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The Hub: December 2016
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 12/31/2016

December 2016
December 24 Saturday Cycling Report
  No Santa Claus on Chirstmas Eve Tour de Sue. By Ken St.John
December 17 Saturday Cycling Report
  Well-behaved Tailwind on Marco Polo Route and Election Results. By Ken St.John
December 3 Saturday Cycling Report
  Sunshine and Fun on Length of Lindsay Route. By Ken St.John


December 24 Saturday Cycling Report
No Santa Claus on Chirstmas Eve Tour de Sue

Added December 31, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Once again, the dire weather forecast for Saturday morning turned out to be untrue, yet it reduced the size of our pack to 27 cyclists on the morning of Christmas Eve. Worst of all, even Santa canceled out. That's right: there was NO SANTA CLAUS at Saturday Cycling this year. One of us must have been very naughty. And it turned out to be an ideal morning for riding the flatlands in a big fur coat; all the nasty wind and rain rolled in after the ride was over. I guess if I had to choose between the two, I'd prefer being favored by the weather gods over Santa Claus. Today the forecasters are calling for rain again next weekend. Let's wait and see before we make any alternate plans.

Coming up...

Saturday, 12/31/16 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. MidSummer Ride
This route was designed to seek out maximum shade on summer mornings when the sun is farthest north and most brutal. In the winter, it's just another route, much like the others. It includes options of 28 miles with one short climb, or 38 miles with a couple of bonus climbs. Breakfast at Panera Bread at Guadalupe Rd and McClintock Dr. Sunrise: 7:32

Sunday, 01/01/17 8:00 a.m., Apache Junction, Trekking to Tortilla Flats
This traditional New Year's Day ride to Tortilla Flats includes the great "end of the road" climb and the following descent, with scenic vistas. The total ride is 42 miles with the climb, or 30 miles going just to the Flats and back. It all starts at 300 Apache Trail; it's the Old Bashas location, now the home of Patterns of the Antique Mall located at Apache Trail and the Old West Highway. Exit Idaho Road north off the 60 and left at the Old West Highway. Many usually meet for eats at BJ's south of Superstition Springs for post-ride. It would be appreciated if you would email ride leader Neal Thomas if you are up for the challenge to overcome your hangover!

Saturday, 01/07/17 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. South Mountain
Route options of 24 miles with a bit of gentle climbing, 38 miles with moderate climbing, or 39 miles with the longest steady climb within 20 miles of Kiwanis Park. Breakfast is at AZ Bread, southeast of Elliot & Kyrene. Sunrise: 7:33

Saturday, 01/14/17 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Research to Oak
The Research to Oak route takes us on a clockwise loop around town, with 31 miles and no hills, or 38 miles with some moderate climbing. Breakfast is at Panera Bread. Sunrise: 7:33

Tid Bits...

Tempe is getting ready to host another big New Year's Eve bash on Mill Ave Sunday. Luckily for us, they aren't starting to close streets until 8pm Saturday night, so we should be able to sail on through on our ride that morning.

The South Mountain Freeway work, however, is about to affect us. The latest update I have from ADOT says they will be closing Pecos from 24th St to 17th Ave all weekend sometime in "early 2017". I don't know if that means just one weekend, or all of them. We are scheduled to ride that stretch on Jan 21. It might be time already for the …or Give me Hills route to be either modified or dropped. Our Ahwafooty route is the only other one that uses Pecos; we're due to use it again 4 or 5 weeks later.

Volunteers Needed!!

CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER! On the Casa Grande Century

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Have fun and ride safely.

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December 17 Saturday Cycling Report
Well-behaved Tailwind on Marco Polo Route and Election Results

Added December 23, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

The howling winds at wake-up time probably motivated a number of our group to roll back to sleep. The 30 cyclists who did show up at the start were rewarded with a well-behaved tailwind as we rode east followed by gentle resistance on the return route that got even softer by the time the meeting ended. Our first time using Fibber Magees as a club meeting venue seemed to go pretty well, with 70+ members in attendance. What they lacked in acoustics and visibility they made up for with a great PA system and roaming wireless mic. I haven't heard any food reviews yet, but want to say "sorry about that" to the long-route riders for their limited selection as two of the main hot food options were devoured before the last of the pack arrived.

Christmas is this Sunday, so the regular Spin Cycle will be your holiday morning ride option. However, a week later, on New Year's Day there will be a special Tortilla Flats ride. I have to imagine that many people have the Monday after these two Sunday holidays off from work, but no one has yet come up with a ride for those days. Let me know if you have ideas.

Coming up...

Wednesday, 12/21/15 7:00 p.m., Zipps Sports Grill. Christmas Lights Ride
Spread the Holiday cheer! It is time to see the holiday lights. We'll meet in the parking lot of Zipps Sports Bar on the NE corner of Ray and McClintock. The ride distance will be in the 15-20 mile range and all flat. Santa says he'll be setting a slow, sightseeing pace, so be sure to dress warmly. Elves will be serving hot chocolate and cookies somewhere along the route. Stay, if you like, after the ride as the festivities move inside Zipps for some liquid Christmas cheer. RSVP to Neal Thomas, and please specify if you are bringing any children along.

Saturday, 12/24/16 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Sue
It's Christmas Eve, so we can expect Santa Claus to join the ride. 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: 7:30

Saturday, 12/31/16 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. MidSummer Ride
This route was designed to seek out maximum shade on summer mornings when the sun is farthest north and most brutal. In the winter, it's just another route, much like the others. It includes options of 28 miles with one short climb, or 38 miles with a couple of bonus climbs. Breakfast at Panera Bread at Guadalupe Rd and McClintock Dr. Sunrise: 7:32

Sunday, 01/01/17 8:00 a.m., Apache Junction, Trekking to Tortilla Flats
This traditional New Year's Day ride to Tortilla Flats includes the great "end of the road" climb and the following descent, with scenic vistas. The total ride is 42 miles with the climb, or 30 miles going just to the Flats and back. It all starts at 300 Apache Trail; it's the Old Bashas location, now the home of Patterns of the Antique Mall located at Apache Trail and the Old West Highway. Exit Idaho Road north off the 60 and left at the Old West Highway. Many usually meet for eats at BJ's south of Superstition Springs for post-ride. It would be appreciated if you would email ride leader Neal Thomas if you are up for the challenge to overcome your hangover!

Saturday, 01/07/17 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. South Mountain
Route options of 24 miles with a bit of gentle climbing, 38 miles with moderate climbing, or 39 miles with the longest steady climb within 20 miles of Kiwanis Park. Breakfast is at AZ Bread, southeast of Elliot & Kyrene. Sunrise: 7:33

Tid Bits...

Along with the routine business of the quarterly membership meeting, we also elected our four club officers for the coming year. This time, we will retain two of the same dedicated leaders, while the others have graciously allowed room for two fresh faces in the inner sanctum of the club's governance. Our 2017 officers will be:

New President – Janet Nash
Returning VP – Steve Miller
New Treasurer – Kris Fletcher
Returning Secretary – Denise Thienpont

We all owe a big thank you to outgoing (in every sense) President Armando Charvet, who skillfully led us for the past four years. And to the hard-working Kevin Peffley, who served as treasurer for two years and VP for three years before that.

Volunteers Needed!!

CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER! On the Casa Grande Century

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Have fun and ride safely.

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December 3 Saturday Cycling Report
Sunshine and Fun on Length of Lindsay Route

Added December 3, 2016
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

The last time we did the Length of Lindsay route that wasn't for a quarterly meeting was March 2013. Seventy cyclists signed-in that time; it must have been a beautiful day. This time we had 46 cyclists, cool temperatures, sunshine and fun.

Geno's free ride is this week. There will be no ride from Kiwanis Park on Dec 10.

Coming up...

Saturday, 12/10/16 8:30 a.m., Pioneer Park, Mesa. Geno's Free Ride
Three route options: 25 miles, 40 miles, and 60 miles. All routes will start and end at Pioneer Park in Mesa, and head to the northeast, with plenty of hill climbing for those opting to ride the longer routes. Food and drinks will be provided along the way and a catered hot lunch will be at the end of the ride. Best of all, this fully-supported ride is FREE to PMBC members ($10 for non-members)! Please Register (Geno's Free Ride) so that enough food and drinks will be available. This will replace Saturday Cycling; there will be no ride from Kiwanis Park on Dec 10. Sunrise: 7:22

Saturday, 12/17/16 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Marco Polo
It's time for another Quarterly Membership Meeting! We'll be trying a new venue this time and using the Marco Polo route to get us there. 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 rejoining the Elliot return path. Sign-in will begin at 10am, and the meeting should start around 10:45. Breakfast at Fibber Magees, 1989 W. Elliot Road in Chandler; just east of Dobson. Sunrise: 7:27

Wednesday, 12/21/15 7:00 p.m., Zipps Sports Grill. Christmas Lights Ride
Spread the Holiday cheer! It is time to see the holiday lights. We'll meet in the parking lot of Zipps Sports Bar on the NE corner of Ray and McClintock. The ride distance will be in the 15-20 mile range and all flat. Santa says he'll be setting a slow, sightseeing pace, so be sure to dress warmly. Elves will be serving hot chocolate and cookies somewhere along the route. Stay, if you like, after the ride as the festivities move inside Zipps for some liquid Christmas cheer. RSVP to Neal Thomas, and please specify if you are bringing any children along.

Saturday, 12/24/16 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Sue
It's Christmas Eve, so we can expect Santa Claus to join the ride. 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: 7:30

Tid Bits...

We are fortunate in the East Valley to have several quality bicycle shops to choose from. I'd like to mention two now: Gobal Bikes and Cactus Bike. Both shops have made early commitments to provide sag support on the Casa Grande Century. Round Trip Cycles of Casa Grande will again contribute a mechanic at the lunch stop as well. I personally thank them all for donating their services, and hope we find many opportunities to support them right back.

The registration deadline for the Holiday Party was extended through today, Thursday 12/8. Not for lack of sign-ups though; it's because a few people said they still want in on the better-late-than-never plan. Today is also the Free Ride registration deadline.

Volunteers Needed!!

CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER! On Geno's Free Ride
CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER! On the Casa Grande Century

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Have fun and ride safely.

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