Arizona Road Cyclist News
J
ack Quinn, Editor

 © March 18 2009

Welcome to the post St. Patrick's Day edition of Arizona Road Cyclist News. This newsletter is sent out by E-mail every two weeks and attempts to cover news and events of interest to those who bicycle the roads and streets of Arizona, be they racers, club riders, commuters, recreational riders, or tourists. This publication is sent out free of charge. Please feel free to forward it to your friends. If someone has forwarded this newsletter to you, you may sign up for your own free subscription by visiting www.azroadcyclist.com and clicking on the "Subscribe to Arizona Road Cyclist News" tab at the left of the screen. You may also forward individual articles to your friends as long as you reference the www.azroadcyclist.com Website and mention that the article is copyrighted.

In this issue:

     Partisan Politics and Cycling: Bill Favoring Cyclists Killed on Party-Line Vote
     Midweek Criterium Series Takes a Break
     Special Presentation: Tim & Cindy Travis's 7-Year Bike Ride
     Bicycle Swap Meet
     El Tour de Phoenix and the Tour of the Tucson Mountains
     Bicycle Racing on Versus
     Upcoming Races in Arizona
     Silent Sunday March 22
     Sonoita-Bisbee & Triangle L. Ranch Rides

Partisan Politics and Cycling: Bill Favoring Cyclists Killed on Party-Line Vote.

As reported in the last issue of Arizona Road Cycling News, the Arizona Legislature's House Bill 2479, which would have permitted cyclists to treat stops signs as if they were yield signs, was voted down by the House's Military and Public Affairs (MAPS) Committee. What I didn't notice at the time was that voting was along straight party lines. Every Democrat on the committee voted to approve the bill, and every Republican voted to kill it.

Voting against the measure were Ray Barnes (rbarnes@azleg.gov), Sam Crump (scrump@azleg.gov), Carl Seel (cseel@azleg.gov), David Gowan (dgowan@azleg.gov), and Jerry Weiers (jpweiers@azleg.gov), all Republicans. Voting in favor were the committee's three Democrats: Patricia Fleming (pfleming@azleg.gov),  Barbara McGuire (bmcguire@azleg.gov), and Daniel Patterson (dpatterson@azleg.gov).

Perhaps the political party that has taken a stand against this cycling bill doesn't think that its constituents ride bikes. In case some of our readers would like to correct this impression, I've included the E-mail addresses of all of the committee members who voted on this bill. You may also to forward this article to your cycling friends who may also wish to E-mail, call or write the people's representatives in the Arizona Legislature. There is nothing that motivates politicians as much as knowing that voters are watching them and care about the decisions they make.

This article is also posted online at www.azroadcyclist.com.

Midweek Criterium Series Takes a Break.

The Midweek Criterium Series, held Wednesday evenings in the parking lot of Phoenix Municipal Stadium will be held this evening, March 18, as usual with the first race beginning at 5 p.m. Then there will be a two-week pause with no races held the evenings of March 25 and April 1. Racing resumes on Wednesday April 8 and continues until the end of the month with the grand finale on Wednesday April 29th. This event has really taken off with large race fields and growing numbers of spectators. This evening and on April 29th, the final event will be a fixed-gear race.

Special Presentation: Tim & Cindy Travis's 7-Year Bike Ride.

Have you ever thought of selling everything, hopping on your bike, and riding off into the sunset? Maybe you will finally get the courage to take that worldwide bicycle tour after listening to a couple that has done just that. The Arizona Bicycle Club (ABC) hosts a presentation on March 21 by Tim and Cindy Travis, the Prescott couple who sold off everything in 2002 and have been cycling the world ever since. They have cycled through the North, South, and Central America, China and Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, and they are still underway!

The presentation will be held at the Amerischool, 1333 W. Camelback Rd in Phoenix this Saturday evening. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7 p.m. ABC members are expected to donate a can of food as the price of admission, and non-ABC members will be charged a modest fee of $5. For more information on the event, click here.

Bicycle Swap Meet.

As Reported in the previous edition of Arizona Road Cyclist News, The Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists will hold its annual Bike Swap Meet in Kiwanis Park on April 5 from 7 a.m. until 12 noon. Here's your chance to unload that box of spare bike parts that you have sitting in the garage and pick up some cool stuff that you need.

El Tour de Phoenix and the Tour of the Tucson Mountains.

As we also reported in the previous issue, the Perimeter Bicycling Association will hold the Tour de Phoenix on April 4. The Tour begins at Red Mountain Park in Mesa and offers adult rides of 74 and 26 miles. There will also be a four-mile kids' and family ride. Registration closes on April 3. For more information, click here.

The organization will also promote the Tour of the Tucson Mountains on April 26. To access that event's Website and to register, click here.

Bicycle Racing on Versus.

The cable and satellite TV channel Versus will be broadcasting a short synopsis of the Criterium International road race on March 29 from 2 to 3 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. Future broadcasts include the Tour of Flanders on April 5 beginning at 2 p.m., Paris-Roubaix on April 12 beginning at 1 p.m., Liege-Bastogne on April 26 at 1 p.m. followed by Fleche-Wallone at 1:30 p.m.

Upcoming Races in Arizona.

The Superior road race and criterium take place this weekend. The road race takes place on Saturday and the criterium on Sunday. For more information, click here.

The final weekend of March brings the Colossal Cave Stage Race with a time trial, a criterium, and a road race. The time trial and criterium are both scheduled for Saturday March 28, and the road race follows on Sunday March 29. For more information, click here.

The weekend of April 4 and 5 will see exciting racing in the southern part of the state. The UA Criterium will be held on Saturday in Tucson followed by the Tumacacori road race on Sunday. The road race will be held on a six-mile circuit, which the promoters describe as "the most difficult one-day road race in the state" with 460 feet of vertical climbing per lap. For more information on these two races, click here.

The Copper Valley Road Race begins in Globe on April 11. To go to the race's Website, click here.

Silent Sunday March 22.

Once a month, the Phoenix Parks and Recreation department closes South Mountain Park to automobile traffic and opens it to cyclists, roller skaters, hikers, etc. This month's Silent Sunday is this weekend. Cyclists are encouraged to ride the mountain or take the exhilarating ride out to San Juan Point (with its deceptively difficult climb on the way back.) The best time to ride the mountain is as early as possible, before too many skateboarders start slaloming down the hill.

Sonoita-Bisbee & Triangle L. Ranch Rides.

GABA Tucson presents its annual Sonoita-Bisbee ride the weekend of March 28 and 29. Day one the riders will pedal 62 miles from Sonoita, through Tombstone, up Mule Mountain and finish with the exhilarating descent into Bisbee. For riders who are not quite up to pedaling up the Mule Mountain climb, a shuttle is available for this segment.

Day two features a different return route by way of Palominas, Fort Huachuca and Canelo back to Sonoita. There is also a shuttle available over part of the course for those not up to doing the complete ride. Riders must carry a government-issued photo I.D. in order to cycle through Fort Huachuca.

This is a great ride. Although hotel space always books up far in advance for the stay in Bisbee, camping is available for the more adventurous. The price tag is $60 for members of ABC and GABA and $75 for non-members plus an optional $20 charge for a meal at the Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee. For more information on the ride and online registration, click here.

On the weekend of April 25 and 26, GABA presents its Triangle L. Ranch Overnight ride from the Pima College West Campus in Tucson for the 58-mile version and with other starting points for the shorter versions of the ride. Inform yourself by clicking here.

 


 

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Jack Quinn, Editor