Texas Bicycling News June 22nd 2017

Trials Pro Jeff Lenosky Helps You Clean The Toughest Trail in Texas

By Jeff Lenosky | www.mtbproject.com

The MTB Project database is full of black and double black diamond trails… Nearly 7,000 to be exact.
This got me thinking about the sections of “unrideable” trail I hear lore of every time I visit a new location. Maybe there are a handful of locals who can clean these burly …

Cedar Hill Mayor Rob Franke Elected Chair of Regional Transportation Council

By Jo Ann Holt | www.focusdailynews.com

CEDAR HILL—Mayor Rob Franke was recently took the helm of the Regional Transportation Council (RTC). The governing body comprised of 44 members decides policy for the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes serves as vice chair and Denton County Commissioner Andy Eads is secretary. …

… The RTC oversees transportation planning for twelve counties within the Dallas-Fort Worth region. RTC guides development of roadway, rail and bicycle-pedestrian plans and …

Circle C Cruise Not so late because its getting hot. 8:00 AM

Sunday, Jul 2, 2017, 8:00 AM

Dick Nichols District Park
8011 Beckett Rd, Austin, TX 78749 Austin, TX

2 Austin Cyclists Attending

We will meet before 8:00 AM, wheels down 8:00 AM, at Dick Nichols Park for about two hours of casual rambling around SW Austin. Gary knows the area like the back of his hand.

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8 AM start: Tour de Southern Walnut Creek Trail

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017, 8:00 AM

Govalle Park
5200 Bolm Rd. Austin, TX

1 Austin Cyclists Attending

We’re riding out at 8 AM for summer coolness.A moderate C-pace ride (roughly 11 to 14 mph) on The Southern Walnut Creek Trail from the trailhead at Govalle Park to the Abrupt End and return. Round trip is about 20 miles. The trail is paved for the entire distance, with a 1/2 mile hill on the outbound. We’ll regroup at the top of the hill on the ou…

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DB Lite 6-24-17, 7:00am, 52 miles to McKinney (or Bust)

Ron_Shome | www.planobicycle.org

I’m posting this Thursday morning, and the weather outlook is very iffy. Please check Saturday morning for updates on the route (might be a rain route) or cancellation (by 6am Saturday), or whether it will be a parking lot decision.
As of now, I’ll be hopeful and say we’re going to McKinney, and returning with a slightly different route since Old Stacy Rd is closed at Stacy/Prescott intersection.
WEATHER: (Updated Friday 1:30pm)
The weather forecast says it will be 71°F at 7am and 78°F at 11am. Winds are predicted to be from the NE at 9mph. We’ll have mostly cloudy skies with >50% chance for rain. Here’s a link to the National Weather Service .
ROUTE (click here)
Rollins Dr – At mile 46.7, we single up and go our on pace up the hill. Pass on the left and call out “ON YOUR LEFT” as you do. Turn left onto Longwood Dr and regroup on the right just before Hedgcoxe. You can choose to stretch your legs or to take it at an easier pace–we will wait at the regroup point until everyone is ready.

New patrol program offers protection for trail patrons

By Jen Phillips | www.kxii.com

PARIS, Texas (KXII) — Every day of the week, people use the Trail de Paris to jog, ride their bike, to walk their dogs or play with their kids.
It’s popularity is growing.
Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley says with the recent expansion of the trail throughout northeast Texas, the department is recruiting citizens to help.
“We’ll have extra eyes on the patrol, on the trail,” said Hundley. “And we’re going to have extra people who can see …

Midland police officer brings home gold medal for cycling in Texas Police Games

By Roxana Rubio | www.telemundoamarillo.com

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) – A Midland police officer just made his way back to Permian Basin after competing in the Texas police games. He didn’t come home empty handed, he won first and second place in several categories.
Officer John Kerrigan has served the Midland Police Department (MPD) for about 23 years and he has a hobby he’s pretty good at.
Last week Kerrigan went to the Texas Police Games, he competed in two different cycling races in his age group. The first race was …

ARR Trail Crew – Walnut & Watermelon Workday

Monday, Jun 26, 2017, 6:30 PM

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX

4 Mountain Bikers Attending

Meet at the pool lot picnic tables.  After a two hour Trail Crew session, we will have some ice cold watermelon!We will be planting native trees and plants in one of the restoration areas near the concrete trail in cooperation with Keep Walnut Creek Wild and Keep Austin Beautiful.   If you are not allergic to poison ivy, we have a special hero job…

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New details in death of A&M student killed by garbage truck

By Clay Falls | www.kbtx.com

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) – New details are emerging on how a Texas A&M Student was killed by a City of College Station garbage truck.
Alannah Ritch died in the accident on September 8, 2016.
Her mother spoke with News 3 for the first time Tuesday and told us how she’s working to keep her legacy alive.
“Our hearts are still broken,” said Kathi Ritch of San Marcos.
Her 21-year -old- daughter Alannah was heading to campus from …

Joggers, bikers and firefighters save couple at Plano pond

Hannah Davis | www.khou.com

PLANO, Texas — Elizabeth Thrash won’t forget her day at the park last Saturday. That’s because a bike ride quickly turned into a race to save two lives.
“Their car just sped over the curb right here and never even slowed down,” Thrash said.
Witnesses say a 72-year-old driver lost control of his car and drove it into a pond at a popular walking trail just off the 3700 block of Country Place Drive. His 80-year-old wife was in the …

BSS South to Mountain City and Back – 47 Miles

Saturday, Jun 24, 2017, 7:30 AM

bicycle sports shop
517 S. Lamar Blvd Austin, TX

1 Austin Cyclists Attending

This route is the standard South Austin Out-and-Back with a few stop lights and mostly flat. We will go to Buda and then just keep going to Mountain City, stop for refueling, then ride back. The ride is no drop and the pace will average 15ish mph so be sure you can maintain that ride pace. Regular bikes welcome, recumbents worshipped. Post-ride far…

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Cyclists in route from Texas to Alaska stop in Grand Junction

By Matt Vanderveer | www.kjct8.com

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) — Riding with a purpose – in this case, cancer awareness.
That is the message that 66 cyclists with spread over the next two months as they ride the 4,000 miles from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska.
The Texas 4000 ride is completed with just a bike and a backpack.
On Wednesday, one of the three Texas 4000 groups all traveling different routes stopped in Grand Junction– this one is part of the …

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Pedal Pushers | roy-pedalpushers.blogspot.com

I wanted to prepare for an upcoming tour in Illinois. Christine and I have ridden the Z Tour out of Princeton, Illinois once before and found that there is more to Illinois than flat corn fields. It has its share of hills also.
So Christine, Brian, and I went on a training ride. Although we cannot match the scenery or humidity, we chose a route that would provide us with hills matching most tours–6 to14%. …

B.I.G. Training Program

Tuesday, Jun 27, 2017, 6:00 PM

River Run Plaza
1071 Country Club Rd El Paso, TX

1 Cyclists Attending

B.I.G. stands Beginner Intermediate Group. Each week we will meet at 6 p.m. for a short (15-minute) lesson on basics of road cycling, followed by a 12-15 mile in the Upper Valley. BIG program will continue through July, with longer weekend rides also coming up to build stamina.   Starting point is River Run Plaza on Country Club Road (1/3 miles wes…

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Wind, Sensors, Factory Reset Bike Ride

I thought I would never reach SH 242 with the N 22 mph (27 mph gusts) wind hitting me. Pedaling in a lower gear than usual I put my head down and pushed forward. At each traffic light I thought I might get a break but today I got all green lights. Once I made the left turn at SH 242 the strong headwind turned into a strong tailwind. To add a little distance to the ride I rode west on SH 242 to Speed Street and then back to the south bound service road. The “Kingwood – SH 242 – Kingwood” ride totaled 32.6 miles bring the week so far to 99.9 miles. If I had known I would .1 of mile short an extra street or two could’ve been added.

While biking north the speed was around 12 to 14 mph but cycling south I hit 23+ mph several times and the pedaling effort was much less. The wind is from the tropical depression to the east of Houston pumping lots of wind but no rain so far. When I started at 11:23 the temperature was 93 and by the end it moved up to 95. The cloudy sky didn’t let the sun through but I perspired heavily though the humidity was only 52%. I finished the ride at 1:48 and was relieved the rain stayed away with some dark clouds to the east.

At the beginning of the ride my PowerPod refused to connect with my Elemnt computer. When I checked the sensors connection I saw the speed sensor also wasn’t connected. That isn’t too bad with the GPS tracking speed too. After several tries I gave up on the power readings and waited until after the ride to mess with it. In the process I had removed the power sensor and speed sensor from the Elemnt connections.

Back home I tried to pair the PowerPod and speed sensors again but no luck. I changed the battery in the speed sensor but still no connection. In desperation I did a factory reset on the Elemnt, wrong decision, and tried again. Now all of my screens reverted to the factory settings and I will need to make changes to get back to mine. In the future no factory reset. I will connect the PowerPod to the software program to see if I can get it working.

Not sure what the weather will be like tomorrow but if it doesn’t rain I plan on biking.

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Capturing the Moment : the Photographers of Texas Bike Racing

By Carolyn Defoore | texasbikeracing.com

Wherever you go in the Texas bike racing scene, you can always spot a photographer or two, carrying giant lenses and bags of gear, crouched down in the corners, trying to capture the perfect shot. …

Ride Like A Girl – Maintenance Clinic with Joe!

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017, 6:00 PM

Monkey Wrench Bicycles
5555 North Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX

14 Mountain Bikers Attending

Something for the north/central folks: Joe, owner of Monkey Wrench Bicycles, is hosting a maintenance clinic for RLAG!Joe and Monkey Wrench are one of ARR’s super sponsors!   Not only is Monkey Wrench a longtime sponsor of the RLAG program, Joe and his shop do all the repairs and maintenance on the Kid Trips bikes – for free. Come and get amazing …

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PeopleForBikes launches consumer campaign to inspire people to get out and ride

by BRAIN Staff | www.bicycleretailer.com

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes today launched its latest consumer campaign, Bike Days of Summer, with the goal of motivating more ridership this summer. The promotion features four different days focused on inspirational reasons to get out and ride. …

Bike-sharing service offers new ride options

Sarah Hoye | www.wfaa.com

DALLAS – If you’ve been downtown lately, chances are you’ve seen yellow bikes parked at bike racks, sitting in the middle of the sidewalk.
Like bike-sharing programs across the country, the concept is simple: rent it, ride it, return it. And yes, there’s an app for that.
With VBikes, riders locate available bikes by GPS, check it out and then leave the bikes where …

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