Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for April 27th

Bike-To-Eat Week : Reward yourself for being awesome!
www.ghisallofoundation.org
This is an incentive program for cyclists. The full discount is provided directly to the cyclist by the participating restaurant as a thank you for riding to the restaurant (and in general) rather than a fundraiser for the Ghisallo Foundation.
Rules
The discount is only available to cyclists who arrive at the establishment by bicycle. Each cyclist may be required to show they arrived by bike (helmet, bike lock key, or locked up bike) to receive the discount.

Dine in only. Limit one (1) meal per cyclist, per day. The discount is only valid Sunday May 27th, 2012 through Thursday May 31st, 2012 during…

Colorado Bend State Park Camping Trip, April 20-22, 2012
by msrarkitex            Brazos Valley Mountain Bike Association
Great weekend. (period)

One truck arrived at CBSP around 4:00 on Friday to check-in and get the lay of the land.  Parked the truck, loaded three bikes and two bob trailers, then headed off for a 1.1 mile ride to find the Windmill primitive camp site.  After a bumpy ride, we located the meadow with big clusters of oak trees and found a spot to call home for…

MoPac lane expansion may get $130M infusion
by Sara Behunek            impactnews.com
Policymakers are in negotiations with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority to bankroll more than half of a $200 million two-lane expansion on MoPac between Parmer Lane and Cesar Chavez Street.

But as part of the arrangement—and at the urging of a local bicycle advocacy group—project designers may go back to the drawing board to extend a proposed bicycle and pedestrian path that would run adjacent to the highway—an addition with a $23 million price tag.

As is, the Mobility Authority, an independent government agency formed as a partnership between Travis and Williamson counties, has allocated $5 million to building a 10-foot-wide concrete trail that would run alongside parts of the…

Day 1 of George W. Bush’s Warrior 100K Ride sees fast trails, early triumphs
By Tom Benning / Reporter        trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com
AMARILLO — Former President George W. Bush let the final notes of the “Star-Spangled Banner” hang in the air for just a couple seconds before turning to his mountain bike.

“All right, let’s ride,” he said Thursday afternoon, officially kicking off the Bush Institute’s Warrior 100K Ride in Palo Duro Canyon State Park, near Amarillo.

Bush — whose bike sported his presidential number, 43 — then took off down the trail, leading 19 wounded veterans on a brisk 13-mile ride in the Texas Panhandle’s blazing early summer heat.

The trek, the first of three days of riding, is part of what Bush Institute officials call the former president’s…

SCCCC Conference Championships – LSU
By Mitchell Sides        utexascycling.org

Finally, another college bike race! For this week, Tanner and I moved up to B. After a very successful run of Driveway Series races for Tanner (and one moderately successful race for me), I was confident we had the legs to compete in the higher category. The drive was a little long, but a fun one with my roommates. With Tanner and myself, the B team was larger than ever at 5. Blake, Daniel (Varelamonster), and Mathew made the plans, and we all did a good job with carrying them out until the finish. The plan for the weekend remained the same for the road race and crit. For Daniel and Mathew, following attacks was the name of the…

Former President George W. Bush says ride ‘uplifting’
By JACOB MAYER                 lubbockonline.com
Finishing with his legs cut and scraped, former President George W. Bush led more than 70 riders through a grueling first leg of the Bush Center Warrior 100K bike ride Thursday in a steamy Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

Afterward, the former commander-in-chief who ordered the invasion of Iraq more than nine years ago met with many of the warriors who hit the trails with him.

“Riding with our vets is an uplifting experience,” Bush said. “It is an awesome feeling and…

The SCOOTER Store Supports Fight Against Multiple Sclerosis
www.marketwatch.com
…The event marked the ninth consecutive year that The SCOOTER Store employees, family members and friends have participated in the event. The SCOOTER Store partners with its strategic vendors to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

This year, Team Freedom was represented by 27 riders, including employees of the company, their family members and friends. A team of volunteers provided planning and logistical support for the riders, as well as enthusiastic encouragement throughout the event. …

Bikes and fashion (and me) meet in Blacksburg next week
by Elly            Taking the Lane

The lady in this photo is Sheilanova Molina y Vedia, our host during our brief stay in Austin two weeks ago, looking chic as she headed out to her office, by bike of course. Though we stayed at her house, we only saw her for a few minutes; she was busy organizing a bicycling fashion show. Her philosophy, she told us, is that “Every…

7 Ideas To Have More Fun Mountain Biking
by Shawn            Texas Mountain Bike Trails
When you go riding, are you all about the competition with yourself or are you going to just have fun mountain biking? Some could say I have an overly competitive personality, I am highly driven and I do want to be the best at what I do. Every time I take the bike out I am gauging the time it takes, my average speed and constantly trying to get faster and better.

Sometimes though, I  just need to relax, last week was one of these times. My mind was scattered and disorganized, I was stressing myself out with my riding and constant competition with myself. I started thinking…

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