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Let's return to a classic route today - the traditional Skull Valley Loop. We'll ride the loop in the counter-clockwise direction. 53 miles with around 3800' of climbing. Regroups in Skull Valley and Wilhoit. The Tour de Tuesdays is a challenging ride. Pace can be brisk but the ride is NOT a hammer-fest. This is a no-drop ride that ALWAYS regroups for slower riders. Pace varies to suit each week's participants, and similarly paced riders ride together. Join us!
As Richard mentioned at the Membership Meeting last week, Save the Dells – a group organized in Prescott to... save the Dells (!!!) – will be attending the City Council meeting on Tuesday and is requesting a strong turnout by interested citizens. The goal is to showcase the support of the community for the proposed preservation of a 500-acre regional park in the heart of the Granite Dells, an area in which the deceptively-named company, Arizona Eco Development, wants to build a resort and luxury homes. Save the Dells recently submitted a resolution to the city council, as well as a petition containing 5,000 signature, which sets forth its position. Council members are to vote at this meeting as to whether they will accept the urging of the community and stand firm in negotiations with AED, which has requested that the city annex its land. A large turnout by all concerned persons would be extremely helpful in convincing the council to agree to the terms of the resolution in its dealings with the developer. Please consider coming to city hall on Tuesday afternoon to show support for Save the Dells’ resolution. Wear Bike Prescott apparel if you are so inclined – which should be no problem for Tour de Tuesday’s Skull Valley loopers, who will be finishing that ride shortly before the meeting begins. In any event, be aware that this may be a pivotal moment in the effort to preserve this iconic area – and the Peavine Trail, which runs through it.
To those of you that I told that the Wednesday ride would start at Fry's, I apologize. The winds will be 15 mph out of the South by 11 AM on Wednesday morning so I have changed the plan. We will meet at Einstein's Bagels in the Frontier Village Shopping Center at 9:00 AM and then ride up to Walker, to the end of the road where the hundreds of mailboxes are. About 23 miles and 2100 feet of elevation gain (but out of the wind, I hope). We'll do the Lynx Lake loop on the way back and then coffee and bagels when we finish. Fifty six degrees at the start but mid sixties when we finish. See you there. Guy P.
Please join us Wednesday on Tonto Road just off Iron Springs Road on a gravel ride. We will ride from the small gravel parking place on the right (shortly off Iron Springs Road), north 12 miles on Tonto Road to the start of the pavement and return. That’s it. Short and sweet. 24.3 miles with a mere 1,128 feet of climbing. No drop. Gravel bikes, mountain bikes, or e-bikes. A nice ride to keep those legs loose for Tour de Mesa. Hope you can make it!