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Why are There no Velodromes in
Wrap-up of the Phoenix Bike
Steephill.tv – Bike Race
Coverage on the Web
PCCC’s Midweek Crits Continue
Through End of April
April is Valley Bike Month
Coalition of Arizona
Bicyclists Novice Courses in April
Colossal Cave Stage Race –
Arizona State Criterium
Championships – April 9 & 10
Superior Road Race – April 16
GABA’s Spring Bike Swap –
Bicycle to Work & School
Day – April 20
Focus Criterium – April 23
SanTan Wheelie Jam – April 23
Phoenix Bicycle Initiatives
Subcommittee – April 28
ABC’s Desert Classic Century
Ride – April 30
Answer to the Challenge –
April 20 through May 1
Three Bears Time Trial – May 1
Alta Alpina Challenge – June 11
ABC Granada Park April Breakfast
About Arizona Road Cyclist News
Why are There no
Velodromes in Arizona?
Phoenix does not rank high
on any of the lists of bicycle-friendly cities that I have seen. Bicycling
magazine’s list ranks Phoenix/Tempe as number 15 among its
top 50, but one has to wonder if that ranking does not have more to do
with Tempe than with Phoenix. Scottsdale ranks #20 on Bicycling’s list. The League of
American Bicyclists ranks Arizona as a “bronze” state, number 9 on its
list. Within Arizona, Tucson and East Pima Country are ranked gold,
Flagstaff, Scottsdale, and Tempe are ranked silver, and Gilbert and Mesa
are ranked bronze. Unsurprisingly, Phoenix is not mentioned.
When attention is given
to cycling in Arizona, it is usually as a means of transportation, mainly
for getting to work or school and back. Although they are largely ignored
by the state and local governments, most cyclists that I see on the road
seem to not be commuters but fitness-orientated recreational riders.
Cruise around North Scottsdale on Saturday or Sunday morning, and you
will see many large groups of cyclists and numerous individual riders out
riding for fun or for training for races. The needs of these riders
overlap with but are not necessarily the same as riders who use their
bikes mainly for transportation or for a ride around the neighborhood.
One of the facilities
that best promotes high-intensity riding for health is a bicycle track,
known inside the sport as a velodrome. A velodrome enables experienced
riders to work on sprints, time trialing, and bike handling, and it is
one of the best ways available to get kids of both genders interested in
cycling as a sport.
Considering its large
population, the USA ranks low on the list of modern countries in the
number of velodromes it supports. The Website fixedgearfever.com maintains a
database of velodromes throughout the world. The USA has 27 compared to 45
in Argentina, 23 in China, 125 in France, 52 in Germany, 55 in Italy, 77
in Japan, 26 in tiny New Zealand,
72 in Spain and 31 in the UK. Even Mexico, with a population of about 1/3
that of the USA, comes close to us in the number of velodromes with 20.
The cities in the USA
that have velodromes have learned that they are not just playgrounds for
elite cyclists. They are a boon to the local economy, attracting
out-of-town competitors and spectators with their tourist dollars. If
amenities are added, velodromes can be self-supporting and not depend on
tax dollars for their operation. The Valley
Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, PA has several
concession stands and a bike-rental business and attracts international
cycling events. It seats 2000 spectators, some of whom pay $70 a year for
season tickets and consider it a bargain. It has an extensive training
program for beginning bicycle racers and a very large program for kids.
It hosted the 2010 USA Cycling Junior National Championships and the 2010
World Series of Bicycling with its international group of competitors.
A metropolitan area the
size of Phoenix can support at least three velodromes. Tucson could
support at least one and cities such as Yuma and Flagstaff could also support
a track. At present, Arizona riders travel to San Diego for track events
including the state championships, helping San Diego’s economy but not
ours, and riders from Yuma sometimes cross the border to train at the
velodrome in Mexicali, Mexico.
At present, there is at
least one person in talks with various Indian tribes in the Phoenix area.
The tribes see a velodrome as a potential profit-making enterprise. With
Central Arizona’s good cycling weather in the fall, winter, and spring,
the velodrome would likely attract professional racers from throughout
the world who could train on both the road and the track in the
off-season, and there is little doubt that it would attract US-based
cyclists to spend their time and their money in Arizona to train. A
velodrome could also motivate the reservation kids and give them
something to become physically active, greatly improving health on the
reservation and lowering medical costs.
However, the biggest draw
would be something that off-reservation velodromes could not offer. I
mentioned that Japan has 77 velodromes, more than almost every other
country except France. What makes track cycling so popular in Japan is
gambling. The Japanese bet on bike races the way Arizonans used to bet on
horse and dog races. Some reservation officials are asking themselves if
they could make that happen here, and they are seeing dollar signs.
To my knowledge, there
have been two efforts to build a velodrome in Phoenix in the past. Many
years ago, a velodrome was supposed to be constructed in South Mountain
Park. A later initiative would have put the velodrome in Phoenix’s Papago
Park just south of Oak Street on the east side of the buttes. A committee
was set up to build the velodrome, and money was raised. Why the
initiative faltered and what happened to the money that was raised are
two questions that I cannot answer.
I hope that someone who
reads this article will get the velodrome bug and take up the initiative
to get one built. It will be all well and good if a velodrome is built on
a reservation, but we also need one in town where urban cyclists
including kids can go evenings to train. A velodrome could be
self-supporting and could add to Arizona’s economy.
Wrap-up of the Phoenix Bike Summit
On Saturday, March 19,
the City of Phoenix held its first-ever “bicycle summit” at the Burton
Barr Library, 1221 North Central Avenue. As might be expected from an
event hosted by a municipal government and organized by a bicycle
coordinator who is also a traffic engineer, the emphasis was almost
exclusively on bicycle commuting.
First, I would like to
thank Neil Thompson and Richard Utterback of the Arizona Bicycle Club, who
I understood used personal funds to pay for lunch. That was beyond the
call of duty. I felt guilty at sponging off them until I tasted the
delicious food, at which point my pangs of conscience disappeared.
The first presenter was
Tony Ehrler of the Phoenix Police Department who began by asking us to
guess how much training in bicycle enforcement the average police officer
receives. One of the attendees guessed 30 minutes, but Officer
acknowledged that that guess was on the high side. The true figure, he
said, is closer to zero, which confirmed the suspicions of many of us.
Phoenix does have a group
of about 400 officers who are trained to patrol on mountain bikes. Most
of them only ride bikes at special events such as parades, although, there
are a few officers who regularly patrol the Downtown Phoenix area on
Officer Ehrler said that
officers certified for bike patrol are required to take a 40-hour
training course, which I took to mean that these officers are
knowledgeable about traffic law as it pertains to cyclists. However, in a
later breakout session, Radar Matt of the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists
told me that those 40 hours of training consist largely of how to ride a
bike, physical fitness, etc. and only go into cycling traffic law superficially
if at all.
As readers of this
newsletter know, one of my interests is the enforcement of the three-foot
law, which requires motor vehicles to give cyclists at least three feet
of clearance when passing. It has been my contention that tickets are
only written for violation of this law when a cyclists is actually struck
by the motor vehicle or, in the case of a Flagstaff cyclist, where a
video posted to U-tube resulted in E-mails sent to the city attorney
demanding enforcement. Officer Ehrler said that I was not entirely
correct. He acknowledged great ignorance of the three-foot law among law-enforcement
officials but said that he had personally written a number of tickets for
violation of the three-foot statute. He added that one of his goals in
officer training is to make more police officers aware of the law. I also
was told by another attendee that some tickets for violation of the
three-foot law have been written in Tucson.
One of the problem we
cyclists encounter is the inability to trigger traffic lights. At many
intersections, the green light for the secondary street at an
intersection is only triggered when a large electrically-conductive
object, such as a car, stops above a sensing loop buried in the pavement.
These loops are seldom sensitive enough to be triggered by a bicycle. In
an informal discussion at lunch, I was told that the City of Phoenix is
planning to begin to install loops at intersections that will sense the
presence of a bicycle and trigger the traffic light.
At the lunch break, Jeff
Spellman of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department had a variety of
adaptive bikes on display outside the building. By adaptive bikes, I mean
three-wheeled recumbent and hand-powered cycles for those with mobility
limitations. Jeff said that on Silent Sunday, which is held once a month
at South Mountain Park, these bikes are available for loan. Also
available for loan are tandems for people with visual limitations and mountain
bikes for anyone.
In his afternoon
presentation, Jeff also talked about some of the Park and Recreation
Department’s summer programs, which include cycling and mountain bike
events on the Mogollon Rim plus a cycling camp that involves youths from
the city. These programs are part of Camp Colley, whose Website can be
viewed by clicking here.
Another topic that came
up was the City’s Bike Boulevard project. This would be a cycling route
from Christown on the west to Gateway Community College on the east that
would use mostly existing infrastructure to provide a safe cycling route
across town. As I understand it, the Bike Boulevard is still not funded.
To read a discussion about the plan, click here.
There are local bicycle routes
throughout Phoenix, but many are not connected to each other to form a
complete network. For example, there are few bicycle-friendly routes across
the Salt River. A rider wanting to cycle from East Phoenix to South
Mountain will find several stretches that can be uncomfortable to ride
during periods of heavy traffic.
Central Avenue between
Camelback and Bethany Home Roads is scheduled to go on a “road diet”. A
road diet removes auto lanes to slow down traffic and lower the street’s
capacity to carry motor vehicles to make them more cycle and pedestrian
friendly. The former traffic lanes can then be converted to bike lanes.
Of course, the traffic that is scheduled to be removed from Central
Avenue will have to find another route, so those of you who drive or (I
shudder to think) cycle Seventh Street and Seventh Avenue during rush
hour should be prepared for even more excitement during your commutes.
presented at the summit is the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program,
which affects schools attended by about 57,000 students.
Those of us who try to
determine just how safe it is to cycle in the City of Phoenix depend on
the “Annual Collision Summary.” Unfortunately, the last one published covers
the year 2007. We were promised that the summaries for the years 2008
through 2010 will be available by the end of this year.
Other projects underway
are the publication this fall of a graphic novel (I think that’s a fancy
name for comic book) entitled Doctor
Sprocket, which will promote cycling safety awareness among teenagers
and young adults, and the publication of a “Share the Road” brochure,
which is to include a discussion of the three-foot law. I have no idea
how this brochure will be distributed or how motorists can be motivated
to read it.
All of these projects are
to be part of a comprehensive bike plan, which is to be included in the
City’s General Plan.
At the end of the day,
John Allen, who writes on cycling issues from the commuter’s and casual
rider’s point of view and who has recently located to Phoenix from
Boston, gave his views on Phoenix as a city to get around on by bicycle.
On the downside, destinations in Phoenix are often too far apart for most
people to consider reaching them by bicycle. The light rail system helps
to alleviate that problem, because cyclists can take a bike onboard. On
the plus side, Phoenix does have many half-mile streets that are bicycle
friendly and there are canals with bike paths (multi-use paths actually)
that sometimes have tunnels at cross streets.
If you are interested in
John’s Bicycling Street Smarts
publication, you can read it online by clicking here.
For an extensive opinion
piece on what it would take to turn Phoenix into a bicycle-friendly city
for commuters, click here.
Steephill.tv – Bike Race
Coverage on the Web
Reader Jack Sorahan sent me this link to Steephill.tv:
The Website has links to a large number of Webcasts of European
professional bicycle races plus links to news and photos of the races.
Most of the links are to sites that Webcast in English, but there are
also links to Webcasts with commentary in French, Spanish, Dutch, etc. It
takes a bit of work to find the coverage you want to see, but it is a way
to view races that we cannot see on TV in the USA. There are links to
video of the upcoming European classics: the Tour of Flanders on April 3,
Paris-Roubaix on April 10, Amstel Gold on April 17, Fleche Wallonne on
April 20, and Liège-Bastogne on April 24.
PCCC's Midweek Crits Continue
Through End of April
The Phoenix Consumer
Cycling Club’s (PCCC) Midweek Criterium Series will continue to be held
on Tuesday evenings through the last Tuesday of April, barring unforeseen
scheduling conflicts for the venue. The first race for beginners starts
at 5 p.m. and the last race for top-notch category 1 and 2 racers starts
at about 6:45 p.m. and ends at approximately 7 p.m. I am the race
The crits are held in the
parking lot of Phoenix Municipal Stadium on the southwest corner of
Priest (also known as Galvin Parkway) and Van Buren. To enter the parking
lot, use the entrance on the south side of Van Buren just east of Priest.
Racers must be licensed by USA Cycling to participate, but day licenses
will be available at registration for $10, and we also hope to sell the
$60 annual licenses.
The cost to race is $5
for the D race and $10 for the other races. For adult riders
participating in more than one race, the cost is $10 for the first race
and $5 for the second. Juniors can choose to race in a second event at no
additional charge. Spectators pay no admission charge and are advised to
bring a lawn chair and perhaps some tailgate food to more comfortably
view the race.
To view and/or download
the race brochure in PDF format, click here.
April is Valley Bike
Valley Metro has declared the month of April Valley Bike
Month and published a calendar of events in the Phoenix metropolitan area
as part of the festivities. Here is a list of Valley Metro-recognized
events (no races are on the list, I see). Some (but not all) of these
events are also described below in the newsletter.
20th Annual Tour de
Chandler Family Bike Ride
Peoria Pioneer Days Family
REI Used Bike Drive
April 3 -- 6th Annual Scottsdale Cycle the Arts
April 5 -- REI Bike Commuting Class
April 10 -- Glendale Family Bike Ride
April 16 -- Ciclovia Mesa 2011
April 17 -- Valley Metro Great Bike Chase & Game
April 20 -- Valley Bike to Work & School Day
April 23 -- SanTan Wheelie Jam
April 30 -- Arizona Bicycle Club Desert Classic
view the Valley Metro Web page that contains links to the Web pages of
the events listed above, click here.
of Arizona Bicyclists Novice Courses in April
The Coalition of Arizona
Bicyclists offers courses for beginning cyclists. Do you have a friend or
spouse who doesn’t know how to fix a flat, is insecure about riding in
traffic, or cannot handle the minor mechanical problems that can occur
during a ride? If so, one of the following courses may be the answer.
The Traffic Skills 101
course, by and for women, was held on Saturday March 26 at Global
Bikes, 835 North Gilbert Road #111 in Gilbert, Arizona from noon to 5
p.m. The course covered such topics as basic bike-handling skills, crash
avoidance, traffic laws as they pertain to cyclists, plus a history of
version of Traffic Skills 101 course for all cyclists will be held at the
same location from noon to 5 p.m. on April 9. It covers most of the same
topics as the women’s course described above.
In addition to the
classroom segment, both courses have an online segment, which must be
completed in advance of the classroom and riding sessions. The online
portion of the course is free, but the in-person session costs $25. In
return, participants receive a $25 gift certificate from Global Bikes.
For more information,
Cave Stage Race – This Weekend
The Colossal Cave Race
was once a road race held on a single day, but in recent years, it has
metamorphosed into three-stage race held over two days.
Stage 1 is the
Rocket-Stav Time Trial held on April 2. The out-and-back course is 6.6
miles long and is described as mostly flat with a 104-foot elevation
gain. The first rider starts at 7:00 a.m., and the last rider is expected
to finish at approximately 9:25 a.m. Riders will start at 30-second
The second stage will be
the Musselman Honda Criterium held on the K1 Kart Circuit near the time
trial location. The first group of racers will start at 11:00 a.m.,
although the circuit will be opened for warm-up at 10 a.m. The course is
described as very technical but not dangerous with 13 turns and 17 feet
of elevation change per 0.8-mile lap. This is the same course that was
used for the spring Tucson Wednesday night criterium series.
The final stage is a road
race on the traditional Colossal Cave nine-mile circuit with rollers,
climbs, and descents. Riders will do from 1 to 9 laps around the circuit,
depending on which category they are racing.
There will be cash prizes
for the top finishers in general classification as well as the top
finishers in each stage. The total cash prize list totals $6,118. The
general classification results will be calculated by totaling points
awarded for the finish order of each stage rather than by the fastest
cumulative time, as is the case in most stage races. Points will be
awarded for the order of finish in each stage, and there will also be
points awarded for sprints in the criterium. All finishers will receive
at least one point per stage.
Registration is online at
bikereg.com where the entry fee varies from $15 for juniors to $80 for
men professional, category 1, and category 2 riders. A $5 to $10 late fee
will be charged to riders did not register by March 23.
To access the race’s
extensive Web site for more information, click here.
State Criterium Championships – April 9 & 10
This year, the
organization of the Arizona State Criterium Championship races looks
first class. For one thing, instead of cramming the races for all age
groups and categories into a single day, the races will be spread over
Saturday and Sunday. The age-graded categories, masters and juniors, will
race on Saturday. The categorized men’s and women’s races, categories 1
through 5 for men and 1 through 4 for women, will be held on Saturday,
billed on the race’s Website as “Elite Women and Men.” (When did novice
category 5 racers become elite?)
The races will be held on
a course located just south of the intersection of Deer Valley Road and
Seventh Street in Phoenix. Racing goes on from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on
Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. The registration fee is
$35 for adult racers and $10 for juniors. Juniors and masters who race in
their age group on Saturday may also register to race in their category
on Sunday for $25.
I have been told that the
course will be on new streets with a first-class surface in a new
industrial park. This should be a great event for both riders and
spectators. To connect to the race Website, click here.
Road Race – April 16
The 2011 OMYA/Superior
Road Race takes place on Sunday April 16 and starts in the town of
Superior. The race will be held on an out-and-back course to Winkelman,
62 miles round trip. The race’s Website mentions that the course is very
hilly, but in my opinion, that is quite an understatement. Riders will
have to pass over the infamous End of the World hill in both directions,
and on the return leg, that will be after they have already pedaled up
Ray Mine Hill. Juniors and Masters Women 35+ ride a shorter 33-mile
There are categories for
almost all age groups as well as for the senior categories. The
registration fee in advance is $15 for collegiate and junior racers and
$35 for the adult categories.
To view the race’s Web
page, click here.
GABA’s Spring Bike Swap – April 17
The Greater Bicycle Association’s spring swap meet takes
place in Tucson on 4th Avenue between 6th Street
and 9th Street on April 17 from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., just before
the Old Pueblo Grand Prix criterium. It’s a good place find a great deal on
those bicycle parts you need and unload the jun… er… give someone else an
opportunity to purchase the heirloom bicycle components that you no
longer need. GABA also needs volunteers to help with the event. For more
information, click here.
Pueblo Grand Prix – April 17
the Old Pueblo is another
name for Tucson and refers to the fact that Tucson was already a
settlement during the Spanish colonial days. The term “grand prix”
conjures up images of a long, arduous race with killer stages spread over
several days, perhaps a mini Tour de France, but this grand prix is
actually a criterium to be held in downtown Tucson on April 17. The race
has a long list of sponsors headed by the Jim Click Automotive Team, and
the sponsors must be generous, because the race has a humongous $20,000
prize list including a $9,950 package of prizes for the first 20
finishers in the men’s professional, category 1, and category 2 combined
race and a $5,000 total prize list for the women’s combined professional,
category 1, 2, and 3 field. With that sort of money up for grabs, one
would expect the entry fee to be an arm and a leg, but the cost to race
is only $30 for most categories, $35 for the elite women’s race, and $40
for the elite men’s race.
Registration is online at
bikereg.com and closes at 9 p.m. on April 10. There will be no
day-of-race registration. Racing takes place from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. and
follows the GABA 4th Avenue Bike Swap. To view the race
Website, click here.
to Work & School Day – April 20
Wednesday April 20 is Valley Metro’s Bike to Work and
School Day, and a number of cities in the Phoenix metropolitan area are
sponsoring events to encourage people to use their bikes as transportation.
For example, Gilbert, Glendale, Phoenix, and Tempe are offering free
breakfast and snacks to riders who attend a morning event and then ride
their bikes to work. Other suburbs are offering events minus the free
chow, although food may be available for purchase. For information on
Bike to Work and School Day events in your part of the Phoenix metro
area, click here.
Criterium – April 23
The Focus Criterium will
be held at 2200 South Stearman Drive in Chandler on April 23. There are
races for most categories and age-based races for juniors and veteran men,
in the later case in 10-year increments up to 60+. The entry fee is $10
for juniors and $35 for adults until April 21, after which a late fee of
$5 for juniors and $10 for others will be added. Those who pre-register
online will have personalized racing numbers with their names.
There will also be kids “drag”
races during the lunch break from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. The entry fee for
these races is $5.
To view the race Website
for more information, click here.
SanTan Wheelie Jam
– April 23
The SanTan Wheelie Jam is a bike and beer festival that
takes place at the Phoenix Steele Indian School Park on April 23. There
will be bicycling events and beer for sale, supplied by SanTan Brewing
with proceeds from the beer sales going to local cycling organizations.
The Tempe Bicycle Action Group is behind the event. If you would like to
attend, you can register on the event’s Facebook page by clicking here.
Phoenix Bicycle Initiatives Subcommittee – April 28
The Bicycle Initiatives Subcommittee
of the City of Phoenix is tentatively scheduled to meet on Thursday April
28 at Phoenix City Hall, 200 West Washington, at 4:30 p.m. Cyclists and
cycling advocates are invited to attend but should notify Phoenix’s
bicycle coordinator, Joseph Perez, in advance. Contact him by E-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or call him at (602) 534-9529.
Desert Classic Century Ride – April 30
The Arizona Bicycle
Club’s annual Desert Classic takes place on April 30. There are three
routes available: a full century of 100 miles, a 62-mile metric century,
and a 34-mile ride for newer and younger riders. The ride starts at
Oggi’s Pizza & Brewery, which is located south of Loop 101 on the east
side of 67th Avenue. Registration opens at 6 a.m., the century
ride starts at 7, the metric starts at 7:30, and the 34-mile ride starts
at 8. The cost is $25 for pre-registered members of ABC, GABA, and the
Bullshifters until March 18. Others pay $35. After March 18, add a $5
late fee. For more information, click here.
to the Challenge – April 29 thru May 1
The Answer to the
Challenge is a 325-mile bike ride spread over some of the toughest roads
in Arizona. The ride includes 22,000 feet of climbing. Day one is
Scottsdale to Strawberry on the Mogollon Rim. Day two brings riders down
off the Rim, across Verde Valley, and up over Mingus Mountain to
Prescott. On the final day, riders alternately pedal and freewheel from
Prescott, through the White Spars, down Yarnell Hill, through Congress
and Wickenburg, and then back across the sweltering desert to Scottsdale.
The ride is sponsored by
the Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club (PMBC) with lots of help from Landis
Cyclery, whose crew will transport bags, provide SAG stops with snacks
and water, and possibly help you resolve mechanical problems. They will also
pick you up if you are foolish enough to register for this ride without
being in super physical condition.
The cost of the ride is a
very reasonable $60 from members of PMBC, ABC, GABA, and USA Cycling
licensed riders. Others add $5 to the fee. After April 23 there will be
an additional $10 late fee. Riders are also responsible for booking and
paying for their own lodging in Strawberry (hurry, there are limited
rooms there) and Prescott.
For more information,
Three Bears Time Trial – May 1
The following is a press release about the Three Bears
The 3 Bears 3 Choices
May 1, 2011
Promoted by Summit Velo and
held under USAC Permit #2011-886
CHOICES for this race day! Pick 10K, 20K, or 30k. Great opportunity for
novice racers to get experience in the shorter distances. For novice
racers only in the 10K distance we will pick up the cost of your one-day
score all categories and age groups for each distance. And we will be
awarding series prizes to the winners in each category and age group for
the 20k and 30K distances to the riders with the lowest combined time in
this race and our July 10 race.
TT course: an out-and-back on Park Link Dr, which connects the I-10
Frontage Rd near Red Rock to US-79. GOOD Pavement, LOW traffic, and a
little elevation gain on the outbound leg to make it interesting. Start time
will be 8:00 a.m. We will first run the 10K race then the 20K and then the
will be online, preregistration (Sportsbaseonline.com.) Packet pickup and
registration at Fair Wheels Bikes (1110 E. 6th St.), from 2-4 PM on April
30. Packet pickup only on race day from 7:00 to 7:45. NO RACE DAY
REGISTRATION. Race fee is $20 (no extra
online registration fees), Juniors can register for $5.
should be light, and race volunteers will be directing traffic at the start/finish
and turnaround, but keep in mind that the course IS OPEN so stay as far
to the right as is safe and reasonable at all times. There will be porta-johns
and an EMT on-site. Don’t have all that fancy aero gear, or want to time
trial in the old style?? This race will keep the Merckx Open category for
the new-comers, old-schoolers and purists! CATEGORIES:Womens: 1/2, 3, 4, 35+,40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+
and Merckx Open. Mens: 1/2, 3, 4, 5, 35+, 40+, 45+,50+, 55+, 65+, 70+,
75+ and Merckx Open. Juniors 10-14 and 15-18 (all) and Tandems (all) PRIZES?: Bragging rights for this race but prizes for lowest
combined time for today and July 10 in the 20 K and 30 K distances. For prizes
riders must race both races at the same distance and a minimum of number
of racers for each distance and category/age will be required.
to Park Link Dr: From I-10, exit at Red Rock and drive northwest on the east
frontage road for a mile and a half, to Park Link. Start/finish area will
be 5 miles east of I-10, please park as far off the road as you can. Alternate
access from AZ-79. Here is a link to the start/finish:
the AZ Cycling Forum, or http://www.summitvelo.org for more information. Race Promoter: Barb Frohling @
email@example.com or Gary Sax @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Alta Alpina Challenge – June 11
The Alta Alpina
Challenge: Riding the Wild Sierra is promoted by the Alta Alpina Cycling
Club, a road and mountain-bike club based in the Carson City,
Garnerville, and Lake Tahoe areas of California. It takes place on June
11, 2011. This is a ride for macho cyclists who love to climb hills and
who want to enjoy a challenging cycling event in the cool High Sierras at
the time of year when temperatures in the Arizona Desert can be over 110
There are four versions
of the ride, or cyclists can design their own challenge depending on just
how willing they are to suffer. The Wild Sierra Metric is 64 miles long
and features 5,000 feet of climbing. For those who want to double the
pain, the Wild Serra Century is 110 miles long with 11,000 feet of
climbing. Sill not enough? Try the 134-mile long 5-Pass Challenge with
16,000 feet of climbing. The real masochists will chose the 8-Pass
Challenge with 20,300 feet of climbing, which is claimed to be the
“World’s Toughest Double Century.” 100 miles of the route is at
elevations above 7,000 feet.
The registration fee is
$100 for the 8-Pass Challenge, $90 for the 5-Pass Challenge, and $60 for
the other two rides until May 1. After that date, add a late-registration
fee of $20 for the 8-Pass Challenge, $15 for the 5-Pass Challenge, and
$10 for the other two rides. An optional ride jersey is available for
$69, and those who finish the 8-Pass Double Century may purchase the
8-Pass Finisher jersey for the same price.
To access the ride’s
Website, click here.
ABC Granada Park April Breakfast Ride Schedule
Here are the breakfast ride destinations for the Granada
Park Chapter of the Arizona Bicycle Club during the month of April.
Please note that the ride starting time moves up to 6:30 a.m.
April 3 -- Deer Valley Airport
Restaurant, 702 West Deer Valley Road, Phoenix.
April 10 – Wagon Yard
Restaurant, 2625 East Bell Road, Phoenix.
April 17 – Eye Opener, 524
West Hatcher, Phoenix
April 24 (Easter) – Mimi’s at
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