Monthly Archives: March 2016

Community Bike Ride List March 26-April 1

The past 2 weeks I have way to many calls, emails, texts, PM and conversations that seem to be extra critical of cyclists.  I was asked to share some messages by different people, organizations and government agencies that asked for cyclists to be more considerate and it resulted in me being slammed by some in the cycling community.  In case anyone had a question, my life has been dedicated for almost a decade to promoting cycling and my interest is in doing everything to promote bikes and outdoor recreation. However, I am not “the Man”  and it is not my job to try and police the community, but I will continue to share this message “Be KIND and Don’t be THAT GUY”.

On a plus side I received this note from NOAO and it’s nice knowing people are encouraging others to keep an eye out for us.

“Since Spring is in the air, we need to be aware of the increase in bicycle and motorcycle traffic sharing the roads with us. Bicycle and motorcycle accidents are on the rise and we need to keep a watchful eye out for the two-wheeled riders! When making turns, take a second look to make sure you didn’t miss one of these vehicles!

“There are blind spots, and motorcycles and bicycles have a tendency to hide in those little tiny blind spots.”

For those of you driving to or from Kitt Peak, there are bicycle racing teams taking advantage of racing up the mountain road and then cruising down. Be aware of theses folks and share the road with them! Also we have many motorcyclists coming up to visit Kitt Peak.

Be aware and keep everyone safe! Drive Aware! Ride Aware!”

THANKS NOAO for being aware.  You Are KIND!

 

 

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This list is a major time commitment and it is my pleasure to put it together.  All I ask in return for the list is that you remember I’m A REALTOR.  If you have a relationship with another REALTOR, I love loyalty and respect those relationships.  However, if not, or if you need a second opinion, Please keep me in mind.  Many agents spend money advertising for new business, others sit open houses or cold call.  My business is based on referrals from past clients and friends.  The less time I have to do traditional prospecting the more I can do for the cycling community.  For example: this list.

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Ride on,

 

Damion

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I tried to verify all these, but did get in touch with some of the ride leaders and shops.  You should always verify times before you head out and remember these ride times are when the ride leaves.  Please show up as early as needed to make sure you are ready to roll out at the time posted.

REOCCURING WEEKLY RIDES

What Where When Distance/Time Speed Contact
 
U of A Cycling Monday Mosey Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Monday

7:00AM

1-1.5 hours Max 20 miles How fast can a mosey be? http://uacycling.com/

 

 

Ben’s Bike MTB Meet at shop Monday

6:00 PM

1-2 hours Easy, fun, social Ben’s Bikes
Monday Night Mash 12.14 Diamondback Bridge in Ironhorse Park on the Aviation Bikeway Monday

7:15pm

15-25 miles Social regroups https://www.facebook.com/groups/1147259775287516/
 
Hills, Hills Hills Bashas Kolb/Sunrise Tuesday

5:30AM

20 miles

About an hour

12-14

HILLS

Damion Alexander

520-977-5664 text or call

Velo Vets

 

VA Blind Rehab Center at the VA Hospital

 

Tuesday 4:00PM Two rides.  One on VA campus. Other on The Loop easy, fun, social and service ride Giuliana Donnelly

Phone:520-465-5186

http://www.azvelovets.org/

Tuesday Fair Wheel Ride University/Euclid Tuesday

6:30AM

2.5 hours

40 miles

Fast www.Fairwheelbike.com
Tuesday Night Fast Fixed Ride Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Tuesday

6:30PM

Few Hours Varies Fast brownus_clarence@yahoo.com
Tuesday Night Ride Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Tuesday

8:30PM

12-18 miles Slow https://www.facebook.com/groups/5833629539/
 
UA Cycling  Wed.Worlds Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Wed

7:30AM

40-60 miles   http://uacycling.com/
Mt. Lemmon University/Euclid Wed

7:00AM

55-60 Miles   www.Fairwheelbike.com
JKG DnA Easy Udall Parking Lot Wed

5:30AM

Udall-Mile post 3 on Lemmon Casual

NoDrop

https://www.facebook.com/groups/579397565447522/?fref=ts
Christian Cycling Crit Training Series UA Tech Park- 1550 E 36th St 6:00PM

8:00PM

12-2-16  –

3.9.15

3 races from beginner to advanced.   https://www.usacycling.org/events/getflyer.php?permit=2015-3523
Heavy Pedal Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Wed

7:00PM

Different route each week    
Wednesday Shredzday Sierra Vista 31.501495, -110.274078 Wed

6:30PM

10 miles   Sun & Spokes. 520.458.0685
Bike Polo UofA Mall Wed

8:00PM

    https://www.facebook.com/tucson.bikepolo?fref=ts
 
Up Oracle

Thursday Shootout

University and Euclid Thurs

6:30AM

  Fast www.Fairwheelbike.com
Hills, hills, hills Bashas Kolb/Sunrise Thurs

5:30AM

20 miles 12-14(but Hills) Damion Alexander

977-5664

Thursdays are for wheel People AJ’s

Sunrise/Campbell

Thursday

8:00AM

45 miles 18 plus timcarolan@mac.com

548-3624

U of A Cycling Thursday Thrill Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Thurs

6:30AM

1-1.5 hours Max 20 miles Easy Ride http://uacycling.com/
The JKG Flagship ride Le Buzz Thurs

5:30AM

Le Buzz to Molina Basin Hammer fest JKG Strava on Facebook
Tasty Chipolte Night Ride Sierra Vista

Chipotle  6 or circle K at 6:30

Thursday

6:00PM-  Chipotle 6:30 PM

Circle K on BST

20-25 miles No drop Sun & Spokes. 520.458.0685
 
U OF A Cycling  Friday Freewheelin Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Friday

6:30AM

2 hours

30-40 miles

Team Time Trial Practice http://uacycling.com/
 
Bicycle Ranch Tucson Group Bicycle Ranch at Oracle and Ina

 

Saturday 7:00AM 48 (shorter option of 35 as well) miles 17-20

MPH

Free Breakfast after ride

Steve 520-219-4311

The

Old  Man Shootout

University and

Euclid

Saturday 6:45AM(next week 6:15) 60 Mile (can be extended to 100) Fast

20 MPH+

www.fairwheelbikes.com
The Big Boy Shootout University and

Euclid

Saturday 7:00AM AM(Next week 6:30) 60 Miles(can be extended to 100) Faster www.fairwheelbikes.com
Performance Speedway Shop Ride 3302 E. Speedway Blvd Saturday 7:00AM 15-20 miles 12-15

No drop

Pbs074@performaneinc.com

(520) 327-3232‎

Performance Broadway Shop Ride 7204 e Broadway Saturday 7:00AM 10-15 miles beginner 12-15

No drop

pbs054@performanceinc.com

520-296-4715

Broadway Bicycles Shop Ride Various Routes

Call Scott

Saturday 8:00AM     Scott 296-7819
Miles Ahead Shop Ride I’m sad to say that Miles Ahead has closed and one of the best shop rides in Tucson is no more.  If you are interested in starting a Pistol Hill Ride Every week, please let me know so I can put it here.  I know there is an interest, we just need someone to step up.  Thanks Geoff for having such a great ride.  You and Miles Ahead will be missed.
Ben’s Bike Ride At Ben’s bike

7431 Houghton

Saturday

8:00AM

6-10 miles Easy www.bensbikestucson.com

520-574-2453

Sabino Cycle Shop Ride Varies- email Steve  to be on the list Saturday 7:15AM   No Drop steve@sabinocycles.com

 

Tucson Endurance Performance Center Ride Mountain Bike Ride Contact shop for details.  Different route weekly. Saturday 7:30AM     www.graskyendurance.com/weekly-workouts.html

 

 
Performance Speedway Shop Ride 3302 E. Speedway Blvd Sunday

???

30-35 miles 12-15 Pbs074@performaneinc.com

(520) 327-3232‎

 
Cycle Fit Solutions Sunday Ride Probike on Tanque Verde Sunday

8:30AM

???? 18 plus Tim Carolan

520-548-3624

timcarolan@mac.com

Tucson Endurance Performance Center Ride 6448 N Oracle

 

Sunday

7:30AM

    www.graskyendurance.com/weekly-workouts.html
Ben’s Bikes At Ben’s bike

7431 Houghton

Sunday 8AM 35-40 17-20 www.bensbikestucson.com

520-574-2453

 

THIS WEEKS ROAD RIDES

PLEASE NOTE- Category below just for Mountain Bikes

What Location Date/Time Distance Speed Contact- More Info
Cactus cycling and GABA have on-line ride calendars.  Check them out for more rides.

Cactus Cycling http://www.cactuscycling.org/schedule.php

Greater Arizona Bicycle Association GABA-  http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/203149392/

Zona Cycling

Shootout Route with a twist

  Meet at El Con Mall in back of the Starbucks Coffee shop. Saturday

03.26.16

8:00AM

55 miles   https://www.facebook.com/Zona-Cycling-186457201423794/?fref=ts

Tucson Recumbent Cyclists

YMCA at Sam Lena park Saturday

03.26.16

7:45 am

19 miles No too fast, not that slow https://www.facebook.com/groups/TucsonRC /

 

THIS WEEKS MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDES  ^^^^Road rides are above^^^^

What Location Date

Time

Time  Distance Speed Contact- More Info
Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists(SDMB)  and Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA have a calendar of rides.  Check them out  at )

www.meetup.com/Southern-Arizona-Mountain-Bike-Association

http://www.sdmb.org

MTB Addicts – Fantasy Island Ride

Fantasy Island Valencia Side Saturday

03.26.16

8:00AM

 You can blast through it, or go at your own pace. Got some friends or family that are new to MTB? Great ride to bring them along. 22 miles https://www.facebook.com/events/1675453509388097/

March Trailwork Day Bug Spring Trail Sponsored By RISKY BUSINESS RESTAURANT

meet at the Lower Bug Spring parking lot at 9am Saturday

03.26.16

9:00AM

Time to get Bug Spring into good summer riding form. Mainly  working on pruning and drainage issues. Tools and post work goodies provided by TORCA https://www.facebook.com/events/492275847611819/

Chasing the bunny!

Fantasy Island North Side Sunday

03.27.168:00 AM

I’ll be doing a few loops out on the Bunny trails. We can meet at 8am at the picnic table (north side) and ride the trail to the bunny entrance by 8:30 if you want to start there.

Happy Easter everyone!

https://www.facebook.com/events/179497585770116/

Dave Slagle

Old Pueblo MTB: Rock House Roll

Walgreens 12050 Dove Mountain Blvd. Sunday

03.27.164:00 PM

This ride goes up 7 miles and climbs over 1000 feet. The views from the top of the mountain overlook all of Tucson and the surrounding area. The home is fully intact and can be explored. https://www.facebook.com/events/1704437643148418/

The Business Builder Bike Ride & Photo shoot ( bring a camera- ego is on the line)

Fantasy Island Wednesday

03.30.16

The best networking concept of all time.  Introduce yourself, go for a bike ride, drink beer, share what projects are coming up https://www.facebook.com/events/1764836630411359/

 

EVENTS AND VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

What Location Date Contact
APRIL IS BIKE FEST IN TUCSON.  LIVING STREET ALLIANCE HAS A GREAT CALENDAR OF EVENTS.  CHECK IT OUT HERE http://www.bikefesttucson.com/events/2016-04/
Marana Rotary’s Tour de Cookie The Loop @ Santa Cruz River

 

04.09.16

9AM

https://www.facebook.com/events/433734903503912/
Cyclovia Tucson Lost Barrio to Himmel Park Lost Barrio to Himmel Park 04.10.2016

10AM-3PM

http://www.livingstreetsalliance.org/event/cyclovia-tucson-lost-barrio-to-himmel-park/
Ride for Reading Mercado San Agustin

100 s. Avenida Del Convento

04.15.16

9:00AM

https://www.facebook.com/events/159302104454100/
El Grupo Scavenger Hunt (and costume contest) El Grupo Clubhouse – 610 N 9th Ave 04.16.16

9A3PM

https://www.facebook.com/events/1582017962124880/
Tour de Cure (American Diabetes Association) Tucson Harley Davidson & area, 7355 N. I-10 E Frontage Rd 4.17.16

6:45 – 2:00Pm

http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/TourAdmin?pg=entry&fr_id=11062
GABA BICYCLE SWAP MEET 7th St between 4th and 6th Ave 4.17.16

7:00 – 2:00Pm

https://www.facebook.com/GabaBikeSwap
Oro Valley Bike Swap Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Rd. 04.23.16

7:30-1PM

Contact 229-5050

 

TIMED RIDES aka MOTIVATION aka RACES and Big Rides

Name Description Date Location Contact Info
Marana Heritage Criterium Jr’s- Cat 5, Masters, Cat 4/5 Cat 3/4, Cat 1/2/3-Pro1/2/3 03.26.16 Marana, AZ https://www.usacycling.org/events/state_search.php?state=AZ
5th Annual Nogales Bicycle Classic 33, 53 and 114 mile routes 03.26.16 Nogales http://www.nogalesbicycleclassic.org/routes.html
2016 Two- Wheel Jones El Tour Criterium Day 1 Mens and womens 1,2,3,4,5, Masters on Friday.  Jr’s, Masters, Cat 1-5 m/w on Sunday 04.01.16

04.03.16

Downtown Mesa, http://www.mesabikerace.com/
ASU Poly Innovation Crit Jr’s, Masters, Men’s Cat 1-5, Womens Cat 1-4 04.16.16 Mesa http://asucycling.org/
Tour De Cure

Tucson

Come raise some funds for the American Diabetes Association and ride your bike at the same time 4.17.16 Tucson http://tour.diabetes.org/site/TR?fr_id=11062&pg=entry
ARIZONA CITY COTTON CLASSIC 20 and 40K TT 4.17.16 Arizona City https://www.usacycling.org/events/getflyer.php?permit=2016-1215
Javelina Chase Gran Fondo and Omnium OMNIUM

&

GRAN FONDO

 

4.23/24.16 Duncan, AZ http://www.javelinachase.com/
The 3 Bears

Time Trial Series

Time Trial 05.01.16        Picacho, AZ           http://www.summitvelo.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/3-Bear-Flyer-2016.pdf
Highly Falkner South Mountain Time Trial 5.5. mile TT 05.06.16

 

       Phoenix, AZ https://www.facebook.com/SOMOTTVITESSE
Flagstaff Frenzy The Mountain Bike Association of Arizona

Race 5

6.4.16 Fort Valley Trail Network http://mbaa.net/racing/flagstaff-frenzy/
Super D   6.5.16    

 

ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES – WANT BETTER BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE? GET INVOLVED.  Feel free to e-mail damion@damionalexander.com if you want to get involved in the Velodrome Committee, CASA- Cycling Advocates of Southern Arizona, GABA – Greater Arizona Bicycle Association, Sonoran Desert Mountain Bike SDMB, Tucson Off Road Cyclist & Activists TORCA, El Grupo Youth Cycling, Tu Nidito Ride For A Child.  Added bonus, I’ll be there and the pictures are free;-)

RIDE AND EVENT DISCLAIMER

These rides are not mine.  I am only sharing the data.  The Damion Alexander Team  cannot guarantee anybody’s safety.  There are unknown and unforeseen potential hazards in every ride so you should  pay attention and take reasonable precautions.  I always use a helmet.  I think that Helmets are required when riding.  If you choose to listen to music during rides you should only use the headset in the right ear and keep the headset out of the left ear. Better yet, buy a FarEnd Gear earbud.  Communication is essential during all rides and having the ability to hear is a part of your responsibility to others.  Please also ride within your limitations. You are  not racing the Tour de France.  If you see someone  that is  not riding within their limitations or are becoming a hazard to others we should politely bring this to their your attention  Dothis for your and everybody’s safety.

Also, it is everybody’s responsibility to follow all traffic laws.  We are not lemmings.  Just because somebody does something foolish does not mean you need to follow.  Use your head and enjoy your ride.

 

THE DAMION ALEXANDER TEAM, DAMION ALEXANDER, AND ANYONE ELSE WHO CONTRIBUTES TO THIS LIST SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY ACCIDENT OR INJURY THAT OCCURS ON THSES RIDES.  EVERY PERSON IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OTHERS AROUND THEM

 

WHERE DO ALL THE RIDES COME FROM?  These links and shops and clubs and teams and facebook and YOU.  See a ride that is missing.  Please let me know  Damion@DamionAlexadner.com.  Thanks

Road

*Vistoso Cyclist http://vistosocyclists.weebly.com/road-biking.html

Cactus Cycling http://www.cactuscycling.org/schedule.php

Greater Arizona Bicycle Association GABA-  http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/203149392/

*Tucson Tri Girls https://www.facebook.com/groups/ttgandfriends/   http://www.tucsontrigirls.org/index.php/calendar

Zona Cyclist https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zona-Cycling/186457201423794

JKG Strava – https://www.facebook.com/groups/579397565447522/?fref=ts

U of A Cycling http://uacycling.com/

Velo Vets  Phonehttp://www.azvelovets.org/: 520-465-5186

Tuesday Night Ride https://www.facebook.com/groups/5833629539/

Bicycle Commuters of Tucson https://www.facebook.com/groups/160142187481277/

Mountain Bike

Tucson Offroad Cyclists and Activists TORCA http://torca.org/   www.facebook.com/events/

Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA) www.meetup.com/Southern-Arizona-Mountain-Bike-Association

Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists  https://www.facebook.com/SDMB.org   http://www.sdmb.org

Tucson Mountain Bike Addicts https://www.facebook.com/TucsonMTBAddicts \

Our MTB Rides – Dave Slagle Slaglesphone@live.com

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ourmtbrides/385655391621830/?notif_t=group_activity

Old Pueblo Mountain Bike – Todd Rasmussen 520-256-1340   https://www.facebook.com/groups/203787656312279/?fref=ts

RBAR – Jesus Friaa 520-271-3776

 

Shop Rides

Performance Bicycles Speedway Tucson – Pbs074@performaneinc.com

(520) 327-3232‎ http://www.meetup.com/Performance-Speedway-MeetNRide/events/

Performance Bicycles Broadway –  pbs054@performanceinc.com 520-296-4715

Fairwheel Bikes https://fairwheelbikes.com/tucson-arizona-location-ezp-1.html#rides  (520) 884-9018

Grasky Endurance Coaching  www.graskyendurance.com/weekly-workouts.html

Broadway Bicycles

Bicycle Ranch Tucson – http://bicycleranch.com/tucson-rides/ (  520-219-4311

Ben’s Bikes http://www.bensbikestucson.com/  520-574-2453

Recumbent

Tucson Recumbent Cyclists  https://www.facebook.com/groups/TucsonRC/?fref=ts

 

This list is a major time commitment and it is my pleasure to put it together.  All I ask in return for the list is that you remember I’m A REALTOR.  If you have a relationship with another REALTOR, I love loyalty and respect those relationships.  However, if not, or if you need a second opinion, Please keep me in mind.  Many agents spend money advertising for new business, others sit open houses or cold call.  My business is based on referrals from past clients and friends.  The less time I have to do traditional prospecting the more I can do for the cycling community.  For example: this list.

THIS LIST IS PROVIDED AT A COURTESY OF THE DAMION ALEXANDER TEAM.  THIS LIST IS DEEMED RELIABLE, BUT NOT GUARANTEED.  WHEN POSSIBLE, CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE GROUP RIDERS ARE PROVIDED.  TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND DOUBLE CHECK OR GO TO THE RIDE AND IF NO ONE IS THERE, GO RIDE BY YOURSELF.

Tucson Bicycle Classic Photos

This album has links to every album from the 2016 TBC.  If you are interested in using one of the images please let me know what the purpose is, and I’ll likely give it to you for free.  Just remember, when you are thinking of buying or selling a home, I’m here for you.

The people who make it all happen

ALL SMILES – Photos of happy people

All the happy, smiling people at the road Race and Time Trail

Smiling faces at the circuit race

TIME TRIAL

Juniors

Men’s 4 & 5

Masters 35+, 45+ 55+ 65+ 70+ 75+ TT

Women/ All Cats

Men’s 2/3 Time Trail

Men’s 1 Time Trial

ROAD RACE

Road Race

CIRCUIT RACE

Circuit Race – A little of all races

Circuit Race Early Start Album 1

Circuit Race early start part 2

Circuit Race Men’s Cat 1,2,3 and Women’s 1

Circuit Race Cat 4/5

Junior

 

Honeybee Trail Head Parking and Access Issues

Bikes are so fun that more and more people are riding.  That is good.  Unfortunately, as our numbers grow, we are hitting up against some new challenges.  Trail access and parking is becoming an issue.  Last week the Estates at Honey Bee put this Sign up.

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Hank Rowe and I have met with the HOA board of directors and asked for them to allow us to redo these signs and omit the dawn to dusk provision, as well as say the rules are supported by the cycling community as well.  They are going to discuss it, and I’m optimistic they will accept our offer.  My concern is that most of us will respect these rules that are reasonable considering it is private property, but those who do not will be the belligerent ones and make the issue worse.

The second issue of concern is a parking lot that many have used to access the trails.  This sign went up a few days after the first sign.

Photo by Jerry Quesnel

Photo by Jerry Quesnel

As I have not had time to write this and Evan Pilling with SDMB hit most of what I would have said, I’ll share his comments on the subject below.  The only items I would add for alternative parking is that a Park and Ride exists about two miles away at 2291 E Rancho Vistoso, and the Pastor of the church across the street is looking at how he can make his lot available Monday-Saturday ( we have talked and he’s looking into insurance liabilities, but is himself a cyclist and supportive of the idea).

Evan Pilling Had this to say:  Honeybee Canyon/Tortolita Mountain Access Update:

As most mountain bikers in Tucson are already aware, there are a number of access issues going on right now at Honeybee Canyon in Oro Valley.  Representatives from the MTB community are in touch with the respective stakeholders to try to fund solutions.  Here is an update of the current situations.  Most of this information has already been posted, but we wanted to get everything in one place. 

Parking Issues at 1171 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd (Fast Rhino/Cop Shop)

First off, the property management who runs the commonly used parking area at 1171 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd (sometimes called the “Cop Shop”) has, for the time being, prohibited non-customers from parking there 7 days a week.  This has always been a popular place to park for folks using the Honeybee trails and, and since the Como Rd. access was closed off it has seen a huge spike in use.  Numerous road cycling groups also use the lot to start and finish rides, sometimes having as many as 50 plus riders.  There have been issues with folks parking there for years, mainly due to some local residents who were hostile to bikes, but things came to a head recently with business owners citing overuse of the lot during business hours, public nudity due to riders changing before and after rides, a recent bike demo day that was not cleared with the owners, and some riders urinating and even defecating a the lot. 

Until further notice, please do not park at the parking lot at 1171 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.  You will likely be towed.  It is private property, and the owners are threatening to tow anyone who parks there for cycling purposes.  Representatives from the cycling community are in contact with the property management company and are working hard to find solutions to maintain access, and we will update via Facebook and the internet as things progress.  Please be respectful of the business owners at the Plaza; getting confrontational will not help us secure access.

If you want to ride at Honeybee, you still have some parking options.  First, you can park at the official Honeybee Canyon Trailhead (directions are here:https://www.orovalleyaz.gov/parksandrec/parks/honey-bee-canyon-park).  While there is limited parking here, there are also bathrooms and ramadas available for use.  Please do not stage large group rides here.  Second, you can park at Oro Valley Bikes at 12925 N Oracle Rd, 2.3 miles east of the Honeybee trails access point.  There is plenty of parking at Oro Valley Bikes.  It will add a few miles to your ride, but give you a nice warmup before getting on the dirt.  And finally, you can drive a few more miles up North to W. Edwin Rd, hang a left, and drive west to the Windmill.  Edwin is a dirt road, but passable for SUV’s and most cars.  Make sure to pick up an AZ State Land Dept. permit, as the Honeybee Trails and Edwin Rd. parking are on State Trust land.  Large group rides should plan on parking at Oro Valley Bikes or on Edwin Rd.

Access Issues at the Quiet Rain Dr. Access for Honeybee Trails

Another long-time problem area is the trail access via Quiet Rain Dr. off of Rancho Vistoso Blvd.  The Quiet Rain access point uses a utility easement between two subdivisions, and while it is technically an easement it is also private property.  In the past, there have been complaints about mountain bikers, conflicts with hikers and property owners, and even roofing nails found on the ground (presumably to damage tires and keep mountain bikers from using the trails).  Recently, the HOA who oversees the utility easement put up a sign limiting use from dawn to dusk (i.e. no night riding), prohibiting any organized races, and asking cyclists to be courteous.  While we are working with the HOA to find a solution, we ask that folks respect the HOA’s request to avoid night rides until things get sorted out.  Representatives from the cycling community met with the HOA on 3/16/16 to start the dialogue about preserving access through the utility subdivision, and we will provide updates as we get them.  If you want to night ride at Honeybee, please access the trails from W. Erwin Rd.

For both issues, representatives are also in touch with Oro Valley Parks and Rec, Oro Valley Police Department, and the Town of Oro Valley to find solutions and advocate for permanent trailhead access.  The sad reality is that, although we all ride and love the Honeybee trails, they are un-sanctioned trails on State Trust land and there is no guaranteed right to use them. 

We appreciate your patience while we get things sorted out!”

So, there you have it.  Please be kind and respectful.  Don’t be “That Guy”

Damion AKA BikePilgrim

Community Ride list for March 19-26

This weekend is the 30th Tucson Bicycle Classic.  I see how much work goes into making events like this happen.  A HUGE thanks to the staff,  volunteers and sponsors who make it all happen.

I’m proud to see The Damion Alexander Team on the logo soup supporting racing and cyclist in Southern Arizona and knowing I’m doing a small part to keep this event alive and thriving.

I’ll have lots of images from the weekend and will share them both on BikePilgrim.com as well as on The Damion Alexander Team on Facebook.

This list is a major time commitment and it is my pleasure to put it together.  All I ask in return for the list is that you remember I’m A REALTOR.  If you have a relationship with another REALTOR, I love loyalty and respect those relationships.  However, if not, or if you need a second opinion, Please keep me in mind.  Many agents spend money advertising for new business, others sit open houses or cold call.  My business is based on referrals from past clients and friends.  The less time I have to do traditional prospecting the more I can do for the cycling community.  For example: this list.

Ride on,

 

Damion

 

I tried to verify all these, but did get in touch with some of the ride leaders and shops.  You should always verify times before you head out and remember these ride times are when the ride leaves.  Please show up as early as needed to make sure you are ready to roll out at the time posted.

REOCCURING WEEKLY RIDES

What Where When Distance/Time Speed Contact
 
U of A Cycling Monday Mosey Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Monday

7:00AM

1-1.5 hours Max 20 miles How fast can a mosey be? http://uacycling.com/

 

 

Ben’s Bike MTB Meet at shop Monday

6:00 PM

1-2 hours Easy, fun, social Ben’s Bikes
Monday Night Mash 12.14 Diamondback Bridge in Ironhorse Park on the Aviation Bikeway Monday

7:15pm

15-25 miles Social regroups https://www.facebook.com/groups/1147259775287516/
 
Hills, Hills Hills Bashas Kolb/Sunrise Tuesday

5:30AM

20 miles

About an hour

12-14

HILLS

Damion Alexander

520-977-5664 text or call

Velo Vets

 

VA Blind Rehab Center at the VA Hospital

 

Tuesday 4:00PM Two rides.  One on VA campus. Other on The Loop easy, fun, social and service ride Giuliana Donnelly

Phone:520-465-5186

http://www.azvelovets.org/

Tuesday Fair Wheel Ride University/Euclid Tuesday

7:00AM

2.5 hours

40 miles

Fast www.Fairwheelbike.com
Tuesday Night Fast Fixed Ride Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Tuesday

6:30PM

Few Hours Varies Fast brownus_clarence@yahoo.com
Tuesday Night Ride Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Tuesday

8:30PM

12-18 miles Slow https://www.facebook.com/groups/5833629539/
 
UA Cycling  Wed.Worlds Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Wed

7:30AM

40-60 miles   http://uacycling.com/
Mt. Lemmon University/Euclid Wed

7:00AM

55-60 Miles   www.Fairwheelbike.com
JKG DnA Easy Udall Parking Lot Wed

5:30AM

Udall-Mile post 3 on Lemmon Casual

NoDrop

https://www.facebook.com/groups/579397565447522/?fref=ts
Christian Cycling Crit Training Series UA Tech Park- 1550 E 36th St 6:00PM

8:00PM

12-2-16  –

3.9.15

3 races from beginner to advanced.   https://www.usacycling.org/events/getflyer.php?permit=2015-3523
Heavy Pedal Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Wed

7:00PM

Different route each week    
Wednesday Shredzday Sierra Vista 31.501495, -110.274078 Wed

7:00PM

10 miles   Sun & Spokes. 520.458.0685
Bike Polo UofA Mall Wed

8:00PM

    https://www.facebook.com/tucson.bikepolo?fref=ts
 
Up Oracle

Thursday Shootout

University and Euclid Thurs

7:00AM

  Fast www.Fairwheelbike.com
Hills, hills, hills Bashas Kolb/Sunrise Thurs

5:30AM

20 miles 12-14(but Hills) Damion Alexander

977-5664

Thursdays are for wheel People AJ’s

Sunrise/Campbell

Thursday

8:00AM

45 miles 18 plus timcarolan@mac.com

548-3624

U of A Cycling Thursday Thrill Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Thurs

7:00AM

1-1.5 hours Max 20 miles Easy Ride http://uacycling.com/
The JKG Flagship ride Le Buzz Thurs

5:30AM

Le Buzz to Molina Basin Hammer fest JKG Strava on Facebook
Tasty Chipolte Night Ride Sierra Vista

Chipotle  6 or circle K at 6:30

Thursday

6:00PM-  Chipotle 6:30 PM

Circle K on BST

20-25 miles No drop Sun & Spokes. 520.458.0685
 
U OF A Cycling  Friday Freewheelin Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Friday

7:30AM

2 hours

30-40 miles

Team Time Trial Practice http://uacycling.com/
 
Bicycle Ranch Tucson Group Bicycle Ranch at Oracle and Ina

 

Saturday 7:30AM 48 (shorter option of 35 as well) miles 17-20

MPH

Free Breakfast after ride

Steve 520-219-4311

The

Old  Man Shootout

University and

Euclid

Saturday 6:45AM 60 Mile (can be extended to 100) Fast

20 MPH+

www.fairwheelbikes.com
The Big Boy Shootout University and

Euclid

Saturday 7:00AM AM 60 Miles(can be extended to 100) Faster www.fairwheelbikes.com
Performance Speedway Shop Ride 3302 E. Speedway Blvd Saturday 7:00AM 15-20 miles 12-15

No drop

Pbs074@performaneinc.com

(520) 327-3232‎

Performance Broadway Shop Ride 7204 e Broadway Saturday 7:00AM 10-15 miles beginner 12-15

No drop

pbs054@performanceinc.com

520-296-4715

Broadway Bicycles Shop Ride Various Routes

Call Scott

Saturday 8:00AM     Scott 296-7819
Miles Ahead Shop Ride I’m sad to say that Miles Ahead has closed and one of the best shop rides in Tucson is no more.  If you are interested in starting a Pistol Hill Ride Every week, please let me know so I can put it here.  I know there is an interest, we just need someone to step up.  Thanks Geoff for having such a great ride.  You and Miles Ahead will be missed.
Ben’s Bike Ride At Ben’s bike

7431 Houghton

Saturday

8:00AM

6-10 miles Easy www.bensbikestucson.com

520-574-2453

Sabino Cycle Shop Ride Varies- email Steve  to be on the list Saturday 7:30AM   No Drop steve@sabinocycles.com

 

Tucson Endurance Performance Center Ride Mountain Bike Ride Contact shop for details.  Different route weekly. Saturday 7:30AM     www.graskyendurance.com/weekly-workouts.html

 

 
Performance Speedway Shop Ride 3302 E. Speedway Blvd Sunday

???

30-35 miles 12-15 Pbs074@performaneinc.com

(520) 327-3232‎

 
Cycle Fit Solutions Sunday Ride Probike on Tanque Verde Sunday

8:30AM

???? 18 plus Tim Carolan

520-548-3624

timcarolan@mac.com

Tucson Endurance Performance Center Ride 6448 N Oracle

 

Sunday

7:30AM

    www.graskyendurance.com/weekly-workouts.html
Ben’s Bikes At Ben’s bike

7431 Houghton

Sunday 8AM 35-40 17-20 www.bensbikestucson.com

520-574-2453

 

THIS WEEKS ROAD RIDES

PLEASE NOTE- Category below just for Mountain Bikes

What Location Date/Time Distance Speed Contact- More Info
Cactus cycling and GABA have on-line ride calendars.  Check them out for more rides.

Cactus Cycling http://www.cactuscycling.org/schedule.php

Greater Arizona Bicycle Association GABA-  http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/203149392/

The Liv Urban Bike Challenge!

Bicycle Ranch Tucson

7090 N Oracle Rd, Ste 198,

Saturday

03.19.16

10:00

Team up with your friends and take on the Urban Bicycle Challenge (Scavenger Hunt)!  

https://www.facebook.com/events/1722147921340118/

Zona Cycling

Foothills and to the end of Tanque Verde

  Meet at El Con Mall in back of the Starbucks Coffee shop. Saturday

03.19.16

8:00AM

50 miles   https://www.facebook.com/Zona-Cycling-186457201423794/?fref=ts

Tucson Recumbent Cyclists

Udall Park Saturday

03.19.16

8:00 am

17 miles No too fast, not that slow https://www.facebook.com/groups/TucsonRC/

 

THIS WEEKS MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDES  ^^^^Road rides are above^^^^

What Location Date

Time

Time  Distance Speed Contact- More Info
Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists(SDMB)  and Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA have a calendar of rides.  Check them out  at

) www.meetup.com/Southern-Arizona-Mountain-Bike-Association   , http://www.sdmb.org

 

 

MTB Addicts – Kentucky Camp (AES Small Loop)

Northwest side of I-10 & Houghton by 7:30 Sunday

3.20.16

8AM

Distance – 29 miles

Climb – 3,400

Skil level – Intermediate+ There is some good climbing on this ride.

https://www.facebook.com/events/945146148900878/

Old Pueblo MTB: Tortolita Preserve

Meeting inside the gate at Tortolita Preserve in Dove Mountain Sunday

3.20.16

4PM

This is a 10 mile loop that is a perfect trail for all abilities. Only around 500 feet of climbing. Sunday the high is 89 so again perfect weather to go for a mountain bike ride with some friends. https://www.facebook.com/events/2001319703426988/

Tuesday Night Lights:Mt. Lemmon Selfies

Molino Basin, Mt Lemmon Az

Tucson, Arizona 85747

clock

Tuesday, March 22 at 7 PM

 

TNL Prison Camp Selfies. Meet at Molino Basin Campground at 7pm and we ride the road to Prison Camp and take the trail back to Molino. Its only 2 miles up the road and 3 miles down the trail, so plan on doing it 2 times

https://www.facebook.com/events/810863089017894/

 

EVENTS AND VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

What Location Date Contact
The Tucson Bicycle Classic can use some Volunteers.  Interested, call me at 977-5664 and ‘ll put you in touch with the right peeps.
Looks Like I Need to do some searching for events. If you have an event or need volunteers… Let me know damion@damionalexander.com

 

TIMED RIDES aka MOTIVATION aka RACES and Big Rides

Name Description Date Location Contact Info
White Tank Whirlwind The Mountain Bike Association of Arizona

Race 4

3.19.16 White Tanks Regional Park

Waddell, AZ

http://mbaa.net/racing/white-tank-whirlwind/
Tucson Bicycle Classic TT, Road Race and Circuit Race. 3.18.16

3.19.16

3.20.16

Tucson http://www.tucsonbicycleclassic.com/
Marana Heritage Criterium Jr’s- Cat 5, Masters, Cat 4/5 Cat 3/4, Cat 1/2/3-Pro1/2/3 03.26.16 Marana, AZ https://www.usacycling.org/events/state_search.php?state=AZ
Tour De Cure

Tucson

Come raise some funds for the American Diabetes Association and ride your bike at the same time 4.17.15 Tucson http://tour.diabetes.org/site/TR?fr_id=11062&pg=entry
Flagstaff Frenzy The Mountain Bike Association of Arizona

Race 5

6.4.16 Fort Valley Trail Network http://mbaa.net/racing/flagstaff-frenzy/
Super D   6.5.16    

 

ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES – WANT BETTER BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE? GET INVOLVED.  Feel free to e-mail damion@damionalexander.com if you want to get involved in the Velodrome Committee, CASA- Cycling Advocates of Southern Arizona, GABA – Greater Arizona Bicycle Association, Sonoran Desert Mountain Bike SDMB, Tucson Off Road Cyclist & Activists TORCA, El Grupo Youth Cycling, Tu Nidito Ride For A Child.  Added bonus, I’ll be there and the pictures are free;-)

RIDE AND EVENT DISCLAIMER

These rides are not mine.  I am only sharing the data.  The Damion Alexander Team  cannot guarantee anybody’s safety.  There are unknown and unforeseen potential hazards in every ride so you should  pay attention and take reasonable precautions.  I always use a helmet.  I think that Helmets are required when riding.  If you choose to listen to music during rides you should only use the headset in the right ear and keep the headset out of the left ear. Better yet, buy a FarEnd Gear earbud.  Communication is essential during all rides and having the ability to hear is a part of your responsibility to others.  Please also ride within your limitations. You are  not racing the Tour de France.  If you see someone  that is  not riding within their limitations or are becoming a hazard to others we should politely bring this to their your attention  Dothis for your and everybody’s safety.

Also, it is everybody’s responsibility to follow all traffic laws.  We are not lemmings.  Just because somebody does something foolish does not mean you need to follow.  Use your head and enjoy your ride.

 

THE DAMION ALEXANDER TEAM, DAMION ALEXANDER, AND ANYONE ELSE WHO CONTRIBUTES TO THIS LIST SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY ACCIDENT OR INJURY THAT OCCURS ON THSES RIDES.  EVERY PERSON IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OTHERS AROUND THEM

 

WHERE DO ALL THE RIDES COME FROM?  These links and shops and clubs and teams and facebook and YOU.  See a ride that is missing.  Please let me know  Damion@DamionAlexadner.com.  Thanks

Road

*Vistoso Cyclist http://vistosocyclists.weebly.com/road-biking.html

Cactus Cycling http://www.cactuscycling.org/schedule.php

Greater Arizona Bicycle Association GABA-  http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/203149392/

*Tucson Tri Girls https://www.facebook.com/groups/ttgandfriends/   http://www.tucsontrigirls.org/index.php/calendar

Zona Cyclist https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zona-Cycling/186457201423794

JKG Strava – https://www.facebook.com/groups/579397565447522/?fref=ts

U of A Cycling http://uacycling.com/

Velo Vets  Phonehttp://www.azvelovets.org/: 520-465-5186

Tuesday Night Ride https://www.facebook.com/groups/5833629539/

Bicycle Commuters of Tucson https://www.facebook.com/groups/160142187481277/

Mountain Bike

Tucson Offroad Cyclists and Activists TORCA http://torca.org/   www.facebook.com/events/

Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA) www.meetup.com/Southern-Arizona-Mountain-Bike-Association

Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists  https://www.facebook.com/SDMB.org   http://www.sdmb.org

Tucson Mountain Bike Addicts https://www.facebook.com/TucsonMTBAddicts \

Our MTB Rides – Dave Slagle Slaglesphone@live.com

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ourmtbrides/385655391621830/?notif_t=group_activity

Old Pueblo Mountain Bike – Todd Rasmussen 520-256-1340   https://www.facebook.com/groups/203787656312279/?fref=ts

RBAR – Jesus Friaa 520-271-3776

 

Shop Rides

Performance Bicycles Speedway Tucson – Pbs074@performaneinc.com

(520) 327-3232‎ http://www.meetup.com/Performance-Speedway-MeetNRide/events/

Performance Bicycles Broadway –  pbs054@performanceinc.com 520-296-4715

Fairwheel Bikes https://fairwheelbikes.com/tucson-arizona-location-ezp-1.html#rides  (520) 884-9018

Grasky Endurance Coaching  www.graskyendurance.com/weekly-workouts.html

Broadway Bicycles

Bicycle Ranch Tucson – http://bicycleranch.com/tucson-rides/ (  520-219-4311

Ben’s Bikes http://www.bensbikestucson.com/  520-574-2453

Recumbent

Tucson Recumbent Cyclists  https://www.facebook.com/groups/TucsonRC/?fref=ts

 

This list is a major time commitment and it is my pleasure to put it together.  All I ask in return for the list is that you remember I’m A REALTOR.  If you have a relationship with another REALTOR, I love loyalty and respect those relationships.  However, if not, or if you need a second opinion, Please keep me in mind.  Many agents spend money advertising for new business, others sit open houses or cold call.  My business is based on referrals from past clients and friends.  The less time I have to do traditional prospecting the more I can do for the cycling community.  For example: this list.

THIS LIST IS PROVIDED AT A COURTESY OF THE DAMION ALEXANDER TEAM.  THIS LIST IS DEEMED RELIABLE, BUT NOT GUARANTEED.  WHEN POSSIBLE, CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE GROUP RIDERS ARE PROVIDED.  TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND DOUBLE CHECK OR GO TO THE RIDE AND IF NO ONE IS THERE, GO RIDE BY YOURSELF.

Community Bike Ride List March 12-19

I’m still trying to catch up, as you can see I’m working on the list at 10 on a Friday night.   I hope you have a chance to get out and ride this week.  The weather is perfect and your bike needs the exercise.  I

Monday we have a meeting for the Velodrome.  I have an idea that I’m really excited about that could potentially get a Velodrome downtown and way ahead of any prior schedule.  I’ve been talking with people all over the country and if the numbers ink out, I’m optimistic we can do it as soon as this winter or next year.  Again, just an idea I have, but it seems plausible.  Details to follow if the others on the committee buy into the concept.

Registration for the Tucson Bicycle Classic closes on Monday.  This 3 day race is the best racing in Southern Arizona all year.  I’ll be there all three days taking photos.

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This list is a major time commitment and it is my pleasure to put it together.  All I ask in return for the list is that you remember I’m A REALTOR.  If you have a relationship with another REALTOR, I love loyalty and respect those relationships.  However, if not, or if you need a second opinion, Please keep me in mind.  Many agents spend money advertising for new business, others sit open houses or cold call.  My business is based on referrals from past clients and friends.  The less time I have to do traditional prospecting the more I can do for the cycling community.  For example: this list.

————————————————————————————————————————-Ride on,

Damion

ut did get in touch with some of the ride leaders and shops.  You should always verify times before you head out and remember these ride times are when the ride leaves.  Please show up as early as needed to make sure you are ready to roll out at the time posted.

REOCCURING WEEKLY RIDES

What Where When Distance/Time Speed Contact
 
U of A Cycling Monday Mosey Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Monday

7:00AM

1-1.5 hours Max 20 miles How fast can a mosey be? http://uacycling.com/

 

 

Ben’s Bike MTB Meet at shop Monday

6:00 PM

1-2 hours Easy, fun, social Ben’s Bikes
Monday Night Mash 12.14 Diamondback Bridge in Ironhorse Park on the Aviation Bikeway Monday

7:15pm

15-25 miles Social regroups https://www.facebook.com/groups/1147259775287516/
 
Hills, Hills Hills Bashas Kolb/Sunrise Tuesday

5:30AM

20 miles

About an hour

12-14

HILLS

Damion Alexander

520-977-5664 text or call

Velo Vets

 

VA Blind Rehab Center at the VA Hospital

 

Tuesday 4:00PM Two rides.  One on VA campus. Other on The Loop easy, fun, social and service ride Giuliana Donnelly

Phone:520-465-5186

http://www.azvelovets.org/

Tuesday Fair Wheel Ride University/Euclid Tuesday

7:00AM

2.5 hours

40 miles

Fast www.Fairwheelbike.com
Tuesday Night Fast Fixed Ride Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Tuesday

6:30PM

Few Hours Varies Fast brownus_clarence@yahoo.com
Tuesday Night Ride Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Tuesday

8:30PM

12-18 miles Slow https://www.facebook.com/groups/5833629539/
 
UA Cycling  Wed.Worlds Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Wed

7:30AM

40-60 miles   http://uacycling.com/
Mt. Lemmon University/Euclid Wed

7:00AM

55-60 Miles   www.Fairwheelbike.com
JKG DnA Easy Udall Parking Lot Wed

5:30AM

Udall-Mile post 3 on Lemmon Casual

NoDrop

https://www.facebook.com/groups/579397565447522/?fref=ts
Christian Cycling Crit Training Series UA Tech Park- 1550 E 36th St 6:00PM

8:00PM

12-2-16  –

3.9.15

3 races from beginner to advanced.   https://www.usacycling.org/events/getflyer.php?permit=2015-3523
Heavy Pedal Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Wed

7:00PM

Different route each week    
Wednesday Shredzday Sierra Vista 31.501495, -110.274078 Wed

7:00PM

10 miles   Sun & Spokes. 520.458.0685
Bike Polo UofA Mall Wed

8:00PM

    https://www.facebook.com/tucson.bikepolo?fref=ts
 
Up Oracle

Thursday Shootout

University and Euclid Thurs

7:00AM

  Fast www.Fairwheelbike.com
Hills, hills, hills Bashas Kolb/Sunrise Thurs

5:30AM

20 miles 12-14(but Hills) Damion Alexander

977-5664

Thursdays are for wheel People AJ’s

Sunrise/Campbell

Thursday

8:00AM

45 miles 18 plus timcarolan@mac.com

548-3624

U of A Cycling Thursday Thrill Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Thurs

7:00AM

1-1.5 hours Max 20 miles Easy Ride http://uacycling.com/
The JKG Flagship ride Le Buzz Thurs

5:30AM

Le Buzz to Molina Basin Hammer fest JKG Strava on Facebook
Tasty Chipolte Night Ride Sierra Vista

Chipotle  6 or circle K at 6:30

Thursday

6:00PM-  Chipotle 6:30 PM

Circle K on BST

20-25 miles No drop Sun & Spokes. 520.458.0685
 
U OF A Cycling  Friday Freewheelin Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Friday

7:30AM

2 hours

30-40 miles

Team Time Trial Practice http://uacycling.com/
 
Bicycle Ranch Tucson Group Bicycle Ranch at Oracle and Ina

 

Saturday 7:30AM 48 (shorter option of 35 as well) miles 17-20

MPH

Free Breakfast after ride

Steve 520-219-4311

The

Old  Man Shootout

University and

Euclid

Saturday 6:45AM 60 Mile (can be extended to 100) Fast

20 MPH+

www.fairwheelbikes.com
The Big Boy Shootout University and

Euclid

Saturday 7:00AM AM 60 Miles(can be extended to 100) Faster www.fairwheelbikes.com
Performance Speedway Shop Ride 3302 E. Speedway Blvd Saturday 7:00AM 15-20 miles 12-15

No drop

Pbs074@performaneinc.com

(520) 327-3232‎

Performance Broadway Shop Ride 7204 e Broadway Saturday 7:00AM 10-15 miles beginner 12-15

No drop

pbs054@performanceinc.com

520-296-4715

Broadway Bicycles Shop Ride Various Routes

Call Scott

Saturday 8:00AM     Scott 296-7819
Miles Ahead Shop Ride I’m sad to say that Miles Ahead has closed and one of the best shop rides in Tucson is no more.  If you are interested in starting a Pistol Hill Ride Every week, please let me know so I can put it here.  I know there is an interest, we just need someone to step up.  Thanks Geoff for having such a great ride.  You and Miles Ahead will be missed.
Ben’s Bike Ride At Ben’s bike

7431 Houghton

Saturday

8:00AM

6-10 miles Easy www.bensbikestucson.com

520-574-2453

Sabino Cycle Shop Ride Varies- email Steve  to be on the list Saturday 7:30AM   No Drop steve@sabinocycles.com

 

Tucson Endurance Performance Center Ride Mountain Bike Ride Contact shop for details.  Different route weekly. Saturday 7:30AM     www.graskyendurance.com/weekly-workouts.html

 

 
Performance Speedway Shop Ride 3302 E. Speedway Blvd Sunday

???

30-35 miles 12-15 Pbs074@performaneinc.com

(520) 327-3232‎

 
Cycle Fit Solutions Sunday Ride Probike on Tanque Verde Sunday

8:30AM

???? 18 plus Tim Carolan

520-548-3624

timcarolan@mac.com

Tucson Endurance Performance Center Ride 6448 N Oracle

 

Sunday

7:30AM

    www.graskyendurance.com/weekly-workouts.html
Ben’s Bikes At Ben’s bike

7431 Houghton

Sunday 8AM 35-40 17-20 www.bensbikestucson.com

520-574-2453

 

THIS WEEKS ROAD RIDES

PLEASE NOTE- Category below just for Mountain Bikes

What Location Date/Time Distance Speed Contact- More Info
Cactus cycling and GABA have on-line ride calendars.  Check them out for more rides.

Cactus Cycling http://www.cactuscycling.org/schedule.php

Greater Arizona Bicycle Association GABA-  http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/203149392/

dedicate the newest section of The Loop on The Santa Cruz

Midvale Park section along the Santa Cruz River at Drexel Road Saturday

03.12.16

9:00

Ride the loop as far as you like at your speed.  9am presentation is at Drexel https://www.facebook.com/ridetheloop/?fref=ts

Summerhaven Training

Lebuzz Saturday

03.12.16

7:30

As far as you will go Your Pace https://www.facebook.com/events/590079991149443/

Zona Cycling

Foothills and to the end of Tanque Verde

  Meet at El Con Mall in back of the Starbucks Coffee shop. Saturday

03.12.16

8:00AM

50 miles   https://www.facebook.com/Zona-Cycling-186457201423794/?fref=ts

Tucson Recumbent Cyclists

parking lot on N. Palm Dr. or Rd. at the UofA. Saturday

03.12.16

9:30 am

20.3miles No too fast, not that slow https://www.facebook.com/groups/TucsonRC/

FooD on The LooP

Tucson’s Loop Bicycle Shop Sunday 3.13.16

9AM-12PM

Join us for food and fun on The Loop.

Ride by for a pre,mid or post ride breakfast burrito.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1695921524027008/

A sunset roll to Dragoon Brewery

Transit Cycles

100 S Avenida del Convento,

Wednesday

3.16.16

5:30PM

Meet at Transit Cycles at 5:30, we will ride out at 6. We will use our typical route on the Santa Cruz River path. Invite your friends and neighbors. https://www.facebook.com/events/198773377154028/

 

THIS WEEKS MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDES  ^^^^Road rides are above^^^^

What Location Date

Time

Time  Distance Speed Contact- More Info
Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists(SDMB)  and Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA have a calendar of rides.  Check them out  at

) www.meetup.com/Southern-Arizona-Mountain-Bike-Association  , http://www.sdmb.org

 

 

TORCA March Group Ride AZT Pistol Hill 3/12/16

Pistol Hill Saturday

03.12.16

8:30AM

 AZT Pistol Hill to Three Bridges . open to everyone members and non. No rider left behind and multiple groups for all skill levels. Total route is 19 miles but plenty of places to turn around and do a shorter ride. Post ride beeves and snacks provided by TORCA https://www.facebook.com/events/544274602397257/

Kevin Clegg Memorial Mountain Bike Ride

Reddington Pass (lower parking lot) Sunday

03.13.167:30 AM

A really special guy left us way too soon. Lets celebrate Kevin’s life with an AWESOME mountain bike ride up Reddington Pass road. We’ll hang a left on the AZ Trail, then take Bellota Ranch Rd. back around on to Reddington Rd,and then descend back to the start. https://www.facebook.com/events/190334244675301/

Arizona Bicycle Experts – Salsa Factory Demo

Fantasy Island Irvington Side Sunday

03.13.169:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Here is a list of bikes that will be at the demo.
Salsa Cycles: Pony Rustler, Horsethief, Bucksaw, Cutthroat, Blackborow with Bluto.
SM,MD,LG,XL Available in most bikes.
https://www.facebook.com/events/207042316324372/

Old Pueblo MTB: Sweetwater

Sweetwater Trailhead

 

Sunday

0.313.16

4PM

We will be doing all the old and new loops for a total distance of over 10 miles and with around 500 feet of climbing. This trail has some rocky sections but for the most part is doable for most mountain bikers with some level of skill. https://www.facebook.com/events/1157532907611743/

 

EVENTS AND VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

What Location Date Contact
Cinelli Riders Unite (and everyone is invited) Fitworks Cycling

119 E Toole Ave,

 

Saturday

3.12.16

6PM-9PMAM

2016

https://www.facebook.com/events/225713477777896/
Ultra MTB Tour Divide Training Camp Prescott, AZ 03.11.2016 – 03.14.2016 http://www.ultramtb.net/

 

 

TIMED RIDES aka MOTIVATION aka RACES and Big Rides

Name Description Date Location Contact Info
South Mountain Bike Class Jr’s and Sr racing V-I 3.12.16   Phoenix, AZ https://www.usacycling.org/events/state_search.php?state=AZ
Ultra MTB Tour Divide Training Camp   03.11.2016 – 03.14.2016   http://www.ultramtb.net/

 

White Tank Whirlwind The Mountain Bike Association of Arizona

Race 4

3.19.16 White Tanks Regional Park

Waddell, AZ

http://mbaa.net/racing/white-tank-whirlwind/
Tucson Bicycle Classic TT, Road Race and Circuit Race. 3.18.16

3.19.16

3.20.16

Tucson http://www.tucsonbicycleclassic.com/
Marana Heritage Criterium Jr’s- Cat 5, Masters, Cat 4/5 Cat 3/4, Cat 1/2/3-Pro1/2/3 03.26.16 Marana, AZ https://www.usacycling.org/events/state_search.php?state=AZ
Tour De Cure

Tucson

Come raise some funds for the American Diabetes Association and ride your bike at the same time 4.17.15 Tucson http://tour.diabetes.org/site/TR?fr_id=11062&pg=entry
Flagstaff Frenzy The Mountain Bike Association of Arizona

Race 5

6.4.16 Fort Valley Trail Network http://mbaa.net/racing/flagstaff-frenzy/
Super D   6.5.16    

 

ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES – WANT BETTER BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE? GET INVOLVED.  Feel free to e-mail damion@damionalexander.com if you want to get involved in the Velodrome Committee, CASA- Cycling Advocates of Southern Arizona, GABA – Greater Arizona Bicycle Association, Sonoran Desert Mountain Bike SDMB, Tucson Off Road Cyclist & Activists TORCA, El Grupo Youth Cycling, Tu Nidito Ride For A Child.  Added bonus, I’ll be there and the pictures are free;-)

RIDE AND EVENT DISCLAIMER

These rides are not mine.  I am only sharing the data.  The Damion Alexander Team  cannot guarantee anybody’s safety.  There are unknown and unforeseen potential hazards in every ride so you should  pay attention and take reasonable precautions.  I always use a helmet.  I think that Helmets are required when riding.  If you choose to listen to music during rides you should only use the headset in the right ear and keep the headset out of the left ear. Better yet, buy a FarEnd Gear earbud.  Communication is essential during all rides and having the ability to hear is a part of your responsibility to others.  Please also ride within your limitations. You are  not racing the Tour de France.  If you see someone  that is  not riding within their limitations or are becoming a hazard to others we should politely bring this to their your attention  Dothis for your and everybody’s safety.

Also, it is everybody’s responsibility to follow all traffic laws.  We are not lemmings.  Just because somebody does something foolish does not mean you need to follow.  Use your head and enjoy your ride.

 

THE DAMION ALEXANDER TEAM, DAMION ALEXANDER, AND ANYONE ELSE WHO CONTRIBUTES TO THIS LIST SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIM RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY ACCIDENT OR INJURY THAT OCCURS ON THSES RIDES.  EVERY PERSON IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OTHERS AROUND THEM

 

WHERE DO ALL THE RIDES COME FROM?  These links and shops and clubs and teams and facebook and YOU.  See a ride that is missing.  Please let me know  Damion@DamionAlexadner.com.  Thanks

Road

*Vistoso Cyclist http://vistosocyclists.weebly.com/road-biking.html

Cactus Cycling http://www.cactuscycling.org/schedule.php

Greater Arizona Bicycle Association GABA-  http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/203149392/

*Tucson Tri Girls https://www.facebook.com/groups/ttgandfriends/   http://www.tucsontrigirls.org/index.php/calendar

Zona Cyclist https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zona-Cycling/186457201423794

JKG Strava – https://www.facebook.com/groups/579397565447522/?fref=ts

U of A Cycling http://uacycling.com/

Velo Vets  Phonehttp://www.azvelovets.org/: 520-465-5186

Tuesday Night Ride https://www.facebook.com/groups/5833629539/

Bicycle Commuters of Tucson https://www.facebook.com/groups/160142187481277/

Mountain Bike

Tucson Offroad Cyclists and Activists TORCA http://torca.org/   www.facebook.com/events/

Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA) www.meetup.com/Southern-Arizona-Mountain-Bike-Association

Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists  https://www.facebook.com/SDMB.org   http://www.sdmb.org

Tucson Mountain Bike Addicts https://www.facebook.com/TucsonMTBAddicts \

Our MTB Rides – Dave Slagle Slaglesphone@live.com

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ourmtbrides/385655391621830/?notif_t=group_activity

Old Pueblo Mountain Bike – Todd Rasmussen 520-256-1340   https://www.facebook.com/groups/203787656312279/?fref=ts

RBAR – Jesus Friaa 520-271-3776

 

Shop Rides

Performance Bicycles Speedway Tucson – Pbs074@performaneinc.com

(520) 327-3232‎ http://www.meetup.com/Performance-Speedway-MeetNRide/events/

Performance Bicycles Broadway –  pbs054@performanceinc.com 520-296-4715

Fairwheel Bikes https://fairwheelbikes.com/tucson-arizona-location-ezp-1.html#rides  (520) 884-9018

Grasky Endurance Coaching  www.graskyendurance.com/weekly-workouts.html

Broadway Bicycles

Bicycle Ranch Tucson – http://bicycleranch.com/tucson-rides/ (  520-219-4311

Ben’s Bikes http://www.bensbikestucson.com/  520-574-2453

Recumbent

Tucson Recumbent Cyclists  https://www.facebook.com/groups/TucsonRC/?fref=ts

 

This list is a major time commitment and it is my pleasure to put it together.  All I ask in return for the list is that you remember I’m A REALTOR.  If you have a relationship with another REALTOR, I love loyalty and respect those relationships.  However, if not, or if you need a second opinion, Please keep me in mind.  Many agents spend money advertising for new business, others sit open houses or cold call.  My business is based on referrals from past clients and friends.  The less time I have to do traditional prospecting the more I can do for the cycling community.  For example: this list.

THIS LIST IS PROVIDED AT A COURTESY OF THE DAMION ALEXANDER TEAM.  THIS LIST IS DEEMED RELIABLE, BUT NOT GUARANTEED.  WHEN POSSIBLE, CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE GROUP RIDERS ARE PROVIDED.  TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND DOUBLE CHECK OR GO TO THE RIDE AND IF NO ONE IS THERE, GO RIDE BY YOURSELF.

A tribute to Ken Vieira

Why has the collision that took Ken Vieira and Clare Rhodes had such a deep impact on the community?  I’ve been advocating for cyclist for nearly a decade and even though the deaths of Patricia Lyon-Surrey, Rafe Sagarin, John Henderson, Bruce Hedges, Jose Rincon and all the others were all tragic they did not capture the attention of the cycling community in the same way.  I’ve been pondering this for days now.  Perhaps it is the cumulative effect of all the others and each death builds on the previous ones.  Maybe it is that they were run over while doing everything that we consider safe cycling, on heavily used cycling routes with 6 foot wide bike lanes.  It could be that there were so many people involved in this collision and it included both locals and guests who had chosen to vacation in our community.  It may have just been that Ken Vieira was just one of those special people whose impact was so profound that he touched and changed everyone he met.  Personally, I did not ride many times with Ken, but thought of him every week as I would input his ride into the Community Bike Ride List, and felt a deep connection for him as a leader in the community and a fellow cycling advocate.

Video of the ride ( Click here for a link to a video of the ride)

On March 7th, a Monday, at 10AM 216 cyclist showed up for the memorial ride for Ken and Clare.  The ride was planned for this time as it was when Ken led his weekly ride for Cactus Cycling Club.  The memorial route started at Beyond Bread on Ina and Oracle and proceeded to the site of the collision. Ken’s wife Rose rode with the group to the intersection and led us in prayer and song.  It was very clear that the strength and leadership that were holding Rose together as well as what was his driving force throughout life was their deep faith in God. The ride continued to Hohokam Park and returned via the same route, a total of about 15 miles.  Pima County Sheriff Department was kind enough to block off the intersection as the group left and Oro Valley PD followed the group on the return route. The testament to Ken’s influence in the community was the diversity in jerseys.  The Cactus Cycling Kits, created by his son Dave, were the most numerous, but every club, team, and safety organization were well represented.   Additional riders joined throughout the route and others on foot were waiting at the site of the mayhem.  Upon returning to Beyond Bread the entire group was treated to complimentary drinks, bread and cookies while we went around the room and reflected on Ken and his impact on the community.

The Look! Save a Life Jersey was just one of the 50 plus that represented the diversity of the riders

The Look! Save a Life Jersey was just one of the 50 plus that represented the diversity of the riders

Ken’s son Dave had contacted me the night before and asked if it would be possible for me to facetime with him from the start so he could see what was happening and perhaps say a word to the assembled cyclists. Not only were we able to do that, but I also called every time the group stopped.  I can’t thank him enough for asking this of me as it made me feel like I was a part of the family.  I recently lost my Grandma and was not able to go to Detroit for the funeral, but being there remotely through modern technology, it helped me cope with the loss. Having that experience, I understood how important it was for Dave and the other family who could not make it, to be a part of what was happening here in Tucson.  Facetiming with Dave may be part of the reason I feel this was so much more than any of the other fatalities.

In talking about Ken with his family and friends this week I heard praise after praise.  Jimmy Davis who said “I went on his rides quite a bit when I first started cycling…. he was an excellent person was always encouraging.”   Michael Radcliff said “When I first started riding Ken taught me a lot about how to ride in a group. Super nice guy. He will be missed.”  Laurie Niemiec said “I looked forward to a day off from work on Mondays due to a holiday because of his ride. He was so kind; he would pull off onto a side street to make sure those in the back of the pack (me) were okay and knew where to go.” Lisa Ravalli Pannone said ” Like many others, Ken took me under his wing and mentored me as a new rider. I felt safe, comforted, and learned to love cycling because of him. His Monday rides taught me how to ride in groups and proper safety. We have lost a good friend and as you mentioned, one of our key cycling ambassadors.” Many others echoed that comment in saying Ken lead from the back.  He was patient, encouraging and always waiting for the last person to return safely.

The comments came in from all over the country.  It was clear that throughout his life Ken had been building communities everywhere he lived. He also did it with the many visitors who came to Tucson, people like Clare Rhodes.  One of his ride buddies, Chad Finer had this reflection.  “I used to do almost daily early morning rides with Ken back in the 90’s and early 2000’s. Those were great times made even more enjoyable by Ken’s enthusiasm and by his wonderful camaraderie. In those days Ken also had a business here – ProCam – it was a wonderful place to get camera gear – and just like riding with Ken, talking about and buying stuff from him was a joy.” Patrick Grant said “I live in Illinois and for the last two winters I’ve been in Tucson to cycle. Ken was the first person I contacted. I can’t believe how accommodating he and the other members of CCC are. His love of cycling and passion for helping newcomers were off the charts. He will be missed. Its little consolation knowing he died doing something he loved.”

Flowers on the corner of the collision

Flowers on the corner of the collision as cyclist return on the memorial ride

I have always felt that when someone leaves the world, that they still live on in the actions of those who they influenced when alive. In that vein, Ken is still with us and will be for many years to come.  The person whose comments really brought the scope of his involvement in Tucson home for me was Giuliana Donnelly.  Ken was responsible for Giuliana getting into group rides in 2009. Not only were they good friends but Ken went on to join her when she started Velo/Vets.  This phenomenal group of volunteers ride with veterans who want to experience the fun and fitness that cycling can provide. They have been working closely with the Blind and visually-impaired vets at the Tucson VA on tandems. Through Velo/Vets, Ken will live on and his legacy is secure..

As cyclist, I think we often hear of these catastrophes and in our minds put up a shield as to why they happened and why they would not have happened to us.  It is far easier to gloss over the news and focus on something else, anything else.  When the circumstances are that the riders were doing everything right and the vehicle was 100% at fault it strikes a painful chord.  It reminds us just how fragile and vulnerable we are.  It brings home the fact that sometimes there is nothing we could have done different apart from not being on the road at all.

One of the greatest joys I have is when someone I barley know comes up to me and says, the reason I lost weight, the reason I’m spending more time with my family, the reason I have taken control of diabetes, the reason my blood pressure is normal again is that you got me into cycling. It also thrills me coaching El Grupo Youth Cycling and in particular my own son and watching how cycling has taught them how to push through adversity, to appreciate the outdoors, and to be a part of a team.  For the first time I am feeling a conflict as an advocate in wanting to tell everyone to get on a bike and the thought of how miserable it would be if someone I encouraged to get on the road was one of the deceased.  I have been struggling with this and am trying to convince myself that the risk of not living a full life is in many ways worse than dying, but try telling that to the family of the deceased.

 

Humans are remarkable in our ability to find a way to move on from tragedy. As I have tried to pull myself together this week I have been looking for one word to focus on when I think of what happened.  A positive word.  I do this as a way of coping, but more to allow myself to still function when I feel the world is beyond my control.   The word for me is Opportunity.  We have an Opportunity to educate motorists about the benefits of cycling and why bikes are good for them.  It may take a driver an extra second to pass, but cyclist keep the roads less congested.  Tax dollars may be spent to make bike lanes, but these routes cost tax payers less per mile than roads for autos.   We have an Opportunity to talk about the health benefits and the reduction in heart disease and diabetes and how this translates into lower insurance premiums for everyone.  We have an Opportunity to reduce pollution and make our community a better place.  We have an Opportunity to expand on our 2.2 Billion dollar tourism industry (outdoor recreation makes up the largest part of that) and bring more jobs to Southern Arizona.  An Opportunity to pass meaningful legislation that make the roads safer for everyone.

It is clear that Ken Vieira saw the many Opportunities that cycling presented. Opportunity is knocking, who is going to go open the door?