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El Tour De Zona

That was a fun packed weekend! I’m throwing this post up so people know where to find the images. It’s about 10PM on Sunday night. I’m trying to get through all the photos tonight, but I’m starting to doze off and the uploads taking a long time. I should have all images up Monday afternoon and will write a review on the weekend in the next few days. Summary: Bikes, friends, food, beverages, sun, cool locations all make for great ingredients to create a memorable cycling experience. So thankful to be a part of all of this and thrilled for what this event is going to become.

https://thetucsonphotographer.smugmug.com/Sports/Cycling/Large-Group-Rides-Not-races/El-Tour-De-Zona-2022/

Tucson Bicycle Classic 2022

I’ll have a write up on the weekend soon, but for now, here is the link to all three days of photos. Still have one more camera to go through and sort images from. It was a super busy weekend on the real estate front and while I know how important images are to everyone, the day job is on the front burner today.

https://thetucsonphotographer.smugmug.com/Sports/Cycling/Road-Racing/2022-Tucson-Bicycle-Classic

Ride List for March 3,2022

Tomorrow road racing returns to the Old Pueblo with the three day Tucson Bicycle Classic.  Like a phoenix that rises from the ashes is what they have been promoting and it sounds like with over 500 riders it’s going to be exciting to watch. Come be a spectator. Sunday is the best day out at Pima CC West. Lots of parking. Food and coffee trucks. The Damion Alexander Team is proud to be sponsoring the event this year and taking photos.

Racing not your thing? The best ride this weekend is likely the Tour De Cookie put on by the Rotary club.  Ride the Loop. Get cookies at each stop. How amazing is that.

As the Days are getting longer the ride times are starting to change. I think everything is accurate this week, but please check the link to the site to confirm. I’m also getting closer to the new look of the list, but as with everything these days, it’s taking longer than it should. If you hate this format, check back in the next few weeks.  It should be different. 

Damion

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I DID NOT CONFIRM EVERY TIME, but did get in touch with most 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

WhatWhereWhenDistance/TimeSpeedContact
CHECK OUT THESE CALANDERS FOR MORE UP TO DATE RIDES. https://cactuscycling.org/schedule.php https://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events  
Ben’s Bikes MTB Night RideAlternates between Ben’s Bike the Vail TrailsMonday 6:30PM2 hours no drop 12-15 mileswww.bensbikestucson.com 520-574-2453
Hills, Hills HillsBashas Kolb/SunriseTuesday 6:00AM20 miles About an hour12-14 HILLSDamion Alexander 520-977-5664 text or call
Tuesday Fair Wheel RideUniversity/EuclidTuesday 7:00AM2.5 hours 40 milesFastwww.Fairwheelbike.com 
Tuesday Night Ride Flagpole  – West Side of  Old MainTuesday 8:30PM12-18 milesSlowhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/5833629539/
Mt. LemmonUniversity/EuclidWed 6:00AM55-60 Miles www.Fairwheelbike.com
JKG DnA Easy Udall Parking LotWed 5:30AMUdall-Mile post 3 on LemmonCasual No Drophttps://www.facebook.com/groups/579397565447522/?fref=ts
Transit to Dragoon, Third Wednesday Ride.Transit Cycles 100 S Avenida Del Convento,Every 3rd Wednesday of the month 5:30A few milesNo Drophttps://www.facebook.com/pg/TransitCycles/events/?ref=page_internal
Wednesday ShredzdaySierra Vista Cherokee Parking LotWed 7:00PM10 miles Sun & Spokes. 520.458.0685 https://sunnspokes.com/ Awesome Site for local routes!
Bike PoloU of A Mall closer to CampbellWed 8:00PM  https://www.facebook.com/tucson.bikepolo?fref=ts
Up Oracle ThursdayUniversity and EuclidThurs 7:30AM Fastwww.Fairwheelbike.com
Hills, hills, hillsBashas Kolb/SunriseThurs 6:00AM20 miles12-14(but Hills)Damion Alexander 520-977-5664
Thursdays are for wheel PeopleAJ’s Sunrise/CampbellThursday 7:00AM45 miles18 plustimcarolan@mac.com 520-548-3624
The JKG Flagship rideLe Buzz 9121 E Tanque Verde Rd Thurs 5:30AMLe Buzz to Molina BasinHammer festJKG Strava on Facebook
Homestretch Foundation Spin with the StretchiesLe Buzz 9121 E Tanque Verde Rd Starting dec 3rd 10am75-90 minutesRecovery ridehttps://www.facebook.com/HomestretchFoundation/?pnref=story
Bicycle Ranch Tucson Group Bicycle Ranch at Oracle and Ina  Saturday 9:00AM  53 (shorter option of 38 as well) miles17-20 MPHFree Breakfast after ride Steve 520-219-4311
The Old Man ShootoutUniversity and EuclidSaturday 7:15 AM  60 Mile (can be extended to 100)Fast 20 MPH+www.fairwheelbikes.com
The Big Boy ShootoutUniversity and EuclidSaturday 7:30AM60 Miles(can be extended to 100)Fasterwww.fairwheelbikes.com
HMS Shop Ride8225 N. Courtney Page WaySaturday 7:00AM4 routes 25-30 MilesNo Drophmsbikes@gmail.com 520-989-0196
Zona Cycling First of the Month Mt Lemmon RideLe Buzz 9121 E Tanque Verde Rd 1st Saturday 7:30AMAs far as you can getUntil you turn aroundhttps://www.facebook.com/Zona-Cycling-186457201423794/
Zona Cycling  El Con by the Starbucks .2nd, 3rd, 4th,5th, Saturday 7:30AM65 miles16-18https://www.facebook.com/Zona-Cycling-186457201423794/
Broadway Bicycles Shop RideVarious Routes Call ScottOn Hiatus  Scott 520-296-7819
Sabino Cycle Shop RideVaries- email Steve  to be on the listSaturday 7:30AM No Dropsteve@sabinocycles.com  
Super Sunday Bike Ride at Trek .Trek Bikes at Campbell and Ft. LowellOn Hiatus Sunday90-120 MinutesNo Drop 

THIS WEEKS ROAD RIDES

PLEASE NOTE- Category below just for Mountain Bikes

WhatLocationDate/TimeDistanceSpeedContact- More Info
More Road rides next week. If you have a ride, text me at 520-977-5664 or email damion@damionalexander.com 
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/  

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

WhatLocationDate-TimeTime  – Distance- SpeedContact- More Info
Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists(SDMB)  and Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA Tucson off-road Cyclists and Activists.  (TORCA) have a calendars. Check them out  at. SAMBA http://www.meetup.com/Southern-Arizona-Mountain-Bike-Association/events/ SDMB http://www.sdmb.org/events/ TORCA http://torca.org/calendar/

COMMUNITY EVENTS WITH SOMETHING BIKE RELATED AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

WhatLocationDateContact- More Info
GABA Volunteer OpportunitiesYear Round Opportunities to give back to the community. Check out the link to the right. ————-àhttp://gaba.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=2664&club_id=307669&sl=745000180

RACES AND RIDES IN THE WEEKS AND MONTHS TO COME

WhatLocationDateContact- More Info
Rotary Tour de Cookie Bike RideThe Loop/TucsonMarch 5thhttps://www.facebook.com/events/780275809595434  
Tour De CureGlendale, AZMarch 05, 2022https://donations.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/TourAdmin?fr_id=13415&pg=entry  Vickie McWatters vmcwatters@diabetes.org
(602) 413-3427
Ken Forbes Memorial State Chapmionship CriteriumTucson, AZMarch 12, 2022https://www.azcycling.org/event/musselman-crit-state-champs/
BetterRide w/ Gene Hamilton MTB Skills Course  Sedona, AZMarch 11-13, 2022https://betterride.net/march-11-13-2022-sedona-az-mtb-skills-course/
Cactus CupFountain HillsMarch 11-13, 2022https://thecactuscup.com/
Bicycle Ranch Tucson Kino Criterium  2500 E Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85713-6218, United States  March 13, 2022https://www.facebook.com/events/446338913944151
43rd Annual Sonoita-Bisbee Overnight Ride   

Santa Cruz County Fair Grounds, Sonoita, ArizonaMarch 19 and 20, Saturday and Sunday, 2022www.BikeGaba.org
Tour De ZonaSierra Vista, Bisbee, TombstoneMarch 25-27https://eltourdezona.org/
Havasu Havoc XCLake Havasu CityMarch 26,2022https://mbaa.net/racing/havasu-havoc/
The Arizona Trail Race – 300 and 750 MileArizona Trail, from Mexico to Superior or Mexico to UtahTBDhttp://topofusion.com/azt/race.php
Tommy Knocker 10                          Silver City, NM Ft. BayardApril 2, 2022               https://ziarides.com/event/tommyknocker-10/
El Tour De MesaMesa, AZApril 2, 2022https://eltourdemesa.org
The Javelina ChaseDuncan, AZTentative- Aprilhttp://www.javelinachase.com/
Prescott PunisherPrescott, AZApril 9, 2022https://www.facebook.com/events/pioneer-park-in-prescott-az/prescott-punisher/661344360988601/
Sierra Vista OmniumSierra Vista, AZApril 9-10, 2022https://www.azcycling.org/event/sierra-vista/
El Grupo Scavenger HuntEl Grupo ClubhouseTBD April, 2022https://www.elgrupocycling.org/events/scavenger-hunt/
Sinister RidesSan Tan Queen Creek, AZApril 15, 2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/sinister/
Highly Falkner S. Mountain TTSouth Mountain, Phoenix, AZApril 23,2022https://www.azcycling.org/event/somo-time-trial/
Prescott Punisher XCPrescott, AZApril 29, 2022https://mbaa.net/racing/prescott-punisher/
Ride Across ArizonaCalifornia to New Mexico 615 milesMay 2, 2022http://azgravelrides.com/ride-across-arizona/
The Whiskey Off RoadPrescott, AZApril 29-May 1, 2018https://epicrides.com/events/whiskey-off-road/event-guide/
Flagstaff Frenzy XCFt Valley Flagstaff, AZMay 7, 2022https://mbaa.net/racing/   
3 Bears TTPicacho, AZ  May 15, 2022https://www.summitvelo.org/

 
Royal Gorge Six and TwelveCanon CityMay 14,2022https://ziarides.com/event/royal-gorge-six-and-twelve/
Ride of SilenceTucson, AZMay 18, 2022http://www.rideofsilence.org/
Adrenaline Night RidesMcDowell Mountain Park
Fountain Hills, AZ
May 20, 2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/adrenaline/
Arizona State MTB ChampionshipsPrescott AZMay 21-22, 2022 
Grand Junction Off-RoadGrand Junction, COMay 20-22, 2022https://epicrides.com/events/grand-junction-off-road/event-guide/ 
The Carson City Off RoadCarson City, NVJune 24-26, 2022https://epicrides.com/events/carson-city-off-road/event-guide/
24 Hours in The Enchanted ForestGallup, NMJune 11-12, 2022http://ziarides.com/event-register/24-hours-in-the-enchanted-forest/
Hypnosis Night RidesEstrella Mountain Regional Park Goodyear, AZJune 17, 2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/hypnosis/
Stunner Night RidesUsery Mountain Regional Park Mesa, AZJuly 22, 2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/stunner/
Big Woody RidesFort Tuthill County Park
Flagstaff, AZ
August 13,2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/big-woody/
Vertigo Night RideWhite Tank Mountain Regional Park
Waddell, AZ
August 19,2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/vertigo/
Willcox FlyerWillcox, AZSeptember TBDhttps://www.facebook.com/WillcoxFlyer/
State ITT and Tandem ChampionshipsPicacho, AZSeptember 18,2022https://www.summitvelo.org/
Jangover Night RidesMcDowell Mountain Regional Park
Fountain Hills, AZ
September 23, 2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/jangover/
Mt. Graham Hill ClimbSafford, AZSeptember TBDhttps://www.facebook.com/Mt-Graham-Hill-Climb-492318661127635/
The Oz Trail OffroadBettonville AKOctober 7-9, 2022https://epicrides.com/events/oz-trails-off-/event-guide/
Tour of The White MountainsPinetop-Lakeside AZOctober 1,2022https://epicrides.com/events/tour/event-guide/
Sky Island TourSierra Vista, AZOctober 1, 2022https://skyislandtour.com/
El Grupo Fall FondoTucson AZOctober 16,2022https://www.elgrupocycling.org/
Nogales Bicycle ClassicNogales, AZOctober 2022 TBDhttp://www.nogalesbicycleclassic.org/
Mt. Lemmon Gravel GrinderOracle, AZOctober 2022https://www.mtlemmongravelgrinder.com/
Spirit World 100Patagonia, AZTBD November 2022https://www.thespiritworld100.com/
Saguaro Soiree – A Women’s MTB WeekendUsery Mountain Regional Park
Mesa, AZ
November 19-20, 2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/saguaro-soiree//
BetterRide w/ Gene Hamilton MTB Skills Course  Scottsdale, AZDecember  9-11, 2022https://betterride.net/december-9-11-2022-scottsdale-az-mtb-skills-course/
Man vs Machine                                               Williams, AZTBD – Traditionally late Septemberhttp://www.grandcanyonracing.com/
El Tour de Tucson                                    Tucson, AZNovember ,2022https://eltourdetucson.org/
AZ Endurance Series PleasantvilleAnthem, AZ               December 2022https://rockyroad5050.wordpress.com/pleasantville/
Dawn to Dusk Arizona                                McDowell Mountain Regional Park,December 2022https://ziarides.com/event/dawn-to-dusk-az/
GABA Toy RideTucson, AZDecember 2022www.BikeGaba.org 
2021 McKenzie Frenzy                     Vail, AZ  December 2022https://mckenziefrenzy3.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=14792
The Arizona Endurance Series rides have not set dates for 2022. I’ll add them as the promoters share them. The website is https://rockyroad5050.wordpress.com/ The weak need not apply.

ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES – WANT BETTER BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE? GET INVOLVED.  Feel free to e-mail damion@damionalexander.com if you want to get involved and have questions on the Velodrome Committee, CASA- Cycling Advocates of Southern Arizona, GABA – Greater Arizona Bicycle Association, SDMB -Sonoran Desert Mountain Bike, TORCA – Tucson Off Road Cyclist & Activists, El Grupo Youth Cycling, El Tour De Tucson and all of it’s charity partners, Tour De Zona, Tour De Mesa, Mt. Lemmon Gravel Grinder….  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 can’t 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 should be required when riding.  If you choose to listen to music during rides you should only use the headset in one ear or use a bone conducting system.  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.  Do this 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

Ride List for 2.4.2022

Next weekend crit racing returns with the Santa Catalina Omnium. Crit racing and the Oracle road race.  Still time to register. This great weekend is put on by the University of Arizona Cycling team who were just named best club team in the nation by USA Cycling for the third year running. The Damion Alexander Team with Long Realty proudly supports this program.  Show your support and come out and race or cheer on the riders.  It’s a good time.

I’m not sure why we have not renamed February “24 HOP Month”. This weekend the list again is heavy on the MTB rides. Head out to Willow Springs any time and people are hanging our, riding bikes, drinking beer.

In creating this list I’m amazed how many rides are still not happening. Others are back, but have asked not to publicly share at this time. I’m sure I’m missing some rides and events, so please text me at 520-977-5664 or email Damion@DamionAlexander.com if you know of something that should be on this list. I’m sure with each week the list will be enhanced.

Damion

I DID NOT CONFIRM EVERY TIME, but did get in touch with most 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

WhatWhereWhenDistance/TimeSpeedContact
CHECK OUT THESE CALANDERS FOR MORE UP TO DATE RIDES. https://cactuscycling.org/schedule.php https://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events  
Ben’s Bikes MTB Night RideAlternates between Ben’s Bike the Vail TrailsMonday 6:30PM2 hours no drop 12-15 mileswww.bensbikestucson.com 520-574-2453
Hills, Hills HillsBashas Kolb/SunriseTuesday 6:00AM20 miles About an hour12-14 HILLSDamion Alexander 520-977-5664 text or call
Tuesday Fair Wheel RideUniversity/EuclidTuesday 7:30AM2.5 hours 40 milesFastwww.Fairwheelbike.com 
Tuesday Night Ride Flagpole  – West Side of  Old MainTuesday 8:30PM12-18 milesSlowhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/5833629539/
Mt. LemmonUniversity/EuclidWed 6:00AM55-60 Miles www.Fairwheelbike.com
JKG DnA Easy Udall Parking LotWed 5:30AMUdall-Mile post 3 on LemmonCasual No Drophttps://www.facebook.com/groups/579397565447522/?fref=ts
Transit to Dragoon, Third Wednesday Ride.Transit Cycles 100 S Avenida Del Convento,Every 3rd Wednesday of the month 5:30A few milesNo Drophttps://www.facebook.com/pg/TransitCycles/events/?ref=page_internal
Wednesday ShredzdaySierra Vista Cherokee Parking LotWed 7:00PM10 miles Sun & Spokes. 520.458.0685 https://sunnspokes.com/ Awesome Site for local routes!
Bike PoloU of A Mall closer to CampbellWed 8:00PM  https://www.facebook.com/tucson.bikepolo?fref=ts
Up Oracle ThursdayUniversity and EuclidThurs 7:30AM Fastwww.Fairwheelbike.com
Hills, hills, hillsBashas Kolb/SunriseThurs 6:00AM20 miles12-14(but Hills)Damion Alexander 520-977-5664
Thursdays are for wheel PeopleAJ’s Sunrise/CampbellThursday 7:00AM45 miles18 plustimcarolan@mac.com 520-548-3624
The JKG Flagship rideLe Buzz 9121 E Tanque Verde Rd Thurs 5:30AMLe Buzz to Molina BasinHammer festJKG Strava on Facebook
Homestretch Foundation Spin with the StretchiesLe Buzz 9121 E Tanque Verde Rd Starting dec 3rd 10am75-90 minutesRecovery ridehttps://www.facebook.com/HomestretchFoundation/?pnref=story
Bicycle Ranch Tucson Group Bicycle Ranch at Oracle and Ina  Saturday 7:00AM  53 (shorter option of 38 as well) miles17-20 MPHFree Breakfast after ride Steve 520-219-4311
The Old Man ShootoutUniversity and EuclidSaturday 7:15 AM  60 Mile (can be extended to 100)Fast 20 MPH+www.fairwheelbikes.com
The Big Boy ShootoutUniversity and EuclidSaturday 7:30AM60 Miles(can be extended to 100)Fasterwww.fairwheelbikes.com
HMS Shop Ride8225 N. Courtney Page WaySaturday 7:00AM4 routes 25-30 MilesNo Drophmsbikes@gmail.com 520-989-0196
Zona Cycling First of the Month Mt Lemmon RideLe Buzz 9121 E Tanque Verde Rd 1st Saturday 7:30AMAs far as you can getUntil you turn aroundhttps://www.facebook.com/Zona-Cycling-186457201423794/
Zona Cycling  El Con by the Starbucks .2nd, 3rd, 4th,5th, Saturday 7:30AM65 miles16-18https://www.facebook.com/Zona-Cycling-186457201423794/
Broadway Bicycles Shop RideVarious Routes Call ScottOn Hiatus  Scott 520-296-7819
Sabino Cycle Shop RideVaries- email Steve  to be on the listSaturday 7:30AM No Dropsteve@sabinocycles.com  
Super Sunday Bike Ride at Trek .Trek Bikes at Campbell and Ft. LowellOn Hiatus Sunday90-120 MinutesNo Drop 

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

WhatLocationDate-TimeTime  – Distance- SpeedContact- More Info
“Midday Mayhem” @ Fantasy Island – South Loops Start #OldPuebloMTBFantasy Island  South Side Bunny Loops Sat 2.5.22 AT 2 PM – 4 PM  45 minutes – 1.5 hourshttps://www.facebook.com/events/318015896940727
Unofficial #24HOP Pre-Ride w/ Bicycle Ranch  24 Hour Town  Sunday 2.6.2022 AT 9 AM – 12 PM  16.5 miles, unless you do 2 laps it’s 33 and if you do 3 it’s almost 50 and so on.https://www.facebook.com/events/464191931978874
“Midday Mayhem” @ 50-Year Trail  50 Year Golder Ranch trailheadSUNDAY2.6.2022 AT 10 AM – 12:30 PM  90 minutes to 2 hourshttps://www.facebook.com/events/921185008762210
Ride: AZT Loma Alta  Camino Loma Alta Trailhead  Sunday 2.6.2022 9AMMeet at the Camino Loma Alta Trailhead at 9am. We will ride to the Pistol Hill trailhead, have a refreshment stop, then head back.https://www.facebook.com/events/1449733652087709
– “Dirt Divas” @ Robles Trailhead #WomenSpecific #OldPuebloMTB  Robles Trailhead  Wed 2.9.2022 AT 9:30 AM – 12 PM  9 miles about 2 hourshttps://www.facebook.com/events/716380123100786
Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists(SDMB)  and Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA Tucson off-road Cyclists and Activists.  (TORCA) have a calendars. Check them out  at. SAMBA http://www.meetup.com/Southern-Arizona-Mountain-Bike-Association/events/ SDMB http://www.sdmb.org/events/ TORCA http://torca.org/calendar/

COMMUNITY EVENTS WITH SOMETHING BIKE RELATED AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

WhatLocationDateContact- More Info
“Trail Work Day”Fantasy Island w/ SDMB  Fantasy Island Mountain Bike Trails   Saturday 2.5.2022 AT 8:30 AM – 12 PM   
Coaching El Grupito Youth CyclingEl Grupo Clubhouse near downtownMon-Thurs 3:30-6:30. Commit to as little as 1 day a weekJody Bartz 406-581-8855
Night with the pro women of Homestretch FoundationBicycle Ranch TucsonThursday Feb 10,  6PM 2022https://www.facebook.com/events/658479145506095
Parrot Heads February Bike Path Clean Up  Brandi Fenton Memorial Park    Sat 2.26.2022 8:30AMhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1558844197834705
GABA Volunteer OpportunitiesYear Round Opportunities to give back to the community. Check out the link to the right. ————-àhttp://gaba.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=2664&club_id=307669&sl=745000180

RACES AND RIDES IN THE WEEKS AND MONTHS TO COME

WhatLocationDateContact- More Info
White Tank Whirlwind XCPhoenix, AZFebruary 5-6,2022https://mbaa.net/racing/white-tank-whirlwind/
Flap Jack Flats TTEloy, AZFebruary 6, 2022https://www.summitvelo.org/
BetterRide w/ Gene Hamilton MTB Skills Course  Tucson, AZFebruaryhttps://betterride.net/feb-11-13-tucson-az-mtb-skills-course-2022/
Fountain Hills Gran Fondo  McDowell Mountain Cycles  February 12 8 AMhttps://www.facebook.com/events/910733969626650
Santa Catalina OmniumTucson and Oracle AZFebruary 12-13http://uacycling.com/ua-crit/
24 Hours in the Old PuebloWillow Springs, AZFebruary 18-20, 2018https://epicrides.com/events/24-hours-in-the-old-pueblo/event-guide/
Tonto Mountain RidesUsery Mountain Regional Park
Mesa, AZ
February 19,2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/tonto/
Spokes and AlewadellFebruary 26, 2022https://www.spokesandale.com/
Rotary Tour de Cookie Bike RideThe Loop/TucsonMarch 5thhttps://www.facebook.com/events/780275809595434  
Tour De CureGlendale, AZMarch 05, 2022https://donations.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/TourAdmin?fr_id=13415&pg=entry  Vickie McWatters vmcwatters@diabetes.org
(602) 413-3427
Ken Forbes Memorial State Chapmionship CriteriumTucson, AZMarch 12, 2022https://www.azcycling.org/event/musselman-crit-state-champs/
BetterRide w/ Gene Hamilton MTB Skills Course  Sedona, AZMarch 11-13, 2022https://betterride.net/march-11-13-2022-sedona-az-mtb-skills-course/
Cactus CupFountain HillsMarch 11-13, 2022https://thecactuscup.com/
Bicycle Ranch Tucson Kino Criterium  2500 E Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85713-6218, United States  March 13, 2022https://www.facebook.com/events/446338913944151
43rd Annual Sonoita-Bisbee Overnight Ride   

Santa Cruz County Fair Grounds, Sonoita, ArizonaMarch 19 and 20, Saturday and Sunday, 2022www.BikeGaba.org
Tour De ZonaSierra Vista, Bisbee, TombstoneMarch 25-27https://eltourdezona.org/
Havasu Havoc XCLake Havasu CityMarch 26,2022https://mbaa.net/racing/havasu-havoc/
The Arizona Trail Race – 300 and 750 MileArizona Trail, from Mexico to Superior or Mexico to UtahTBDhttp://topofusion.com/azt/race.php
Tommy Knocker 10                          Silver City, NM Ft. BayardApril 2, 2022               https://ziarides.com/event/tommyknocker-10/
El Tour De MesaMesa, AZApril 2, 2022https://eltourdemesa.org
The Javelina ChaseDuncan, AZTentative- Aprilhttp://www.javelinachase.com/
Prescott PunisherPrescott, AZApril 9, 2022https://www.facebook.com/events/pioneer-park-in-prescott-az/prescott-punisher/661344360988601/
Sierra Vista OmniumSierra Vista, AZApril 9-10, 2022https://www.azcycling.org/event/sierra-vista/
El Grupo Scavenger HuntEl Grupo ClubhouseTBD April, 2022https://www.elgrupocycling.org/events/scavenger-hunt/
Sinister RidesSan Tan Queen Creek, AZApril 15, 2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/sinister/
Highly Falkner S. Mountain TTSouth Mountain, Phoenix, AZApril 23,2022https://www.azcycling.org/event/somo-time-trial/
Prescott Punisher XCPrescott, AZApril 29, 2022https://mbaa.net/racing/prescott-punisher/
Ride Across ArizonaCalifornia to New Mexico 615 milesMay 2, 2022http://azgravelrides.com/ride-across-arizona/
The Whiskey Off RoadPrescott, AZApril 29-May 1, 2018https://epicrides.com/events/whiskey-off-road/event-guide/
Flagstaff Frenzy XCFt Valley Flagstaff, AZMay 7, 2022https://mbaa.net/racing/   
3 Bears TTPicacho, AZ  May 15, 2022https://www.summitvelo.org/

 
Royal Gorge Six and TwelveCanon CityMay 14,2022https://ziarides.com/event/royal-gorge-six-and-twelve/
Ride of SilenceTucson, AZMay 18, 2022http://www.rideofsilence.org/
Adrenaline Night RidesMcDowell Mountain Park
Fountain Hills, AZ
May 20, 2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/adrenaline/
Arizona State MTB ChampionshipsPrescott AZMay 21-22, 2022 
Grand Junction Off-RoadGrand Junction, COMay 20-22, 2022https://epicrides.com/events/grand-junction-off-road/event-guide/ 
The Carson City Off RoadCarson City, NVJune 24-26, 2022https://epicrides.com/events/carson-city-off-road/event-guide/
24 Hours in The Enchanted ForestGallup, NMJune 11-12, 2022http://ziarides.com/event-register/24-hours-in-the-enchanted-forest/
Hypnosis Night RidesEstrella Mountain Regional Park Goodyear, AZJune 17, 2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/hypnosis/
Stunner Night RidesUsery Mountain Regional Park Mesa, AZJuly 22, 2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/stunner/
Big Woody RidesFort Tuthill County Park
Flagstaff, AZ
August 13,2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/big-woody/
Vertigo Night RideWhite Tank Mountain Regional Park
Waddell, AZ
August 19,2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/vertigo/
Willcox FlyerWillcox, AZSeptember TBDhttps://www.facebook.com/WillcoxFlyer/
State ITT and Tandem ChampionshipsPicacho, AZSeptember 18,2022https://www.summitvelo.org/
Jangover Night RidesMcDowell Mountain Regional Park
Fountain Hills, AZ
September 23, 2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/jangover/
Mt. Graham Hill ClimbSafford, AZSeptember TBDhttps://www.facebook.com/Mt-Graham-Hill-Climb-492318661127635/
The Oz Trail OffroadBettonville AKOctober 7-9, 2022https://epicrides.com/events/oz-trails-off-/event-guide/
Tour of The White MountainsPinetop-Lakeside AZOctober 1,2022https://epicrides.com/events/tour/event-guide/
Sky Island TourSierra Vista, AZOctober 1, 2022https://skyislandtour.com/
El Grupo Fall FondoTucson AZOctober 16,2022https://www.elgrupocycling.org/
Nogales Bicycle ClassicNogales, AZOctober 2022 TBDhttp://www.nogalesbicycleclassic.org/
Mt. Lemmon Gravel GrinderOracle, AZOctober 2022https://www.mtlemmongravelgrinder.com/
Spirit World 100Patagonia, AZTBD November 2022https://www.thespiritworld100.com/
Saguaro Soiree – A Women’s MTB WeekendUsery Mountain Regional Park
Mesa, AZ
November 19-20, 2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/saguaro-soiree//
BetterRide w/ Gene Hamilton MTB Skills Course  Scottsdale, AZDecember  9-11, 2022https://betterride.net/december-9-11-2022-scottsdale-az-mtb-skills-course/
Man vs Machine                                               Williams, AZTBD – Traditionally late Septemberhttp://www.grandcanyonracing.com/
El Tour de Tucson                                    Tucson, AZNovember ,2022https://eltourdetucson.org/
AZ Endurance Series PleasantvilleAnthem, AZ               December 2022https://rockyroad5050.wordpress.com/pleasantville/
Dawn to Dusk Arizona                                McDowell Mountain Regional Park,December 2022https://ziarides.com/event/dawn-to-dusk-az/
GABA Toy RideTucson, AZDecember 2022www.BikeGaba.org 
2021 McKenzie Frenzy                     Vail, AZ  December 2022https://mckenziefrenzy3.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=14792
The Arizona Endurance Series rides have not set dates for 2022. I’ll add them as the promoters share them. The website is https://rockyroad5050.wordpress.com/ The weak need not apply.

ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES – WANT BETTER BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE? GET INVOLVED.  Feel free to e-mail damion@damionalexander.com if you want to get involved and have questions on the Velodrome Committee, CASA- Cycling Advocates of Southern Arizona, GABA – Greater Arizona Bicycle Association, SDMB -Sonoran Desert Mountain Bike, TORCA – Tucson Off Road Cyclist & Activists, El Grupo Youth Cycling, El Tour De Tucson and all of it’s charity partners, Tour De Zona, Tour De Mesa, Mt. Lemmon Gravel Grinder….  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 can’t 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 should be required when riding.  If you choose to listen to music during rides you should only use the headset in one ear or use a bone conducting system.  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.  Do this 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

Bike Ride List January 14, 2022

It’s Mountain Bike season in the Old Pueblo as many people are gearing up for the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo. Need wood for your camp site? I had to take down a eucalyptus tree last year and have seasoned wood.  If you need some, feel free to drop me a line.

I said this in the last ride list, but feel compelled to restate it. I’m reticent about putting out the ride list with COVID on the rise, but feel it’s your choice if you want to be in a group. I do hope that those who are feeling any symptoms avoid groups and if the ride heads inside for beverages you respect social distancing and local laws on masks.

In creating this list I’m amazed how many rides are still not happening. Others are back, but have asked not to publicly share at this time. I’m sure I’m missing some rides and events, so please text me at 520-977-5664 or email Damion@DamionAlexander.com if you know of something that should be on this list. I’m sure with each week the list will be enhanced.

Damion

I DID NOT CONFIRM EVERY TIME, but did get in touch with most 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

WhatWhereWhenDistance/TimeSpeedContact
CHECK OUT THESE CALANDERS FOR MORE UP TO DATE RIDES. https://cactuscycling.org/schedule.php https://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events  
Ben’s Bikes MTB Night RideAlternates between Ben’s Bike the Vail TrailsMonday 6:30PM2 hours no drop 12-15 mileswww.bensbikestucson.com 520-574-2453
Hills, Hills HillsBashas Kolb/SunriseTuesday 6:00AM20 miles About an hour12-14 HILLSDamion Alexander 520-977-5664 text or call
Tuesday Fair Wheel RideUniversity/EuclidTuesday 7:30AM2.5 hours 40 milesFastwww.Fairwheelbike.com 
Tuesday Night Ride Flagpole  – West Side of  Old MainTuesday 8:30PM12-18 milesSlowhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/5833629539/
Mt. LemmonUniversity/EuclidWed 6:00AM55-60 Miles www.Fairwheelbike.com
JKG DnA Easy Udall Parking LotWed 5:30AMUdall-Mile post 3 on LemmonCasual No Drophttps://www.facebook.com/groups/579397565447522/?fref=ts
Transit to Dragoon, Third Wednesday Ride.Transit Cycles 100 S Avenida Del Convento,Every 3rd Wednesday of the month 5:30A few milesNo Drophttps://www.facebook.com/pg/TransitCycles/events/?ref=page_internal
Wednesday ShredzdaySierra Vista Cherokee Parking LotWed 7:00PM10 miles Sun & Spokes. 520.458.0685 https://sunnspokes.com/ Awesome Site for local routes!
Bike PoloU of A Mall closer to CampbellWed 8:00PM  https://www.facebook.com/tucson.bikepolo?fref=ts
Up Oracle ThursdayUniversity and EuclidThurs 7:30AM Fastwww.Fairwheelbike.com
Hills, hills, hillsBashas Kolb/SunriseThurs 6:00AM20 miles12-14(but Hills)Damion Alexander 520-977-5664
Thursdays are for wheel PeopleAJ’s Sunrise/CampbellThursday 7:00AM45 miles18 plustimcarolan@mac.com 520-548-3624
The JKG Flagship rideLe Buzz 9121 E Tanque Verde Rd Thurs 5:30AMLe Buzz to Molina BasinHammer festJKG Strava on Facebook
Homestretch Foundation Spin with the StretchiesLe Buzz 9121 E Tanque Verde Rd Starting dec 3rd 10am75-90 minutesRecovery ridehttps://www.facebook.com/HomestretchFoundation/?pnref=story
Bicycle Ranch Tucson Group Bicycle Ranch at Oracle and Ina  Saturday 7:00AM  53 (shorter option of 38 as well) miles17-20 MPHFree Breakfast after ride Steve 520-219-4311
The Old Man ShootoutUniversity and EuclidSaturday 7:15 AM  60 Mile (can be extended to 100)Fast 20 MPH+www.fairwheelbikes.com
The Big Boy ShootoutUniversity and EuclidSaturday 7:30AM60 Miles(can be extended to 100)Fasterwww.fairwheelbikes.com
HMS Shop Ride8225 N. Courtney Page WaySaturday 7:00AM4 routes 25-30 MilesNo Drophmsbikes@gmail.com 520-989-0196
Zona Cycling First of the Month Mt Lemmon RideLe Buzz 9121 E Tanque Verde Rd 1st Saturday 7:30AMAs far as you can getUntil you turn aroundhttps://www.facebook.com/Zona-Cycling-186457201423794/
Zona Cycling  El Con by the Starbucks .2nd, 3rd, 4th,5th, Saturday 7:30AM65 miles16-18https://www.facebook.com/Zona-Cycling-186457201423794/
Broadway Bicycles Shop RideVarious Routes Call ScottOn Hiatus  Scott 520-296-7819
Sabino Cycle Shop RideVaries- email Steve  to be on the listSaturday 7:30AM No Dropsteve@sabinocycles.com  
Super Sunday Bike Ride at Trek .Trek Bikes at Campbell and Ft. LowellOn Hiatus Sunday90-120 MinutesNo Drop 

THIS WEEKS ROAD RIDES

PLEASE NOTE- Category below just for Mountain Bikes

WhatLocationDate/TimeDistanceSpeedContact- More Info
More Road rides next week. If you have a ride, text me at 520-977-5664 or email damion@damionalexander.com 
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/  

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

WhatLocationDate-TimeTime  – Distance- SpeedContact- More Info
– “Midday Mayhem Eastside” @ Vail Vortex | Pistol Hill | Hope Camp #OldPuebloMTB  Garigans Gulch X Camino Loma AltaSaturday AT 10 AM – 12:30 PM SAT 1/152.5 hourshttps://www.facebook.com/events/348480490613580
“Midday Mayhem” #OldPuebloMTB  Mckenzie Ranch Trails  SUNDAY AT 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM SUN 1/16 –Green / Blue – Pretty Easy Technically speaking – Mild to Mid grade grinding climbs with super fun fast flowy downhill) 1.5-2 hourshttps://www.facebook.com/events/996019047994153
– “Dirt Divas” @ Ironwood Loop in Tucson Mtn Park A Women Specific #OldPuebloMTB  Ironwood Picnic AreaMONDAY AT 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM MON 1/1760-90 minutes A “Dirt Divas” ride – A women specific MTB Ride ! Trail selection good for a variety of levels, a great place to connect with like minded MTB Women in Tucsonhttps://www.facebook.com/events/617793349474070
Unofficial #24HOP Pre-Ride w/ Bicycle Ranch  Willow Springs)Sunday January 23 AND Feb 3rd, 2022  9 AM – 12 PMRide at you pace. The loop is about 16 miles with options to cut back in the middle or throw down 3 or 4 laps   https://www.facebook.com/events/464191938645540
SDMB 24hop Pre-ride weekend  Willow SpringsJAN 29 AT 8 AM – JAN 30 AT 11 AMSaturday we will have a course maintenance day from 9am-12pm. Then have a fundraiser spaghetti dinner 5pm for SDMB.https://www.facebook.com/events/449504223239136
Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists(SDMB)  and Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA Tucson off-road Cyclists and Activists.  (TORCA) have a calendars. Check them out  at. SAMBA http://www.meetup.com/Southern-Arizona-Mountain-Bike-Association/events/ SDMB http://www.sdmb.org/events/ TORCA http://torca.org/calendar/

COMMUNITY EVENTS WITH SOMETHING BIKE RELATED AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

WhatLocationDateContact- More Info
January Bike Path Clean UpBrandi Fenton Park((520-440-0822)Saturday, January 15, 2022 8:30AMhttps://www.facebook.com/events/455055922746090
TORCA January Productive Hike Fantasy Island  Fantasy Island Trails Park  Sunday, January 16, 2022  8:30 AM  https://www.facebook.com/events/464094015142465
Joe Cruz is Bikepacking through Geography, Culture, and History    Campfire Cycling, 15 E. Toole, Tucson, AZ 85701TUESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2022 AT 7 PM – 9 PM  https://www.facebook.com/events/445318083622951   Please NOTE: $10
GABA Volunteer OpportunitiesYear Round Opportunities to give back to the community. Check out the link to the right. ————-àhttp://gaba.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=2664&club_id=307669&sl=745000180

RACES AND RIDES IN THE WEEKS AND MONTHS TO COME

WhatLocationDateContact- More Info
Race Against TimeSan Manuel, AZJanuary 22,2022https://www.azcycling.org/event/race-against-time-2/
Hedgehog Hustle XCGoodyear, AZJanuary 22-23, 2022https://mbaa.net/racing/estrella-hedgehog-hustle/
White Tank Whirlwind XCPhoenix, AZFebruary 5-6,2022https://mbaa.net/racing/white-tank-whirlwind/
Flap Jack Flats TTEloy, AZFebruary 6, 2022https://www.summitvelo.org/
BetterRide w/ Gene Hamilton MTB Skills Course  Tucson, AZFebruaryhttps://betterride.net/feb-11-13-tucson-az-mtb-skills-course-2022/
Santa Catalina OmniumTucson and Oracle AZFebruary 12-13http://uacycling.com/ua-crit/
24 Hours in the Old PuebloWillow Springs, AZFebruary 18-20, 2018https://epicrides.com/events/24-hours-in-the-old-pueblo/event-guide/
Tonto Mountain RidesUsery Mountain Regional Park
Mesa, AZ
February 19,2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/tonto/
Spokes and AlewadellFebruary 26, 2022https://www.spokesandale.com/
Rotary Tour de Cookie Bike RideThe Loop/TucsonMarch 5thhttps://www.facebook.com/events/780275809595434  
Tour De CureGlendale, AZMarch 05, 2022https://donations.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/TourAdmin?fr_id=13415&pg=entry  Vickie McWatters vmcwatters@diabetes.org
(602) 413-3427
Ken Forbes Memorial State Chapmionship CriteriumTucson, AZMarch 12, 2022https://www.azcycling.org/event/musselman-crit-state-champs/
BetterRide w/ Gene Hamilton MTB Skills Course  Sedona, AZMarch 11-13, 2022https://betterride.net/march-11-13-2022-sedona-az-mtb-skills-course/
Cactus CupFountain HillsMarch 11-13, 2022https://thecactuscup.com/
43rd Annual Sonoita-Bisbee Overnight Ride   

Santa Cruz County Fair Grounds, Sonoita, ArizonaMarch 19 and 20, Saturday and Sunday, 2022www.BikeGaba.org
Tour De ZonaSierra Vista, Bisbee, TombstoneMarch 25-27https://eltourdezona.org/
Havasu Havoc XCLake Havasu CityMarch 26,2022https://mbaa.net/racing/havasu-havoc/
The Arizona Trail Race – 300 and 750 MileArizona Trail, from Mexico to Superior or Mexico to UtahTBDhttp://topofusion.com/azt/race.php
Tommy Knocker 10                          Silver City, NM Ft. BayardApril 2, 2022               https://ziarides.com/event/tommyknocker-10/
El Tour De MesaMesa, AZApril 2, 2022https://eltourdemesa.org
The Javelina ChaseDuncan, AZTentative- Aprilhttp://www.javelinachase.com/
Prescott PunisherPrescott, AZApril 9, 2022https://www.facebook.com/events/pioneer-park-in-prescott-az/prescott-punisher/661344360988601/
Sierra Vista OmniumSierra Vista, AZApril 9-10, 2022https://www.azcycling.org/event/sierra-vista/
El Grupo Scavenger HuntEl Grupo ClubhouseTBD April, 2022https://www.elgrupocycling.org/events/scavenger-hunt/
Sinister RidesSan Tan Queen Creek, AZApril 15, 2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/sinister/
Highly Falkner S. Mountain TTSouth Mountain, Phoenix, AZApril 23,2022https://www.azcycling.org/event/somo-time-trial/
Prescott Punisher XCPrescott, AZApril 29, 2022https://mbaa.net/racing/prescott-punisher/
Ride Across ArizonaCalifornia to New Mexico 615 milesMay 2, 2022http://azgravelrides.com/ride-across-arizona/
The Whiskey Off RoadPrescott, AZApril 29-May 1, 2018https://epicrides.com/events/whiskey-off-road/event-guide/
Flagstaff Frenzy XCFt Valley Flagstaff, AZMay 7, 2022https://mbaa.net/racing/   
3 Bears TTPicacho, AZ  May 15, 2022https://www.summitvelo.org/

 
Royal Gorge Six and TwelveCanon CityMay 14,2022https://ziarides.com/event/royal-gorge-six-and-twelve/
Ride of SilenceTucson, AZMay 18, 2022http://www.rideofsilence.org/
Adrenaline Night RidesMcDowell Mountain Park
Fountain Hills, AZ
May 20, 2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/adrenaline/
Arizona State MTB ChampionshipsPrescott AZMay 21-22, 2022 
Grand Junction Off-RoadGrand Junction, COMay 20-22, 2022https://epicrides.com/events/grand-junction-off-road/event-guide/ 
The Carson City Off RoadCarson City, NVJune 24-26, 2022https://epicrides.com/events/carson-city-off-road/event-guide/
24 Hours in The Enchanted ForestGallup, NMJune 11-12, 2022http://ziarides.com/event-register/24-hours-in-the-enchanted-forest/
Hypnosis Night RidesEstrella Mountain Regional Park Goodyear, AZJune 17, 2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/hypnosis/
Stunner Night RidesUsery Mountain Regional Park Mesa, AZJuly 22, 2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/stunner/
Big Woody RidesFort Tuthill County Park
Flagstaff, AZ
August 13,2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/big-woody/
Vertigo Night RideWhite Tank Mountain Regional Park
Waddell, AZ
August 19,2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/vertigo/
Willcox FlyerWillcox, AZSeptember TBDhttps://www.facebook.com/WillcoxFlyer/
State ITT and Tandem ChampionshipsPicacho, AZSeptember 18,2022https://www.summitvelo.org/
Jangover Night RidesMcDowell Mountain Regional Park
Fountain Hills, AZ
September 23, 2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/jangover/
Mt. Graham Hill ClimbSafford, AZSeptember TBDhttps://www.facebook.com/Mt-Graham-Hill-Climb-492318661127635/
The Oz Trail OffroadBettonville AKOctober 7-9, 2022https://epicrides.com/events/oz-trails-off-/event-guide/
Tour of The White MountainsPinetop-Lakeside AZOctober 1,2022https://epicrides.com/events/tour/event-guide/
Sky Island TourSierra Vista, AZOctober 1, 2022https://skyislandtour.com/
El Grupo Fall FondoTucson AZOctober 16,2022https://www.elgrupocycling.org/
Nogales Bicycle ClassicNogales, AZOctober 2022 TBDhttp://www.nogalesbicycleclassic.org/
Mt. Lemmon Gravel GrinderOracle, AZOctober 2022https://www.mtlemmongravelgrinder.com/
Spirit World 100Patagonia, AZTBD November 2022https://www.thespiritworld100.com/
Saguaro Soiree – A Women’s MTB WeekendUsery Mountain Regional Park
Mesa, AZ
November 19-20, 2022https://www.aravaiparides.com/saguaro-soiree//
BetterRide w/ Gene Hamilton MTB Skills Course  Scottsdale, AZDecember  9-11, 2022https://betterride.net/december-9-11-2022-scottsdale-az-mtb-skills-course/
Man vs Machine                                               Williams, AZTBD – Traditionally late Septemberhttp://www.grandcanyonracing.com/
El Tour de Tucson                                    Tucson, AZNovember ,2022https://eltourdetucson.org/
AZ Endurance Series PleasantvilleAnthem, AZ               December 2022https://rockyroad5050.wordpress.com/pleasantville/
Dawn to Dusk Arizona                                McDowell Mountain Regional Park,December 2022https://ziarides.com/event/dawn-to-dusk-az/
GABA Toy RideTucson, AZDecember 2022www.BikeGaba.org 
2021 McKenzie Frenzy                     Vail, AZ  December 2022https://mckenziefrenzy3.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=14792
The Arizona Endurance Series rides have not set dates for 2022. I’ll add them as the promoters share them. The website is https://rockyroad5050.wordpress.com/ The weak need not apply.

ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES – WANT BETTER BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE? GET INVOLVED.  Feel free to e-mail damion@damionalexander.com if you want to get involved and have questions on the Velodrome Committee, CASA- Cycling Advocates of Southern Arizona, GABA – Greater Arizona Bicycle Association, SDMB -Sonoran Desert Mountain Bike, TORCA – Tucson Off Road Cyclist & Activists, El Grupo Youth Cycling, El Tour De Tucson and all of it’s charity partners, Tour De Zona, Tour De Mesa, Mt. Lemmon Gravel Grinder….  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 can’t 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 should be required when riding.  If you choose to listen to music during rides you should only use the headset in one ear or use a bone conducting system.  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.  Do this 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

Bike Ride List

I’m Having Technical Issues with GoDaddy and all posts since February of last year are gone. Hope this one stays up.

I’m looking at a new and more consistent calendar and Blog. Stay tuned. Hope it’s ready this month.

I’ll be updating the ride list this Thursday, January 14th, 2022

I DID NOT CONFIRM EVERY TIME, but did get in touch with most 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
CHECK OUT THESE CALANDERS FOR MORE UP TO DATE RIDES.

https://cactuscycling.org/schedule.php

https://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events

 

Ben’s Bikes

MTB Night Ride

Alternates between Ben’s Bike the Vail Trails Monday

6:30PM

2 hours no drop 12-15 miles www.bensbikestucson.com

520-574-2453

 
Hills, Hills Hills Bashas Kolb/Sunrise Tuesday

6:00AM

20 miles

About an hour

12-14

HILLS

Damion Alexander

520-977-5664 text or call

Tuesday Fair Wheel Ride University/Euclid Tuesday

7:30AM

2.5 hours

40 miles

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

8:30PM

12-18 miles Slow https://www.facebook.com/groups/5833629539/
 
Mt. Lemmon University/Euclid Wed

6:00AM

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

5:30AM

Udall-Mile post 3 on Lemmon Casual

No Drop

https://www.facebook.com/groups/579397565447522/?fref=ts
Transit to Dragoon, Third Wednesday Ride. Transit Cycles 100 S Avenida Del Convento, Every 3rd Wednesday of the month 5:30 A few miles No Drop https://www.facebook.com/pg/TransitCycles/events/?ref=page_internal
Wednesday Shredzday Sierra Vista Cherokee Parking Lot Wed

7:00PM

10 miles   Sun & Spokes. 520.458.0685

https://sunnspokes.com/ Awesome Site for local routes!

Bike Polo U of A Mall closer to Campbell Wed

8:00PM

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

Thursday

University and Euclid Thurs

7:30AM

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

6:00AM

20 miles 12-14(but Hills) Damion Alexander

520-977-5664

Thursdays are for wheel People AJ’s

Sunrise/Campbell

Thursday

7:00AM

45 miles 18 plus timcarolan@mac.com

520-548-3624

The JKG Flagship ride Le Buzz

9121 E Tanque Verde Rd

Thurs

5:30AM

Le Buzz to Molina Basin Hammer fest JKG Strava on Facebook
 
Homestretch Foundation Spin with the Stretchies Le Buzz

9121 E Tanque Verde Rd

Starting dec 3rd 10am 75-90 minutes Recovery ride https://www.facebook.com/HomestretchFoundation/?pnref=story
 
Bicycle Ranch Tucson Group Bicycle Ranch at Oracle and Ina

 

Saturday 7:00AM

 

53 (shorter option of 38 as well) miles 17-20

MPH

Free Breakfast after ride

Steve 520-219-4311

The

Old Man Shootout

University and

Euclid

Saturday 7:15 AM

 

60 Mile (can be extended to 100) Fast

20 MPH+

www.fairwheelbikes.com
The Big Boy Shootout University and

Euclid

Saturday 7:30AM 60 Miles(can be extended to 100) Faster www.fairwheelbikes.com
HMS Shop Ride 8225 N. Courtney Page Way Saturday 7:00AM 4 routes 25-30 Miles No Drop hmsbikes@gmail.com 520-989-0196
Zona Cycling

First of the Month Mt Lemmon Ride

Le Buzz

9121 E Tanque Verde Rd

1st Saturday 7:30AM As far as you can get Until you turn around https://www.facebook.com/Zona-Cycling-186457201423794/
Zona Cycling

 

El Con by the Starbucks . 2nd, 3rd, 4th,5th,

Saturday 7:30AM

65 miles 16-18 https://www.facebook.com/Zona-Cycling-186457201423794/
Broadway Bicycles Shop Ride Various Routes

Call Scott

On Hiatus     Scott 520-296-7819
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.
           
           
Sabino Cycle Shop Ride Varies- email Steve  to be on the list Saturday 7:30AM   No Drop steve@sabinocycles.com

 

 
Super Sunday Bike Ride at Trek

.

Trek Bikes at Campbell and Ft. Lowell On Hiatus

Sunday

90-120 Minutes No Drop  
 

 

THIS WEEKS ROAD RIDES

PLEASE NOTE- Category below just for Mountain Bikes

What Location Date/Time Distance Speed Contact- More Info
GABA Toy Ride   December 10, 2021 7 miles Slow, it’s about the art 520-977-5664
More Road rides next week. If you have a ride, text me at 520-977-5664 or email damion@damionalexander.com  
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/

 

 

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

What Location Date-Time Time  – Distance- Speed Contact- More Info
The Endurance Project Backpack/Care package delivery

 

288 N Church Ave 9AM   https://www.facebook.com/events/4912149538830592/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22search_results%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22search%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D
Dirty Bunny:Ho-Ho-Hohokam

(must register)

McKenzie Ranch Sunday, 12/26

9AM

30 miles of flowy singletrack https://www.dirtybunny.org
TORCA Bug Spring-Milagrosa Shuttle Ride

 

Molino Basin @ 9AM Sunday, 12/26:

9AM

5 miles of downhill Bliss plus a little hike a bike  https://fb.me/e/25tmXMMFH
SAMBA AZT Ride

 

SR 83 & Sahuarita Rd. Monday 12/27: 9:00 AM An out and back on the Arizona Trail from Sahuarita Rd. south to the Cloud 9 gate.  https://www.meetup.com/Southern- Arizona-Mountain-Bike-Association/events/282272508/
Our MTB Rides Tuesday Night Lights

 

Camino Loma Alta TH Tuesday 12/28: 7:00 PM Camino Loma Alta to Pistol Hill and back on the Arizona Trail https://www.facebook.com/events/294374232574121/
Our MTB Rides Tuesday Night Lights Camino Loma Alta TH Tuesday 12/28

7:00 PM

Camino Loma Alta to Pistol Hill and back on the Arizona Trail www.facebook.com/events/294374232574121/
Old Pueblo MTB

 

Big Wash TH Wednesday, 12/29

2:30 PM

Honeybee trails with a Badlands option (bring lights!). https://www.facebook.com/events/294374232574121
Portal/Explorer Trail Build Day NW Corner of Kennedy Park @ 9:00 AM. Thursday, 12/30: : Build fresh trail at Tucson Mountain Park.

 

 

 
Guy Fawkes/ Cycling Anarchists “Champagne Ride”

 

Tortolita Preserve Loop

 

Friday, 12/31

5:00PM

   
MTB Addicts Hangover Ride Fantasy Island Valencia TH Saturday1/1 11:30AM A leisurely booze-fueled loop at Fantasy Island https://www.facebook.com/events/559650358462043/
SDMB:Poker Ride & Trail Run : NW corner of Kennedy Park (Ramada #40) Sunday, 1/2 9:00 AM Non-competitive poker ride/run in the Tucson Mountains.  https://www.facebook.com/events/428959222136299/
Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists(SDMB)  and Southern Arizona Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA Tucson off-road Cyclists and Activists.  (TORCA) have a calendars. Check them out  at.

SAMBA http://www.meetup.com/Southern-Arizona-Mountain-Bike-Association/events/

SDMB http://www.sdmb.org/events/

TORCA http://torca.org/calendar/

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS WITH SOMETHING BIKE RELATED AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

What Location Date Contact- More Info
The Endurance Project Backpack/Care package delivery

 

288 N Church Ave Christmas Morning 9AM https://www.facebook.com/events/4912149538830592/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22search_results%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22search%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D

TORCA January Productive Hike Fantasy Island

 

Fantasy Island Trails Park

 

Sunday, January 16, 2022  8:30 AM

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/464094015142465/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22mechanism%22%3A%22discovery_top_tab%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22bookmark%22%7D]%2C%22ref_notif_type%22%3Anull%7D
GABA Volunteer Opportunities Year Round Opportunities to give back to the community. Check out the link to the right. ————-à http://gaba.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=2664&club_id=307669&sl=745000180

 

RACES AND RIDES IN THE WEEKS AND MONTHS TO COME

What Location Date Contact- More Info
SDMB Poker Ride and Trail Run

 

Kennedy Park, NW of Ajo and La Cholla SUN, JAN 2, 2022 AT 9 AM

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/428959222136299?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%7D]%7D
Papago 6 Tempe, AZ January 2, 2022 https://www.facebook.com/PAPAGO6MTBRACE/
McDowell Meltdown XC Phoenix, AZ January 8-9, 2022 https://mbaa.net/racing/mcdowell-meltdown/
Verrado Crit Verrado
Buckeye, Az
January 9, 2022 https://www.azcycling.org/event/verrado-crit/
Race Against Time San Manuel, AZ January 22,2022 https://www.azcycling.org/event/race-against-time-2/
Hedgehog Hustle XC Goodyear, AZ January 22-23, 2022 https://mbaa.net/racing/estrella-hedgehog-hustle/
White Tank Whirlwind XC Phoenix, AZ February 5-6,2022 https://mbaa.net/racing/white-tank-whirlwind/
Flap Jack Flats TT Eloy, AZ February 6, 2022 https://www.summitvelo.org/

BetterRide w/ Gene Hamilton MTB Skills Course

 

Tucson, AZ February https://betterride.net/feb-11-13-tucson-az-mtb-skills-course-2022/
Santa Catalina Omnium Tucson and Oracle AZ February 12-13 http://uacycling.com/ua-crit/
24 Hours in the Old Pueblo Willow Springs, AZ February 18-20, 2018 https://epicrides.com/events/24-hours-in-the-old-pueblo/event-guide/
Tonto Mountain Rides Usery Mountain Regional Park
Mesa, AZ
February 19,2022 https://www.aravaiparides.com/tonto/
Spokes and Ale wadell February 26, 2022 https://www.spokesandale.com/
Tour De Cure Glendale, AZ March 05, 2022 https://donations.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/TourAdmin?fr_id=13415&pg=entry  Vickie McWatters vmcwatters@diabetes.org
(602) 413-3427

Ken Forbes Memorial State Chapmionship Criterium

Tucson, AZ March 12, 2022 https://www.azcycling.org/event/musselman-crit-state-champs/

BetterRide w/ Gene Hamilton MTB Skills Course

 

Sedona, AZ March 11-13, 2022 https://betterride.net/march-11-13-2022-sedona-az-mtb-skills-course/
Cactus Cup Fountain Hills March 11-13, 2022 https://thecactuscup.com/
43rd Annual Sonoita-Bisbee Overnight Ride Santa Cruz County Fair Grounds, Sonoita, Arizona March 19 and 20, Saturday and Sunday, 2022 www.BikeGaba.org
Tour De Zona Sierra Vista, Bisbee, Tombstone March 25-27 https://eltourdezona.org/
Havasu Havoc XC 7260 Sara Parkway
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406
March 26,2022 https://mbaa.net/racing/havasu-havoc/
The Arizona Trail Race – 300 and 750 Mile Arizona Trail, from Mexico to Superior or Mexico to Utah TBD http://topofusion.com/azt/race.php
Tommy Knocker 10 Silver City, NM

Ft. Bayard

April 2, 2022 https://ziarides.com/event/tommyknocker-10/
El Tour De Mesa Mesa, AZ April 2, 2022 https://eltourdemesa.org
The Javelina Chase Duncan, AZ Tentative- April http://www.javelinachase.com/
Prescott Punisher Prescott, AZ April 9, 2022 https://www.facebook.com/events/pioneer-park-in-prescott-az/prescott-punisher/661344360988601/
Sierra Vista Omnium Sierra Vista, AZ April 9-10, 2022 https://www.azcycling.org/event/sierra-vista/
El Grupo Scavenger Hunt El Grupo Clubhouse TBD April, 2022 https://www.elgrupocycling.org/events/scavenger-hunt/
Sinister Rides San Tan Mountain Regional Park

Queen Creek, AZ

April 15, 2022 https://www.aravaiparides.com/sinister/
Highly Falkner S. Mountain TT South Mountain, Phoenix, AZ April 23,2022 https://www.azcycling.org/event/somo-time-trial/
Prescott Punisher XC Prescott, AZ April 29, 2022 https://mbaa.net/racing/prescott-punisher/
Ride Across Arizona California to New Mexico 615 miles May 2, 2022 http://azgravelrides.com/ride-across-arizona/
The Whiskey Off Road Prescott, AZ April 29-May 1, 2018 https://epicrides.com/events/whiskey-off-road/event-guide/
Flagstaff Frenzy XC Fort Valley Trail Flagstaff, AZ May 7, 2022 https://mbaa.net/racing/
3 Bears TT Picacho, AZ

 

May 15, 2022 https://www.summitvelo.org/
 
Royal Gorge Six and Twelve

Canon City

May 14,2022 https://ziarides.com/event/royal-gorge-six-and-twelve/
Ride of Silence Tucson, AZ May 18, 2022 http://www.rideofsilence.org/
Adrenaline Night Rides McDowell Mountain Park
Fountain Hills, AZ
May 20, 2022 https://www.aravaiparides.com/adrenaline/
Arizona State MTB Championships Prescott AZ May 21-22, 2022  
Grand Junction Off-Road Grand Junction, CO May 20-22, 2022 https://epicrides.com/events/grand-junction-off-road/event-guide/
The Carson City Off Road Carson City, NV June 24-26, 2022 https://epicrides.com/events/carson-city-off-road/event-guide/
24 Hours in The Enchanted Forest Gallup, NM June 11-12, 2022 http://ziarides.com/event-register/24-hours-in-the-enchanted-forest/
Hypnosis Night Rides Estrella Mountain Regional Park

Goodyear, AZ

June 17, 2022 https://www.aravaiparides.com/hypnosis/
Stunner Night Rides Usery Mountain Regional Park

Mesa, AZ

July 22, 2022 https://www.aravaiparides.com/stunner/
Big Woody Rides Fort Tuthill County Park
Flagstaff, AZ
August 13,2022 https://www.aravaiparides.com/big-woody/
Vertigo Night Ride White Tank Mountain Regional Park
Waddell, AZ
August 19,2022 https://www.aravaiparides.com/vertigo/
Willcox Flyer Willcox, AZ September TBD https://www.facebook.com/WillcoxFlyer/
State ITT and Tandem Championships Picacho, AZ September 18,2022 https://www.summitvelo.org/
Jangover Night Rides McDowell Mountain Regional Park
Fountain Hills, AZ
September 23, 2022 https://www.aravaiparides.com/jangover/
Mt. Graham Hill Climb Safford, AZ September TBD https://www.facebook.com/Mt-Graham-Hill-Climb-492318661127635/
The Oz Trail Offroad Bettonville AK October 7-9, 2022 https://epicrides.com/events/oz-trails-off-/event-guide/
Tour of The White Mountains Pinetop-Lakeside AZ October 1,2022 https://epicrides.com/events/tour/event-guide/
Sky Island Tour Sierra Vista, AZ October 1, 2022 https://skyislandtour.com/
El Grupo Fall Fondo Tucson AZ October 16,2022 https://www.elgrupocycling.org/
Nogales Bicycle Classic Nogales, AZ October 2022 TBD http://www.nogalesbicycleclassic.org/
Mt. Lemmon Gravel Grinder Oracle, AZ October 2022 https://www.mtlemmongravelgrinder.com/
Spirit World 100 Patagonia, AZ TBD November 2022 https://www.thespiritworld100.com/
Saguaro Soiree – A Women’s MTB Weekend Usery Mountain Regional Park
Mesa, AZ
November 19-20, 2022 https://www.aravaiparides.com/saguaro-soiree//

BetterRide w/ Gene Hamilton MTB Skills Course

 

Scottsdale, AZ December  9-11, 2022 https://betterride.net/december-9-11-2022-scottsdale-az-mtb-skills-course/
Man vs Machine Williams, AZ TBD – Traditionally late September http://www.grandcanyonracing.com/
El Tour de Tucson

 

Tucson, AZ November ,2022 https://eltourdetucson.org/
AZ Endurance Series Pleasantville Anthem, AZ December 2022 https://rockyroad5050.wordpress.com/pleasantville/
Dawn to Dusk Arizona

 

McDowell Mountain Regional Park, December 2022 https://ziarides.com/event/dawn-to-dusk-az/
GABA Toy Ride Tucson, AZ December 2022 www.BikeGaba.org
2021 McKenzie Frenzy

 

Vail, AZ December 2022 https://mckenziefrenzy3.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=14792
The Arizona Endurance Series rides have not set dates for 2022. I’ll add them as the promoters share them. The website is https://rockyroad5050.wordpress.com/ The weak need not apply.

 

ADVOCACY OPPORTUNITIES – WANT BETTER BIKE INFRASTRUCTURE? GET INVOLVED.  Feel free to e-mail damion@damionalexander.com if you want to get involvedand have questions on the Velodrome Committee, CASA- Cycling Advocates of Southern Arizona, GABA – Greater Arizona Bicycle Association, SDMB -Sonoran Desert Mountain Bike, TORCA – Tucson Off Road Cyclist & Activists, El Grupo Youth Cycling, El Tour De Tucson and all of it’s charity partners, Tour De Zona, Tour De Mesa, Mt. Lemmon Gravel Grinder….  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 can’t 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 should be required when riding.  If you choose to listen to music during rides you should only use the headset in one ear or use a bone conducting system.  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.  Do this 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.

 

TMC Trail Challenge

The Run Tucson, Tucson Medical Center Trail Challenge is a walking, running, hiking event from February 21st, 2021 – March 7, 2021 that was created due to COVID-19 to encourage and motivate people everywhere to get off the couch, outside, active and to share the experience in a safe virtual setting. The Damion Alexander Team is creating videos of different trails and Tucson running personalities to give some additional motivation (SEE LINKS BELOW)

Another fun component of the TMC trail challenge is the The trail challenge photo contest. Categories will include: Nature, Wildlife, Action, Urban, and Selfie. The winner of each category will receive a $50 gift card for use at any one of the following local restaurants: Reforma Modern Mexican, Union Public House, and Proof Artisanal Pizza and Pasta. Winners also receive a trail running photo shoot from Run Tucson and The Tucson Photography Festival sponsors “The Damion Alexander Team”.

To enter, you need to register for the TMC Trail Challenge and tag your photos on Instagram or Facebook with #tmctrailchallenge. Go to RunTucson.Net to register. There is no limit on the amount of images you tag.

A Cyclists Moral Dilemma – Cycling and COVID

A cyclists moral dilemma – Yesterday Italy and Spain said cycling is banned. At first, I was outraged. How could they do this? But after considering the logic, I agree with altering the rides I am going to do.
The Cycling Today article comments that hot home for me came from Carlos Mascias, medical director of a private hospital in Madrid.   “Stay at home and put the bike aside,” “Whatever possibility to minimize the impact on the resources of medical services that is not directed toward coronavirus is primordial. If any cyclist suffers an incident and needs an ambulance or a bed in intensive care, we are taking it away from people who truly need it, who are now arriving en masse to hospitals,” he continued. “If something happens to you now, maybe you have a chance [to be treated], but you will be taking it away from someone else … but in 48 hours, if something happens to you, the one who is left without [ICU] might be you, those who are now riding your bikes.”
 
I think it is likely safer to ride today and in the weeks to come. People are staying in. Traffic is light. However, I also know that anytime I get on the road there is a chance of being hit. Normally, I’m OK with the risk, as I am only putting myself in harms way. 
With the corona virus things are changing this prospective. If I, or you, end up being hospitalized because we are doing a “high” risk activity, we could end up taking up a bed at a hospital at a time the entire medial system is being overwhelmed are being overwhelmed. We need to look at whats happening from a completely different prospective. As I have so many people in this community I love, I’m thinking of them. I’m thinking of all the people on the front lines in the hospitals who are so incredible and making their job easier. I’m thinking of the possibility of health care workers having to make a ethical decision of who do you save if resources become limited. As I type this I feel like i’m an alarmist, pushing panic, but reading what happened in China and is still exploding in Europe, I feel like this is just common sense.
 
I was going to be pre-riding the El Tour de Tucson course this weekend, but am going to hold off for a few weeks. I will avoid group rides not only due to social distancing, but the additional risk ( even if small- I am going to do my part). I’m still weighting out if it’s still justifiable to be commuting on The Loop and rides where there is limited traffic. I still can see mountain biking, but will be staying on less technical riding and more cross county. 
 
This is really, really hard for me to accept all this. Riding is a part of everything I do. It is what keeps me sane. I expect many who read this will think I’m over reacting. I might be, but this is a case where the good of the community out weights my need to ride.  
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In the case you don’t care about the risk because you are such a great rider and are never going to hit the pavement, I have another reason not to ride.  In the image above, you can see if you are riding in a group, you might be following someone who has COVID-19.  Just one more reason to be extra careful at this time.

The most Famous Javelina in the World

One fine Winter day I was out showing homes in Tucson Arizona. It’s what I do.

My client, Jennifer Steinmann was driving as I rode out to meet her at a house that was 20 miles from my office. I was on a tight schedule but Jen asked to see one more home while we were on that side of town. This put me behind schedule so she was giving me a lift back to The Loop. I rarely get in the car if I can ride, but fate had a different plan for me.

To get me back to the Loop Jen should have turned on Pantano, but destiny pulled her wheel in  another direction. She took a right on Prudence and drove straight into a Viral video. A single Javelina was trotting on the side of the road. Actually, it was more of a sprint. Jen matched it’s speed and my years of shooting photos and video were put to the test. Fortunately, my hand was steady and the Javelina was in the center of the frame.

I knew as soon as I captured the video it was something special and had the potential to go viral. I felt that because I’ve interacted with hundreds of Javelinas over the years. I’ve seen them run, but it is usually only for a few seconds to get distance between from whatever spooked them. As soon as they have some distance,  the entire troop turns and watches for whatever startled them. They typically will watch for a few moments and then go about looking for a succulent prickly pear to gnaw on and forget the entire ordeal ever happened.  This video was unique. There was so much open space to run. There was nowhere to hid.  This was the Usain Bolt of Javelinas crushing the world record. It was a Javelina specimen, in it’s prime, on the world stage, with a solid tail wind. It was the hand of the great God of luck, when preparation meets hard work.

I posted the video on Facebook with my Logo at the end. As expected it started to get a few dozen shares. I’ve seen this pattern before with other videos I’ve shared. Some have had nearly a million shares and I thought this would do the same. My friend Kevin Goldstein shared it on a page called “Weird Stuff you’ll Only See in/near Tucson. Almost immediately the number doubled and the next morning had 170 shares. I also sent it to a few of my local news contacts. KVOA and KOLD ran news stories on it.

Something else made it go Viral so fast and I will acknowledge it, but also can’t help but say how disappointed I am in  KOLD’s Hannah Tiebe. She shared the video, but  edited the video without permission, cut off my signature, shared it and gave no photo credit. From a reporter I think this is bad form.  That said, that tweet did help in creating a plethora of videos and memes and now has had 7.5 million views.

A licensing company called ViralHog reached out to me about licensing the video. For years I have given my images and videos away. I love that people enjoy them, and I was not really interested. However, I was getting dozens of emails asking to use it and it was so overwhelming I decided it would be easier to just let someone else handle it. Also, they are called Viral Hog. It was again providence calling. I mean, is anything more perfect than a viral Hog for ViralHog. I’m still waiting for them to start using the video as the cornerstone of all their marekting.

I think the best part of having a video go viral is the people who see it and reach out to you. It’s not uncommon for me to talk with my Uncle John and Aunt Fran in Telluride. But to get a call with them spouting off incoherently that I’m on TV was awesome and an indication of how big this was getting. They saw it on Chris Hayes of MSNBC.  Chris Hayes Thing One, Thing Two Video They said they saw the video on Facbook I posted, but did not realize I was the one who shot the video.

Just like My family calling, I’ve heard so many stories from friends and random people that the video  has brought them closer to people they know outside of Tucson. Since it mentions Tucson in most every article, people all over the world are reaching out to friends in Tucson to talk about the Sprinting Javelina. It has changed the dialogue for a few seconds away from CoronaVirus and politics at a time we all needed a distraction, and has built community as a by product.

With all viral videos there is that glorious moment in the sun only to be replaced by the next great thing, a Lama at a wedding in a tuxedo. But the good buy song for the Javelina Running is just as dazzling as a Tucson Sunset. Everyday new sound tracts are being added to the video, and I keep getting calls about being a part of something so viral. KVOA is running a segment on it, The New York Times, AZ Daily star, AZ Central and many others are still doing more articles. On Tuesday, March 10th at 7 AM I’ll be co-hosting the 92.9 morning show.

Tonight a friend, Paige Redman, shared a photo I took of her at the Mussleman Crit last week with this in the comments “📸 @bikepilgrim the famous guy who took the video of the javalina!”. Tonight on my ride in Sabino Canyon for The Santa Catalina Volunteer Patrol I heard some cyclist chatting a hundred feet back. I thought they said my name so I was listening and one said, “you know, the guy who shot the Javalina Video.”  Yesterday I had a call to come out and meet a family selling their house. I Asked how they found me and they said “Javelina Video”.

It’s a little like my birthday, as each day I get a new present in the form of more creative interpretations.  The creator of Action Movie Kid put together this gem. Action Movie Kids

Many people have said I am “famous”. Some have asked if this video will define me as a person. Is it the high water mark? This video has garnished more attention than any “one” thing  I have done. However, I’ve been selling real estate and volunteering in the community for 24 years and have had my image plastered on billboards, in the newspapers and on the news.  If you compare my exiting  reach vs. the Javelina video I have had 10 times or as much exposure over the years from cycling, nature, and real estate.  However, this one is special.

It has been one of the funnest things I’ve ever been a part of and I’m so thrilled that my video has captured world wide attention and brought considerable attention to The Old Pueblo.

Below are just a few of the places the video has been shared.

Know Your Meme Has an overview of the first few days and how it spread. As Does Comic Sands

Someone created a page of twitter of the Javelina running to different soundtracks.  There have been millions of views. Some of the more popular tweets have been to the music Led Leppelin – Immigration Song with 182,000 views, Queens – Don’t stop me now with 332,000 views, Cranberries – The Dream with 252,000, Grimes – Oblivion 740,000, Tracy Chapman – Fast Car 330,000, The succession Theme Song 154,000, Vangelis- Chariots Of Fire 77,000, Judas Priest- Breaking The Law with 280,000, John Denver- Take Me Home, Country Roads 170,000, My favorite, Cake – The Distance, 115,000,, Kate Bush- Running Up That Hill 600,000, Bonnie Tyler- Holding Out For A Hero 251.000, Florence + The Machine- Dog Days Are Over 540,000, Bruce Springsteen- Born to Run 225,000, , Bonnie Tyler- Holding Out For A Hero 251,000, Check them all out here Javelina Running to on Twitter

News Agencies have covered it from Coast to coast and many small town papers in between.

Click on the links below for the full article.

Time

Huffington Post

Arizona Daily Star

Az Central

Huffington Post

USA Today

New York Post

Mashable

New York Times

UPROXX

Daily Dot

AVCLUB

Tech Investor News

New Yorker

VICE

Insider

Bro Bible

Today Headline

USA News Hub

Notiulti

the satori report

MSN

bigwnews.com

News.com

Chris Hayes on MSNBC

I was going to share the links of each TV affiliate who shared the video, but there are hundreds. Most CBS affilaes across the county showed it. At first I was coping links, but most said the same thing, but it was fascinating to see every corner of the nation tuning in. From WILX in Lancing Mi, WFSA in Albany NY, wctv in Tallahassee, FL, wdbj IN  Roanoke, Virginia, kfvs from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, wbay in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Iowa public radio knsb, wcjb IN Gainesville, Florida ,  Grand Junction, Colorado kjct, kcbd,, Twin Falls, Idaho kmvt, wabl in Amite, Louisiana, ktre in Lufkin, Texas….

FOX 19

WLFB South Carolina

Flint Mich ABC Affiliate

KOLD Tucson

WILX Lancing

Wfsa Montgomery, AL

 

Q York

Kyeron Bowman recreated the video with him running at the apartment complex

I was told that the Javelina led off sports center on ESPN, but never saw the clip.  There are a few videos Someone asked for this and it was created. I need a side-by-side of Javelin Guidry running the 40 and that sprinting javelina from a few days back… 

Inverse.com had an interesting read on the  science on why Javelinas are faster than domesticated boars.

GIVING TUESDAY

CLICK ON THE RED CHARITY NAME  BELOW TO MAKE A DONATION.PLEASE & THANKS!

 

CLICK ON THE BOLD LINKS  TO MAKE A DONATION

Aviva Family Services through Easterseals Blake Foundation Aviva supports children and families involved with a children welfare system. We build resilient children & families by providing comprehensive behavioral health and respite services as well as resources to enhance self-esteem and well-being. Aviva Tucson QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT – This is the ONLY El Tour Charity that qualifies for the Foster Care Credit

ADHD America  cycling teams mission is to bring awareness to living with ADHD and how cycling can be used as treatment of ADHD. Team ADHD Website

ALS Association  The Association leads the way in research, care services, public education, and public policy — giving help and hope to those facing the disease.  The Association’s nationwide network of chapters provides comprehensive patient services and support those with ALS. ALS Website QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT

Arizona Justice Project  is seeking justice for the innocent and the wrongfully imprisoned. Justice for the marginalized and forgotten of Arizona’s Criminal Justice System. Az Justice Project Website QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT

Arizona Multihousing Charitable Foundation  Ride for Our Family Services. Cultivates opportunities and generates financial resources to provide safer communities and enhance residents lives. It addresses the needs of the community, children, veterans, housing and education. Arizona Multi Housing Foundation Website    Our Family Services Website QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT

Arts Express is Capturing the Extraordinary though Musical Theatre Productions and Performing Arts Education. The official National Anthem singers at El Tour De Tucson. Arts Express Website

Beads Of Courage is growing every day, providing innovative, arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness, their families and the health care providers who care for them. Beads Of Courage Website

Ben’s Bells The mission of Ben’s Bells is to teach individuals and communities about the positive impacts of intentional kindness and to inspire people to practice kindness as a way of life. Ben’s Bells Website

Beyond Tucson is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our community, through the use of good science and rational analysis.  The BEYOND Rx Health Formula, is grounded in four key principles: exploring nature; good nutrition; physical movement; and community connections. Beyond Tucson Website

BICAS Although known in the community as BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage), our official name is Bootstraps to Share of Tucson. Our primary project (and in many years our only project) is the community bicycle education center known as BICAS. The early history of Bootstraps, which led organically to the forming of our BICAS project, is given below. https://bicas.org/ QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT

Big Brothers Big Sisters Since 1963, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona has been changing youth’s lives by matching them with caring adults to guide them on a path to success. Big Brothers Big Sisters Website QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT

Boys and Girls Club Imagine a place where who you are, where you’re from or the circumstances that surround you don’t determine your access to experiences or opportunities. Boys and Girls Club Website QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT

Cakes for Causes  Building A Sweeter Community by Healing, appreciating, and showing our community members they are valued through our sugar art.  Cakes for Causes Website

Cascade Foundation (Please make sure to select my name on the donation page.) The Cascade Foundations mission is focused on providing a local support system for the bleeding disorder community in Southern Arizona. That system includes patient and family education, financial assistance, advocacy, community awareness, access to quality healthcare and medical research funding.  Cascade Foundation Website

Children’s Clinics  provides a family centered comprehensive medical home to meet the special needs of children and families. They are committed to providing exceptional care in a respectful and caring environment. All Funds raised are used to help kids remain active in sports and Play.Children’s Clinics Website

Davis Phinney Foundation mission to help people with Parkinson’s live well with the disease. It was founded in 2004 by Davis Phinney, the former professional road bicycle racer and Olympic medal winner. Davis Phinney Foundation Website

Easterseals Blake Foundation is dedicated to the vision of a Southern Arizona community where all people live healthy, productive, and independent lives. Founded in Tucson in 1950, EBF serves more than 44,000 children, adults, and families throughout 10 Arizona counties annually. Blake Foundation Website  QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT

El Tour De Tucson We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit that produces bicycling events for community, charity and wellness.

El Grupo Youth Cycling El Grupo is a youth cycling organization that provides youth with experiences that are fun, skill-building, and bike centered, so that they can acquire the self confidence and leadership skills to be active and healthy members of the community. El Grupo Youth Cycling QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT

Friends of Aphasia Imagine struggling to say your own name, to write a simple email, or to read the newspaper. These are realities for individuals living with aphasia. Friends of Aphasia Website

Friends of Pima Animal Care Center Friends of PACC exists to support Pima Animal Care Center and enhance its efforts to save the lives of pets in need. Friends of Pima Animal Care Center

Friends Of Michael  provide assistance – including financial – to families across the country whose children are fighting a brain tumor.   Friends for Michael Website

Into-Africa  is an international non-profit, Gospel-centered, humanitarian organization with chartered affiliates in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Namibia, and, soon, Tanzania. Into-Africa Website

Look! Save a Life We aim to foster an environment of safety for all who utilize our public byways.  “SAFETY IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY.”  Look! Save a Life Website

Ronald McDonald House   Ronald McDonald House Charities help families stay near the care their sick children need. A family far from home with a hospitalized child has many things to worry about and where they’ll stay and how they’ll afford it should not be among them. Ronald McDonald House Charities Website QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT

St. Elizabeth’s Health care for Breast Cancer  St. Elizabeth’s medical providers are able to provide diagnosis and treatment for uninsured women who may not have otherwise had the means to pay for their healthcare. We provide early detection services to those in need, treatment services as well as education to those learning about their risks, and a helping hand to those diagnosed with breast cancer, along with their loved ones, as they navigate through this disease. Saint Elizabeth’s Health Care QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT

TIHAN Support for people living with HIV. By bringing together religious, secular, corporate and non-profit organizations, TIHAN is creating an inclusive support network for people living with HIV TIHAN website QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT

Tu Nidito is dedicated to a mission of creating a community of acceptance and understanding regarding children in grief. It is their vision that no child grieves alone.  Tu Nidito Website QUALIFIES FOR AZ CHARITABLE TAX CREDIT

Uphill Into The Wind  A body at rest will remain at rest until acted upon by an outside force. Uphill Into The Wind strives to be that outside force by putting bodies on bikes (BOB) and setting them in motion.Uphill Into The Wind Website

 

 

For El Tour De Tucson I am raising funds  for multiple charities. To make a donation see the Links at the bottom of this blog. If it is easier, please send a check made out to your charity of choice to Long Realty ATTN: Damion Alexander   1890 E. River Rd. Tucson AZ 85750

Some press clippings about the ride. Article from past El Tour Ride for charities

My intent is not only to raise much needed funds, but also to introduce Tucson to all of the incredible beneficiaries who benefit from El Tour De Tucson.

When you raise funds for a charity you receive a free entry into El Tour. As I’m riding for multiple charities and get one entry from each charity , and I’ll be donating the additional entries to needy cyclists and El Grupo Youth Cycling to give kids an opportunity to experience the largest ride we have here in the Old Pueblo.

As much as I’d appreciate a donation, I’d prefer you register to ride for one of the charities yourself.  A nice bonus for you is each charity has “goodies” they give back to those who ride and raise funds. Every one is different, but all include an entry into El Tour De Tucson and an event shirt. One charity, Uphill into the Wind, will even provide you with a bike to use in the event if you do not have one. Many have cycling jerseys or kits, some have professional coaches, and group rides.Click Here to Register for one of the El Tour Beneficiaries

Talking about group training rides. If you are looking for people your speed to spin around with, I put out a ride list and am happy to add you to the mail list if you send an email to Damion@damionalexander.com . Please put “ride list” in the comments.