Cyclemasters Keep Rides Going!

B.J. Murray

If you are not in Cyclemasters, you missed something fun on Saturday, Nov. 27. Our group had the Thanksgiving t-ride, where we did our usual breaking into ride groups for an hour-long ride, but then we had a fun trivia game afterward. One of our ride leaders for the Semi-Hot riders, Linda Merritt, had an early bike malfunction, but the members gathered round to get it fixed and got Linda back on the road again. The riders in the Sensibles ride even had some singing going on, though most of us didn’t know all the words to “She’s coming round the mountain when she comes…”. But we all had a good laugh when we tried.

Afterward we all met up at the Road Runner to play a turkey trivia game. Some knew the answers to the trivia better than others, and Cyclemasters Co-President Gail Thom gave out prizes to those who knew the answers. Most didn’t know that a turducken is a chicken, stuffed into a duck, that is stuffed into a turkey. Though it’s fair to say that those who got prizes certainly knew.

Earlier in the month we also had several members of Cyclemasters who participated in the Tour de Tucson. Those who rode 102 miles were: Julia and John Boyd (tandem), Jim Donat, Charlie Beaton, Marty Herbert, Jim Doyle, Jeff Williams, and John Roberts. Members who rode 57 miles were: Stan Bodeen, Ray Malaski, Mike Schmaltz, Randy Olsen, and Kurt McMillen. Finally, those who made it 28 miles were: Doug Zink and Anne Williams. This is a tough ride, and we are proud of every member who participated.

We have events planned for December that include our Holiday Party (Activity Center, Dec. 13, 5 p.m.), which is also a good event to sign up for Cyclemasters (thus far this year we’ve welcomed 38 new members!). Also, on Saturday, Dec. 18, we plan to host the Candy Cane ride, where we ride to somewhere in SaddleBrooke to get a candy cane, then have breakfast at a member’s house. It’s always a memorable event.

In addition to holiday rides, our group hosts regular rides both inside and outside SaddleBrooke. See our website at for where and when to meet. Inside SaddleBrooke, rides last about an hour, followed with coffee at the Road Runner. Outside rides are longer and typically take two to three hours. Know that we also sponsor other rides, such as a bike and barge in the Netherlands plus a bike trip closer to home in San Diego. Given we break into groups to ride, depending on a rider’s skill level, all levels of riders are welcome. E-bikes are also welcome. So bring your bike and join us!