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pmbcaz.org The Hub: September 2008

The Hub: September 2008
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 9/28/2008

September 2008
A Heartfelt Thank You From Debbie and Bill Olsen
  Debbie Expresses Her Thanks for Support During Trying Times. By Debbie Olsen.
September 28 Saturday Cycling Report
  89 Cyclists on Tour de Mesa. By Sue Fassett.
September 20 Saturday Cycling Report
  Riders Dodge Football Fans on Mummy Mountain Ride. By Sue Fassett.
September 13 Saturday Cycling Report
  96 Cyclists Consume Incredible Quantity of Calories. By Sue Fassett.
September 6 Saturday Cycling Report
  St. Francis Loop: It's Always an Adventure. By Sue Fassett.
PMBC Member Bill Olsen Critically Injured
  Account Established to Provide Financial Assistance. Submitted by Ron Waller.
Spin Cycle Report
  Quote of the Month and September Ride Schedule. By Glen Fletcher.


A Heartfelt Thank You From Debbie and Bill Olsen
Debbie Expresses Her Thanks for Support During Trying Times

Added September 28, 2008
written by Debbie Olsen

"In trying times and sorrow, when we are over come with pain and heartache - it's often hard for us to see the hope or joy that will come tomorrow. It's easier still in our "flesh" to anger, question or curse God and become bitter. It is hard to understand life's lessons in the midst of havoc, mayhem and chaos which are no easy task or challenge. I guess life isn't always fair, but you do have to find the good. We also have to remember that a bad thing sometimes happen to good people, but after every storm (no matter how bad) comes a rainbow!

All of your prayers, cards and donations allowed me to be strong, have courage and rest assured I am a better person for knowing all of you through the cycling club and the circle of friends that Bill has. Please continue to pray for Bill's healing and recovery and the hope that I will soon find employment. Miracles can happen and God will heal and bless all of us"

Thank You,
Debbie and Bill Olsen

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September 27 Saturday Cycling Report
89 Cyclists on Tour de Mesa

Added September 28, 2008
written by Sue Fassett

Hi All!

Our last September morn of the season brought us 89 cyclists for our ride over into Mesa. We checked out the construction at Lindsay (still there) and the construction on McKellips (which has expanded). The lead group got shuffled up a bit in the process, with a few learning the sneaky method of stealth recovery of the pack, which is done by riding the loop backwards! The few miles back to the park after breakfast were amazingly warm. Either we drank too much coffee (is that even possible??) or the dog days of summer are hanging on.

Coming up...

Saturday 10/4/08 7:00am Kiwanis Park. The cool(er) mornings beckon us back to the climb. We return to South Mountain, with route options of 27 miles with one gentle climb, 40 miles with moderate climbing or 42 miles with lotsa climbing. Breakfast at AZ Bread, southeast corner Elliot & Kyrene.

Saturday 10/11/08 7:00am Kiwanis Park. We head to the hills on the AhwaFooty route. Options of 24 miles with one gentle climb or 35 miles with moderate climbing. Breakfast at AZ Bread, southeast corner Elliot & Kyrene.

Saturday 10/18/08 7:00am Kiwanis Park. The Tour de Sue loops us down south, with options on either Queen Creek or Riggs. Mileage 25 miles or 35 miles, no climbing. Breakfast at AZ Bread, southeast corner Elliot & Kyrene. (Yes, that is 3 weeks in a row eating there.. but everybody seems to like it!)

Tid bits

Our lost and found box has gained what appears to be a bike lock key. It was found outside the Home Town Buffet two weeks ago after the club's breakfast there. If you have a now permanently locked lock and would like your key back, zip a note.

Our social director (Terrific Tina) advises we have only about 10 spots left for our Tempe Town Lake boat cruise adventure on Saturday October 18th. If you plan on going and haven't RSVP'd yet, be quick about it. See Notices for details.

A life celebration has been planned in memory of Leon Smith AKA The Captain. As shown on the club calendar, we are holding a ride in his honor on Sunday October 12th, 7:00am, at Kiwanis Park. After that ride, Captain's crew invites all to join them at a gathering in remembrance of a man who never lacked for a story to tell and never turned down a chance to raise a glass with his friends. Location will be Macayo's Depot Cantina, at 3rd & Ash, just west of downtown Tempe. Start time is noon, munchies will be provided, cash bar. Host for this event is Mark Miller. For info on the location, see www.depotcantina.com.

Ride safe.

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September 20 Saturday Cycling Report
Riders Dodge Football Fans on Mummy Mountain Ride

Added September 21, 2008
written by Sue Fassett

Hi All!

The beautiful September morning brought us 76 riders for our romp to Mummy today. After managing to get the pack out the driveway of the parking lot with only one bike on bike collision, we were off. Well, off except for one reasonably miffed female rider whose shorts got snagged and torn in that incident. (Hmm... what were we just chatting about last week? Something about being our own worst enemy??) But, the rest of the group got themselves out onto the route and proceeded north to take in various versions of the suggested map. On the way back into Tempe we had to do a bit of dodging of football fans headed to the ASU game (and you think we dress strangely?). IHOP was stuffed to over-flowing but we were able to slide our sweaty selves into a couple of tables.

Coming up...

Saturday 9/27/08 7:00am Kiwanis Park. The Tour de Mesa takes us to northeast Mesa, with route options of 29 miles or 39 miles. Breakfast at Einstein's, northwest corner Guadalupe and McClintock.

Saturday 10/4/08 7:00am Kiwanis Park. The cool mornings beckon us back to the climb. We return to South Mountain, with route options of 27 miles with one gentle climb, 40 miles with moderate climbing or 42 miles with lotsa climbing. Breakfast at AZ Bread, southeast corner Elliot & Kyrene.

Saturday 10/11/08 7:00pm Kiwanis Park. We head to the hills on the AhwaFooty route. Options of 24 miles with one gentle climb or 35 miles with moderate climbing. Breakfast at AZ Bread, southeast corner Elliot & Kyrene.

And jumping ahead a bit, but you need to RSVP for this one:
Saturday 10/18/08 5:00pm to 7:00pm Tempe Town Lake. No, we are not going for an aquatic pedal (though there are goofy pedal boats on the lake!). It's our next club social and its going to be grand. Click here for details about our sunset lake cruise. If you have family that isn't into cycling (yet), this is their chance to meet your eclectic circle of friends! As noted, we need you to RSVP immediately if you want to join in on this adventure as we have to make reservations for the boat.

Tid bits

Since our club began, we have been blessed with the unique personality of Leon Smith. Long ago, back in his military days, he was dubbed Captain America. He was so patriotic that the soldiers around him said that if he was ever cut, he would surely bleed red, white, and blue. He also made a habit of swooping in to save them, just like the super hero. In his later years, that title was shortened to Captain, with no explanation needed. There was only one Captain and no one questioned that he carried that title. For those that have not heard the news, our Captain came to the end of his adventurous days last weekend, passing away at his home. Depending on what version of his life story you track with, he was somewhere in the range of 81 to 83 years young. For many years now, at our club event rides, trailing the group would be a pick-up truck bringing not only SAG support, but also providing sage advice. Our gentle riders on Saturday mornings and those that joined the Koko romps once a month on Sunday at Kiwanis Park were encouraged and inspired by the company of a man who had jam packed a whole lot of living into his time on earth. No services are planned, but a ride in the Captain's honor is being plotted. Details will appear on the club's calendar once they are sorted out, but tentative date is Sunday October 12th, start point Kiwanis Park. We are less, because of his departure, but greater for having known him.

Ride safe.

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September 13 Saturday Cycling Report
96 Cyclists Consume Incredible Quantity of Calories

Added September 15, 2008
written by Sue Fassett

Hi All!

We had 96 cyclists manage to find sign-in this morning. (Amazing how moving a few parking spots over can discombobulate the crowd.) Team PMBC led the herd out, with an unusually large number of riders opting for the short route, putting them on the fast track towards the breakfast stop. At the restaurant we were joined by our Sun Lakes division, our Not Pedaling But Want The Free Eats division, and our Munchkin division (at least some of them rolled into the place in strollers!). An incredible quantity of calories were consumed, President Waller offered up an entertaining floor show also known as our quarterly membership meeting, and Neal almost stayed quiet till the end.

Coming up...

Saturday 9/20/08 7:00am Kiwanis Park. Mummy Mountain, original route. Options of 27 miles with a couple of climbs or 40 miles with some extra climbs. Breakfast at IHOP, southwest corner College & Apache.

Saturday 9/27/08 7:00am Kiwanis Park. The Tour de Mesa takes us to northeast Mesa, with route options of 29 miles or 39 miles. Breakfast at Einstein's, northwest corner Guadalupe and McClintock.

Saturday 10/4/08 7:00am Kiwanis Park. The cool mornings beckon us back to the climb. We return to South Mountain, with route options of 27 miles with one gentle climb, 40 miles with moderate climbing or 42 miles with lotsa climbing. Breakfast at AZ Bread, southeast corner Elliot & Kyrene.

Tid bits

"We have met the enemy and he is us." Interesting the wisdom that can be found in the comic strips, huh? When non-cyclists hear about our Saturday morning adventure, they always express concern about the high hazard activity of cycling on the road with cars. In the umpteen years that Saturday Cycling has been holding our weekly gig, less than a handful of riders have been injured due to the actions of a car. The vast majority of injuries instead result from cyclists riding themselves into something, or into someone. We ride into curbs and poles, jam our wheels into train tracks and grates, attempt to roll over bricks and boards, fall into potholes and off road shoulders. We let our wheels tag other rider's wheels, lock handlebars with our friends, and plow smack into our cycling buddies. We can teach skill classes and you can take cycling courses, read books, watch the more experienced riders. We can remind you to be safe, leave room for error, always stay focused... but in the end there is only one person who can keep you safe on your bike. Our club president offered his own wise words on the subject this morning, reminding us that safe riding comes down to our own personal responsibility, summing it up perfectly as "Don't be stupid.". Maybe we should write him in as a leader for our country?

Ride safe.

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September 6 Saturday Cycling Report
St. Francis Loop: It's Always an Adventure

Added September 7, 2008
written by Sue Fassett

Hi All!

We had 80 cyclists appear for our first September Saturday ride of the year. The some what cool air at the start quickly gave way to warm and then toasty as the morning progressed. The romp across Oak slowed to a crawl as riders opted for various methods of dealing with the construction that is still on-going at 52nd St, with the well-informed following the detour signs, and a few bravely forging on right through the chaos. Special thanks to all the club members who stepped up to assist today, it's always an adventure.

Coming up...

Saturday 9/13/08 7:00am Kiwanis Park. FREE FOOD! Time for our quarterly club membership ride and breakfast meeting. Ride with us to the gathering along the Length of Lindsay route, with options of 29 miles or 39 miles, no climbing. The get together is at the Home Town Buffet, northwest corner of Warner & Evergreen in Chandler. Breakfast is free to all PMBC members, $8 for non-members. If you are meeting us at the restaurant, aim for arriving there about 9:00am.

Saturday 9/20/08 7:00am Kiwanis Park. Mummy Mountain, original route. Options of 27 miles with a couple of climbs or 40 miles with some extra climbs. Breakfast at IHOP, southwest corner College & Apache.

Saturday 9/27/08 7:00am Kiwanis Park. The Tour de Mesa takes us to northeast Mesa, with route options of 29 miles or 39 miles. Breakfast at Einstein's, northwest corner Guadalupe and McClintock.

Tid bits

As some of you have now heard, on Tuesday Sept 2nd, Bill Olsen went out for a pedal which ended in a helicopter ride to a trauma center. A fall from his bike resulted in Bill being critically injured. As of this writing, he remains in ICU at the Scottsdale-Osborn Hospital. A few months ago Bill gave up a life time of being a bachelor to wed the love of his life, Debbie. Their friends are surrounding them with love and care, but there is another issue we can all help with. Debbie was laid off from her job just a few days before Bill's accident, and Bill's future is now uncertain. A bank account has been established to provide financial assistance for the benefit of the Kilpatrick/Olsen Family at the Arizona Business Bank. We will have info at some rides in the future, but you can donate directly as follows.

1. Wire Transfer; Arizona Business Bank
     Routing (ABA) #122105540
     Short Name: ARIZONA BSN BNK
     2600 N. Central Ave, Suite 110
     Phoenix, AZ 85004
     For Credit to the account of Debbie Kilpatrick
     Beneficiary Account Number: 5180252

2. Mail: Arizona Business Bank
     2600 N. Central Ave, Suite 2000
     Phoenix, AZ 85004
     Account Number: 5180252

If any questions on this project, zip an email to Neal Thomas.

Ride safe (please?).

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PMBC Member Bill Olsen Critically Injured
Account Established to Provide Financial Assistance

Added September 6, 2008
submitted by Ron Waller

As some of you have now heard, on Tuesday Sept 2nd, Bill Olsen went out for a pedal which ended in a helicopter ride to a trauma center. A fall from his bike resulted in Bill being critically injured. As of this writing, he remains in ICU at the Scottsdale-Osborn Hospital. Known as Little Bill or PB to his circle (those are the nick-names that can be used in this family friendly setting), Bill just a few months ago gave up a life time of being a bachelor to wed the love of his life, Debbie. Their friends are surrounding them with love and care, but there is another issue we can all help with. Debbie was laid off from her job just a few days before Bill's accident, and Bill's future is now uncertain.

Bill Olsen
Bill Olsen
Bill Olsen with his wife Debbie
Bill Olsen with his wife Debbie

A bank account has been established to provide financial assistance for the benefit of the Kilpatrick/Olsen Family at the Arizona Business Bank. The bank has waived any fees for the time being as it is thought to be a temporary account. If you can donate please do. We will have a flier/ envelopes at some rides in the future but you can donate directly as follows.

1. Wire Transfer; Arizona Business Bank
     Routing (ABA) #122105540
     Short Name: ARIZONA BSN BNK
     2600 N. Central Ave, Suite 110
     Phoenix, AZ 85004
     For Credit to the account of Debbie Kilpatrick
     Beneficiary Account Number: 5180252

2. Mail: Arizona Business Bank
     2600 N. Central Ave, Suite 2000
     Phoenix, AZ 85004
     Account Number: 5180252

For complete details on how to contribute, zip an email to Neal Thomas.

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Spin Cycle Report
Quote of the Month and September Ride Schedule

Added September 5, 2008
written by Glen Fletcher

August is done, which means two things, cooler weather and rides for the fall. Our ride time in September changes to 7:00PM. Quote of the month - one of our riders was noted as saying something to the effect, "that was a no-brainer!". Afterwards, Carter immediately responds, "you are uniquely qualified to make that comment!" Who was the rider? Ok, I know that was an easy question...

Ride Schedule

9/7 - 7:00 pm - Note ride time: Tour de Queen Creek - mileage options of 35, 38, 40, 44, or 50 flat miles. Breakfast at Paradise Bakery - Price & Ray Road.

9/14 - 7:00 PM - Half Way around the mountain - mileage options of 25 or 45 flat miles - breakfast at Wildflower @ the Chandler Mall.

9/21 - 7:00 PM - Tour de Scottsdale - mileage options of 40 or 44 flat miles. Breakfast at Bogies Clubhouse at Ken McDonald Golf Course.

9/28 - 7:00 PM - To the Towers of South mountain for Silent Sunday - no cars. Mileage options of 35 with slight climbing, 42 with more, and 48 with a lot. Breakfast at AZ Bread Co.

and...

9/13 - September 13 (Sat) PMBC Quarterly Membership Meeting/Breakfast Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club's September Quarterly Membership Meeting/Breakfast will be held on Saturday, September 13th, 2008 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM at the Home Town Buffet, northwest corner of Warner and Evergreen in Chandler. Members have the option of riding to the breakfast with the Saturday Cycling group or meeting us at the restaurant for the meeting at 9:00 am. Breakfast is free for all PMBC members, $8 for non-members.

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