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Community Bike Ride List Oct 31-Nov 6

November 3rd is election day.  There are huge benefits for the cycling community if all 7 bonds pass.  As this list is all about bikes, I’d encourage you to vote for all 7.

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.


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.


What Where When Distance/Time Speed Contact
Cyclocross Fort Lowell Park Wednesday6:30AM Some pre work riding, jumping obstacles,beer, donuts, coffee, laps on the grass and dirt. https://www.facebook.com/groups/671108262985165/
U of A Cycling Monday Mosey Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Monday7:00AM 1-1.5 hours Max 20 miles How fast can a mosey be? http://uacycling.com/ 


Ben’s Bike MTB Meet at shop Monday6:00 PM 1-2 hours Easy, fun, social Ben’s Bikes
Monday Night Mash Ordinary Bike Shop Monday7:15pm 15-25 miles Social regroups https://www.facebook.com/groups/1147259775287516/
Hills, Hills Hills Bashas Kolb/Sunrise Tuesday5:30AM 20 milesAbout an hour 12-14HILLS Damion Alexander520-977-5664 text or call
Velo Vets  VA Blind Rehab Center at the VA Hospital  Tuesday 4:45PM Two rides.  One on VA campus. Other on The Loop easy, fun, social and service ride Giuliana DonnellyPhone:520-465-5186


Tuesday “Shootout” University/Euclid Tuesday7:00AM 2.5 hours40 miles Fast www.Fairwheelbike.com
RBAR Energy MTB Ride& Rbar Samples Fantasy Island North Side Tuesday5:30PM Easy ride https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zona-Cycling/186457201423794?fref=ts
Tuesday Night Fast Fixed Ride Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Tuesday6:30PM Few Hours Varies Fast brownus_clarence@yahoo.com
Tuesday Night Ride Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Tuesday8:30PM 12-18 miles Slow https://www.facebook.com/groups/5833629539/
UA Cycling  Wed.Worlds Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Wed7:00AM 40-60 miles http://uacycling.com/
Mt. Lemmon University/Euclid Wed6:30AM 55-60 Miles www.Fairwheelbike.com
JKG DnA Easy Udall Parking Lot Wed5:30AM Udall-Mile post 3 on Lemmon CasualNoDrop https://www.facebook.com/groups/579397565447522/?fref=ts
Heavy Pedal Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Wed7:00PM Different route each week
Wednesday Shredzday Sierra Vista 31.501495, -110.274078 Wed7:00PM 10 miles Sun & Spokes. 520.458.0685
Bike Polo UofA Mall Wed8:00PM https://www.facebook.com/tucson.bikepolo?fref=ts
Up OracleThursday Shootout University and Euclid Thurs7:00AM Fast www.Fairwheelbike.com
Hills, hills, hills Bashas Kolb/Sunrise Thurs5:30AM 20 miles 12-14(but Hills) Damion Alexander977-5664
Tim Carolan Ride AJ’sSunrise/Campbell Thursday7:00AM 45 miles 18 plus timcarolan@mac.com548-3624
U of A Cycling Thursday Thrill Flagpole  – West Side of  Old Main Thurs7:00AM 1-1.5 hours Max 20 miles Easy Ride http://uacycling.com/
Ordinary Bike Shop Ride Ordinary Bike Shop Thursday7AM 10-20 Miles Conversational Pace Nate Woiwode nate@ordinarybikeshop.com
The JKG Flagship ride Le Buzz Thurs5:30AM Le Buzz to Molina Basin Hammer fest JKG Strava on Facebook
Tasty Chipolte Night Ride Sierra VistaChipotle  6 or circle K at 6:30 Thursday6:00PM-  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 Friday7:00AM 2 hours30-40 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 17-20MPH Free Breakfast after rideSteve 520-219-4311
TheOld  Man Shootout University andEuclid Saturday 6:45AM  60 Mile (can be extended to 100) Fast20 MPH+ www.fairwheelbikes.com
The Big Boy Shootout University andEuclid Saturday 7:00AM  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 12-15No drop Pbs074@performaneinc.com(520) 327-3232‎
Performance Broadway Shop Ride 7204 e Broadway Saturday 7:00AM 10-15 miles beginner 12-15No drop pbs054@performanceinc.com520-296-4715
Broadway Bicycles Shop Ride Various RoutesCall Scott Saturday 7:00AM 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 bike7431 Houghton Saturday8:00AM 6-10 miles Easy www.bensbikestucson.com520-574-2453
Sabino Cycle Shop Ride Varies- email Steve  to be on the list Saturday 6:30AM 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 Sunday6:30AM 30-35 miles 12-15 Pbs074@performaneinc.com(520) 327-3232‎
Tucson Endurance Performance Center Ride 6448 N Oracle  Sunday7:30AM www.graskyendurance.com/weekly-workouts.html
Ben’s Bikes At Ben’s bike7431 Houghton Sunday 8AM 35-40 17-20 www.bensbikestucson.com520-574-2453



PLEASE NOTE- Category below just for Mountain Bikes

What Location Date/Time Distance Speed Contact- More Info
Zona CyclingFirst of the Month Mt Lemmon Ride Starbucks at El Con Coffee Shop Saturday10.31.15


80 miles 16-18 MPH https://www.facebook.com/Zona-Cycling-186457201423794/?fref=ts
Tucson Recumbent Cyclists Mulcahy YMCA in Sam Lena park Saturday10.31.15


19miles You can keep up- friendly group https://www.facebook.com/groups/TucsonRC/ 
Back In The Saddle (BITS) Session 4 of 6 Brandi Fenton Splash Pad3482 East River Road Saturday10.31.15


16.3 miles For new riders http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/225612610/
Gates Pass, Marana, Dove Mt., La Canada loop Rillito Path1500 W. River Road Saturday10.31.15


75 Miles 15 MPH http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/226404223/
El Grupo Fall Fondo- November 1stREGISTER NOW


Ride On Cycling – El Grupo Fall Fondo 70 mile course El Grupo Club house Sunday11.01.15


70 miles 16-19 mph  Dean Drawbaugh dwdrawbaugh@aol.com
Cyclovia Tucson Off 4th ave bike Blvd. N/S route Sunday11.01.15


5 miles of car free Your pace https://www.facebook.com/events/768352619940827/
Cactus Cycling- Dove Mountain Park Village Bakehouse – SE corner of Oracle & Magee Saturday11.01.15


30-35 miles 15-18 mph http://www.cactuscycling.org/event-2077167
El Tour Training WestSide Long week 8 74 Miles Fry’s Marketplace12100 N Thornydale Rd, Sunday11.01.15


78 miles This is NOT a no-drop ride.                           http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/226222818/
El Tour Training EastSide Long Week 8: 90 miles Morris Udall Park7290 E. Tanque Verde Sunday11.01.15


80 miles This is NOT a no-drop ride. http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/225029486/
      El Tour Training Ride WS Short Week 8 – 55 Miles Fry’s Marketplace12100 N Thornydale Rd Sunday11.01.15


55 miles Fast and Slow. Self supportd http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/224743316/
DOWNTOWN El Tour Training Ride – Wk 8- hills 50 miles Armory Park221 S. 6th Ave, Sunday11.01.15


50 This is NOT a no-drop ride. http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/226238133/
El Tour Training Ride – East Side Short 45 miles Basha’s parking lot, Camp Lowell and Swan Sunday11.01.15


45 miles This is NOT a no-drop ride. http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/226170827/
Riders for the Cure Starbucks at River and Campbell Sunday10.25.15


56 miles different levels splits up into 2-3 groups Charlotte Dobson charlotte.dobson67@gmail.com
The Bicycle Loop Ride Udall Park Monday11.02.15


58 miles 14-15 MPH http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/226413051/
Tuesday Breakfast ride to Saguaro East Viv’s Cafe8987 E Tanque Verde Rd Tuesday11.03.15


31 miles 12-14 MPH http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/226396994/
Brewed Coffee to Saguaro East Monument Brewed Coffee4690 N Sabino Canyon Rd Tuesday11.03.15


35-40 miles 18plus http://www.cactuscycling.org/event-2075683
Pistol Hill – Kino Stadium Udall Park7290 E. Tanque Verde Wednesday10.28.15


55 miles 15-16 http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/226412999/
Oro Valley Loop Ride Park7290 E. Tanque Verde Friday11.06.15


55 MILES 14-15mph http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/226413517/
El Grupo Fall Fondo- November 1stREGISTER NOW



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

What Location DateTime Time  Distance Speed Contact- More Info
October Fantasy Island Costume Group Ride Fantasy Island Saturday, 10.31.156:00 PM celebrate this wonderful Pagan holiday in style on bikes and in costume. We will be doing a fun ride around Fantasy Island on Halloween night. This will be group ride pace. https://www.facebook.com/events/991996570819472/
SAMBABrown Mt Ride Gates Pass pullout G5 – 2nd on right, after pass.6800 W. Gates Pass Road, Saturday, 10.31.158:00 AM parking lot to rattle snake trail to cougar trail to lower brown trail and up on brown mt trail back to the cars.this is a 12ish mile ride with some hard climbs and technical desents.will take 2-3 hrs. http://www.meetup.com/Southern-Arizona-Mountain-Bike-Association/events/226359675/
Honeybee/Ridgeline/­Burro NE Corner of Rancho Vistoso Blvd and Sun City Blvd Sunday11.01.15


26 miles (short option) or 31 miles (long option) of trail and some steep jeep road with lots of elevation gain (~2,500ft+). The long loop takes about 4 hours to complete without stops. Plan on 4-5 hours on the bike if doing the long option. Bring plenty of water as none is available. http://www.meetup.com/Southern-Arizona-Mountain-Bike-Association/events/226397950/
Monday Night @ Gabe Zimmerman Gabe Zimmerman TrailheadMarsh Station Rd Monday, 11.02.156:30PM Monday night ride @ Gabe Zimmerman Plan on 2 hours. http://www.meetup.com/Southern-Arizona-Mountain-Bike-Association/events/225844682/
Wednesday Night Ride at 50 year trail 50 Year Golder Ranch TH4798 E Golder Ranch Drive, Wednes, 11.04.15 6:15pm we are adding this fun trail to the Wednesday night rides; let’s meet at Golder Ranch TH at 6:00 PM, start riding at 6:15 PM, original plan will be to do The Chutes and back http://www.meetup.com/Southern-Arizona-Mountain-Bike-Association/events/226023205/



What Location Date Contact

Get out the VOTE.  It’s a dog fight and if you want to see all the projects that benefit the cycling community, come out and help make the final push .

IBEW Hall, 750 S. Tucson Blvd

Saturday 10.31.2015   9AM


Cyclovia Tucson

Midtown Route

Sunday 11.01.2015 10am – 3pm


Cyclovia Tucson After Party.  Just because the streets have reopened to cars doesn’t mean the fun is over! Join Living Streets Alliance for an official after party bash under the O’Malley’s tent at O’malleys On Fourth from 3pm on. We’ll have live music with Michael P., games, giveaways, plenty of bike parking and food trucks.

O’malleys On Fourth247 N 4th Ave

Sunday 11.01.2015



El Grupo Fall Fondo

Tucson’s best Fondo.  A great time in the saddle supporting youth cycling. Sunday11.01.2015


PIMA COUNTY BOND ELECTION.  If the bond passes it will have a huge impact on the cycling community.  The projects that will benefit the cyclist include the Velodrome, 2 BMX parks, The Loop (and other non-mechanized trails), repaving roads, open space for MTB trails, and new trailheads.  The cost for the average home owner will be less than $18.00 a year.  Have questions.  Please call me, Damion, at 520-977-5664.  I’ve spent hundreds of hours working on this and have facts.  If you have a concern, I’m here to answer them or direct you to the sources that are available to help you make an informed decision.

SDMB Pint Night at Borderlands

Borderlands Brewing

119 E Toole Ave




Trisport Customer Appreciation Night

TriSports Tucson

4495 S Coach Dr

Thursday 11.05.15


TORCA Mountain Bike Pachanga featuring the 3rd Annual Poker Ride

Gordon Hirabayashi Campground




Silverbell Century

Two Weeks Before El Tour!

Options for 97, 66, and 30 miles Registration and Start 7 – 9 AM




Bicycle Advocacy Committee Public meeting

Himmel Park Library         1035 N Treat Ave, Wednesday11.11.15 Open to all.  Call to the audience if you have something to say.

The Sandbox Showdown

Perhaps the greatest collections of misfits, deviants, dissenters, oddballs, outsiders, and eccentric riders all in one sandy place, riding Fatbikes in a wash to be named. Saturday11.14.15 https://www.facebook.com/SandBox-ShowDown-291037674406274/timeline/

2015 Step Out: Tucson, AZ

Walk to stop Diabetes

Rillito Downs | Event Details Sunday, November 15th 9:00 AM Sunday11.15.15 http://stepout.diabetes.org/site/TR/StepOut/StepOutContent?fr_id=10680&pg=entry

GABA Fall Bike Swap

Parts, Bikes, accessories, friends, the swap meet has it all.  It also has a new day.  Same as The Urban Assault.  My recommendation, sign up for the UAR as it will have a stop near the Bike Swap.  Stop, shop, enjoy, let the other guy win the UA, they beer will still be there when you finish at the bike swap.

Sunday11.15.15 https://www.facebook.com/search/str/GABA/keywords_top

Urban Assault Ride

Beer, Bikes and Big Wheels.  It’s hard to have as much fun on a bike as this ride.  It’s been away for a few years and it’s time for the Old Pueblo to welcome them back.

Sunday11.15.15 http://urbanassaultride.com/

El Tour De Tucson

Ride 104, 75,55 40 Mile Events or 11 mile, 5 mile and ¼ mile Fun Rides.

Want a free registration, a cycling jersey, training rides?  Sign up for Tu Nidito’s Ride for a child (https://www.tunidito.org/sponsored-event/ride-for-a-child/



Bicycle Advocacy Committee Public meeting Himmel Park Library   1035 N Treat Ave, Wednesday12.9.15 6:00pm Open meeting to the public all about bikes.
RIDE ON THE CAPITAL. January 19th 2016.For years we have been attempting to pass legislation in Arizona for the safety of all cyclist. The time has come for all riders to unite and pay our elected officials a visit. The vision is for all bikes: Road, Mountain Bikes, Commuters, recumbent, Trikes, Unicycles and anything else you can pedal or ride to attend.


Bike shops and cycle supportive businesses from around the state will participate and have prizes for those who ride the farthest to get to the capital, those who bring the largest groups, and just random prizes for participating.




Name Description Date Location Contact Info
7th Annual 100: A Ride for Jim Stenholm The 100 celebrates Jim Stenholm and the everyday heroes that do it all The 100 gives back to the children and families of fallen first responders through the 100 Club of Arizona. 10.24.157:00AM Desert Horizon Park16002 N 56th St, Scottsdale, Arizona 85254 https://www.facebook.com/events/1519370165021041/
Flat Tire Cross – at the Cranky Cross Cyclocross.  Need I say more? Saturday10.24.15     Globe, AZ http://azcross.com/
Nica Race 4 High School MTB league racing in Havasu Sunday 10.25.15 8am-3pm SARA Park Rodeo Grounds /Lake Havasu City SARA Park Rodeo Grounds // Lake Havasu City
Vanderkitten Woman’s Day Ride by Performance Bike 25,38, an 50 miles. This ride is open to both men and women of all abilities 10.25.156:30AM 8402 West Thunderbird Lane Peoria, AZ Chris SamsChrisSams@performanceinc.com


Cycle Crit Showdown See below Sunday10.25.15 TUCSON http://www.usacycling.org/events/getflyer.php?permit=2015-3339
    Northern AZ CX p/b Absolute Bikes See above. Saturday10.31.15 Flagstaff http://azcross.com/
Kentucky Camp (Arizona Endurance Series) 29 and 46 mile options 11.07.159:00Am AZ Trail. https://rockyroad5050.wordpress.com/kc/ 
Nica race #5 High School MTB racing Sunday11.8.15


White Tank Mountain Regional Park https://www.facebook.com/events/831598270227841/
Cave Creek Cactus Classic 23 miles of beautiful mountain and Sonoran desert trails. Sunday11.14.15


6033 E Cave Creek Rd Cave Creek, AZ http://www.dfmba.org/
Triple C Cyclocross November 14/15 Tucson http://azcross.com/
El Tour De Tucson Ride 104, 75,55 40 Mile Events or 11 mile, 5 mile and ¼ mile Fun Rides.Want a free registration, a cycling jersey, training rides?  Sign up for Tu Nidito’s Ride for a child (https://www.tunidito.org/sponsored-event/ride-for-a-child/ Sunday11.21.15


Tucson http://www.perimeterbicycling.com/el-tour-de-tucson/
Picketpost Punisher 36,55,76 miles.  This is serious off road mayhem Saturday11.21.15 PicketPost https://rockyroad5050.wordpress.com/8-picketpost-punisher/
Horse Lovers p/b Bicycles of Phoenix- Cranky Cross It has beer handoffs.  It has mud and jumping on and off bikes over obstacles Saturday11.28.15 Phoenix http://azcross.com/
AZ endurance series 31 miles ride around the McDowell range. 61 miles will utilize the new Gooseneck trail to add in the Brown’s Ranch area. Saturday12.05.15 7:30am Scottsdale, Arizona. https://rockyroad5050.wordpress.com/mc6/
Race around the Farm – Cranky Cross You guessed.  It’s not a road race.  It’s not a mtn bike race.  It’s nobby tires with drop bars.  Hopefully it will be muddy. Sat/Sunday12. 5-6.15 Gilbert http://azcross.com/
Dawn to Dusk From sun-up until the big light in the sky goes out.15.5 mile laps. 12.12.157:23AM McDowell Mountain Regional Park, Pemberton Trail http://www.dcbadventures.com/
AZ CROSS Series Finals /TREK CX State Championships C                    OSSSSSSSSSSY                R

C           C

L   O


December 19 Gilbert http://azcross.com 


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;-)


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.




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


*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


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


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.


Cyclovia Tucson and Gaba Bike Swap

This past weekend Tucson had an incredible day for pedaling. It started with the GABA Bike Swap and continued with Cyclovia Tucson, Cyclocross and adult beverages at Tap and Bottle and in the parking lot of Ordinary Bike Shop.

I posted on my facebook page over 800 images of the day in 14 Albums. The links are below or look at The Damion Alexander Team on facebook.

These photos are a major time commitment and it is my pleasure to take the photos and share them with you. All I ask in return for the photos 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: these photo albums.

Cyclovia Tucson Fall 2014 Album 1


Cyclovia Tucson Fall 2014 Album 2


Cyclovia Tucson Fall 2014 Album 3


Cyclovia Tucson Fall 2014 Album 4


Cyclovia Tucson Fall 2014 Album 5


Cyclovia Tucson Fall 2014 Album 6


Cyclovia Tucson Fall 2014 Album 7


Cyclovia Tucson Fall 2014 Album 8


Cyclovia Tucson Fall 2014 Album 9


Cyclovia Tucson Fall 2014 Album 10 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10154817214695154.1073742174.228735085153&type=1

Fall Bike Swap 2014 Album 1


Fall Bike Swap 2014 Album 2


Fall Bike Swap 2014 Album 3


Fall Bike Swap 2014 Album 4


Meeting At UAMC Hospital room with Deputy Art Gutierrez

Lorena Evan, Brendan Lyons, Rep. Ethan Orr and Senator Steve Farley meeting with Deputy Gutierrez to discuss bike safety laws.
Lorena Evans, Brendan Lyons, Rep. Ethan Orr and Senator Steve Farley meeting with Deputy Gutierrez to discuss bike safety laws.

50 weeks ago I went to UAMC- Diamonds Children center to see Brendan Lyons after he was in a collision on his bike while riding his bike on East Sunrise.   A few days later I orchestrated the media and a meeting in Brendan’s hospital room  with Senator Steve Farley and Representative Ethan Orr to discuss laws for cyclist safety.  As a result, we introduced 4 bills in the state legislature last year.  Unfortunately, not even one made it out of committee. Brendan and I have spent hundreds of hours in the past year trying to find ways to make cycling safer. Yesterday, El Tour de Tucson announced that Brendan and his girlfriend, Lorena Evans, who was also in the collision, are the honoree for the 2014 El Tour De Tucson.  Wednesday night, at 9:30 Brendan called me and told me that he had met with Office Art Gutierrez, who was struck from behind this week and at UAMC.  After burning the midnight oil, Thursday morning, life came full circle and I found myself at UAMC with the media, Rep Orr, Senator Farley, Brendan and Lorena.  This time in the hospital room we also had Pima County Sherriff Deputy Art Gutierrez,  his daughter, Cynthia,  girlfriend, Delia, as well as some of the Sherriff Department brass.

Brendan asked the Deputy if he would like his story shared.  Like so many people who serve our country, Art was willing to put his personal suffering aside if it might help save someone else.

His daughter Cynthia and son Alex are also cyclist.  They recently rode in El Tour De Mesa as a family and finished in about 3 and a half hours.  Cynthia was the first member of the family to get into cycling  7 years ago.  Art got on the bike because of her 5 years ago.  She recalled with a smile that in the first El Tour she rode with her Dad that it took them 8 hours.  In 2013 they had shaved over an hour and a half off that time.  Alex got on the bike last year and this year they were expecting to be even faster.  Delia also caught the bike fever and recently bought a bicycle.

The details of the accident are only too familiar.  A driver came up behind the Deputy and struck his Bike from Behind.  Statistically, this type of collision is the most common to result in a death.  All things considered, it looks as if Deputy Gutierrez  got off with only “minor” injuries ( If spending  days in the hospital and not knowing when you will be released are minor) He has no recollection of the actual collision and woke up in the hospital.

The following is from the interviews Deputy Gutierrez:

Deputy Gutierrez, much like Brendan after his accident talked a lot about how safety is every ones responsibility.  Both  the cyclist and the motorist.

He said it was “surprising” waking up at UAMC, he had no clue what had happened.

He is “hurting, sore, his body hurts, feeling down,  but feels fortunate that he is here.  Fortunate to be alive.  To know he will recover.  Thankful for his family and his co-workers. “

He has no broken bones, but possibly had a small stroke that has led to a lack of feeling on the right side of his body.  He has road rash all over his body.

When asked if he was going to get back on his bike he replied “as soon as I can,  It is something I really enjoy, I want to go back”.

Asked about the accident and who was at fault and how the Sherriff Department would investigate he said that the Dept.  will do a full investigation but that he has no recollection of what happened. A full investigation will be conducted to determine who was at fault.  He stated again that sometimes it is the cyclist, but that the investigation will determine the fault.

The driver did stick around after the collision.

The collision was on Tanque Verde between Houghton and Tanque Verde Loop.  He was on his way to ride up Mt. Lemmon to mile 4 or 5.  He had only gone about 3 miles on his ride.

When asked about stricter laws for motorist he said “there is a lot of impatience with todays drivers and not just with cyclist but with pedestrians … and with social media, people distracted constantly talking on the phone, texting, doing whatever they do… I see it every day as a patrol officer, I see it every day, but I also see the bikes making the same mistakes being dangerous and the pedestrians J walking and can’t wait,… we need to be more patient.  What the drivers need to understand is they are in a 4000 pound piece of moving machinery, if you hit a person they lose.”

He would like to see something done for the texting and the cell phone use for drivers.  Personally he finds it annoying and sees it all the time.  “Driving is a privilege, not a right.”

One thing that was very clear during the interview was how level headed and patient he is.  He understands that the solution is patients and understanding with efforts from everyone who uses the roads.  Perhaps if everyone can have a mindset like that, we could truly create an environment that is safer for everyone.  I’m so thankful that Deputy Art Gutierrez will make a full recovery and hope his spirit and ideas will spread throughout the Pima County Sherriff Dept.

Making Lemonade out of Lemons

This is a more of a mini novel than a blog.  It contains the interview with Brendan Lyons and Lorena Evans about a collision with a car on October 4, 2013 . Also, interviews with Senator Farley and Representative Orr about what bike laws we might be able to create in the next legislative session..  My break down on why this all came together.  Having been there for the entire time and seeing the final news reports, it is incredible how 45 minutes is condensed into a 2 minute segment.  I tried to omit nothing to give a more in depth perspective (perhaps too much).

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My good friend Brendan Lyons was hit by a car while riding his bike last week with his girlfriend Lorena Evans.  Lorena got off easy with a broken wrist (at least that’s all that I know she hurt).  Brendan on the other hand ended up In the Hospital and is still there.

Brendan is a fire fighter with rural metro and the founder of Look!Save a life/ Arizona  This is what Brendon says s the purpose of Look!  “Look! Save a Life / Arizona is a campaign to promote cycling safety and awareness. Many cyclists are unaware of, or choose not to ride according to the laws which govern the use of public roads. Most drivers only expect to see other cars on the road, or even deny the right of cyclists to be on the road at all. (Or worse yet, feel cyclists should not be on the roads at all.) That creates a disconnection between what drivers expect and what cyclists do on the road. These problems culminate in at best, apathy towards cyclists, and at worst, deliberate, hostile, unsafe, and possibly fatal confrontations between drivers and cyclists. My hope is to “Realize that we can not change personalities, but to help in better changing the “attitudes” drivers and cyclists have for one another.”


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I went to visit Brendan at UAMC Diamond’s Children in his hospital room.  For some time I have helped him manage the facebook page for Look! Save a Life. I have known many cyclist who have spent time in ER and the hospital, but this is the first time I went down to see if I could help (I’ve never been a huge fan of hospitals, I was told as a kid the best way to stay healthy was to avoid hospitals and I have been living that lifestyle).

Even with the pain meds, I could see the grimace on his face every few sentences, but his mind was clear and we had a very long conversation.   We talked about what he remembered from the crash, nothing.   My favorite topic after a bike crash.  How was his bike?  Shattered in 13 plus pieces.  Where it happened?  Sunrise heading East before Kolb.  One point was very clear.  He wanted to find a way to make this into a positive experience.  The question he wanted to know was how could he help save even one life  or prevent one collision as a result of his current situation.  The conversation went to how Look! Save a Life could get recognition and use his misfortune for the benefit of the community.  We went over the downside to being public, but he was set on doing anything that could to save someone from the anguish he was going through.

Together we discussed what he wanted to see.  Laws that really protect cyclist!  A state wide no texting while driving law!  A hands free law!!!!!  Expanding the 3 foot to a 5 foot wide passing law and more teeth and penalties for cars who hit a cyclist.

After we had the idea the rest fell on me.   Fortunately, I have great political connections on both sides of the isle in the state legislator and know the Representatives and Senators who believe in protecting the safety of cyclist. ( If anyone has 1ooK and want’s to support me for a year I’ll become a full time bike lobbyist for the state of Arizona) Both Senator Steve Farley and Representative Ethan Orr were willing to shuffle their schedules to meet with Brendan to talk about the laws we discussed.

With the assistance of Katie Riley from UAMC and Grant Cesarck from Rural metro we were able to coordinate the logistics of bringing news crews in the hospital and to get a press release out.  THANK YOU Katie and Grant!

Everything went very well and KVOA and KGUN both sent crews out.  KOLD was not able to make it, but we might do another interview in a few days.  AZ Daily Star sent a reporter as well.  Senator Farley, Representative Orr, Karen Mlawsky, CEO of UAMC, Andy Theodorou, MD, Chief Medical Officer of UAMC all attended the meeting.

Senator Farley, Representative Orr, Lorena Evans, Brendan Lyons,  Karen Mlawsky, Andy Theodorou, MD.

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Senator Farley, Representative Orr, Lorena Evans, Brendan Lyons, Karen Mlawsky, Andy Theodorou, MD.