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The Hub: July 2018
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Updated 7/6/2018

July 2018
June 30 Saturday Cycling Report
  Forty-Seven Cyclists Enjoyed Another Saturday Morning of Dry Heat on Midsummer Ride. By Ken St.John
June 23 Saturday Cycling Report
  Heat and Tour of Flagstaff Reduces Pack. By Ken St.John


June 30 Saturday Cycling Report
Forty-Seven Cyclists Enjoyed Another Saturday Morning of Dry Heat on Midsummer Ride

Added July 6, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Forty-seven cyclists enjoyed another Saturday morning of dry heat while this year's monsoon season remains at bay. My weather app says that may change by the upcoming weekend, although I expect unpredictability to be the norm for the next two months.

I hope to see some of you Wednesday in downtown Gilbert for a rare midweek holiday ride. Kathy will be leading the ride again next Saturday while Janet and I attend a funeral. Thank you, Kathy.

Coming up...

Wednesday, 07/04/13 6:30 a.m., Downtown Gilbert. Give Me Liberty...
Put on your red, white, and blue for an Independence Day holiday ride! We will start from the downtown Gilbert park & ride next to the big water tower off Gilbert Road just north of Elliot. It's a flat, mostly north-south 25-mile loop through Mesa and Gilbert, with an extra journey west to Dobson for the 35.5-mile extended route. You'll find the map on the miscellaneous routes section of the web site. Breakfast is at Liberty Market near the start location. Sunrise: 5:23

Saturday, 07/07/18 6:30 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: 5:25

Saturday, 07/14/18 6:30 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: 5:29

Saturday, 07/21/18 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: 5:33

Tid Bits...

Holidays seem to sneak up on us and we end up scrambling to put together a group ride to help fill in the extra day of leisure. Which is silly, because we all have a calendar and the holidays themselves are scheduled way in advance. Our preferred approach is to use the holidays as an opportunity for someone who isn't a regular ride leader, to experience the joy of planning, mapping and leading a club ride (or using an existing route is fine too). The next one is Labor Day on September 3rd. Then November has Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Please let me know if you would like to step up and make something happen for your friends on any of those days and I will help you get it on the calendar and spread the word. Otherwise, it will probably be Scott, or Kevin or me pulling something from the old bag of routes at the last minute.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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June 23 Saturday Cycling Report
Heat and Tour of Flagstaff Reduces Pack

Added July 1, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Kathy tells me Saturday's ride went well, though the crowd was on the small side possibly due to heat, and probably due to about 30 people being at the Tour of Flagstaff for the weekend. The Flagstaff Tour was a little warmer than usual, but there was no rain this time which is a better deal.

Yes, we will have an Independence Day ride on Wednesday July 4! Sorry for the late notice; it's the main reason I'm squeezing in this last-minute ride report today. We'll be using the Give Me Liberty route which starts and ends near Liberty Market in downtown Gilbert and was created for this very purpose.

Coming up...

Saturday, 06/30/18 6:30 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 and spring, 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: 5:22

Wednesday, 07/04/13 6:30 a.m., Downtown Gilbert. Give Me Liberty...
Put on your red, white, and blue for an Independence Day holiday ride! We will start from the downtown Gilbert park & ride next to the big water tower off Gilbert Road just north of Elliot. It's a flat, mostly north-south 25-mile loop through Mesa and Gilbert, with an extra journey west to Dobson for the 35.5-mile extended route. You'll find the map on the miscellaneous routes section of the web site. Breakfast is at Liberty Market near the start location. Sunrise: 5:23

Saturday, 07/07/18 6:30 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: 5:25

Saturday, 07/14/18 6:30 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: 5:29

Tid Bits...

One of my favorite things about the Flagstaff Tour besides Chef Bob's big spaghetti dinner, and the total lack of traffic lights was that I did not encounter any landscapers kicking up a noisy micro dust-storm in my face. Here in the big city, I'd estimate I encounter one such incident per mile on typical weekday rides. I have often said that power lawn and garden tools are the bane of the suburban lifestyle. It's ironic, because without these noisy tools we wouldn't have the clean, well-manicured look that sets the burbs apart. But try to enjoy your backyard barbeque with friends on a Saturday afternoon and you'll likely be serenaded by gasoline powered lawn mowers, leaf blowers, hedge trimers and chain saws. On weekdays you can add air hammers and circular saws, usually cutting tile or brick, to the din. It's rare to get even an hour of daylight with peace and quiet to go with the beautiful visual appeal. Everything comes with a cost I suppose.

The link below for the Arizona Bicycle Classic Fall Edition has been updated to one that works! I've heard good things about this ride from club members who have been there.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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