Arizona Road Cyclist News
May 23, 2012
News for those who bicycle Arizona's streets and roads
Editor, Jack Quinn

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In this issue:
     Irate Motorist Posed as Judge Dorfman
     Arizona Road Cyclist News Goes on Vacation
     Info on Cyclist Collisions Sought
     GABA's Luna Lake Tour — May 26 to 28
     Traffic Skills 101 Course — May 24 & 26
     Arizona Track Series — May 26 & 27
     Thunder Road Time Trial — June 3
     Best Buddies Criterium — June 9
     Cotton Classic Time Trial #2 — June 10
     Race Across American —  June 12 to June ?
     Bike the Bluff Omnium — June 16 & 17
     Arizona Track Series — June 23 & 24
     Alta Alpina Challenge — June 30
     Grand Canyon Campout — August 24 to 26
     Feedback Our Readers Respond
     A New Spanglish Word
     About Arizona Road Cyclist News

Irate Motorist Posed as Judge Dorfman

In both the April 24th edition of Arizona Road Cyclist News (www.azroadcyclist.com) and on the Geezers' Blog (geezerride.blogspot.com), I published a letter written by a cyclist identified as Teri. In her letter, she described an incident that occurred on April 21st in which an automobile passed dangerously close to her and several other cyclists who she says were riding in the bike lane on Mockingbird Lane, a street which wends through the Town of Paradise Valley.

One member of the last group of cyclists that the automobile passed in this manner made an obscene gesture, upon which the car's driver pulled into the bicycle lane, blocking the cyclists, jumped out, and demanded to know what gave them the right to ride there. When one of the cyclists tried to explain the three-foot law to him (probably not very politely), several witnesses say that the driver loudly proclaimed that he was Judge Dorfman, an expert on the law, and to make sure the cyclists did not forget his name, he spelled it in a loud voice, letter by letter.

The cyclists involved and others, including me, have been carrying a grudge against Judge Robert Dorfman ever since, but I recently learned that we have done him a grave injustice. The man who claimed to be Judge Dorfman was an imposter, a long-time acquaintance of (now retired) Judge Dorfman's named Spencer Goldsen of Phoenix.

Mr. Goldsen has since admitted to being the driver in question, although he disputes the statements of multiple witnesses that he claimed to be Judge Dorfman. He claims to have said that according to his friend Judge Dorfman, cyclists are required to ride in the bike lane (although that wouldn't explain why he passed dangerously close to at least once cyclist who was riding well within the bike lane and is one of several of his statements that do not jibe with witness accounts.)

Judge Dorfman's account of how he discovered his impersonator follows, but before you read it, I want to extend my sincere apologies and those of the cyclists involved for taking Mr. Goldsen at his word. We have done Judge Dorfman a grave injustice, which we can never completely atone for. The best we can do is to publish this retraction.

I wish to add that I have exchanged several emails and had several telephone conversations with Judge Dorfman, and he comes across as a genteel, polite person. That makes the fact that we have wronged him even more painful.

Here is Judge Dorfman's statement:

I was in NO WAY involved in the described incident. I was not even in Paradise Valley or the Phoenix area on the dates in question, but was in fact in Flagstaff, Arizona when this incident occurred. Additionally, I have identified the individual who was involved in the incident who used my name without any authority to do so.

On the afternoon of Thursday, April 19, 2012, I traveled to Flagstaff, Arizona where I remained at our summer home with my wife until Monday, April 23, 2012 when we returned to our home in the Valley. If necessary, I can produce credit card statements to show my presence in Flagstaff during this period of time.

I was able to identify the individual who improperly used my name by reviewing the statement of one of the cyclists in which she describes a “grey Volvo station wagon” precipitating the incident. I have never owned or driven a grey Volvo station wagon in my life. However, since this incident occurred near the Camelback Golf Course, to which I belong, and occurred on a Saturday, (when our Men’s Club plays on a regular basis), and because I know an individual, who is also a member of the club and who drives a grey Volvo station wagon, I was able to surmise what had happened.

The individual in question is Spencer Goldsen. Mr Goldsen has been an acquaintance of mine since our days in college dating back to 1965. He owns a grey Volvo station wagon and unfortunately at times has a quick temper.

Upon reading the allegations of the complaint, I immediately phoned Mr. Goldsen who readily admitted being involved in the incident, but vehemently denied claiming that he had represented to be me. I have attached a notarized letter from Mr. Goldsen with his recitation of the facts.
[I have a copy of that letter. -- JQ]

Needless to say, I am deeply troubled by the allegations of the complaint as well as the alleged conduct of Mr. Goldsen. I look forward to a prompt resolution of this matter.


Sincerely,
Bob Dorfman

Arizona Road Cyclist News Goes on Vacation

Summer is here, and Arizona Road Cyclist News will begin its customary summer vacation during the months of June and July beginning once this issue is online. I expect that the next issue will be published in early August, once the Tour de France is over. Of course, if there is important news in the meantime, I will send it out to all who are subscribed to the email list.

Info on Cyclist Collisions Sought

Ed Beighe, who wites the Arizona Bike Law Blog, has informed me that he recently obtained the entire motor-vehicle collision database for the state of Arizona. However, the database has no personal information. To check the database accuracy, Ed requests that any cyclist who had a collision in 2010 that was reported to the police send him the date, time, and approximate location. You can send it to ebeighe@yahoo.com.

GABA's Luna Lake Tour —  May 26 to 28

This annual GABA ride is one of Arizona's most beautiful, perhaps because most of it takes place in the high country of New Mexico. The ride starts at 28 North Central in Springerville, Arizona on May 26 with ride check-in at the reasonable hour of 8 a.m. The first day's ride is 48 miles from Springerville to the unincorporated town of Quemado (Spanish for "burned" -- I wonder why?) in New Mexico, a bustling little town with a population density of 0.3 people per square mile.

Day two is a 55-mile jaunt from Quemado to the Village of Reserve, New Mexico. Those who want more miles can make an additional unsupported 32-mile detour to the Continental Divide. In Reserve, there will be an optional supper in the evening and breakfast the next morning for an additional charge.

Day three is the most challenging ride: 63 miles of pedaling back to Springerville. There will be three SAG stops along the route including a lunch stop.

Members of GABA and the Arizona Bike club pay an $80 registration fee until May 23. Non-members pay $95. Day-of-ride registration is available at $95 for members and $110 for non-members. The meal prices in Quemado are an addition $9.50 for Saturday supper and $7.50 for Sunday breakfast. At Reserve Sunday supper costs $13.00 and breakfast costs $7.00. Saturday and Sunday night camping are included in the ride fee. Those who plan to stay in motels must make their own arrangements.

To connect to the ride's Web page for more information, click here.

Traffic Skills 101 Course — May 24 & 26

The Tempe Bicycle Action Group is offering the League of American Bicyclists' Traffic Skills 101 course at the Landis Cyclery, Tempe North location at 2180 East Southern Avenue in two parts on May 24 and May 26. The course is designed for new riders and for those who do not feel comfortable riding in traffic or who do not know how to do basic bicycle maintenance such as making adjustments and fixing flat tires.

The May 24 session from, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., is the classroom portion. The second session, on Saturday morning May 26 from 8:00 a.m. until noon, includes the on-bike portion of the course.

The two-day course is a bargain at $20. It is limited to 10 participants, so interested parties are encouraged to register early online and pay through Pay Pal. To do so, click here.

Arizona Track Series — May 26 & 27

Despite many efforts to get a velodrome constructed in both Tucson and Phoenix, the State of Arizona still does not have one. Therefore, Arizona track races are held at one of the velodromes in California. This year the Arizona Track Series will be held in Encino on May 26 and 27 and again on June 23 and 24. The fee is $20 per day per racer except for juniors who pay $3 per day.

On May 26, registration starts at noon at which time the track will also be open for practice. The first race starts at 1 p.m. Events to be held on this day are the points races for category 3+, the scratch races for category 4 and 5, and the open team sprints. The time trial events will be held on May 27 including the team time trial plus individual time trials at the following distances: 200 meters, 500 meters, 1,000 meters, 2,000 meters, 3,000 meters, and 4,000 meters.

To connect to the Arizona Track Series Web page, click here.

Thunder Road Time Trial June 3

The Thunder Road Time Trial is an unusual event in Arizona USA Cycling-sanctioned racing, an individual time trial that actually pays prize money. The course is out-and-back and 16 miles in total length. The route is advertised as a slight climb going out and a fast downhill on the return leg. The start/finish line ist at Sahuarita Road and Alvernon Way, 2.5 miles east of the South Nogales Highway in the Tucson area. The course will be open to motor traffic.

Registration is from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. with the start list to be posted at 6:45 a.m. and the first rider off at 7:00 a.m. The entry fee is $20 per rider per category except for juniors who pay only $3 to cover insurance.

To view the race brochure in PDF format, click here.

Best Buddies Criterium — June 9

The Best Buddies Criterium is a fund-raising event for the Best Buddies organization. What is Best Buddies? Its mission statement reads: "To establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)."

This is not a USA Cycling or Arizona Bicycle Racing Association licensed event, although it will feature races for holders of USA Cycling racing licenses. It will take place at Firebird International Raceway south of Phoenix on June 9 from 6 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The organizers, who have managed to line up an impressive list of sponsors, say that 100% of all entry fees will go to the Best Buddies program. I was unable to determine from the event Website how much those entry fees are.

The races, in the order in which they will be held, are juniors, men categories 3 through 5, women categories 3 and 4, a friendship ride, the Buddy Tandem Race, in which each participant Buddy will ride with an experienced cyclist, a kids' race, women professional and categories 1 through 3, men professional and categories 1 through 3, masters women 35+, and masters men 35+ and 45+. The organizers are still looking for more tandem owners who are willing to ride with a Buddy.

The event seems to be very informal. Casual rides will interspaced with competitive races, so everyone should be able to find a race or a ride to participate in. There will be $3,000 in cash and primes for the competitive races, and anyone who is registered for the event will be entered in a drawing for $1,000.

For more information about the event on the Best Buddies Website, click here.

Cotton Classic Time Trial #2 — June 10

This is the second in a series of three time trials being held this year over the same course starting in Arizona City. Registration is on site from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. with the first rider off at 7:00 a.m. Riders can also register the night before at Lerua's Mexican Restaurant at 2005 East Broadway Boulevard in Tucson.

The results will be individually calculated for all USA Cycling categories and age groups.

To view the race brochure in PDF format, click here.

Race Across America  June 12 to June ?

As happens every year, the Race Across America (RAAM) will take place in the heat of summer. Cyclists will pedal from the Pacific Ocean in San Diego, California to Washington, DC on the Atlantic coast. Naturally, the race would be too tame if it didn't include a ride though Arizona's scorching Sonoran Desert in its hottest season and rides up some of our state's most notorious climbs such as Yarnell Hill, Mingus Mountain, and the Mogollon Rim. Riders are required to check in at time stations along the route. Arizona time stations will be at Parker, Salome, Congress, Prescott, Cottonwood, Flagstaff, Tuba City, and Kayenta in the order that riders will reach them. The Bull Shifter's Bicycle Club generally mans the timing station at Congress, and as far as I know, they will be out there this year as well in their not-quite-palacial accommodations, which consist essentially of  a piece of tarp stretched across a few poles

Riders start from San Diego on June 12 and are expected to ride through Arizona on June 13 and 14. The Arizona section of the race is approximately 400 miles in length.

For those who do the classic solo race, this is one of the most grueling bike races in the world. In the individual category, riders pedal day and night from coast to coast stopping only for short cat naps and to take care of the necessities of life. Riders commonly hallucinate from lack of sleep, especially at night. Solo riders, who are usually accompanied by several support vehicles each, are given 12 days to complete the ride, but the top riders will do it in much less time. For those who are not up to pedaling almost 24 hours a day for a week or more, there are team categories. In the team competitions, each rider takes a turn riding on the course while the other riders rest and recuperate in the support vehicles.

For more information, connect to the RAAM Website by clicking here. To view the Bull Shifters' luxury digs at the Congress Time Station, click here for the daytime shot and here to see the nighttime setup.

Bike the Bluff OmniumJune 16 & 17

The Bike the Bluff Omnium is a series of two races to be held in Show Low on the weekend of June 16 and 17. Saturday features a road race. Most juniors will ride 22 miles. Junior men from 15 through 18 years of age will ride 62 miles as will most adult racers. The men's pro, category 1, and category 2 riders will pedal 81 miles.

Sunday features a criterium for licensed racers and kids' races for the young'uns from 6 to 12 years of age.

The entry fee for the full omnium is $24 for juniors and $70 for others until June 1. From June 1 to June 14, there will be a $5 late fee adder. Riders who wish to ride only the road race or only the criterium can do so for a lesser registration fee.

To connect to the race Website, click here.

Arizona Track Series — June 23 & 24

See the May 26 & 27 entry above for this event, or to go directly to the Website, click here.

Alta Alpina Challenge — June 30

This ride doesn’t take place until the height of the summer, but because it takes place in the cool mountains of Northern California and Nevada, it is probably something you want to plan for in advance, so here’s the info.

The Alta Alpina Challenge starts at Turtle Rock Park in Alpine Country in California near Lake Tahoe and the Nevada border. This ride is just the thing for those looking for a high-altitude, tough ride away from the Arizona desert at the peak of the Arizona hot season. How long is the ride? Well, take your pick. For those looking for some family fun with the kids there are two family fun rides. Choose either the 15- or 20-mile option.

Feel like getting a workout? There are rides for you. For the real wussies, there is the Wild Sierra Metric, a 64-mile ride with a mere 5,000 feet of climbing. Piece a` cake!

For those who like to stretch their legs, there is the 5-Pass Challenge. This is a bit more reasonable with 16,000 feet of climbing in 134 miles. That’s enough to get your heart beating and make it feel as if you’ve had a modest workout. However, I know that many of my readers will consider this to be a sissy ride, soooo……

How about the 8-pass challenge? Now we’re talking about a real bicycle ride. The route is 198 miles long and features 20,300 feet of climbing. Need to make it a full double century? You can always cruise around the parking lot a few times at the end of the ride to make the full 200 miles.

For those who did not register prior to May 1, the cost of the rides is now $30 for the Family Fun Ride, $70 for the Wild Sierra full or metric century, $105 for the 5-Pass Challenge, and $120 for the 8-Pass Challenge. In addition to excellent support on the ride, you’ll receive a T-shirt. Riders can also purchase a ride jersey, and those who finish the 8-pass challenger get the bragging rights of the 8-Pass Finisher’s jersey.

By the way, as you can see from the map below, the 8-pass challenge consists of a number of out-and-back legs, so there are plenty of opportunities to cheat, bypass one or more of those legs, and to cut the ride short. No one will know that you didn't do the whole thing.

To connect to this event's Website, click here.

Grand Canyon Campout — August 24 to 26

The Arizona Bicycle Club's annual Grand Canyon Campout is a chance to beat the Valley heat and get in two days of casual cycling. The group will spend two nights at Mather Campground in Grand Canyon Village (tents only, no RVs) with cycling trips along the Rim on both Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Saturday's ride is  a 49-mile round trip out the East Rim Drive to Desert View with some great views into the Canyon along the way. On Sunday morning, the group will ride in the opposite direction along the Rim to Hermit's Rest, an 18-mile round trip.

For more information about the ride on ABC's Website, click here.

Feedback — Our Readers Respond

The first two messages were sent before the Ride to the State Capitol, which is the important event that the writers refer to.

Hi Jack,

This is important to all riders. I'm sorry I cannot ride yet after being left unconscious in the the road with a broken up shoulder and several cracked ribs. I have to remember that although there is one jerk who put me here, there were many others who stopped, blocked traffic, did what they could for me and called for help. I cannot thank them because I didn't come to for 3.5 hours so I have no idea what happened to me or who helped me. Hope to see you all in a month.

Larry Bull

[If anyone does know what happened to Larry, please let me know, and I'll pass the explanation along to him. He says that all he remembers is that he was riding his bike in Paradise Valley and the next thing he was aware of was waking up in the hospital. It sounds as if he could have been the victim of a a hit-and-run driver. -- JQ]

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Hi Jack!

Just wanted to thank you for promoting this VERY important event! I, along with several others will be participating from the 25th. Ave/Peoria location. Together, we can get the word out, distracted driving should no longer be an excuse. Currently, the law seems to imply DUI/DWI applies to alcohol/drug offenses only. Why not have a law of DUI/DWI for electronic devices? I feel this law should apply to cyclists also.

Personally, I was struck by a guy riding his bicycle in the bike lane against traffic. I announced myself 3 times as he was approaching me. I could see he was "under the influence" of his IPOD. I slowed preparing for the collision, which did occur. His left shin struck my left pedal hard. I didn't go down, as I was prepared. He removed his earbud and said, "I didn't see you man"! I didn't consider this person to be a "cyclist", but just an "idiot" out riding a bicycle.

One thing the media need to recognize is that there IS a difference between cyclists and those who just jump on a bike and ride occasionally. We see them day in and day out. Those riding without helmets are what our group describes as "organ donors". As you know, brain injuries don't heal.

Anyway, enough rambling. Have a great night, and I hope to see you at the State Capitol on Saturday.

Skinny Dave [McMeechan]

[Many casual bicycle riders could benefit greatly from taking a League of American Bicyclists' Traffic Skills course. -- JQ]

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Thank you Jack for the work you do on the website.  A couple of links you might want to consider including in your “Links to Other Cycling websites”

Bull Shifters website: Bullshifters.org

1. The Bull Shifters Bicycling Club is dedicated to both fun and fitness on a bike. We are a recreational club that rides a little faster and a little farther than the typical non-racing club. We meet every Saturday morning throughout the year. Our rides range between 40 and 100 miles with a breakfast stop for those who like to eat and socialize. We do a variety of rides each month exploring most parts of the Valley. Rides are chosen each month at our club meeting by those attending.  Club meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at Chino Bandido, 7 p.m., northwest corner of 19th Avenue Greenway Parkway. See Bull Shifter Events for more information.

2. Arizona Brevet and Randonnée website: www.azbrevet.com. In regards to upcoming events, the Arizona Brevet and Randonnée website always shows upcoming rides that might be of interest to your readers.   The next AZ rides are:

June 2, Grand Canyon 300 km.

Thanks again Jack and keep up the great work,

Brian McGuire

[I have had a link to the Bull Shifters' Website on my site for years, but thanks to this letter, I did add a link to the Brevet Website. I try to write an article on each of the Bull Shifters' major rides, but as I wrote in an earlier issue, I don't have time to cover all of the cycling events that I would like to include. Because I believe that most of the cyclists who want to do these super-long rides know about them, the brevet rides are one topic that I have been been leaving out for lack of time. -- JQ]

A New Spangish Word

Finally, this has nothing whatsoever to do with cycling, but for those of you who speak Spanglish, I've come up with a new word that you may want to add to your vocabulary. A carwashero is someone who works at a car wash, usually manning a rag and wiping off the car after it leaves the automated part of the process. If there are enough of you out there who are too lazy to wash your own bikes, perhaps I could become a beicwashero and go into the business of washing your beicas for you.

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