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The Hub: June 2019
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 6/28/2019

June 2019
June 22 Saturday Cycling Report
  Forty-one Cyclists Showed for Tour de Mesa Rewound. By Ken St.John
June 15 Saturday Cycling Report
  Thirty-eight Cyclists did Various Versions of the Mummy Mountain Route. By Ken St.John
June 8 Saturday Cycling Report
  A Light Crowd of 29 on a Quest for Shade. By Ken St.John


June 22 Saturday Cycling Report
Forty-one Cyclists Showed for Tour de Mesa Rewound

Added June 28, 2019
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Forty-one cyclists showed up by the time we rolled out of the parking lot for a flat ride through Mesa. Thanks to summer solstice week, we benefited from little patches of shade along the north side of Guadalupe over the 9-mile home stretch from Lindsay to breakfast.

I hope to see many of you at the Saturday afternoon PMBC Happy Hour!

Coming up...

Saturday, 06/29/19 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: 5:21
Standard route on RWGPS
Long route on RWGPS

Thursday, 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 shaded lot at 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
Standard Route
Long Route

Friday, 07/05/19 6:30 a.m., 5th of July Holiday Ride
Start time 6:30 a.m. Details are posted on the RWGPS event calendar.

Saturday, 04/06/19 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. McKellips Loop
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: 5:24
Standard route on RWGPS
Long route on RWGPS
Extra-long route on RWGPS

Tid Bits...

Seed popping season is back! That's when you can plow through piles of seed pods that sporadically litter the bike lanes and add some percussion to the music of the street. The ubiquitous green pods are duds, but I found a thick grouping of small reddish ones that had a high-pitched snap and rapid crackle rate; a little like a tambourine. My favorite ones are darker, almost black, with a loud snap, but they're rare.

Events...

Have fun and ride safely.

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June 15 Saturday Cycling Report
Thirty-eight Cyclists did Various Versions of the Mummy Mountain Route

Added June 19, 2019
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Thirty-eight cyclists did various versions of the Mummy Mountain route. Those of us riding at the back of the long route decided to skip a couple of the steeper climbs when the morning temperature got above 90. We were glad to see there was still a crowd lingering over breakfast by the time we got there.

I've scheduled the downtown Gilbert "Give Me Liberty" route for Thursday July 4. If someone else has another idea, there's still time to change it. We could also use a volunteer to bring us a Friday, July 5 ride since that should be a holiday for many as well. Please let me know if you'd like to take that on.

Coming up...

Saturday, 06/22/19 6:30 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: 5:19
SC 01S Tour De Mesa Rewound Short
SC 01L Tour De Mesa Rewound Long

Saturday, 06/29/19 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: 5:21
Standard route on RWGPS
Long route on RWGPS

Thursday, 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 shaded lot at 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
Standard route on RWGPS
Long route on RWGPS

Saturday, 04/06/19 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. McKellips Loop
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: 5:24
Standard route on RWGPS
Long route on RWGPS
Extra-long route on RWGPS

Tid Bits...

Registration ends Wednesday for this weekends Tour of Flagstaff!!

I received news of the fall edition of the AZ Bicycle Classic from Jake's Corner on October 19. This time they're offering a cool looking Day-of-the-Dead cycling t-shirt. Early bird pricing before Aug 1.

Bike Saviours in Tempe is offering a June Volunteer Orientation on June 30th, and a July Bike Maintenance Class on July 6th.

Events...

Have fun and ride safely.

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June 8 Saturday Cycling Report
A Light Crowd of 29 on a Quest for Shade

Added June 16, 2019
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

We had a light crowd of 29 on a quest for shade. It was a warm June day, but not the searing hot we have come to expect. Yet.

Coming up...

Saturday, 06/15/19 6:30 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 at AZ Bread on Elliot at Kyrene after the ride. Sunrise: 5:18
Standard Route
Long Route
Less-Climbing Long Route

Saturday, 06/22/19 6:30 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: 5:19
SC 01S Tour De Mesa Rewound Short
SC 01L Tour De Mesa Rewound Long

Saturday, 06/29/19 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: 5:21
Standard route on RWGPS
Long route on RWGPS

Tid Bits...

The route we just did, and the one we're doing this week are two that recently had their breakfast stop changed over to AZ Bread. The third one that returns up College and passes the park on the way to breakfast is St. Francis Loop, which will soon be likewise revised on the web site, way in advance of the next time we'll need it. Of the 13 routes currently in our rotation, nine now take us to AZ Bread and 4 to Panera.

I may have failed to mention it, but I've decided to keep the 6:30 start time all summer. Global Bike tends to start earlier if you like catching worms that much. Maybe you could start on their ride and finish on ours for an extra long ride. We'd hate to lose any friends.

Events...

Have fun and ride safely.

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