Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for March 21st

USA Cycling to distributes nearly $3 million to grassroots initiatives
Bicycle Retailer & Industry News
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (BRAIN) Wednesday March 21 2012 4:09 PM MT— USA Cycling announced Wednesday that based on 2011 license sales, it will distribute $421,170 back to its 34 Local Associations.

With the 2011 payout, USA Cycling has now delivered nearly $3 million to its Local Associations since the program’s 2003 inception.

“The LA Payout Program represents a major reinvestment of membership dollars back into racing at the local level,” Steve Johnson, USA Cycling’s president and CEO said. …

…Texas Bicycle Racing Association received $28,680 and…

NICA launches Booster Fund
BERKELEY, CA (BRAIN) Wednesday March 21 2012 2:46 PM MT—The National Interscholastic Cycling Association has launched a Booster Fund program. The fund was established with $30,000 raised at the NICA Awards Banquet in January and will provide micro-grants to individual student-athletes, coaches and teams from underrepresented areas and disadvantaged backgrounds. …

…Up to $15,000 will go to as many as 30 student-athletes, coaches and teams in the NICA spring racing leagues, which this year are Northern California, Southern California, Washington and Texas.

Wildflower Route – West of Lake Buchanan 2012
The following is a route and a few pictures taken on a cycling ride west of Lake Buchanan, TX on March 12, 2012.  In most areas the bluebonnets and paintbrushes were far from fully developed.  Later pictures should be available to post by the end of March.  This is a very good wildflower year.

First… The Route. …

Bluebonnets in bloom, Lockhart Mountain in the background.

New Huntsville SP trails???
by pleepleus        forums.mtbr.com
Do any of you GHORBA guys know when the new trails are supposed to to be built and completed? I’ve looked at the GHORBA site and forum but their isn’t much new info and the forum doesn’t get much activity.

I just moved from the Houston area to Huntsville and can’t wait for some more mileage in my new back yard.
response by bobdole
We’re undergoing environment studies, etc right now. Expecting to begin construction in Q4 2012 with completion in Q1 2013.

Bessies Creek 24 – Texas Ultra Cup Challenge
Bike Brookshire
The 2012 edition of Bessies Creek 24 cycling races will be held over the weekend of April 14/15. Spring riding is a wonderful time of the year to be cycling in southeast Texas.

Racers will be treated to a profusion of brilliant wildflowers inhabiting the lush verges bordering the  course; bluebonnets, indian paintbrushes and cornflowers are just a few of the dozens of varieties of wild flowers which bloom this time of the year in southeast Texas, to cheer and amaze us with their displays.

Spring also means soft southeastern breezes, cool nights and hopefully generally mild days. Wild life will be out in force with magnificent Coopers’s hawks catching the updrafts overhead and rabbits, squirrels and the…

Big Event
by msrarkitex            Brazos Valley Mountain Bike Association
The Big Event is this Saturday.  Students from TAMU are giving back to the community (thank you very much!)  We are planning on working on Game Trail.  It was damaged by the rain from 4-5 weeks ago.  Wonder how it survived last week and this weeks rain!  We will also have a few other projects to work on.  If you want to “give back” to the trails…

Move It: LBJ bike tour set for Saturday
By Jessica Belasco            www.mysanantonio.com

Cyclists in the fifth annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour can take part in a special bonus after the morning ride: Luci Baines Johnson’s narrated bike tour of historical landmarks on the LBJ Ranch.

More than 1,100 riders participated in last year’s event, which starts and ends at the ranch and winds through the Hill Country. There are five route options ranging…

Living a Better Story, take two, day three
M. Kent Travis

Well, it’s now day four of our bicycle trip around East Texas. Our intention is to challenge ourselves and to consider how we might tell a better story with our lives.

As I sit here at 8:50 in the morning on day four, I’m a little frustrated at the rain and the cold. We began yesterday with an ominous forecast. I didn’t really know what we should do. So we just decided to shove off despite the rain and the promise that it…


Rick Ankrum

In 1999 I had a burning desire to create a web site focused on Texas bicycling. Over the years this web site has existed many people have visited. As I think of information I need to bicycle I add them to the web site.

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