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 (5)

Ride Through the UA

Udall Dog Park

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.

If you have not sent me your contact information since January 2021, please send me:

Name, phone number, emergency contact, emergency contact phone number (NOT 911) and covid vaccination status at [masked].

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

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE POST!

Please wear a face covering at the start, when we finish, and any time we stop. And please wear a face covering during the ride if you are comfortable doing so.

The ride, see https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35995247, will start from Udall dog park. Wheels rolling 7:00 AM.

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

This will be a C paced (12-14 mph rolling average) ride. This is a social ride, lots of conversations, and regroupings we will not drop anyone.
If you would like to join us after the ride, we will have a bagel at Bruegger's

Ride 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. This is a social ride, lots of conversations, and regroupings we will not drop anyone. If you are looking for a high paced training ride, this is not it.
If you would like to contact me before or after the ride via email 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 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. :-)

Eclectic Aravaca: C,C+/3/ 46.1

Longhorn Grill and Saloon

Ride Description:
This magical ride travels from Amado to Aravaca and back. The rolling hills offer unparalleled vistas of several mountain ranges, cattle country, and the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Sanctuary. Aravaca is an eclectic small town, population of 600, made up of artists, retirees, former hippies, ranchers, and folks just wanting to live off the grid.

We will stop halfway at the Aravaca Mercantile store, where water and food can be purchased. We will then make our way to some picnic tables at the entrance to the Sanctuary just down the road. (Our former stop at Gadsden Coffee is now closed and the building has been sold).

Amado is about 35 minutes south of Tucson and although we have an early start, it is well worth the drive.

Participation rules:
You must have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks prior to the ride. Your GABA membership must be current. Masks must be worn whenever the group is stopped and socializing. Intake/expelling fluids should take place at the rear of the pack.

Notes:
*Arrive by 6:15 AM for sign-in and route rap. Wheels rolling by 6:30 AM.
*Pace: 13-15 mph expected final average.
*Terrain: Hilly country roads. Total Elevation Gain: 1724 ft. The outbound route generally is gradually uphill, while the return is mostly downhill.
*Traffic: Light.
*Ride Type: Social/Re-group at Aravaca.
*Parking: Ample parking at Longhorn Grill. Be sure not to block the restaurant.
* Bring food & fluids for 4 hours
* Bring a tube/patch kit and a way to inflate.
* Helmets must be worn at all times while riding.
• No ear buds.
• This ride is unsupported.
• Please obey traffic laws and represent GABA well.

Ride Coordinator: Dave McElwaine @ (781)[masked]. If you are running late, give me a call.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35938200

Ride Codes:
• A 20+ mph
• B+ 18-20 mph
• B 16-18 mph
• C+ 14-16 mph
• C 12-14 mph
• D 8-12

Terrain Codes:
• 1 Flat
• 2 Minor Hills
• 3 Moderate Hills
• 4 Long Climbs or Very Steep

Tuesday Ride: Westside Grant/Silverbell C/1/38

Safeway

To participate in a GABA group ride you MUST
1) have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and it has been two weeks since your vaccination.
2) Take a picture of your vaccination with your cell phone.
3) Be current with your GABA member.

If you have not sent me your contact information since January 2021 please send me:

Name, phone number, emergency contact, emergency contact phone number (NOT 911) at [masked]

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

PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE POST!

We will ride in groups of no more than 10 cyclists.

This will be a social paced ride.

We will maintain social distancing while stopped.

We will meet at Safeway Market, 2140 W Grant Rd , the northeast corner of Grant and Silverbell. Please arrive at 6:45, Wheels rolling at 7:00 AM. We will ride north on Silverbell, and work our way to the bike path. North on the bike path to Avra Valley rd, Airline, Silverbell, Moonfire, Continental Reserve, Silverbell, bike path, Grant and back to Safeway.
We will be stopping at Mosaic Cafe after the ride for something to eat, if you would like to join us, please do so.

Bring a cue sheet or load the route on your smart phone or cycle computer. For a map, cue sheet and elevation change see: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29508483

This ride will be going at a C pace (end of ride average of 12-14 mph)
This ride will be covering 38 miles with minimal hills.

Please arrive early enough to sign the ride waiver and have a few minutes of socializing.

Wheels rolling 7:00 AM

Ride Coordinator: Bob Willman
If you sign up for the ride and are running a couple of minutes late call me on my cell (DO NOT TEXT)[masked] and we will wait. This is a social ride, lots of conversations, and regroupings we will not drop anyone. If you are looking for a high paced training ride, this is not it.
If you would like to contact me before or after the ride via email [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 be worn at all times while riding.
• No ear buds! This is a safety requirement; not a request.

If you are riding on this ride 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 :-)

Saguaro East National Park C,C+/3/35

Viva Coffee House

Ride Description:
This mellow ride includes a lap around "The Best 8-miles in America", a trip down Old Spanish Trail to the new Valencia connector, a pass through a pretty west-side neighborhood, and a couple passes along Fantasy Island.

There will be several re-group spots so you may ride at your own pace. This ride is about taking in some fantastic scenery. It is not a "training ride". Don't forget your National Park Pass if you have one. Coffee will be available after the ride at Viva Coffee House.

Participation rules:
You must have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks prior to the ride. Your GABA membership must be current. Masks must be worn whenever the group is stopped and socializing. Intake/expelling fluids should take place at the rear of the pack.

Notes:
*Arrive by 6:45 AM for sign-in and route rap. Wheels rolling by 7:00 AM.
*Pace: 12-15 mph final average.
*Total Elevation Gain: 1249 ft.
*Terrain- Excellent bike paths and lanes
*Traffic: Generally light. S. Harrison can be a bit busy.
*Ride Type: Social/Re-group
*Parking: Ample parking at Viva Coffee House
* Bring food & fluids for 3 hours
* Bring a tube/patch kit and a way to inflate.
* Helmets must be worn at all times while riding.
• No ear buds.
• This ride is unsupported.
• Please obey traffic laws and represent GABA well.

Ride Coordinator: Dave McElwaine @ (781)[masked]. If you are running late, give me a call.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35994466

Ride Codes:
• A 20+ mph
• B+ 18-20 mph
• B 16-18 mph
• C+ 14-16 mph
• C 12-14 mph
• D 8-12

Terrain Codes:
• 1 Flat
• 2 Minor Hills
• 3 Moderate Hills
• 4 Long Climbs or Very Steep

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