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On Sunday, October 18, 2015, hundreds gathered outside Bicycle Haus in Scottsdale, ravenous and white-knuckled at 6:30am, anxious to crusade an epic 53 miles of perfect pastry extinction. This cavalry registered for battle on our fearless leader's dime (for FREE), and enjoyed the protection and efficiency of police escort for the duration of the mish. Bicycle Haus has put together the Tour De BoSa – a ride to 7 donut shops throughout the valley, so none of us feel the guilt of consuming all those empty calories while having a great time. Let's crush donuts!
Phoenicians wait all summer for these conditions and many two-wheeled veterans have anticipated the annual donut carnage for an entire year. What a lovely day!
From the shop, it's about 3 miles to the first Bosa stop on McDowell Road. Too early for donuts?
Easiest wake up call ever forever.
Even the modest figure must treat thyself. I crushed three of those. Can you survive the bowel battle?
Bosa 1 recap:
Maybe it's riding a massive group draft. Maybe it's the donut calories blasting off like rocket fuel. Whatever the case is, I don't care if you're gluten-free, you're gonna like the way an effortless 20+ mph pace feels like.
ALL the way down to Country Club takes us to Brown and then to Stapley. Ten miles later, that felt a little long, riding to Bosa 2 on Main.
Arm yourself. Treat. Yo. Self.
Oh yeah, the riding, but mostly the delightfully dehydrating ambrosia sponges we call donuts make you pretty thirsty. So, THANK YOU for the ice!
Onto the next: Main St. to Gilbert Rd., we trek an appetizing 9 miles to Chandler Blvd. to Bosa 3 on Williams Field.
A scout [Tony] is:
Here at Bosa 3, we see a lot of the classic "maple bar zen endurance at stop 3" moves, as photographed above. Stop one you start out tradish, probably glazed, stop two you're gonna want something fun and spontaneous, like chocolate sprinkle (fun fact: Bosa's menu abbreviates 'sprinkle' to 'sprkle', so it's an expert ordering move to articulate a Pink Sprinkle as "Pink Sparkle"), and when you get to Bosa 3 you KNOW that if you skip the maple bar, you'll dream of it all the way to Bosa 4.
Here, State Bicycle's own Alex Steadman emphasizes the Bosa 3 Maple Bar.
Donut fueled and ice cooled, we cruise down a tree-lined Chandler Blvd. to a tree-lined Lakeview Blvd.
To a tree-lined Thatcher Blvd!! Are you lerning yet??
Then Alex pulls this Eagle Scout move!
Here at Bosa 4 on Arizona Ave., we see the scout's motto exemplified: Be prepared.
And guys, treat someone else.
Thank you sugar mommas, Bicycle Haus and Bosa!
The bowel battle rages but cannot defeat one our bravest. Btw, bathrooms at all stops for those in need.
Up Arizona Ave. for a few miles we come upon the winding and private Country Club Dr., and not a moment too soon, it's donut time at Bosa 5.
Come and get it!
A fierce slaying of a classic contender.
Out of Mesa, we roll down Southern to Bosa 6 in Tempe, a dessert temple quite dear to me, filled with late-night nostalgia of an irresponsible life's past.
I'm holding out for the vegan, gluten-free donuts next year too.
I met Rob with his youth team, Dynamix Devo, on the ride, and it's really cool to see whole families and young cyclists out for the 53 miles (and 7 donuts). These kiddos are all smiles at 35 mi, and I'm pretty sure it's because he said they don't eat donuts the other 364 days of the year.
Ayyy, can I get a Sheriff escort or nah? But for real, Sheriff pace car escort.
What's Tour de Bosa?
Ironman on the same day stressed out Tempe Police a bit. "Excuse me SIR, what is Tour de Bosa?"
Please allow me to accentuate the draft party that this ride is. Errbody pumped on da suga!
Such a well behaved group making suga mommas proud.
About ten in the morning it's starting to warm up, but this stretch of 48th St. is almost the victorious final push to Bosa 7.
Cue the Sunday morning feel-good jammer: it's donut time!
All victory is had. Who had all seven?
The gods are pleased, Cody.
A 3-mile cycling thoroughfare we all frequent; Lafayette Blvd. takes us home.
Thank you again to Bosa Donuts, MCSO, and Bicycle Haus for organizing another event even better than the last. We will see you for the next one!