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The Hub: November 2017
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 11/29/2017

November 2017
November 25 Saturday Cycling Report
  Streak of Perfect Weather for Cycling Continues. By Ken St.John
November 18 Saturday Cycling Report
  A Lot of People Out Having Fun. By Ken St.John
November 11 Saturday Cycling Report
  Push-Button Relief. By Ken St.John
October 28 Saturday Cycling Report
  Cyclists Rolling Up and Down the Foothills. By Ken St.John


November 25 Saturday Cycling Report
Streak of Perfect Weather for Cycling Continues

Added November 29, 2017
written by Ken St.John

We had forty-five cyclists last weekend as the streak of perfect weather for cycling continues. It was also a great day to enjoy a late breakfast on the patio at AZ Bread. Our club did its part to keep the tables fully occupied.

THERE IS NO RIDE FROM KIWANIS PARK THIS SATURDAY, DEC 2!!
We hope to see you at the Free Ride in East Mesa at 8:30 instead.

Coming up...

Saturday, 12/02/16 8:30 a.m., Red Mountain Park, Mesa. Geno's Free Ride
Due to construction, the start/finish location has been moved this year to Red Mountain Park on Brown Rd in Mesa, 1/4 mile east of Power. Three route options: 25 miles, 40 miles, and 60 miles 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! Please pre-register at Eventbrite: https://genosfreeride.eventbrite.com. This will replace Saturday Cycling; there will be no ride from Kiwanis Park on Dec 2. Sunrise: 7:16

Saturday, 12/09/17 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler-Pecos East
We're returning to the Hungry Monk for our 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: 7:21

Saturday, 12/16/17 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. South Mountain
It was suggested that we should do this route more often in the cool months, since we don't use it at all in the summer. This will be our second time climbing the mountain in the final quarter of this year. 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: 7:26

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The last I heard, we still need more volunteers for the Free Ride this Saturday; probably to work a rest stop. Please contact Glen directly if you can help; or reply to me and I'll let him know. The Casa Grande team will be looking for volunteers a month later. Please be thinking about how you can apply your volunteer hours to help keep this club rolling.

I put a new spin on riding sweep yesterday. I stuffed the business end of a push broom into my commuter bag along with a dust pan, strapped the broom handle to the top tube and rode out to the corner of Chandler Blvd. and Market Place Way West. It is believed that now 3 skilled club members have hit the ground on that corner this year, while making what should have been a routine right turn. What I found there was a patch of very fine gravel that appears to have been created from road wear, which would explain why it was virtually invisible. I scooped up 5 or 6 steel dust pan loads that felt around 5 pounds each. That exposed some very rough pavement underneath made up of larger stones that are still embedded. I don't know what else to do other than be very wary when taking corners on old, deteriorating pavement.

The city of Phoenix is looking to gather input on a draft of the Five-Year Bicycle Program Shifting Gears. There will be a public meeting from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4, in downtown Phoenix at Civic Space Park. Use this link for all the details: attend an open house meeting.

It's time to sign up for the PMBC Holiday Party! Follow the link below for all the details, or here's a shortcut to Eventbrite: Online registration. I tested it myself and was able to buy tickets for two; it was quick and easy.

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Have fun and ride safely.

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November 18 Saturday Cycling Report
A Lot of People Out Having Fun

Added November 26, 2017
written by Ken St.John

I expect we lost a few people to El Tour on Saturday, and a few others were drawn to Global Bike's century ride that same day. Yet we still had 42 cyclists sign in at Kiwanis Park. Altogether there must have been a lot of people out having fun that morning. I know it was fun for me!

Coming up...

Thursday 11/23/17 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Lehi
LCI Kathy Mills has agreed to lead our annual Thanksgiving morning ride out to the quiet streets of Lehi. Route options of 27 miles or 35 miles, with no climbing. Breakfast at Einstein Bagels, NW corner of McClintock and Guadalupe (yes, they are open on Thanksgiving Day). Sunrise: 7:08

Friday 11/24/17 8:00 a.m., Einstein Bagel, 2560 W. Chandler Blvd, Black Friday Ride
The annual "Just Say No To Shopping" ride will start and end at the Einstein Bagel on the north side of Chandler Blvd just East of the 101. Route options of 26 and 36 miles explore some roads in the far SE corner of Phoenix Metro. Sunrise: 7:08

Saturday, 11/25/17 8:00 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: 7:09

Saturday, 12/02/16 8:30 a.m., Red Mountain Park, Mesa. Geno's Free Ride
Due to construction, the start/finish location has been moved this year to Red Mountain Park on Brown Rd in Mesa, 1/4 mile east of Power. Three route options: 25 miles, 40 miles, and 60 miles 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! Please pre-register at Eventbrite: https://genosfreeride.eventbrite.com. This will replace Saturday Cycling; there will be no ride from Kiwanis Park on Dec 2. Sunrise: 7:16

Saturday, 12/09/17 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler-Pecos East
We're returning to the Hungry Monk for our 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: 7:21

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All that red font above means there are a bunch of special activities going on in the next 3 weeks. I hope you can make it out to one of the holiday rides, and you won't want to miss our membership meeting where we'll elect our 2018 club officers. Most of all I wish you a very pleasant Thanksgiving Day. I feel fortunate and thankful to have all y'all to ride with.

Registration for Geno's Free Ride is live at: https://genosfreeride.eventbrite.com. It's quick and easy, and Glen needs an accurate head count to be sure there is a accurate amount of food.

The Holiday Party on Dec 9 will be up on Eventbrite soon, I'm sure.

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Have fun and ride safely.

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November 11 Saturday Cycling Report
Push-Button Relief

Added November 19, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Forty-three was our number for last Saturday's ride. It was a relief to find that northbound 40th St. now has a push-button to activate the light to get across temporary Pecos road. One day, when all that construction is done, temporary Pecos should morph into a permanent recreational trail.

Kathy reports that it was a perfect day for cycling the previous Saturday, with very little wind and high clouds. I'm told they had a moment of noise for Rob Dollar this morning, as opposed to a moment of silence, before SatCycling rolled out. Sue related that "Robbie was a loud, brash, exuberant, full of life kinda guy... the idea of us being quiet in his memory seemed silly. So we yelled his name, three times, the pack giving voice to the outrage and wrongness of what happened to him... calling out to him where ever he is, inviting him to ride with us."

Coming up...

Saturday, 11/18/17 8:00 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: 7:03

Thursday 11/23/17 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Lehi
LCI Kathy Mills has agreed to lead our annual Thanksgiving Morning ride out to the quiet streets of Lehi. Route options of 27 miles or 35 miles, with no climbing. Breakfast at Einstein Bagels, NW corner of McClintock and Guadalupe (yes, they are open on Thanksgiving Day). Sunrise: 7:08

Friday 11/24/17 8:00 a.m., Einstein Bagel, 2560 W. Chandler Blvd.. Black Friday Ride
The annual "Just Say No To Shopping" ride will start and end at the Einstein Bagel on the north side of Chandler Blvd just East of the 101. Route options of 26 and 36 miles explore some roads in the far SE corner of Phoenix Metro. Sunrise: 7:08

Saturday, 11/25/17 8:00 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: 7:09

Saturday, 12/02/16 8:30 a.m., Red Mountain Park, Mesa. Geno's Free Ride
Due to construction, the start/finish location has been moved this year to Red Mountain Park on Brown Rd in Mesa, 1/4 mile east of Power. Three route options: 25 miles, 40 miles, and 60 miles 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! There will be an EventBrite registrations page set up soon. This will replace Saturday Cycling; there will be no ride from Kiwanis Park on Dec 2. Sunrise: 7:16

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Some group has organized a nationwide fund raiser for Make-A-Wish in the form of a winter 5k/15k running race with a hot coco theme. Scottsdale will be hosting the local version on Sunday December 3rd; Danielle, the volunteer coordinator from RamRacing, has reached out to PMBC in hope of recruiting Bike Marshals. She tells us: "All bike marshals receive a $50 donation, a volunteer Hoodie, and a taste of our chocolate treats for their volunteerism on race morning!" Use the following link to sign up: HC Scottsdale Bike Marshal Registration.

If you're going to be in Tucson next week, I hope you enjoy El Tour.

The Tempe Bicycle Action Group is having their annual membership meeting at Boulders On Broadway, Sunday November 19, 5pm. They would like you to respond to their Facebook event if you plan to attend. Yes, there will be beer.

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Have fun and ride safely.

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October 28 Saturday Cycling Report
Cyclists Rolling Up and Down the Foothills

Added November 3, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Forty-five cyclists joined us as we all joined with countless other cyclists rolling up and down the foothills south of South Mountain on a beautiful autumn day. Then later many of us kept the fun times rolling at the annual PMBC Chili Cook-Off. It was very well attended and very much enjoyed, thanks largely to our gracious hosts, the Charvet family. I think all the chili entries were worthy of prizes, it was tough to narrow it down to 3 winners.

It's November! I suppose we'll need to dig out our jackets and dust off the long-fingered gloves soon. Our start time this coming Saturday moves to 8:00am. Kathy Mills will be back this week and covering the ride-leader role while Janet and I take a hike. Literally. Thanks Kathy!

Coming up...

Saturday, 11/04/17 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Mesa Rewound
Distance options of 32 miles with no climbing, or 44 miles with a gentle climb. Breakfast at Panera Bread at McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 6:50

Saturday, 11/11/17 8:00 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: 6:56

Saturday, 11/18/17 8:00 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: 7:03

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Thank you Dave Lehnen for providing this notification:

Roy Kopel, one of the founding members of PMBC, succumbed to pancreatic cancer on 10/21. Roy was an enthusiastic rider and racer, and held some of the age-group hill climb records in AZ at various times. Roy also led a weekly Sunday ride from Chandler Hospital for many years.

Professionally, Roy was a brilliant engineer, one of the founders of Acoustic Imaging. The medical ultrasonic probes in use today were originally developed by Roy and his team.

Roy is survived by his wife Jemma. No memorial service is planned. He will certainly be missed.

This past Sunday morning another local cyclist and former PMBC member, Rob Dollar, was tragically killed by a motor vehicle while cycling in South Mountain Park. Some published details are available here.

A memorial ride for Rob is scheduled for 8am Sunday, November 5th. Details here.

Service & Celebration of Life for Rob Dollar as follows:
Saturday, November 11th (time was not given)
Arizona Community Church
9325 S. Rural Rd, Tempe, Arizona 85284

A Go Fund Me page has been created to help Rob's family pay for funeral expenses and to raise awareness for cyclist's safety.

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