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Tour de Tucson ride report(25 posts)

Tour de Tucson ride reportspookyload
Nov 23, 2003 8:53 PM
Just wanted to post a few pics for the people who participated. There was 6500 riders this year. What a great ride. I have never done a century that is so smooth and fun. The rest stop voluteers are great. They hold your bike while you grab some food and BOTTLED WATER. No nasty garden hose water...Arrowhead bottled water at all rest stops. And by the way, there were 18 to choose from. So you didn't have to micro manage your water. There were plenty of places in the 109 miles to refil. I have no complaints at all about the ride. To top it off I finished with a 5:42 ride time this year which is the best century I have done in a long time. One last thanks goes to the people of Tucson and the police. Of the twenty to thirty traffic signals we pass through, the police had traffic stopped to give the bikes the right of way all day. Thank you to the Tucson drivers for your patience.
First creek crossingspookyload
Nov 23, 2003 8:56 PM
What makes this truely unique. This is the first creek crossing. Time to dismount and have at it
creek crossing waiting linespookyload
Nov 23, 2003 9:07 PM
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Up and out the other sidespookyload
Nov 23, 2003 9:09 PM
Krispy Kremes waiting for you at the top!!
ridersspookyload
Nov 23, 2003 9:11 PM
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Thanks to this couplespookyload
Nov 23, 2003 9:12 PM
They pulled me along for a while for about 15 miles
Arizona nativesspookyload
Nov 23, 2003 9:14 PM
They decorate the ride for about 40 miles
Time for Sabino creekspookyload
Nov 23, 2003 9:17 PM
another tradition
Springtime in New Mexicoterry b
Nov 23, 2003 9:19 PM
Didn't the ride across the northern part of the city remind you of our typically glorious springtime here in the Land of Enchantment? I was pulling a paceline at a whopping 15 mph into that delightful 15 mph headwind all along Ina Road. The tailwind down Silverbell though was a blast.

I saw one person being wrapped in blankets at the Moore Road stop - hypothermia brought on by the disappearence of the sun around 11.

Overall, a great century though - well managed and the cheering spectators are the best. Hats off to Tucson for being willing to put up with such a massive inconvenience (my Tucson family members stay in all day long.)

According to the Arizona Daily Star, more than 700 people had flats (I was one of them, pulling 2 nice goatheads out of my front tire at Drexel which in turn didn't nail me until the climb off of Old Nogales Highway,) many, many more than in previous years. Last year, I saw perhaps a half dozen.

Overall - a blast and highly recommended (especially in a year when the starting temperature was 62!)
Sabino againspookyload
Nov 23, 2003 9:19 PM
Not too many takers on this invitation. Mostly walkers as you will see later
What is going on here?spookyload
Nov 23, 2003 9:22 PM
Is this a cyclocross race? Seriously it gave the ride much character. It was all the buzz before the ride as people fretted the creek crossings.
Nice bridgespookyload
Nov 23, 2003 9:24 PM
Thank god for the bridge. It was a little too cool to forge the river today.
Nice spreadspookyload
Nov 23, 2003 9:27 PM
This was the rest stop at mile 65ish. Not too sure. Only the second stop, so I can't compare them to the others. They had little neat piles of oranges, pretzels, banannas, and grapes. Very clean and great people. Thanks if any of you are reading this.
The human Q-tipspookyload
Nov 23, 2003 9:30 PM
I saw him several times. Made pretty good time all day in fact. The rider in the background proves how small the world is. I rode towards the finish of the enchanted circle century two months earlier. It is a real small world in biking some times.
The prize for all finishers!!spookyload
Nov 23, 2003 9:32 PM
Being as this is the last big ride of the year for me, I think I personally ate at least half of these! Seriously, I planned the nutrition a little off and started bonking with 9 miles to go. This was a real poor way to stabilize after the ride, but they sure tasted good. Thanks KK
The start againspookyload
Nov 23, 2003 9:35 PM
The first one looked so good, I will post the other one. This is the group of riders that were behind me. Back as far as the eyes can see. After the gun sounded, we didn't even move for a minute and twenty two seconds.
Nice Report - The weather looked great! NMGeoCyclist
Nov 24, 2003 12:55 AM
Hey terryb, and nice report spooky!theBreeze
Nov 24, 2003 6:55 AM
Thanks for the great pics. They made me remember the nice spots, and not think about that awful wind. Right about 11:00 it did turn nasty. I looked for you both, but really, with that crowd I figured it was pretty hopeless. On the other hand, just by chance I met up with a riding friend who I haven't seen in months since he moved out of state. We rode together for a while, got seperated on Freeman Road on the east side, and just missed each other at a rest stop. Then somewhere on Oracle (I think) who should I see pulled over with a flat, but my buddy. So we rode in together the last 40 miles or so. Finally turning our backs to the wind on Silverbell was a blessing, we hauled tail coming in. It was great. Amazingly enough I posted EXACTLY the same time as last year, to the second. Considering the weather I was satisfied, I managed to break into the top 100 women (#89) so that was pretty cool.

By the way Spookyload. The woman in the background in that picture (#528) is someone I also know from Albq. She and two friend were 4 doors down from me at my hotel. Small world indeed.

Thanks for a great job to the PBAA organizers and the City of Tucson, and Oro Valley too.
I was on the look-out for blue Gunnarsterry b
Nov 24, 2003 8:25 AM
Never caught a glimpse though. Did get passed by a gray Gunnar in the early light and was about to say "hello" when I realized it was the wrong rendition.

Had a hard enough time keeping track of the friend I was riding with. He got off ahead of me, I finally caught and then dropped him on the climbs after Houghton. Met up again down the street from where he lives (Ina and Campbell) where he decided the wind was too much. He doesn't cut his teeth on it every springtime like we do. All in all a great time though despite the gray section from 10 until 12.
re: Tour de Tucson ride reporteyebob
Nov 24, 2003 7:14 AM
Terrific pictures. I've ridden that 4 times before. I spoke with a friend of mine who's ridden it many times before and he said it was more difficult than usual this year. 15mph winds are not that much (per se) but on the open roads after the fatigue of a long ride has started to set in, they can feel much worse than 15 mph.

Nice post.

bT
re: Tour de Tucson ride reportdscottphx
Nov 24, 2003 9:48 AM
Thanks for the pics. This was my first Century (other than training.) Your pictures make it come alive again. I echo all your sentiments except I am sure the wind was hitting at least 30 when I was on Ina. Course, I was way behind your time.

Great ride. Great old and new friends.
re: Tour de Tucson ride reportsmooty
Nov 24, 2003 1:06 PM
Nice pics,
loooks like a major "fredfest"
re: Tour de Tucson ride reportswimbikerun75
Nov 24, 2003 4:06 PM
Thanks for the pictures of the ride and the recap. I showed these to my fiance and now she's thinking she might want to join me on the ride next year!

Despite the sometimes chilly temperatures and the wind, it was a great ride. Very well organized as usual, and pretty much trouble free for me, except for a loose cleat. Upon hearing about my loose cleat, a guy at one of the rest stops ran his ass off to his truck to get me a screwdriver.

Can't wait till the Phoenix century in April!
I was at the rest stop when you werespookyload
Nov 24, 2003 4:14 PM
I remember a tall guy asking for a screw driver. A large hispanic guy went looking for it if I remember right. Was it around the 85 mile mark or 60 mile mark?
I was at the rest stop when you wereswimbikerun75
Nov 25, 2003 7:03 AM
It probably wasn't me, because I'm not tall by any means, but it was at the 85 mile mark. I actually got there just as the fire truck pulled up to help the guy with what I suspect was hypothermia.