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The Hub: August 2017
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 8/18/2017

August 2017
August 12 Saturday Cycling Report
  Avoiding Road Closures and Rain Clouds. By Ken St.John
August 5 Saturday Cycling Report
  Relentless Heat on MidSummer Ride. By Ken St.John
July 29 Saturday Cycling Report
  A Favorable Monsoon Morning in the Desert for Cycling. By Ken St.John


August 12 Saturday Cycling Report
Avoiding Road Closures and Rain Clouds

Added August 18, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Most of the twenty-eight cyclists on last Saturday's ride did a modified version of the route to avoid road closures and rain clouds. The small group I was with took a detour to avoid the rain to the south, only to hit another detour from a second major road closure. I don't think anyone got seriously wet since the foreboding storm cell fizzled out as it passed over us.

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Saturday, 08/19/17 6:30 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: 5:54

Saturday, 08/26/17 6:30 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: 5:59

Saturday, 09/02/17 7:00 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: 6:03

Monday, 09/04/17 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Holiday Bike Path Ride
Come ride our area bike paths for an easy-going Labor Day ride. It will be similar to the Memorial Day ride with some slight variations. There have been a few changes to the Bike Path route. The ride is 35 miles and flat. The first 27 miles is bike path and the last 8 along good bike routes. Experience the new bike trail along the Rio Salado and a side extension along with the Consolidated and Western Canal Trails. Plan on a good easy-going route for a holiday ride. Add 2 miles and come to breakfast at Arizona Bread; they will be open till noon.

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With Kathy Mills on the Saturday Cycling team, we're always ready and able to help the novice learn the basic rules and skills for safe group cycling. But what do we do for the experienced newcomer who wants to mix in with the advanced or intermediate groups? How do we welcome new people into the paceline, while keeping us all safe and not making anyone angry? Do we have an agreed upon protocol or etiquette? Who decides?

The idea has been kicked around of having a professional cycling coach work with us to establish, document and practice a consistent high-speed paceline process. Maybe we'll even do it someday, but in the meantime the Strada Racing Club is offering a Speed & Safety Clinic ahead of the Tour de Scottsdale on three Sundays in September (you pick one). They will cover "pace line secrets" and "safe riding in a group" as well as other skills aimed at improving safety and performance. The clinics are 7am-10am on Sept 10, 17 and 24 at Westworld in North Scottsdale and cost $25. They provided this email address for information and registration: Strada Racing.

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Have fun and ride safely.

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August 5 Saturday Cycling Report
Relentless Heat on MidSummer Ride

Added August 10, 2017
written by Ken St.John

There was not a cloud to be seen last Saturday, and the bits of shade that our predominantly north-south route provided were not enough to save us from the relentless heat. All 35 of us got hot, but that doesn't stop us from cycling. The three remaining August rides will mostly keep to the flatlands.

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Saturday, 08/12/17 6:30 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: 5:49

Saturday, 08/19/17 6:30 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: 5:54

Saturday, 08/26/17 6:30 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: 5:59

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Neal has volunteered to lead our Labor Day ride with a revised version of his holiday bike-path route. That will be Monday September 4 at 7am from the usual Kiwanis Park location. Thanks Neal!

The past two weeks I conducted a test to see if a certain board member has been reading the ride report. Apparently, he hasn't. Since old-fashioned email didn't work, I'll try that new-fangled text message trick to see if we can get the Sonoita Tour to go live on Eventbrite.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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July 29 Saturday Cycling Report
A Favorable Monsoon Morning in the Desert for Cycling

Added August 6, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Last Saturday a rain shower passed through the Ahwatukee Foothills to settle the dust and cool the pavement ahead of the 47 cyclists who took to the hills. The only water trouble we had was a high-volume sprinkler leak flowing across Ray Road. Cloud cover stayed with us all the way to breakfast, and I even felt some sprinkles while laboring up one of the steeper ascents. Overall, it was a favorable monsoon morning in the desert for cycling..

At the route's westernmost point on Chandler Blvd, we saw a sign saying the new westward extension is now open. Coincident with that was Friday's permanent closure of Pecos road west of 17th Ave. Those who used to enjoy the out-and-back trip on Pecos to that cul-de-sac community to the west may want to try it on the new only-road-that-goes there.

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Saturday, 08/05/17 6:30 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: 5:44

Saturday, 08/12/17 6:30 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: 5:49

Saturday, 08/19/17 6:30 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: 5:54

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We know you have other choices available, and appreciate it when you chose PMBC's Saturday Cycling for your group riding enjoyment. Some of the most notable options are organized by local bike shops. As their offerings have grown, we've seen our Saturday numbers diminish from around 80/week in 2012, to the 40ish/week we have maintained over the past 2 years. But I don't consider it competition. Why would a bike shop want to be our adversary? We are a big part of their customer base; they love us like money itself. The hospitality they showed us on our previous two holiday rides is evidence of that affection for PMBC. As a cyclist, and conservationist, and environmentalist, I like anything that increases people-powered recreation.

I've been riding with PMBC for about 15 years now, and have grown very fond of our little community and the people in it. That's why I keep coming back. I also enjoy welcoming newcomers with the hope of making new friends. Some stick with us, some find another group that suits them better, and others remain independent and ride with us from time-to-time. It's all good. Here are links to two of the East Valley shops with Saturday rides for all levels, plus targeted rides for intermediates, beginners, and mountain bike offerings:
http://globalbikes.info/about/classes-clinics-rides-pg2479.htm
https://www.meetup.com/Performance-Saturday-Social-Group-Ride/

Details were added to the web site for the 2017 Sonoita Tour and Wine Tasting. The Eventbrite sign-up should go live very soon, now that we are approaching the 8-week prior window.

An error was included in last week's report. The Cochise County Classic is October 7, not the 14th.

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