Hello cyclists. Happy Bike To Work Day! Did you ride into the office on your two-wheeler today? I sure hope so! In my vast research, I noticed that some cities hold “Bike To Work Day” during the winter or maybe biking to work consists of a whole month instead of just one day. In Tempe, it seems that many residents bike to work or school on a daily basis, month or even year-long, and we are lucky for this luxury because I don’t think I’d see many of us Sun Devils out there riding around on bikes if Tempe received a snowstorm. We are lucky to have amazing weather and over 40 miles of bike lanes. So today, Tempe cyclists, get out there and ride! Or go to work. Whatever.
Usually the Ironman rolls into Tempe just as the cooler weather begins, but today was surely a test of endurance of the true IRONMEN out there, competing in 80 degree temperatures. If you are not familiar with the event, the Ironman is a triathlon, which is a multiple-stage competition of continuous activities such as swimming, biking and running in sequential order proving extreme endurance disciplines. Today, I went to Tempe Beach Park to cheer on athletes from the sidelines and snap a few photos, of course. I can’t wait to hear the results.
At 7 this morning, the athletes began their goal of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and full marathon, 26.2 miles. The athletes who participate in Ironman’s train extensively, have specific diets, workouts and even personal coaches help them prepare for such a high level of competition.
When standing at the bike finish line, I saw a coach calmly update his client on his combined time of swim and bike thus far, as the man dismounted his bike and shed the cycling shoe. I noticed a very fast paced mentality where you need to keep moving all the time. As soon as the athlete comes close to the check point, they clicked off the cycling shoe and begin dismounting the bike and give the bike to a volunteer who takes the bike to valet as the athlete prepares for the running stint.
I love watching the race and the feeling of inspiration that surrounds me as they pass by. I feel a strong sense motivation and realization that working hard for something is a beautiful thing.
It’s a lifelong goal for some, and a career for others. To all, they show motivation and drive, each has their own personal story, but all want to finish the race.
A quick interesting fact: People come from all 50 United States and many other countries to compete in the Ironman.
New Belgium’s Tour de Fat is coming to Tempe this weekend and it’s a bike event you don’t want to miss! The event shines awareness on the environment and riding your bike instead of driving a car, and of course fun costumes and BEER! This will be my third Tour de Fat and I wanted to share some tips so you can have the best time ever this year!
When: Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, Event starts at 9 a.m., Bike ride is at 10 a.m. and the event lasts until 3 p.m.
Where: Tempe Beach Park: 80 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281
The Do’s and Don’ts
- Bring your bike! Don’t forget a bike lock.
- Get there early. It will be crowded because look how much fun you’ll have!
- Dress up! If you don’t wear a costume, you are more likely to stand out. Most people wear a fun costume of their choosing- there’s no rhyme or reason. Get creative! Think of Tour de Fat, as early Halloween!
- Bring your ID, some cash and sunscreen. These items will be important if you want to drink New Belgium beer and avoid getting a sun burn- yes even in October it’s still hot and sunny in Tempe.
- Drink water and bring some with you.
- Eat breakfast! You will be better off having eaten something than if you were to start drinking beer in the heat on an empty stomach.
- Check out your bike the day before. You don’t want a flat tire or busted chain during the bike ride.
- Call all your cyclist friends and invite them! The more the merrier!
- Drive: This is a biking event that encourages you to “trade in your car for a bike”. So ride your bike or take the light rail there. The parking lot will be pretty full, especially the later you arrive.
- Ride your bike like you’re in a race. There will be many people in the bike ride and it’s best to ride to a leisurely speed to avoid injuries.
- Bring pets, unless you have a bike basket for them to ride in. They could get hurt being in a crowd of cyclists.
Check out the New Belgium website for more information! See ya there!
Two-Wheelin’ Tempe has been borrowing my Twitter handle for far too long and finally I decided to reach out in the Twitter world through a separate, but also wonderful, Twitter account. If you enjoy stories from cyclists, biking tips, information about gear, bike rides and events in Tempe- make sure to follow @TwoWheelinTempe! Thank you for stopping by!
If you have been wanting to join in on local group bike rides and enjoy activities that usually stop or end near a bar, you will have more chances each month on Second Saturdays, all year!
Thanks to Tempe Bicycle Action Group, also known as TBAG, for scheduling these rides, making them fun and open to anyone! You don’t have to be an experienced cyclist like Lance Armstrong to participate. But remember to be safe. Bring a bike light, reflective gear and your U-lock!
ALL RIDES BEGIN at the Tempe Town Lake entrance on the NW corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway.
Here is the bike ride schedule for:
TBAG SECOND SATURDAYS 2012
March 10– Mustache Ride: Whether you have a mustache or not, buy one, grow one or draw one on for this fun ride! Here are some fabulous ‘staches to aspire to!
April 14– Hotel Bar Ride: How often do you frequent the hotel bars in this area? Give them a chance tonight! Actual hotel bar locations to be announced.
May 12– Prom Ride: If you can still fit into your Prom getup from high school, wear it! If not check out a local thrift store or your parent’s closet for your evenings attire.
June 9– ‘Steers and Beers’ Cowboy Ride: The perfect excuse to wear cowboy boots and saddle up on your bike for a fun night!
July 14– Second Saturday Ride
Aug. 11– Trailer Park Ride: Did someone say jorts? Find a outfit that Kid Rock would appreciate.
Sept. 8– Second Saturday Ride
Oct. 13– Zombie Ride: Prepare for Halloween with the Zombie Ride.
Nov. 10– Harvest Ride: Enjoy a bike ride in the crisp fall weather. Celebrate the season in any way you see fit!
Dec. 8– Eggnog Ride: The annual holiday lights viewing ride. Wear an ugly, holiday sweater and bring a thermos of eggnog!
Do you want to indulge in beer flavored recipes on a delicious brunch menu….AND to bike all the live long day?
I thought you might! Remember to schedule an event alert in your iPhone for this Saturday, Feb. 18.
Arizona Beer Week is coming back to town with events scheduled each day! Saturday’s ‘Beer, Brunch and Bikes’ starts off the week of beer-related festivities. Arizona Beer Week is Feb. 18 – 25.
I love that we just celebrated the Centennial in Arizona and now we have a whole week devoted to beer!
This event begins at 10 a.m. at the SunUp Brewery, in Phoenix on Camelback Road and Central Avenue (Map). When you arrive, come hungry for a hearty breakfast and make sure to save some energy for a 3-mile bike ride to the Strong Beer Festival. The bike ride should be fairly easy and open to cyclists of all skill levels, but I’d assume you have to be 21-years-old to participate in the Strong Beer Festival. Two local bike groups, Tempe Bicycle Action Group and Phoenix Critical Mass, will be in attendance. They always love to get down on a local bike ride, especially if a nice cold beverage is waiting at the end destination! They will also be providing safety marshals to escort the bike ride to more beer!
Date: Saturday, Feb. 18
Time: Brunch: 10 a.m., Strong Beer Festival:1 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Cost: $15 for brunch buffet
Where: SunUp Brewery, 322 E Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ, 85012
Speeding my bike along the lake was the perfect way to commute to the Tweed Ride on Saturday evening at Tempe Town Lake.
When I arrived I saw a group of well dressed lads with their bikes near the entrance of the park.
The weather had been warm all day, but at the 5:30 p.m. meeting time, the breeze was just right for wearing tweed!
People gathered with their bikes for photos taken by Ryan Guzy, of Tempe Bicycle Action Group. We know the bike activist group in Tempe, as T.B.A.G.
Finally the ride began!
Someone bellowed, “Off to Robbie Fox’s Public House!”(Remember to practice bicycle safety and use a bike light or two after dark.)
A line of cyclists took off down Mill Avenue towards the first destination.
The group chimed bells throughout the ride signaling we were on our way.
At a stop light, near Mill Avenue and Fourth Street a man in a large white truck asked about the bike group. Someone quickly explained about T.B.A.G. The man nodded as he told us to “be careful”!
Robbie Fox’s had a few tables on the patio reserved for the crew. We all locked up bikes behind the patio.
The next stop was Canteen Modern Tequila Bar, which did not require a ride- just a short walk, as it neighbors Robbie Fox’s.
I sat at the bar for a quick shot of pineapple infused tequila, which was recommended by the bartender.
The group enjoyed a cocktail or beer while chatting and getting to know the newcomers.
After a few drinks and socializing, prizes were awarded for the best dressed and other categories.
Then the signal was given to move on to the next location, Casey Moore’s Oyster House.
The sun went down and everyone needed to use bike lights and attach extra reflectors. While crossing the street, one cyclist pointed out an instance when bikers should wait for a car speeding by.
Once the crew had all showed up at Casey Moore’s, Ryan took a group shot. Although it was difficult to see in the dark, he did a great job!
Upcoming bike ride:
- If you missed this ride and that makes you sad, check out the Mustache Ride on March 10.
- Check out the Facebook event information here.
Photos by: Lauren Fach and Ryan Guzy
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