Sep 29, 2011 10:49 AM

2 Wheelin' in Tucson: Doodah Style

TUCSON - While there are many cycling groups around town, the Doodah Road Club is perfect for riders of all levels.

Rick Karl, who calls himself the "head Doo," started the group over 15 years ago.

"The first Saturday was June 1st in '95 or '96, and we had 6 people show up," he said.

Since then, it's certainly grown!

What sets the Doodah's apart, is their emphasis on socializing and fun.

As Karl says, there's no spandex required!

"Somebody once said if you don't stop and talk it's nothing but a bike and a road. So we stop regularly to make sure everybody is keeping up with us. We don't leave any rider behind."

On the first Sunday of the month, the Doodah's have their most casual ride. They average about 10-13 miles, and the pace is as slow as the slowest person who shows up.

Donna Lewandowski, who rides with the group, and is also the Pima County coordinator of the Safe Routes to School program, says the Doodah's are great for beginners.

"The things that makes people nervous about joining a group are; 'Will I be able to keep up? Will I be holding them back? and what if I do something wrong...?" So this is a way for us to say 'here's a group ride, and you will not hold us back because we key off of your pace,'" Lewandowski said.

Last but not least, the Doodah's incorporate food into all of their rides.
In fact, their motto is "We brake for bagels, and stop for hopps!"

To find out how to join a ride with the Doodah Road Club, check out http://doodahroadclub.org/.

On another 2 Wheeling note, October 5th is "international Walk to School Day." Pima County is taking part in the event, and urging families to walk or bike to school. For more information, go to www.walktoschool.org.


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