Box Canyon proved to be a worthy bucket list challenge. Us old timers think of this route as Greaterville but whichever guise it’s referred to, it gave us another memorable day in the saddle. The recently flooded dirt road gave us fits and flats a plenty. We did however, profit from overcast weather which cooled off typical summer temperatures.
Many of the team members hadn’t experienced this slice of cycling paradise. Beautiful landscapes, twisting mountain roads, and incredible views made it worthwhile. I did however notice the contrast in increasing off road vehicular traffic to compared with a few decades ago.
Unfortunately our other bucket list ride this month to summit Mount Lemmon will have to wait as the road closure will force a change of plans. Instead we will head west to what I think is an under-appreciated ride to 3 Points and loop back via Diamond Bell Ranch Road/Sierrita Mountain road.
A group will depart 6am for 72 miles. Optional return over Gates will add another 5;
B and C group will depart 6am for 50 miles.
The rest of the week remains unchanged on the Genius here;
Coach Luke has returned from his trip up North and we look forward to hearing about his adventures and his presence on the rides. Welcome home, Luke.
I would also like to take a moment to thank our volunteer coaches; Jim Averill returns from a crash a few months ago after doing shoulder damage. Ken Clark and Jeff Christiansen have been very helpful on both mountain and road bike rides. Lastly, huge props for Cara O’Neil and Rene Ortega for being the rock stars that they are. A very big El Grupo thank you!