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The Hub: March 2019
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 3/31/2019

March 2019
March 23 Saturday Cycling Report
  Confusion and Construction. By Ken St.John
March 16 Saturday Cycling Report
  Lucky-7's Route on Lucky St. Patrick's Weekend. By Ken St.John
March 2 Saturday Cycling Report
  Feels like spring sprang suddenly. By Ken St.John


March 23 Saturday Cycling Report
Confusion and Construction

Added March 31, 2019
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Only a couple of the 58 cyclists who showed up on Saturday were surprised by the route change. In spite of that confusion and a construction detour, it looked like everyone found their way to Scottsdale Bike Co where we sampled the breakfast bar and test rode the new bikes. They next time we use the Mummy Mountain route we should be able to enjoy a shinny new bridge over the canal on 68th Street.

Coming up...

Saturday, 03/30/19 7:30 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: 6:19

Saturday, 04/06/18 7:00 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: 6:10

Saturday, 04/13/19 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. McKellips Loop
Standard route on RWGPS
Long route on RWGPS
Extra-long route on RWGPS
With distance options of 28, 37 or 45 miles, this route will take you north through Tempe and then east through Mesa on McKellips Road, returning to Panera Bread for breakfast. Sunrise: 7:33

Tid Bits...

If you have ever visited South Mountain Park on one of their Silent Sundays, or just want to express your opinion, you should Take the South Mountain Park/Preserve Silent Sunday Public Survey.

April is Valley Bike Month. Here are a few of the East Valley Events:

There are also several Bike to Work days in various cities. See all the details at https://www.valleymetro.org/valley-bike-month.

Events...

Have fun and ride safely.

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March 16 Saturday Cycling Report
Lucky-7's Route on Lucky St. Patrick's Weekend

Added March 24, 2019
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Forty cyclists rode the Lucky-7's route on lucky St. Patrick's weekend. Aside from the new guy getting a flat tire, I'd say it lived up to its lucky omens. Thanks to our wet winter, we saw fields of wildflowers out on the Gila River reservation, and I saw plenty more on a hike in South Mountain Park earlier in the week. As with most of life, you must take the bad (ACHOO!!) with the good.

NOTE: I am making a route change for this Saturday [March 23] that was not announced soon enough to make it to the web site. I apologize for that, but there is a good reason. Rick, the owner/operator of Scottsdale Bike Company on 68th St. at Thomas Rd has invited us to his grand opening where he will feed and hydrate us in celebration. We will use the Mummy Mountain route to take us there; however, it will require some detours on both the standard and long routes due to the complete closure of 68th St. at Indian School, which will continue through April. I plan to have marked up maps with the recommended deviations to distribute at the start.

Coming up...

Saturday, 03/23/19 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Mummy Mountain
Standard Route
Long Route
Less-Climbing Long Route
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 at Scottsdale Bike Co on the NW corner of 68th street and Thomas. If your still hungry after that, you can always continue to AZ Bread on Elliot at Kyrene after the ride for second breakfast. Sunrise: 6:28

Saturday, 03/30/19 7:30 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: 6:19

Saturday, 04/06/18 7:00 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: 6:10

Tid Bits...

I've only had three responses so far to the question: Should we change our June and July start time to be 6:00am? They were one for, one against, and one who would still come at 6:00, but not any earlier than that. Not enough data to make a democratic decision by, but we still have plenty of time before June to hear more opinions.

The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) would like you to take a 10-minute survey that will help them identify the transportation needs and priorities of county residents.

ADOT is soliciting public input regarding their Tentative Five-Year Construction Plan. The complete report, posted with a "how to read it" guide, is available on at azdot.gov for review and comment. ADOT welcomes feedback via an online form that at azdot.gov/Tentative5Year, by email and by phone at 855.712.8530. They will also hold two public hearings in Phoenix, one on May 17and the other June 04.

Events...

Have fun and ride safely.

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March 2 Saturday Cycling Report
Feels like spring sprang suddenly

Added March 8, 2019
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Feels like spring sprang suddenly. The start temp for last weekend's ride was a full 20 degrees warmer than the week before. If you have been waiting for optimal biking weather, I believe it is here and will probably only last for 6-8 more weeks; let's enjoy it as much as we can.

Forty-five cyclists started their journey to the quarterly membership meeting from Kiwanis park. President Kevin efficiently led the first meeting of his first term while the Hungry Monk kept us well fed with warm food and friendly service.

Coming up...

Saturday, 03/09/19 7:30 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: 6:47
Standard Route
Long Route

Saturday, 03/16/19 7:30 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: 6:38
Standard Route
Long Route
Extra Route

Saturday, 03/23/19 7:30 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: 6:28
Standard Route
Long Route

Tid Bits...

The Mining Country Challenge is just 10 days away and we still need volunteers. We could use more people doing the ride as well, so please spread the word. Visit the web site for links to register as either a volunteer or participant.

This should be the last time that I mention last year's Saturday Cycling survey. There may be a few more route revisions still to come, but there is one big decision that remains, and I wish that I had just asked it straight-out. That is: Should we change our June and July start time to be 6:00am? Currently we use 6:30am from May through August, but with the sun rising around 5:30 through the peak summer months, we could start earlier and still not have people rolling out in the dark. I'm not going to send out another survey over it but am asking you now to let me know what you think about the summer start time. Either tell me in person when you see me, or right now with an email reply.

Events...

Have fun and ride safely.

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