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Community Bike Ride List December 06-13, 2014

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 make cold call or door knock. 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.



What Where When Distance/Time Speed Contact
U of A Cycling Monday Mosey Flagpole – West Side of Old Main Monday7:30AM 1-1.5 hours Max 20 miles www.UofAcylcling.com
Starr Pass Intervals Congress atthe Loop Tuesday 6:15AM About an Hour Tommy Dean K7TPD@live.com 
Hills, Hills Hills Bashas Kolb/Sunrise Tuesday5:30AM 20 milesAbout an hour 12-14HILLS Damion Alexander977-5664
Tuesday “Shootout” University/Euclid Tuesday7:30AM 2.5 hours40 miles Fast www.Fairwheelbike.com
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 FacebookTuesday Night Bike Ride
UA Cycling Wed.Worlds Flagpole – West Side of Old Main Wed7:30AM 40-60 miles www.UofACycling.com
Mt. Lemmon University/Euclid Wed7:30AM 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
Cyclo-cross Ft. Lowell Park 5:00PM A few hours As fast as we can go https://www.facebook.com/groups/671108262985165/?fref=ts
Heavy Pedal Flagpole – West Side of Old Main 7:00PM Different route each week
Bike Polo UofA Mall 8:00PM https://www.facebook.com/tucson.bikepolo?fref=ts
Tim Carolan Ride StarbucksRiver/Campbell Thurs8:00AM 46 miles 18-21 mph
Up OracleThursday Shootout University and Euclid Thurs7:30AM Fast www.Fairwheelbike.com
Hills, hills, hills Bashas Kolb/Sunrise Thurs5:30AM 20 miles 12-14(but Hills) Damion Alexander977-5664
U of A Cycling Thursday Thrill Flagpole – West Side of Old Main Thurs6:30AM 1-1.5 hours Max 20 miles Easy Ride www.UofACycling.com
The JKG Flagship ride Le Buzz Thurs5:30AM Le Buzz to Molina Basin Hammerfest JKG Strava on Facebook
U OF A Cycling Friday Freewheelin Flagpole – West Side of Old Main Friday7:30AM 2 hours30-40 miles Team Time Trial Practice www.UofACycling.com
Bicycle Ranch Tucson Group Bicycle Ranch at Oracle and Ina  Saturday 8:00AM 48 (shorter option of 35 as well) miles 18-21 and15-18


Free Breakfast after ride
Oro Valley Bikes Ride Oro Valley Bikes4749 E Sunrise Sat8:00AM 50 miles 17-18 MPH (520) 577-5511 

John McCarrell


TheOld   Man Shootout University andEuclid Saturday 7:15AM 60 Mile (can be extended to 100) Fast20 MPH+ www.fairwheelbikes.com
The Big Boy Shootout University andEuclid Saturday 7:30 AM 60 Miles(can be extended to 100) Faster www.fairwheelbikes.com
Performance Broadway Shop Ride 7204 e Broadway Saturday 7:00AM 17 miles beginner 10-14No drop pbs054@performanceinc.com 
Broadway Bicycles Shop Ride Various RoutesCall Scott Saturday 8:00AM Scott 296-7819
Miles Ahead Shop Ride Miles Ahead Tanque Verde Sabino Canyon 8:00 AM 50 plus/minus miles Fast Geoff 751-0555
Ben’s Bike Bide At Ben’s bike7431 Houghton 8:00AM 6-10 miles Easy www.bensbikestucson.com520-574-2453
Sabino Cycle Shop Ride Varies- email Steve to be on the list Saturday Morning No Drop steve@sabinocycles.com
Tucson Endurance Performance Center Ride Mountain Bike Ride Contact shop for details. Different route weekly. Saturday Morning www.graskyendurance.com/weekly-workouts.html 
Tucson Endurance Performance Center Ride 6448 N Oracle  Sunday6:30AM www.graskyendurance.com/weekly-workouts.html


THIS WEEKS ROAD RIDES (Category below just for Mountain Bike Rides)

What Location Date/Time Distance Speed Contact- More Info
Sabino Cycles Ride Sabino Cycles Tanque Verde and Sabino Saturday, Dec 67:30 AM No drop shop ride steve@sabinocycles.com
Twin Peaks, Ritz-Carlton, La Canada Loop Rillito River Bike Path, about ½ mile West of La Canada. Saturday, December 6, 20148:30 AM 46 miles 12-16 miles per hour http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/219019243/
ZONA Cycling FIRST OF THE MONTH MT LEMMON RIDE Le Buzz Tanque Verde & Catalina Hwy 12/06/2014 8:30AM As far as you want to go. Maybe Windy Point? Maybe further? https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zona-Cycling/186457201423794?fref=ts
Toy Ride For Ochoa Elementary School Children in South Tucson Morris K. Udall Park 

7290 E. Tanque Verde,

Saturday, December 6, 2014 

9:00 AM

11.5 one way Conversational pace http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/218885711/
Toy Ride For Ochoa Elementary School Children in South Tucson Exam One 1860 E River Rd 110, Campbell Street bridge North side of the loop Saturday, December 6, 20149:30 AM to 12:00 PM 7.9 one way Conversational pace http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/218882715/
Family Toy Ride For The Children Of Ochoa Elementary In South Tucson Armory Park221 S. 6th Ave,

Saturday, Dec 6


1.75 miles one way Conversational pace http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/218886309/
GABA Gates Pass, Avra Valley loop Rillito River Bike Path, about ½ mile West of La Canada. Sunday, December 7, 20148:30 AM 48 miles 12-16 http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/219019332/591-6894.
Cactus Cycling North West Sunday Circle Cycle Panera Oro Valley 10604 N. Oracle Sun, December 07, 2014 9:00 AM 39 15-17 http://www.cactuscycling.org/event-1807996
GABA Bicycle Loop Ride Morris K. Udall Park7290 E. Tanque Verde, Monday, December 8, 20148:00 AM 60 14-16 http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/219078348/
Cactus Cycling Ken’s Monday Ride Beyond Bread – corner of Oracle & Ina Mon Dec 08 9:00am 25-35 13-16 http://www.cactuscycling.org/event-1804610
GABA Tuesday ride. NE loop Morris K. Udall Park 7290 E. Tanque Verde, Tuesday, December 9, 20149:00 AM 27 miles 12-14 http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/219061588/
Hohokam Park Village Bakehouse, SE corner of Oracle and McGee WedDec 10 10:00Am 26-35 13-16 http://www.cactuscycling.org/event-1809673
Winterhaven Ride North entrance of Winterhaven at 5:30 p.m. Sat, Dec 135:00 PM Decorate your bike for A spin through Winterhaven http://www.cactuscycling.org/event-1807035

THIS WEEKS MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDES ((Category above just for Road Rides)

What Location DateTime Time Distance Speed Contact- More Info
Arizona Trail Vail Half-Marathon & 10K December 6, 2014 BE AWARE, RIDE ELSEWHERE I put this on the list because it is on the AZ trail heading North and finishing at Gabe Zimmerman Trailhead. If you are thinking of riding South on the AZ Trail from Gavbe Z., you might want to reconsider. The run starts at 9AM. Course closes at 1:30PM
AZ Trail – Oracle Trader Joe’s SE corner of Oracle/Mage Saturday, December 6, 2014 

7:45 AM

Intermediate level ride, 16-20 miles round trip Lots of short climbs, not technical ride. Leg protection helpful http://www.meetup.com/Southern-Arizona-Mountain-Bike-Association/events/218794631/
SAMBAs.s endurance ride Hope Camp Trailhead 

Camino Loma Alta

Sunday, December 7, 2014 

8:00 AM

endurance pace will be ur own pace not group pace.no regrouping u are on u own http://www.meetup.com/Southern-Arizona-Mountain-Bike-Association/events/219076992/
Bicycle Ranch Tortolita Ride parking lot at 1171 E Rancho Vistoso Blvd Sunday Dec 7FIP 800am 16-17 milesAbout 2 hours https://www.facebook.com/events/1523096371265038/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcomingSteve   331-2680
Mtb Addicts: The ridge line trail Rancho vistoso blvd. sun city blvd Sunday Dec 7 8:00AM 27.3 miles 2650 Vert this ride is not for beginners https://www.facebook.com/events/823540264355766/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
Starr Pass Richard E. Genser Starr Pass Trailhead Sunday Dec 7 9am  https://www.facebook.com/events/755644694489509/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcomingDave – slaglesphone@live.com
24-HOP Race Pre-Ride Meet at the Arch at Willow Springs Sunday Dec 73PM 16 mile laps, how many do you want or need? https://www.facebook.com/events/709362742511982/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
SAMBA Monday Night @ AZ Trail Gabe Zimmerman Gabe Zimmerman Trailhead Monday, December 8, 2014 

6:30 PM

Plan on 2- 2 1/2 hours Light needed! http://www.meetup.com/Southern-Arizona-Mountain-Bike-Association/events/218829983/
Wednesday Night Ride at Robles Pass Robles Trailhead W. Irvington Rd and Cactus Wren Dr Wed Dec 106:15 PM http://www.meetup.com/Southern-Arizona-Mountain-Bike-Association/events/218964341/



What Location Date Contact
19th BICAS Art Auction – December 2014 The Drawing Studio, Inc.

33 S 6th Ave, Tucson, Arizona 85701

SaturdayDecember 6

11-5 early bid

6-9 sil. auction

art@bicas.org 628-7950
Bike Advisory Committee Monthly Meeting Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Avenue Second WedDec 10th
GABA Boys and Girls Club Bike Repair Boys & Girls Club of Tucson5010 W Calle Torim Friday, December 12, 2014 1:00 PM http://www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events/219061436/



Name Description Date Location Contact Info
Race Around the Farm Sat Dec 6 1663 E Baseline RDGilbert, AZ Matt DeMiccomdemicco@cox.net
Dawn to Dusk an endurance mountain bike event 16 mile loop. Space is limited to 125 SOLO riders, 100 TWO-Person, 50 FOUR-Person and 10 CORPORATE entries Sat Dec 6 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.Fountain Hills, AZ

Pemberton Trail

SMA Underground Crit Compete like a roadie and party like a MTBér all wrapped in one. Dec 10, 7:30PM Himmel Park 898 N. Tucson Blvd https://www.facebook.com/events/1504066616545890/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
Triple C CX Sat/SunDec 13-14 4600 N Silverbell RdTucson, AZ University of ArizonaJoseph Iuliano


AZ Cross Series Finals It’s mud, it’s dirt, it’s grass, it’s pavement, it’s on the bike off the bike SaturdayDec 20 2155 E. Knox Rd. Crossroads Park Gilbert, AZ canisbleu@gmail.comJeff frost
TREK Arizona State CX Championship It’s more dirt, mud, grass, barriers . It’s all the fun of MTB with the racing like the road. SundayDec 21
24 Hours in the Old Pueblo Burning man meets MTB race. Is this a race or a party? I say BOTH! Feb 13-152015 Willow Springs- An hour North of Tucson http://www.epicrides.com/index.php?contentCat=5
Tour De Cure- The Damion Alexander Team has a team for this event and is a major sponsor.   E-mail me for a free registration code! 50 and 100K rides 

This is the motivation you are looking for to keep riding after El Tour De Tucson!

March 1, 2015 Tucson Harley Davidson7355 Interstate 10 Frontage Rd http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR?fr_id=10185&pg=entry&utm_source=Offline&utm_medium=Print&utm_content=tucsontour&utm_campaign=TDC&s_src=vanity&s_subsrc=tucsontour 

BBiondo@diabetes.org | (520) 795-3711 x7112

Tucson Bicycle Classic 3 day Stage Race March 13-152015 McCain Loop TTSauharita Road

Pima CC West Crit

Whiskey Off Road 7 races. One fun weekend. Pro Crits, kids race, 25, 50, and pro 50 races. 40K Purse. April 24 – April 26, 2015. Prescott http://www.epicrides.com/index.php?contentCat=6


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.

Is this the guy who dropped all the tacks on the road?


This is a screen shot from Facebook
This is a screen shot from Facebook

This previous facebook status was posted by Nicholas Paul Meola.  I do not know this man, but a friend saw it and shared it with me.  It is nice to see the community is paying attention.

I keep asking myself “is there a way to communicate with someone like this?”   I read through most of his posts and looked at his photos trying to see if I could find some common ground with him.  I really like to think I can find common ground with anyone if I look long and hard enough.  Apart from his apparently being of human nature with an offspring, I’m coming up empty.   

How do we communicate with someone that is so aggressive in nature?  Is it even worth the effort? 

The following are some of the comments on the various facebook pages that got the most “likes”.  .

I think this post is actually dangerously close, or outright crossing the line of criminal intimidation, bro. Has this kind of sabotage actually occurred in Tucson in the past? Does this coward’s post literally cause concern or fear that he will follow through? If it scares or intimidates local cyclists, it is quite possibly illegal. If you have a local bike advocacy group, I think they should investigate filing charges. It might actually violate some kind of hate speech law as well.”

“What’s worse – I checked out his page just to see if he was legit… finding not only, but I actually share 3 friends with this jerk. I may be 5 degrees from Kevin Bacon, but only 2 from excrement.

“One thing is certain – if there are tacks on the road at the TdT, this post needs to be brought to the police and this dick should need a strong alibi. Definitely take some screen shots to file this away. If he is involved anywhere with violence against a cyclist, his hate posts can and should be used as proof of premeditation.”

“What an asshat. His pics show his license plate. If you see a pickup with 571 XBG around Tucson maybe let the air out of his tires.”

”That guy should be sterilized.

“Buy thumb tacks and spread them thru out his drive way to front door and all over his yard.”

“these fucking, blow hard, ignorant, hateful, violent pieces of shit. total fucking douche nozzle, this sack of crap is. this type if garbage is the same twat nozzle that will blare a horn at 45 mph but won t even look at you at the red light because they know that the quads of justice can kick a fool until he can t see. pussy.

“He also must not like his own community. Because I’m sure the Tour brings revenue into the city, otherwise they wouldn’t run the race. Also what douchebagery of astronomical proporty”.

“May he be beat ceremoniously with frame pumps

“Report his status as potentially violent behavior OR possible vandalism” 

Another At”tack” near Catalina Highway

This following is from a letter I was CCéd on about another incident of tacks on the road near Catalina Highway.  This time on Snyder.  Just a reminder, we have created a fund that has $2,869 dollars for info that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) putting tacks on the road.  If you want to donate to the fund, contact me, Damion Alexander, at damion@damionalexander.com or call 520-977-5664.  If you have info on the tacks call the Pima County Sherriff dept.

Tack bike #2 August 25th 8am
Another tack in the road on August 25,2013

My wife and I  both flatted from silver colored tacks while riding our road bikes @ 8am today on Snyder Rd. We estimate that we ran over the tacks 1000 yrds west of Catalina hwy. There is no shoulder on this road, we were riding approximately a foot from the edge of the road when we both heard the tires clicking and then went flat. We did not see anyone near the road or a parked car etc, or someone capable of throwing them. Cyclists ride this road everyday, we would assume the tacks were placed on the road recently.

We have also had flats from gold colored tacks thrown on the bike shoulder on Catalina hwy northbound near Snyder earlier this spring. This is the first tack incident that we know of in this area since the tacks issue appeared on the tv news a few months ago and a reward  offered. The silver colored tacks are virtually impossible to see on the road while riding.