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The Hub: December 2017
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 12/28/2017

December 2017
December 23 Saturday Cycling Report
  Through the Desert on the Morning of Christmas Eve Eve. By Ken St.John
December 16 Saturday Cycling Report
  South Mountain on a Beautiful Day. By Ken St.John
December 9 Saturday Cycling Report
  Plenty of Food and Fun for All. By Ken St.John


December 23 Saturday Cycling Report
Through the Desert on the Morning of Christmas Eve Eve

Added December 28, 2017
written by Ken St.John

This year, Santa was pulled to the park by a reindeer to meet up with the 23 cyclists who rode over the freeway and through the desert on the morning of Christmas Eve Eve. I assume the rest of you were either vacationing or doing your last-minute shopping. I wonder if the number will be similar this week for another flat route to the east on the morning of New Year's Eve Eve.

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Saturday, 12/30/17 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler/Gilbert Bronze
Gilbert and Chandler are each Bronze level bicycle friendly communities. We'll ride through both towns with route options of 25 or 35 miles. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co. at the SE corner of Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 7:32

Saturday, 01/06/18 8:30 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: 7:33

Saturday, 01/13/18 8:30 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: 7:33, and heading downward.

Tid Bits...

PMBC members are entitled to member rates on GABA Tucson rides. Here are their first three supported events of the year; it looks like registration is live on all three:

February 18 (Sun) Mission Road Ramble
Starting and Finishing at Casino Del Sol Resort in Tucson with 2 options: 70 mile Loop/Out & Back and 37 mile Out & Back. The route travels through the San Xavier Indian reservation to Green Valley and Sahaurita, up Helmet Peak and back to Casino Del Sol Resort.

March 17-18 (Sat-Sun) Sonoita-Bisbee Overnight Ride
With the Spring sun beckoning you to Bisbee and the wind at your back, travel East on Hwy 82, feast your eyes on the rolling grassland country with the lofty Hauchuca Mountains at the horizon. Join GABA Tucson for a weekend of camaraderie, fitness, and fun in Bisbee. Pedal along rolling hills and enjoy scenic vistas as you make your way to the quaint old mining town of Bisbee, now an art's colony, nestled in Southeast Arizona's Mule Mountain.

April 21-22 (Sat-Sun) Cave Creek Overnight Ride
Join GABA Tucson on their Cave Creek Overnight Ride. Nestled in the Chiricahua Mountains of Southeastern Arizona, is Cave Creek Canyon, a hidden gem, with spectacular cliffs, flowing streams and abundant wildlife. Many visitors have referred to Cave Creek as, "Arizona's Yosemite."

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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December 16 Saturday Cycling Report
South Mountain on a Beautiful Day

Added December 24, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Forty-six cyclists made the trip to South Mountain on a beautiful day for climbing. It was apparently a great day for driving too, judging by the volume of traffic on Baseline Road. I blame the holiday shopping season. This Saturday we'll be going right by the Chandler Mall on the last real shopping day; we'll need to roll through that holiday jam with caution.

Even though I missed out, I'm told that there were better than fifty merry makers who joined Santa last night on the Holiday Lights and Cookies ride. With their festive lights, they must have looked like the parade version of a flash mob. Motorists were moved to give friendly encouragement, and they even caught the attention of at least one news helicopter. I also hear that Mrs. Claus' legendary cookies were a sell-out hit.

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Saturday, 12/23/17 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Length of Lindsay
The Length of Lindsay takes us to the east, with route options of 29 miles or 39 miles, no climbing. Breakfast at Panera Bread on the SE corner of Guadalupe and McClintock. Sunrise: 7:30

Saturday, 12/30/17 8:30 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: 7:32

Saturday, 01/06/18 8:30 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: 7:30

Tid Bits...

You've probably heard tales or seen jerseys from the Wildflower Century, a big event put on by a club like ours in San Louis Obispo CA. This year it will be on Saturday April 7th, but the first important date is Wednesday, January 3, when registration will open at high noon (PST). As I recall, they cap the number of participants, and it tends to sell out. The early-bird price of $75 goes up on January 27.

Speaking of early bird pricing, the Casa Grande Century fees go up by $10 on 1/1/18.

Events

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December 9 Saturday Cycling Report
Plenty of Food and Fun for All

Added December 15, 2017
written by Ken St.John

Forty-three cyclists rode from Kiwanis Park to the PMBC quarterly membership meeting. Once again there was no penalty for being a slow rider on the long route; there was plenty of warm food for all. Later that evening, a similar number of people enjoyed Italian food and fun at the annual holiday party. It's always interesting to see your bike friends dressed up in real clothes. This year I learned how Denise really feels about Ken (the other Ken) when they included us in his birthday celebration. It was an all-around happy time.

A much larger number of cyclists participated in the Free Ride out in east Mesa the weekend before. Other than some on-again, off-again winds we had perfect cycling weather again. I liked the new start/finish location. It meant I got food much sooner after conquering Usery Pass, and the parking situation was improved.

See below for details on the Christmas Cookies and Lights ride, and remember to RSVP if you're coming.

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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

Wednesday, 12/20/16 7:00 p.m. NE corner Ray and McClintock, Christmas Cookies & Lights
Spread the Holiday cheer, it is time to see the holiday lights. The trip is about the journey and seeing the neighborhood the old-fashioned way--BY BICYCLE! We'll meet in the parking lot of the former Zipps Sports Bar on the NE corner of Ray and McClintock. The ride distance will be in the 15-20 mile range and all flat. Santa says he'll be setting a slow, sightseeing pace, so be sure to dress warmly. Elves will be serving hot chocolate and cookies somewhere along the route. RSVP to Neal Thomas, and please specify if you are bringing any children along. Afterwards, you may want to chase down Zipps at its new location, one-mile North at Warner, for a no-host after party.

Saturday, 12/23/17 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Length of Lindsay
The Length of Lindsay takes us to the east, with route options of 29 miles or 39 miles, no climbing. Breakfast at Panera Bread on the SE corner of Guadalupe and McClintock. Sunrise: 5:34

Saturday, 12/30/17 8:30 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

Tid Bits...

The quarterly membership meeting started without me this time, but I did get there in time to participate in the officer election process, and to be recognized as a member of the nominating committee. We had three out of four officers agree to serve another term, and elected Jim Schlueter as our new Vice President. Welcome Jim, and thank you Steve Miller for your years of service in that role. Thanks as well to Armando Charvet, who is leaving the board as our Immediate Past President.

Neal encourages us all to decorate our bikes with battery powered Christmas lights for the Holiday Lights ride on the 20th. If you do, I suggest you try to keep the rear red, and the front white (or at least not-red). And if you don't do decorative lighting, you will still need to have proper lighting front and rear since we will be riding with traffic in the dark. And you might want to dress warmly; the darkness brings coldness.

There is now an Eventbrite sign-up available for Casa Grande Century Volunteers. Even if you already told someone you would help, please register it in Eventbrite so we don't rely too much on the memory of our well-meaning ride leaders. Here's a link that will get you there: Casa Grande Century Needs Volunteers

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