What we're about

Based in Tucson, GABA (http://www.bikegaba.org) is the oldest and largest bike club in Southern Arizona with over 1300 members! We host, support, and lead Day Rides, legendary centuries, multi-day rides, and rides for families.

GABA is more than just riding a bike. We are also active in the community supporting cycling advocacy, bike safety education, and bike repair. To learn more about GABA (http://www.bikegaba.org) check out our webpage. Come join us for some adventures on two (or three) wheels!

If you are not already receiving our electronic newsletter, The Paceline, you can sign up HERE (http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin/ea?v=001F_KutvS7f93vOwD5WeaqHA%3D%3D) and there is no charge!

Our recurring signature GABA events include the following. Click on the link to go to the GABA web page for further details on the ride of your interest.

Centuries

Owl's Head Butte: (http://www.bikegaba.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=307669&module_id=137248) February (http://www.bikegaba.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=307669&module_id=137248)

Mt. Lemmon Hill Climb: (http://www.bikegaba.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=307669&module_id=137250) May (http://www.bikegaba.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=307669&module_id=137250)

Tumacacori: (http://www.bikegaba.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=307669&module_id=137253) October (http://www.bikegaba.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=307669&module_id=137253)

Silverbell: (http://www.bikegaba.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=307669&module_id=137517) November (http://www.bikegaba.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=307669&module_id=137517)

Overnight Rides:

Sonoita-Bisbee: (http://www.bikegaba.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=307669&module_id=137249) March (http://www.bikegaba.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=307669&module_id=137249)

Luna Lake: (http://www.bikegaba.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=307669&module_id=137251) May (http://www.bikegaba.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=307669&module_id=137251)

Trail of the Mountain Spirits: (http://www.bikegaba.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=307669&module_id=138514) September (http://www.bikegaba.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=307669&module_id=138514)

All Day Rides will include information about Pace, Terrain, and Distance. They may be coded as follows:

Pace

A 20+ mph

B+ 18-20 mph

B 16-18 mph

C+ 14-16 mph

C 12-14 mph

D 8-12

Terrain

1 Flat

2 Minor Hills

3 Moderate Hills

4 Long Climbs or Very Steep

GABA Ride Types:

Social – No Drop: we ride together two abreast where conditions permit. We often have a sweep rider and no one gets dropped

Re Group: We ride in smaller groups at our own pace and regroup at specified points in the route

Training Ride: The route is posted and all riders need to be self sufficient

Upcoming events (4+)

Ladies Mercado & Mission - C+/2/30

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Ladies Mercado ↔️ Mission Rd

*GABA GUIDELINES

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU STILL HAVE TO BE 2 WEEKS POST FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST COVID AND SHOW PROOF TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY GABA RIDE.

MAKE SURE TO
-Take a picture of your vaccination card.
-Show up 15 minutes prior to ride for vaccine verification and sign in.

Today's Ride will be lead by Brooke.

• Pace: 14-16mph

• Terrain: Minor Hills

• Start Time: Wheels Rolling at 6am

• Ride Type: Social & Regrouping

•Route: ~30mi, Mercado out on Mission Rd & back
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39926586

Ride Coordinators: Carolyn, Brooke, & Suzanne

This is a women's ride to encourage every level of rider to feel more confident and improve their cycling skills. We do a different ride every week with a variety of start locations and times (summer usually around 6 am and shifting back in winter – 9ish am). We are a solid C (12-16mph) group that does a variety of rides from recovery, interval training, climbing, social & everything in between with the focus of helping all our riders succeed. We usually regroup often and make sure everyone is good with the route and pace.
Oh yeah, every 2nd week of the month we play on Mt Lemmon; every 3rd week of the month we let the boys join our fun and try to have a co-ed ride :)

Check your tire pressure and brakes; before each ride. ABC Quick checks.

Bring:

• Appropriate food and water for about 1 to 2 hours.

• Bring a spare tube and a way to inflate it. Make sure your bike is in good mechanical condition to start ride.

• Helmets must be worn at all times.

• Obey all traffic laws and remember you're a representative of the Greater Arizona Bicycling Association.

Ride Types:

• Social- No Drop- We ride together two abreast where conditions permit.

• Re Group- We ride in smaller groups at our own pace and regroup at specified points in the route.

• Training Ride- The route is posted and all riders need to be self sufficient.

Please select a ride where you are confident and that you can ride the posted distance and pace.

Ride Codes

• A 20+ mph

• B+ 18-20 mph

• B 16-18 mph

• C+ 14-16 mph

• C 12-14 mph

• D 8-12 mph

Terrain

• 1 Flat

• 2 Minor Hills

• 3 Moderate Hills

• 4 Long Climbs or Very Steep

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East Loop Ride (C+/3/36)

Needs a location

To participate in a GABA group ride you MUST:

  1. Have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and it has been two weeks since your inoculation.
  2. Take a picture of your vaccination with your cell phone.
  3. Be current with your GABA member. Click HERE to become a member.
  4. Be willing to serve as the ride sweep for a small portion of the ride.

IMPORTANT: If you have not sent me your contact information since January 2021, please send me ([masked]):

  • Name,
  • phone number,
  • emergency contact,
  • emergency contact phone number (NOT 911) and
  • covid vaccination status

I will fill in the ride waiver prior to the ride, you will just need to verify the information and sign it.

The ride is classified as a C+ (14-16 average). The expected average is expected to be 14 to 15 MPH. If you are not comfortable with this expected end of ride average, please do not participate in this ride. This is a social ride, lots of conversations, and regroupings as we will not drop anyone. There should NOT be any breakaway groups during the ride.

FURTHER NOTE: If you are currently NOT an active GABA member, you may be moved to the WAITLIST if there are active GABA members on the WAITLIST.

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE POST!

The RIDE will start from the Dog parking lot at Udall Park, with wheels rolling at 6:30 AM. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the starting time to sign in and get ride instructions. The Nature breaks will be at Agua Caliente Park and Saguaro National Park visitor's center. There will be an optional after ride bagels at Bruegger's Bagels.

Bring a cue sheet or load the route on your smart phone or cycle computer.

Coordinator: Wayne Cullop

If you sign up for the ride and are running a couple of minutes late call me on my cell (DO NOT TEXT) at[masked] and we will wait.

If you would like to contact me before or after the ride via email, feel free to do so at [masked].

What to Bring:

• Food & fluids for 3 hours - 2 24oz Bottles or Hydration Pack.
• Bring a tube/patch kit and a way to inflate your tires.
• Be sure your bike is in good mechanical condition.
• CPSC approved helmets must always be worn while riding.
• No ear buds! This is a safety requirement, not a request.

If you are riding, I ask that you agree that:

• You will obey traffic laws. Drive your bike as you would your car.
• You are a representative of the greater cycling community and will therefore conduct yourself appropriately.
• You will represent GABA well.
• While on the Loop, you will respect others on the Loop. You will take care when passing pedestrians and other cyclists: ring your bell or call out "Passing" or "Good morning!" before passing
• This is not a "training" or "intensive" ride - this is a social, no drop, base building ride.
• If any of these standards are unclear, you will ask for clarification.
• Route subject to change based upon, weather, road conditions, group requests, and or the ride leader getting lost. 😁

1
Bike Repair at GAP Ministries

Needs a location

Friday 1 July from 7:30 AM until noon-ish. (If you can't stay for the whole period, it's fine to leave when you need to.)

This is a great opportunity to help a worthy cause and to learn about repairing bikes, if you want to tune up your skills.

We have numerous bikes to repair, with repair including everything from fixing a flat to more detailed, technical work.

Bike repair will be at GAP Ministries (www.gapmin.com) Community Warehouse. Location is 2861 N. Flowing Wells, Tucson. This is a long warehouse, running north off Flowing Wells, and we are at the very end, Suite 161.

Suggest bring your own water and snacks. (There is a drinking fountain and restroom on the premises.)

2
NW Sat Ride (C/2/33.7) - OV - Sun City - Dove Mt

Needs a location

Start: Park in front of building at 11143 N La Cañada Dr. It is closed on Saturdays. We will end ride nextdoor at Bruegger's Bagels (11165 N La Cañada Dr, Oro Valley)
Ride with GPS map is located at: ROUTE Link
Route: North on La Canada, up through Sun City, then West on Tangerine, then up to the RItz on Dove mountain, then back east on Tangerine, South on La Cholla, East on Naranja back to the start. Everyone is welcome to get some food at Bruegger's Bagels after the ride.

Water/Bathrooms:
3.2 Miles - Hohokam Park
21.7 miles - Ritz
28.6 miles - Tangerine Sky (if needed)

The end-of-ride average speed is expected to be close to 14 MPH . If you are not comfortable with this expected pace, please do not participate in this ride. This is a social ride, lots of conversations, and regroupings as we will not drop anyone. This ride is mainly on bike lanes but riding side by side is encouraged when it is safe to do so. There are several fast downhills and challenging uphills on this ride and some of these will be designated "ride at your own pace" sections by the ride leader. Other than these "ride at your own pace" sections, riders are expected to ride at the pace of the ride leader and between the lead and the sweep.

Weather: 6 days out, the forecast is Cloudy, 19% of rain, with daily temperatures between 76 and 96. Let's hope for a cool overcast morning. ☁️

Please load the route on your bike computer or your smart phone or print a copy of the cue sheet.

If you are not a member of our cycling club please join: Sign Up Link

To participate in a GABA group ride you MUST:

  1. Have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and it has been two weeks since your inoculation.
  2. Take a picture of your vaccination with your cell phone.
  3. Be willing to serve as the ride sweep for a small portion of the ride.

IMPORTANT: If you have not ridden with me before, please send your contact information (Name, phone number, emergency contact, emergency contact phone number (NOT 911) and Covid vaccination status) to me at [masked]. The ride waiver will be filled out prior to the ride, you will just need to verify the information and sign it.

If you sign up for the ride and are running a couple of minutes late call me on my cell phone (DO NOT TEXT)[masked]. We will wait up to five minutes before leaving.

What to Bring:

• Food & fluids for 3 hours - 2 24oz Bottles or Hydration Pack.
• Bring a tube/patch kit and a way to inflate your tires.
• Be sure your bike is in good mechanical condition.
• CPSC approved helmets must be always worn while riding.
• No ear buds! This is a safety requirement, not a request.

If you are riding, I ask that you agree that:

• You will obey traffic laws. Drive your bike as you would your car.
• You are a representative of the greater cycling community and will therefore conduct yourself appropriately.
• You will represent GABA well.
• While on the Loop, you will respect others on the Loop. You will take care when passing pedestrians and other cyclists: ring your bell or call out "Passing" or "Good morning!" before passing
• This is not a "training" or "intensive" ride - this is a social, no drop, base building ride.
• If any of these standards are unclear, you will ask for clarification.
• Route subject to change based upon, weather, road conditions, group requests, and or the ride leader getting lost.

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