Cycle: February Brings Rides, Races, and Post-ride Hangouts to Metro Phoenix
Ah, Mother Nature, she can be such a fickle lady.
Strada Racing Club
No Arizona cyclist wants to spend their riding hours indoors, either spinning miles on a trainer or lounging lazily on the couch. So when the calendar turned to 2013 and the temperatures turned bitter cold, only to grow amazingly warm before bring torrential rains, excuse us cyclists when we became a bit schizophrenic.
Good weather or not, February is now upon us and brings with it a packed schedule of bike events. The breaking-in period of all those holiday gifts is over. It's time to turn some pedals in anger ... or joy.
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The Tempe Bicycle Action Group, otherwise affectionately known around these parts as TBAG, kicks the month off in high style with a full-day of cycling fun across two of their signature annual events. The morning starts with the Winter Games and bike swap meet at Boulders on Broadway in Tempe. The swap meet is the place to find some swingin' deals on gear, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Winter Games then commence at noon with classic competitions including the time honored brutal tradition of princess bike death races, slow ride races, figure 8 races and more. Boulders will be offering brunch, lunch and all-day happy hour specials to all participants.
Tempe Bicycle Action Group
After a day of heavy gladiator-like competition, TBAG classes things up that evening for the annual Tweed Ride, a highly dressed up yet casual ride to some of Tempe's favorite bike-friendly public houses. The group gathers at Tempe Beach Park at 7:30 p.m. for a quick photo op before taking their houndstooth, knickers and pipes out for an evening promenade through town at 7:45. For more information, check out the TBAG Facebook page.
If games and gussying up is simply not fast enough for you, the Sun Devil Classic criterium race also happens the morning of Feb. 9. The race runs a small loop at the north end of the ASU Research Park in south Tempe, just off of Elliott Road. Men's women's and junior's race categories will be offered throughout the day with over $9,000 in cash and prizes offered for category 4 races and higher. Entry fees are $10 for juniors and collegiate races, $30 for all others.
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