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The Hub: January 2017
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 1/26/2017

January 2017
January 21 Saturday Cycling Report
  Wind: It Intensifies Your Workout. By Ken St.John
January 14 Saturday Cycling Report
  Numbers Were Light for Chandler-Pecos East. By Ken St.John
January 7 Saturday Cycling Report
  Fifty Cyclists Take On South Mountain. By Ken St.John
December 31 Saturday Cycling Report
  Beating the Odds Again. By Ken St.John


January 21 Saturday Cycling Report
Wind: It Intensifies Your Workout

Added January 26, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

The twelve who showed up Saturday tended to agree that wind is just part of the sport; it intensifies your workout. I can remember once abandoning the effort in Boulder CO, when the wind was in the 60 MPH neighborhood, but 20 MPH is definitely doable.

PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO RIDE FROM KIWANIS PARK THIS SATURDAY, 1/28/17. Instead, I encourage you to make the drive out to Mesa and join us on a Usery Pass ride with complimentary brunch at the finish! Details below.

Coming up...

Saturday, 01/28/17 8:30 a.m., Northeast Mesa. Mountain Bridge Loop
A special membership appreciation ride will have Saturday Cycling relocate to Mesa this week. But rather than the club showing appreciation to its members, this time two of the members, Rick and Maggie McKee, wish to express their appreciation for the club by hosting a free catered brunch for all participants! The start, end, and brunch location is the Mountain Bridge clubhouse, 8730 E Mountain Bridge, Mesa (near McKellips and Ellsworth) https://goo.gl/maps/nwwZTWQViKx. Route options will be around Usery Pass and Las Sendas and will be about 28 and 40 miles long. The long one has about 1900 feet of climbing, the 28-miler, not so much. The route maps schould be posted soon on our Ride Maps web site under the Miscellaneous Rides heading. Sunrise: 7:27

Saturday, 02/04/17 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. St. Francis Loop
Both the 25-mile and 36-mile options include three moderate hills, taking you north through Papago Park, around the St. Francis Cemetery, and returning to Tempe via south Scottsdale. Breakfast at Panera Bread on McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 7:22

Saturday, 02/11/17 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler/Gilbert Bronze
Gilbert and Chandler are each 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: 7:16

Tid Bits...

If you registered for the Casa Grande Century on the day-of the event, then you probably don't have the link to the professional photos that went out to all the people who registered through Eventbrite.

Here is the link to the photos: http://www.photocrazy.com/perl/view.pl?ev=1244

The key to finding yourself is to remember what time it was when you were at the main rest stop that served all the routes. If you did the metric, or the extra short route, your first photo op was probably about 1.25 hours after your start time, plus or minus depending on your speed. And for everyone, it would also be around 1.25 hours before you finished. If you have trouble, the good folks at PhotoCrazy can help you out.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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January 14 Saturday Cycling Report
Numbers Were Light for Chandler-Pecos East

Added January 22, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Our numbers were light this past weekend with 21 on Saturday and only 7 for the short-notice MLK Holiday ride on Monday. I'm sure it was partly due to the dicey weather, but I also hear that several of our regulars were away cross-training on the ski slopes. I'm sure it makes them better cyclists in some way. At least I'm guessing they won't complain about the cold Phoenix winter mornings for a while.

There has been rain in the forecast for 5 of the past 6 Saturdays, yet we have beaten the odds each time and were able to enjoy pleasant riding conditions under some dramatic cloud formations. This coming Saturday our luck will be tested again; the latest forecast says slim chance of rain, but plenty of gusty winds. We'll have to see how it plays out.

Coming up...

Saturday, 01/21/17 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Lucky 7's
The Lucky 7's route loops clockwise to the south, through the Wild Horse Pass casino/resort area and parts of Ahwatukee. 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: 7:30

Saturday, 01/28/17 8:30 a.m., Northeast Mesa. Usery Pass & Las Sendas
A special membership appreciation ride will have Saturday Cycling relocate to Mesa this week. But rather than the club showing appreciation to its members, this time two of the members wish to express their appreciation for the club by hosting a free catered brunch for all participants! The start, end, and brunch location is the Mountain Bridge clubhouse, 8730 E Mountain Bridge, Mesa (near McKellips and Ellsworth). Route options will be around Usery Pass and Las Sendas and will be about 28 and 40 miles long. The long one has about 1900 feet of climbing, the 28-miler, not so much. Sunrise: 7:27

Saturday, 02/04/16 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. St. Francis Loop
Both the 25-mile and 36-mile options include three moderate hills, taking you north through Papago Park, around the St. Francis Cemetery, and returning to Tempe via south Scottsdale. Breakfast at Panera Bread on McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 7:22

Tid Bits...

Irrepressible Ann is planning to do a tour in San Diego March 18-25 with a bike tour club called Colorodo Heartcycle. Here's a link to their web site; she said she'd be happy to have the company of other PMBC members. https://heartcycle.org/Tours/TourInfo.aspx

There was a very cool helmet with an embedded LED lighting system seen on a recent ride. Apparently, several people wanted more information, so here's a link that will even get you a discount: https://lumoshelmet.co/?referral_code=4127d50342db33729382. Thanks Tom!

Mark your calendars: we now have dates for the Mining Country Challenge (March 18) and the Tour of Flagstaff (July 14-16). Registration should go live about eight weeks before each event.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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January 7 Saturday Cycling Report
Fifty Cyclists Take On South Mountain

Added January 13, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

An even fifty cyclists showed up Saturday to take on South Mountain as a warm-up to Sunday's Casa Grande Century. At first I felt kind of guilty for that scheduling trick, but realized the next day that many of our regular weekly riders are the ones doing the volunteer work at the CGC, rather than actually ridding. It reminded me that those big rides are put on by us as a service to the rest of the cycling community. I was also reminded on Saturday that when you patch a cut in your tire with a 'boot', you'll be lucky if you get 10 miles before it flats again. It's probably wisest to head to the nearest new tire once the boot is in place.

I had to make some schedule changes this week:

  1. Changed this Saturday to Chandler-Pecos East because the Rock and Roll Marathon is closing key Tempe roads this weekend.
  2. Moved Research to Oak to the Monday MLK Holiday. The marathon clears out Sunday.
  3. Changed the January 21 route to Lucky 7's, since it still looks probable that parts of Pecos in the Foothills will be closed for power-line relocation.
  4. We will have a different start location on January 28. See below for details.

Coming up...

Saturday, 01/14/17 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler-Pecos East
The extra-long route sails east on Chandler Blvd all the way from Rural to Power, returning by way of Pecos. Distance options are 28, 34 and 42 miles; the shorter routes simply head over to Pecos a little earlier. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co (SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot). Sunrise: 7:33

Monday, 01/16/17 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

Saturday, 01/21/17 8:30 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: 6:45

Saturday, 01/28/17 8:30 a.m., Northeast Mesa. Usery Pass & Las Sendas
A special membership appreciation ride will have Saturday Cycling relocate to Mesa this week. But rather than the club showing appreciation to its members, this time two of the members wish to express their appreciation for the club by hosting a free catered brunch for all participants! The start, end, and brunch location is the Mountain Bridge clubhouse, 8730 E Mountain Bridge, Mesa (near McKellips and Ellsworth). Route options will be around Usery Pass and Las Sendas and will be about 28 and 40 miles long. The long one has about 1900 feet of climbing, the 28-miler, not so much.

Tid Bits...

Here are a few more things I recently learned about the South Mountain Freeway construction plans:

  • There will be one or two weekends very soon when big sections of Pecos will be completely closed for power line relocation.
  • As soon as the power lines are relocated, widening of the east bound lanes will begin to convert them into the temporary Pecos road that will carry traffic during the freeway construction. This interim road will have 2 narrow lanes in each direction, no shoulder, and heavy construction barricades along its north edge. The speed limit will be 40mph and it will not be bicycle friendly in any way.
  • The first step in building the interim road is to close the existing big shoulders on both sides of Pecos. I think that means Pecos is going to be gone to cyclists completely within the next month or two.
  • Some of the construction activity will spill over to Liberty Lane. It has something to do with relocating a water main.
  • The multiuse recreational path that ADOT plans to build on the south side of the freeway will be the last thing that gets built, since a lot of it will use the interim roadway, which won't be available for conversion until the freeway is drivable.
  • Powerful advocates are hard at work to get the multiuse path to include separate bicycle-only lanes that are designed for speed. ADOT says that requires costs due to drainage and blah-blah-blah. The negotiation is ongoing.

I hope we get one more chance to ride the Pecos shoulder, but we will probably be retiring two of our foothills routes. Revising them to use Liberty Lane westbound doesn't really appeal to me. I'm leaning towards a whole new route. Maybe we'll find a fun way to incorporate the pending Chandler Blvd. westward extension from 19th to 27th Ave.

Events

  • Mining Country Challenge – Saturday, March 18

Have fun and ride safely.

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December 31 Saturday Cycling Report
Beating the Odds Again

Added January 4, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

We beat the odds again for the 3rd week in a row. This time 42 cyclists weaved their way between the rain clouds for a very pleasant, cool morning ride. We even got smacked with sunshine a couple of times, and were accompanied by a pace line of shadows as we rode westbound. Then when Richard led a pack up Hardy that caught perfectly timed green lights at THREE of the major intersections, I thought we really had something magical going. My flat rear tire soon brought me back to earth. All the nice people who waited for me to fix it learned that when you flat on an all-weather bike with tensioned belt drive and internal hub gearbox, it takes a lot longer to remove and replace the rear wheel.

Coming up...

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

Saturday, 01/21/17 8:30 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: 7:30

Tid Bits...

Happy New Year everyone!

Among the many other new year resolutions (like the one specifically about memory that I can't seem to recall now) we've cooked up a very tangible plan to improve Saturday Cycling in 2017. Beginning January 14th, our long-time friend Kathy Mills has volunteered to co-lead each week, with her focus being on beginners and newcomers. With Kathy riding sweep, we can now say that the standard route will be a no-drop ride on Saturdays. This should make us much more welcoming to beginners and prevent us from losing new people by dropping them as soon as we exit the park. She also brings training skills as a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor (LCI), that she will not be shy about using with beginners who join the fun. The board will be discussing the possibility of having Kathy teach some of the League's Smart Cycling curriculum to club members this year. It's the first step to becoming an LCI yourself.

One more fun fact to know about Kathy…she was PMBC's first woman president many years ago; Janet is now the second. Please help me to welcome Kathy back to Saturday mornings as we look forward to her new leadership role. And spread the word that Saturday Cycling is now truly the big weekly ride for EVERYONE.

Like any recurring volunteer, she will occasionally need a substitute. Please let us know if you would be willing to sweep the short route a couple of times a year. You do not need to be an LCI to qualify as a sub.

Looks like we will have GREAT weather this Sunday for the Casa Grande Century with a high of 73. Over 200 have already pre-registered. You won't want to miss out!! Please do register on-line by Thursday if you're going; it makes the Sunday sign-in process easier for everyone.

Volunteers Needed!!

CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER! On the Casa Grande Century

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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