Arizona Road Cyclist News
J
ack Quinn, Editor

 © September 30, 2009

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In this issue:
     Yuma Cyclist Killed in Tragic Accident
     Arizona Racing, Single Track Omnium, October 10-11
     Pro Racing on Versus and Universalsports.com
     Tour de Scottsdale, October 4
     Trekwomen Breast Cancer Awareness Ride, October 10
     Cave Creek (New Mexico) Bike Tour, October 17-18
     Memorial Ride for Safety, October 24
     Tour de Tempe, October 25
     The Heart of Arizona Century, November 7
     Cave Creak (Arizona) Bicycle Festival, November 13-15
     The Ride for Resilience

Yuma Cyclist Killed in Tragic Accident

37-year-old Doug Flynn of Yuma was killed last Thursday morning in a head-on collision with a passenger car in Somerton, just south of Yuma. According to Ed McGhee, a Phoenix cyclist who works and cycles in Yuma Monday to Friday, a group of cyclists was out on a regular Tuesday and Thursday morning training ride when the accident occured. Doug Flynn, 42-year-old Will Price, and a third cyclist had broken away from the group and were riding about 100 yards in advance of the chase group.

The cyclists were riding west on East Madison Street, also known as County 15th Street, with the rising sun at their backs just above the horizon. At 6:41 a.m. the breakaway group neared a tractor towing a disk plough in the opposite direction on the 300 block. The tractor and plough occupied the entire lane and blocked the view of a car that was approaching the tractor from behind. Suddenly, the car pulled out in an attempt to pass the tractor.

The 24-year-old woman behind the wheel was driving into the rising sun and apparently did not see the cyclists, who were riding single file in a paceline. The first cyclist managed to avoid the car. The car struck the second cyclist, Will Price, a glancing blow, knocking him to the ground, and leaving him with a dislocated shoulder as well as cuts to his arms and legs. The car then struck Dough Flynn head-on, Doug was catapulted headfirst into the windshield and apparently died instantly.

Cyclists in the chase group with medical training arrived on the scene within seconds and immediately began applying CPR, but their efforts to save Doug were in vain. Paramedics of the Somerton-Cocopah Fire Department who arrived minutes later were unable to detect any signs of life.

Doug Flynn was president of the Yuma Bike Club and was licensed by USA Cycling as a category 3 racer. When off the bike, he was the creative services manage of the Yuma Sun. He is survived by his wife Mary, two daughters, and a newly born baby boy.  Doug will be greatly missed.

Arizona Racing, Single Track Omnium, October 10-11

In the last issue of Arizona Road Cycling News, I featured what I thought would be the last road races of the 2009 season, but while I wasn't looking, another two-race event was snuck onto the Arizona Bicycle Racing Association's calendar. The Single Track Omnium takes place in the Flagstaff area on October 10 and 11. The term "Single Track" in the race's name refers to the sponsor, the Single Track Bicycle Shop in Flagstaff and not to the race courses.

The first race in this two-race series is the Snow Bowl Hill Climb, which starts at 7:30 Saturday morning. There is a 6.6 hillclimb for licensed racers and a 3-mile race for the general public. Sunday morning brings the Wupatki Road Race, which starts near the intersections of FR545 and AZ 89 about 12 miles from Flagstaff with the first riders off at 9:30 a.m.

Riders can register at the race or online. The entry fee is $35 per race or $65 for the series for pro, category 1 and category 2 riders. All other USA Cycling licensed riders pay $30 per race or $50 for the series except juniors, who race for free. Unlicensed riders who take part in the citizen's category pay $20 per race. To read the race brochure in PDF format, click here.

Pro Racing on Versus and Universalsports.com

Versus will broadcast condensed coverage of the Paris-Tours race on Sunday, October 11 from 3 to 4 p.m. Arizona Time.

The UCI Road Cycling World Championship races were held in Mendrisio, Switzerland on September 23 through 27. Video coverage of the races is available to view on demand on UniversalSports.com. To go directly to the cycling calendar page of the Website, click here and scroll down the page. Then click on the race that you wish to view.

Tour de Scottsdale, October 4

There is still time to register for the Tour de Scottsdale, which takes place on Sunday, October 4. If you haven't yet registered, riding this event will cost you $100 if you register immediately or $120 if you wait until October 3 or 4 to sign up.

This year, category 1 and 2 racers with a USA Cycling license get their own race starting on Thompson Peak Parkway. The 70-mile mass event for everyone else starts on the Market Street Bridge at DC ranch. There is also a free family fun ride. For more information, click here.

Trekwomen Breast Cancer Awareness Ride, October 10

The trekwomen Breast Cancer Awareness Ride will be held in Peoria on October 10. There are two distances: 10 miles and 25 miles. The event fee is a modest $25, and registration closes October 9. To view the ride's Website, click here.

Cave Creek (New Mexico) Bike Tour, October 17-18

GABA (Tucson) will put on the Cave Creek Bike Tour on October 17 and 18. No, this isn't the Cave Creek north of Phoenix; this Cave Creek is near the New Mexico-Arizona border. The ride is 42 miles each day with an option for extra miles for the ambitious. The ride starts the Desert West Motel in Road Forks, New Mexico and proceeds to the eastern slopes of the Chiricahua Mountains and Cave Creek Canyon where there are eats and overnight lodging. The ride includes several meals, snacks, lodging, and much more. The cost is $120 for members of GABA, PMBC and ABC and $135 for others. For more information, click here.

Memorial Ride for Safety, October 24

The Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club and the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists are jointly sponsoring the Memorial Ride for Safety on Saturday, October 24 with 60- and 35-mile options. The ride starts at AJ's at Pima and Pinnacle Peak Roads. Registration opens at 7 a.m.. The 60-mile ride starts at 7:30 a.m., and the 35-mile ride starts at 8 a.m. The cost is $25 for members of PMBC, GABA, ABC, and CAzB and $30 for others until October 10. After that date, add a $5 late fee per rider. For more information, click here.

Tour de Tempe, October 25

The annual Tour de Tempe community bike ride starts and ends in Kiwanas Park on October 25 at 9 a.m. Unlike other "Tour de" rides, which cost an arm and a leg to enter, this ride is free! The ride is a short 12 to 14 miles. All participants will be entered in a raffle for free giveaways, and there will be entertainment after the ride in the form of BMX stunt riders. The event also includes a helmet giveaway and a bike rodeo for teaching safe riding. For more information, click here and scroll down to the second half of the page.

The Heart of Arizona Century, November 7

It's not too early to start planning for the Heart of Arizona Century Ride on November 7. Forget the Tour de Tucson! If you're really a macho cyclist, this is where you can prove it! The 100-mile version of this ride vies with Mining Country for the title of the roughest century ride in Arizona, and for those who need more, the Heart features a 120-mile version.

The Bullshifters sponsor this challenging ride each year and do an excellent job of support. The ride starts in Congress, near Wickenburg, heads out Highway 93, then loops east on SR-97. Be sure to load up on liquids at SAG stop #2 at the corners of SR-97 and SR-96, because from there it's a 16-mile ride to the next SAG in Hillside, and this stretch is almost all uphill. The climb starts out innocently enough, but it goes on and on and on. Each time that you think you've reached the top, you'll round a corner or top a rise and see the next section of the climb ahead of you.

For those who survive the climb, there are rollers from Hillside to Kirkland Junction that hide the fact that the ride is still mostly uphill, and then a final climb to Yarnell that would be a piece of cake for a fresh rider but is torture to legs already screaming in pain from thousands of feet of climbing.

However, then comes the exhilarating nine-mile descent of Yarnell Hill. By the time you finish freewheeling through mile after mile of switchbacks with no need to turn a pedal, you'll arrive at the bottom of the hill refreshed. From the bottom of the hill, it's just a short, flat pedal to the finish line where hamburgers, chips and soft drinks will be waiting.

During the climb to Hillside, you'll curse yourself for signing up for this ride, but as you munch your hamburger at the finish line and exchange lies with the other riders, you'll already be planning your strategy for next year's ride. Oh, and I described the 100-mile version. If you plan to ride the 120-mile version, add in two more climbs.

The cost of the ride is $40 for members of the Bullshifters, ABC and GABA and $45 for others. To access the ride's Website, check out the map and profile, and print out a registration form and release form, click here.  

Cave Creek Bicycle Festival, November 13-15

The Cave Creek Bicycle Festival takes place on November 13, 14, and 15. As part of the festival, there will be road and mountain bike rides, music, free food for registrants, a beer garden, and a vendor fair. The mountain bike and road rides individually have an entry fee of $50 or you can register for both for $80 until October 31. Anyone who is interested in participating can download a registration form or register online for an additional processing fee. After October 31, add a $15 late fee. The even organizers are also looking for volunteers. For more information, click here.

The Ride for Resilience

For the life of me, I can't figure out what this ride is about. The publicity is written in a style of English that is incomprehensible to me, although I did manage to figure out (I think) that the event involves someone or some group riding across country to raise money for a good cause called the CRAIDO* Project. The ride includes a stop in Tucson on or about November 13 with some sort of event at "Arizona State Univ." [sic] that involves "Merits of a CUBIT Approach for College Campuses..." [The three periods are included in the quote.]

At any rate, here is the link to the ride's publicity information in PDF format. If anyone can figure out what this event is about, finds that it is of interest to Arizona cyclists, and can write up an article on it in understandable English, I will be glad to publish it in the next issue of Arizona Road Cyclist News.

*Description of CRAIDO from the Website: The CRAIDO network is based upon the use of CUBIT-Delta diagnostic-tracking-forecasting stations, employing "multiscalar and multispectral" biological sensing, PCR and immunoassay-based diagnostics, and extensive analytics and informatics tailored to epidemiological outbreaks such as influenza. [The whole Website is written in that type of language]. -- JQ]
 

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