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The Hub: October 2018
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 10/14/2018

October 2018
October 6 Saturday Cycling Report
  Perfect Weather for St. Francis Loop. By Ken St.John
September 29 Saturday Cycling Report
  Seeking Alternative Routes for South Mountain. By Ken St.John


October 6 Saturday Cycling Report
Perfect Weather for St. Francis Loop

Added October 14, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

It was perfect weather for the thirty-three cyclists who rode the St. Francis Loop.

The Tour de Fat parade starts later than it used to. We took the standard route at a moderate pace, stopping on Mill Ave for a patio breakfast with a view of the bike traffic, but the most exciting thing we saw was our own long-route riders zipping south. By the time we left, the vendor booths were operating, and we were able to say hello to some friends from CAzB, TBAG and Rob Dollar Foundation among others.

Coming up...

Saturday, 10/13/18 7:30 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: 6:32

Saturday, 10/20/18 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: 6:37

Saturday, 10/27/18 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. Sunrise: 6:43

Tid Bits...

Sympathy to those who were training for the Tour de Scottsdale. I hear it was canceled abruptly due to storm damaged roads.

Phoenix Spokes People are hosting their Fourth annual Bike Bazaar on Saturday, October 20. Vendors will be located along Pierce street at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market and there will also be a "bike swap".

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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September 29 Saturday Cycling Report
Seeking Alternative Routes for South Mountain

Added October 7, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

All forty-one cyclists who signed in were warned up front that Dobbins had construction hazards. Many of us sought alternative routes to avoid it and Baseline as well. I tested two routes that I will now always avoid in the future: taking Baseline all the way west to Central didn't go well and taking Central north to Southern for the return loop was a bad idea too. I was also unhappy with southbound 48th street; I don't see Southern working out as a Baseline bypass on the return.

Tour de Fat is next Saturday. If you want to participate, our ride route will take you right there. And if you just want to witness some silliness, you could consider having your breakfast along Mill Ave where you can watch the participants rolling towards the Town Lake.

========= 7:30 START TIME FOR ALL OF OCTOBER ===========

Coming up...

Saturday, 10/06/18 7:30 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: 6:26

Saturday, 10/13/18 7:30 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: 6:32

Saturday, 10/20/18 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: 6:37

Tid Bits...

Due to the road work on Liberty, we will postpone any foothills rides until November.

Walt Paciorek will hold a Bike Patrol certification class on Sunday 10/14 after the Sunday Kickoff ride. Certification is valid for two years at all Perimeter Bicycling events such as Tour De Tucson in November and Tour De Mesa in April.

For more information about Bike Patrol, visit http://www.perimeterbicycling.com/bike-patrol and for more information about certification classes, contact Walt Paciorek.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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