Know the bicycle laws

The Sheriff’s department has been targeting cyclists recently and issuing inappropriate tickets.  Please read and understand the laws below and make sure to carry ID on your rides.

Here’s a link to a printable card to carry to hand out to aggressive motorists and uninformed police officers.  I have cards printed of pages 24, 29, 30 & 33:   adot STR061208

 

28-812. Applicability of traffic laws to bicycle riders

 

A person riding a bicycle on a roadway or on a shoulder adjoining a roadway is granted all of the rights and is subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle… 

28-815. Riding on roadway and bicycle path; bicycle path usage

A. A person riding a bicycle on a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, except under any of the following situations:

1. If overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding in the same direction.

2. If preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.

3. If reasonably necessary to avoid conditions, including fixed or moving objects, parked or moving vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals or surface hazards.

4. If the lane in which the person is operating the bicycle is too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.

B. Persons riding bicycles on a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.

Sun Devil Criterium

Victor Riquelme and Elliot Anderson both made appearances flying the Aggress flag at the Sun Devil Criterium this morning.

The course had a straight flat stretch with the start/finish right in the middle of it, a long sweeping bend after the first corner, followed by a sharp right back to the start/finish. The road was wide, and in good condition.

The schedule called for a combined 40 minute Cat.4/5 race, but due to a large field size (and emergency personnel all over the course after a bad crash in the prior ladies crit) the races were split into two 25 minute single category events.

Elliot did well in the 4’s, positioning himself in the front half of the pack the whole time. The race started out slowly, but quickly picked up pace as the attacks started to pour on. The field stayed together, setting up for a bunch sprint. On the last lap Elliot attacked on the back stretch, but wasn’t the only rider with the idea. He got swarmed and boxed into the last corner, was forced to brake hard to avoid hitting the curb, and had to re-accelerate for the sprint to the finish. He finished 20th/36. His mother was on hand and was expecting a better result, but is still very proud of him

 

Elliot Bridging a gap

Riquelme was aggressive in the 5’s, sitting on the front for most of the race. 3/4 of the way through the crit there was a crash in the middle of the pack on the back stretch. On the same lap, while coming through turn 2 at 30+ mph, some *%#$ passed on the outside, then dove in and across his front wheel. He avoided a bike/bike collision but could not escape an unfortunate bike/curb encounter.

Vic took a tumble in the dirt, but luckily machine and rider were unscathed, and he was able to get rolling again. Thanks to anger, motivation, and a supportive crowd, he caught back up within a half lap and immediately moved into first position. The rest of the field was more than happy to let him break the wind, and he stayed in first until the sprint, where he had absolutely nothing left and finished the day 8th/39.

Just moments after the crash, Eggliot the cameraman couldn’t figure out what Vic was doing so far off the back


Within two laps, Vic was leading out the field.


The Cat.5 finish

One would think that a course with only 2 corners and wide roads would create a safer race, but the inexperienced Cat.5 racers just used the relative low technicality to push speeds to dangerous levels.

At the end of the day, though a little frazzled, our boys are home and happy to be alive.

Vulture Mine TT

Rugged, hilly terrain and mellow 70 degree temperatures set the stage for Elliot Anderson’s 40k TT this morning. The out and back course had a total of 1150 feet of elevation gain, and began with a 3 mile climb, then a 9 mile downhill, followed by the turnaround back to the finish.

Elliot passed the elder Cat.4 rider who started one minute before him on the first climb, but was overtaken by him on the downhill. He passed him again within the first mile after the turnaround, and held him off to the finish. Elliot clocked a solid time of 1:07:20, good for 2nd place out of 4 in his category, beating the 3rd place rider by 27 seconds, and 38 seconds from 1st.

Notably, his time was the 7th fastest out of all 17 men in all categories that competed in the 40k today.

Both of us stayed up till 2am the night before, and woke up at 5am to make the 3.5 hour trek from Tucson to Wickenburg, AZ.

 

Elliot getting warm in the shade of the Aggress tent

 

Vic pulled off an impressive 1st place finish in the sneaker and jean open category

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  • Mission

    Aggress is a Tucson-based statewide / regional cycling team formed in January, 2004.
    As a developmental team for both road and mountain bike racing, Aggress continues to actively – yet carefully – recruit according to a philosophy that emphasizes teamwork in both training and racing tactics.
    Our focus is to race as a team, utilizing team tactics to get our man the win. We ride in support of our designated racer, with each member in turn supported in the key event(s) of his choosing.
    We are aggressive when we race, but we behave in a courteous and sportsmanlike manner at all times. We also have team training rides that we utilize throughout the season.