Sun City Bike Riders
When we post something new we will put the date of the posting here so you will know to scroll down to find and see it.
April 1, Snowbird going away party. Details later.
March 30. Rid will start at Rose Moffard park; see below.
March 23 , New Jersey Photo day. Wear your new Sun City Jersey for a group photo.
March Thursday rides - time change 8:30 am
February 7: Tucson Loop rides coming up March 4 and 5: See details below in Upcoming Special events PICTURES ADDED BELOW
January 23: Information on Thrusday Jan 26 ride and February 2 ride. See below
January 3-information about ordering the Sun City Cycling Jersey. See below
January 5 and 12, fitting for new jersey at 8 am before start of regular Thursday ride.
December 22: New Years Day Ride in Special Events posted
November 30- December rides posted with start time of 9:00 am
November 25- Sun City Cycling #OPTOutside Century
December 17-Special Event--Fifth Annual Tour de Sun City Christmas Lights.
November 11 -13 Special Event--Tucson Swap Meet Rides in November posted below.
Safety tips August 31, 2016 - Lane positioning and group riding
New photo: Aug 20, 2016 - Uptown Farmer's Market Ride
Aug 25, 2016 - Bike Club at the Sun City Visitor's Center
UP COMING SPECIAL EVENTS
Information on March 30, 2017 ride.
A different start location
Start: Rose Mofford Sports Complex
9833 N 25th Ave,
Phoenix, AZ 85021
Time: 8:30 am
Route: Mid 40’s mileage. Ridewithgps route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19701228
The route will take us thru some lovely Scottsdale and Paradise Valley areas before a
stop at AJ Market (at 34 miles) and a return to start via the Biltmore Estates. A couple
of hills but most can be by-passed if desired.
Questions: contact me at email@example.com
Directions to Rose Mofford Sports Complex:
Two options: 1. Go east on Peoria Ave, go under I-17 and at top of hill turn
right on 25th Ave. Complex is 0.5 mile on your left.
2. Go east on Olive Ave (turns into Dunlap), go under I-17 and
turn left on 25th Ave. Complex is 0.2 mile on your right.
Hope to see you all there.
Sun City Cycling Club Chapter Weekly Rides
Weekday rides every Thursday. We ride 35 - 50 miles at 14-15 mph. Meet us at the Sundial Recreation Center in Sun City.
If you would like more information please contact Chuck Booth--623-846-8579 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
or Warren Smock--317-417-3961 or email@example.com
or you can find us on Facebook. Search for group Sun City Cycling Club
| Upcoming rides
|| All rides start at Sundial Recreation Center
Ride routes might change at the start depending on weather and that days group of riders.
| March 9
||West Jomax to Asante Park. (Note stopping at Bo's for snack.
| March 30
|| Ride start at Rose Moffard. Details later.
Sun City Cycling Club Chapter Ride Routes
The following are some normal rides that the group does on their Thursday rides. All routes may be modified during the ride depending on the weather and desires of the group. Most have at least one stop for restrooms and coffee/snacks.
Things you should know:
1. The letter designations have absolutely no significance; they are just a way to easily identify on Facebook or email which ride we might be doing on any given Thursday. Example ride A is no more or less important than ride E.
2. The Ride with GPS link should take you to that route. If it doesn’t work you can go to Ride with GPS (http://ridewithgps.com) and do a search for SCCC rides.
3. I have adjusted the cue sheets so they should match the courses, but be aware that you should at least have an overall idea of where you are going, etc. before heading out.
4. Mileages should be good unless noted otherwise. In several places Ride with GPS doesn’t recognize some streets, trails or connectors that are used. These have been noted in the descriptions and also the cue sheets adjusted to keep you on the actual route.
5. Any positive suggestions or comments are appreciated. You can send them to me firstname.lastname@example.org
6. More rides will be added as we develop more routes and longer routes.
|Sun City Cycling Club Chapter Ride Descriptions and Links
||Ride with GPS Link.
||SCCC Karl's Bakery/Spoke and Wheel Loop
||Route to Karl's Bakery, Spoke and Wheel and various eating establishments via the AZ Canal Trail and back home by streets.
||Chuck Booth/ Warren Smock
||SCCC Kneaders Bakery Loop
||Route to Kneaders Bakery at shopping center at 99th Ave and McDowell
||The GPS map and the cue sheet do not match. Use the cue sheet.
||SCCC Mormon Temple Run
||Route going north to see the Mormon Temple and then over Thunderbird Park Hill and stop at Dunkin' Donuts. Mtn. and lake views along the route.
||SCCC The General Store
||A nice lollipop ride to a real old western general store in Waddell, AZ. Nice views of the White Tank Mtn. and horse farms on the return trip.
||SCCC Vistancia Loop
||Sundial RC to Vistancia and then to an actual sundial. Route goes north to see the longhorn steer and a little hill work before heading west to Vistancia. Safeway foods and a couple of eating places are located in Vistancia.
||An alternative is to take the Discovery Trail from the sundial back to El Mirage Road and Safeway before heading back to Sun City.
||SCCC Tour de Sun Cities - No Festival
||A nice little tour through Sun City, Sun City West and Sun City Grand, but does not go out to Sun City Festival. Be aware that GPS doesn't recognize Deer Valley Connector at approx. 17.5 so course is 4 miles shorter than the Ride With GPS link and map shows. Cue sheet is correct.
Sun City Cycling Club Chapter March 2016 Century (and optional routes) and cue sheets:
You are advised to use the maps and not the ridewithgps cue sheets as there are errors on them. If you want an excel spreadsheet with correct cue sheet, contact me at email@example.com
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12428945 100 miles.
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12428878 70 miles
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12428807 50 miles
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12428756 40 miles
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12429558 34 miles
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12490674 25 miles
Lane positioning and group riding:
Three items that we should consider in road positioning:
- At intersections: You should be positioned in lane that will take you in the direction you plan to go when departing the intersection.
- If there is a right or left turn lane and you are going straight, you should be in the lane that goes straight.
- Often there is no right turn lane, stop in the middle of the straight lane to allow cars which want to make a right turn to come up on your right.
- If you are going right stop in the right turn lane or the right portion of the straight lane in the absence of a right turn lane.
- If you are going to make a left turn, stop in the left turn lane or the left portion of the straight lane in the absence of a left turn lane.
- Riding in the lanes: You should ride in the right most part of the lane as is practical and safe. The last portion is very critical:
- If the lane is too narrow for a car to safety pass, you should take the lane (ride in the middle) to force the car to pull into the parallel lane to pass you.
- Do not ride on the edge of the road on narrow streets; that will encourage drivers to squeeze by you.
- Always move over as soon as it is safely possible to allow traffic to pass. This is the law if more than 4 vehicles are backed up behind you.
- Group riding: When riding in groups of 6 or more with traffic approaching from behind, it is wise to ride two abreast and in a nice tight formation. This prevents traffic from squeezing by you and also shortens the distance by ½ that the traffic has to travel in passing the group.
Your safety comes first but courteous behavior is always a positive in sharing the road.
Happy and safe riding.
Below is a simple diagram that will explaining proper thought process in bike lane use. Keep in mind the AZ law, statute 28-815 Riding on Roadway and Bicycle Path; Bicycle Path Usage.
Tucson Ride March 3-4
August 25, 2016 - Sun City Visitor's Center
Uptown Farmer's Market Ride
August 20, 2016
March 20, 2016
SCCCC's Inaugural Century Photos
Eight riders completed the SCCC inaugural century. Left to right.
Ron Gurth (in front), Tom Dunn (1st centruy), Bruce Lenn, Susan Shiring (1st century),
Warren Smock,Yoshi Sano, Jerry Hansen, Teri Trollope.
Our ride to Lake Pleasant!
Sun City Cycling Club Chapter First Ride, Oct 2015.
Original Sun City Bike Club in 1960!
Fourth Tour de Sun City Christmas Lights Ride was a great success. We had 20 riders, a good time was had by all!
Nov. 11-13, 2016, SCCC Tucson Loop and Swap Meet Rides
1. What: Sun City Cycling Club Tucson Swap Meet Rides.
When: November 11, 2016, Ride north Loop Trail and area, Approx 50 miles
November 12, 2016, Ride south Loop Trail and area, Approx 50 miles
(Additional details on routes to follow later)
Loop Trail web information at: http://webcms.pima.gov/government/the_loop/
November 13, 2016, Attend the GABA Swap meet. See http://www.bikegaba.org/ then click
on swap meet link on the left of the page.
Swap meet is approx. 4 miles from the Holiday Inn Express.
Where: All rides will start from the Holiday Inn Express listed below.
Time: Ride start time, November 11, 9:00 am
November 12, 9:00 am
November 13, Determined by individual riders.
Pace: Relaxed pace, 12-14 mph avg., stops for sightseeing and lunch. Figure most of the day.
Drive time and Distance: Mapquest says 136 miles from Sun City, 2 hr 8 minutes.
Lodging: Holiday Inn Express and Suites Tuscon- TUSWI
1564 West Grant Road
Cost: $94.99 + tax/per night
Group Code: Sun City Cycling Group. Mention this to get the special rate.
We have 5 rooms on hold until October 31, 2016, two queen beds, includes
breakfast. Don’t wait to call; if we get more than five rooms reserved we may or
may not be able to get more added.
Special Note: Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) when you make your reservation so I can determine if we need to get more rooms added.
What: Bruce Lennick will lead us on a tour of the Tucson Loop Trail and adjoining sites. On Sunday the GABA Fall Swap Meet will take place. We may have a short ride that day.
2. November 25, 2016 #OPTOutside Century
What: Sun City Cycling #OPTOutside century tour.
When: Friday, November 25, 2016
Time: 7:15 AM, kick stands up.
Start: True Value Hardware, intersection of 99th Ave and 103rd Ave/Greenway
(please park just north of the hardware)
Distance: 100 +- miles (There will be at least a couple of shorter distances available)
Support: This is a self supporting ride. There will be stores along the route but no SAG support.
Route: I will post route and email it at least a couple of days before the ride.
Pace: D category ride (Avg. 12 to 14 mph) My goal will be to complete the 100 miles in 8 to 8 1/2 hours total time (including stops)
Requirements: Helmet, gloves recommended, $ for lunch
Information: Contact me. email@example.com
Here are the GPS links for the #OPTOutside Century.
If you want and an excel spreadsheet with the cue sheets please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and if will send it to you. I will not have cue sheets at the ride. I do not advise using the ride with gps cue sheets.
1. Dec. 17, 2016, Fifth Annual Tour de Sun City Christmas Lights Ride
1.Fifth Annual Tour de Sun City Christmas Lights Ride
Raise your voices and shout, Hallelujah! Hallelujah! one more time, Hallelujah! You are invited to theFifth Annual Tour de Sun City Christmas Lights Ride. Join your friends and fellow cyclists for this holiday inspiring ride to put you into the spirit of the season.
What: Fifth Annual Tour de Sun City Christmas Lights Ride
When: Saturday, December 17, 2016
Time: Meet at 5:00 to 5:15 PM (Kickstands up at 5:30 PM)
Where: 10906 W Thunderbird Blvd, Sun City, AZ
(will be a lighted high wheel bicycle in the front of the house)
Plenty of parking on the street in front of my house.
Bicycle parking in my garage in the back.
Required: Helmet, front and rear lights that meet AZ traffic regulations*
Description: We will ride as a group, approximately 20 miles give or take 5% through the mostly
deserted streets of Sun City and a couple of fringe neighborhoods to see and enjoy the
Christmas lights. We will stay together as a group and ride approximately 10 to12 mph to see
the light displays; no one will be dropped. About 5 miles from the end we will enjoy
the Grand Finale light display before returning to the end for refreshments. This should take
about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
Refreshments: Coffee, hot chocolate and snacks at my house after the ride.
Questions: Submit to email@example.com or 317 417 3961
RSVP: Not required but nice for planning purposes. If you decide at the last minute you’ll be welcome.
Awards: Prizes for the best theme (Christmas or Holiday decorated bike and rider) and for the best lighted bike.
*§28-817. Bicycle equipment
A. A bicycle that is used at nighttime [ "the period between sunset and sunrise" -- §1-215 ] shall have a lamp on the front that emits a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet to the front and a red reflector on the rear of a type that is approved by the department and that is visible from all distances from fifty feet to three hundred feet to the rear when the reflector is directly in front of lawful upper beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle. A bicycle may have a lamp that emits a red light visible from a distance of five hundred feet to the rear in addition to the red reflector.
B. A person shall not operate a bicycle that is equipped with a siren or whistle.
C. A bicycle shall be equipped with a brake that enables the operator to make the braked wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement.
New Years Day Ride-
January 1, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Where: Haymaker parking lot SW corner of Happy Valley and Lake Pleasant Parkway
Ride Lead: Warren Smock, firstname.lastname@example.org
Distance: 30 miles
Category: "D" We will average between 12 and 14 mph
Course route ride with gps link: ridewithgps.com/routes/18025486
Description: Ride Lead: Warren Smock, email@example.com
Start the New Year right, on the bike and with a new route. Starting at Haymaker located on the SW corner of Happy Valley and Lake Pleasant Parkway. We will ride west on Happy Valley to West Jomax and proceed to 163rd ave before cruising through Asante and returning through Sun City West. There is no facilities for the first 20 miles so come prepared. All level riders are welcome but this will be a D paced ride.
Time to order Sun City Cycling Jersey
Attached is a prepaid order form for the Original Sun City Cycling Jersey. Please take a few minutes to print and fill it out.
A fit kit is available and there will be several options for trying on a jersey to determine your size.
We have a minimum order quantity of 15 prepaid jerseys.
Deadline to order will be January 15, 2017, or when we get 15 prepaid jerseys if we don’t have 15 by January 15, 2017. Based on this order date projected delivery will be approximately March 31, 2017.
January 5, 2017: 8:00 am at Sundial RC-(this is one hour before our ride start time)
January 10, 2017: 8:00 am to 10:00 am, at my house*
January 10, 2017: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at my house*
January 12, 2017: 8:00 am at Sundial RC-(this is one hour before our ride start time)
Above dates and time don’t work, email, text or call for a time.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 317 417 3961
*My house is located at: 10906 W Thunderbird Blvd, Sun City, AZ 85351.
January 26, 2017, Thursday regular ride to Dillon's at Lake Pleasant for lunch. See regular rides below. Bring $ for lunch and possible entrance to park. Expect this ride to take longer than most as we will eat lunch at Dillon's.
February 2, 2017 Chili Ride. Will go to Bruce and Doris's after are normal ride for Chili. See details below:
Bruce and Doris have invited us to their home following the normal Thursday, February 2, 2017, ride for some Bruce’s Southwest Chili.
We will do a normal ride of 35 to 40 miles and stop at their place on the way home to enjoy and visit. They live about ½ mile from the start so will not be a long ride back to car.
Please bring an appetizer or desert and your favorite drink.
RSVP to Bruce Johnson at 319 538 1289 or email@example.com
Tucson Loop Rides
March 4 and 5, 2017
Here is the information regarding the upcoming Tucson Loop bike ride.
Dates: March 4 and 5, 2017
Start times: 9:00 am
Location: Holiday Inn Express and Suites
1564 West Grant Street
520 624 3200
D category rides ( Average 12 to 14 mph)
Route: Details will be posted later. Hoping to include Saguaro National Park East as a good chance it could be in full bloom.
Directions to start: I-10 East to Tucson
Take Grant Road Exit # 256
Right on Grant
In 0.3 of a mile Right at I-hop
Proceed to Holiday Inn.
Staying updated: Additional information will be posted on the web sites as if becomes available. If you email me your plans I will email any additional information directly
Questions can be addressed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Accommodations: A block of rooms have been put on hold for this event for Saturday night, March 4, 2017. A special rate of $100 was approved. You should be able to start making reservations by Wednesday, February 8. The hotel will hold the block of rooms until February 18, 2017. Make your reservations now.
The hotel will also honor that rate for Friday night March 3 and Sunday night March 6, for those who might want to come down on Friday and stay over on Sunday night.
If you have any difficulty ask them to contact Lorraine Gelabert.
Additional accommodations. There are several other hotels very close, a Comfort Inn and Super 8 are right next door.