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The Hub: October 2017
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 10/11/2017

October 2017
October 7 Saturday Cycling Report
  Mummy Mountain on a Beautiful Autumn Day. By Ken St.John
September 30 Saturday Cycling Report
  Four Tandem Teams and a Recumbent. By Ken St.John


October 7 Saturday Cycling Report
Mummy Mountain on a Beautiful Autumn Day

Added October 11, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Fifty-two cyclists conquered the Mummy Mountain route on a beautiful autumn day. I hear the Tour de Fat parade was a little later this year, so we didn't see as many costumed cyclists, though I did see a couple of tutus on my way up College.

I know Mummy Mountain is many peoples favorite Saturday Cycling route, and that it feels like we don't do it as often as we should. Here are the facts: this year we've ridden it on March 18, June 17, and October 7. We rotate through each of our 14 route maps about 4 times each per year. But I will try to cheat in this one and South Mountain more often while the weather is moderate. And for those who have a favorite breakfast stop, 7 routes lead to AZ Bread, and the other 7 favor Panera; that seems fair.

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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

Saturday, 10/21/17 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Marco Polo
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. Breakfast at Panera Bread, McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 6:38

Saturday, 10/28/17 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. 8th Street Ail
The extended-distance option includes a few extra loops with little climbs, and one big loop with steep hills, including northbound 8th street from Chandler Blvd to Desert Foothills Parkway. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co. Sunrise: 6:44

Tid Bits...

Someone in our group was handed a little pink flyer about a breast cancer ride sponsored by Performance Bicycle. She handed it to me, and now I'm passing the info along to you. It's on Saturday, October 21. They are asking for a minimum $3 donation, which they will match up to a total of $5,000 to benefit the American Cancer Society. Go here if you're interested: Great Ride Series Chandler

I was also reminded this week of the 11th annual Heart Of Arizona ride on Saturday, November 4 in Congress AZ. They offer distance options of 44 and 98 miles.

My co-leader Kathy Mills will be away for the last two Saturdays in October. If you are interested in covering for her those days by ridding sweep on the short route, please let me know.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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September 30 Saturday Cycling Report
Four Tandem Teams and a Recumbent

Added October 5, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Fifty-one cyclists showed up for the last Saturday in September. Our start time moves to 7:30 for all of October. The mix this week included four tandem teams and one recumbent. I think five is the most tandems we've had on any Saturday ride; that was probably the time we declared it tandem day.

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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. Alternative breakfast stop at Ncounter in downtown Tempe to watch the Tour de Fat go by. 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

Saturday, 10/21/17 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Marco Polo
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. Breakfast at Panera Bread, McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 6:38

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Registration has gone live for the 2017 PMBC Chili Cook-off. There is no cost for this event. The Eventbrite registration is just how you RSVP, so please do.

As promised, I attended one of the Strada Racing coaches' three-hour safety and performance clinics in September. They covered a few fundamentals, and we rode round and round a 1/4 mile track practicing handling skills and competitive cornering techniques. Here are the points that struck me as interesting:

  • Cornering, swerving, and virtually all aspects of bike handling have almost nothing to do with steering the front wheel. Most of your control comes from body movement. A shift of the hips, or a flick of the knee are how it's really done. More steering happens through the saddle than the bars. We all do it, even if we don't notice.
  • When riding beside someone, there are two safe places to be. Elbow-to-elbow, with the handlebars adjacent is one. If your bars are just a little ahead or behind the other guy's bars, you risk hooking up in a bad way. The second is handlebar-to-hips. This way if things get too crowded, you can place a hand on the hip next to you to control the spacing.
  • A certain amount of touching within a pack can be a good thing. As mentioned above, you can control the space between you and the next bike. A gentle touch to the lower back is a silent way to let someone know you are there. And they recommended a method for looking behind while in a group; you place your right hand on the upper back of the rider next to you, keeping your left hand on your brake as you turn your head to the left and look back. Not only does this keep you in a straight line, you will feel it if there is slowing or movement happening that you didn't expect. It's like having eyes in the back of your head.

I suspect that some of us may be startled if a hand reached out and touched us while riding in a fast-paced group. But I think it could benefit us some if we do it carefully. It could increase communication without adding noise. You might want to test it out yourself. Being a mixed-gender social club, we should probably try to avoid touching the derriθre, since that message could be misinterpreted.

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