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The Hub: August 2016
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 8/28/2016

August 2016
August 20 Saturday Cycling Report
  Cloudy and Windless Morning for Tour de Sue. By Ken St.John
August 13 Saturday Cycling Report
  Coping with Flats on Tour de Mesa. By Ken St.John
Nominate Tempe's Next Bicycle Hero
  Tempe Transportation Commission Accepting Nominations for 2017 Tempe Bike Hero Award. By Sue Taaffe
August 6 Saturday Cycling Report
  Foothills Training Ride: Climbing Hills in the Summer Heat. By Ken St.John
July 30 Saturday Cycling Report
  Mummy Mountain in the Hot, Humid Aftermath of Friday's Storms. By Ken St.John


August 20 Saturday Cycling Report
Cloudy and Windless Morning for Tour de Sue

Added August 28, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

I have been hampered by computer problems all week. I can get to my email now, but not to my spreadsheets, and I don't remember what ride is scheduled for September 10. Hope to be fully recovered by next week.

We did ride the Tour de Sue last week. As I recall it was a mostly cloudy and virtually windless morning. I hear there were a few flat tires on the long route; the Queen Creek loop didn't experience any trouble. Our sign-in count was 50 again for the 2nd week in a row.

Coming up...

Saturday, 08/27/16 6:30 a.m., 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 Panera Bread at Guadalupe and McClintock. Sunrise: 5:59

Saturday, 09/03/16 7:00 a.m., 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: 6:04

Saturday, 09/10/16 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. TBA
Breakfast at Panera Bread at Guadalupe and McClintock. Sunrise: 6:09

Tid Bits...

The Town of Paradise Valley would like you to help shape the Town's Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The next stakeholder event is scheduled for Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Town Hall located at 6401 E Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ. This event will provide an opportunity to review existing data collected, review the online opinion survey results, start to formulate a vision, goals and/or policies for the plan, and begin to evaluate project prioritization. To RSVP for this event go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z7ZVL6G.

Here's a short marketing blurb I recently received:

One of the most scenic cycling events in Arizona is coming. The Scenic Arizona Bicycle Classic near Globe, AZ, is on Saturday, October 22, 2016. Discover the beauty of Arizona on your bicycle.

I checked their web site, and they mention that this is the inaugural year for this "classic" event. The organization putting it on appears to be a couple of enterprising people who enjoy road cycling. You should have a look; it may not be a classic yet, but wo knows?

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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August 13 Saturday Cycling Report
Coping with Flats on Tour de Mesa

Added August 19, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

I counted an even fifty cyclists for this past Saturday's tour through Mesa. Apparently it was a good day for flat tires, but everyone seemed to cope with them just fine. Only two more Saturday's at the 6:30 start time. Maybe we'll see an end to the triple digit temps by then too, but I doubt it.

Coming up...

Saturday, 08/20/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Sue
Tour de Sue is a flat loop to the south, with route options of 25 or 35 miles. Both routes include a good long stretch with no traffic lights. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co (SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot). Sunrise: 5:55

Saturday, 08/27/16 6:30 a.m., 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 Panera Bread at Guadalupe and McClintock. Sunrise: 5:59

Saturday, 09/03/16 7:00 a.m., 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: 6:04

Tid Bits...

Tempe is preparing to add 3.5 miles of paved, multiuse path along the Highline Canal. This segment will run north-south from just south of Baseline to a little north of Ray. Their web site says that the Town of Guadalupe will also be improving their section of the canal. It wasn't clear to me if it will extend west under I-10 to connect to the part of the canal trail on the other side along Baseline; that could be useful. They are holding a public meeting on August 31, or you can provide input online. Visit City of Tempe for more information.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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Nominate Tempe's Next Bicycle Hero
Tempe Transportation Commission Accepting Nominations for 2017 Tempe Bike Hero Award

Added August 14, 2016
written by Sue Taaffe

Nominate Tempe's next bicycle hero

A Tempe Bike Hero can be a Clark Kent or a Superman when it comes to promoting the bicycling way. What matters is making life better for Tempe's two-wheeled community. So, whether it's done in a low-key manner or with public applause, Tempe wants to honor a person or organization that makes biking better in the city.

The Tempe Transportation Commission is accepting nominations for its 2017 Tempe Bike Hero Award through Nov. 30. Nominated individuals must live or work in Tempe, and nominated organizations must be located in Tempe. Past Bike Hero Award winners include:

  • 2016 - Catherine Brubaker and one to Bike Saviours
  • Erick and Rochelle Geryol
  • Ryan and Jennifer Guzy
  • 2013 Maja Wessels
  • 2012 Patricia Berning
  • 2011 - Eric Iwersen
  • 2010 - Bicycle Cellar
  • 2009 - Sue Fassett
  • 2008 - Tempe Bicycle Action Group

For more information or to obtain a Tempe Bike Hero Award nomination form, visit www.tempe.gov/bikehero or call (480) 350-8663.

Sue Taaffe
City of Tempe
Public Works Supervisor
200 E Fifth Street, 2nd floor
Tempe, AZ 85281
Email: Sue Taaffe
480-350-8663

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August 6 Saturday Cycling Report
Foothills Training Ride: Climbing Hills in the Summer Heat

Added August 11, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Fifty-four cyclists signed up to climb hills in the summer heat. It was plenty of fun, but my favorite part was the breakfast. This time we ate inside for the air-conditioned comfort. Actually, my favorite part was the number of returning friends who we haven't seen for a while due to injuries, extended bike travel, or no good reason at all. It was like a little homecoming reunion.

Coming up...

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

Saturday, 08/20/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Sue
Tour de Sue is a flat loop to the south, with route options of 25 or 35 miles. Both routes include a good long stretch with no traffic lights. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co (SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot). Sunrise: 5:55

Saturday, 08/27/16 6:30 a.m., 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: 5:59

Tid Bits...

I recently discovered that Brandee, owner of Global Bikes and PMBC member, established a non-profit called Trips for Kids Phoenix to promote fun and fitness for youth by way of mountain biking (apparently way back in 2013; where have I been?). They are currently looking for donations of bikes, components or time. If you're interested in supporting the cause, get the details here: https://tripsforkidsphoenix.com/.

If you're planning to travel anywhere by bicycle, here's a route map resource that could be useful to you. It includes all 11,000 miles currently designated U.S. Bicycle Routes, plus Europe and the world! http://opencyclemap.org/.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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July 30 Saturday Cycling Report
Mummy Mountain in the Hot, Humid Aftermath of Friday's Storms

Added August 5, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Thirty-six cyclists took on the hills of Mummy Mountain in the hot, humid aftermath of Friday's storms. On the standard route, we discovered where one microburst popped. About three blocks of Exeter had an unusual number of large branches and whole trees on the ground, and the street was strewn with sticks and leaves. Exeter is always a popular road for sightseeing; this made it even more interesting.

Coming up...

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

Saturday, 08/20/16 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Sue
Tour de Sue is a flat loop to the south, with route options of 25 or 35 miles. Both routes include a good long stretch with no traffic lights. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co (SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot). Sunrise: 5:55

Tid Bits...

Our web site is showing Saturday, September 24 as the day of our next quarterly membership meeting! It says that the time and place are TBD, but I'm reasonably sure it will be Jason's Deli by the Chandler Mall. Sign-in starts about 1.5 hours after the ride start time, which translates to 8:30 a.m. for September, and the meeting will begin around 9:15 when the long route riders arrive. Breakfast is free to club members; two free breakfasts can be had with a family membership.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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