.

Coming up...

Saturday, 07/30/16 6:30 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 Panera Bread at McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 5:40

Saturday, 08/06/16 6:30 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: 5:45

Saturday, 08/13/16 6:30 a.m., 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. Breakfast at Panera Bread at McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 5:50

Tid Bits...

Weather forecasts are calling for monsoon action starting this Saturday. My policy is that as long as the roads are open, I will be at Kiwanis Park with my all-weather bike ready to ride. If at least one other person shows up to ride, it's on! If no one else shows up I'll drive home and crawl back to bed. I can remember two times where just Roger and I rode in the pouring rain, and can't remember anytime that Saturday Cycling didn't happen. Luckly for me Roger is away for the summer.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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July 16 Saturday Cycling Report
Construction Detours on McKellips Loop

Added July 21, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

After a couple of construction detours, forty-nine cyclists managed to complete some variation on the three McKellips Loop route options. It turned out to be a beautiful summer day for patio dining.

It looks as though the broadcast schedule has thwarted our final chance for a PMBC sponsored Tour de France viewing party. If I'm wrong, club members will receive an email from VP Steve very soon. May we have better luck next year.

Coming up...

Saturday, 07/23/16 6:30 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. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co. at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:35

Saturday, 07/30/16 6:30 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: 5:40

Saturday, 08/06/16 6:30 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: 5:45

Tid Bits...

The Sunday Spin Cycle gang are planning to attack Mount Lemmon on their next up-coming ride. To join in this challenging good time you can meet at Desert Breeze park at 5:30am to car pool, or take yourself to the Tucson start location, Mcdonald Park on Harrison north of the E Catalina Highway, in time for the 8:00 a.m. ride start. You should contact Neal Thomas to let him know if you're going.

PMBC has registered as a team in the October 9, Tour de Scottsdale. If you want the $85 team discount rate, please contact Steve Kirkland before you register; he'll provide you with a discount code.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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July 9 Saturday Cycling Report
HHHHHHHOTTTTTTTT

Added July 15, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Here is Armando's report for last Saturday:

HHHHHHHOTTTTTTTT.
35 cyclists, one new rider (Michelle).
All finished safely. No significant issues other than the usual few flats.

Another 20+ were enjoying the Tour of Flagstaff.

No PMBC Tour de France viewing party again this weekend. An effort is being made to organize one for the weekend of the 23rd.

Coming up...

Saturday, 07/16/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. McKellips Loop
This 28- or 37-mile loop will take you north through Tempe and then east through Mesa on McKellips Road, returning to Panera Bread for breakfast. Sunrise: 5:30

Saturday, 07/23/16 6:30 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. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co. at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:35

Saturday, 07/30/16 6:30 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: 5:40.

Tid Bits...

Do you have coaching skills to go along with your cycling talent? Paul at Wenzel Coaching sent the club a help-wanted email. Seems there is demand in the area for a cycling coach and they'd like to make it happen. Contact Paul through his website if you're interested.

PMBC members are riding across America. I got a note from our friend Rick last week in Jackson, Montana; he's well on his way to completing the Trans America route from east to west. It seems that on July 4, he had the random good fortune to meet up with our friend Roger in one of Yellowstone National Park's campgrounds. Roger is doing the same route from the opposite direction. What are the odds?

College Ave will be closed north of University this weekend, which does interfere with our McKellips Loop route. After riding through campus, we'll detour left on University to get to Mill Ave.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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July 2 Saturday Cycling Report
Research to Oak turns Hot and Windy

Added July 8, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Forty-one cyclists rode off on a morning that started mild but soon became hot and windy. From what I hear, the two Monday Holidays rides saw 20-some participants each; over 40 for a bonus ride is pretty good!

This coming Saturday will be my July weekend off. President Armando will lead the ride from Kiwanis for those who aren't up at the Tour of Flagstaff.

Coming up...

Saturday, 07/09/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Lucky 7's
The Lucky 7's route loops clockwise to the south and takes advantage of some of the new roads over by the Wild Horse Pass casino/resort area. The name plays off the mileage options of 27, 37 and 47 miles, plus the 2 casinos along the way. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:26

Saturday, 07/16/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. McKellips Loop
This 28- or 37-mile loop will take you north through Tempe and then east through Mesa on McKellips Road, returning to Panera Bread for breakfast. Sunrise: 5:30

Saturday, 07/23/16 6:30 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. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co. at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 5:35

Tid Bits...

An uncooperative broadcast schedule has thwarted our Tour de France viewing plans for this coming weekend. Hoping for better luck next time. We're reasonably sure it will be at Uncle Bears in Ahwatukee, and are hoping for a good stage on a Saturday around lunchtime. Now you can enjoy the Flagstaff Tour without feeling as if you're missing out on more fun.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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