Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for April 6th

Family-Friendly Good Times at The Bicycle Sport Shop MTB Festival – Saturday April 14
by Laura Scagno            Austin Ridge Riders
Spicewood, Texas
Join us for our Second Annual Pace Bend Mountain Bike Festival. Saturday’s festival is a family-friendly lineup that includes:
A beginner ride for 12-16 yr olds led by Coach Andrew Andress
A friendly intermediate ride led by the Bicycle Sport Shop Mountain Bike Team
The Kid’s Kup presented by Bike Texas
A clinic for first time racers
Contests: Ghost push, Slow Race, Wheelies, Bunny hop…

April Newsletter Published
Dallas Area Tandem Enthusiasts
The April edition of the DATES-Line Newsletter is published and available for download from the newsletters page. This month’s edition includes the following:
Tantric Tandem Time Trial Series
RtR (Rick to Rick Ride)
Oklahoma Cycling Weekend
DATES Ride Coordinator Report and Request
DATES Austin Report
DATES Business Meeting…

PCC has a social on the first Friday of every month.
Pearland Cycling Club
Meet up with your cycling buddies and join the fun!
When: 6:30pm, First Friday Social
Where: Skeets BBQ
10228 Broadway, Suite 114
Pearland, TX

Making a Comeback to Cycling
by Victor Jimenez, Darryl Kotyk, Rob Grissom
Cycling360 Media
Maybe it was an injury, maybe a lifestyle switch, or maybe life just got in the way of your riding.  But now you’re ready to make a comeback….how do you do it?  This edition of the Cycling 360 podcast is geared towards those thinking about making a return to the bike, and also for those who have just come back.  It’s also for those of you needing the motivation to get back.  If this doesn’t apply to your situation, maybe you know of…

Loving the Commute: Edition #5
by AaronMadrid            LovingTheBike.com
We’re back with another segment in our “Loving the Commute” series by my man, Aaron Madrid. Commuting by bike is such a great segment of the cycling industry and we’re so happy with the response we’ve been getting from all of you so far in editions 1 through 4.  I’m pleased to announce that both Aaron and the Loving the Commute series are now a regular part of our…

SHNF Trail Closures and a Call For Volunteers
As many of you are aware all trails in the Sam Houston National Forest are closed because of an order related to the dead trees. The number of dead trees in close proximity to the trails has caused for the forest service to prohibit all use of trails (including Double Lake) due to the perceived hazard that the falling dead trees may pose to users. The background to the…

Rolling with Fort Worth’s Night Riders
By Eric Griffey, Special to the Star-Telegram
I felt like I’d just seen a flash mob, or had been involved in an experiment to test my threshold for body odor.

It was a few months ago at Malone’s Pub, and my pool game was suddenly interrupted by a rambunctious group of sweaty, smelly and loud people. And then, in the blink of an eye, they vanished like a fast-moving storm, leaving only a few empty bottles in their wake.

What just happened here?

The bartender told me that it was a bicycle pub crawl that met every Sunday and rode to different bars. When I started looking online to find the group, though, I was surprised to find out there wasn’t just one such…

BILL CULLINS: Fort Davis stage race promises to be a challenge
by San Angelo Standard Times
In fact, this year’s race will arguably be the most challenging event of the season in Texas. Most West Texas cycling events take place on flat-to-rolling terrain, with the ever-present wind and fast speeds being the main challenges. …

Classic Adventure–Texas Hill Country
There were several firsts on this bike tour: first bike tour in Texas, first bike tour with Classic Adventures and my first tour to receive compensation (discount on cost of my tour) for writing about the riding!
Win – Win – Win!
I will admit to a certain amount of fear and trepidation going in – what if I didn’t like the tour? I’m not a writer of fiction, just a blogger and if I didn’t like something it would come through. I’m happy (and relieved) to report that, like most time that is spent worrying, it was all for naught. Now the only question is whether I can do the bike tour justice. I would hope it goes without saying that everything I write is…

President George W. Bush to Host 2nd Annual Warrior 100k Mountain Bike Ride for Wounded Warriors
by The Bush Center            w100k.com/
DALLAS, TX (April 5, 2012) – From April 26-28th, President George W. Bush will host the second annual Warrior 100K (W100), a 100-kilometer mountain bike ride for United States servicemen and women seriously wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. This year’s ride will take place at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, just outside of Amarillo, Texas.

“I am honored to host 20 of our nation’s bravest souls for the second annual W100 in the Palo Duro Canyon,” said President Bush.  “I look forward to spending time with these wounded warriors in a beautiful part of Texas.  Laura and I want to remind our troops and veterans that…

AMAZING Wildflowers on Texas Hill Country Bike Tour!
by srand         www.gosojourn.com

Texas Hill Country Bike Tour: Wild Flowers
Our fabulous Texas Hill Country Bike Tour is bursting with color this month. It’s wildflower season and winter rains have conspired with spring sunlight to produce the most prolific bloom in years. Bluebonnets, Paintbrush, Blanketflower, Wine Cup, Primrose, Greenthread…the wild flowers are even prolific along the Mission Trail in San Antonio, a Texas landmark that includes the…

The Best Mountain Bike Tip Is…
by Shawn        www.texasmountainbiketrails.com
Keep your eyes on the trail.

There is plenty of scenery and beautiful surroundings to keep you distracted, especially right now in spring when flowers are blooming everywhere and fields are covered in bluebonnets. But do yourself a giant favor and keep your focus on what’s ahead.

Always look at the trail and obstacles ahead of you. Keep your eyes focused exactly where you are headed about 20 to 30 feet in front of you. You should be studying the terrain, watching out for rocks and roots that are coming up or low hanging branches. Don’t go flying around a turn while looking at…

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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