Arizona Road Cyclist News
J
ack Quinn, Editor

 © April 29,  2009

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In this issue:
     Specialized Road and Mountain Bike Recalls
     Upcoming Racing on Versus
     Midweek Criterium Series, Grand Finale
     Upcoming Bicycle Road Races in Arizona
     Phoenix-Area Club Rides This Weekend
     GABA Rides
     Mingus Mountain Madness
     Feedback: More on the History of CABA/GABA

Specialized Road and Mountain Bike Recalls

Specialized has recalled some of its road and mountain bikes. The two types of bikes have different problems. According to a press release sent out by Specialized and reprinted by several cycling news sources, the road bike involves several models of the Roubaix Comp and Roubaix Pro bikes sold in 2004. The specific models are the Roubaix Comp 18, the Roubaix Comp 27, the Roubaix Pro 18, and the Roubaix Pro frameset sold by Specialized dealers between September 2003 and August 2004 for between $1,600 and $4,000. To quote Specialized: "Only bicycles with a single rivet fastening the cable stop to the frame are subject to recall.... Bicycles with a double rivet fastening the cable stop to the frame are not subject to recall." Anyone owning one of these bikes should take it to the nearest Specialized dealer for repair. I searched Specialized's Website and was unable to find the recall notice there.

The mountain bike recall involves 2009 model year bikes with HL handlebars, model number HL 13NTFOV. The bicycle models involved are the 2009 versions of the Cross Trail Comp, the Myka HT Comp, the MYKA HT Eline, the Rockhopper Com, the Rockhopper Comp 29, and the Rockhopper. Anyone with one of these bikes should contact a Specialized dealer. To view the recall notice on Specialized's Website, click here.

Upcoming Racing on Versus

Versus will broadcast a summary of the Tour de Romandie on Sunday May 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. Arizona time. Other upcoming Versus cycling broadcasts are the Dauphine Libere on June 7 and June 14 beginning at 2 p.m. and the Tour de Suisse on June 14 and June 21. Then comes the Tour de France almost daily from July 4 to July 26. We will have more detailed broadcast times on the June and July races in future editions of this newsletter.

Midweek Criterium Series, Grand Finale

The Midweek Criterium Series wraps up tonight (Wednesday, April 29) with an exciting evening of racing.  Bicyclehaüs has generously donated $500 in cash toward the prize list, which promoting team Phoenix Consumer Cycle Club will add to its own modest stock of prizes plus prizes expected to be donated by other organizations. Racing begins at 5 p.m. in the parking lot of Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Enter the lot from the south side of Van Buren just to the east of Priest Drive, which is called Galvin Parkway north of Van Buren. The main event starts shortly after 6 p.m., and a fixed-gear race will follow at about 7 p.m.

Although the facilities at this race cannot compete with those at the big, downtown criteriums, this is a good spectator event, because spectators can view the entire course. Park across from the announcer's stand, and if you want to be comfortable, bring your lawn chair and perhaps some cold beverages. Some spectators have even been known to grill supper while watching the race. For racers, entry fees are modest: either $5 or $10 per race depending on the event, but watching the races costs nothing except perhaps some damage to your ticker from the excitement. I'll be there, and I hope to see you, also.

Upcoming Bicycle Road Races in Arizona

This weekend brings two criteriums in the Greater Phoenix area. On Saturday May 2, the State Capital Criterium takes place in Phoenix. Racing for the younger junior riders starts at 7:30 a.m. on a figure-eight course in the State Capital west of downtown. The race for women professionals and category 1 through 3 female riders begins at 1:25 p.m., and the race for professional, category 1 and category 2 men begins at 3:00 p.m. There is also a kids' bike race at 2:20 p.m., and the Phoenix Police Department and the Safe Kids Coalition of Maricopa Count along with Landis Bike shops and the Trek team will conduct a bike rodeo and helmet fitting from noon to 2 p.m. This has historically been a good event for spectators with shade, access to food and beverages, and decent race announcing. To access the event's Web site, click here.

Sunday brings the popular Scottsdale Grand Prix on the traditional downtown course. Junior racing starts at 7:30 a.m., the women's professional and category 1 and 2 race starts at noon, and the race for professional and category 1 and 2 men begins at 3:40 p.m. There is a fixed-gear race at 3 p.m. and a kids' race at 3:25 p.m. You can access the event's Website by clicking here.

May 9 brings the annual South Mountain Time Trial beginning at 7 a.m. Racers start at 30-second intervals from the San Juan Point turnoff and suffer through 20 to 30 minutes of excruciating pain until they reach the mountain's summit. This is not a good spectator race, as the park rangers and Phoenix police usually close the road to the top to all but racers before the event starts. Some spectators make it a point to arrive before the road is closed and cycle to a point a few hundred yards before the end to watch riders struggle up the steepest hill. Some of the newer riders have even been known to get off their bikes and push them up this segment. The second-best place to watch the race is from the summit itself. I plan to ride this event, so if you station yourself along the route in advance, please commiserate with me as I struggle by in pain. The race's Website can be visited by clicking here.

The Sonoita-Patagonia Time Trial will be held in Southern Arizona on May 17 The first rider leaves Sonoita at 9:30 a.m. The course is 11.7 miles long with a drop in elevation of 700 feet. Average speeds are expected to exceed 30 miles per hour. The event's Website can be accessed here.

The first race in the Three Bears Time Trial series takes place on May 23 Park Link Drive, which connects the I-10 frontage road to US-79. The races will be 30 kilometers long. The remaining races in the series will be held on June 20 and July 18. To view a PDF file with more information, click here.

The final time trial of May is the Thunder Road Time Trial on May 31. The course is 16 miles long and is located in the Tucson area. The event flyer in PDF format can be viewed here.

Finally, the weekly Tortilla Tuesdays series of road races begins on May 19 at 5:30 p.m. in Apache Junction. The race goes along the Apache Trail to the end of the pavement beyond Tortilla Flat and then returns via the same route. There are two races each evening, an A race for the more advanced riders and a B race for the rest of us with a separate women's race if three of more women show up. The Website for the series can be accessed by clicking here.

Phoenix-Area Club Rides This Weekend

The Phoenix Metro Bike Club has landed a good deal for its Saturday ride on May 2: Free food! After the ride, the Landis bicycle shop at Price and Southern will feed the hungry mob. The ride starts at 7 a.m. from Kiwanis Park, and the festivities at Landis begin at about 9 a.m.

May 2 is also the date of the Arizona Bicycle Club's (ABC) annual Desert Classic Century Ride. Registration is $35 for members of ABC, GABA, and the Bullshifters and $40 for others. (By "GABA", I believe that the ABC means to extend the discount to Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club, which was once a part of GABA.) Riders who are not already registered will have to pay a $5 late fee. The first 130 riders who register will receive a pair of cycling socks.

The ABC ride is co-hosted by Oggi's Pizza and Brewery, which will be feeding riders after the event. Registration opens at 5 a.m. in the parking lot of Oggi's just south of the Loop 101 on the east side of 67th Avenue. The century ride starts at 7 a.m., the metric century starts at 7:30 a.m., and the 34-mile half metric century ride starts at 8 a.m. There is also a 46-mile half century ride, whose starting time is not specified in the information provided by ABC. You can view the map, course profile and route description of the half century by clicking here, of the full century by clicking here, of the half metric century by clicking here, and of the full metric century by clicking here. Please note that is possible to zoom in on the map for a more detailed view.

GABA Rides

GABA Tucson is promoting the challenging Mount Lemon Hill Climb on May 8 in Tucson. The climb averages a 4.5% grade, which makes for a strenuous workout on the way up but a thrilling descent on the way back. Check-in begins at 5:45 a.m. at McDonald Park on Harrison, north of Catalina Highway. GABA will provide four sag stops along the way, all for the bargain price of $10 for GABA and ABC members and $15 for others. For more information about the ride, click here.

GABA's Luna Lake Bike Tour takes place on Memorial Day weekend of May 23. through May 25. On the first day, riders will pedal 48 miles from Springerville to Quemada, New Mexico. The second day's ride is 55 miles from Quemada to Reserve, New Mexico, and on Monday riders will cover 63 miles from Reserve back to Springerville. GABA and ABC members pay $90 and others $105 if they preregister. Day of the event registration jumps to $105 for GABA and ABC members and $120 for others. The fee covers SAG stops, luggage transport, camping and showers. For more information, click here.

It's probably a bit late to register for GABA's Salt River Canyon Tour, which takes place this coming weekend, but if you are determined to reserve a last-minute place, click here. The ride starts in Globe and passes through the beautiful Salt River Canyon with lots of climbing. Those riding the full route will pedal 85 to 90 miles a day with 8,500 feet of climbing on the first day and 5,000 feet of climbing the second day on the return trip. For riders who are not quite up to such a workout, a shuttle is available that knocks off about 20 miles of the ride as well as much of the climbing.

Mingus Mountain Madness

Mingus Mountain Madness is a fund-raising ride, so it is not cheap. The ride starts in Verde Valley on May 3 at 7 a.m. and offers five different ride lengths: 108 miles, 80 miles, 65 miles, 48 miles and 38 miles. The 108-mile ride goes over the top of Mingus Mountain to Prescott Valley and then returns. The 80-mile riders get to pedal to the top of Mingus and then coast back downhill. The 65-mile ride climbs the mountain as far as Jerome before turning back, and the two shorter rides take place within Verde Valley. The ride costs $50 and includes a T-shirt. For more information, click here.

Feedback: More on the History of CABA/GABA

I received the following feedback on my article on the history of GABA from Steve Cline, one of the club's founders. If anyone wishes to contact Steve, write to me, and I will forward your message to him.

Jack, I just stumbled upon your February 2009 issue where you were looking for historical information about CABA. I am the former owner of Bicycle Harbor. CABA was the brainchild of Leon Taylor and Anita Hopkins. The CABA logo, later modified to be the GABA logo was drawn up (in a few minutes) by my friend Dave Hanson. I had a small role as a sounding board, and I largely supported Leon so that he was able to spend his time organizing the club and putting on seminars on bicycle safety, bicycle repairs, and getting people turned on to bicycle touring. It was really a lot of fun getting people excited about cycling and training people how to enjoy doing weekend tours. Leon was a brilliant marketer and was a great observer of people and an excellent trainer. He also had his faults, most of which are not important to me now.
Anita and I and one other person- whose name escapes me now- put together the first Mormon Lake tour, which started in Cottonwood and did a loop to Mormon Lake, Happy Jack, Camp Verde, and back to Cottonwood. I mention this because it was Leon and Anita's seminars that educated people who had never ridden more than a few miles in a day to accomplish this difficult 2-day tour.
We also put together Midnight Bike Rides. These would start at Midnight and travel throughout the city and end with watching the sun rise. (Sadly those ended when drunk drivers, in two separate incidences, killed one woman, and seriously injured another.)
Leon, took a bad rap back then and most recently in your February 18th issue. I used to tell people that he ripped me off for a large sum of money, but the truth is that I put Leon in charge of one of my stores and then did not supervise him. At the time that I let Leon go, the store he had managed owed over $30,000 in sales taxes (no sales tax reports had been turned in), and there appeared to be missing inventory. Today, I realize that we never had an accurate accounting for inventory, even before he opened that store for me. Several years later I was able to see clearly that it was my poor management that caused the problems at Bicycle Harbor, not whatever Leon did or didn't do. I forgave Leon, and many years later I forgave myself. Leon was 63 when he left town, and that was about 28 years ago, and I lost contact with him about 26 years ago. He was a heavy smoker and is likely not around any more. Despite his shortcomings I really miss him, and there are a lot of people who owe their enthusiasm for cycling to him.

Regards,
Steve Cline

Stirring up a Hornet's Nest in the Racing Community

Finally, I seem to have stirred up a hornet's nest last week, when I criticized the organization of the Arizona State Criterium Championship races in downtown Phoenix. I won't copy the article or the responses here, but if you want to be bored, you can read the article on the main page of the Arizona Road Cyclist News Website, and the responses on the Arizona Bicycle Racing Association (ABRA) Forum beginning with the eighth entry. Yesterday, more than a week after the race, the results became available. You can view them in PDF format by clicking here. There is one race per page, so scroll down to see the complete race results. Also, the results of last weekend's  Vuelta de Bisbee can be found by clicking here and then clicking on the x at the right of the page for the stage results that you wish to see.

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Jack Quinn, Editor