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The Hub: January 2018
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 1/20/2018

January 2018
January 13 Saturday Cycling Report
  Three-Day Cycling Weekend. By Ken St.John
January 6 Saturday Cycling Report
  Fifty-one Cyclists for St. Francis Loop Fun. By Ken St.John
December 30 Saturday Cycling Report
  New Year's Holiday weekend. By Ken St.John
29th Annual New Year's Day Potluck
  A Group Photo. By Scott Barvian. Photo by Walt Paciorek


January 13 Saturday Cycling Report
Three-Day Cycling Weekend

Added January 20, 2017
written by Ken St.John

We started out the three-day weekend with a light crowd of 38 cyclists for Saturday's Tour de Sue. Some may have been resting up for the big Sunday event, and many were busy preparing to support it.

PMBC hosted over 300 cyclists for the Casa Grande Century on Sunday. It was an exceptionally beautiful day with very little wind. It's the weather control that really impresses me about these awesome event organizers. As far as I could tell from the metric century route, everything else went well too.

Seven cyclists rounded out their three-day weekend on the MLK day ride. Here's Bob's report:

"The ride started a little cool and cloudy, but the sun finally peeked through and it turned out to be a beautiful ride day. We kept a leisurely pace of 15 to 20 mph and enjoyed several miles on a dedicated paved bike path. We finished the 35 miles with no incidents and enjoyed a great breakfast in the late morning sun at Panera Bread."

Coming up...

Saturday, 01/20/18 8:30 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 stop at Panera Bread, McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 7:31

Saturday, 01/27/18 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. 8th Street Ail
The extended-distance option includes a few extra loops with little climbs, and one big loop with steep hills, including northbound 8th street from Chandler Blvd to Desert Foothills Parkway. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co. Sunrise: 7:28

Saturday, 02/03/18 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. South 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: 7:23

Tid Bits...

The Maricopa Association of Governments is beginning an Active Transportation Plan and are seeking input. You'll find a survey and an opportunity to submit comments on the interactive map at this site: http://azmag.gov/active. I took the survey; it's different. It's quick and I encourage you to take it, assuming you don't mind being in touch with your feelings.

This ride report is very late in the week. I blame an artsy-craftsy project I've been working on for 1.25 years that's finally almost finished, and has been consuming my attention lately. Everything will be normal again soon, I'm sure.

Events

  • GABA Tucson Mission Road Ramble Sunday, February 18
  • GABA Tucson Sonoita-Bisbee Overnight Ride Sat-Sun, March 17-18
  • GABA Tucson Cave Creek Overnight Ride Sat-Sun, April 21-22

Have fun and ride safely.

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January 6 Saturday Cycling Report
Fifty-one Cyclists for St. Francis Loop Fun

Added January 12, 2017
written by Ken St.John

This week a full fifty-one cyclists signed up for the fun. Word of the great biking weather must be getting around. The 3-day weekend of the CGC is forecast to be near perfect again. If you are fortunate to be freed from work on Monday in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., you might as well enjoy another bonus ride. Thanks to Ride Leader and Merchandise Master, Bob Litchfield, we have an MLK Holiday ride with a Gilbert meet-up.

Coming up...

Saturday, 01/13/18 8:30 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: 7:33, and heading downward.

Monday, 01/15/18 8:30 a.m., Gilbert. MLK Day Ride
Meet up with Bob Litchfield at Panera Bread on the southwest corner of Williams Field Rd. and Santan Village Pkwy. in Gilbert. Maps of the flat, 35-mile route will be provided. Sunrise: 7:32

Saturday, 01/20/18 8:30 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 stop at Panera Bread, McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 7:31

Tid Bits...

Did you know that there is one volunteer position on the CGC century that you can do and still ride the ride? That would be registration. So, the management team has moved some of the registration volunteers to other assignments, and they are now pleading for ride-participants to come early and do that registration job. Please use the volunteer link below to sign up. You still must pay to participate, even if you volunteer (that free ride was eliminated years ago).

Even with the shuffling, there is still need for more volunteers at lunch and rest stops.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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December 23 Saturday Cycling Report
New Year's Holiday weekend

Added January 5, 2017
written by Ken St.John

The New Year's Holiday weekend attracted forty-nine cyclists who enjoyed a comfortable flat-road ride to the east. We may not be getting a real winter, but we are in the midst of a significant change of seasons: from Holiday to Tax. But before the W2s arrive, we have one more holiday! The day after the Jan 14 Casa Grande Century (just 9 days away) is MLK day! If anyone would like to lead a Monday ride that day, please let me know and I'll help promote it.

Coming up...

Saturday, 01/06/18 8:30 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: 7:33

Saturday, 01/13/18 8:30 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: 7:33, and heading downward.

Saturday, 01/20/18 8:30 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 stop at Panera Bread, McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 7:31

Tid Bits...

Board member Bob Fulleman told me about this app: https://project529.com/garage. He says it's a national bike registry that is used by law enforcement and pawn shops to identify and recover stolen bicycles. You can even attach pictures to help cement your case for ownership. You might want to give it a look.

Former board member and avid bicycle tourist Tom sent me a call for input regarding US Bike Route 90, which traverses our state in a mostly east-west direction. It rolls through both Phoenix and Tucson. Adventure Cycling Association has mapped a similar route across AZ as part of the Southern Tier route. They both cross the CA/AZ boarder at I-10, but the ACA route goes through Globe instead of Tucson and meets with MN further north. Someone thinks Adventure Cycling should change their route to match USBR 90 and they want to know what you think. Here is a map of USBR 90, and one of ACA Southern Tier through AZ. Your comments can be emailed to Carla Majernik of ACA.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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29th Annual New Year's Day Potluck
A Group Photo

Added January 4, 2018
By Scott Barvian. Photo by Walt Paciorek

The 29th annual New Year's Day Potluck was held at Usery Mountain Regional Park. This event was started in 1990 by the "Pinnacle Peak Pedalers" under the leadership of the late Gurnelle Jones and Bob Prochaska. Roseann Wagner has organized it for the last several years.

On this sunny and warm New Year's, we paid tribute to Leroy Kopel and George Martinez, and toasts were offered for a safe and healthy 2018.

Pinnacle Peak Pedalers 29th annual New Year's Day Potluck

Pinnacle Peak Pedalers 29th annual New Year's Day Potluck (click photo for larger image)

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