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The Hub: September 2017
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 9/28/2017

September 2017
September 23 Saturday Cycling Report
  Free Breakfast Motivated Riders to Go Fast. By Ken St.John
September 16 Saturday Cycling Report
  A Moment of Silence for George Martinez. By Ken St.John
September 9 Saturday Cycling Report
  Isolated Shower, Soggy Pavement and Road Grime. By Ken St.John
September 2 Saturday Cycling Report
  Biggest Crowd Since March. By Ken St.John
August 26 Saturday Cycling Report
  Forty-Two Cyclists on Chandler/Gilbert Bronze. By Ken St.John


September 23 Saturday Cycling Report
Free Breakfast Motivated Riders to Go Fast

Added September 28, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Sixty-two cyclists signed in for the ride to free breakfast on Saturday. Those on the extended long-distance option must have been motivated to go fast; everyone arrived in time for the start of the meeting. We welcomed Roger back to the pack from his summer bike travel adventures, along with a few others who have been away riding various major events around the desert southwest.

I'm expecting good climbing weather in October. We'll start the month out with our only two routes that have 'Mountain' in the title.

Coming up...

Saturday, 09/30/17 7:00 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: 6:22

Saturday, 10/07/17 7:30 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, McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 6:27

Saturday, 10/14/17 7:30 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: 6:33

Tid Bits...

Today is the last day to preregister for this weekend's Sonoita Tour.
2017 Sonoita Tour and Wine Tasting

The annual Tour de Fat is Saturday, October 7! The big beer bash starts at 3:00 and costs $25. The preparty parade is free and starts at noon; registration begins at 11:00. We'll be returning up Mill Ave from Mummy Mountain that morning. I recommend choosing a restaurant in downtown Tempe as an alternative breakfast spot from which you can watch the creatively costumed cyclists flowing toward the registration area. The patio at Ncounter is a great choice, but if it's too crowded there are others. You may even be motivated to roll on back to Tempe Beach Park to be a part of the happenings.

We had another Quarterly Membership Meeting last week. Here are the highlights as I remember them:

  • The meeting started out with a tribute to George Martinez. It was announced that PMBC donated $250 in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project in lieu of flowers, as the family requested. Also, that we are awarding a lifetime membership to George's wife Evie. Although she doesn't ride, she's been a great volunteer and we hope she keeps hanging with us forever.
  • The cost of membership is going up by $5 in 2018. As far as we know, this is the first rate increase ever for PMBC
  • The nominating committee has formed and is accepting nominations from the general membership in writing until Nov 15, as specified in the bylaws. Nominating yourself is one way to volunteer. This year our VP is not seeking reelection.
  • Numerous people volunteered to help assemble some new free-standing route signs. We especially need them for the Casa Grande Century in January.
  • The new venue, the Hungry Monk was a hit. The room very open and just the right size, the staff was very helpful, and they never ran out of food.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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September 16 Saturday Cycling Report
A Moment of Silence for George Martinez

Added September 23, 2017
written by Ken St.John

We had a healthy 52 cyclists for the 2nd week in a row. It looks like 10 or so people have returned from their summer getaways. We started the ride with a moment of silence for George Martinez, the friend we lost last week. Several people commented that the smaller groups that formed seemed to stick together a little more closely than usual this week.

You're welcome to join me on a controlled pace, 10.4-mile group ride to George Martinez's memorial service this Thursday evening (details below). To avoid a commotion at the church during the family's private time, we will gather in the parking lot of the Whole Foods shopping center which is directly across Ray from the site of the service. To help cope with rush hour, we will do a clockwise loop; there will be just one easy left turn. We should arrive 5-10 minutes before the start of the service. Evie and her family have agreed that we should wear our bright club colors.

Coming up...

Thursday, 09/21/17 5:00 p.m., Chandler Whole Foods. Ride to George's Memorial Service
Starting from the parking lot of the Whole Foods shopping center on Ray east of the 101 (near the seasonal Halloween store), we'll roll south past Orbital, the company George retired from, returning north on Price which takes us directly to Crossroads Nazarene Church. The center of their lovely campus has plenty of walls to lean the bikes against near the sanctuary, and one small bike rack. You may want to bring a lock since no one will be watching them. It will be dark by the time the service and reception end, so your bike should be lit for the short return across the street back to the start location.

Saturday, 09/23/17 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler-Pecos East
We're trying a new venue for the Quarterly Membership Meeting, and a small change to this route will get us there. Breakfast is free for members; two free breakfasts are included in a family membership. 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 The Hungry Monk on the north side of Chandler Blvd, just east of Dobson. Sunrise: 6:17

Saturday, 09/30/17 7:00 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: 6:22

Saturday, 10/07/17 7:30 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, McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 6:27

Tid Bits...

George's family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in George's memory to Wounded Warrior Project. Here is a link for donating to the Wounded Warrior Project that was specifically created in memory of George.

If you haven't signed up for El Tour de Tucson yet, you may still be able to get the early-bird discount price. Contact Wayne for details.

Events

Please ride extra safely.

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September 9 Saturday Cycling Report
Isolated Shower, Soggy Pavement and Road Grime

Added September 17, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Thirty-eight cyclists enjoyed a thick cloud cover that kept the temperature low all morning. At the breakfast, I heard that a small group got soaked in a very isolated shower. The rest of us just had to contend with soggy pavement for some of the route. We all got road grime on our pretty bikes, but one of us had his ride cut short when he slipped and fell on a wet corner. Fortunately, he lived nearby and was able to roll on home for some immediate rest and recuperation.

Coming up...

Saturday, 09/16/17 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. McKellips Loop
With distance options of 28, 37 or 45 miles, this route will take you north through Tempe and then east through Mesa on McKellips Road, returning to Panera Bread for breakfast. Sunrise: 6:13

Saturday, 09/23/17 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler-Pecos East
We're trying a new venue for the Quarterly Membership Meeting, and a small change to this route will get us there. Breakfast is free for members; two free breakfasts are included in a family membership. 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 The Hungry Monk on the north side of Chandler Blvd, just east of Dobson. Sunrise: 6:17

Saturday, 09/30/17 7:00 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: 6:22

Tragic Bits...

If you're hearing this for the first time, I'm sorry to bring you such sad news. Our good friend, longtime club member and perennial event volunteer George Martinez was involved in an accident with a bus on the last leg of a routine solo ride Tuesday, September 12th and died from his injuries that same day. This shock is going to be hard to process for many of us who knew George. His son, Marc, provided these details regarding the memorial service:

Memorial service from 6-7pm on Thursday, September 21 at Crossroad Church of the Nazarene, 2950 W Ray Rd, Chandler. Reception with open-mic will follow at the same location.

Burial Friday morning at The National Memorial Cemetery of AZ, 23029 Cave Creek Road, Phoenix at 9:30am. Enter the cemetery from Pinnacle Peak Road. Be early if you plan to attend; it starts on-time and does not last long.

The board is discussing ways to honor and remember George, as well as providing comfort to his dear wife Evie and the rest of his extensive family. I plan to lead a short memorial ride just before the memorial service on Thursday that will start and end near the church. Details will be provided early next week.

Events

Please ride extra safely.

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September 2 Saturday Cycling Report
Biggest Crowd Since March

Added September 8, 2017
written by Ken St.John

I ran out of maps when 60 cyclists showed up for the St. Francis Loop. That's the biggest crowd we've had since March.

We kicked off our Labor Day weekend with high humidity, heavy traffic, and 5 flat tires. There seemed to be more police on patrol than usual too. One of them passed along a message to us: that day he was working on speeders, but next week he'll be watching for groups of cyclists running red lights after what he saw. There were a couple of 'T' intersections that we crossed on this route. Running them red is always tempting, but could be inviting a law enforcement crackdown.

I'd estimate around 30-35 people enjoyed the Labor Day ride. Neal led a mostly single-file line as we snaked around the area's off-road bikeways, weaving between joggers, dogs, and casual cyclists. I hadn't realized that a bikeway now connects Mesa to Tempe by going under the 101-202 interchange. Biking along the south side of Tempe Town Lake reminded me a little of Waterfront Park in Portland on the Willamette. Fun.

Coming up...

Saturday, 09/09/17 7:00 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: 6:08

Saturday, 09/16/17 7:00 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: 6:13

Saturday, 09/23/17 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler-Pecos East
We're trying a new venue for the Quarterly Membership Meeting, and a small change to this route will get us there. Breakfast is free for members; two free breakfasts for each family membership. 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 The Hungry Monk on the north side of Chandler Blvd, just east of Dobson. Sunrise: 6:17

Tid Bits...

Several people have been reminding me of this year's Tour de Bosa, at 6:30am on Sunday October 15th. Or maybe it was the same person several times. Either way, they had me at Bosa. This year will be a 53-mile route that hits seven donut shops. The registration deadline is 7am September 30 at https://www.bikereg.com/35534.

Here's another opportunity to advocate for East Valley cyclists. The Tempe City Council is meeting at 4 pm today (Thursday, September 7) to hear public input regarding the Bike lanes on McClintock Dr. It's not over yet.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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August 19 Saturday Cycling Report
Forty-Two Cyclists on Chandler/Gilbert Bronze

Added September 1, 2017
written by Ken St.John

We had forty-two cyclists last Saturday; the same number as the week before.

One of my favorite signs that the long hot summer is winding down, is when we begin shifting our start time later. That would be this week when we move to a 7:00 start for September! We'll increase it by 1/2 hour each month through December; don't be surprised.

Coming up...

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.

Saturday, 09/09/17 7:00 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: 6:08

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I've added a November fund raiser for Cystic Fibrosis in Scottsdale to the event list below. They are also seeking volunteers to help pull it off if you really want to support the cause.

I've signed myself up for the September 24th session of the Strada Safety and Performance clinic that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. Maybe I'll see some of you there. There are three Sundays to choose from. The Aug 12 ride report on the Hub has the details.

Remember to register for our new Sonoita Tour and Wine Tasting event soon. You'll also need to book your hotel room, which is a separate step. Don't delay, there are a limited number of rooms available. And the early-bird event fee discount ends September 16.

Events

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