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The Hub: May 2018
Reports, News, Memos, Ride Reviews, Stories, Etc.
Updated 5/11/2018

May 2018
May 5 Saturday Cycling Report
  44 Cyclists Swarm over the Ahwatukee Foothills. By Ken St.John
April 28 Saturday Cycling Report
  Still Felt Like Springtime on Length of Lindsay. By Ken St.John


May 5 Saturday Cycling Report
44 Cyclists Swarm over the Ahwatukee Foothills

Added May 11, 2018
written by Ken St.John

On the 5th of May, as we call it en inglés, we had 44 cyclists swarming over the Ahwatukee Foothills. Most of the winter residents and vacationing northerners escaped before this heat wave struck over the weekend. People sometimes seem surprised that we ride all through the summer. Yet, we're still getting newcomers who are ready to get started now, and our average number of participants last May-Aug was almost identical to our Nov-Feb number.

Coming up...

Saturday, 05/12/18 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 stop at Panera Bread, McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 5:30

Saturday, 05/19/18 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler-Pecos East
We're returning to the Hungry Monk for our Quarterly Membership Meeting, and a small change to this route will get us there. Breakfast is free for members; two free breakfasts are included in a family membership. Sign-in begins at 8:00 and the meeting starts at 8:45. The extra-long route sails east on Chandler Blvd all the way from Rural to Power, returning by way of Pecos. Distance options are 28, 34 and 42 miles; the shorter routes simply head over to Pecos a little earlier. Breakfast is at The Hungry Monk on the north side of Chandler Blvd, just east of Dobson. Sunrise: 5:25

Saturday, 05/26/18 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: 5:22

Tid Bits...

The annual Ride of Silence is Wednesday, May 16. There are 6 memorial rides scheduled for that day across Arizona, but only one is in the valley. It's at Tempe Beach Park at 6:30 pm.

The Town of Gilbert is updating their Bike Plan and would like us to fill out a survey. Gilbert Bike Plan. I just did it and I think it's a good one, and it only took a few minutes.

Apache Junction is working their Active Transportation Plan, and also have a survey http://www.ajcity.net/active. It says that the survey closed on April 30, but I just tested it and they seem to be still accepting input. You can also provide input through an interactive map. I am too late, however, to tell you about the bike ride they organized for last weekend; sorry about that.

The Cabin's at Mormon Lake are filling up for the weekend of our Flagstaff Tour; you should book yours soon! www.mormonlakelodge.com

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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April 28 Saturday Cycling Report
Still Felt Like Springtime on Length of Lindsay

Added May 6, 2018
written by Ken St.John

Thirty-nine cyclists rode the Length of Lindsay route last week. It still felt like springtime, which it still is. This Saturday's forecast high is triple digit, although it should be only hitting the 90's by the time we stop for breakfast.

The next Quarterly Membership Meeting is coming up on May 19.

Start time is 6:30 now through August.

Coming up...

Saturday, 05/05/18 6:30 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: 5:36

Saturday, 05/12/18 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 stop at Panera Bread, McClintock and Guadalupe. Sunrise: 5:30

Saturday, 05/19/18 6:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Chandler-Pecos East
We're returning to the Hungry Monk for our Quarterly Membership Meeting, and a small change to this route will get us there. Breakfast is free for members; two free breakfasts are included in a family membership. Sign-in begins at 8:00 and the meeting starts at 8:45. The extra-long route sails east on Chandler Blvd all the way from Rural to Power, returning by way of Pecos. Distance options are 28, 34 and 42 miles; the shorter routes simply head over to Pecos a little earlier. Breakfast is at The Hungry Monk on the north side of Chandler Blvd, just east of Dobson. Sunrise: 5:25

Tid Bits...

It's been years since I experienced bike travel on the J&P Tour, and I'd never done a solo trip, so last week I decided to load up the paniers and pedal my way to Prescott to visit the grand kids. I had plenty of time along the way to think of trivial observations to include in a ride report, but I'll pare it down to just one. If you like event rides on open highways over mountainous terrain, I recommend the Skull Valley Loop Challenge in September. I rode half of the loop on my way into Prescott Tuesday, and the other segment on my way home on Wednesday and those were some very smooth roads. Some parts even had smooth, clean, wide shoulders. I don't think you can say that about many of Arizona's highways. I wonder how long it will last?

The PMBC Tour of Flagstaff registration is now live!

The Tour de Scottsdale is now accepting early-bird registration

There is still time to register for the Highly Falkner Memorial Time Trial up South Mountain. Race day is Saturday, May 12.

Events

Have fun and ride safely.

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