Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The Ladies will be riding to Cave Creek

Good Morning Ladies
This Saturday the bike ride will take us from Phoenix up through Cave Creek into Carefree. This is a great ride, It starts out up hill and continue to climb the entire way. So what makes it fun. The view, I am a site seer. I love to look around when I'm riding. I have seen lady Hawks, ravens, a lot of different catus,and if you are riding with forest ranger Amy she can tell you the names of them all.
There is a means to my madness, if you are looking around you forget that you are climbing :).
The next thing that makes this ride so great is the return trip home... Yep its all down Hills....Well there is one up near the end of the ride...
Ladies please eat a good dinner and drink plenty of water this week to prep the body.
See you all Saturday.

Both The Saturday and Sunday ride will meet at 7:15am ready to ride at 7:30am

Fry's Food
850 east Hatcher
Phoenix Az

on the west side of the parking lot next to the gas station..
Craig will be there with the car and supplies.

This Sunday Charlie will be leading the ride from the nosh out to south Mountain... Its silent Sunday. so we can play on the Mountain with out the worrier of cars..

Bagel Nosh
48th street and Warner
Awhatukee Az

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The U in Usury Saturday bike ride 2/19/2011

Good Morning Ladies
This Saturday ride will be the U in Usury Pass. We will meet at the Breadsmith* on the NE side of McDowell and Power Rd at 7 am, ready to ride at 7:15 am. All the training has been done for this yea. So, now it's time to put everything that we have learned this past year together and just ride! For the Ladies that are doing the MS 150 bike ride, we have 4 weeks to go so please try and do some back to back riding. The body will thank you.

Also On Feb 26th and March 19th The MS ladies are putting on two bunco nights. These nights are filled with games, snacks, prizes, silent auctions and entertainment all in the spirit of raising money and awareness for MS. Please paste this link into your browser if you would like to join us or just make a donation.


Charlie's Sunday Ride:

Hey Everyone
This Sunday is another ride from The Nosh (S.E. corner of 48th St. & Warner) The start time is 7:30 a.m. It will be Laverne`s favorite. For those of you unfamiliar with Laverne`s favorite, bring your climbing legs. The route is a lot of hill climbs in the foothills area. Many of the hills we usually do & a few we haven`t done as a group yet. The route can be modified to accommodate those not wanting to climb as much but, still ride with us. See you Sunday.

Have a Great week

2831 N. Power Rd
Meas Az

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mummy Mt to Gate

This is a very beautiful ride, It takes you through the PV golf course then around the base of Mummy Mt. and onto the gate. You have to touch the gate once you get there. Especially if this is your first time to the gate. This is the joint that will combine last weeks ride to next week ride.
Enjoy and have a great week.

Mountain bike Clinic 3/6/2011

Welcome Riders!

Use the link below for details about the Mountain Bike Skills Clinic with Amy Regan:

Please return the following information to

1. Name
2. Phone number
3. Emergency contact info:

3. Cycling experience, if any:

Road Cycling:
- number of times per week, month, OR year
- mileage of typical ride

Mtn Biking:
- number of times per week, month, OR year
- brief description of mtn biking experiences, ie; names or locations of trails/paths

4. Please answer the following questions: (take as much room as needed).

A. In the mtb clinic I would like to learn about...
B. I have the most trouble with...
C. My best strength on the bike is ...
D. My weakness on the bike is ...
E. The type (brand and model) of mtn bike I own is ...
F. In mtn biking, I consider myself: 1. Beginner, 2. Intermediate, 3. Advanced. Explain...
G: These are my current health issues and/or injuries (list, if any)...

The fee is $50 per person, and it can be mailed to:

Amy Regan
4949 E Laredo Lane
Cave Creek, AZ 85331

You willl be registered once your payment is received.

Please contact Amy with questions and/or concerns through email or at 602-448-9567.

Thank you !

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Around South Mountain 2/5/2011

Good Morning Ladies
The ride this saturday will be Around South Mountain meeting at the Bagel nosh on 48th street and Warner meeting at 7:15 am ready to ride at 7:30 am. .
This is the perfect ride to learn and practice pace lines. Please dress warm, We will have SAG with supplies and support if needed.
What is a Pace line? A pace line is a way to travel in a head wind or in a race. Riding in a pace line is like driving behind a diesel truck. The truck will burn up its fuel while you are tucked behind them, being suck down the road while saving your fuel.( sweet). The same theory applies on the bike.
There are 3 different pace line formations. Single pace line, the right and left angle pace line, and the double pace line.
1. The one everyone knows is the single pace line - Each cyclist is directly behind the next. preferable 6" to a half wheel. This type of pace line is good for picking up speed and riding in a head wind.
2. The right angle and the left angle pace line work in the same way.. accept these pace line formations are used in a side wind situation. You will angle the pace line in the opposite direction of the wind, in order to stay in the pocket and protected from the wind.
3. The Double pace line. This is mainly used with a very large group of cyclist. It is very fast and a lot of fun.

Each rider will have their chance to pull (lead the line). How long should I stay in the front? This time varies, It could be between a min. to 30 seconds. I suggest the longest time to be 30 seconds. My reason - in 30 sec you have not reach your burn out yet and as you drift back you can recover and catch back on the back of the pace line... If you stay to long your speed will start to drop and you will have little to nothing left to hook back in and hold on. At first you may not be able to pull for 30 seconds, just stay for 4 paddle strokes and come off the front.. One day you will be able to stay there for the full time.

Ok, Ok, how do I come off the front? In this type of pace line you will move to your left and begin to soft paddle, which will allow you to drift back. The next rider will maintain the pace/speed...It is a tendency for the next rider up, to pick up the pace because all of a sudden they can feel the wind pushing back on them. Ladies, fight this tendency and maintain your speed. Otherwise the speeding up will cause a yoyo effect through out the line, and make the line ineffective.

what is a pocket - The pocket is when you are in the suck zone of the rider in front of you.. you will know that you are in the pocket because you will not hear the wind or feel the strain to hold on. The best way I can describe it is, gliding along. you are paddling just with little afford.
Yes, there are some windy days that you just have to put your head down and plow through them. but, If there are 5+ riders you can make a pocket. The rotation is very different but it works.
I will go over the hand signals that make the pace line work on saturday.

Have a great week

Charlies' Sunday ride will be leaving from Javelina Cycles (S.W. corner of 48th St. & Chandler Blvd. behind CVS) Start time is 7:30 a.m. We will be riding around South Mountain with a short route & a longer route that will go to San Jaun in S. Mtn. park. Sue will be along to SAG the ride with the regular supplies & support if needed