Tour de Scottsdale cycling events kick off Saturday, Sept. 24, with proceeds benefiting the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.
To give you a taste of the final event: Last year, I watched the 7th annual Tour de Scottsdale, camera in hand. I “camped out” at the entrance to the Discovery Center on Thompson Peak Parkway, north of Bell Road for over an hour waiting for the race leaders.
It was a hot day last year and really tough on some of the riders. This year could be more of the same.
From the City of Scottsdale, this year’s events are scheduled as follows:
The Criterium and family fun ride take place tomorrow, 9/24/11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Races launch from Canyon Village at DC Ranch, and cyclists of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. The 1-kilometer Criterium race is on a short, closed course. Get details at www.WMRC.org
The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy will host a Walk, Run & Roll, from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, beginning at the Market Street Plaza. It includes a 5K along trails in DC Ranch and the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Families can walk, run or bike ride while conservancy volunteer stewards host a desert scavenger hunt along the way. A $20 donation is suggested. Get details at www.mcdowellsonoran.org
About 1,500 cyclists from around the nation and hundreds of spectators are expected at the 8th annual Tour de Scottsdale on Sunday, Oct. 2. The ride is a 70-mile tour around Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve and benefits the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy. A new element to the Tour this year is a 30-mile "mini Tour," which includes some of the challenging climbs of the 70-mile route but is geared toward novice cyclists. Activities begin at 7 a.m. Spectators are free. Get more information at (480) 538-3540. Register at http://www.active.com/cycling/scottsdale-az/tour-de-scottsdale-2011-mk791.
Scottsdale’s landmark Soleri Bridge and Plaza captured two top honors at the Valley Forward Association’s Environmental Excellence Awards. The Soleri Bridge and Plaza captured top spot in both the Art in Public Places and Site Development and Landscape categories.
The city earned a Gold Bicycle Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists. Scottsdale earned the title for achievements in engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation and planning.
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Scottsdale’s Advanced Water Treatment Plant expansion won an Award of Merit in the Project of the Year category from the WaterReuse Association. The project was recognized as a significant contributor to advancing the acceptance of water reuse through outstanding, quality projects.
Business Week asks the question: Which Is America’s Best City? And then ranks Scottsdale as #4, in the nation.
And here’s why:
A wealthy Phoenix suburb, Scottsdale has the second-best schools among cities we ranked, low unemployment, and a high number of park acres per person. More than half the population has a college degree. Like many other Arizona cities, the foreclosure rate is high, but Scottsdale bucks the trend with low unemployment.