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This issue is unusually
long. The cycling calendar is very busy in Arizona at this time of year,
and of course, I was saddened by the tragic death of world-renowned
Marathoner Sally Meyerhoff who was fatally struck while riding her bike
Even with all of the cycling
news and events in this issue, I had to leave some out to avoid burnout.
As much as I admire the people who ride them, I decided not to write
about the Brevet or ultra-marathon bike rides that are taking place,
because I had to take a break from the computer and pedal a few miles to
preserve sanity. And, of course, I long ago made the choice that I do not
have the time to cover off-road events such as mountain biking and
cyclocross. The various upcoming “Tour de…..” pseudo-races are also not
covered despite the fact that they do more to draw the attention of the
non-cycling public to our sport than anything else we do.
Since the last edition, I
received some very harsh criticism. As the last article, in the feedback
section, you can read the unflattering opinions of Bob Beane, president
of the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists, about this publication and of me.
I’ve never met him, but he has obviously developed a strong dislike for
me, and in the interest of balance, I decided to give him space to air his
To contact me, reply to
the notification E-mail. I do not put my E-mail address of the Website to
Marathoner Sally Meyerhoff
Dies in Cycling Accident in Maricopa
Phoenix Bike Summit This
Congressional Bike Ride Held
in Honor of Gabrielle Giffords
Are Most Cyclists Democrats?
Sky Harbor Mulls Safe Cyclist
Tempe Bike Count – Your Help
Phoenix Midweek Crits Continue
Through End of April
Coalition of Arizona
Bicyclists Novice Courses
Tucson Bicycle Classic – March
18 to 20
PMBC’s Mining Country
Challenge – March 19
GABA’s Tucson Spokes Rides –
March 19 thru 25
Tucson’s Urban Assault Ride –
San Tan Criterium – March 26
Bike MS Arizona – March 26 & 27
GABA’s Sonoita-Bisbee Bike
Tour – March 26 & 27
Hungry Dog Criterium – March
Cyclovia Tucson – March 27
Colossal Cave Stage Race –
April 2 & 3
Arizona State Criterium
Championships – April 9 & 10
Superior Road Race – April 16
GABA’s Spring Bike Swap –
Old Pueblo Grand Prix – April
Focus Criterium – April 23
ABC’s Desert Classic Century
Ride – April 30
Answer to the Challenge –
April 29 thu May 1
Alta-Alpina Challenge – June
Feedback – CazB President
Slams Newsletter Editor
About Arizona Road Cyclist News
Sally Meyerhoff Dies in Cycling Accident in Maricopa
Sally Meyerhoff, an Arizona resident and one of the USA’s top
marathoners, was killed on Tuesday of last week while on a training ride
in the City of Maricopa. According to a press release sent to me by
Maricopa’s public information officer LaTricia Woods, Ms Meyerhoff was
riding southbound on White and Parker Road and was struck by an eastbound
pickup truck when she attempted to cross the Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway
at 1:22 p.m. The police investigation indicated that she failed to yield
at a stop sign.
Among her many running
victories, Ms. Meyerhoff won the women’s division of the P.F. Chang’s
Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon earlier this year and qualified as an
amateur for last year’s Ironman World Championship. She graduated from
Duke University in 2006 where she was all-American in three disciplines:
cross country in 2004, 10 thousand meters outdoor in 2006, and 5 thousand
meters indoor in 2007. She had also qualified for the 2012 Olympic Marathon
trials. She was scheduled to run the New York City Half Marathon on March
Phoenix Bike Summit This
This Saturday, March 19,
the City of Phoenix will hold its first-ever “bicycle summit” at the
Burton Barr Library, 1221 North Central Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Although most of the attendees will probably be cycling advocates and
planners, all cyclists are invited to attend. I plan to attend and cover
the get-together for Arizona Road
Cyclist News and hope to publish an article on the meeting in the
next edition. Because I suspect that I will be the only person there
representing the athlete cyclist, I hope to have the opportunity to
mention that as far as I know, Phoenix is the only city of its size in
the USA without at least one velodrome.
If you would like to
attend this free event, you can reserve a seat by contacting Phoenix
bicycle coordinator Joseph Perez by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phoning (602) 534-9529. If you would like to see the meeting’s
agenda, you can read the event’s press release by clicking here.
An update: I just
received an E-mail from Joe Perez (Wednesday morning) that says that over
100 attendees are registered so far. There will be a bike valet service
for those who cycle to the event. Those who plan to cycle are requested
to notify Joe Perez in advance at the E-mail address in the previous
Bike Ride Held in Honor of Gabrielle Giffords
The annual Congressional
Bike Ride was held last Friday in Washington, D.C. in honor of Arizona
Congressional representative Gabrielle Giffords and in memory of those
killed in the Tucson shooting. As mentioned in a following article,
Representative Giffords is a cyclist and a member of the Congressional
Bike Congress. The nine-mile ride was held in conjunction with the 11th
annual National Bicycle Summit and proceeded from Capitol Hill up
Pennsylvania Avenue and past the White House before returning to the
One of the goals of the
Summit is to persuade Congress to improve cycling and walking safety by
adding shoulders, bike lanes, crosswalks and sidewalks to roads and
streets across the country.
Although I have no
statistics to back up my impression, it seems to me that there are more
Democrats than Republicans among my cycling friends. When we stop to
shoot the breeze over coffee, most of the riders express “progressive”
views. Democrats certainly greatly outnumber Republicans in Congress and
in the Arizona Legislature when it comes to voting for cycling issues.
As part of my research
into the Bike Summit in Washington, D.C., I downloaded the membership
roster of the bipartisan Congressional Bike Caucus, which is an official
caucus in the House of Representatives. You can view the roster by
Even I was not prepared
by the extent to which Democratic members of the caucus outnumber
Republicans. If I have counted correctly, the caucus has 163 members of
whom 126 are Democrats and 35 are Republicans, In Arizona’s Congressional
delegation, the numbers are even more lopsided. Arizona has eight
representatives, of whom five are Republicans and three are Democrats.
All three of Arizona’s Democratic representatives belong to the
Congressional Bike Caucus, whereas Representative Trent Franks is the
only Republican member.
How committed are these
members to cycling? I would hope that they all represent cycling
interests in Congress. Arizona’s Representative Gabrielle Giffords is
reportedly a cyclist, and she certainly has a cyclist’s slim figure. I
will suspend judgment on Representative Ed Pastor, but as much as I try
to force myself to conjure up an image of portly Representative Raúl
Grijalva doing a century ride, my powers of imagination do not stretch
that far. I hope that he participated in the nine-mile Congressional Bike
By the way, there is also
a Senate Bike Caucus, but I was unable to find its updated membership
roster, so I do not know if Arizona’s two senators are members.
Mulls Safe Cyclist Access
One of the cyclists, with
whom I rode years ago, was required to make frequent business trips. He
told me that he always rode his touring bike to Sky Harbor Airport and
found a spot to lock it up in one of the parking garages. He said that
when he returned from each trip, his bike was always undisturbed and
exactly where he left it, ready for his ride home.
In the days when I used
to fly frequently on business, I never had the courage to ride my bike to
the airport. I would probably have been willing to brave the automobile
traffic on the airport’s entrances, but I would not have been so willing
to leave my bike in the open, even locked up, for the several days that a
business trip would last.
Sky Harbor Airport is
apparently not yet considering the possibility that airline passengers
might ride their bikes to the airport, but it is aware that many airport
workers are poorly paid, cannot afford to buy cars, and rely on bicycles
as transportation to and from work. Some of these workers risk their
lives competing with high-speed automobile traffic on East Sky Harbor
Boulevard. The alternative is ride the city bus or airport shuttle and
put the bike on the bus’s bike rack, assuming that the rack is not
already full. There are bike racks at the 44th Street Transportation
Center and on the north side of Terminal Four on level 2. There are also
plans to install bike racks or perhaps even bike lockers at the new 44th
Street Train Station. If you are at Terminal 2 or 3, I suppose you have
to find a convenient drainpipe to lock your bike to.
Moreover, there are still
no concrete proposals for providing safe bicycle access to Sky Harbor’s
terminals and other installations.
Tempe Bike Count –
Your Help Needed
The Tempe Bicycle Action Group
(TBAG) in partnership with the City of Tempe Transportation will conduct
the first bi-annual Tempe Bike Count on Tuesday March 29 through Thursday
March 31. The data collected will be shared with other organizations and
used to promote cycling interests.
TBAG needs volunteers to
help with the count, which will be conducted during morning (7 to 9 a.m.)
and afternoon (4 to 6 p.m.) rush hours. Volunteers are requested to
attend one of two 30- to 45-minute training sessions: Wednesday March 23
at 7 p.m. or Saturday March 26 at 10 a.m. For more information or to sign
up as a volunteer, click here. Questions can be E-mailed
PCCC's Midweek Crits
Continue Through End of April
The Phoenix Consumer
Cycling Club’s (PCCC) Midweek Criterium Series, usually held on Tuesday
evenings, will be held this evening (Wednesday, March 16) this week. Next
week the race will return to its normal Tuesday evening schedule and
barring unforeseen scheduling conflicts for the venue, it should remain
on Tuesday evenings through the end of April. The first race starts at 5
p.m. and the last race ends at approximately 7 p.m.
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 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
To view and/or download
the race brochure in PDF format, click here.
Arizona Bicyclists Novice Courses
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, will be held on Saturday April 26 at Global
Bikes, 835 North Gilbert Road #111 in Gilbert, Arizona from noon to 5
p.m. The course covers 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 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,
Tucson Bicycle Classic – March 18 to 20
The Tucson Bicycle Classic is a three-day stage race consisting
of a time trial on March 18, a road race on March 19, and a circuit race
on March 20. All stages will be held in the Tucson area. Entry fees vary
from $30 for junior ages 10 through 12 to $85 for professional and
category 1 men. There are races for all age groups through 65+ for women
and 75+ for men with age categories varying from three-year increments
for juniors, 10-year increments for all veteran women and for veteran men
under 55 years of age dropping to five-year increments for men 55 years
of age and older. Unfortunately for those not yet registered to race,
registration for this event is closed.
To view the race’s Web page with links to the race
brochure, race bible, and online registration, click here.
PMBC's Mining Country Challenge – March 19
This ride, promoted by
the Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club, follows the route of the now-defunct
Mining Country race, which the Phoenix Consumer Cycling Club used to
promote every spring, with one exception: The starting point has been
moved from Miami to Superior. The long version of this ride competes with
the Bullshifters' Heart of Arizona Century for the infamy of being the
most difficult one-day century ride in Arizona, and even the short version
involves two ascents of the infamous "End of the World" climb.
The ride costs $35 for
PMBC, ABC, and GABA members and $40 for non-members registered no later
than today (March 16). For day-of-the-event registration, add $10 to that
fee. To access the ride’s Website, click here.
Tucson Spokes Rides – March 19 thru 25
GABA’s Spokes Rides are a
series of out-and-back rides, most of which are just over 60 miles in length,
to places of interest in the Greater Tucson area. The series starts with
a ride to Saguaro Park East on March 19. The rides on the following days
are to Parks Links, Mount Lemon, Tubac and Tumacacori, Colossal Cave, San
Xavier Mission and the Titan Missile Museum, and the Desert Museum. The
cost is $20 per ride, and there is an additional cost of admission at
some of the destinations. Riders who participate all seven days will have
racked up more than 400 miles in a week.
To view the Webpage of
the first day’s ride, click here. Then click the words “Next
Repeat” on the page to go to the next ride’s information.
Urban Assault Ride – March 20
The New Belgium Brewing Company is sponsoring a series of
whacky rides in various cities throughout the United States this spring
and summer. The only one of these rides scheduled for Arizona will take
place in Tucson on March 20. The New Belgium company describes the rides
as a “funky bike scavenger hunt where teams hit checkpoints all over the
city – completing crazy obstacles at each stop [how does on “complete” an
obstacle?] A huge party follows with New Belgium beer, music [I’ll bet
it’s not Mozart], and a legendary prize raffle!”
The entry fee is $30 to $60 per person, depending upon
when one registers. In return, entrants not only get the ride and beer
party, they also get a sack full of goodies including a T-shirt, a pouch,
jerky(!), Cliff bars, and raffle tickets.
To view the Tucson ride’s Webpage and register, click here.
San Tan Criterium – March 26
The San Tan Criterium, promoted by the racing team of the
same name, will take place in Mesa south of Falcon Field on March 26.
Racing starts at 7 a.m. with the masters 45 category 4 and 5 race and
ends just before 4 p.m. when the professional and category 1 and 2 riders
cross the finish line. The entry fee is $30 for adults, free for juniors,
and free for the unlicensed kids’ race, which takes place at noon.
Registration will be online with onsite registration possible the day of
the race with a $5 late fee. To view the race’s Webpage, click here.
Bike MS Arizona – March 26 & 27
The 25th annual Bike MS
Arizona Round-Up Ride will start in Florence, Arizona on March 26 and 27.
This is a fund-raising event to fight Multiple Sclerosis. The ride starts
at Heritage Park at 600 North Main Street in Florence. Promoters expect
that 1,500 cyclists will take part. Riders get to choose from 35-, 75-,
and 100-mile rides on the 26th and 30-, 50-, and 75-mile routes on the
27th with SAG stops every 10 to 15 miles. In addition to food and drink,
the SAG stops will collect excess clothing that riders shed as the day
The routes are figure-8
and are so designed that cyclists can cut the ride short if they
overestimate their abilities. All routes are on flat terrain in the
farming area near Florence, Coolidge, and Casa Grande.
To access the ride’s
Website, click here. Those who do not wish to ride
but who would like to contribute money can do so by clicking on the
“Donate/Pledge” tab at the left side of the Webpage.
GABA’s Sonoita-Bisbee Bike Tour – March 26 & 27
GABA’s Sonoita-Bisbee Bike Tour is always a blast. On day
1, riders will pedal from Sonoita through the Tombstone to Bisbee. There
will be three SAG stops on the route including one just before riders
begin the ascent of Mule Pass, which is the last and toughest hurdle
before the thrilling descent down Tombstone Canyon to Bisbee. There are
plenty of sights to see on the way including the Boot Hill cemetery with
its fake but colorful grave markers above the supposed burial sites of
On the second day riders will freewheel downhill past the
Lavender Pit copper mine and head out to Palominas, Fort Huachuca, and
Canelo en route back to Sonoita. Riders must have a picture legal
identification card or document in order to ride through Fort Huachuca.
For those not capable of pedaling the entire distance, a
shuttle will be available each day over the roughest part of the ride,
but those needing the shuttle must notify the ride organizer in advance.
Camping will be available at the Sonoita Fairgrounds
Friday night prior to the ride and in Bisbee on Saturday night. For those
preferring to say in a hotel or motel, a list is provided on the ride’s
Website, but book early, as the hotels tend to fill up well in advance of
Cost of the ride is $90 for members of GABA, ABC and PMBC
whose entries are postmarked no later than March 23. Non-members pay
$105. After that date, add a $15 late fee.
For more information, click here.
Hungry Dog Criterium – March 27
The Hungry Dog Criterium is scheduled to be held on March
27. However, as this was written, details of the race were not available.
The race does have a Website, but there is zero information posted on it.
If and when information about this race becomes available, assuming the
race materializes, you should be able to access it by clicking here.
Cyclovia Tucson – March 27
Cyclovia Tucson is a car-free five-mile Trek through
Tucson on foot, skates, or a bicycle. It happens on March 27 from 10 a.m.
to 3 p.m., starts in downtown Tucson, and makes a five-mile loop to the
south and back to the starting point. The event is free. For more
information, click here.
Cave Stage Race – April 2 & 3
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 registration 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 who register after 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
As this was written,
information about the Superior Road Race was not yet available online.
However, it’s a pretty safe bet that the race will start in or near
Superior, Arizona. Watch for details in the next edition of Arizona Road Cyclist News.
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
For ya’ll who ain’t from
these here parts, the Old Pueblo is another name for Tucson. 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. I have paid as much to enter a race where the
only prize for wining was a handshake and a pat on the back. 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.
Criterium – April 23
The last event on
Arizona’s April racing calendar is the Focus Criterium on April 23. As
this was written, I had no information on this race.
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.
Wait! If this is the
Answer to the Challenge, there must be a Challenge, right? Well there
was. The original Arizona Challenge, put together by some biking buddies
of mine decades ago, covered the same route in one long 24-hour day.
Those were the days when men were men, and ……. But I’m getting off
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,
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.
Feedback – CAzB President Slams Newsletter Editor
Not everyone appreciates the
long hours I put into researching, writing, and attempting to proofread Arizona Road Cyclist News nor the
time that my teammates and I from the Phoenix Consumer Cycling Club put
into the Midweek Criterium Series once a week. Bob Beane, the president
of the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists, is definitely not a fan. He views
my efforts as inconsequential, even harmful.
In the previous edition,
I mentioned that I had contacted the heads of two cycling organizations
in an attempt to drum up support for the bill then before the Arizona
State Legislature that would have permitted cyclists to legally ride
through stop signs without coming to a complete stop if the coast were
clear. I did not name the persons or organizations I contacted, but I did
write these words: “One of them initially claimed to be uninformed about
the bill but later acknowledged that some of his colleagues were in favor
Bob Beane correctly
assumed that he was the person referred to in this sentence. I thought
the sentence was innocuous, made even more so by the fact that I did not
identify the person to whom I referred, but Mr. Beane felt that that
sentence was an attack on him and the organization he fronts. He fired
off an angry E-mail.
That led to an exchange
of E-mails, and in every message he wrote, Mr. Beane seemed to become
more incensed. I decided to print what I though would be his final E-mail
When I notified Mr. Beane
that his feedback would appear in this issue of Arizona Road Cyclist News, he demanded that he be able to
write a response (to his own E-mail?). I consented, and his own response
to his first message is included below.
Here, word for word, are
Mr. Bean’s two E-mails. It is probably immature of me, but I could not
resist placing a “[sic]” after some of the grammar and spelling errors
despite the fact that I am prone to such errors myself.
got no need to be defensive, and I don't feel that we (CAzB) are going
down that bike path. I'm very proud of what the CAzB has done. And, I am
personally challenging your approach and perspective...both of which I
consider to be unproductive and inaccurate.
all you want. When you "grow up" and want to be constructive,
call me and we'll meet, one-on-one, and hash things out.
have not once given us any evidence that you have made a positive
difference for cyclists. Until you do, sail on into the abyss. I can
provide a long list of CAzB-supported improvements to the bicycling
climate in AZ.
haven't given me one concrete contribution that you have made.
can handle constructive criticism (can you?), and the CAzB (as well as
the entire cycling advocacy and non-cycling community) needs that.
However, your destructive and fractioning approach isn't welcome in my
world...where we try to discuss, debate and come to best solutions for
the entire cycling community.
may think that you are a smart, wise cycling "expert", but I
all I see is a periodically whitty [sic], acerbic unconstructive loner. What
the hell are you trying to accomplish? It certainly doesn't seem to be
anything concrete that involves working with others (as most significant
bicycling community needs more constructive and consensus-building
participants, not sharp-tongued, divisive critics. Your reply (or not) to
this will tell me all I need to know about your true intentions.
on your self-description as solely a "blogger", and your
unwillingness to give any evidence related to any improvement to the
bicycling environment in AZ, I don't think we (bicycling community) need
to consider your opinion to be of any weight or consequence. Too bad. I
had really hoped that you could contribute something concrete to future
personally had it with your self-serving BS. I see no evidence that you
want to engage...you are just a "my way or the highway"
personality. As far as your "last attempt" with the CAzB, what
positive are you possibly hoping to accomplish? [sic] Do you
always enter a meeting by throwing a grenade in the conference room?
me wrong by changing your approach, or just take me off your e-mail
distribution list. We've got a lot of work to do...actually achieving
real improvements rather than taking other cyclists and advocates off at
I am working this week with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy on plans to
increase the canal path network in Maricopa County...and possibly Tucson
as well. What are you doing? Next week, we'll be at the first ever
Phoenix Bicycle Summit. Will you be there? Next month, we are presenting
two significant educational programs to the MAG Bike/Ped Committee for
are you doing? By the end of April, there should be an Article in LAB's
American Bicyclist magazine (nationwide distribution) describing the
advocacy efforts that resulted in the bike lanes on Hwy 179 (Sedona/VOC).
I don't recall you being a part of that along with the CAzB and the Verde
Valley Bicyclists Coaltion
[sic]. We raised $80,000 last year
and will have a paid Executive Director by April to work cycling issues
in AZ. Did you contribute?
on board, get constructive or get off our backs!
disagree. I think you should publish what I wrote about the bicycling
community coming together to discuss issues and build consensus as our
best chance to improve the environment. That's my serious concern, and
it's one of the reasons why I am so frustrated with your insulting
assaults on other cyclists and advocates.
I'm sure (as always) that you'll do as you please. My e-mails to you were
to address your repeated approach of blasting other cyclists and
advocates. Are you going to publish your e-mails, also, in the order
they occurred? If so, then I think people would understand the context of
my reply to you and I'll stand by it. Once you've done whatever you are
going to do, will you be willing to publish my response? Or, is it just
"Jack's way or the highway"?
more important questions for you to ponder are:
What are you trying to accomplish? Is it positive or
divisive/negative for the bicycling community in Arizona?
Have you made any effort at all to get "up to
speed" on what the CAzB has been involved in and working on in the
last two years, or are you just blasting the CAzB based on your past
perceptions (accurate, or not) of what we are or are not doing? Did you
even looked at [sic] my annual
review from last September or the spring update on the web site? I know
asked me to make the case of what we're doing, so I don't have any
evidence of a "journalistic" approach prior to your broadsides.
You seem to just take the approach: "My mind is made up...don't
confuse me with facts."
On a more serious note, I'll suggest that you make
sure that you know what you are doing in anything you publish on line. If
you aren't sure what I'm saying here, call me.
I've had a lot of favorable feedback from people who
have previously dealt with you for calling you out on your personal
attacks and uninformed criticism...and I've had a lot of people telling
us to just ignore your criticisms and just keep doing what we're doing.
Which is where I'm headed (unless you cross the line...in which case I
will call you out in whatever forum is appropriate).
I said, constructive criticism (minus the personal attacks) is welcome.
Constructive contributions and ideas would be even better.
Insulting CAzB current and past members is not. We've got alliances
developing all over the state and the country with people who want to be
constructive and actually accomplish real achievements in Arizona. I have
never understood why you have approached other cyclists with so much
venom and disrespect, and I can't possibly understand what you hope to
whatever you wish...just know that I'm not planning to back down or go
away because of anything you say or do. I did not sign on to my current
role because of or in fear of "bloggers" like you. The
bicycling community in Arizona needs much more constructive results than
anything you have offered
or ever achieved. That's our
goal. I have no idea what yours is...
always, you too can express your opinion by replying to the E-mail
notification that the most recent edition of Arizona Road Cyclist News has been uploaded to the Web. (My
E-mail address is not published on the Website to reduce spam from Web
crawlers.) – Jack Quinn]
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