Arizona Road Cyclist News

October 26, 2011

News for those who bicycle Arizona's streets and roads
Editor, Jack Quinn

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If it seems like a long time since the last issue, it has been. This issue should have been out last Wednesday, but a number of things took up my time: the Stenholm Ride, working on the Hidden Hills easement, deciding which Medicare Advantage plan to go with next year. Ah, shucks. Even I have trouble telling that many lies. The truth is that I purchased a used 2011 bike frame on ebay and spent lots of time moving parts over from the old bike to the new one and replacing those parts that seemed to have seen better days. How could building up one bike take up so much time? Well, I had to take it out riding, too.

There are three articles in this issue that demonstrate how cyclists, when they set their minds to it, can influence the decisions of governments. Two of the articles concern the unfolding Hidden Hills saga, which is not quite over, although we have high hopes for a happy outcome. The third is a reproduction of an exchange of E-mails between reader Richard Scott and the office of Mesa Mayor Scott Smith that resulted in a section of Brown Road being restriped to include wide bike lanes. (Do you think that the fact that they both have Scott in their names helped?)

Sadly, there is news about two cyclists who recently passed away. One, who was known to almost everyone, was Domenic Malvestuto, the founder of Domenic’s cycling in Tempe and the Strada racing team. The other was John Brush, who was best known to us old-timers, because years ago he moved from Phoenix to Mesa and stopped racing and showing up on group rides.

In this issue:
     Hidden Hills Easement Saved! – (For Now at Least)
     The Hidden/Fountain Hills Connection by Phil Wilson
     Reader Richard Scott’s Efforts to Get Bike Lanes on Brown Road
     The 100 Ride for Jim Stenholm – Great Turnout!
     Domenic Malvestuto -- February 3, 1943 to October 6, 2011 RIP
     Memorial Service for Cyclist John Brush – October 29
     Some 2012 Arizona Races & Rides Already Scheduled
     Black Cycling Jerseys – A Bad Idea Whose Time has Come
     Heart of Arizona Century – November 5
     Cave Creek Bicycle Festival – November 11, 12 & 13
     GM Classic 2011 Omnium – November 5 & 6
     Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life – November 11
     About Arizona Road Cyclist News

   

Hidden Hills Easement Saved! – (For Now at Least)

As I reported in a bulletin that I sent out last week, in a surprise vote, a motion in the Scottsdale Transportation Commission to close the cyclist easement in Hidden Hills did not pass. We cyclists who attended the meeting were astonished at the vote, as we had arrived at the meeting expecting to lose our access to Hidden Hills for an indefinite period of time. The members of the Hidden Hills Homeowners’ Association were also visibly surprised not to mention disappointed.

(In the bulletin that I sent out after the meeting, I erroneously wrote that the vote was 3 to 2. It was a 3-to-3 tie vote, which meant that the motion did not pass.)

I received many E-mails thanking me for my work on this matter, but there are others who deserve much more credit than I do including Preston Miller of Tri-Scottsdale. The two cyclists who deserve most of the credit are Phil Wilson of the Phoenix Consumer Cycling Club, who spent many hours putting together a presentation for the Transportation Commission, to which he generously allowed Preston and me to sign our names as co-authors, and James Winebrenner of Bicycle Haus Racing, whose E-mail correspondence with the Town of Fountain Hills brought to light the fact that the City of Scottsdale obtained an easement in the Town of Fountain Hills years ago that should make possible the completion of the bicycle transportation corridor between Scottsdale and Fountain Hills.

If you wish to see the good work that Phil put into our presentation to the Scottsdale Transportation Commission in PDF format, you can do so by clicking here.

However, let’s not uncork the champagne quite yet. There is still a chance that the bicycle easement in Hidden Hills could be temporarily closed. The Transportation Commission will take up the matter again at its next regular meeting on Thursday evening, November 17 at Kiva City Hall, 3939 Drinkwater Boulevard in Scottsdale. We hope that the discussion will shift from closing the easement to completing the connection.

When can the connection be completed? This is just a guess at this point, but I think it might be possible to shoot for a date sometime in the summer of 2012. The ad hoc group of cyclists that we have formed to work on this matter will continue to try to get the connection built as soon as possible by working with the City of Scottsdale, the Town of Fountain Hills, and MCO, the developer that owns the land where the connection would be built.

If you would like to read the E-mail that Randy Harrell of the Town of Fountain Hills sent to James Winebrenner and judge for yourself when you think the connection can be built, you can do so by clicking here. The Arizona Republic article on the Transportation Committee meeting can be read by clicking here.

For more information, read the following guest article by cyclist Phil Wilson.

The Hidden/Fountain Hills Connection by Phil Wilson

Friends,

As many of you know, we cyclists, and the public in general, have the right to travel on 145th Way - a private street within the gated community of Hidden Hills in North Scottsdale. The steep road leads right up to the edge of Fountain Hills. It is designed to provide connectivity between Scottsdale and Fountain Hills by eventually connecting to Eagle Ridge Drive via a street on the Fountain Hills side. This would provide an alternative to Shea for cyclists, equestrians and pedestrians. Currently there is no real access, as the private land on the Fountain Hills side is undeveloped (although there is an unimproved dirt road).

For years, the Hidden Hills Homeowners' Association (HOA) has been trying to convince the City to abandon the easement, in order to exclude cyclists from the neighborhood. (In their defense, the behavior of some of us cyclists certainly gives them grounds to complain). The City has always (appropriately) refused all requests for abandonment. Recently, the HOA altered its approach and instead asked the City to suspend the easement until the connection to Fountain Hills is built. In support, the HOA cited to ongoing improper conduct by cyclists and the fact that the easement is not being used for its intended purpose (i.e. a connection) and is instead being used as a training ground on private property.

On October 6, the Trails Subcommittee was asked to vote whether to make a recommendation to the Transportation Commission to suspend the easement or not. The four-member subcommittee voted 4-0 in favor of recommending suspension. The Subcommittee emphasized that this would allow the focus to shift from trying to modify cyclists' behavior to working to establish a connection. The biggest impediment was believed to be the lack of an easement on the Fountain Hills side. It was assumed that Fountain Hills would secure an easement as part of approving the development plans for the land. The Subcommittee reasoned that shifting focus to this issue might result in obtaining an easement sooner or developing some connection alternative.

Last night (October 20), the six-member City of Scottsdale Transportation Commission (of which two members also serve on the Subcommittee) took up a motion to suspend the easement. Despite the Subcommittee's recommendation, the Commission's vote was tied (3 in favor of suspension, 3 against), meaning the motion died and the easement remains in place.

Our fellow cyclist and Bike Haus rider, James Winebrenner, deserves special recognition. It appears that thanks to his efforts, specifically, his e-mail correspondence with the Town of Fountain Hills. It has come to light that way back in August of 2000, MCO, the developer that owns the property bordering Hidden Hills granted the City of Scottsdale an easement for public, non-motorized access over the land in the Fountain Hills. It turns out that the easement on the Fountain Hills land is already in place! Even better, the easement is held by the City of Scottsdale! (Legal access across the land already exist, although not unreasonably, Scottsdale may want to restrict public access until the land is improved, due to safety and liability issues).

The biggest obstacle before was figuring out how to get an easement in place on the land prior to its development. That obstacle is now gone. This means that Scottsdale's stated goal of developing the connection as soon as possible is much more feasible. All of this seems to have been a huge factor in the Commission's decision not to suspend the easement at this time. (It is important to note that the easement over the land in Fountain Hills does not follow the dirt road that extends from the gate at the top of 145th Way to Eagle Ridge; the dirt road veers left while the easement more or less extends straight from the gate, up the hill, and across a small wash to Eagle Ridge; if you follow the dirt road, you would not be on the easement and would still be trespassing - thus, the current "no trespassing" signs on the dirt road remain valid).

This is all very good news. Access to 145th Way is still in place, it looks like it might very well remain in place, and it appears that we are much closer to getting a paved connection from the top of 145th Way to Eagle Ridge.

The Commission voted to table this matter until next month (the Commission meets on the third Thursday of each month). City staff is supposed to report at that time with more details on the easement, as well as, I think, feedback on developing a paved connection. It still possible that the easement will be suspended pending construction of a paved connection between Hidden Hills and Eagle Ridge Drive, but things have definitely taken a turn for the better.

A few "shout outs": to Jack Quinn, Preston Miller and James Winebrenner for being at the forefront of this issue - attending all City meetings, communicating with City staff, coordinating with fellow riders, educating cyclists about appropriate riding behavior within Hidden Hills, and generally being great advocates for the cycling community; and also to Commissioners Olmsted, Holley and Ward, for their commendable votes yesterday evening.

Our efforts to spread awareness about "proper" riding form in Hidden Hills must continue. All cyclists should keep in mind the following:

1. Respect the 20-mph speed limit that the HOA want us to abide by;

2. Do not regroup within the community;

3. Be polite and courteous to the homeowners;

4. Do not ride on the sidewalks to avoid the speed humps,

5. If regrouping outside the gates, stay out of the way of traffic traveling in and out of the community and the adjacent Sunrise Trailhead; and

6. If you need to "relieve" yourself, do not do it in Hidden Hills (there may be facilities at the nearby Sunrise Trailhead). While the HOA's concerns might have been overstated, they are certainly not unfounded. We all need to do our best to be safe, respectful, and mindful of their concerns and requests.

Finally, although the easement is in place from 145th Way to Eagle Ridge, there is currently no connection developed across the easement. Until a trail or a paved connection is established, the public probably does not have permission to cross the land. The City of Scottsdale has genuine and legitimate concerns regarding the safety risks and liability connected with people crossing the unimproved land. Furthermore, the easement is unmarked, so there is no way for the public to know the exact location of the easement. For these reasons, cyclists should not proceed upon the land beyond 145th Way. A few of us from the cycling community are going to be working with the City to expedite the process of putting a connection in place. If you have any questions or comments, I would be happy to address them.

Phil Wilson

[I didn’t publish Phil Wilson’s E-mail address here to keep him from getting spammed by Web crawlers, but if you wish to communicate with him, send your E-mail through me, and I will make sure that he receives it. – Jack Quinn]

Reader Richard Scott’s Efforts to Get Bike Lanes on Brown Road

Reader Richard Scott took it upon himself to get a section of Brown Road in Mesa restriped to include a bicycle lane in each direction. He sent me the E-mail exchange that he had with the Mayor’s Office during process of getting the project accomplished, and with his permission, I’ve reprinted that exchange below.

 

But let’s let Richard tell the story.

Jack,

 

Here is some good news from the cycling front.  After a little lobbying and follow up, the City of Mesa took away nearly a mile of a traffic lane in each direction and re-striped it as a bicycle lane.  (See the attached picture and email thread.)  It wouldn't hurt to have as many people as possible to send a note to the Mayor to express thanks for the support of the bicycling community.  (Mayor Smith has also been instrumental in supporting El Tour de Mesa, formally known as El Tour de Phoenix.  He would like to see it grow to the size of El Tour de Tucson, including resurrecting the century.)

 

Thanks for your help,

 

Richard

 

[For those of you who would like to E-mail thanks to Mayor Smith, his E-mail address is Mayor.Smith@mesaaz.gov

 

 

-------Email Thread---------

 From: Richard Scott

Sent: Friday, April 22, 2011 10:02 AM

To: Mayor Smith

Subject: Bike Lane on Brown

 

Mayor Smith,

 

First let me say, "Thank You," for all of the support you have provided to the bicycling community in Mesa and to the Perimeter Bicycling Association.  I have been riding El Tour de Phoenix since 1993, and was happy to see it given the appropriate name of El Tour de Mesa this year.

 

I have been a bicycling resident of Mesa since 1997 and have seen a steady increase in the number of bike lanes and bike friendly streets in the city.  There is one popular section of road, though, that could use a little help -- Brown Road between Sun Valley and 80th Street.  The road to the east and west of this section of road has a dedicated bike lane, but, while it is posted as a "Bike Route," there is no bike lane in this section.  Since there are three traffic lanes in each direction, my recommendation is that this 3/4 mile section of road be re-striped with two traffic lanes in each direction and the third lane be used as a dedicated bike lane.  This was done a few years ago to the one mile section of McDowell Road between Greenfield and Higley, which significantly improved the safety of that corridor for cyclists.

 

This modification would have a number of benefits.

 

1.  This is a popular route for Mesa cyclists heading to and from Usery Pass.  This would greatly increase their safety.

 

2.  This is key access route for those living east of the 202 to Red Mountain HS, Fremont JHS, etc.  This would provide a safe route for children who wish to ride to school.

 

3.  This section of road goes through the City's Red Mountain Park Complex.  Adding a bike lane would improve the access and bike-friendly nature of the park.  It would provide a bike-able loop loop around the perimeter of the park and soccer fields.

 

4.  Finally, such an action could be used as leverage to increase the city's classification with the League of American Bicyclists.

 

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.  I look forward to your reply.

 

Richard Scott

 

 

From: Mayor Smith <Mayor.Smith@mesaaz.gov>

To: 'Richard Scott'

Sent: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 3:16 PM

Subject: RE: Bike Lane on Brown

Good afternoon Mr. Scott,

 

Thank you for taking the time to email Mayor Smith. The Mayor appreciates your support and was also very pleased to see the El Tour de Phoenix renamed to El Tour de Mesa. This is an important event for our city that we hope to see El Tour de Mesa grow for years to come.

 

The Mayor has read your email and asked me to follow up with you. Staff is currently researching your suggestions. I will have more information for you in the coming days. Please let me know if you have any other questions in the meanwhile.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kathy Macdonald

Chief of Staff

Office of the Mayor

City of Mesa

480-644-3002

Office hours: 7 am to 6 pm, Mon.-Thurs.

 

Please note: Under the Arizona public records statute, A.R.S. 39-121 et seq., e ‑mails received by or sent from the City of Mesa may be a public record, subject to disclosure.

 

 

 

From: Richard Scott

Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 12:15 PM

To: Mayor Smith

Subject: Re: Bike Lane on Brown

 

I am following up to see if there is any progress in the evaluation of my suggestion.

 

Richard

 

 

 

From: Mayor Smith <Mayor.Smith@mesaaz.gov>

To: 'Richard Scott'

Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 5:32 PM

Subject: RE: Bike Lane on Brown

Good afternoon Mr. Scott,

 

The following is information I received from our Traffic Studies department:

 

Our Traffic Studies group developed a concept where some of the existing pavement markings can just be striped over, thereby eliminating the need to obliterate large portions of road.  Traffic Studies is currently designing the restriping plan.  At the same time our Street Maintenance group will be working east of this area.  Once the maintenance work to the east is completed we will see if that crew can help to cover some of the existing stripes with a slurry seal.  

 

Traffic studies will follow up with me shortly to let me know if they were able to complete your request. I’ll keep you in the loop.

 

Thanks so much,

 

Kathy Macdonald

Chief of Staff

Office of the Mayor

City of Mesa

480-644-3002

Office hours: 7 am to 6 pm, Mon.-Thurs.

 

Please note:  Under the Arizona public records statute, A.R.S. 39-121 et seq., e-mails received by or sent from the City of Mesa may be a public record, subject to disclosure.

 

 

 

From: Richard Scott

Sent: Monday, August 08, 2011 1:02 PM

To: Mayor Smith

Subject: Re: Bike Lane on Brown

 

I hate to be a pest but...  (Actually I am hoping to be a squeaking wheel.)

 

As of this morning, it doesn't look like any steps have been taken toward making this section of Brown road more bicycle accessible.  Is it still in plan?

 

Richard

 

 

Good morning Mr. Scott,

 

The restriping plan has been done for a while but in speaking with our Street Maintenance folks, we discovered that a segment of Brown Road in this area is under the jurisdiction of the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). In discussing Mesa’s desire to add bike lanes with ADOT in mid July, we were informed that they had not scheduled any maintenance work that would help to cover some of the existing stripes but they would see what they could do.   In the meantime, we have applied for an ADOT encroachment permit to allow Mesa to undertake the striping removal, striping installation and sign changes needed to get the bike lanes added should ADOT not be able to do any maintenance work.  Our Transportation department is optimistic that we’ll have the permit within a month at which time we’ll be able to issue the work order to our Street Maintenance folks and get the job done.

 

Hope this information is helpful.

 

Kathy Macdonald

Chief of Staff

Office of the Mayor

City of Mesa

480-644-3002

Office hours: 7 am to 6 pm, Mon.-Thurs.

 

Please note:  Under the Arizona public records statute, A.R.S. 39-121 et seq., e-mails received by or sent from the City of Mesa may be a public record, subject to disclosure.

 

   

The 100 Ride for Jim Stenholm – Great Turnout!

Last Saturday’s 100 Ride for Jim Stenholm was a great success. I don’t have the official figures, but a preliminary count shows that about 370 riders signed a waiver and made a donation to aid the families of deceased and injured police officers and fire fighters. Counting those who snuck in without signing a waiver, there were probably more than 400 riders in the group.

On behalf of the 100 Club, Rebecca Stenholm, and the Phoenix Consumer Cycling Club, I heartily thank all of you who participated. It was out chance to show the law enforcement authorities and fire fighters that the cycling community is grateful for what they do for us, and your response by showing up and riding for them and in Jim Stenholm’s memory was tremendous.

Domenic Malvestuto -- February 3, 1943 to October 6, 2011 RIP

One of Arizona cycling's most colorful figures, Domenico Biagio Malvestuto, better known to the Arizona cycling community simply as Domenic, passed away on October 6 after a long fight against cancer.

Domenic was born on February 3, 1943 in Italy where he took up bicycle racing and served in the Italian Army before moving to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1967 and opened a bicycle shop there two years later. He moved to Arizona in 1979 and began soon began showing up and an informal training session that the Phoenix Consumer Cycling Club held twice a week in an industrial park near the Tempe-South Phoenix border. We invited him to join our team and be our coach, and at first he agreed until he realized that we were sponsored by a bike shop (Barbieri's Bike Barn). Domenic had plans to open his own bike shop, and he wanted to sponsor his own team.

He soon opened Domenic's Cycling in Tempe and founded the Strada racing team, which is still active in Arizona bicycle racing.

Domenic's shop was a success from the start. Domenic was a born salesman with the ability to convince the aspiring athlete that success depended on having the right equipment, and the right equipment, Italian of course, could only be found at Domenic's shop.

Domenic's reputation as a cycling coach is mixed. Those who believed in him assert that his belief in hard training brought them to levels of excellence that they would have unlikely achieved on their own. The more skeptical note that many of his riders peaked in the spring and were burned out before summer. However, no one can deny Domenic's ability to spot raw talent, which is perhaps his biggest contribution to Arizona bicycle racing.

Most of the original riders in Domenic’s Strada team had never raced until Domenic spotted them, convinced them to try racing, and began coaching them. Domenic’s top racers and trainees received unquestioning support. Was Saturday’s training ride a hammer fest up the Beeline Highway to Payson? Domenic went along in his van to take care of them, served them lunch in Payson, and drove them back to the Valley. Was he starting a new rider on a climbing regimen? Domenic was at South Mountain in the morning with the rider giving advice and encouragement. Without Domenic, many of the star riders in the early days of the Strada team might never have taken up bike racing at all.

Domenic, you are missed. The Arizona cycling scene is poorer for your passing, but your memory will live on for decades among Arizona cyclists. Rest in peace.

Memorial Service for Cyclist John Brush – October 29

Some of you who have been around Phoenix-area cycling for a long time will remember John Brush, who passed away several weeks ago. John was once a member of both the Arizona Bicycle Club and the Phoenix Consumer Cycling Clug. There was a time when John and I were the nucleaus of a training ride out to Rio Verde and back every Wednesday morning.

Here is information on an upcoming memorial service for John that was sent to me by cyclist Ed McGee.

Norman Beasley called this afternoon to relate that there will be a memorial for John Brush at 4;00 p.m., Saturday, October 29, 2011 at the clubhouse of the Argenta Apartments, located at 4104 E. Broadway Road in Mesa. (This is about halfway between Val Vista and Greenfield Roads). Norman asked that I get the word out to all those who knew John, as he was having difficulty making contact with many of them due to the passage of time and consequent scattering of so many of the old-timers.  

For more information, those interested can contact Norman directly at [I don’t want to put Norman’s phone number on the Web for obvious reasons. If anyone wants to call him, E-mail me, and I’ll send you his telephone number. – Jack Quinn]

Ed McGee

Some 2012 Arizona Races & Rides Already Scheduled

The Arizona Bicycle Racing Association (ABRA) has published a preliminary schedule of 2012 races. The races on the calendar so far (more will be added) are:

February 4, McDowell Mountain Circuit Race
February 10 through 12, Valley of the Sun Stage Race
March 2 through 4, Tucson Bicycle Classic Stage Race
April 15, Colossal Cave Road Race
April 21, State Champion Road Race
April 28 & 29, State Champion Criterium
July 14 & 15, State Champion Track Races
September 9, State Champion Tandem and Team Time Trials
September 16, State Champion Individual Time Trial
September 30, Mount Graham Hill Climb

Some non-ABRA rides that ABRA includes on its calendar are:

April 14, El Tour de Mesa
April 28, The Tour of the Tucson Mountains
November 17, El Tour de Tucson

Black Cycling Jerseys – A Bad Idea Whose Time has Come!

In 2010, it was difficult to tell one cycling team from another in a race, because many of them were wearing jerseys whose color was predominately red. Now don’t get me wrong; I have nothing against the color red. Contrary to what many people believe, it is not the most visible color for a cycling jersey, but it is acceptable as long as everyone else isn’t wearing the same color.

In 2011, two of Arizona’s largest cycling teams, Bicycle Haus and Tribe, adopted cycling jerseys whose most noticeable color was a bright green, which makes their riders stand out from a long distance away. It’s close to being the ideal color for being seen.(Chartreuse, a color between green and yellow, which is sometimes referred to as hi-vis green or hi-vis yellow, seems to be the most visible color.) However, a number of smaller clubs adapted black jerseys. Black not only does not stand out, it blends in with the color of most road and street surfaces and makes a rider much less visible. Worse yet, once again it was difficult to differentiate among the various cycling teams in a peloton. From a distance, all of those black jerseys look alike.

In 2012, the move to black threatens to get worse. Most Arizona cycling teams seem set on riding in low-visibility black jerseys next year. On the Stenholm Ride last Saturday, many of the riders were already sporting their black 2012 jerseys, and all of them looked alike from even a short distance away.

I understand that some clubs are having second thoughts and rethinking their choice of black jerseys for 2012 while there is still time to do a redesign, and I hope that is the case. Let’s see a variety of colors on the backs of Arizona racers next year, and let’s hope that most of those colors are bright and eye-catching.

Heart of Arizona Century -- November 5

The Bull Shifters' Heart of Arizona Century Ride (just over 100 miles) and brevet (extend the ride to 125 miles) is one of the toughest one-day rides in Arizona. It takes place in the hilly country generally north of Wickenburg and features lots of climbing. If you would like to finish off the season with a tough one-day ride, this is it!

“Brevet,” correctly pronounced “bray-VAY” although many English speakers say “BREV-it,” is a French word meaning “certificate” or “diploma” and signifies the certificate that one receives to prove that one has ridden a double metric century. Complete a certified brevet, also called a randonée and you have the right to call yourself a randonneur if you are a male or a randonneuse if you are female. The governing body for randonneuring is the Audax Club Parisien. Audax is short for audacieux or audacious in English. (See what useless tidbits you can pick up by reading this newsletter?)

The Heart of Arizona Century starts at Congress, Arizona, which is a gas station with a couple of nearby houses northwest of Wickenburg. The ride passes through such major Arizona metropolises as Hillside, Kirkland, Kirkland Junction, Peeples Valley, and Yarnell. Brevet riders also get to tour Bagdad and Wilhoit.

This ride is a beautiful rural ride, but it is tough. It not only is 100+ miles long for the shorter version, it features a LOT of climbing. It’s such a tough ride that when you reach the finish, you will swear that you’ll never be dumb enough to put yourself through such torture again, but as you sit around the table, munch on your well-deserved lunch, and swap lies with the other riders, you’ll already be planning your strategy for conquering the ten-mile hill next year. (Did I mention that one of the climbs is ten miles long?)

The Heart of Arizona Century costs $40 for members of the Bull Shifters, the Arizona Bicycle Club, GABA and RUSA (a club for long-distance cyclists – www.rusa.org) and $45 for others until October 30. After that date, add a $10 late fee.

To view the ride’s Website, click here.

Cave Creek Bicycle Festival – November 11, 12 & 13

Hi Jack,

Glad you’re back! I love the local news you provide…THANK YOU!

This year, I hope to catch you early enough to ask you if you would be so kind as to include a mention of the 3rd Annual Cave Creek Bicycle Festival in your e-news letter?  We did this for our inaugural event, I was too late last year…

Check out our evolving website + Facebook page, too.  We are in the final planning stages for this year, with so many exciting things coming together I can hardly contain myself!  For the Sake of Open Space

www.cavecreekbicyclefestival.com

·         The Mountain Bike Race Ride is a 22-mile loop through the foothills in Cave Creek, which has spawned a healthy-loyal following on various rides throughout the week…this is a spirited event taking on some major roots!

·         The Bella Fondo Road Ride, 30 & 50 mile options, takes in the best routes the north valley has to offer, right off our door steps in “The Creek”….

·         Our most hysterical event is the Kids Kriterium event which starts kids < age 4 on kick-bikes, through age groups up to 14…these monsters take cycling seriously!!!  We have the local Fire Company start each age group race with a cycle lead-out…guaranteed to have you cracking up, I’m just sayin’…

·         Not to forget the Alley Cat Race, the Ride-in-Theatre…complete with the Huffy Toss contest, even packet pick-up & registration takes on the festival of fun~~~

As advocates for all kinds of cycling, all things considered BIKES, we consider our event a family affair, getting the youth of our communities accustomed to cycling along with the rules of the road + trail at an early age.  We like to think this will propagate a healthy knowledge about our sport & the healthy lifestyle it encourages.

Just this summer, leaders of the CCBF have developed an official advocacy alliance, the Cave Creek Bicycle Association, which is currently working to promote proper trail building in our area, and in conjunction with the Town of Cave Creek, has obtained a grant for the development of bike lane through town, border-to-border.  We held a movie screening of “Pedal Driven”, introducing to a collective audience what we hope to accomplish through appropriate channels, the preservation of our Open Space for future generations.  

Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the need for willing volunteers.  Our website offers an easy opportunity for folks to log-in with their preferences for contribution to our fabulous bike-fest.

With the best of regards, RIDE ON!

Ann Patsy

GM Classic 2011 Omnium -- November 5 & 6

In recent years, the Arizona road-racing season has begun in January, and by the end of spring, the bulk of the mass-start races for the year have already been held, with little on the schedule during the rest of the year except time trials and hill climbs. It is therefore a boon to cyclists looking for a late-season race that the Yuma Bike Club is holding a two-day race in November, when the temperatures are still perfect for riding hard.

The first stage of the omnium, held on November 5, is a 7.62-mile individual time trial to be held on the oval banked road of the General Motors test track. The course is flat and should be very fast. The first rider will start at 7 a.m.

Day two on November 6 is a road race with different distances for different categories of riders. The exact distances are a bit hazy. The ride’s Web site reads that the race is “33/66/99 miles,” whereas on the registration page the distances are listed as 27 miles for juniors, 81 miles for pro, category 1 and category 2 men and women, and 54 miles for all other categories.

The time trial entry fee is $10 for juniors and $30 for adults. The road race costs $20 for juniors and $50 for all adult categories. Online registration is available until noon Eastern Time on November 1.

To connect to the race’s Web page, click here.

Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life – November 11

Hello there!

Thank you for doing this terrific newsletter every month. Would you mind adding this information in your next edition?

Register now for the Second Annual Cystic Fibrosis Cycle For Life on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011.

http://www.cff.org/Chapters/arizona/index.cfm?ID=18283&blnShowBack=True&idContentType=1239&Event=18283

Two routes are available beginning at Heritage Park in Florence, Arizona—75-mile route and 35-mile route. This charity event benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and offers a great route for those preparing for their first metric century. It’s flat, fully-supported and will feature a BBQ, beer and a live band at the finish for the riders, the volunteers and families.

Get a taste of the ride by joining the group for a free ride on Saturday, Oct. 15, from BJ’s Brewery and Restaurant. SAG support will be offered, breakfast foods, rest stops and a free lunch. Plus, those who wish to register for the November ride may do so for only $20 (plus fundraising minimum of $100).

To sign up for ride updates click here:

http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=0011QHrsLot1-em1_geF8bttw%3D%3D

Register now for the Fourth Annual Women-only Girls Gone Riding bike ride on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012.

http://www.active.com/cycling/gilbert-az/allwomen-girls-gone-riding-bike-ride-4th-annual-2012

Four routes are available beginning at Higley High School at 4605 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert, AZ, 85296.

Ride 15-miles; 34-miles; 62-miles or complete your first 100-mile century! A charity event that benefits multiple Phoenix charities: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; National MS Society; Phoenix Women’s sports Association and Not One More cyclist Foundation, the Girls Gone Riding bike ride features breakfast, lunch, fully-supported rest stops, SAG, and opportunities to earn the annual jersey by raising money—all while enjoying a ride with like-minded women through Gilbert, east Mesa and Chandler.

Registration is $30 right now through November.

For the Girls Gone Riding newsletter click here: http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=001Md2lQvja6UDLbXDpJVylvw==

Register now for the 4th Annual Girls Gone Riding All-Women's Bike Ride

http://girlsgoneriding.blogspot.com

http://www.examiner.com/cycling-in-gilbert/sheryl-keeme

Thank you,
Sheryl Keeme
Sheryl@girlsgoneriding.org

 

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