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ARCNews on Vacation Until October
Feedback on Hidden Hills
Thunder Road Time Trial – June
Single Track Omnium – June 11
Race Across America, Arizona
Section – June 15 to 19
Bike the Bluff Omnium – June
18 and 19
Amtrak Registration – June 19
Arizona Trac Series – June
25/26 and July 16/17
PMBC’s White Mountain Tour –
July 9 and 10
ABC Granada Park Chapter June
About Arizona Road Cyclist News
ARCNews on Vacation Until October
As I wrote in a previous
edition, I will be spending July, August, and September in Europe, specifically
in Germany and in France, but principally in Spain, where I plan to hike
the Camino Francés from Saint Jean Pied-de-Port in Southern France to
Santiago de Compostela in Northwestern Spain. The hike alone takes five
weeks if one takes some time to enjoy the sights along the way. I also
plan to see some sections of Spain that I last visited many years ago
when Francisco Franco was still in power.
Although it is a month
until my departure, I have things to get ready for such a long trip, and
writing this newsletter takes a lot of time. Therefore, after this issue,
the newsletter will be on vacation until sometime in October.
I plan to lug a laptop
computer with me and check my E-mails every time I can find a free WiFi
connection, so I will be in communication. I also plan to resurrect an
old blog that I used to write when I was living and studying in France
half a decade ago and have neglected for years. I’ll write a daily
journal of the voyage, beginning on the plane flight to Frankfort, and
I’ll upload it to the blog every time I can access the Internet. If
anyone is interested in reading it, here’s the URL:
Of course, I don’t expect
many people to read it, but a few friends and family members have told me
that they’d like to keep track of what I’m doing, but anyone who wants to
is invited to read the blog, post comments, or send me E-mail responses.
There is no need to memorize the URL; it is the last link on the “Links
to Other Cycling Websites” page on www.azroadcyclist.com
I hope to hear from some
of you during my trip. For those who don’t write, look for an E-mail
sometime in October notifying you that a new edition of Arizona Road Cyclist News is on
Feedback on Hidden Hills
Not surprisingly, most of the feedback since the last
issue came as a result of last week’s bulletin on the situation at Hidden
Hills, which can still be read on the homepage of this Website. In the
first communication, Preston Miller of Tri Scottsdale tells us what some
cyclists are planning in an attempt to head off a possible closure of our
access to the easement in Hidden Hills.
you have done a wonderful job of describing the problems and the history
of the easement. It is extremely important for Scottsdale to
maintain the easement. For that reason, even a temporary closure
would set a terrible precedent, and make it unlikely to ever reopen.
the meeting last Thursday of the Trails Subcommittee of the Scottsdale
Transportation Commission, no immediate decision was made.
They agreed to have an open forum at the next meeting (in three months)
to hear public comment on the issue.
must convince the city that we, the "cycling community", can
reasonably police ourselves to be good citizens. At the Saturday
meeting, five cycling groups were represented and all agreed to
participate in the following manner. We still need to include more
Begin educating our individual groups, as well as all others we can
contact, to obey the traffic laws and be respectful of the private
community we are being allowed to enter.
Establish a "Courtesy Patrol" for peak hours during the
week. Ideally, each cycling group will volunteer to take a week at
Make contact with all levels of city government to insure the voice of
the cycling community is being heard.
City's plan and subsequent decisions have made this .7 mile the only
way to connect to Fountain Hills and beyond. While we don't know
when the remaining .4 will open, we must not lose what the city has
planned and paid for over the last 15 years.
Note: I did not put Preston’s contact information online to
protect him from spam. However, anyone who wants it can E-mail me by
replying to the notification E-mail, and I’ll send it out by return
message. – Jack Quinn
am a cyclist and member of PMBC. I support the local
residents!! We need to show consideration and respect for others if
we expect them to show consideration and we respect for us. Would
we like people using our neighborhood as a bathroom??
The expression “using the neighborhood as a bathroom”
conjures up images of cyclists urinating and defecating up and down the
streets and in people’s front yards. I believe, however, that Ms Petersen
is making an exaggerated reference to the allegations that some riders
used to urinate behind a retaining wall bordering the cul-de-sac at the
top of the street in Hidden Hills. I am told that those allegations were
true. I am also told that that practice stopped long ago, and I hope that
is also true. In any case, I believe that public urination is against the
law, and I think (in the case that the reports that the behavior has
ceased prove to be false) that the proper way to deal with such
misbehavior is to castigate the guilty rather than stereotyping everyone
who makes use of the easement. Perhaps the most sensible way stop this
behavior (again, assuming that it is really going on) would be to install
an unobtrusive sign on the retaining wall reading “This area under video
surveillance.” -- Editor
know it's out of the way for most of your readers/riders, but come escape
the heat and head to Prescott, AZ for your hill climbing. I have an
alternative to the Skull Valley loop:
a quiet, low-traffic, un-gated neighborhood off of 69 between the
Costco shopping center and the Gateway Mall.
called the Ranch at Prescott. Turn on to Lee Blvd, a four lane,
divided main drag and meander up and down all the side streets. Backs up
to the National Forest and at the top of the neighborhood are panoramic
views of the Dells, San Francisco Peaks, Mingus Mountain, and surrounding
towns. It's also one stoplight away from Lynx Lake, where you can drop
off the family and significant others to hike the surrounding trails, go
to the Highlands Center for Natural History http://www.highlandscenter.org
(a great hike and picnic spot), or rent a little boat by the lake and
grab lunch at the boathouse.
are a many other subdivisions that provide hills, but this one is
probably fastest and most convenient to reach when coming from the south.
Again, wide streets, which are unusual in the hill 'hoods.
Perhaps some of the desert rats will take your suggestion,
make the drive up to Prescott, and do that ride as things heat up down
here in the suburbs of Hades. -- Editor
coverage of the Hidden Hills issue. Thanks, and keep up the good work.
Thanks, Mike. An occasional pat on the back is
appreciated. -- Editor
much as this will hurt all of us, there are enough renegade cyclists
continuing to make it bad that I believe closing the access is the right
statement. Sadly, we'll never get it back. Qualifier: Reed is a friend
I've known for years. He's put a lot into getting things workable, but
the renegades persist.
Holmerud, Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists
From my observation, the
behavior of cyclists has greatly improved from the “bad old days.” As far
as I can see, the only bad behavior that cyclists can be blamed for now
is riding down the hill at the speed of traffic. The residents routinely
break the unofficial speed limit in their motor vehicles, and the
cyclists follow suit. Of course, it is their private road, so I suppose
they have a right to take a “do-as-I-say-and-not-as-I-do” attitude toward
However, a few employees
of the City of Scottsdale and even some cyclists who haven’t ridden to
Hidden Hills to observe the improvement in cyclist behavior for
themselves seem to accept the residents’ assertions without question. I
wish cyclists would not be so uncritical of claims that are partially
false and partially exaggerated made by people who are pushing an agenda.
When I spoke with Scottsdale traffic
engineer Reed Kempton on the telephone, it was obvious that he also had
not been to Hidden Hills lately to observe the improvement and has no
interest in doing so. Whatever he may have done for cycling on other occasions,
in this case he made up his mind long ago that he wants the cyclists out
of Hidden Hills, and he does not want his opinion to be influenced by inconvenient
The one thing that we can
work on is the speeding issue. As tempting as it is to cycle down the hill
at the speed of traffic, if all (or even almost all) cyclists would obey
the unofficial 20 mile-per-hour speed limit, the residents’ last genuine argument
against the cyclists would disappear. Then possibly the City of
Scottsdale would recognize those vociferous Hidden Hills residents for
what they are: selfish people who will use (or invent if necessary) any
excuse to get out of their contractual obligations to their fellow
Thunder Road Time
Trial – June 5
The Thunder Road Individual Time Trial is on the Arizona
racing calendar for Sunday June 5 with the first rider off at 7 a.m. In
most Arizona time trials, the reward for finishing first is a handshake
and a verbal attaboy or attagirl. This race actually has an $800 cash
prize list! There are cash prizes for the categorized women’s classes and
for all adult men categories through 50+ (Other age groups still ride for
the attaboy/girl prize.) The entry fee is $20 for adult riders and $3 for
juniors to cover insurance. Considering the high entry fees for most
races in Arizona, it is refreshing to see race charging a reasonable fee.
There is no on-line registration. Tucson riders can
preregister on Saturday June 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Sabino Cycles, 7045 E.
Tanque Verde Road. Race day registration is from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. at the
race site, at Sahuarita Road and Alvernon Road, 2.5 miles east of South
Nogales Highway just east of Sahuarita Park in the Tucson area.
The course is out-and-back with a total distance of 16
miles. The eight-mile out leg is slightly uphill, which means the way
back is a fast downhill run to the finish.
To view the race brochure in PDF format, click here.
Omnium – June 11 and 12
The words “single track” make one think of a mountain bike
race, but the Flagstaff Single Track Omnium is actually a series of two
road events that take their collective name from the sponsoring Single
Track Bike Shop. The omnium consists of the Wupatki/Sunset Crater Road
Race on Saturday and the Foxboro Ranch Circuit Race on Sunday.
(Originally there was to be a third event, the Snowbowl Hill Climb, but
it had to be stricken from the event calendar due to pipeline
Registration is online until noon of June 10 and costs $35
to ride a single event or an eye-popping fee of between $75 and $90,
depending on the rider’s category, to ride both. Day-of-the-race
in-person registration carries an additional steep late fee of $20.
Category 1 through 3 men and 1 and 2 women ride for cash prizes. Top
finishers in the other races get “medals.” This is not a race for riders
on a tight budget.
To view the race brochure in PDF format, click here.
America, Arizona Section – June 15 to 19
The Race Across America
(RAAM) starts in Oceanside, California in mid-June and ends 3,000 miles
later in Annapolis, Maryland. As the riders progress across the continent
from ocean to ocean, their times are recorded at time stations, most of
which are spaced at roughly 40- to 70-mile intervals. The time stations
in Arizona, in the order in which riders will encounter them, are Parker,
Salome, Congress, Prescott, Cottonwood, Flagstaff, Tuba City, and
Kayenta. If you know where these places are, you know that the Arizona
section includes beaucoup climbing featuring Yarnell Hill, the White Spar,
Mingus Mountain, and the Mogollon Rim.
Solo riders leave
Oceanside on June 14, and teams start on June 18. The first riders are
expected to enter Arizona around 5:30 a.m. on June 15 and to leave
Arizona almost two days later.
As usual, the Bull
Shifters plan to man the timing station at Congress, out in the middle of
the desert northwest of Wickenburg, just a short ride from the start of
the climb up Yarnell Hill. Because the riders will have pedaled 395 miles
by the time they hit Congress, they’ll already be well spread out, The
first cyclist is expected to reach the Congress timing station at about
5:30 p.m. on June 15, and the last individual rider is expected to reach
the station at about 4 a.m. on June 16. It will be a long night, and
there won’t be much time to catch up on sleep before the timers are back
on duty for the team riders, who are expected to be spread out between 7
a.m. and 5 p.m. when they pass through Congress on June 19.
For more information you
can visit the RAAM Website by clicking here.
Photos of the Bull Shifters luxury digs at the timing station in Congress
can be viewed by clicking here
Bike the Bluff
Omnium – June 18 and 19
The Bike the Bluff Omnium
takes place in the White Mountains on the weekend of June 18 and 19 with
road races on Saturday (there are different courses for different
categories) and a criterium in the Slow Low Bluff community on Sunday.
Rounding out the weekend of racing are such events as a citizen’s race
(for riders who do not hold a USA Cycling license), a pancake breakfast,
and a Huffy toss!
There are races for all
categories and most age groups from juniors through Men 65+ and women
30+. Entry fees for the entire Omnium are $25 for juniors and $65 for
adults through June 1. Riders who are not registered by today should add
a $5 late fee for juniors and a $15 late fee for adult licensed racers
until June 15. Registration for the entire omnium is not available after
June 16, but riders can still pay separate fees to individually enter the
two events on site.
To view the race’s
Website for more information, click here.
Registration – June 19
is a century ride from Irvine to San Diego in California, which is very
popular with Arizona riders. It gets its name from the fact that riders return
to the starting point on an Amtrak train, which, in the case of the
Arizona riders (I am told), is usually the scene of a wild party with
load music and plenty of beer.
Registration starts June 19 at 7:00 a.m. The ride is
limited to 1200 riders, which sounds like a lot, but the ride always
fills up within minutes of the time registration opens. If you want to
participate, you need to be at your computer at 7:00 a.m. on June 19 and
make as many attempts to connect as you can to get online and register. If
you try at 7:20 a.m., registration may already be closed, and the best
you can hope for is to get on a waiting list and pray for someone to
break a leg or fall down a flight of stairs and have to cancel.
You may want to visit the registration site prior to June
19, because there are instructions on how to join the Big Brother Cycling
net (BBCnet) and enter your information, so that when registration opens,
you can use your BBCnet number to automatically fill out the registration
form. Even if you do not join BBCnet, visiting the registration site will
let you know the information you must have at hand on registration day.
The URL for Amtrak registration is
Rider Lee Wilkening writes that this year the organizers
will assign train cars according to bicycle club affiliation. He suggests
that all Arizona riders register as Arizona Bicycle Club members, whether
they really are or not, so that they all get assigned to the Arizona
party car. On the other hand, if you prefer a quieter train ride, you may
want to disregard this suggestion.
Series – June 25/26 and July 16/17
The Arizona Track Series, promoted by Tucson’s Saguaro
Velo racing team, is held at the San Diego Velodrome, as Arizona still does not have a bicycle
track. The events are open to all licensed racers including those from
states other than Arizona. The entry fee is $20 per day, and non-licensed
riders can purchase one-day or annual racing licenses at the event.
There is an open track for practice from 9 a.m. until noon
on Saturday with races beginning at 1 p.m. On Sunday, the track opens at
8 a.m., and racing starts at 10:00 a.m. The list of events is too long to
include here, but you can visit the event’s Webpage by clicking here.
Mountain Tour – July 9 and 10
The Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club (PMBC) is putting on its
annual White Mountain Tour in the cool high country of Eastern Arizona on
the weekend of July 9 and 10. Registration is $60 for members of PMBC,
GABA, and ABC and $70 for others until July 1. After that, add a $20 late
fee. Cyclists who plan to camp out on Saturday night should add an extra
$5 camping fee, which is a lot cheaper than paying for a motel. The
registration fee includes a meal Saturday evening in Springerville,
luggage transport, and SAG stops.
The ride starts at the Hon-Dah Resort and Casino south of
Pinetop-Lakeside on Saturday morning. Check-in is from 7 to 8 a.m., and
riders can pedal off as soon as they are registered. The first day is a
63-mile jaunt from the casino to Springerville. Ambitious riders may up
the millage to a century with an unsupported jog out and back to the New
Mexico line. Day Two is a shorter 38-mile ride over the hill, past the
Sunrise Sky resort, and downhill to the start.
The entire loop is just over 100 miles and passes through
some beautiful scenery, as I can testify from the days when we used to
ride the route as a race (in a bit under five hours instead of two days,
For more information, you can connect to the ride’s
Webpage by clicking here.
ABC Granada Park Chapter June Rides
The Granada Park Chapter of the Arizona Bicycle Club (ABC)
rides every Sunday morning from Granada Park at 20th Street
and Maryland. The ride goes to a different restaurant every week. There
are several speed groups from race-pace to leisurely cruising.
Non-members may ride with the group once without joining the club.
Here are the breakfast ride
destinations for June:
June 5 -- U.S. Egg, 3238 North
June 12 -- Wildflower Bread Company, 4290 E. Indian School Rd.
June 19 -- (Fathers Day) First Watch #5, 16455 N. Scottsdale Rd.
(southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard)
June 26 -- The Eye Opener, 5 24 West Hatcher.
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