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  • New Year's Day Bike Ride on The Loop

    Dec 31, 2014 | Read More News
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    The Greater Arizona Bicycling Association and Pima County are teaming up with two Tucson bicycle shops to sponsor a New Year’s Day bike ride Thursday, Jan. 1, on The Loop, more than 100 miles of shared-use paths linking unincorporated Pima County, Marana and Oro Valley with metro Tucson and South Tucson.

    There will be two start locations for the event. Riders, including Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, may start from Udall Park, 7290 E. Tanque Verde Road, or the Loop Bike Shop, 3201 W. Diamond St., beginning at 9 a.m. Both locations will serve as supply-and-gear (SAG) stops, as will the Roy Schoonover Trailhead located on Kolb Road north of I-10. The American Diabetes Association, Performance Bikes, The Loop Bike Shop and the County’s Bike Ambassadors will provide SAG and mechanical support. Nearly 100 cyclists have registered for the ride.

    The route features 1,000 feet of elevation spread over the ride’s approximately 58 miles. Cyclists may ride shorter out-and-back distances on the shared-use paths and streets. Organizers said riders should bring food, water, spare tubes, basic bike tools and appropriate clothing.

    Bike Ambassadors also will be giving away 100 bicycle bells from 9 a.m. to noon at two locations: Michael Perry Park on the Pantano path just south of Golf Links and The Loop Bike Shop on the Santa Cruz path just north of El Camino del Cerro. The bells are adjustable and can fit any diameter handlebars on newer and older bikes.

    For more information about bicycling in Pima County, including maps and clubs, visit the Pima County Department of Transportation’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program online, The Loop online or Facebook.

    The ride is currently planned to go ahead. If the weather worsens significantly, a decision will be made by 5 p.m. Dec. 31 on whether the ride will be canceled due to rain and cold temperatures. Check The Loop’s Facebook page for ride status or contact Wayne Cullop, president, Greater Arizona Bicycling Association, 977-3018.