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Saturday Cycling Ride Report

Saturday Cycling Ride Report for 11/21/2020
By Ken St. John
Posted on 11/22/2020 10:51 AM

Hello Saturday Cyclists,


There were six of what I’m calling “novelty” bikes among the 30 cyclists on Saturday; although I’m told “specialty” is the correct category name. They included two tandem teams, two folding bikes, one fast recumbent and then there was Ron’s new Velomobile, which truly is novel.  He looked pretty comfy cozy inside the aerodynamic enclosure and finished in the 1st pack to arrive at the breakfast stop with energy to spare.  Another pack of six or so cyclists stopped to fix a flat tire before the first regroup and had not been seen again by the time the other long-route riders finished.  I suspect alien abduction and hope that they are all returned to earth in time for the special holiday rides listed below.


Coming up...

Thursday, November 26, 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park.  Tour de Lehi

Neal will lead us on our Thanksgiving tradition, visiting one of Arizona's oldest communities. Depending on what is open, there should be outdoor dining available at either Einstein’s or Panera at the corner of Guadalupe and McClintock after the ride if interested. Approximately 35 miles.


Friday, November 27, 8:00 a.m., Desert Breeze Park.  Black Friday Ride

Neal will also be leading the Black Friday ride this year.  From Desert Breeze we head out Pecos and up through the Gateway Airport, returning on Ray. Two distance options of 30 or 50 miles.


Saturday, November 28, 8:00 a.m., Kiwanis Park. 8th Street Ail
The extended-distance option includes an out-and-back that goes as far west as the road will take us, plus several steep hills including northbound 8th Street from Chandler Blvd to Desert Foothills Parkway.

Optional preregistration is available at:


Saturday, December 5, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Park. Tour de Sue
Tour de Sue is a flat loop to the south, with route options of 25 or 35 miles. Both routes include a good long stretch with no traffic lights.
Optional preregistration is available at:


Tid Bits…

If you would prefer to work off your holiday feast with a full or metric century ride on Black Friday, you are invited to participate in the Sun City Cycling Club’s 5th annual tour of the west valley.


I did my first ride up and down the new Highly Faulkner Memorial Multiuse Trail, formerly know as the eastbound side of Pecos road, south of the new 202 in the Ahwatukee Foothills.  It’s an awesome ribbon of smooth, wide asphalt that extents from 40th street to 17th avenue with only one low-volume cross street to deal with.  Usage was light midway through a Friday morning; not sure how crowded it gets on the weekends.  Aesthetically, it has an industrial feel with high-tension powerlines, chain-link fence and a major freeway flanking it all along the way.  But there are mountains further beyond that draw the eyes up.


Have fun, ride safely, and stay healthy!