Arizona Road Cyclist News

May 18, 2011

News for those who ride Arizona's streets and roads
Editor, Jack Quinn

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In this issue:
     Wheezers and Geezers Shorts for Sale
     Bicycle Artist(s) Sought in Tempe
     Underground Criteriums – Every Tuesday Evening
     Prescott, Ride to Work with the Mayor – May 20
     Arizona City Cotton Classic TT – May 22 and 31
     Neighborhood Royal Palm Bridge Meeting – May 23
     GABA’s Luna Lake Tour – May 28 to 30
     Thunder Road Time Trial – June 5
     Single Track Omnium – June 11 and 12
     Bike the Bluff Omnium and Arizona Track Series
     About Arizona Road Cyclist News

Wheezers and Geezers Shorts for Sale

I’m sure that many of you have heard of the Wheezers and Geezers bike ride, which leaves the traffic circle at Northern and Invergordon in Paradise Valley on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Even though it is an informal riding group with no membership list and no qualifying to call yourself a Wheezer and Geezer, the ride does have an “official” jersey and “official” shorts. There is a shorts order in progress now, and anyone who suspects that he or she has Geezer tendencies is invited to participate. Ordering is direct from the supplier, Voler, via their Web site. However, Voler will ship all of the shorts to the order coordinator, Peter Schaer, so at the time the order is delivered, purchasers will have to make arrangements to pick them up from Pete, who lives in the metro Phoenix area.

Voler shorts are of high quality and are worn by many of the Arizona racing teams and club members. If you think you might be interested, here’s the link to order. The shorts go well with yellow jerseys.

https://custom.voler.com/Custom_Ordering/?OrderID=aWN/UQxjOKc=

If you are not a Voler customer with an account, you will have to open an account with your E-mail address and a password before ordering. You pay Voler directly so that the order coordinator does not get involved in handling money (we only trust Pete so far). Then, Pete will contact you when the shorts come in via E-mail so you can make arrangements to pick them up.

If there is enough interest, Pete may also do a jersey reorder.

Bicycle Artist(s) Sought in Tempe

The Tempe Bicycle Action Group (TBAG) is looking for an artist or team or artists to create a public art work in Tempe’s Mitchell Park that will support bicycle culture in Tempe. The commission is $15,000. The neighborhoods and the City of Tempe will help the artist to see the project through to construction. For more information, click here.

Underground Criteriums – Every Tuesday Evening

The informal Tuesday Night Criteriums continue to held beginning at 7 p.m. every Tuesday evening on a closed course southeast of the corner of Seventh Street and Deer Valley Road. This is the same course where the Arizona State Criterium Championships were held. The course is lighted, so there is no need for headlights, but riders are requested to have taillights to make themselves more visible from behind. Helmets are required.

The course is rolling, which makes it a great workout. It is also very safe with no tricky corners. The race starts with two neutral laps and then runs for 45 minutes at which time the “five laps to go” cry is issued. There are usually primes during the race.

This is a pickup race. There is no sponsor, no organizer, and no one to assume financial responsibility should a rider crash and become injured. All riders race at their own risk.

As this is not an organized event, racing team members are requested not to wear their team jerseys. Funny and silly jerseys are encouraged. Also, because the race is informal, no racing license is required.

Prescott, Ride to Work with the Mayor – May 20

Those of you who live in Prescott can cycle to work with the mayor this Friday. It is also National Bike to Work Day, so even if you are not a Prescott resident, maybe you should show up at your place of employment on your velocipede this Friday. Not only will you feel more relaxed at work, but if your place of employment has no showers, people will stay away from you, which will make your day at work much less stressful.

Prescott riders should show up at the shopping center at 1500 West Gurley Street at 7 a.m. and be prepared to ride with Mayor Kuykendall at 7:15. The ride starts with a two mile jog east on Gurley street before turning off on the Granite Creek arm of the downtown Greenways Trail System. The ride ends at City Hall where refreshments will be served. Helmets are required. Students who participate in the Ride to School program can get a free helmet from representatives of Prescott Alternative Transportation.

Arizona City Cotton Classic TT – May 22 and July 31

Saguaro Velo will promote the Arizona City Cotton Classic individual time trial on May 22 and repeat the event on July 31. Riders have a choice of pedaling either 20 or 40 kilometers on and out-and-back course with less than 50 feet of elevation gain. Registration and the race start line will be at the Mesquite Grove Assisted Living building, 16286 South Sunland Gin Road in Arizona City. Registration is from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. with the first rider off at 7. Tucson riders can also register the day before each race from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Velo Specialists, 4881 East Speedway Boulevard and 4 to 8 pm at Lerua’s Mexican Restaurant, 2005 East Broadway Boulevard.

The May 22 event is for individual riders only, but July 31 includes a race for teams of 3 or 4 riders with the clock stopping when the third rider crosses the finish line. All categories eligible for the State Championship Time Trial will be scored individually: juniors by age, seniors by category, and masters in five-year increments. There will also be fixed-gear and mountain-bike categories scored separately by gender only.

The cost to race is $20 for adults and $3 for juniors. All riders must have a USA Cycling license, although those without can purchase a day license on-site for an extra $10 or an annual license for $60. Those who buy a new annual license race the event for free.

For more information on the Arizona City Cotton Classic, click here.

Neighborhood Royal Palm Bridge Meeting – May 23

Artist's Conception of the 15th Avenue Bridge

The neighborhood meeting to discuss the proposed bicycle and pedestrian bridge across the Arizona Canal at 15th Avenue has been rescheduled to 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday May 23 at Richard E. Miller School, 2021 West Alice Avenue.

The bridge design is complete, and an artist’s conception of the finished design is shown above. The meeting is to discuss the project and construction schedule. For more information, contact Kerry Wilcoxon at (602) 262-4613 or wilcoxon@phoenix.gov.

GABA’s Luna Lake Tour – May 28 to 30

The Greater Arizona Bicycling Association (GABA) is putting on its 30th annual Luna Lake Tour over the Memorial Day weekend, May 28 through 30. The tour takes place in the White Mountain region of Eastern Arizona and Western New Mexico. The ride starts in Springerville, AZ on May 28 with a 48-mile jaunt to Quemado, NM. Day two is a longer 62-mile ride from Quemado to Village of Reserve, NM, and the final day is a 56-mile ride from Quemado back to Springerville. Overnight, riders have a choice of camping out or staying in a motel.

The cost of the tour is $66.50 for GABA members and $77.00 for others who register by May 25. On May 26, the price jumps to $110 for GABA members and $125 for the rest of us. The ride’s Webpage can be viewed by clicking here.

Thunder Road Time Trial – June 5

The Thunder Road Individual Time Trial is on the Arizona racing calendar for Sunday June 5 with the first rider off at 7 a.m. In most Arizona time trials, the reward for finished first is a handshake and a verbal attaboy or attagirl. This race actually has an $800 dollar cash prize list! There are cash prizes for the categorized women’s classes and for all adult men categories through 50+ (Other age groups still ride for the attaboy/girl prize.) The entry fee is $20 for adult riders and $3 for juniors to cover insurance.

There is no on-line registration. Tucson riders can preregister on Saturday June 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Sabino Cycles, 7045 E. Tanque Verde Road. Race day registration is from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m. at the race site, at Sahuarita Road and Alvernon Road, 2.5 miles east of South Nogales Highway just east of Sahuarita Park in the Tucson area.

The course is out-and-back with a total distance of 16 miles. The eight-mile out leg is slightly uphill, which means the way back is a fast downhill run to the finish.

To view the race brochure in PDF format, click here.

Single Track Omnium – June 11 and 12

The words “single track” make one think of a mountain bike race, but the Flagstaff Single Track Omnium is actually a series of two road events that take their collective name from the sponsoring Single Track Bike Shop. The omnium consists of the Wupatki/Sunset Crater Road Race on Saturday and the Foxboro Ranch Circuit Race on Sunday. (Originally there was to be a third event, the Snowbowl Hill Climb, but it had to be stricken from the event calendar due to pipeline construction.)

Registration is online until noon of June 10 and costs $35 to ride a single event or an eye-popping fee of between $75 and $90, depending on the rider’s category, to ride the entire omnium. Day-of-the-race in-person registration carries an additional steep late fee charge of $20. Category 1 through 3 men and 1 and 2 women ride for cash prizes. Top finishers in the other races get “medals.” This is not a race for riders on a tight budget.

To view the race brochure in PDF format, click here.

Bike the Bluff Omnium and Arizona Track Series

Finishing the June racing calendar are the Bike the Bluff Omnium on June 18 and 19 and the Arizona Track Series, presumably on the velodrome in Balboa Park in San Diego, on June 25 and 26. As this was written, detailed information about these events had not yet been posted online.

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