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The Hub: April 2019
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 4/17/2019

April 2019
April 13 Saturday Cycling Report
  Cool Air, No Wind, and Plenty of Sunshine. By Ken St.John
March 30 Saturday Cycling Report
  Drafting Skills Practice on Tour de Mesa Rewound. By Ken St.John


April 13 Saturday Cycling Report
Cool Air, No Wind, and Plenty of Sunshine

Added April 17, 2019
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

It was a picture-perfect day for cycling with cool air, no wind, and plenty of sunshine. A few of the 48 participants had their rides cut short due to a very unfortunate injury accident. I'm sure everyone at the scene wants to know how Dave is doing, which is why I'm bringing it up. I'd say he's doing pretty well, and that it was not nearly as bad as we had first feared. He is back home with stitches and a fracture near his colorful right eye, and some road rash. As of Saturday evening, he was still not complaining of pain. Dave is one tough guy.

The lucky part of the day was that James, riding with us for the first time, and Alicia, who is very new too, both demonstrated some impressive emergency medical skills, providing what I believe was essential first responder aid. I want them in the pack on all our group rides, and I hope they never have to use those skills again.

I'm pretty sure Dave's bike is okay; you know you were wondering. Thanks to Steve and Jackie for caring for it. It had been 28 weeks since our last injury accident.

Kathy reports that 36 cyclists chose to ride up South Mountain instead of doing the Tour de Mesa on Saturday the 6th. The weather was perfect as a picture that day as well.

Coming up...

Saturday, 04/20/19 7:00 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: 5:52
Standard route on RWGPS
Long route on RWGPS

Saturday, 04/27/19 7:00 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: 5:44
Standard Route
Long Route

Saturday, 05/04/19 6:30 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: 5:37
Standard route on RWGPS
Long route on RWGPS

Tid Bits...

I'm pretty sure the road construction on Liberty Lane is finally finished and that we will no longer need to detour around it for the Foothills Training Route next Saturday. I should check.

The new canal bridge on 68th street in Scottsdale should be ready to use by the next time we do the Mummy Mountain route. The city posted a fun 95 second time-lapse video of the reconstruction process.

Events...

Have fun and ride safely.

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March 30 Saturday Cycling Report
Drafting Skills Practice on Tour de Mesa Rewound

Added April 4, 2019
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

A moderate crosswind kept Saturday's flat route interesting for the 48 cyclists who got to practice their drafting skills. I kept picturing the echelons that form when there is a crosswind attack in the Tour de France; like one side of the vee of a flock of geese. Too bad we couldn't use the whole road.

Kathy will be sending you up South Mountain next Saturday. I wish you a cool climbing temperature all the way up, then warm air for the long decent.

==== April start time is 7:00am ====

Coming up...

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

Saturday, 04/20/19 7:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Foothills Training Ride
Standard Route
Long Route
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: 5:52

Tid Bits...

I recently read or heard that, besides its relative flatness, the city of Mesa got it's name because of the little hill climb we do on eastbound McKellips, plus the same amount of up on Center and Horne going south. From the Lehi neighborhood, that little rise was once a prominent feature of the undeveloped landscape, a barely towering table of desert land.

Events...

Have fun and ride safely.

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