Pedal Power – see Sun Lakes by bike

Join us for a series of relaxed, twice weekly bicycle rides exploring Sun Lakes’ network of roads and perhaps some neighboring ones. These two hour tours will launch from the flagpole at the Cottonwood Clubhouse every Monday and Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., returning by 3:30 p.m. unless we’re having too much fun to stop. The program is conducted under the auspices of the Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club and is free of charge but, to control group size and make certain no one’s left behind, registration is necessary by 5:00 p.m. the day prior to the ride. Groups are limited to a maximum of 18 riders.

Monday is “Soft Spoke’N” day, designed to cover 10-14 essentially traffic-free miles and afford the leaders plenty of time to answer questions about bikes, offer cycling tips and demonstrate safe riding skills. The plan for Friday’s “Out Spoke’N” rides is a bit more demanding; these will go about 16-20 miles and work on becoming comfortable sharing the road with motor vehicles.

Helmets are required for these rides, fancy bikes are not. Hybrid, comfort bikes, or mountain bikes are recommended but, road bikes are perfectly acceptable.

To register send an email to [email protected]

Leaders Bob and Lee Evans, Sun Lakes residents, have over 60 years cycling experience between them. For the past 15 years they’ve conducted programs similar to the above in the Boston suburbs. Their Sun Lakes rides began four years ago. Both were Certified Cycling Instructors, retired racers, ex-bicycle commuters and former off-road crazies who now confine their riding to civilized surfaces. Check out their website at www.getupngoadventures.com for a glimpse of what their New England summertime rides are like. Email Lee at [email protected] or call 978-808-0900 if you have questions.