• A Most Epic Century B-/2/102

    Tucson

    Ride Description:
    As this year winds down, why not put all that training you did this season to work?

    This EPIC tour around the Tucson area takes us from the Camino del Cerro ball fields to Green Valley via bike paths and Mission Rd. Along the way we will see some impressive copper mines, pecan groves, and very few cars. While in Green Valley we will refuel at Posada Coffee.

    From Green Valley we will head east up Sahuarita Rd to The Loop for the final 33 miles. Usually we will have the wind at our backs for much of this section, and of course it is gradually downhill.

    Please note that this ride is UNSUPPORTED and limited to 8 riders. We will make use of public bathrooms, convenience stores, and coffee shops.

    Start Time: 7:15 AM sign-in. Wheels rolling 7:30 AM SHARP.
    Ride Type: Training/Re-group.
    Pace: 16-17 FINAL AVERAGE
    Terrain: Flat bike paths, rolling hills, and long climbs/descents.
    Total Elevation Gain: 2500 ft.
    Traffic: Special caution in Green Valley
    Support: This ride is unsupported.
    Rain date: December 4th
    Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41352341

    Participation rules:
    You must have been fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 at least two weeks prior to the ride. Helmets are mandatory. Please obey traffic laws and represent GABA well.

    Meeting Spot: Camino del Cerro ball fields
    Ride Code:
    • B- 16-17 final average.
    Terrain Code:
    • 2-moderate hills

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  • Bike Repair at GAP Ministries, Dec 2nd

    2861 N Flowing Wells Rd

    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.

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

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

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

    If interested in joining a few of us for breakfast before bike repair, let's meet at Cappy's, 917 W Prince Rd

    Breakfast meet time 6:30, the place opens at 5:30

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  • San Xavier Metric Century - C/2/63

    Mercado San Agustin

    Don't want those legs loosing their mo-jo? Trained for El Tour and accomplished that, now what? Had too much turkey and need to hit the rode? Doesn't matter why you want to ride, let's get out there. Park in a safe location and meet in front of the Mercado San Augustin. We'll sign the waiver and get rolling as close to 8 as possible. We'll stay together as a group as we ride south on Mission Road, then rest at the Circle K east of I-19 on Nogales Hwy. Then on to the treat of the ride, San Xavier our second official rest stop. We may have other regroup stops along the way to keep together. Here's the route, San Xavier Metric Century, please download or memorize the route.

    Responsible riders arrive in plenty of time to sign the ride waiver and prepare to ride. Their bike is in good mechanical condition including properly inflated tires and they carry spare tubes and a way to fix a flat tire.
    They wear a mandatory helmet but no earbuds.
    They carry plenty of fluids and food as appropriate.
    They obey all traffic laws and ride in a safe manner being kind and courteous to others at all times.
    Riders are encouraged to print a cue sheet or download a route map in the unlikely case they miss a turn or have to abandon the ride.
    Average speed is designated with a letter as follows:
    A 20+ mph
    B+ 18-20 mph
    B 16-18 mph
    C+ 14-16 mph
    C 12-14 mph
    D 8-12
    Numbers are used to denote the four different types of terrain.
    1 Flat
    2 Minor Hills
    3 Moderate Hills
    4 Long Climbs or Very Steep
    *GABA GUIDELINES
    Riders are encouraged to be vaccinated. Your ride leaders are fully vaccinated. Please show up 15 minutes prior to ride for sign in.

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  • Bruce's - St. Phillips to the Mercado -- C/1/33

    Saint Philip's Plaza

    St. Phillip's Plaza to the Mercado Annex via The Loop.

    Ride size limited to 20 - no plus one's - each rider must sign up for the ride - and I need to have your contact info beforehand.

    LATER STARTING TIME - It's a bit nippy in the early morning, so we'll meet at 8:45 and get our wheels rolling by 9:00.

    We'll start behind the Homewood Suites Hotel and get on the Loop, then work our way down to the Mercado Annex (the shipping containers) for coffee and a snack.

    Map Link: St. Phillips to Mercado Route 33mi https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14467243

    On the return, if you have time, we can have another coffee at Cafe Luce (in the Trader Joe's plaza).

    ⬛ ⬛ ⬛ ⬛ THIS IS NOT OPTIONAL ⬛ ⬛ ⬛ ⬛
    To participate in Bruce's group ride you MUST

    1. Have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and it has been at least two weeks since your inoculation.
    2. If you have not sent me your contact information since January 2021, please send me:
      Your 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.

    Ride Description:
    • Pace: 13-14 for 33 miles
    • Terrain: Flat - It's the Loop
    • Elevation Gain: 407ft
    • Traffic: zip, none, nada,
    • Ride Type: Social - Regroup as needed
    • Route: The Loop - St. Phillips to the Mercado Annex (shipping container stores)

    Map Link: St. Phillips to Mercado Route 33mi https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14467243

    Parking: Southern parking lot, in back of Homewood Suites

    Remember to bring lots of water and hydrate before you leave the house. This is an Easy Peasy Ride and no one will be dropped intentionally. That said, we should have an end of ride average of about 13+ mph. Because the number of riders is limited to 20, please remove yourself from the Going list if you change your mind.

    Ride Coordinator: Bruce Tucker @ (520)[masked]
    If you sign up for the ride and are running a couple of minutes late call me on my cell at[masked] and we will wait. If you are looking for a high paced training ride, this is not it.

    Bring:
    • Food & fluids for 2-3 hours -[masked]oz Bottles or Hydration Pack.
    • Bring a tube/GABA patch kit and a way to inflate.
    • Be sure your bike is in good mechanical condition.
    • Helmets must be worn at all times while riding.
    • No ear buds! This is a safety requirement; not a request.
    • Obey traffic laws. Drive your bike as you would your car.
    • You are a representative of the greater cycling community and should therefore conduct yourself appropriately.
    • Please represent GABA well.

    GABA Ride Types:
    • Social – No Drop: we ride together two abreast where
    conditions permit. We often have a sweep rider and no one gets intentionally 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
    Please select GABA rides where you are confident that you can ride the posted distance and pace.

    When you are looking for a different pace or distance, contact any GABA Ride leader to request a ride. We LOVE requests!

    GABA Ride Codes:

    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

  • Sunday Social Ride: The Loop (C/1/56)

    Udall Park

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

    IMPORTANT: If you have not ridden with me within the last 12 months, please send your contact information (Name, phone number, emergency contact, emergency contact phone number (NOT 911) 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.

    Route information: Ride with GPS map is located at: Route.
    Distance 56 Miles, Elevation gain of 1000 Ft.
    Bagels at Bruegger's after the ride.

    This ride is a social ride, at a casual pace, with lots of communication, the ride is NOT a high paced training ride.

    Start/End: In Udall Dog Parking lot.

    Please arrive 15 minutes early to sign in.

    Water/Bathrooms will be at Roy Schoonover Trailhead, at Silverlake/Santa Cruz and Camino de la Tierra; mile markers 16, 29 and 40 respectively.

    You are welcome to join us for food after the ride at Bruegger's Bagels.

    Please load the route into your bicycle computer, your smart phone or print a copy of the cue sheet.

    To participate in this GABA group ride you MUST:

    1. Be willing to ride at a social pace (end of ride social pace 12-14 MPH).
    2. Be willing to serve as the ride sweep for a small portion of the ride.

    The end-of-ride average speed is expected to be between 12 and 14 MPH, preferably closer to 14 than 12. If you are not comfortable or not capable of this expected pace average over the entire route, please do not participate in this ride, it is not fair to the other riders. This is a social ride, lots of conversations, and regroupings as we will not drop anyone. Riders are expected to ride at the pace of the ride leader and between the ride leader and the sweep.

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

    What to Bring:

    • Food & fluids for 4 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.

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  • MTB Easy Eastside Miles D/1/15-20

    22nd St/Pantano Rd

    Easy, non-technical, MTB ride to start getting in shape. This ride will start at the parking lot for the Loop at 22nd and Pantano. We'll stay on the dirt adjacent to the Loop as much as possible until we get to Fantasy Island. Then I will take the side shortcut to Bunny where we can ride that and possibly SnakeDance, Bunny's Revenge and then return. Very little technical work, just dodging cactus really. We will stay together and regroup frequently. Beginner's welcome. Route Map Here

    Responsible riders arrive in plenty of time to sign the ride waiver and prepare to ride. Their bike is in good mechanical condition including properly inflated tires and they carry spare tubes and a way to fix a flat tire.
    They wear a mandatory helmet but no earbuds.
    They carry plenty of fluids and food as appropriate.
    They obey all traffic laws and ride in a safe manner being kind and courteous to others at all times.
    *GABA GUIDELINES
    Riders are encouraged to be vaccinated. Your ride leaders are fully vaccinated.

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  • Tuesday Social Ride, E1 Saguaro (C/3/27)

    Viv's Cafe

    If this ride is full, sign up for "Tuesday Social Ride, E2 it starts at the same time and location.

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

    Ride with GPS map is located at: Eastside 6
    Distance 27 Miles, Elevation gain 1250 Ft

    This ride is a social ride, at a casual pace, with lots of communication, the ride is NOT a high paced training ride.

    Start/End: Viv's Café . NW corner of Catalina HWY and Tanque Verde. 8987 E Tanque Verde Rd

    Water/Bathrooms
    8.5 miles Saguaro NP East
    18 Miles Saguaro NP East

    You are welcome to join us for food after the ride. This week we will go to Viv's Café after the ride.

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

    To participate in this GABA group ride you MUST:

    1. Be willing to ride at a social pace (end of ride social pace 12-14 MPH).
    2. Be willing to serve as the ride sweep for a small portion of the ride.
    3. Use the phrase "walker/bike up" when overtaking someone.
    4. Use the phrase "walker/bike left" when approaching someone coming at us. This should be used when on narrow parts of multiuse paths.
    5. Stay right of the center line on multiuse paths and right of the white line while on the road except to pass.
    6. Give at least 3 feet when passing someone walking or riding in the same direction.

    IMPORTANT: If you have not ridden with Bob or Wayne within the last 12 months, please send your contact information (Name, phone number, emergency contact, emergency contact phone number (NOT 911) to Bob at [masked] and Wayne at [masked]. The ride waiver will be filled out prior to the ride, you will just need to verify the information and sign it.

    The end-of-ride average speed is expected to be between 12 and 14 MPH, preferably closer to 12 than 14. If you are not comfortable or not capable with this expected pace average over the entire route, please do not participate in this ride, it is not fair to the other riders. This is a social ride, lots of conversations, and regroupings as we will not drop anyone. Riders are expected to ride at the pace of the ride leader and between the ride leader and the sweep.

    If you sign up for the ride and are running a couple of minutes late call (DO NOT TEXT) the ride leader: Bob's phone number is[masked] and Wayne's is[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 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.

  • Tuesday Social Ride, E2 Kolb (C/3/28)

    Viv's Cafe

    If this ride is full, sign up for "Tuesday Social Ride, E1 it starts at the same time and location.

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

    Ride with GPS map is located at: Eastside 7
    Distance 28 Miles, Elevation gain 1050 Ft

    This ride is a social ride, at a casual pace, with lots of communication, the ride is NOT a high paced training ride.

    Start/End: Viv's Café . NW corner of Catalina HWY and Tanque Verde. 8987 E Tanque Verde Rd

    Water/Bathrooms
    9 miles Agua Caliente Regional Park
    18 Miles Forty Niner Country Club

    You are welcome to join us for food after the ride. This week we will go to Viv's Café after the ride.

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

    To participate in this GABA group ride you MUST:

    1. Be willing to ride at a social pace (end of ride social pace 12-14 MPH).
    2. Be willing to serve as the ride sweep for a small portion of the ride.
    3. Use the phrase "walker/bike up" when overtaking someone.
    4. Use the phrase "walker/bike left" when approaching someone coming at us. This should be used when on narrow parts of multiuse paths.
    5. Stay right of the center line on multiuse paths and right of the white line while on the road except to pass.
    6. Give at least 3 feet when passing someone walking or riding in the same direction.

    IMPORTANT: If you have not ridden with Bob or Wayne within the last 12 months, please send your contact information (Name, phone number, emergency contact, emergency contact phone number (NOT 911) to Bob at [masked] and Wayne at [masked]. The ride waiver will be filled out prior to the ride, you will just need to verify the information and sign it.

    The end-of-ride average speed is expected to be between 12 and 14 MPH, preferably closer to 12 than 14. If you are not comfortable or not capable with this expected pace average over the entire route, please do not participate in this ride, it is not fair to the other riders. This is a social ride, lots of conversations, and regroupings as we will not drop anyone. Riders are expected to ride at the pace of the ride leader and between the ride leader and the sweep.

    If you sign up for the ride and are running a couple of minutes late call (DO NOT TEXT) the ride leader: Bob's phone number is[masked] and Wayne's is[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 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.

  • St. Phillips to Sweetwater Hill B,C+/2/37.4

    Ren Coffeehouse

    Ride Description:
    This ride from St. Phillips Plaza will take us along the Rillito bike path on our way to Sweetwater Dr. where we will enjoy one of our favorite climbs and descents. We will be treated to views of the Tucson Mountains and Sweetwater Preserve along the way.

    After our return we can enjoy beverages at Ren Coffee House.

    Participation rules:
    Your GABA membership should be current. Please obey traffic laws and represent GABA well. Bring food & fluids for 3 hours. Front and back flashing lights are encouraged on The Loop. Helmets must be worn at all times while riding. This ride is unsupported.

    Start Time: Arrive by 8:45 AM for sign-in. Wheels rolling by 9:00 AM.
    Final rolling average: 16-17 mph.
    Ride Type: Social, Regroup
    Terrain: Relatively flat bike paths and some hilly paved roads.
    Total Elevation Gain: 930 ft.
    Traffic: Special attention is required when passing the school on W. Sweetwater Dr.
    Parking: Ample parking at Saint Phillips Plaza at the intersection of Campbell and River.

    Ride Coordinator: Dave McElwaine

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41269740

    Ride Codes:
    • B 16-18 mph
    • C+ 14-16 mph

    Terrain Codes:
    • 1 Flat
    • 2 Minor Hills

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  • Cruise around Fantasy Island B-/1/32.7

    North Swan Road

    Ride Description:
    This ride will leave from the park at Swan and The Loop. We will head south and make a complete trip around Fantasy Island before heading back on the bike path. We will also pass through one of our favorite neighborhoods off Houghton.

    This ride has very little climbing but does have an enjoyable descent along Fantasy Island. It is limited to ten persons.

    Participation rules:
    Your GABA membership should be current. Please obey traffic laws and represent GABA well. Bring food & fluids for 3 hours. Front and back flashing lights are encouraged on The Loop. Helmets must be worn at all times while riding. This ride is unsupported.

    Start Time: Arrive by 8:15 AM for sign-in. Wheels rolling by 8:30 AM.
    Final rolling average: 17ish mph.
    Ride Type: Social, Regroup
    Terrain: Relatively flat bike paths and some hilly paved roads.
    Total Elevation Gain: 669 ft.
    Traffic: Special attention is required at the intersections on Houghton
    Parking: Ample parking is available in the park.

    Ride Coordinator: Dave McElwaine

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41459431

    Ride Codes:
    • B 16-18 mph
    • C+ 14-16 mph

    Terrain Codes:
    • 1 Flat
    • 2 Minor Hills

  • Thursday Social Ride, E1 Kolb (C/3/28)

    Viv's Cafe

    If this ride is full, sign up for "Thursday Social Ride, E2 it starts at the same time and location.

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

    Ride with GPS map is located at: Eastside 7
    Distance 28 Miles, Elevation gain 1050 Ft

    This ride is a social ride, at a casual pace, with lots of communication, the ride is NOT a high paced training ride.

    Start/End: Viv's Café . NW corner of Catalina HWY and Tanque Verde. 8987 E Tanque Verde Rd

    Water/Bathrooms
    9 miles Agua Caliente Regional Park
    18 Miles Forty Niner Country Club

    You are welcome to join us for food after the ride. This week we will go to Viv's Café after the ride.

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

    To participate in this GABA group ride you MUST:

    1. Be willing to ride at a social pace (end of ride social pace 12-14 MPH).
    2. Be willing to serve as the ride sweep for a small portion of the ride.
    3. Use the phrase "walker/bike up" when overtaking someone.
    4. Use the phrase "walker/bike left" when approaching someone coming at us. This should be used when on narrow parts of multiuse paths.
    5. Stay right of the center line on multiuse paths and right of the white line while on the road except to pass.
    6. Give at least 3 feet when passing someone walking or riding in the same direction.

    IMPORTANT: If you have not ridden with Bob or Wayne within the last 12 months, please send your contact information (Name, phone number, emergency contact, emergency contact phone number (NOT 911) to Bob at [masked] and Wayne at [masked]. The ride waiver will be filled out prior to the ride, you will just need to verify the information and sign it.

    The end-of-ride average speed is expected to be between 12 and 14 MPH, preferably closer to 12 than 14. If you are not comfortable or not capable with this expected pace average over the entire route, please do not participate in this ride, it is not fair to the other riders. This is a social ride, lots of conversations, and regroupings as we will not drop anyone. Riders are expected to ride at the pace of the ride leader and between the ride leader and the sweep.

    If you sign up for the ride and are running a couple of minutes late call (DO NOT TEXT) the ride leader: Bob's phone number is[masked] and Wayne's is[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 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.