Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for April 9th

Time Trials 2012
Northwest Cycling Club
Sunday, April 15th starting at 7:30 AM will be the beginning of the 2012 NWCC Club TT series. The venue will again be Warren Ranch Road. Please note that we will be starting promptly at 7:30. No rider will be started after 8:00 due to traffic and safety concerns. If by chance more than 30 riders show up we…

Bicycle Seats and Numbness in Male and Female Cyclists
Dr. Gabe Mirkin’s Fitness and Health E-Zine
April 8, 2012
Several studies have shown that male bicycle riders can become impotent from pressing their genitals against a bicycle seat. A study from Yale showed that compression from a bicycle seat can cause loss of feeling in a woman’s genitals (J Sex Med 2006;3:1018-1027). Now, a new study from Yale shows that the lower a woman sets her handlebars, the more she bends forward and the harder she presses her genitals against the bicycle seat to cause this loss of genital feeling (J Sex Med, published online March 5, 2012).

Women who suffer the most genital numbness set their handlebars below the height of their seats. Riders set their handlebars low to lower their bodies so they can go faster. More than 60 percent of the force you press on your pedals is lost by the air resistance against you and your bike. So, to go faster, you make yourself lower and…

CamelBak expands into new markets

Bike racer Michael Eidson was looking for a better way to stay hydrated during a sweltering road race in Texas, the “Hotter’N Hell Hundred.”

The emergency medical technician filled an IV bag with water and slipped it into a tube sock.

He stuffed it down the back of his bike jersey and sipped from the IV tube as he pedaled. Eidson didn’t have to slow down or take his hands off the handlebars while he…

Red River Riot recap
by bikedenton
I’ve spent much of my life driving past interesting roads, especially those dirt and gravel ones you never have a reason to drive down. I feel a burning curiosity to go down those roads that don’t have stores, parking lots, or even houses. Sometimes the roads stretch to the horizon, and sometimes they curve and disappear into a tunnel of trees. The emptiness that draws us in isn’t actually empty.

Gravel grinding is celebration of those roads.

Last Saturday, I went up to the Texas/Oklahoma border to ride Spinistry’s Red River Riot gravel grinder. 130 miles of desolate roads through rolling prairie and tough hills. The terrain just north of Muenster is far more rocky and hilly than I’m used to seeing around Denton. The elevation was killer, something like ~6800 feet total in the…

Register to Ride in the Georgetown Grand on May 19 – 20
by Keith Hutchinson            news.georgetown.org
Register now for the Subaru of Georgetown Grand by Holland Racing, the state criterium championship weekend on May 19 – 20. The one-mile downtown criterium course sanctioned by USA Cycling has eight turns with plenty of places for spectators to get close to the racing action on the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas.

Register for the races or the non-competitive recreational ride and get all the details at GeorgetownGrand.com. The Subaru of Georgetown Grand offers $30,000 in cash prizes.

Saturday Racing: Racing on the downtown circuit course starts at 9 a.m. and continues…

Injured Veterans To Cycle 350 Miles From San Antonio To Arlington For Texas Ride 2 Recovery Cycling Event
More than 200 cyclists including injured veterans and their supporters will set off Monday, Apr 16, on the Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge sponsored by UnitedHealthcare, a seven-day, 350-mile ride from San Antonio to Arlington.

Texas Challenge cyclists will start their journey at Brooke Army Medical Center’s Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio and ride through central Texas with overnight stops in San Marcos, Austin, Ft. Hood, Waco and Cleburne. The ride will conclude in…

Sunday, April 15th, Social Event: Join us at Brietske’s for a piece
San Antonio Wheelmen
Sunday, April 15th, Social Event: Join us at Brietske’s for a piece of pie (paid for by the Club) after the New Berlin ride. Remember to wear your Wheelmen Jersey.
Saturday, April 21:  Southside Mission
Sunday, April 22:  Kendalia-Crabapple
Sunday, April 22:  Fiesta Wildflower

STCC at the Track, Training Opportunities
by sooner1                Shawnee Trail Cycling Club

Not technically a group riding opportunity, but several club members are already riding at our velodrome on Tuesday evenings.  The track is open to all certified cyclists, not just Shawnee Trail CC.  If you’ve not ridden at the Frisco SuperDrome before, you’re missing a fantastic training opportunity.  This facility on the Collin County Community College Campus in Frisco, Tx, is one of the premiere outdoor track venues in the country.  The track is a 250 meter loop with turns that are banked at 44 degrees.  The ride is a little different, on fixed…

Huntsville HS Mountain bike race, Smithville, TX 2012

TexasMTBtrails        via Twitter
What a TERRIFIC video! Congrats to the HHS Hornets on their victory! You guys

Fredo’s 30th

So a few months ago I decided I wasn’t going to be a home body and I was going to get back into the outdoors. On my 30th birthday I decided to go and just grab my mountain bike and go! The next 30 years and beyond I am going…

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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