Texas Bicycling News Digest November 20th

DATES Pilot Point Ride

Dallas Area Tandem Enthusiasts

When:     Nov 29, 2014 09:30 AM
Where:    Pilot Point Downtown Square – Pilot Point
Category: DATES ride
Pilot Point Ride – Saturday, Nov 29th, 2014
Ride Start: Pilot Point Town Square (gazebo) in charming Pilot Point located on US 377 eleven miles North of US 380.
Meet Time: 9:15 AM
Ride Time: 9:30 AM
Distance options:
Medium route is 38 rolling miles
Long route is 54 miles with options to shorten it by omitting certain legs of the route.
This is a fairly flat, peaceful ride on quiet blacktops through horse farm country and out to Lake Ray Roberts, where we ride across the dam. There is a rest stop/convenience store at …


Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club

• When: December 6, 6:30 PM
• Location: Roosevelt Park Club House, 331 Roosevelt Ave, San Antonio, TX 78210
The annual Christmas gathering will be at the same location as it has been the last few years. The food will be catered by Lazy J’s in Floresville and the entertainment will be by our own HCBTC Band led by the famed song writer and musician, Vanessa. So even if you don’t like the food, you won’t want to miss her and the band’s spectacular performance! This year there will be separate gift exchange games for adults and for children. If you want to participate in either of the games please bring an …

Delmar Lozano Hit and Killed on Bicycle by Truck in Kingsville, TX Accident

By Michael Grossman        www.texas-wrongful-death-lawyer.net

Kingsville, TX — Earlier this weekend, a man from Kansas was killed in the Kingsville area of Texas after a fatal accident. Delmar Lozano, 44, died at about 7:30 p.m. on Sunday evening (November 16, 2014) after his bicycle was hit by a truck along Highway 141.
Police said that Lozano was riding his bicycle at the intersection of Santa Gertrudis Boulevard and Highway 141 that evening when a Chevy pickup truck (that had been …

First Ever Bike Tour: Houston-Phoenix

by ProudTexan        www.bikeforums.net

Hey y’all. Okay, so I’ve been wanting to do a trip like this my entire life and I now finally have the chance this winter with 30 days off. I leave in about 4 weeks but don’t have much experience with biking long distances or any camping experience whatsoever. I have about a thousand questions for y’all experienced riders so I’ll start off with the basics.
Is 30 days long enough for me to complete my trip (1200 miles)?
How do I plan my route? Do y’all with experience biking the southwest have any suggested routes?
Thanks. I’m both nervous and excited for this trip and definitely need to experienced riders advice in order to pull this off.
EDIT: To get the thread started off, feel free to just ignore the questions and just give any comments you have that come to mind. (Lots of comments)

Eagle Ford accidents, bicycle crashes two causes of increase in trauma care

By Drew Joseph        www.mysanantonio.com

The number of people who need trauma care at University Hospital has risen by about 20 percent over the past five years, with noticeable increases stemming from bicycle crashes, accidents in the Eagle Ford area and falls among the elderly, according to a new report from University Health System.
The second annual Community Trauma Report released Thursday reflects how population growth and changing demographics in the region affect who shows up at emergency rooms and with …

Bicyclist blames company, driver for collision

By Ashley Perry        setexasrecord.com

A Galveston County man filed suit against the owner and the operator of a vehicle that allegedly struck him while he was riding a bicycle.
Raymundo Alfaro filed a complaint Sept. 25 in Galveston County District Court against Reagan Francis Leroy and Thurmond Electrical Maintenance Co., citing negligence and liability.
According to the complaint, on April 10, 2013, Leroy was operating a vehicle owned by and on behalf of Thurmond Electrical on Galveston …

Post Turkey Day Ride at Cypress Creek!


Saturday, November 29, 2014 – 11:00am
Please join us for our monthly ride on Saturday 29th at 11am at Cypress Creek!
Parking is at:
10923 Glenway,
Houston TX 77070

2015 Hotter’N Hell Hundred

Hotter’N Hell Hundred

2015 Hotter’N Hell Hundred will be Saturday August 29, 2015
Registration will open at 12:01 AM, January 1, 2015
Links will be posted on this page.
The 2014 Hotter’N Hell Hundred Endurance Ride will be Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015.  We are planning to have Mountain Bike Racing on Friday, August 28, 2015 and USA Cycling Criterium races on Friday, August 28th and Sunday, August 30, 2015. We are also planning to have the Hotter’N Hell Hundred, USA Cycling Road Races on Saturday, August 29, 2015. Sunday morning will host the half marathon trail run that makes up the final third of the weekend Triple Threat Extreme Challenge. For those that are interested in the Trail Run but not a half marathon, Sandy will also offer a 10k on the WeeChiTah Trail.
Again, Registration will be  available for the HHH Endurance Rides and the Wee-Chi-Tah Trail Events beginning January 1, 2015.

Live Kickstarter Campaign!


A couple of local, Oak Cliff advocates and BFOC board members have a start up company manufacturing cargo bicycles right here in Oak Cliff! Please help support them by checking out their rewards, many from other local businesses like Oil and Cotton and Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters! We’d love to see them reach their funding goal so they can design and build a …


Race Preview – Houston Cyclocross Challenge – 11.23.14

by joeyTWOwheels         texascx.com

Back to Mason Park for the Houston Cyclocross Challenge, but this time without the title sponsorship of the much beloved Bikesport. A local favorite, the legacy bike shop will be missed. But Bike Barn has stepped up to help out and as a result we have equal pay for men and women. Nice.
We are really going to miss Jeff Bailey and Bikesport, but he is on his way to an amazing retirement. Lee and Neil the owners of Bike Barn have been great to us from the first meeting. As a shop, Bike Barn is very active in supporting cycling in the local community. Bike Barn was instrumental in bringing Specialized Bicycles in as a merchandise sponsor as well. Also I would add a core group of about 15 former Bikesport racers were welcomed into the Bike Barn fold so …

Saturday 11/22 [Dam Loop] and Sunday 11/23 [Steakhouse/J&A] Rides!


Meet at C&C at 8:30am for the Dam Loop ride.  40+ Mile Ride.  I’ll be running on Saturday so I don’t know if there will be a B Group.  So expect 18 – 20 MPH.  There is a good chance the ride will be cancelled due to rain but Sunday looks like it might turn out to be a perfect cycling day.
Meet at Steakhouse at 8:00am for J&A/Steakhouse Ride.  It leaves at 8:30am.  They have a …

Miles and Miles of (Bike-Friendly) Texas: New Bicycle Friendly Communities Announced


The stars in Texas keep getting brighter for people who ride bikes: three Texas cities were added to the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Communities list this week!
Congratulations to our three new Honorable Mention cities:
El Paso
Hollywood Park
These cities join Frisco, on the Honorable Mention list since the spring, and Fort Worth, on the list since …

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Race Preview – Terra X – 11.22.14

by joeyTWOwheels        texascx.com

Back to Space City this weekend for two classic courses in the Texas Cup. First up on Saturday, Terra X.
Craig FItzgerald, one of the fast masters on the TXCX scene, has been directing races in Texas since 2007. In fact, Terra X is five years old this year. (Don’t forget about past race previews – videos and more – here.)
Craig – tell us why Terramont park is such a great venue.
For whatever reason, as racers, we love cyclocross racing. But cyclocross brings the race to the spectator. I believe cyclocross is the best facet of racing for the spectator. And at Terramont Park, the spectator can stand in …

Mulligan Trail – Part of Deception at Brushy Creek

by Eric Burns

Quick video of riding Mulligan at the end of my ride this evening. Managed to clip a tree and smash my knuckle pretty good, thus the expletive. Also photo-bombed a family doing holiday photos as I came down Cru Jones.

Bike Friendly Richardson Presents: Black Friday Ride #6


It’s that time of year again. It’s the time to AVOID all the big crowds at the shopping mall, work off that Thanksgiving dinner and have a fun ride around town.
You are invited to attend Bike Friendly Richardson‘s SIXTH (that’s right, 6th) annual Black Friday Ride. Started six years ago as the inaugural ride that launched Bike Friendly Richardson (which makes us 5 years old), the Black Friday Ride gives folks an alternative way to kick off the holiday season. This is a casual paced ride that will explore many of the …

Boy, 9, wraps up his 1,500 mile fundraising bike ride in St. Augustine on Saturday; other riders welcome

By Sue Bjorkman        jacksonville.com

Imagine knowing your calling at 5 years old. For C.J. Burford, now all of 9, that’s when he knew for certain what he was supposed to do in life. He was supposed to raise money for sick children all over the world by riding his bike.
By the time this little man on a mission pedals into St. Augustine Beach on Saturday, he will have ridden his Jamis Xenith Comp bike 1,500 miles in 83 days for a good cause.
Through his family’s nonprofit organization, loveFar, the goal is to raise $100,000 for the National Children’s Cancer Society.
He doesn’t do this for any specific child; he just knows there is a lot of need. C.J. said he chose NCCS because it directly helps families of children with cancer by providing financial, emotional and educational resources.
Starting in Oceanside, Ca., on Sept. 1, C.J. has been pedaling the route called the Southern Tier Adventure Cycling route, which winds through California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, …


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Slow to Leave Due to a Technology Glitch

After many days of cold and some wet I was able to get on my MTB and ride today. Around 10:30 I was outside and noticed the weather warming up and some sun. I thought it might just warm up enough to ride. By 1:00 it was 66 degrees so I got dressed and got my things together. Then the technology glitch arrived. I got a new cell phone (One Plus One) and I couldn’t get it to pair with my Garmin Edge 510. I tried about everything I knew to get the Bluetooth airwaves to talk to each other. After about 15 minutes it worked. I don’t know what I did but I was able to get out the door at 1:29.

The plan all along was to ride the Kingwood greenbelt trails on my MTB and with the late start I was glad to get out and ride. By now the sun was in and out of some clouds and on the trails it felt cooler than when I was in the sun. Fortunately I wore my cool weather cloths: leg warmers, short sleeve jersey, long sleeve jersey, windbreaker jacket, half finger gloves and shorts. This was just about right. I wasn’t too hot nor too cool. One time when I stopped for several minutes trying to change the screen on the Garmin I got a chill from the sweat and wind. Once I restarted it wasn’t too long before I was warm again.

There weren’t too many people on the trails but I did pass another decked out MTB rider along Mills Branch Drive. We kind of grunted at each other as we passed because he came around a corner pretty quick and there wasn’t much time to exchange words.

I rode in an opposite direction on the trails most of the time. Again this gives a different perspective from the other direction. One hill I usually ride down I had to shift down a gear and slowly pedal up. I ended up riding 17.13 miles. Since I was on my MTB the average speed was no where near my road bike level but the ride is different.

After my last ride (November 10th) I was maybe too optimistic about reaching my year’s goal of 6500 miles. With 11 days left in November and some more winter weather on the way I am up to 6281 miles. This leaves 219 more to reach that goal. Only riding 4 times this month it could be difficult to hit 200 miles for November. I am at 110 as of now. There is some warm weather in the forecast for Sunday and Monday so there is hope.

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Camp Eagle Bike and Climb Nov 21-23

by John        www.austinbike.com

Once a month or so, Camp Eagle – Real is open to the public for both biking and climbing.  If you haven’t had a chance to make it out here, it’s a good trail (and it is often a race destination if that tells you a bit about what the riding is like.)
For more information go to their website

CranksGiving, November 29

by John        www.austinbike.com

For the first time, the event will feature two connecting loops – the standard Flat Creek race loop (7 miles), and the newly constructed Pedernales Falls State Park Loop (9.5 miles)! You will not need to ride on the road, as the two properties are adjoining and the gate between them will be open.

This will be a great opportunity to ride on both properties and experience an event that might be a once in a lifetime occurrence.

To register for the event, go to: https://www.bikereg.com/cranksgiving2014
Online registration – $25 (ends 11/25/14)
Onsite registration – $30
USAC License required. One day permits available onsite: $10

How many laps can you ride around Flat Creek and Pedernales Falls in 6 hours? Ride begins at 9:30am, last laps start no later than 3:00pm. Earn a raffle ticket for each lap on each property which you complete (so a full lap earns you two tickets). Results and …

Photos from CX7s | Austin, Texas | Nov 15-16, 2014

Photos : © Nicole Ortega / de mis ojos        texasbikeracing.com

Mother Nature treated us to some real cyclocross weather last weekend. Thanks to Jack & Adam’s, High Five Events, the Austin Cross Cup, and Cross Project 2015 for an excellent weekend of racing.

10 Most Popular U.S. Bike Trails


If you’re looking for an awesome mountain bike ride through the Houston forest, look no further than Memorial Park Trails. This gorgeous, heavily forested park is like a leafy oasis surrounded by the concrete jungle of Houston.
Complete with some easy areas, mid-level sections as well as some expert-level zones, this 6-mile long trail has something for mountain bikers of all skill levels. Unlike many other bike paths in the Houston area, this relatively hilly trail includes plenty of twists and turns and also crosses over creeks and …

Mid-Season Report – Sandbagger’s Ball, part deux: Ladies’ Night

by Beer Chaser         texascx.com

Yeah. We’re a few beers in to the evening and have blown off whatever the hell else it is we’re supposed to be doing (like this week’s race previews) to bring you the women’s edition of the Sandbagger’s Ball.
To get an idea of the rules and regulations regarding upgrades, check out last week’s report on the men too scared to put in for the upgrade.
Editors note: Unbeknownst to us, Ray Frias actually requested and got his cat 3 upgrade the day prior to our last article. Not that we would have cared had we known. And Cassidy Keleand? After winning in Georgetown and then winning Day 1 at CX7s, what did he do on day two? Raced the 3/4 on Sunday. Ouch.
We’re looking at a handful of the top ranked women racers in Texas as well as a few other well known names. If we leave someone out that you love dearly, or that is a total sandbagger, let us know! We probably won’t do anything about …

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