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March 2019
March 2 Saturday Cycling Report
  Feels like spring sprang suddenly. By Ken St.John

March 2 Saturday Cycling Report
Feels like spring sprang suddenly

Added March 8, 2019
written by Ken St.John

Hello Saturday Cyclists!

Feels like spring sprang suddenly. The start temp for last weekend's ride was a full 20 degrees warmer than the week before. If you have been waiting for optimal biking weather, I believe it is here and will probably only last for 6-8 more weeks; let's enjoy it as much as we can.

Forty-five cyclists started their journey to the quarterly membership meeting from Kiwanis park. President Kevin efficiently led the first meeting of his first term while the Hungry Monk kept us well fed with warm food and friendly service.

Coming up...

Saturday, 03/09/19 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Midsummer Ride
This route was designed to seek out maximum shade on summer mornings when the sun is farthest north and most brutal. In the winter and spring, it's just another route, much like the others. It includes options of 28 miles with one short climb, or 38 miles with a couple of bonus climbs. Breakfast at Panera Bread at Guadalupe Rd and McClintock Dr. Sunrise: 6:47
Standard Route
Long Route

Saturday, 03/16/19 7:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Lucky 7's
The Lucky 7's route loops clockwise to the south, through the Wild Horse Pass casino/resort area and parts of Ahwatukee. The name plays off the mileage options of 27, 37 and 47 miles, plus the 2 casinos along the way. Breakfast is at AZ Bread Co at Kyrene and Elliot. Sunrise: 6:38
Standard Route
Long Route
Extra Route

Saturday, 03/23/19 7:30 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: 6:28
Standard Route
Long Route

Tid Bits...

The Mining Country Challenge is just 10 days away and we still need volunteers. We could use more people doing the ride as well, so please spread the word. Visit the web site for links to register as either a volunteer or participant.

This should be the last time that I mention last year's Saturday Cycling survey. There may be a few more route revisions still to come, but there is one big decision that remains, and I wish that I had just asked it straight-out. That is: Should we change our June and July start time to be 6:00am? Currently we use 6:30am from May through August, but with the sun rising around 5:30 through the peak summer months, we could start earlier and still not have people rolling out in the dark. I'm not going to send out another survey over it but am asking you now to let me know what you think about the summer start time. Either tell me in person when you see me, or right now with an email reply.


Have fun and ride safely.

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