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Wheezers and Geezers Shorts
Bicycle Artist(s) Sought in Tempe
Underground Criteriums – Every
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
Thunder Road Time Trial – June
Single Track Omnium – June 11
Bike the Bluff Omnium and
Arizona Track Series
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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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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
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