“This is our world, where our health is woven together with biotic communities in a shared environment, and it is so clearly evident at Tahoe.”
–Peter Goin, Using Lake Tahoe photographs to blend art and science, UNR Nevada Today news
Living in the American West makes noticing the unique characteristics of place inescapable. There are usually mountains rimming town and in most places piercing sun and deep blue sky. The air is dry and water is rare and valuable. In Phoenix, Arizona there is a bicycle club with a long tradition of sewing together people’s health with the lay of the Sonoran Desert lands. They’re putting on a great race next weekend called the Valley of the Sun (VOS) stage race.
It is amazing how deep racing goes. Included in the festivities is a Hand Cycling race. “VOS has been chosen by the United States Olympic Committee, U.S. Paralympics Cycling as one of six events in the US to complete a U.S. Paralympics Cycling Series. The goal of this series is to provide public awareness of health benefits and sport opportunities for those with spinal cord injury.” VOS also has a kids bike race, rodeo, and safety clinic. More information here:
Every year volunteers from the White Mtn. Road Club put on the VOS series and it draws racers and spectators from all over the country. The level of community involvement and deep knowledge of the growth of bicycling in the Phoenix metro region in that organization is phenomenal. I was a fortunate enough to be a member for a couple of years and now I stay interlinked through strong bonds even from 500 miles away. Bicycling makes one big family.
The White Mountain Road Club is my bike org of the month for January 2016. Thanks for the work that you do!
Here are a few photos from rides in the Sandia and Manzano ranges this weekend. The strong El Niño is ebbing for now and the sun is out and the high country is becoming more accessible. I start and end all my ABQ rides from home. I am looking forward to the season.