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pmbcaz.org The Hub: May 2018

The Hub: May 2018
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 5/25/2018

May 2018
May 19 Saturday Cycling Report
  Capacity Crowd for Breakfast Meeting. By Ken St.John
May 12 Saturday Cycling Report
  Big Crowd for Popular Mummy Mountain Route. By Ken St.John
May 5 Saturday Cycling Report
  44 Cyclists Swarm over the Ahwatukee Foothills. By Ken St.John
April 28 Saturday Cycling Report
  Still Felt Like Springtime on Length of Lindsay. By Ken St.John


May 19 Saturday Cycling Report
Capacity Crowd for Breakfast Meeting

Added May 25, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Forty-eight rode from Kiwanis Park to be part of the capacity crowd at the quarterly membership meeting and free breakfast. The Hungry Monk continues to endear themselves to us, this time by adding a variety of breakfast meats, and a large fresh fruit plate. Plans are in the works for one or more July Tour de France viewing parties at the same location.

Coming up...

Saturday, 05/26/18 6:30 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: 5:22

Monday, 05/28/18 6:30 a.m., Joes Farm Grill. Memorial Day Ride
This holiday ride starts and ends at Joe's Farm Grill, 3000 E. Ray Rd., Gilbert. It will take us east from there for a 30-mile figure eight that circles the Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport. Here is a link to the (tentative) map. Sunrise: 5:21

Saturday, 06/02/18 6:30 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: 5:19

Saturday, 06/09/18 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: 5:18

Tid Bits...

Those of you who ride the long route on either of our Ahwatukee Foothills rides will have noticed that the pavement has been rapidly deteriorating out there, especially on Chandler Blvd. Besides the continuous series of cracks and rough patches, there is one spot in the bike lane that has buckled up into a dangerous little speedbump. They did a redo on the Frye hill roadway, but it was the low budget type. Now it has the color of new asphalt, but still plenty of rough spots. We're going back there this week; please exercise caution.

President Janet ran on efficient meeting last Saturday. The big news was the addition of Kevin Craig to the board. He'll be responsible for EventBrite setup and will be helping out with website management. We had a fresh batch of club bike-garb, including never before seen items like logoed gloves and blue socks. The list of upcoming event rides and social activities are a good indication that our club is still going strong.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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May 12 Saturday Cycling Report
Big Crowd for Popular Mummy Mountain Route

Added May 20, 2018
written by Ken St.John

It looks like the Mummy Mountain route is still popular. We had a big crowd of sixty-four on Saturday and at least 4 of them were newcomers.

Yes, we will have a Memorial Day ride on Monday, May 28. Scott, the Sunday Kickoff ride leader, mapped a route for us around the Gateway Airport with Breakfast at Joe's Farm Grill. See details below.

Coming up...

Saturday, 05/19/18 6:30 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. Sign-in begins at 8:00 and the meeting starts at 8:45. 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 is at The Hungry Monk on the north side of Chandler Blvd, just east of Dobson. Sunrise: 5:25

Saturday, 05/26/18 6:30 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: 5:22

Monday, 05/28/18 6:30 a.m., Joes Farm Grill. Memorial Day Ride
This holiday ride starts and ends at Joe's Farm Grill, 3000 E. Ray Rd., Gilbert. It will take us east from there for a 30-mile figure eight that circles the Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport. Here is a link to the (tentative) map. Sunrise: 5:21

Saturday, 06/02/18 6:30 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: 5:19

Tid Bits...

If you were at the start of the last ride, you may have heard me out myself as having turned sixty the day before. I decided that if 50 is the new 40, then 60 is the new midlife, so I had to buy a new bike. Even though I don't race and probably never will, I still bought a full-on, midlife crisis racing machine. It is an especially aerodynamic model, to the point where I would have to lose ten pounds and shave all the hair off my legs and arms to live up to its expectations of me. I know it won't turn back the clock, but if it makes me look faster, at least I'll feel like I'm reverse-aging. A little.

If you preordered club clothing, be sure to pick it up at the meeting this Saturday. We have sunk a bunch of our treasury into inventory and there are some new items; please check it out here: PMBC Clothing, Use the email link provided to let Bob know if there are items you want to purchase that were not preordered.

Last week I reported the wrong date for El Tour de Scottsdale; Sunday, October 7 is the correct date.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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May 5 Saturday Cycling Report
44 Cyclists Swarm over the Ahwatukee Foothills

Added May 11, 2018
written by Ken St.John

On the 5th of May, as we call it en inglés, we had 44 cyclists swarming over the Ahwatukee Foothills. Most of the winter residents and vacationing northerners escaped before this heat wave struck over the weekend. People sometimes seem surprised that we ride all through the summer. Yet, we're still getting newcomers who are ready to get started now, and our average number of participants last May-Aug was almost identical to our Nov-Feb number.

Coming up...

Saturday, 05/12/18 6:30 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: 5:30

Saturday, 05/19/18 6:30 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. Sign-in begins at 8:00 and the meeting starts at 8:45. 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 is at The Hungry Monk on the north side of Chandler Blvd, just east of Dobson. Sunrise: 5:25

Saturday, 05/26/18 6:30 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: 5:22

Tid Bits...

The annual Ride of Silence is Wednesday, May 16. There are 6 memorial rides scheduled for that day across Arizona, but only one is in the valley. It's at Tempe Beach Park at 6:30 pm.

The Town of Gilbert is updating their Bike Plan and would like us to fill out a survey. Gilbert Bike Plan. I just did it and I think it's a good one, and it only took a few minutes.

Apache Junction is working their Active Transportation Plan, and also have a survey http://www.ajcity.net/active. It says that the survey closed on April 30, but I just tested it and they seem to be still accepting input. You can also provide input through an interactive map. I am too late, however, to tell you about the bike ride they organized for last weekend; sorry about that.

The Cabin's at Mormon Lake are filling up for the weekend of our Flagstaff Tour; you should book yours soon! www.mormonlakelodge.com

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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April 28 Saturday Cycling Report
Still Felt Like Springtime on Length of Lindsay

Added May 6, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Thirty-nine cyclists rode the Length of Lindsay route last week. It still felt like springtime, which it still is. This Saturday's forecast high is triple digit, although it should be only hitting the 90's by the time we stop for breakfast.

The next Quarterly Membership Meeting is coming up on May 19.

Start time is 6:30 now through August.

Coming up...

Saturday, 05/05/18 6:30 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: 5:36

Saturday, 05/12/18 6:30 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: 5:30

Saturday, 05/19/18 6:30 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. Sign-in begins at 8:00 and the meeting starts at 8:45. 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 is at The Hungry Monk on the north side of Chandler Blvd, just east of Dobson. Sunrise: 5:25

Tid Bits...

It's been years since I experienced bike travel on the J&P Tour, and I'd never done a solo trip, so last week I decided to load up the paniers and pedal my way to Prescott to visit the grand kids. I had plenty of time along the way to think of trivial observations to include in a ride report, but I'll pare it down to just one. If you like event rides on open highways over mountainous terrain, I recommend the Skull Valley Loop Challenge in September. I rode half of the loop on my way into Prescott Tuesday, and the other segment on my way home on Wednesday and those were some very smooth roads. Some parts even had smooth, clean, wide shoulders. I don't think you can say that about many of Arizona's highways. I wonder how long it will last?

The PMBC Tour of Flagstaff registration is now live!

The Tour de Scottsdale is now accepting early-bird registration

There is still time to register for the Highly Falkner Memorial Time Trial up South Mountain. Race day is Saturday, May 12.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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