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Hidden Hills Controversy
Approaches the Boiling Point
Scottsdale’s Secrest Attempts Another World Record
State Individual TT
Championships – September 11
Skull Valley Loop Challenge –
Kitt Peak Hill Climb Time Trial
– September 18
Criterium at DC Ranch –
Arizona Hill Climb
Championships – September 25
Critical Mass Phoenix -- September 30
Tour de Scottsdale – October 2
Heart of Arizona Century –
Granada Chapter Arizona Bike
Club – Ride Destinations
Feedback – Our Readers Respond
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Hidden Hills Controversy Approaches the Boiling Point
After stewing on the back
burner during the summer doldrums, the Hidden Hills hullabaloo is about
to reach a full boil. Several people who have
been involved in the controversy, including your editor, received a memo
about two upcoming meetings concerning the easement for cyclists through
the gated community. One of the meetings is for public comment and the
second to take some action.
The residents of Hidden
Hills have spent big bucks, some it taxpayer money channeled to the
Hidden Hills Homeowners’ Association by bureaucrats who work for the City
of Scottsdale, in an attempt to overturn an agreement that each homeowner
accepted when purchasing a house in the community. The agreement creates
an easement for cyclists through the community as part of a planned
cyclist route to Fountain Hills. The Homeowners are well spoken and well
represented, and their opinions are seconded by some “cycling advocates,”
almost none of whom have firsthand knowledge of the situation and almost
all of whom fawningly take the Hidden Hills Homeowners’ Association’s
arguments at face value.
We need some well-spoken
cyclists who ride to Hidden Hills and know the situation to speak at the
meetings to counter the well-funded Hidden Hills publicity machine and
their “cycling advocate” quislings. You silver-tongued attorneys and
others with good public-speaking skills, here is your chance to do
something for your fellow cyclists.
Notice that the memo
talks of temporary suspension of the easement. As mentioned above, the
easement was designed to be part of a cycling
link to Fountain Hills. Under the temporary-suspension plan, the easement
would be reopened to cyclists if and when the
connection to Fountain Hills is completed. However, logic says that if
the connection is ever built, cycling traffic on
the route will increase dramatically, and the residents’ ire will
increase proportionally. On the other hand, the argument can be made that
if the easement is temporarily closed and then reopened if and when the cycling route is completed to Fountain
Hills, the route will be an official “transportation corridor,” and the
Hidden Hills residents will have a harder time persuading the City of
Scottsdale to close it.
Those of you who are
unfamiliar with the controversy can call up past articles on the subject
by going to www.azroadcyclist.com
and typing “Hidden Hills” into the search box at the top of the page.
Here is the memo from
Scottsdale Transportation Planner Susan Conklu:
public open house has been scheduled to discuss
temporarily suspending the use of the public bicycle and
non-motorized easement to bicyclists on 145th Way, a private street in
Hidden Hills, until a connection in Fountain Hills is built.
open house is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 22 at Via Linda Senior Center, 10440 E. Via Linda.
request is being considered to address concerns
related to the use of a public easement located in a private, gated
community. This action would have no impact on the Sunrise
Trailhead or the trail in the wash to the east of 145th Way. It
would not impact pedestrian access on the
sidewalk along 145th Way.
gathered from this open house will be compiled and
presented at the next Trails Subcommittee meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday,
October 6 at the Public Safety Building (Arizona Room) at 8401 E Indian
contacts for this project are Reed Kempton, Principal Transportation
Planner, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or 480-312-7630 and Susan Conklu, Transportation Planner, at email@example.com
or at 480-312-2308.
Susan Conklu, Transportation Planner
City of Scottsdale
Scottsdale's Secrest Attempts
Another World's Records
Reader Alan Johnson sent
in the following information about Scottsdale's Michael Secrest, a rider who refuses to grow old and
continues to surprise with his feats on the bike.
of your masters age readers may be interested in learning that
58-year-old Michael Secrest of Scottsdale will
be attempting to shatter the world indoor hour record for men 55-59 on
September 27th at the Home Depot Center Velodrome in Carson, California.
The current record, set in 2002 by Stephen Lehman of the USA, is 44.5488
Km. He will follow that record attempt with an attempt to break the
world 100 mile indoor record (all ages) at the
same facility on October 15th and 16th.
Michael currently holds
several world endurance cycling records, including the 24 hour, 12 hour,
200 mile, and the Trancontinental. But he is best
remembered as a veteran of seven Races Across AMerica (he won in 1987).
is being sponsored by my Phoenix company; SpaWorks. I will be there at both attempts and will
send you a report and pictures.
readers can read about Michael at www.theguyonthebike.com
Thank you very much.
I thank you for the
information, Alan. I and many of the readers
look forward to your coverage of Michael's attempts and the accompanying
State Individual TT Championships -- September 11
The Arizona Individual
Time Trial Championships will be held this year
on the old Frontage Road course heading south from Picacho on the left
side of I-10 on the morning of September 11. To get to the starting area,
take I-10 exit 219 and head north a few hundred feed on the Frontage Road
on the east side if the freeway to a large parking lot. The first rider
starts at 7 a.m., so get there early to have time to warm up.
Registration is online
only on BikeReg and closes on 8 a.m. on
September 9. The cost of registration is $10 for juniors and $35 for the
rest of us. Riders must be licensed by USA Cycling.
Unlicensed riders can purchase a day license online for an additional
$10, but under USA Cycling rules, riders with a day license are neither
eligible for medals nor for a championship jersey, nor are out-of-state
riders whose home district has an individual time trial championship
Junior riders, those 18
years of age and under, compete in two-year categories,
and masters 30 years old and above compete in five-year age categories.
Senior riders ride 40 kilometers, and juniors ride 20 kilometers. Most
master's age groups have a choice of racing either 20 or 40 kilometers.
The winner in each race
category will receive an Arizona State Championship jersey, and the
fastest male and female riders to complete the 40-kilometer course will
receive a $200 cash prize plus a trophy. There will
also be a $100 cash prize to any rider who breaks a State Championship
record. There will also be a trophy for the fastest male and
fastest female junior and master to ride the 20-kilometer course.
For more information and
to register online, click here.
Skull Valley Loop Challenge – September 11
The following is a press
release put out by the organizers of Prescott's Skull Valley Loop
Challenge. Those of you who have ridden or raced the Skull Valley Loop
know that it is one of the greatest medium-length rides
that Arizona has to offer.
area cyclists are invited to participate in
grown road ride” on Sunday September 11th. The first “Jerry Doss
Memorial Skull Valley Loop Challenge” was held
in 2007. Last year over
200 bicyclists registered for the event, which attracted
from all over Arizona, and neighboring states.
ride is a 54 mile “loop” that starts and ends at
City Hall in
Prescott. The circuit takes in Skull Valley, Kirkland, and Wilhoit
before returning on White Spar Rd., and it includes some 3,850 feet of
elevation change. Start time is 7:30 AM sharp. There will be two
support stations along the route, as well as “sag wagons” staffed by
local bike shops. The event is billed as a “fun
ride” and is not a
race, but time will be kept so riders can challenge their personal
Doss was the main instigator of the first event, but he died
before it happened, and the Prescott Cycling Club (PCC) held the first
ride in his memory. Now, PCC is also a memory, and the ride is
organized by Prescott Alternative Transportation, a non-profit
organization working towards a bicycle and pedestrian friendly central
Yavapai community. Registration fees are $35.00 before August 19th and
$45.00 after. More ride details and online registration information is
available at www.PrescottCycling.net.
more information, please contact the ride committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kitt Peak Hill Climb Time Trial -- September 18
The annual Kitt Peak Hill
Climb will be held on September 18. This race is
a time trial with the first rider starting at 7:30 a.m. and subsequent
riders starting at 30-second intervals.
Registration is on-site
only from 6 to 7 a.m. (Bring a flashlight; it will be dark at 6 a.m.) Tucson
riders can register the night before the race at Lerua's
Mexican Restaurant, 2005 East Broadway Boulevard in Tucson and presumably
thereby obtain better starting positions (due to the heat, earlier is
Registration is a modest
$20 for adult riders and $3 for juniors. For those not holding a USA
Cycling license, they will be available at registration for an additional
$10. Riders who purchase a new annual license for $60 race for free. The winners of each category will receive a
handshake and a pat on the back upon request. The only other prizes for
the race are bragging rights, although there are prizes for the top
riders in the entire Sedona Gateway Series of races.
For more information on
the Kitt Peak Hill Climb, click here.
Criterium at DC Ranch -- September 24
The second annual
Criterium at DC Ranch will be held on September
24 this year with a $5,000 prize list. The race is part of a run-up to
the Tour de Scottsdale. The race will be held on
a closed course at Canyon Village near the intersection of Thompson Peak
Parkway and Legacy Boulevard in North Scottsdale. Racing starts at 8:15
a.m. with the juniors' races and ends around 6 p.m. with the final sprint
of the Senior Men categories 1 and 2 and professional race.
Entry fees vary from $10
for juniors to $30 for most adult categories and $35 for the Senior Women
category 1, 2, and 3 and professional race and $40 for the top category
men's race. All racers must be licensed by USA Cycling.
This should be an
exciting day of racing for those spectators who are willing to make the
drive out there. It is for good reason that criteriums are the preferred
form of racing for spectators in the USA: The riders come by every few
minutes, so spectators are able to follow the development of the race,
especially if the organizers employ a knowledgeable race announcer who
can explain the tactics.
For more information of
the Criterium at DC Ranch, click here.
Arizona Hill Climb Championships -- September 25
As has happened every
year for the past 32 years, the Arizona State Hill Climb Championship
races will take place up Mount Graham in Southern Arizona again this year.
The race will be held on Sunday, September 25.
Although the members of
each USA Cycling category and age group race against each other for the
championship medals, by tradition this is a mass-start race. That means
that everyone starts together in one big pack.
The entry fee is $10 for
juniors and $40 for all other categories until September 11. After that
date, add another $5 to the entry fee.
Racers will ride either
10 or 20 miles up the mountain. Juniors10 through 16 years of age ride 10
miles, and 17 and 18 year olds can chose either 10 or 20 miles. Men
through 59 years of age and women through 49 years of age ride 20 miles.
Above those ages, riders have a choice of which distance to ride. The
winner in each category will win and Arizona State Hill Climbing
Championship jersey. Only Arizona registered riders who hold a yearly USA
Cycling license are eligible jerseys and medals.
For more information
about the race, click here.
Critical Mass Phoenix -- September 30
The first, and still the most famous, of the Critical Mass
rides started in San Francisco in 1992. Now, hundreds of cyclists ride
periodically in San Francisco to draw attention to cycling as a means of
transportation. The Critical Mass movement has since spread to hundreds
of cities throughout the world, but until this year, attempts to hold a
regular Critical Mass ride in Phoenix have proved unsuccessful.
The first attempt that I am aware of to start a Critical
Mass ride in Phoenix was in 2003, but the ride, which left from Park
Central Mall, sputtered out from lack of participation. However, for the
past year, the Critical Mass ride once again rolls through the streets of
Phoenix on the final Friday of every month.
The Phoenix Critical Mass ride leaves Steele Indian School
Park at 300 East Indian School Road at 6:30 p.m. on the final Friday of
every month. The Phoenix ride is still much smaller than the one in San
Francisco with an estimated average attendance of 50 riders, but most
Phoenix-area cyclists are still unaware of the ride. As the word gets
around, perhaps the ride will grow and really will reach critical mass.
Anyone who can ride a bike is invited
to show up and pedal with the group. Of course, with no formal organization
and an open-ride policy, the ride does not always make the best
impression on motorists. There have been reports of riders running red
lights and of the group spreading out across more than one lane in the
street. The Phoenix Police seem to be taking a tolerant attitude toward
the ride. According to a recent article in the Arizona Republic, which
you can read by clicking here,
the police have issued several warnings for traffic violations but no
As I understand it, the purposes of the ride are to raise
the awareness of cycling as a legitimate means of transportation, to draw
attention to the need for better cycling routes in Phoenix, and to draw
attention to lawlessness on the part of motorists when they encounter a
cyclist on the street. I will not claim that I never roll through a stop
sign on my bike early in the morning when there are no cars present, but
it seems to me that a ride that hopes to raise the awareness of cycling
among the general public should scrupulously adhere
to traffic regulations. Traffic law violations on large rides only serve
to create a negative image of cyclists among the motoring public.
There is a tendency for cyclists to show less respect
traffic laws when riding in groups than when riding alone. That is
exactly the wrong attitude. Motorists become impatient with large groups of
riders much more easily than with individual cyclists, especially if the
group of cyclists impedes traffic because some of its participants do not
obey traffic laws.
If you would like to participate in Phoenix’s Critical
Mass ride, show up September 30 or the last Friday of any month at Steele
Indian School Park with your bike. Perhaps I will see you there.
Tour de Scottsdale -- October 2
Frequent readers of this
newsletter know that I am not a fan of the "Tour de..." pseudo
races, because I consider them dangerous. Because these events are timed,
they encourage novice riders, who are not skilled at riding in a pack, to
treat the ride as a race and thereby risk not only their own safety but the safety of the riders around them. Almost every
year, these events are the scenes of multiple crashes that leave several
riders seriously injured, sometimes with injuries that are so serious
that they have lifelong consequences. Last year's worst (but not only)
crash occurred at high speed descending Nine-Mile Hill, as cyclists refer
to the road leading from Scottsdale to Rio Verde, when someone swerved in
a pack of riders and took down several cyclists.
Now that I have finished
my sermon, if you are still determined to ride this event, and many of
you are, here's some information.
The Tour de Scottsdale
takes place on October 2 this year. There are two rides, both of which are billed as "citizens' rides," which means
that anyone with a pulse who can balance a bike may enter. The short
version is 20 miles, and the longer version is 70 miles. Riders will
carry chips for timing purposes.
This ride is not cheap!
The entry fee was $85 until August 28. For those not yet registered, the
fee has jumped to $100 and will jump to $125 on September 29. In
exchange, you get your ride timed and a T-shirt.
I hope that sensible
riders who value the integrity of their bones will give this event a
pass, but those of you who enjoy riding on the edge can get more
information in PDF format by clicking here.
Heart of Arizona Century -- November 5
OK, it may be a bit early
to talk about a ride that's still almost two
months away, so I'll keep this brief. The Bull Shifters' Heart of Arizona
Century Ride (about 100 miles) and brevet (extend it to 120 miles) is one
of the toughest one-day rides in Arizona and takes place in the hilly
country generally north of Wickenburg. If you'd
like to finish off the season with a tough one-dayer,
this is the ride. I highly recommend it.
have a description of this ride in a future edition. In the meantime, you
macho types can get a peak at the ride's information on the Web by
Granada Chapter Arizona Bike Club – Ride Destinations
following are the ride destinations for the Arizona
Bicycle Club’s Granada Chapter’s breakfast rides for the remainder
of this month. The rides leave Granada Park, 20th Street and
Maryland in Phoenix, every Sunday morning at 6:30 a.m. and stops for
breakfast. The club rides in several groups based on speed and ability.
For insurance purposes, non-members may ride with the group once before
11 - US Egg - 402 E. Greenway
18 - Mel's Diner - 1747 Grand Avenue
25 - 5 & Diner - 7541 West Bell Road
Feedback -- Our Readers Respond
Mr. Quinn, I believe you
must be the Mr. Quinn that had a Schwinn
Paramount road bike back around 1969, that I borrowed for the Mt. Lemmon
Hill Climb race that year? Tom Hayes
Tom. It's been a long time. I
remember you well, and I know some of the readers remember you, too
(Richard Fisher, Bruce Braley, Alan Johnson) from the days when we used
to all ride together back in the late 1960s and early 1970s. As I
mentioned in the E-mail I sent you, one of my memories is riding
southbound on the Beeline Highway when you happened by in your pickup
truck. You pulled in front of me and motor paced me all the way south to
you will be returning to the area, I have certainly missed your
insightful acerbic commentary of the cycling scene. However the temp is
nearing 115 today so take that into account for your return!!! We have all missed the biweekly newsletters. I
hope your injury will heal soon or maybe you will need to actually see a
doctor, however do not jump into surgery as this has a uncertain track
record for many issues similar. RR GRACE MD
Thanks for the feedback. I'm writing this part of the newsletter while I'm
still in Luxembourg, but I hope my sciatica will be cleared up by the
time I get back to Phoenix and complete this newsletter. [Later from
Phoenix: It’s not cleared up, but it’s much
better.] Thanks for saving some of the heat for me! -- Jack Quinn
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