Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for March 10th

Colnago Demos to be at 5th Annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour!
Colnago will be bringing demo bikes to the LBJ Ranch, in conjunction with the 5th Annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour coming up March 24. The event routes kick off at 9:00 AM, and the demos will be there during the day. Ranch gates open to vehicular traffic at 7:00 AM.  This “get up close and personal” opportunity with new bike models is presented courtesy of one of Colnago’s newest retailers, and a major sponsor of the LBJ 100 – Ride Away Bicycles – with three shops in San Antonio.
Come on out to the event, talk to Ride Away, check out a Colnago, and feel that awesome handling ability on those gorgeous Texas hills.

LAB 4th St/I-35 Underpass Mural
The Ghisallo Foundation is a small Austin, TX based 501(c)(3) non-profit born out of the desire to improve cycling in Central Texas and a love of bike racing. Created to unify multiple bicycle based projects under one parent organization, we work to enhance cycling and expand the cycling community through project based initiatives.

Sunday Roll Ride
www.greaterdallasbicyclists.com
The Ride Spotlight for March is the Sunday Roll. This is your opportunity to “Explore Dallas”. The route changes weekly. The Sunday Roll might cruise bridge demolition along 635. The Roll might “roll” down to view the new Calatrava Bridge. The Ride Leader might take us down to the Dallas Farmers Market for ice cream…or on a tour of various bike trails. We’ve also been
known to “roll” over to Oak Cliff and do a few hills!

This ride is not for beginners. No drops are intended, but you need to be able to keep a 15-16 mph flat cruising pace (thus the 2+ rating) to keep the group together, and to do some optional hills.

Inspired by Hurst
by Steve A        DFW Point-to-Point
Sometimes, it can get discouraging to be a member of a vanishingly small minority such as a cycling commuter. If I believe the US Census, we’re about 1 in a thousand amongst road commuters. We see dangers thoughtlessly placed in our paths simply because people don’t think about the one in a thousand very much, though children also ride bikes to school. One such case was noted a bit over a week ago. Here.

I was reminded yesterday that most people really WANT to do the right thing and when something is brought to their attention, they will do so. I received the following email at work yesterday. Now you understand the title of this post. Now, we won’t read of a child crippled someday by a dangerous grate, nor will we have some…

Pro Cyclocross Rumors & Rumblings Week of March 9th, 2012
Kat Statman weighs in with his latest Cyclocross Rumors & Rumblings, an opinionated round-up of the recent week’s happenings in the world of cyclocross in his
by Kat Statman            www.cxmagazine.com

This week we have some really great off-season news for you: Bart Wellens has been cleared of suspicions of doping on two counts; Katie Compton makes a quick transition and grabs a podium in Texas; Adam Myerson walked off a plane and won an early season bike race; Colnago with a disc brake road bike, are things in the works for a ’cross racer for next year? Amy Dombroski has been up to some off-season antics, and Tim Johnson starts training in anticipation of his Ride on Washington. …

Spring fitness calendar packed with runs, rides and more
By Pam LeBlanc            AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
You noticed it last time you headed outside, didn’t you? That warm, spring-has-arrived feeling that makes you want to hop on a bike, jump in a lake or lace up your sneakers.

A slew of fitness events has arrived right along with the warm air. Here are some of the highlights: …

Texas A&M Race Report
by Mitchell Sides            utexascycling.org

Last weekend was Tunis-Roubaix put on by Texas A&M, and it was also the first SCCCCCCCCC collegiate cycling conference competition compendium of the year! It also happened to be my first collegiate race weekend. Aside from one little problem and one other not so little problem, it was fantastic!! Collegiate race weekends, for the uninitiated, include 3 races: a road race, a time trial (or team time trial), and a criterium. Each road race is generally between 30 and…

Texas Hell Week (Bicycle Tour)
www.fredericksburg-texas.com
Date: 3/10/2012 TO 3/17/2012
Event Description: Daily 40, 70 and 100 mile bicycle tours for all skill levels around Fredericksburg and the Texas Hill Country. Headquarters at the Sunset Inn, 900 S. Adams. For registration and more information, please call (806) 499-3210 or visit  www.hellweek.com

Hill Country State Natural Area Mountain Bike Trail
Bandera, Texas
www.singletracks.com
Description: These are multi-use trails. Lots of single- & double-track, you will encounter some hikers and horses, but very few bikers. Most of the trails seem to be built for horseback so you will find many challenges, but overall, most of this trail system is very rideable. Beautiful Hill Country scenery in a pristine setting. The 5369.8-acre site was acquired by gift and purchase in 1976 and was opened to the public in 1984. The bulk of…

USA CYCLING SKILLS CLINIC, TEXAS
Power Team Coaching
Day one of a 1.5 day clinic was just as expected, Awesome! It is very rewarding to work with a divers group of coaches for any teaching day because we all have a story to tell and some tell your own story better. That is what makes for a GREAT learning environment.
OK but what the heck is with the weather. Forecast for today was spot on. Rain midday throughout the evening. We did not to let a little rain stand in our way to skills teaching and learning. Cool morning and a few sprinkles was good  and manageable. The morning session was built on skills we knew and a reformation of those skills so we…

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