The Tour de France begins on the last day of June. The world’s toughest cycling event should inspire local riders to show their team colors and join the free weekly road ride starting at the Trailhead Bike Cafe. Get a leg up with a quick espresso at the cafe inside (studies show the caffeine really does give cyclists a boost). And get ready to roll for a ride shop mechanic Patrick Carlson says can stretch 20 miles or longer.
Loops can go off in any direction, sometimes attacking the South Mountain area hills, or blazing faster, flatter routes to the east. So be one with the peloton at 6 a.m. Saturdays.