A Cooler Memorial Day Bike Ride

I rode a Memorial Day bike ride on the “Kingwood – SH 242 – Kingwood” route totaling 34.39 miles. The sky looked threatening early in the morning but by the time I started (11:40 AM) the overcast sky was not so bad. From yesterday’s 93 degrees it dropped to 72 degrees when I started making me pull a long sleeve jersey from the closet. In the early miles I felt a chill but once I warmed up I probably could’ve worn a short sleeve jersey. Finishing at 2:10 PM the temperature improved to 79 degrees with the humidity not far from that (75%) making for a muggy ride.

Today’s miles put me over my May goal of 300 miles by 10.66 miles. If the weather cooperates I hope to add more miles.

Nothing out of the ordinary during the bike except for the flags displayed at many homes. There were a few “casual” bikers on the bike paths along the route. I used the new roads riding through Woodridge Forest. I wondered how they would be after last night’s rain but I didn’t see any difference from the last time.

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Texas Bicycling News May 28th 2017

Cyclists to race in state criterium races in downtown Greenville

David Claybourn | www.heraldbanner.com

Some of the state’s top cyclists are expected to compete at the Texas State Criterium Championships this Memorial weekend in Greenville.
There are two days of timed races scheduled for downtown Greenville on Sunday and Monday in the Texas Cup Event presented by Dallas Racing.
Sunday’s races, which range in time from 30 to 60 minutes, are age-based. The first race starts at 8 a.m. and the last one at 3:30 p.m.
The top riders in the men’s under-23 age group, 23-29, 30-34 and 35-39 will be racing on Sunday for an …

Log a cycling milestone with Lance Armstrong at WeDu Texas Hundred

By Pam LeBlanc | www.mystatesman.com

This must feel like coasting down a driveway to Lance Armstrong, who’s barely firing a calf muscle as we pedal up one gorgeous incline after another in the hills surrounding the small town of Burnet.
Armstrong and I are riding part of the course of the upcoming WeDu Texas Hundred, the first Texas event wearing the brand of the former professional cyclist’s latest project, WeDu. The roads unravel without the buzz of …

Cycling on the Circuit of the Americas F1 Track

by Spoke | www.bikeforums.net

Living just outside of Austin, TX, I took advantage of a special 10 week program of open cycling on the Circuit of the Americas F1 track in Austin, TX. I’ll let the video speak for itself, but it was a blast. The hill up to turn 1 was a killer, but then you are rewarded with a fast run down into turn 2. The track is a …

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Where Did the Heat Come From Bike Ride

Starting today’s bike ride at 12:25 PM put me in the heat of the day. Summer like temperatures popped up in the forecast and 93 degrees meant no need for a long sleeve jersey bicycling the “Atascocita – Walden – Huffman” route. I rode my Blue Norcross AL bike for a total of 31.41 miles boosting May to 276.27 miles, 24 miles away from my goal. I pedaled hard on the ride due to the strong SE wind (15 mph with 25 mph gusts) until I turned left onto FM 2100 bicycling to Huffman where I took a 15 minute break to fill my water bottle and rest before heading west for the remaining 11+ miles.

Mostly cloudy skies held the sun at bay but not the heat. If it stays like this I will start wearing wrist bands to hold the sweat back from my gloves.

Knobby tires on the Blue Norcross AL add a whirling sound to the ride but raises the tire above the pavement about 1/4″ maybe reducing the chance for a flat as I bike on the debris filled shoulder on FM 1960. The causeway over Lake Houston seems to be a magnet for all kinds of trash. No flats today.

Many U. S. flags out along the route as Memorial Day is tomorrow.

More heat tomorrow but since the Giro d’Italia is over I may start the ride earlier in the day.

Two weeks ago today I was biking in the Florida Keys, Key Largo to Marathon.

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Texas Bicycling News May 27th 2017

Texas A&M professor prepares to bike coast-to-coast to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity

By Rebecca Fiedler | www.theeagle.com

A Texas A&M philosophy professor is preparing for a coast-to-coast bicycling journey in an attempt to raise $27,500 for Habitat For Humanity in Bryan-College Station.
Jose Luis Bermudez, 50, teaches both lower and upper-level philosophy at Texas A&M, and for several years served as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Every moment for Bermudez not spent teaching or working with his horse at home is spent training and conditioning for extensive bike runs.
The professor has already completed two major races in recent years, both raising large quantities of …

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Alexandria cyclist, Tracy Martin, leaves Lance Armstrong in his dust

By Mike Cianciolo | www.kalb.com

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) – As a teenager he got his first taste at roofing toting shingles up a ladder. When he was 20, he became a self-employed contractor. Now in his late 40s, Tracy Martin is blazing his own trail on a bicycle.
Riding his bike went from that of a hobby to somewhat of an addiction.
“Six days a week,” explains Martin. “Minimum of three hours. Weekends usually longer rides.” …

… Last month, on April 8, Tracy Martin competed in the Austin Rattler – a 60-mile mountain bike race in the capital of Texas featuring roughly 500 participants. One of the riders Tracy was going up against in the men’s 40-49 age division, was none other than legendary cyclist Lance Armstrong. …

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Saturday, Jun 10, 2017, 9:00 AM

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Remember this first time you rode a mountain bike? Remember how much fun it was? We’re partnering with our friends at Bicycle Sport Shop to pass on the love of riding in the dirt to the younger generation. ARR will be there leading rides, providing assistance and being good stewards of Austin mountain biking. If you’d like to volunteer to lead a r…

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