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A publication of the DC Ranch Community Council

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September 2014 • Vol. 6, No. 8

After two years of planning, The Country Club at DC Ranch is undergoing an extensive renovation to better serve the needs of its members. From a new lounge in the clubhouse to renovated bunkers on the golf course, the Club’s improvements are scheduled to be finished just in time for the holidays. | Page 12


Ranch News Highlights. . . . . . . . . 2

Cyclist Shayna Elizabeth turned a devastating accident into a source of motivation through perseverance.

10 Professional Profile. . . . . . . . . . . 5 Around Scottsdale. . . . . . . . . . 11 McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. . 6 Tour Training. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Tour de Scottsdale . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Around the Ranch. . . . . . . . . . 14 Arts and Culture. . . . . . . . . . . .

Tour inspiration: Cyclist finds inner strength to overcome near-death injuries Two years ago, Shayna Elizabeth was hit by a drunk driver while cycling and left on

the side of the road. She sustained traumatic injuries to nearly every part of her body, and doctors said it would be years before Shayna could ever train or compete again.


Passport to Art: Fiona Price

5:30 p.m. | Desert Camp Community Center WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10

DC Ranch Women Luncheon

Just a year later, the avid cyclist crossed the finish line in one of the world’s most challenging endurance competitions. Her next feat is riding in the Tour de Scottsdale to continue her road to recovery and journey to regain self-confidence. | Page 8 RANCH ASSOCIATION

11:30 a.m. | The Silverleaf Club THURSDAY, SEPT. 18

DC Ranch Film Club: Love is Strange

5:30 p.m. | Desert Camp Community Center MONDAY, SEPT. 8

Ranch Association Board of Directors

6 p.m. | The Homestead Community Center Community Calendar Pg. 7


New online security resources just a click away

Rosati’s serves up a deep-dish taste of Chicago

Need to set up gate access for a new car? Leaving on vacation and want reassurance of safety? The all-new Security section on offers residents a variety of safety services with an easy-to-navigate page. | Page 3

More than 50 years ago, the Rosati family introduced its authentic Italian cuisine to the suburbs of the Windy City. Now their deep-dish pizzas, mouth-watering sandwiches, and savory pastas are served at a new location in DC Ranch Crossing. | Page 4

Photo: Shayna Elizabeth

Country Club gets ready for extensive renovation reveal

September 2014


September 2014 • Vol. 6, No. 8

Ranch News Highlights

Preparing for Tour de Scottsdale

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Ranch News is a not-for-profit newspaper published monthly by the DC Ranch Community Council to share timely and relevant information with residents. The publication seeks to build community by connecting neighbors through stories and pictures and to offer a product valuable to advertisers. Ranch News celebrates and perpetuates the values of the DC Ranch community. Community Engagement Director | Jona Davis Senior Communications Manager | Jeremy Stevens Communications Coordinators | Elizabeth Dankert & Beatrice Shelton Phone: 480.585.1641 E-mail: Web site: Published by

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I love to cycle. So much so that I own four bikes. Why? Well, each bicycle is different. Each one is designed and constructed for a different purpose, and that’s what I love about cycling — there’s such versatility in the sport. Whether for a tough off-road excursion or tooling down the street for coffee on a Sunday morning, there’s a bike made for every occasion. This month’s Ranch News issue focuses on the upcoming 11th annual Tour de Scottsdale bike ride. On the morning of October 12, over 2000 riders will line up at the start on Market Street to participate in this event. Every mile benefits the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy (MSC). Read on page 6 just how many of the fundraising efforts contribute to the overall mission of MSC. If you are thinking about signing up for Tour de Scottsdale and need a little motivation, turn to page 8 and read Shayna Elizabeth’s story. In June 2011, Elizabeth was riding with friends on a familiar route when she was hit by an SUV. Through all of the difficult recovery, her positive attitude and support network allowed Elizabeth to complete the 2013 IRONMAN Triathlon Arizona. The next goal on the horizon is Tour de Scottsdale. She has also become an advocate for cyclist safety. Through her role with the Not One More foundation, Elizabeth is working to increase awareness for Jona Davis more cyclists on the road. Whether you are “carb loading” for the Tour or just need some fantastic Italian food, read the Marketplace section on page 4 highlighting the opening of Rosati’s Sports Pub at DC Ranch Crossing. The description of the pizza made my mouth water. Page 9 is the interview with James Kramer from FASTER Cycling, the official bike store sponsor of the Tour. We stopped by the state-of-the-art bicycle facility in north Scottsdale and learned all about the business of cycling. If you are not a cyclist, turn to the Monthly Planner on page 7 for a host of other fun events, programs and clubs in DC Ranch throughout September. Find your purpose this month. —Jona Davis, Community Engagement Director

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September 2014


Spotlight on Ranch Association

Community Updates

Overseeding planned for September and October

In desert communities it is common to overseed Bermuda grass with a suitable cool-season winter ryegrass. This provides a green cover when the Bermuda grass would otherwise turn brown and become dormant for the winter. The lawns at Desert Camp and The Homestead Community Centers and all neighborhood grass areas will be overseeded Sept. 29 to Oct. 24. Residents are asked to keep off the grass during these dates to allow for successful germination. This will help the grass remain a lush green throughout the winter.

Residents can click on the Security section on to retrieve guest data, authorize new visitors, and update contact information.

New security resources just a click away By Terri Raimondi | Ranch Association

All information related to security at DC Ranch can now be found in a user-friendly format on Residents using the site report they especially like the one-click stop to forms for gate access, vacation watch and more. In addition to easily locating forms, residents can manage guest lists, retrieve data, and update contact information. DC Ranch Security Director Sandee Breiling attributes the hefty increase in vacation watch requests this summer to the new paperless system. “Residents are using it and we’ve had more vacation forms submitted than ever before,” she said. The site also offers options to add stricter security controls to accounts such as the family gate-pass code or resident photo used by gate personnel for identification purposes. This is especially helpful when residents use alternate transportation other than their registered vehicle. “When our family recently returned from a vacation, we took a taxi from the airport to DC Ranch. We provided our family passcode at the Horseshoe Canyon gate, and it took just seconds for the guard to clear us. The new system worked great,” commented Ranch Association board president Fred Green.


A new feature of the Security section, called “Gate Pass Request,” allows residents and contractors to electronically submit registration for up to three vehicles prior to heading to Westgate to have the gate tags attached. This differs from the “Gate user account” that permits management of guest, delivery, and contact information. These options are located in the Security section under “Resident Forms.” Another new item in the forms section is “Grant an Authorized Person,” delegating guest authorization to other persons such as immediate family members. A few other items to highlight in the Security section are the “Security Safety Tips” and “Security Notices.” The safety tips are general reminders of ways residents can help secure the community such as locking vehicles parked outside to prevent access to garage door openers. “Security Notices” is where important community information or alerts would be posted. Residents can check that section periodically or when instructed to do so. Continued feedback on the new design from residents is encouraged. Please call The Ranch Offices on Market Street at 480.513.1500, or visit “Contact Security” on the Security section of

The following DC Ranch team members celebrate an anniversary in September. Please join us in thanking them for their service to DC Ranch. Community Council Gabrielle Enriquez, 6 years, Senior Manager, Events and Programs Ranch Association Doug Ulmer, 5 years, Facilities and Maintenance Team Jose Hernandez, 4 years, Facilities and Maintenance Team Bradley Brungard, 3 years, Facilities and Maintenance Team 

As a reminder, the Ranch Association Board of Directors recently voted to standardize speed limits for all DC Ranch property. The maximum speed for main thoroughfares is 25 mph. The revised limit for all other neighborhood streets is 15 mph. There are two exceptions, including the south loop of Desert Camp where the posted maximum is 30 mph and roadways located behind gates managed by sub-associations. New speed limit signs will be erected outside of each neighborhood gate by mid-September. Additional speed signs within the larger community villages will be changed to also conform to the newly approved standards. Initial reports indicate residents are responding to the new battery-powered electronic speed signs installed around the community. The board sanctioned the purchase of three programmable signs to help deter speeding and capture data. This information will identify repeat offenders and determine areas needing better control. Residents want to keep DC Ranch streets safe for school children, pedestrians, cyclists, and other drivers.

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Photo: Ranch Association

Residents adhere to updated driving provisions

Home resale facts to remember

Prices for homes in Silverleaf are up 36 percent and 15 percent in DC Ranch overall. This is encouraging data considering that the real estate market in the first half of the year slightly favored the buyer. It’s important for owners to seek guidance, especially when thinking of selling a home. State law requires disclosure by the Ranch Association within 10 days once a buyer’s offer is received. Often during this inspection and reporting process, housing items not in compliance with DC Ranch standards (such as unapproved paint colors) can be discovered and interrupt a sales transaction. To avoid any foreseeable delays, The Ranch Association suggests scheduling a complimentary pre-inspection to address any circumstances before placing a home on the market. DC Ranch’s appeal lies in its visual aesthetics, community values, unique history, and natural desert beauty that neighbors wish to preserve. Please call The Ranch Offices on Market Street to schedule an appointment at 480.513.1500 or visit the Real Estate section on for more details.

September 2014


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In its new north Scottsdale location Rosati’s is serving a range of Chicago style deep-dish classics along with a full-service sports pub atmosphere.

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Ranch News met up with Jason Travers, proprietor of Rosati’s Pizza Sports Pub, to learn more about his dining establishment, which recently opened its doors in DC Ranch Crossing.

Q: C  an you share a little about Rosati’s Authentic Chicago Pizza, and what sets it apart from other pizzerias?

A: Rosati’s great taste of Chicago Pizza has a 50-year tradition, with family recipes passed down through generations. We have five delicious types of crust: Traditional, Thin Crust, Double Dough, Authentic Stuffed, and our world-famous Chicago Deep Dish. We use Rosati’s signature blend of multiple cheeses cooked golden brown that’s oh so delicious. We have toppings galore, with generous portions piled onto your preference not a scale’s. Our perfectly seasoned Italian sausage is made from the original Rosati’s family recipe, always fresh and never pre-cooked. Are you tempted yet?

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Q: How did you get your start in this business?

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A: My family has been in the restaurant and bar business since I was born. In 2013, my wife and I decided it was time to open our own business. We chose Rosati’s Pizza because of the systems in place which will enable us to succeed. Q: What prompted your decision to locate in DC Ranch Crossing?

A: While going through the process of opening Rosati’s, my wife and I chose the north Scottsdale territory because we both grew up in Scottsdale. This is our pride, our joy, and our home. Q: W  e’ve heard you included a unique sports bar in the design of this location. Can you share details?

A: We wanted to provide our customers with a full bar, including a wide variety of beer, wine, and spirits while dining and watching sports on ten 60-inch screens. What’s unique about the Rosati’s Pizza Sports Pub in DC Ranch is that our premises include take-out, a restaurant, and bar area. We also offer two large patios where guests can enjoy dining al fresco. A huge sliding glass door completely opens up the restaurant to the outdoors and lets customers take full advantage of our weather and beautiful scenery. In addition to take-out, delivery and dine-in, we also offer catering services.

Q: Will you be serving up dishes other than pizza?

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A: Yes! We are preparing a wide variety of appetizers, wings, salads, sandwiches, pastas, calzones, and desserts. Q: Can you describe your favorite items on the menu?

A: • T  he Chef Sandwich, our delicious Italian beef on French bread baked with melted mozzarella cheese and especially good with hot Giardiniera relish. • The Thin Crust Classic Combo, our gourmet Italian sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and black olives. • Penne & Grilled Chicken a la Vodka, simmered in a creamy vodka sauce and topped with our tender grilled chicken breast and shaved parmesan.

Rosati’s Pizza Sports Pub 18221 N Pima Rd. Suite 140 480.513.3000 11 a.m. to Midnight

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September 2014


Photo: Lindsey Schultz Design

Professional Profile

Gathering creative inspiration from her parents, much of Lindsey Schultz’s love of design was sparked during childhood.

Edge and pop come together: Meet interior designer Lindsey Schultz By Michelle Griffith

In a characteristically industrial space with floor-to-ceiling windows, Lindsey Schultz has surrounded herself with all things that inspire her: imported pieces from Morocco and Indonesia, Mid-Century Modern furnishings, and a conference table made from the drafting table her Dad bought when he was 15 and living in Chicago. Voted Phoenix Home & Garden’s 2014 Young Gun Interior Designer, Lindsey Schultz, with 10 years of design experience, established her eponymous design studio in 2011. This spring, Lindsey Schultz Design set up shop on Market Street at DC Ranch. “When I was at a friend’s new house and found myself creating this list in my head of all the things she should and could do to really make her place great, it dawned on me that this wasn’t my first inner monologue,” said Schultz. When Schultz realized that she had mentally re-designed dozens of homes over the years, her career-change decision was made. A passion for keeping things interesting ignites Schultz in her quest to find the next exciting element to grace her projects. She looks for unexpected, and often edgy, pops of design. Recently she covered the barrel vault ceiling in a Las Vegas dining room with feather patterned wallpaper. Having pushed her clients out of their comfort zone with this

unconventional element, their resistance was soon squelched by their trust in her. Fearless in her design approach, Schultz’s ability to seamlessly blend time periods and aesthetics keeps her clients excited and on their toes. “The gratitude felt when a client falls in love with what you have done for them—I just can’t picture myself doing anything else. Why would I want to?” asked Schultz. They say if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. And for this Young Gun, doing what she was born to do, nothing rings more true.

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Knowledge of the path ahead. And the skill to follow it.

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McDowell Sonoran Conservancy

Conveniently located in DC Ranch Marketplace More than 2,000 cyclists embark upon Scottsdale to participate in Tour de Scottsdale each year. 480.384.5750

The Tour de Scottsdale benefits MSC, but just how much? By Jace McKeighan | Conser vancy steward and DC Ranch resident

The 11th annual Tour de Scottsdale is just around the corner on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. The event kicks off on Market Street and features the 30-mile citizen’s ride and traditional 70-mile ride. The event beneficiary remains the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. The Tour is one of the major annual fundraising events for MSC. So how exactly does the Tour benefit MSC? The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is maintained by a public-private partnership Member FDIC between the City of Scottsdale and MSC. MSC’s stewardship efforts are wide-ranging, from patrol to trail maintenance, public programs and Conservancy-trained volunteers who, over the years, have contributed more than 270,000 hours of services. 1762-3_MFB_PrivateBankBridge_DCRnch.indd 1 2/12/13 3:25 PM MSC is now regarded as a leader in the field of stewardship, and groups from around the country are contacting MSC to learn about its fundraising methods. MSC could not conduct all of these efforts without donations from a variety of sources, including the Tour and its sponsors. Funds from both the Tour’s sponsorships and registration fees are used to support MSC’s continued stewardship of the Preserve. This year, Lexus is the presenting sponsor for the Tour. Oliver Smith Jewelers is sponsoring the 30-mile citizen’s ride; Faster cycle shop, Spooner Physical Therapy, PMT Ambulance, Scottsdale Healthcare, and Safeway are other sponsors. Each of these organizations has generously given donations that directly support MSC’s mission to champion the sustainability of the Preserve for the benefit of this and future generations. Tour funds have been critical to the formation and success of the McDowell Sonoran Field Institute. The Field Institute is the scientific research arm of the Conservancy, dedicated to the study and preservation of the natural and human history of the Preserve. The Tour also provides one of the best examples we have of partnering with our neighbors, in this case DC Ranch. DC’s Ranch’s community building entity, the ComCamelot Homes is pleased to announce that pre-sales will begin this Fall for the last 15 luxury villas to be built munity Council, produces the Tour. This event takes a team effort, and DC Ranch’s in DC Ranch. These charming, award-winning homes feature private courtyard entries, spacious and open contribution is a vital component of the Tour’s success. great-room layouts, and the carefree lifestyle you have been looking for. Located in a maturely landscaped, We encourage you to support the Tour de Scottsdale and the Conservancy. To gated enclave adjacent to Market Street, this prime location is within walking distance to the vibrant DC Ranch learn more about the Tour and its connection with MSC, visit social scene, with shopping, restaurants, and the Desert Camp Community Center all an easy stroll away. We hope to see you on Oct. 12.

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The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy champions the sustainability of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve for the benefit of this and future generations. As stewards, we connect the community to the Preserve through education, research, advocacy, partnerships and safe, respectful access.

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September 2014

Community Calendar

7 The following is a list of events and activities at DC Ranch this month. Some activities and events may have an admission fee. Please see for more information and an up-to-date calendar of activities.

Community Council’s Featured Event

DC Ranch Women: Silverleaf Luncheon Wednesday, Sept. 10 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Silverleaf Club Register on Cost $25 per person

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Join DC Ranch Women at The Silverleaf Club for a social luncheon of mixing and mingling. Guests are required to RSVP with payment in advance. DC Ranch Women hosts a number of year-round activities which include luncheons, happy hours, facilitated discussions and occasional interactive outings. For questions, please contact the Community Council at 480.342.7178.

Save the Date: Spotlight Speaker Series RSVP on The Community Council announces a new program, the Spotlight Speakers Series – a series of speaking engagements beginning this fall, designed to engage residents in thought-provoking, informative discussions. The Series is a forum for the exchange of ideas and the enrichment of community life. Speakers are invited based on their expertise in an area of interest to DC Ranch residents. Four events each year will cover a variety of topics that aim to enlighten, promote awareness, and stimulate conversation. The inaugural season kicks off with leaders from several disciplines such as history medicine and journalism. Join the Community Council on Wednesday, Oct. 22, with award-winning journalist Robin Sewell, as she travels through the Journey of Arizona. Gatherings are complimentary for DC Ranch residents. More information to come.

Robin Sewell: Arizona History and Highlights

Dr. Michael Breus: ‘The Dr. Oz Sleep Doctor’

Aaron Brown: Turning Points in TV News History

Wednesday, Oct. 22 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center

Wednesday, Dec. 3 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center

Wednesday, Feb. 18 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Homestead Community Center

Adult Social Clubs & Activities

Fitness Activities

Update: Duplicate Bridge now at Desert Camp


Beginning in August, Duplicate Bridge relocated to Desert Camp Community Center. The club meets on Tuesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Please call Gerrie Hinson at 480.513.4699 to RSVP or learn more information.

Passport to Art: Animal and Equine Art Featured artist: Fiona Purdy Thursday, Sept. 4 | 5:30 to 7 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center

DC Ranch Film Club: Love is Strange Thursday, Sept. 18 | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center

Mahjong Mondays | 12:30 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

Social Bridge Wednesdays | 12:30 to 4 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.513.6296

Tuesdays | 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.585.1641

Shallow Water Exercise Mondays and Wednesdays | 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturdays | 9 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center Pool

Yoga Tuesdays and Thursdays | 9 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.818.3232

Zumba Tuesdays and Thursdays | 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.585.1641

Child, Youth & Teen Activities TGIF: Little Wranglers Junior Firefighters Friday, Sept. 5 | 6 to 8:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

TGIF: Tweens Glow Putt Mini Golf Friday, Sept. 5 | 6 to 9 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

Storytime Thursdays | 9 to 10 a.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.585.1641

Kindermusik Wednesdays | 9:15 a.m. to Noon Desert Camp Community Center 480.794.0222

Community Meetings Ranch Association Board of Directors Monday, Sept. 8 | 6 p.m. The Homestead Community Center 480.513.1500

Ranch Association Modification Committee

Community Events & Activities

Tuesday, Sept. 9 & 23 | 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Ranch Offices on Market Street 480.419.5307

Trailblazer Breakfast

Community Council Board of Directors

Thursdays | 8 to 10 a.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

Thursday, Sept. 25 | 4:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center 480.342.7178

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Tour de Scottsdale

The first step is the hardest: Cyclist endures on long road to recovery We all need a reason to get out of bed in the morning. But when it is a matter of learning to walk again, getting out of bed can be one of the most painful and frustrating parts of a person’s day. This morning ritual—which most of us never think twice about—turned into a life-changing goal for Shayna Elizabeth. She was severely injured after being hit by a drunk driver while riding her bike in 2012. It took Shayna months of painful physical therapy just to be able to get out of bed on her own. “On June 30, I was riding with some friends in the Gila Bend reservation and we were all separated by about a half mile. I was hit by a drunk driver and left on the side of the road,” recalled Shayna. After being airlifted to the hospital, Shayna spent nine days in the trauma unit. She sustained injuries all over her body, including a collapsed lung, fractured pelvis, and broken wrists and knee caps. “I could not move any limb for two months. Can you imagine? I literally couldn’t even use my arms to lift myself up in bed,” said Shayna. Through extensive physical therapy, Shayna eventually re-learned how to walk and move her wrists. The process was slow and oftentimes frustrating. As a true athlete, she used event training as a motivator and asked her doctor if she could do the IRONMAN Triathlon in Arizona, 2013. “He said no. I likely wouldn’t even be able to run for a couple years,” said Shayna. “But I was determined to do it. When I signed up for IRONMAN, two guys had to help me walk to registration. I was going to do that

Shayna Elizabeth (second from left) believes her helmet saved her life. She also recommends all cyclists ride in groups for safety.

“I tried at least five times but I would get scared and start shaking, terrified,” she said. “Finally, I rode. As my confidence grew, so did my speed.” The next November, Shayna finished the IRONMAN with a time of 12:51. She said training for the race was harder than the race itself, because her body was still healing. Her next challenge is to ride the 70-mile “I was going to do that race. I needed route in the 2014 Tour de Scottsdale. a reason to get up and try.” “I push myself to sign up for events like the Tour because this is what I live —Shayna Elizabeth for. I don’t want anyone—especially not a drunk driver—to take that away from me.” With the help of a great support system, not to race. I needed a reason to get up and try.” With a plan in place, Shayna then needed to mention a good-fitting bike, Shayna has plenty of reasons to get out of bed each morning. overcome a major hurdle—getting back on the bike.

“I’ll be honest. I still get scared on the bike sometimes. But there is nothing like the wind in your face and the freedom you feel when riding your bike.”

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September 2014

Tour de Scottsdale

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The business of cycling, there’s an art to that By Beatrice Shelton | Community Council

Skinsuits, logos, and sleek bikes— what does it all mean? Cyclists can be found everywhere today, as Arizona has become the ideal haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Tour de France is touted as one of the most supreme athletic competitions in the world. But to the average person driving by droves of cyclist on the road, it has remained an extremely foreign competitive sport. James Kramer, owner of FASTER Cycling in Scottsdale and sponsor of the 11th annual Tour de Scottsdale ride, shed some light on the business of cycling. First things first: The sport of cycling is all about speed and time, so purchasing the right bike is essential. A quality-made frame and its components have small yet essential features which highlight various benefits to a rider. “There are a number of characteristics that change the dynamic design and quality of one particular bike from the other,” said Kramer. “The minimum cost for a simple road bike can start around $1,500, or as much as $10,000 for the best of the best…sometimes even more.” Physically preparing for a longdistance ride is equally as important as the purchase of a bike. Selecting the perfect bike, however, is only one factor in the many nuances that make cycling such a trained, skillful sport. Specifically for Tour de Scottsdale, Kramer recommends about eight solid weeks of training, with three days a week of actual ride time for the 30-mile course. For the 70-mile course, 12 solid weeks of four to five days a week would be ideal for such a lengthy course. Only consider yourself a professional after this: Cycling categories start

at a 5, all the way up to an HC climb, which is the most difficult and challenging. Kramer said, “A license must be issued by USA Cycling and a rider must rank, at a minimum, Category 5 just to be considered a professional cyclist.” So what’s with cycling teams? Once a cyclist has been ranked by USA Cycling—a rider will typically form or join a peloton, also known as a group of cyclists. “Specifically for competition, building a team is a strategic process because cyclists can save energy for their team leader by letting them ride in their slipstream,” said Kramer. A slipstream allows one rider to fall behind the peloton in order to save energy and keep endurance throughout the entire race. However, not all group rides are for competition purposes. “Most cyclists ride in groups for comaraderie and fellowship, specifically for non-competition,” said Kramer. “Some teams are invite-only, but most are open and people can choose by simply researching the personality and characteristics of cycling clubs or teams.” If nothing else: It’s important not to forget the essentials. Before anyone decides to jump on a bike and ride, there are important things to always remember before hitting the open road. “At minimum, a rider should have spare tube(s), tire levers, Allen wrenches, helmet, CO2 cartridges, and an inflator (or a hand pump),” said Kramer. “Water for hydration as well as food for energy is important if the ride and the rider’s endurance require it. Lastly, pack a cell phone, money or credit card, and an ID with emergency contact information.” Next time you see a cyclist on the road, remember the preparation behind each push of their pedal.


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Actress and ASU instructor Cat Hartmann is the guest speaker for the September Film Club program.

couple finally given the opportunity to make their union official. But when news of their marriage reaches the Catholic school where George works, he is fired from his long-time job and the relationship is tested in unconventional ways. Reviews from screenings at the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals have been excellent. Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair wrote, in part, “Love is Strange simulates real life in the most poignant of ways: breaking your heart while sending it soaring.” Hartmann added that films like Love is Strange can serve as a litmus test for the times. “Films often show what we, as a society, are ready to accept as normal,” she said. “The dynamics of love, at any age, no matter how the relationship is structured, are universal and affecting.” The DC Ranch Film Club is led by a committee of residents and staff, who bring a variety of ideas and resources to help us meet the broad interests of residents. Committee members include John and Mercedes Borzyskowski, Brandon Curtis (Committee Lead), Jona Davis, Susan Grace, Joanna Hooper, Chris Irish, Peggy Kennelly, and Ron and Kathy Tartarella. The DC Ranch Film Club meets on the third Thursday of the month, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Desert Camp Community Center. Complimentary light refreshments and drinks are provided by the Community Council. We hope you’ll join our community of film enthusiasts, right here at DC Ranch.

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See the movie on your own then join the group and share your insights and reviews. Please RSVP on September discussion: Love is Strange Thursday, Sept. 18 | 5:30 p.m. Desert Camp Community Center

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By Susan Grace | Film Club coordinator and DC Ranch resident

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September 2014

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Are you people-oriented? Excited about Downtown Scottsdale? Then consider volunteering as a Downtown Scottsdale Ambassador. Ambassador volunteers are asked to fulfill three-hour shifts at one of the city’s information sidewalk carts. Weekend coverage is also available for a number of exciting downtown activities such as fashion shows, art walks, and other special events. For more information on how to get involved, call 480.312.2342 or email

Experience Italy at the MIM

Revel in “la dolce vita” as the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), celebrates Italian music and culture. Get a taste of Italy with an Italian-inspired menu at Café Allegro, gallery talks, and hands-on activities for all ages on Saturday, Sept. 6. Listen to performances by notable local talents, such as Arizona Opera singers and the Tetra String Quartet. Be sure to attend the special dedication of the new exhibit, Violin Makers of Cremona, featuring the master instrument makers from the northern Italian city of Cremona. To purchase tickets, visit

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The 2014 Golf Channel Amateur Tour National Championships are Sept. 9-18. Grayhawk Golf Club’s Talon, Raptor and Talking Stick Golf Club’s north and south courses are the hosts. Talking Stick Resort will serve as the tournament headquarters for the national championships. Visit for more information.


Join the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy for an informative session about volunteering for the McDowell Sonoran Field Institute as a citizen scientist. The orientation will introduce residents to the volunteer program, highlight current research projects, and provide a chance to speak with Preserve stewards. The program is Sept. 18, at 5 p.m. at the Gateway Trailhead conference room. Please RSVP by contacting Kathy Dwyer at

Thrive After Three: Scottsdale’s after-school programs

Looking for after-school care in Scottsdale? The city’s Thrive After Three program could be a great fit for your family. The Horizon, Mountain View and Paiute community centers offer an enriching, safe environment for your child from school release until 6 p.m. Programs are available for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, depending on location. Trained recreation leaders conduct daily activities that include sports and fitness, arts and crafts, and nutritional education. Registration is only $30 a month. For more information on the programs and registration, visit or call 480.312.2584.

Conservation tip: Skip watering cycle after heavy rain

Even though monsoon season is wrapping up, there’s still a good chance for a powerful storm in September. If you experience a storm with heavy rains, remember to skip a watering cycle on the sprinkler/irrigation system. Also, if you lost power during a storm, check the settings on your controller to make sure it hasn’t reverted to default settings. More watering tips are available at

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Ranch News

Neighborhood Focus

Renovations underway at The Country Club DC Ranch One of the pre-eminent private clubs in the Southwest, The Country Club at DC Ranch is getting even better. It is undergoing a renovation of its clubhouse and golf course. With a keen sensitivity toward the Club’s classic heritage, highly-acclaimed PHX Architecture is coordinating the nearly $4-million project, working collaboratively with SB Design of Phoenix and Wespac Construction. Total restor­ ation is set to be completed by early November 2014. With an active membership that spans three generations, the Club is expanding and adding larger gathering areas that broaden the entire dining and entertainment experience. A complete re-design of the dining and social area will provide more engaging food and beverage options and improved flexibility to create special events and other social occasions. “The Country Club at DC Ranch has some of the most breathtaking views of the Valley,” said Erik Peterson, principal of PHX Architecture. “The dining room


has historically overlooked the 18th fairway and the McDowell Mountains. While that remains, we have opened up much of the dining experience to face south, enabling us to capture the elevation change and nighttime city lights.” Culinary expectations have always been of the highest order at The Country Club at DC Ranch as Executive Chef Lenard Rubin masterfully creates exceptional menu selections executed by his experienced kitchen team. While the kitchen area was recently upgraded, the expansion of some spaces and the restoration of others will provide the opportunity for members to enjoy Rubin-esque creations. An entirely new setting will retain the charm of the beloved wood-burning pizza oven. Initially developed by Scott Miller Design, the magnificent golf course at The Country Club at DC Ranch was redesigned in 2002 by the Tom LehmanJohn Fought tandem and has drawn rave reviews since then. The current update of the Par 71, 6,888-yard layout includes a greenside bunker renovation project.


A rendering of the redesigned dining and social communal space for Country Club members.

“These improvements will further raise the stature of our golf course, providing our members and their guests with an unsurpassed round of golf,” said Dick Hyland, Director of Golf at The Country Club at DC Ranch. “Our bunkers throughout the course will be in pristine shape and will be able to recover quicker to perfect playing conditions after any inclement weather.” Kyko ad


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September 2014


Tour Training

By the Numbers

When you ride: What you eat really matters By Jona Davis | Community Council

When it comes to event day, no amount of training and preparation can make up for poor nutrition or choosing the wrong pre-ride meal. The bad results? Winding up with an upset stomach. One of the most important things you can do before Tour de Scottsdale is to practice an eating plan weeks in advance. Stick to eating a well-balanced meal, and avoid introducing new food before a ride. For proper digestion and to avoid potential stomach discomfort, online resources recommend that you plan to eat three to four hours before the start of the ride. Aim for a meal that’s high in carbohydrates. A bowl of oatmeal with a banana, or a bagel and some juice are common staples of a smart pre-ride meal. Also remember to avoid caffeine, which can make you feel sick before the ride. The energy from dinner and breakfast should be enough to get you through the ride, but keeping an energy bar in your cycling jersey for a snack can curb your hunger during the ride. Increasing your water intake a few days before a cycling ride is crucial for helping your body stay hydrated throughout the event. Drink

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Ranch News

Here are some highlights from recent DC Ranch community events and programs.

Dive-In Movies kicked off its series with Disney’s smash hit Frozen, at Desert Camp Community Center July 11. Photo Elizabeth Dankert

Kids explored the art of puppetry during week-long fun of animation and life-sized creations, July 18. Photo Beatrice Shelton

The annual Inferno Men’s Member Guest Golf tournament took place at The Country Club at DC Ranch July 26 and 27.

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More than 100 Tour de Scottsdale supporters gathered for the 11th annual kick-off party at FASTER Cycling in Scottsdale July 31. Photo Elizabeth Dankert

On Aug. 9, neon lights and glow sticks set the stage for the annual Back to School Bash, where kids rocked out with great music and friends. Photo Beatrice Shelton

Guests mingled with other cyclists while enjoying FASTER giveaways, swag goodies, and live music. Photo Elizabeth Dankert

DC Ranch merchants gathered for a morning social hour with Community Council staff for an annual Java Happy Hour at The Homestead, Aug. 14. Photo: Beatrice Shelton

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