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Fall 2018 Vol 21, No 4
Perimeter Posters Team Semper Fi First Love, a Bike
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EL TOUR DE TUCSON Saturday November 17, 2018 Information, Stories and more.. SPECIAL PULLOUT
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Editor Steve Rivera Advertising & Sales Director Steve Rivera Account Executives Wayne Churchman Marilyn Hall Elaine Mariolle Ila Stadie Layout & Graphic Design Patrick Day
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First Love! A Bike
Defeating Polio 100 miles at a time John Hewko, the General Secretary of Rotary International, penned a nice story about Rotary’s impact on polio and its possible/eventual eradication worldwide. Rotary has raised millions of dollars to help make that happen. Much of it here at El Tour.
The Richard J. DeBernardis Collection
We’ve moved the display of the El Tour posters – better known as the Richard J. DeBernardis Collection – to Tail Winds so many can see and possibly collect. If you don’t have one in your collection you’re missing out. Pick them up at the Perimeter Bicycling ofce.
Friends of PACC The Friends of PACC are a new beneciary this year and they are doing well in an attempt to raise money for Pima Animal Control Center. It’s for the love of animals that need love and attention. Dog lovers Jerry Rosen and Ursula Schwarz are two of PACC’s riders.
Team Semper Fi Ryan Beamish is doing all he can to help military veterans get through their troubles. He’s using cycling to help him assist them. He’s president of Team Semper Fi, a non-prot with a mission of providing nancial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured service members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
High School Mountain Bikers Cycling in high school is taking off in a big way and Ben Chandler is doing his part to make sure it succeeds. He’s a coach of three Tucson teams that compete statewide. Arizona has 67 teams and about 1,000 riders from 150 schools. Cycling provides a sport to those who don’t want to play the traditional sports like basketball, football and baseball.
Ben Chandler is one of the many volunteers for El Tour. He owns Ben’s Bikes and he’s using his knowledge of cycling and all that goes into repairing them into helping those who have issues on the road on ride day. Have a at? Ben will be there. Broken spoke? He can help with that too. He loves cycling so he’ll be a xture at this year’s ride.
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So, here we are again for the 36th time – El Tour de Tucson. Like Thanksgiving and Christmas – just not as long – it’s become a staple in southern Arizona. This year could break records for participation. At least as of this writing it looks like there is a good chance given registration is 30 percent up from last year at this time. No question we are excited about that. We don’t expect anything – including the excitement – to slow down anytime soon given we have about six weeks left before our big day on Nov. 17, 2018. We have all the details in this issue given it’s our annual El Tour issue, one that includes an insert that tells you everything you need to know about all the activities. We have the new map with the new routes, one that makes its way through Vail and the nicely paved roads. That one will be 100 miles and won’t be going through the Santa Cruz. That’s new for those who have ridden in El Tour for years. In addition to the map, we have times and details of where to be on the day of the ride. We have little tidbit items in our annual easy-to-read At A Glance page. Writer Tracey Metcalfe-Rowley took a look at the popular and helpful aid stations the riders always come across and enjoy. They are there to help you so please take advantage of them. One of the biggest items in the special section are short stories on our beneficiaries. If you want to ride for any one of them there is still time. See what they are about by reading and visiting their websites. They’d love for you to ride for them and raise money. Don’t forget the annual coloring contest, too. Everything a rider needs to know about El Tour is at the palm of your hands. We hope you come and join us for another great year. Oh, by the way, we also have plenty of stories that have helped Tail Winds
become Tail Winds – stories about people who are either inspiring or trying to inspire. You must read our story on Denise Mueller-Korenek, who has become the fastest human on a bicycle. If you remember she was our dedication recipient a couple of years ago and at the same time she attempted to break the land speed record on a bike. Well, she didn’t … but she did in midSeptember of this year. That’s when she rode her bike 183.93 miles per hour in Utah, crushing the motor-paced bicycle land speed record. El Tour President Richard J. DeBernardis called her “Wonder Woman” given what she has accomplished. What next for the mom of three boys? Who knows? She’ll rest up a bit and figure all that out in due time. Writer Javier Morales did a story on Ryan Beamish and Team Sempi Fi and all it does in helping veterans. He also makes some really cool trophies/statues made of bike chain links. "My passion for bicycling and using that to help out my brothers wipes out all the negatives," Beamish said. Writer Michael Murphy took at look at Ben’s Bikes and charity founder Ben Chandler, who is no stranger to El Tour. Chandler, owner of Ben’s Bikes of Tucson, is parlaying his decades of cycling experience and know-how into the position of mechanic and support shop for riders at the beginning and end of El Tour de Tucson. He’ll be dishing out technical support and “warm fuzzies” for riders in a panic over a broken spoke or a stuck derailleur. “I’ve been one of those people – you get to an event and all of the sudden, oops, you pull your bike out of the vehicle and something messes up. Or you forget something. If I can save somebody’s ride, and alleviate
somebody’s stress level, then it’s a definite plus,” he said. Thanks for being part of El Tour Ben. Morales also took a look at new beneficiary Friends of Pima Animal Control Center and two of its supporters Jerry Rosen and Ursula Schwarz. Schwarz remembers the experience vividly of why she joined the Pima Animal Control Center as a volunteer and is now a "riding" force behind the non-profit. "I was doing a training ride last September near the water reclamation center, and I noticed a dog standing by the rail," said Schwarz, who has participated in the last nine El Tour de Tucson’s. "On one side was a fence and on the other side was a very steep drop to a river bed. There was no place where this dog could go. "I tried to help but he turned back and ran off howling with his tail between his legs. He was so scared. I called PACC as soon as I could get home to see if they can get to him and help him." We also have the return of a John Hewko column and his thoughts of Rotary continuing to make great strides in eradicating polio world-wide. The Rotarians are a big part of El tour. We also have the column of inspiring Dr. Christy, who writes every once in awhile about getting things done with the help of motivation. She worked her magic once again. That said, we hope to see you for El Tour’s magic on Nov. 17.
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Mueller-Korenek Is Fastest Person On A Bike! She did it! And she did it in a Denise Mueller-Korenek way – shattering a record that’s been held for so long … by men. In mid-September, MuellerKorenek rode a bicycle in the salt flats of Utah at 183.93 miles per hour. That’s not a typo, yes, it was 183.93 mph. Wow. She already had held the record for a woman in a motorpaced bicycle going 147.7 mph. That was in 2016, the same year she was named El Tour’s Dedication Recipient. Back then, she fell slightly short of the overall record of 167 mph set by Fred Rompelberg in 1995. After the 2016 attempt – still feeling it could have been accomplished but she and her crew ran out of time – she regrouped, got enough energy and re-visited a dream that started a few years back. She also vowed to be back. “I knew a woman could do it on a bicycle,” said Richard J. DeBernardis, president & founder of Perimeter Bicycling and El Tour. “We’re very proud of her. She’s an extremely talented athlete who loves bicycling. She’s someone who should be doing a number of talk shows because it’s a great accomplishment. She’s a great story.” This time the setting in Utah was different: she had five miles of salt to ride on instead of four, the salt conditions were much better, she had a different vehicle and she had the experience of 2016 behind her. “With practice, you get that many more opportunities to maximize the efficiency of using
it,” she said, of her experience in 2016. She’s a quick learner. Of course she is, after all, a Masters cyclist and former junior national cyclist. Her record run came on just the third time behind the vehicle. On her first run, she rode at 158.8 miles per hour, still five mph shy of the overall record. Soon after, the record was, and is, hers. “In my mind I wanted to reach 171 or 170 because that would have been in a completely different category as the last record,” she said. “I didn’t want to make it where it was just a one-mile difference.” On the record ride, she said, she had no idea she was actually breaking it until her trailing vehicle driver went to deliver the news given it had been on Facebook Live. “He told me and I put my hands in the air,” she said. “I kept saying, ‘no way, no way.’” Yes, there was a way. What next? After all, she’s a woman of ambition and adrenaline. The 45-year-old and mother of three still needs to see what she is capable of next. “I don’t have an answer quite yet,” she said. “In 2016 we were supposed to be a one-anddone in getting that women’s record, but we knew we could get more speed. And we decided to come back.” So, of course, now – with the biggest record now hers – there is talk of returning to shatter the 200 mile an hour mark. She’d be
Cycling Advocates of Southern Arizona (CASAz) – A New Voice for Bicycle Safety In the short time since their inception, CASAz has established themselves as a credible voice for cycling infrastructure issues as well as evolving trends in the cycling world. Their members are working with staff at the City of Tucson and Pima County to address such issues as better maintenance of cycling facilities, repairs/upgrades to existing cycling facilities such as the Aviation Bikeway, taking part in discussions to bring about better design of critical intersections such as Skyline/Sunrise and facilitating discussion on the topic of e-bike use on multi-use pathways. CASAz is a new voice for bicycle safety in southern Arizona, networking with groups and organizations, gathering and disseminating information and advocating on all issues related to cycling and cycling safety. Visit their website at www.casa.org or like them on Facebook to add your voice to theirs.
Denise Mueller-Korenek shatters bike speed record. Matt Ben Stone Photo topping herself – again. “I have not said yes to that nor will I,” she said. “I have learned don’t open your mouth and make a promise when you are on this adrenaline high. “There is always going to be something. It just depends on what level. This has been a very high intensity level training to get to this point. I need a break. This whole goal has taken six years. I need a little break on the intensity part of it.” Yes, even Denise needs a break. This was not just any other ride, of course. Mueller-Korenek mounted a specially equipped bike with a massive gear and tethered it to a race car, which then accelerated to 100-plus mph—the velocity necessary for the rider to turn over the cranks on her own volition. Then she unhooked from the car and stayed in the slipstream, smashing the pedals around to hit the highest speed possible under her own power.
GABA El Tour de Tucson Training Rides Underway The Greater Arizona Bicycling Association (GABA) is the official provider of 2018 El Tour Training Rides. GABA's El Tour training rides will start at three locations: Udall Park, San Agustin Mercado and Tangerine Crossroads. They will offer two different rides: a faster 18-20 mph pace and a moderate 15-16 mph pace. GABA offers a wide range of day rides and training opportunities for riders of all skill and fitness levels. GABA membership is not required to ride on GABA day rides. Click for more info on GABA's day rides (www.meetup.com/bikegaba/events or for info about GABA membership. (Bikegaba.org). GABA individual membership dues are $20 per year and include supplemental medical insurance in the event of injury or incident during a GABA day ride, and more.
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First Love? We all Remember Our First Bike
It started out as an idea I thought would be pretty cool – most of us had a first bike and we rode until we couldn’t any more. So, I asked some folks about their first bike and this is what they remembered. A Bike Almost Too Nice To Ride By Cheryl Palen I remember the smell of the local dump more than anything. A pungent mix of leaves, wood and garbage, still smoldering in spots as my parents, sisters and I looked for treasures. In a box were beaded, brocaded gowns with matching gloves that came all the way up our arms. These, after a good washing, would become “dress up clothes” for those winter days we played in the basement. Mom and dad looked for larger finds, which when pieced together would become our trikes and bikes I rode in my early years. My parents would dismantle and reassemble these one-of-a-kind
Ryan Beamish contraptions and we spent many hours riding up and down the driveway and rural roads, racing each other on those long summer days, until darkness called us inside. My bike was painted pink. My first “new” bike was received for my 9th birthday. I couldn’t get over its shininess and newness: blue with silver accents. It was almost too nice to ride, but I did, to and from school when it was nice enough. I took the long way home more than once just “because.” We moved from that small Ohio town and I no longer was able to ride to school and back, so I reluctantly took the bus instead. Once I got to high school, however, I spent most weekends on a bike with a friend taking photos of old barns for our photography club. I finally saved enough money from babysitting to buy a Murray 3 speed my senior year. I bought it from a ramshackle bike store in Stow, Ohio, which has since become a high-end bike store. Again, it had silver fenders and was baby blue. This was my transportation to and from college for four years and I even rode in the snow a few times before the weather forced me to take a campus bus. Fall 2018
Many years and bikes later, I still relish getting “out there” a few times a week either on my mountain or triathlon bike. I still have a couple bikes in the “golf cart garage” that I am going to refurbish some day and use for riding up to the pool or gym in our neighborhood. Thank you mom and dad for building me those first bikes from the dump. Who would have known you started a love affair for two wheels that has lasted over 60 years!
(fill in the blank) come out and play?" until there was a suitable enough size gang for that day's play. You could usually tell where everyone was by the pile of bikes in the front yard. Bikes were our transportation, entertainment, and a source of injuries. I swear every photo of me as a child shows me with a Band-Aid on my knee or elbow. I’m sure that my bike had a kick stand and brakes but I remember usually My Bike Is My Passion kind of just jumping off your bike as you By Ryan Beamish were coasting to a stop and throwing it to Back in early 1988, I got this rad machine, and well, training wheels were the ground. I could ride without hands, steer with my feet, stand on my seat, and not in the cards. Literally, the first push jump from ramps. Girly indeed. was down the slight slope driveway and Riding a bike was freedom. My that’s all I needed. Bikes have been in my friend Sharlett and I always said that life since then, having a brief pause while in the Marine Corps from 2005- riding a bike was exactly the same as flying, just really low to the ground. I 2009. Now, I get to share the same passion and love for two wheels as the could hop on my bike and go just about anywhere and the area of my range was cycling manager for The Semper Fi Fund. Lucky me because I get to work shockingly large for a young girl. I knew every alley and how to get just about with who I love, doing what I love. anywhere by a complicated network of I’m incredibly thankful and alley connections. From the high school fortunate to be able to continuously (where I wasn’t supposed to go) to the serve my brothers and sister in arms “haunted house” by the elementary and my community. school (where I wasn’t supposed to go), my friends and I were the kings and Sallye And Her Boy Bike queens of the land, no place was off By Sallye Williams limits when you had a bike to get there. I remember the thrill of getting No wonder I still love to ride my bike my first real bike and then the so much now; it’s exhilarating (every immediate disappointment. My parents had given me … a “boys” bike. single time!) and it reminds me of innocent freedom and playing with my No delicate pink bike where the top friends. tube sloped gracefully down for delicate young ladies. No powder blue Bunny Hops bike like my best friend Sharlett. I got by Wade Whisler a rough, tough boys bike. We went everywhere on our bikes In retrospect, that was absolutely appropriate. My Schwinn was gold with a when we lived in Colorado. Spent the whole summer on them and we were gold sparkle banana seat, ape hanger willing participants in non-sense like this handle bars and an extra-long sissy bar. (jumping over people). What are Once I accepted that I had a “boy” bike there was no turning back, I was in love. brothers for if you can’t practice your bunny hops with them? My aunt Loretta taught me how to ride a bike in front of my grandmother’s house. I remember her pushing me up and down the street, over and over, back and forth. I remember the wobble back and forth before you hit the ground. I remember the exact feel of gravel tearing into the flesh of your palms or knees. I remember the exact moment when I was pedaling and could sense that I wasn’t being pushed anymore but pedaling by myself. Then I looked over my shoulder only to crash - again. After that last selfdoubting crash, I never looked back. I could ride a bike. Kids in my neighborhood would usually ride their bikes from house to house asking, "can Wade Whisler Tail Winds
Grit And Self-Efficacy Are Names Of The Game In
For over two decades, I have been a Professor of Psychology and a coach. If asked at the beginning of my career, what it takes for my clients and students to accomplish their goals, I would have said they need to be driven and work their @#!* off. I firmly believed that success was inevitable if they were willing to work hard enough. However, through the years my opinion has changed. What I've discovered is that ultimately success has little to do with just working hard and being driven. In the field of psychology, we are continually asking questions about human behavior and what motivates that behavior. So I began to ask the question: What if accomplishing our goals and our future success in life was not just about how driven we were or working our @#!* off? I began to look even harder at how and why some people are so motivated to set and accomplish their goals while others are not. Why do some people achieve what they set out to accomplish and others give up? Well, I have the answers. Two key factors separate those who experience the satisfaction of achieving their goals, and those who never do are - grit and self efficacy!
By Dr Christy Wise
According to Wikipedia, grit is defined as "perseverance and passion for long-term goals." A psychologist by the name of Angela Duckworth, studied grit as a personality trait and shared some fascinating findings. She suggested that people whose personalities tested high in grit were capable of fully maintaining their determination and motivation over long periods of time in spite of their experiences with failure and roadblocks. Duckworth stated, “grit is stamina. Grit is sticking with your
According to Wikipedia, grit is defined as "perseverance and passion for long-term goals." future day in and day out – not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” Let’s face it, even experienced runners know that making it through a marathon indeed takes self-discipline and motivation but ultimately a ton of grit. The terrific news about this
particular trait is that it can be learned and magnified with practice. It’s also about truly believing in your ability - self efficacy. Insufficient selfefficacy is without a doubt the most common obstacle for people who struggle to set and accomplish their goals. What does self-efficacy mean? It describes the strength of your belief in your ability to accomplish your goals. Does your inner self honestly believe that you are capable of fulfilling the goals that you have set for yourself? Sadly poor self-efficacy leads to the dark side and creates chronic self-sabotage. If you don’t believe that you can accomplish your goals, you become resigned and fail even to try, which leaves one feeling unfulfilled and unaccomplished. Poor self-efficacy robs you of drive and convinces you to abandon your dreams. It’s so convincing that it fools you by normalizing bad behaviors that reinforce your inability to accomplish your goals. On the flip side, strong self-efficacy empowers you to take control of your life and design your destiny. It’s that optimistic strength in your ability to follow through until you accomplish your goals. It can give you massive wings and create tremendous excitement about your progress, no matter what obstacles you face. Let me clarify the difference between self-esteem and self-efficacy because people often mix them up or use them interchangeably. Yes, both are developed throughout childhood and both impact self-confidence. However, self-esteem is defined as one's belief in their ability to achieve their goal, while self-efficacy is how we feel about our ability to function in different situations. It is possible to have high self-esteem (I could run that marathon if I want to!) but low self-efficacy (I probably don’t want it bad enough to train that hard for it). How does one build strong selfefficacy? I’m certainly one who believes in shooting for the stars, but when you are just starting out, it’s important to start by choosing small but achievable goals. If you set overly large, unrealistic goals you will likely overwhelm and frustrate yourself and self-efficacy will not blossom. After picking smaller more attainable goals, you must be willing to readjust them to account for what happens in everyday life. Allowing room for readjustment is a meaningful step in building self-efficacy. I'm not suggesting that you give yourself a bunch of excuses to put things off, I mean be willing to adjust your goals as needed really. The ability to readjust your goals with no change in your dedication is an example of growth in self-efficacy because you are showing your confidence in yourself to follow through no matter what. Once you accomplish those small goals, you must acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishment. People avoid celebrating small goals, but this is an important step. Recognizing and celebrating breathes life into the skill
you are trying to build. Henry Ford certainly understood the importance of this concept when he said, "whether you believe you can or you can't, you are right." It’s your choice to decide that you can or decide that you can’t. I vote for deciding that you can! Remember that having poor self-efficacy creates a massive roadblock to your success, so practice and consistency is the key to all of this. For years researches have been reporting on the different habits of successful people, and you've probably heard them a hundred times. Instead, let's look at the practices of people who fail to follow through with their goals and never fulfill their dreams. The most consistent habit of the unsuccessful clients I work with is a visible struggle with low self-efficacy and lack of grit. Lacking self-efficacy mixed with moderate signs of grit (low stamina) produce an inability to both follow through to create the desired outcome which leads to a lack of success. The saying that has been repeated by so many brilliant minds; “your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny." That saying exemplifies the idea that when we can increase our grit and self-efficacy, we allow ourselves to persevere and succeed in meeting our goals by maintaining our commitment to our vision. We naturally regenerate motivation, optimism and drive without prematurely throwing in the towel. When feeling good about our accomplishments, we are hungry to do it again. Ultimately, I say make yourself right and believe that you not only can but that you will! Fall 2018
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100-plus Miles To Defeat Polio By John Hewko, General Secretary, Rotary International
“Toronto technique” of stimulating cell cultures to mass produce vaccine, he conducted the largest medical experiment in history from 1954-55, to test its effect on 1.8 million children in the U.S., Canada and Finland. Salk’s vaccine was a triumph, and combined with Albert Sabin’s live vaccine (from 1961), mass vaccinations had a dramatic effect in reducing polio cases in the industrialized, wealthier nations.
How do you mentally prepare for a 100-mile cycle ride? As I plan for this year’s El Tour de Tucson, riding to raise funds for Rotary International’s fight against polio, I like to break the ride up into four different parts. Each 25 miles presents its own challenges, much like the four stages of the global fight against a disease which is now on the cusp of becoming history. Let me share those stages with you in more detail, in the hopes that you’ll be inspired for your cause on El Tour day. Stage 1: Training and preparation = Finding a vaccine Before arriving at the start line of any century ride, training and preparation are critical in order to go the distance. The first stage in the effort to end polio was, of course, finding a vaccine. Jonas Salk was the first to officially create a safe and effective vaccine. With help from Dr. Leone Farrell’s ingenious
Stage 2: Assembling a support team = Building a coalition Just as no cyclist can go it alone without support from a paceline and water stations, merely possessing a safe vaccine is not enough to eradicate a disease. Only one human disease in history (smallpox) has ever been completely wiped out, even though we possess effective vaccines for dozens of communicable diseases. In 1985, polio paralyzed over 350,000 children and was endemic in 125 countries. Polio devastated developing countries, which had neither the health systems, infrastructure, nor resources to buy vaccines. That same year, Rotary decided to launch its audacious PolioPlus program, the first to tackle global polio eradication through the mass vaccination of children. However, getting buy-in from other organizations was not easy. Many health experts thought that it was too costly to pursue the eradication of a single disease, when weighed against the
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Rotary International is playing a big part in the eradication of polio worldwide. Rotary International Photo benefits of boosting basic health services. But Carlos Canseco, then Rotary’s President, saw no conflict between the two. With persistent advocacy, Rotary leaders managed to gain the endorsement of other major players in the health and development world. So in 1988, Rotary formed one of the most successful public/private partnerships in history, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), joining forces with UNICEF, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more recently the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Stage 3: Tackling the hills = Hunting down the poliovirus As we encounter the challenges of the hills and climbs on this ride, I think of how the GPEI spearheading partners face many formidable tasks with innovation and courage. Hundreds of thousands of health workers, mainly women, have carried and delivered the vaccine to over 2.5 billion children. In Nigeria and elsewhere, health clinics set up as part of the polio program have served as staging posts for multiple medical interventions, including measles vaccination, distribution of Vitamin A, and bed nets to protect against malarial mosquitos. Grassroots advocacy to reach local social, religious and cultural
leaders is also vital. Rotary and its partners have appealed to ulema (specialist bodies of Islamic scholars) to support polio vaccination. In Pakistan, Islamic leaders have issued 28 fatwas promoting the safety of the vaccine and the importance of vaccinating children. The GPEI has also implemented innovative tactics to reach more children. For example, the creation of strategically placed Permanent Transit Posts at entry points to international borders, provinces, and big cities across Pakistan has enabled mobile populations to be reached with the vaccine. Stage 4: Crossing the finish line = Creating a legacy Riding in El Tour has made me a stronger, healthier person. True to the ambitions of the PolioPlus program, the global effort to eradicate polio, involving 20 million volunteers, has strengthened routine immunization coverage against multiple diseases, trained thousands of health workers, and implemented infrastructures vital to national public health systems, and built resilience against outbreaks. The GPEI infrastructure is already being used to counter other health threats. Nigeria recently managed to thwart the deadliest Ebola virus in history in 2014 by repurposing its polio eradication infrastructure to implement contact tracing, a process used to identify people who had been exposed to Ebola in order to prevent continued transmission. A polio-free world will reap financial savings and reduced healthcare costs of up to $50 billion over the next 20 years and prove what is possible when the global community comes together to improve children’s lives. If we succeed, we will have gifted the world a new blueprint for disease eradication, on a scale never before attempted. That will be a day to celebrate.
2018 PERIMETER BICYCLING The Richard J. DeBernardis Collection
Poster Gallery For more than 30 years the El Tour poster collection has amazed and amused cyclists throughout the state and beyond, becoming a must have during a Perimeter event. The collectors's items are saved and valued by many. If you don't have one here is the complete display of more than 100 posters through Perimeter's history. Take a trip down memory lane and check out some amazing cycling art.
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friends of pacc: Ursula Schwarz remembers the experience vividly of why she joined the Pima Animal Control Center as a volunteer and is now a "riding" force behind the nonprofit fund-raising branch of the PACC. Her experience being part of the Friends of PACC – which will participate as a team of riders in this year's El Tour de Tucson for the first time – happened by chance. "I was doing a training ride last September near the water reclamation center, and I noticed a dog standing by the rail," said Schwarz, who has participated in the last nine El Tour de Tucson’s. "On one side was a fence and on the other side was a very steep drop to a river bed. There was no place where this dog could go. "I tried to help but he turned back and ran off howling with his tail between his legs. He was so scared. I called PACC as soon as I could get home to see if they can get to him and help him." She took it upon herself to scour that area the next morning to look for the dog. "I looked all over. Finally, I was like, 'OK, there's no way I can find him. He's gone,'" Schwarz said. "That's when a biker stopped by and asked if I was looking for a dog. He told me the dog was still in the water reclamation area. They hardly have people working at the water reclamation area, but I happened to catch somebody who was there, and I was let inside to look around. "I drove around and was getting ready to leave when I saw the dog. He saw me and ran away from me, again howling with his tail between his legs, scared. I kept going back to feed him. He always went back into that area by going under the fence. Finally, one day he just started following me and we became attached." Schwarz, who called the dog "Calvin," tried to adopt him and care for him along with her existing dog, but the two constantly fought. She was forced to take Calvin to PACC to see if they could find an owner.
That's when she met Jerry Rosen, who volunteers for PACC and is a rider with Friends of PACC. Rosen helped care for Calvin along with the many dogs he works with at PACC. Schwarz became endeared to PACC's efforts because of her affinity for dogs and she became a donor. She told Calvin’s story to a family visiting PACC, saying how special he was. The family eventually adopted him. The family welcomes Schwarz to visit Calvin and take care of him when they are on vacation. "If I never saw Calvin along the fence at the water reclamation facility that day when I was training, I would never have become attached to PACC," she said. "I mean, I would have donated like I have in the past, but I would not have become directly involved like I am now. It was a blessing coming across Calvin that day." Schwarz has raised more than $1,000 for PACC through her allegiance with Friends of PACC, which has a $250 minimum fundraising goal for each rider to participate in El Tour de Tucson. The organization attracted 11 riders by the end of August and is looking to at least triple that amount before the El Tour. "We are trying to market the Friends of PACC team more and more to get more money raised to help various programs that PACC has," said Rosen, a biking enthusiast who has participated in El Tour the last two decades. “The center gets money in terms of grants, but we need a lot of money raised from private sources for saving animals at the center. That's what makes the Friends of PACC so important and this fund-raising project with the El Tour de Tucson team so vital." Rosen, originally from New York, joined PACC after a series of dominos fell into place. After attending the University of Arizona for two years in the early 1970s, he was set to move to Seattle with some of his college buddies. "But I met my future wife two days before I was to leave," he said. "My buddies left. I stayed, and I have fallen in love with Tucson since with my wife and two sons."
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Saving Cats, Dogs And So Much More Through Cycling After a successful career in advertising, Rosen is semiretired volunteering for PACC and serving as a part-time hiking and biking trainer for Canyon Ranch Resorts. "If somebody told me I would be with PACC and Canyon Ranch 10 years ago, I would be dumbfounded. Neither were on my radar," Rosen said. "I didn't have a specific plan for when I stopped working. This volunteer thing is the first I've done. I love animals. I have owned animals. I knew about PACC and thought it would be a logical extension of my personal life." Rosen volunteered with PACC before it broke ground recently on the restoration project for the 50-year-old facility. “The facility is state-of-the-art now and that's great to see because how it
Ursala Schwarz and Calvin benefits the dogs, giving them their natural space," Rosen said. "It's a rewarding experience being part of PACC for what it means to these animals. Riding for Friends of PACC is fulfilling because I can get the most out of my joy for riding while helping these dogs get their proper care."
Jerry Rosen and Zoltan Fall 2018
Team Semper Fi
Helping Veterans One Bike Ride At A Time By Javier Morales
Ryan Beamish's love for bicycling is at the heart of what pumps life into his various ventures related to riding. Growing up in Tucson riding BMX bikes and later gaining a love for mountain bike riding, Beamish has always appreciated the values of riding in addition to enjoying the challenging courses, workouts and a sense of accomplishment. Beamish, a former Marine who is an Iraq War veteran, feels most satisfied when assisting disabled veterans as part of the Team Semper Fi Fund. He has participated in mountain bike skills camp with Team Semper Fi, aimed at supporting veterans on their roads to recovery. The Semper Fi Fund is a nonprofit organization with a mission of providing financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured service members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Team Semper Fi Fund sports program personifies the motto "Recovery Through Sport" by using bicycling and other sports to overcome the physical and invisible challenges its service members fight every day. "Really, the biggest thing with these amazing veterans is they use no excuses," Beamish said. "They walk on uprights. They are missing limbs. We're here to help. These guys are digging in deep and not quitting. It doesn't matter if you have
buddies who are missing both legs. Nothing is going to stop them now. We are working with each other and feeding off each other. I try to provide mentorship." Beamish, 32 and recently married, and The Team Semper Fi Fund were active during the recent Loop the Loop in Tucson, trying to make the non-profit organization more visible. Fifteen team members participated in the event, including some of the handicapped veterans. Beamish has been a manager of the Team Semper Fi Cycling program since May, and "so far I am happy with the results" of creating more awareness of how the program is helping those who became severely injured while in combat. Although he is a manager and does a lot of work with organizing, Beamish is hands-on when it comes to helping any way he can. For instance, with his extensive background as a mechanic at various bike shops in Tucson, he knows all about the maintenance of bicycles and he tries to share that knowledge with his team members. "I want to make sure they are wellversed on products and that they are selfsufficient when it comes to bikes," Beamish said. "Again, a big thing with these guys is having no excuses and getting it done." Getting it done is a fitting motto for Beamish, who went to great lengths to
making sure his old dog named Duke could have knee surgery. He didn't have the $4,000 to get it done, so he brainstormed and used his countless hours working on bikes to come up with an idea of bike-chain art to try to sell. He was familiar with welding old unusable bike chains together for different purposes, including a key holder near his front door. "I thought of making a large saguaro cactus out of a bike chain and welding it together as an art project," Beamish said. "I brought a couple of them into the bike shop and made a couple of hundred dollars off them. I started to bang more of them out and refined the design of it to make them look more smooth and clean. "Bicycling magazine published a story on it and it really took off. I went well beyond my goal of paying the $4,000 for Duke's knee surgery." Beamish had Duke since he returned from Iraq in 2007, and he served as a therapy dog for Beamish as he tried to get back on with his life after serving. "I had some long nights working on fulfilling orders for the Saguaros and on my days off from my day job at Broadway Bicycles, I would hit up different bike shops for materials such as oil chains, cogs and chainrings," he said. "These shops have donated a lot of these materials. I have plenty in reserve. I am very grateful."
Ryan Beamish with Duke. Chris Hinkle Photo Duke passed away on Jan. 20, 2017 from an aggressive form of Valley Fever, but Beamish said he cherished the nine years he spent him. He calls the Saguaro bike-chain art Duke's Saguaros. "I really miss him," Beamish said. "He helped give me that spirit of making sure others are fine and that they are being helped in their greatest time of need." That spirit is being carried on with his work with the Team Semper Fi Bicycling Program. "My passion for bicycling and using that to help out my brothers wipes out all the negatives," he said.
HIGH SCHOOL MOUNTAIN BIKERS An Alternative To Ball Sports Mountain biking is exploding in popularity as an organized, competitive sport in high schools across Arizona. The Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League had 26 teams and 191 riders during its first season in 2013. It now has 67 teams, and about 1,000 riders from 150 schools are expected to participate in the 2018 race season. “It’s an alternative to all of the nonsense with ball sports,” says Ben Chandler, owner of Ben’s Bikes of Tucson and coach of three Tucson-area high school teams, Vail Composite and Empire and Cienega high schools. “Nobody sits on the bench. Yes, there is a team score at the end of the weekend, but everyone gets to race. You don’t have to qualify. You don’t have to go to the Lute Olson basketball clinic in the off-season so you can make the team. “It’s a sport that you can do for the rest of your life. You can’t play football for the rest of your life.” High school mountain biking isn’t just for kids who haven’t found their way onto other sports. Many participants are star athletes on other school teams and simply love mountain biking. The Arizona Interscholastic Cycling League, a nonprofit organization, accepts with open arms a wide range of kids. Mike Perry, the league’s executive director, says there is no stereotypical kid who joins AICL.
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“Today the kids in the league are a cross-section of their communities,” he said. “We still have the kids who don’t participate in traditional interscholastic sports, but we also have student-athletes who play football, volleyball, and run track, too. Some kids have dropped traditional sports altogether in favor of mountain biking.” At first, AICL was only for high school students, but now students can get started in middle school. While most middle schoolers participate in existing teams, the sport is so popular there are five High Schoolers get after it on their mountain bikes. Photo Courtesy Mike Perry middle-school-only teams. The league’s middle school The league heavily relies on volunteer for riders who can’t afford a race-worthy program is designed to introduce middle coaches like Chandler, who has been bike. school aged riders to the sport of involved in cycling for three decades. One aspect of high school mountain mountain biking focused heavily on skills, biking that many parents love is the Chandler, who coaches 34 kids, said fun, fitness and trail etiquette with a taste community around the sport. his goal isn’t making national champions of the competitive aspects of mountain Races are typically events that last an or Olympic gold medalists. biking they’ll find in high school. The “Our emphasis is on teaching these entire weekend. Many families camp by league’s five core values are inclusivity, kids the fundamentals of bicycles. The the race site. There’s music and riding, equality, strong mind, strong body, strong sharing meals and enjoying the outdoors. nutrition, maintenance on their bikes, character. and riding skills as well,” he says. “They’re Shelly and Dean Brown’s son, Parker, There are high school teams from just out there having fun.” has ridden three seasons on the Cactus virtually every corner of the state, The Arizona league is part of the Shadows High School team in Cave Creek. including the Navajo and Hopi Indian National Interscholastic Cycling She said the team is building a reservations. The organization has a Association, which grew from a Berkeley community through cycling. scholarship program that provides “The kids get to know each other and High School mountain biking club in the financial assistance to those who need a families connect,” Shelly Brown said. “The mid-2000s to a nationwide program. Last helping hand with registration fees. Each kids learn to take care of each other. year, NICA had 14,381 total racers — up year, Pivot Cycles, a founding sponsor, nearly 35 percent from its 2016 That’s a big part of it.” provides the league with a couple dozen participation numbers. bikes, which are used as loaners to teams
“At the Speed of Fun”
Ben Chandler isn’t the most high profile volunteer at the 2018 El Tour de Tucson, but he may be the most important for many cyclists. Chandler, owner of Ben’s Bikes of Tucson, is parlaying his decades of cycling experience and knowhow into the position of mechanic and support shop for riders at the beginning and end of El Tour. He’ll be dishing out technical support and “warm fuzzies” for riders in a panic over a broken spoke or a stuck derailleur. “I’ve been one of those people – you get to an event and all of the sudden, oops, you pull your bike out of the vehicle and something messes up. Or you forget something. If I can save somebody’s ride, and alleviate somebody’s stress level, then it’s a definite plus,” he explains. Chandler, 48, is no stranger to El Tour de Tucson. Last year, he achieved the coveted Platinum status in the 100-mile event, has served as a member of the Bike Patrol, and ridden other distances
with friends and customers. But his role as official mechanic might be his most meaningful. “If it’s bicycles, I support it,” he said. “I love riding bikes, and I love getting other people on bikes. And that’s what I try to do.” Chandler opened Ben’s Bikes on South Houghton Road in 2011 after a 22-year career in the United States Air Force. His passion for bicycling began in 1984 when he got his first road racing license in Iowa at age 14. He enrolled in the Air Force at age 19 – “I’m probably the only person in the history of the Air Force who took a bicycle to basic training” – and raced in Germany and Italy while being stationed overseas. He’s ridden BMX with his son, Jeremy and has raced mountain bikes. He coaches three local high school mountain bike teams. He also works with the Pima County Bicycle and Pedestrian Program to improve safety for walkers in the Tucson area. Ben’s Bikes offers “full moon” rides every month, and
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weekly Monday night group rides departing from the shop. Chandler lives by his shop’s slogan: “At the speed of fun.” “Whatever speed you want to go, bicycles are supposed to be fun,” he said. “I’ll go ride with anybody because it’s fun for me to ride a bike … Any opportunity I have to go ride my bike, I’m happy.” Ben’s Bikes is located in the Rita Ranch area of Tucson, one mile from Fantasy Island Mountain Bike Park, and within reach of the Loop, a series of paved paths shared by cyclists and pedestrians that covers over 100 miles. At a time when brick and mortar bike stores are becoming an endangered species, Ben’s Bikes survives because of the relationships Ben and his team have built with the community. “If people walk in the door and they have a good experience, they’re more apt to not purchase on line because they’re coming in for the knowledge I have … There’s value to that,” Chandler says.
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Oh, A Bunch Of A Father’s Memories And El Tour For years, John Olson was a cyclist who loved El Tour de Tucson. He was a frequent rider who couldn’t get enough of the desert and its beauty. He kept memento that have since turned into great memories. Yvonne Olson has so many memories – and mementos – of her late father that she decided to share them with Perimeter Bicycling on the heels of the 36th El Tour. She gave all the shirts back after going through his stuff after he passed away over the summer. “(Finding them) brought back more memories for me because I used to go to the a number of the station points a long the (El Tour) route to cheer him on,” said Yvonne of her time watching her dad in El Tour. “I’d pick stations where the riders would get water and food because he’d never stop. I learned to go to the actual formal stops because it was the only time I could get him to slow down to get a hug (for encouragement).” Yvonne remembered her dad riding a bike for a number of years.
He rode in more than 10 El Tours and many when he was older than 60. He started riding in groups, riding bikes to the Grand Canyon. He’d ride from Tucson to the Grand Canyon. He stopped riding when he was 67 years old after heart surgery. He passed away at age 88. “Even when he stopped riding at age 67 he kept his bike in the house and used it as a treadmill,” she said. “He still road even after his heart surgery. He didn’t feel comfortable riding on the streets after his surgery. “He just thought he wasn’t well enough to do that anymore,” she said. But he kept cycling in his heart and a number of El Tour trinkets and shirts around the house. Eventually, Yvonne found them. “He wasn’t a hoarder,” she said. “He grew up in the depression and he never threw anything away. He was very organized and kept everything tidy.” She found all the shirts in one drawer. “He was always very proud of them,” she said. “He’d always come in the top 10 of his age group and that
was pretty amazing.” As for his thoughts on El Tour? “He loved it,” she said. “Some years it would be cold and he’d complain how cold it was. But it gave him a motivation to strive for. He was very structured and loved it. The riding gave him motivation to practice every weekend to prepare for it.” It also helped him meet other cyclists and meet new friends. “He’d meet up with them on Saturdays and then go for breakfast,” she said. “He liked the camaraderie of it. He said he didn’t race but he’d work really hard to make it to the top. He was very competitive.”
There's still plenty of time to register - and to come in at a good price! Here are the easiest ways to do that.
Pay a down payment and balance later: Here's a great option to consider: pay the processing fee and the balance by the time you pick up your packet. The processing fee goes up over time but paying that portion now will give you a bit of time to put aside the balance. If you pay the processing fee first with intention of paying the balance later, then later something comes up and you can't ride, you won't lose your entire entry fee, just the processing fee. Let Someone Else Pay: One of the greatest successes of our event is the amount of fundraising that gets done. To date more than $90 million has been raised through Perimeter events. You can fundraise for the event primary beneficiary and funnel the money through Perimeter, or you can register through one of the supporting beneficiaries. Each beneficiary has their own program. For El Tour de Tucson, Easterseals is the beneficiary and the minimum to raise and turn in is $250. This amount does not have to come out of your pocket and with today's crowd funding programs and the reach of social media, online donations enables one to far exceed the minimums. Most programs have incentives for different levels of fundraising so you may be able to "earn" an event jersey or other item relevant to your chosen charity. Special Groups And Bike Shops: Many people are members of a bicycle club, have a favorite bike shop or other organizations. If a club or group or company can bring a minimum of 20 cyclists to the "main event" of any of our rides, we can arrange a group fee. It freezes the fee allowing the group members to procrastinate registering until a few weeks before the event with out dealing with the monthly fee increases. Write to registration@pe rimeterbicycling.com for more info on this program. Underwriting: El Tour events could not exist without the assistance of local, regional and national companies underwriting some of the costs of the events . There are many levels of underwriting support ranging from being the title sponsor of a special award to being title sponsor of the event itself. Within an underwriting package one or more "free" entries are possible. Money should NEVER be the reason for not being part of our events . There are always options. The least cost for you: fundraise!
First Watch Restaurant is El Tour’s Official Daytime Café First Watch restaurants has joined Perimeter Bicycling as the Official Daytime Cafe for El Tour de Mesa and El Tour de Tucson. First Watch begins each morning at the crack of dawn, slicing fresh fruits and vegetables, baking muffins and whipping up their french toast from scratch. Everything is made to order and freshness is never compromised. They use only the finest ingredients possible for the freshest taste. When you arrive, you’re welcomed with a pot of Project Sunrise coffee, along with complimentary newspapers and WiFi Internet access. Visit one of the 18 locations in the Phoenix/Mesa area and the five bicycle-friendly locations in Tucson. Start or end your El Tour training ride with a great meal. Yeah, it’s fresh!
Town Of Marana Residents: If you're lucky enough to call the Town of Marana home AND you'll be riding in the 25-mile event, your entry fee is only $125. There, however, is one restriction: you will not be permitted to change your distance. Special price ends on October 31, 2018. Page 26
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