Tail Winds Archives

With the 2018 Summer issue
Tail Winds goes digital.  

Check it out on July 1st

Tail Winds is 30,000-circulation, quarterly publication that covers events, fun and fun for cyclists, runners and outdoor enthusiasts. We highlight inspirational athletes on every level of sport in every age category.

Contact: editor@perimeterbicycling.com


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Tail WInds Summer 2018

Tail Winds may look the same on paper, but we are now distributing it online. We’ve packaged it differently on our website so it will be easier to find and read. It will be just one click away when readers get it via their computer. You’ll be able to scroll down to get to our table of contents for individual stories. As you peruse the paper, you can return to the TOC to find the story. 
We hope you enjoy the easier-to-read, get-to website. It’s important to us you read a publication you are proud of


Getting Down And Dirty 
by Dr. Christy Wise

Writer Dr. Christy Wise brings up the subject of adults needing to do what they did when they were younger … act like kids. It’s about having fun and enjoying yourself. It’ll help with happiness and health. You might want to try it.

Raising Hope Through Help For Charities
by Damion Alexander

Local cyclist and advocate Damion Alexander has a plan to raise a few thousand dollars for local charities for the upcoming El Tour. He plans on riding the Tour for as many beneficiaries who want his services. A few have already joined in. See how you can.

UA Cycling Team Excels
by Steve Rivera

Since 2014, the team has focused on rebuilding and over the last couple of years it’s done very well. The team achieved their goals of being No. 1 after wins at cyclocross nationals, 6th at BMX (first in clubs), and third overall at road nationals.

Third Pima County 
El Tour Loop the Loop
Come join the Perimeter staff and many others as we kick off the El Tour season. It’s September 15 and begins on various sites of the Loop and ends at an after party beginning at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ramada (777 W. Cushing Street & I-10).

The Loop Motivated Me to Get a New Bike
by Felix Gafner

Writer/cyclist Felix Gafner has liked The Loop so much he bought a bike and now spends his time on The Loop. It’s like he’s been awakened by the scenic route of more than 128-miles. He encourages everyone to ride it.

El Tour De Mesa Was A Great Day
by Steve Rivera

There was plenty of excitement in the 100K and 50K rides in Mesa. The 50K ride for the men was as close as you can get, but Conor Johnson prevailed. In the 50K, Tucson’s McEvoy finished first and 24th overall. Tanner Thornton broke late to take the 100K.

Seeing The World While Wearing Running Shoes 
by Steve Rivera

Writer Tracey Metcalfe Rowley had a business trip to San Antonio and the last thing she wanted to do was miss out on a running workout. So, she was innovated and inspired to see the city on a run. She found a tour – where they run – and take in the site. Cool concept.


♦ Start Lines…6

♦ Hit The Trail!…9

♦ Inspiration…20

♦ Calendar…24-25

♦ Finish Lines…26

Tail Winds 2018 Spring 
So, here we are at another Holualoa Companies El Tour de Mesa. In fact, it’s our 28th one and we’re excited about it for a number of reasons. It looks like we’ll have a little more than 1,500 riders for the event. It’s a number we’re accustomed to through the years and one we’re comfortable with as we get to know the Valley of the Sun every year.



10 Perimeter Accomplishments
Perimeter Bicycling members spend plenty of time on the bike reaching goals and dreams. Many ride their favorite perimeter courses or find new ones. We like to say they are accomplished.

14 Holualoa Companies El Tour de Mesa
After quick debate it was very apparent who our dedication recipient for El Tour de Mesa would be: Wayne Churchman, who has been with Perimeter Bicycling for more than a decade. He’s been the ride’s director for nearly 10 years. He’s more than worthy for the award. Congrats!

15 Doctor’s Orders: Ride for the Health of it
When you ride a bike you’ll find every profession riding alongside. That’s definitely true if you ride in El Tour de Mesa on April 7. We profile three doctors who you might see on the route in Mesa. One who will definitely be there is Dan McGehee, who has ridden in the event a number of times. They do it to promote their health and the health of others.

16 She Ran with Llamas
Writer and runner Tracey Metcalfe Rowley spent a weekend in Colorado with her daughter, Paige, and had a great time running with Llamas. Yes, Llamas. She picked a good one in Sunrise, a champion runner too.

18 ASARCO – A big part of El Tour
One of our great sponsors is ASARCO, who have been with us for five years. Not only do they help support us with financial support but it also brings about 15 riders to the event. “ASARCO has always been part of our community … it’s extremely important,” said rider Jesus Chavez.

20 For Erin McGinnis, Age is but a number
Erin McGinnis is a 71-year-old woman who loves to compete, although she started late in life when athletics is involved. She learned how to ride a bike, swim and run, even though she suffers from a paralyzed leg. She’s racking up awards with her determination.

20 Cyclist, Ironman Stallworth Keeps Busy Staying in Shape
Brett Stallworth loves being on a bike and now he has his two daughters on their own too. They also have followed him in becoming strong Ironman competitors. As for Stallworth, he rides thousands of miles a year but has turned his sights on becoming a strong Ironman competitor.

21 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo
For nearly 20 years, Todd Sadow has put on 24 Hours and it continues to be a great success with nearly 2,000 participants. Mountain bikers come from all over the world to enjoy the southern Arizona weather and the adventure that 24 Hours shows. It’s a crazy weekend that everyone loves.

23 Perimeter World Records
Perimeter Bicycling World Records are declared for those cyclists who bicycle the perimeter of any defined geographical boundary of 50 miles or more such as: towns, cities, lakes, counties, states or countries. All Perimeter Bicycling Records are verified and declared by Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc.

Tail Winds 2018 Winter 

This issue contains more than 60 pages – our biggest issue of the year – of results for the main rides/distances as well as Indoor El Tour. Enjoy!




Page 9 Dining with Bears
Writer/photographer D.R. Williams went on a trip to Alaska recently and found himself face to face (sort of) with bears. As he put it, “I’ll never forget the time I dined with bears; it’s an experience that changed me as a person and altered my life’s direction.” Obviously, it was a trip of a lifetime.

Page 12 TUGO – A Bike Share Program
If you’re looking for some good, inexperience transportation in the downtown and University of Arizona areas, look no further than TUGO, a bike-share program that gives you access to some comfortable bikes. Heck, they are even good enough to ride in El Tour.

Page 13 Dan Runs
Writer/runner Dan Heston knows what it’s like to push his body to the limits. He did that to kick off the 35th El Tour by running the entire 106-mile course to raise money for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. He raised $21,000 for the cause. No word if he’ll be back to do it next year.

Page 15 Avondale Paracyclist Aims High
Writer Michael Murphy profiled paracyclist David Berling to get a sense of what Berling goes through to be one of the best at what he does. It’s all about the competition and “getting stronger … that’s my continuous goal. Getting stronger equates to getting faster,” Berling said. He does that every time he gets on a handcycle.

Page 16 El Tour
Tucson’s Rob Alvarez had a dream of finishing first in El Tour. It came to fruition in El Tour No. 35. He was over the moon with his finish: “I’ve known about this race since I was 10 years old,” he said. And Betsabee Salomon hasn’t had much experience on a bike, but that proved to be no problem. She was the first-place finisher on the women’s side.

Page 25 Tucson –
Where The Cyclists Come To Ride
Writer/cycling advocate Damion Alexander writes about the possibility of Tucson getting a bike park, which would include a Velodrome. Where would Tucson put it? Arizona officials will find a spot. He says community developers will make it happen and still honor the land. We will see.

Page 25 Tucson –
Where The Cyclists Come To Ride
Writer/cycling advocate Damion Alexander writes about the possibility of Tucson getting a bike park, which would include a Velodrome. Where would Tucson put it? Arizona officials will find a spot. He says community developers will make it happen and still honor the land. We will see.

Fall 2017 
  • Michael Coles, An Original El Tour Cyclist Cyclist Michael Coles looks back on a time when the riders were few but the fun was plenty when it comes to El Tour. 
  •  Fighting Diabetes, One Mile at a Time
    Writer James Stout takes a look at the Pasqui Yaqui Tribe (PYT) and its work to beating diabetes.

And El Tour Special Pullout

Summer 2017 


Swoosh Rappoport Inching Up The Perimeter Ladder
Perimeter member Dan Rappoport loves all things El Tour and is all about Perimeter Bicycling. Through the years he’s moved up on the most miles list. He’s cycled 24 different perimeters which ranks him 42nd on the all-time mileage list. READ HERE
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Swoosh The Weight is Over
Michele Ziegler went from this businesswoman mom to an athletic dynamo after just wanting to lose weight. She’s now one of the better participants in Spartan Races. She proves if there is a will there is a way. READ HERE
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And, From The Insert
John Howard: A Man of Many Accomplishments 
John Howard is this years Cochise County Cycling Classic, presented by Canyon Vista Medical Center,  Dedication Recipient. READ HERE


Perimeter Events Pullout

Spring 2017


Swoosh Cycling: It Gives You Time To Reminisce With Friends
Writer Alan Fischer took a look back at some of his friends and their accomplishments. Cycling, because of its mind-clearing abilities, gives riders a canvas to think about anything and everything.
Page 14

Swoosh Catalina Park Hike
Writers Katie Mabry and Steve Rivera look back at their individual hikes at Catalina Park and give their perspectives on some of southern Arizona’s best hiking trails.
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Jan/Feb 2017


Swoosh The Family that Rides Together, Stays Together
The Rohers are a cycling family and for the 28-mile ride they were given the Family Award. “That’s quite an honor,” mom, Jodie said.
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Swoosh El Tour People in Their Own Words
El Tour riders tell their own amazing stories. El Tour means so much to so many people. And every one of the thousands of riders has a story to tell. In the centerpiece of Tail Winds a number or riders tell their stories.
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presented by Casino Del Sol
The Tucson Conquistadores 11th Indoor El Tour presented by Arizona Health