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pmbcaz.org The Hub: December 2018

The Hub: December 2018
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 12/19/2018

December 2018
December 15 Saturday Cycling Report
  Ahwatukee Foothill Routes Continue to Suffer from Road Closures. By Ken St.John
December 8 Saturday Cycling Report
  An Eerie Ride in the Fog. By Ken St.John
December 1 Saturday Cycling Report
  Glen Has Led Geno's Free Ride 15 Years in a Row. By Ken St.John


December 15 Saturday Cycling Report
Ahwatukee Foothill Routes Continue to Suffer from Road Closures

Added December 19, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

The Ahwatukee Foothill routes continue to suffer from road closures in the loop-202 construction zone. However, one of them actually worked to our advantage this time.

Hearing that Performance Bicycle has discontinued their Saturday morning group ride, I wondered if we would see a sudden spike in participation at Kiwanis Park. At 41 cyclists, it hasn't happened yet; but we did make one new friend, which is a great start.

Thanks to our good friend Spence, the route maps for our next two Saturday rides are posted on RideWithGPS. The links are included below. I'll still bring plenty of old-school maps to the sign-in table. And a New Years Day ride has been added to the schedule.

Coming up...

Wednesday, 12/19/18 7:00 p.m., NE corner of Ray and McClintock. Cookies and Christmas Lights
Spread the Holiday cheer! It is time to see the holiday lights and, of course, eat cookies. The route will be about 15-20 miles ALL FLAT, and the pace will be slow as we enjoy seeing the neighborhood the old-fashioned way—by bicycle! For post-ride libations some may want to go to Zipps just one mile north on McClintock. Remember to dress warmly and be sure your bike is well lit; festive holiday lighting would be a plus. RSVP to Neal Thomas.

Saturday, 12/22/18 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Mesa Rewound
SC 01S Tour De Mesa Rewound Short
SC 01L Tour De Mesa Rewound Long
Distance options of 32 miles with no climbing, or 44 miles with a gentle climb. Breakfast at Panera Bread at McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 7:29

Saturday, 12/29/18 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. South Mountain
SC 02S South Mtn. Std Route
SC 02M South Mtn. Moderate Route
SC 02A South Mtn. Advanced Route
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: 7:32

Tuesday, 01/01/19 8:30 a.m., Tortilla Flat and End of Pavement
Neal and Lenore will be leading this ride from The Old West Highway and Apache Trail (take Idaho Road off the 60). This annual ride has gone by the wayside with the terrible road to Tortilla Flat. The road is now new. Let's get the annual ritual going again. It starts at the Antique Store. The ride is out and back with 42 miles to EOP and 31 miles to Tortilla Flat. It is a gorgeous ride.

Saturday, 01/05/19 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: 7:33

Tid Bits...

Speaking of making new friends, a few cyclists from the Veterans Service Organization Team Red, White & Blue are planning to start riding with us in the new year. They are a National VSO with several Chapters in Arizona (Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Sierra Vista, Flagstaff, Prescott) whose main mission is to help Veterans reintegrate into their communities through physical and social activities. They are planning a statewide cycling event to be held in the Phoenix/Tempe area over the weekend of 18 January. They discovered our Saturday ride from the Landis Cyclery web site.

Another edition of the Arizona Bicycle Classic is coming on April 15. Early-bird pricing is available before Jan 3. There are 3 distances: 28, 56, and 78 miles, starting and ending at Jake's Corner, about 80 miles NE of Phoenix. The course along State Route 188 has awesome Wild West views, mostly wide shoulders, little traffic, and mild terrain with rolling hills. There will be prizes before each ride to bicycle trivia winners. There are water/snack stations every 15 miles, as well as SAG support and a delicious lunch afterward.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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December 8 Saturday Cycling Report
An Eerie Ride in the Fog

Added December 16, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Forty-nine cyclists set out for an eerie ride in the fog to reach the final quarterly membership meeting of 2018. Persistent fog is pretty rare in the desert; I can't remember when we've ever encountered it on a Saturday morning before. To add to the eeriness, the pack at the back was delayed by a fatal car accident on Chandler Blvd that seemed unrelated to the fog and was definitely not related to our presence on the road. It was a sobering experience to try lending aid when there was no hope. Not that we weren't already sober to begin with.

I believe the construction mess is still blocking parts of Liberty Lane, and we will need to make some detours for our next ride. This week they are also closing 40th street between Frye and Pecos. We use a short stretch of that closed portion to get from Briarwood Terrace to Frye which might have to be a sidewalk segment this time.

Coming up...

Saturday, 12/15/18 8:30 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: 7:25

Wednesday, 12/19/18 7:00 p.m., NE corner of Ray and McClintock. Cookies and Christmas Lights
Spread the Holiday cheer! It is time to see the holiday lights and, of course, eat cookies. The route will be about 15-20 miles ALL FLAT, and the pace will be slow as we enjoy seeing the neighborhood the old-fashioned way—by bicycle! For post-ride libations some may want to go to Zipps just one mile north on McClintock. Remember to dress warmly and be sure your bike is well lit; festive holiday lighting would be a plus. RSVP to Neal Thomas.

Saturday, 12/22/18 8:30 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: 7:29

Saturday, 12/29/18 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. South Mountain
Summer will be over and it's time to climb the mountain. 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: 7:32

Tid Bits...

President Janet presided over the final membership meeting of her two terms. Kevin Craig was elected to replace her as President next year. The other three officers, Jim, Kris and Denise, we're all elected for another term. Big thanks to all five for taking on the leadership roles!

Another agenda topic at the meeting was the plan to provide a Smart Cycling course for club members in February. Ride leader Kathy is certified by the League of American Bicyclists to teach their Smart Cycling curriculum which she will use for our course. The course includes some classroom time and an on-road session. It covers best practices for safely riding in traffic, equipment checks, bike handling skills and emergency maneuvering for accident avoidance. I plan to take the course, which is a prerequisite to becoming a League Certified Instructor (LCI) and would encourage all of you to make the time as well. An EventBrite sign-up will be available soon. Some information can be found at https://bikeleague.org/ridesmart.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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December 1 Saturday Cycling Report
Glen Has Led Geno's Free Ride 15 Years in a Row

Added December 9, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Wow! Glen has now led Geno's Free Ride 15 years in a row. It was just called the Free Ride back when Geno was still volunteering at the main rest stop. My memory isn't the best, but I can't recall a year when the weather wasn't almost as beautiful as it was this year. We had a good turnout and a great time. Thank you to Glen, and to all his volunteers.

Coming up...

Saturday, 12/08/17 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: 7:20

Saturday, 12/15/18 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: 7:25

Wednesday, 12/19/18 7:00 pm, NE corner of Ray and McClintock. Cookies and Christmas Lights
Spread the Holiday cheer! It is time to see the holiday lights and, of course, eat cookies. The route will be about 15-20 miles ALL FLAT, and the pace will be slow as we enjoy seeing the neighborhood the old-fashioned way—by bicycle! For post-ride libations some may want to go to Zipps just one mile north on McClintock. Remember to dress warmly and be sure your bike is well lit. RSVP to Neal Thomas.

Tid Bits...

We had enough people show up for our parade entry on Saturday to make a bright shiny spectacle of ourselves. I'm told you can find pictures on the PMBC facebook page. It's always exciting to be part of a happening, and this parade was a happening! With 64 entrants on a 3/4 mile route, I calculated that the first floats would be finished before the last ones hit the starting line. The entire length was lined deep with appreciative waving spectators who did seem to think we were something to see. And it is good to be recognized in the community as the fun friendly people we are. But parades stop and go like rush-hour traffic on the 101, and the pace when we did move was painfully slow making it hard to ride a tandem in a straight line. It looked like the bikes were not the only things lit. Now we just need the battery powered lights to last through the 19th for the Christmas Cookie ride, which will be at a moderate but steady pace.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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