Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for May 4th

Move It: Make Friday green by walking or rolling to work
By Jessica Belasco            www.mysanantonio.com

Leave the car in the garage Friday. The San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization is encouraging residents to walk, cycle, roll or use public transportation to travel to work — all greener alternatives to driving.

The annual Walk and Roll to Work Rally, which features speakers and exhibitors, is scheduled for 8-9 a.m. Friday at the arch at HemisFair Park. It’s part of National Bike Month, celebrated each May. Bicycling…

What does calling out “backwards” mean?
by CajunJamie        forums.mtbr.com
I am new to the off-road trails and have been riding Rowlett Creek Preserve up here near Dallas, almost every day for the last week now.

One day while passing riders who had stopped, I turned on a trail and someone shouted, “wrong way!” to me, so I said thanks, then turned and went the other way. I understood that.

Yesterday I go on a loop, and about 1/4 mile in a group of 6-7 riders come around a corner and call out to me, “backward!” I ask, “which…

Memorial Day Lite Tour
Lone Star Cyclists
Date: Saturday, May 26, 2012 (All day)
May 26-28, Memorial Day weekend, we will do a light tour in East Texas. We’ll start near Tyler and pedal down to Henderson. The next day we’ll travel to Longview and then on the last day head back to Tyler.

Maximum daily milege will be 55 miles. We’ll have the whole day to enjoy the ride, with beautiful scenery and no telling…

Unless I get caught while biking I do not ride in the rain. My aversion to the grit and grime outweighs the need to bike.

Riding in The Rain
by Victor Jimenez, Darryl Kotyk, Rob Grissom    Cycling 360 Media
Cycling in the Rain
Have you experienced a period in your cycling when it seems like every time you try to go for a ride it’s raining?  What can you do to get in those much needed bike miles?  Victor and Rob discuss the topic of cycling in the rain and provide feedback, comments, and tips on how to make your way through it.

Speaking of rain, what are your thoughts about it?  Do you agree with the information the guys bring up in the podcast.  What do you have to say on the subject?  Be sure to contact us and tell us your…

Ride to Cottonwood Art Festival
by jennyrilling            Bike Friendly Richardson

Bike Parking at the Cottonwood Arts Festival
Join us this Saturday, May 5th, for a group ride to the Cottonwood Art Festival. Come see the work of over 240 artists and avoid the hassle of parking!

We will meet up at Taco Republic (760 S. Central Expressway )  at 4:00 PM so you can fuel up with one of their fabulous tacos, and ride out to Cottonwood Park at 4:30 PM. We’ll arrive at the Cottonwood Festival in time to…

Last BIkeTexas KidsKup Events of the Spring
by (Jack Sanford)        BikeTexas.org

kids-kup-ghorbaMay 5, 2012 – 12pm Registration, 2pm Race
Big Cedar Wilderness Trails, Dallas, TX

May 19, 2012 – 12pm Registration, 2pm Race
Rocky Hill Ranch, Smithville, TX

BikeTexas at the 2012 BP MS150 Expo
by (Jack Sanford)        BikeTexas.org
Robin Stallings talking with MS150 Ride Participants in Houston, April 20, 2012Thousands of people dedicated to eradicating Multiple Sclerosis converged at the Omni Hotel in Houston, Tx on Friday, April 20, 2012, in preparation for a grueling two-day ride to Austin.

The BP MS150 is the largest MS ride in North America. Tthe ride started as the Houston to Austin MS150 back in 1985. In 2011, it raised $16.9 Million for MS research and prevention. …

Video from Thursday’s cycling demonstration
By Pam LeBlanc             Fit City

Austin American-Statesman videographer Tina Phan shot this video at last night’s cycling demonstration in downtown Austin.

Celebrate completion of Johnson Creek Trailhead improvements on Saturday
By Pam LeBlanc            Fit City

The water fountains are running, a bottleneck at the north end of the pedestrian bridge underneath MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) has been widened, retaining walls constructed and landscaping put in place.

Trail users are invited to drop by the newly renovated Johnson Creek Trailhead between 8 and 11 a.m. Saturday…

Fallen officers honored at memorial
By Michelle Casady            www.mysanantonio.com

They had logged more than 1,000 miles by the time the seven bicyclists dedicated to remembering officers who die in the line of duty made it to San Antonio on Friday.

Steve Bazany, a San Antonio bicycle officer, started the “We Remember” Memorial Bike Trek Across Texas in 1992, and since then, accompanied by a small group of active and retired officers, he has made an annual ride…

Roads to be closed Saturday morning for MS charity
by Dallas Morning News (subscription) (blog)
Segments of northbound Dallas Parkway along with other roads will be closed Saturday morning for the Bike MS: Sam’s Club Frisco to Texas Motor Speedway Ride. The race starts at Frisco’s Dr Pepper Ballpark and travels north on Dallas Parkway to US …

Going the distance: Resident to ride 150 miles for National Multiple Sclerosis Society
By Elizabeth Knighten,            www.scntx.com
Frisco resident Jack Anderson will make a 150 mile journey in two days from Frisco to Texas Motor Speedway in Justin for the twenty fifth annual Bike MS: Sam’s Club Frisco to Texas Motor Speedway Ride.

The cycling race, which begins on Saturday at 7 a.m. next to Dr Pepper Park and will run through Sunday, has been held its starting line in Frisco since 2005, Justin Martin, Development Manager for the North Texas…

Train Now For Summer Bicycling Races Near Dallas
By aspeagle             blog.lakesinthevillage.lincolnapts.com
Get your gams ready for the University Oaks Criterium.

If you are an avid bicycle enthusiast, then you probably want to spend as much time away from your Dallas apartment as possible riding through town and getting away to big Texas bicycle races.  There are many bicycle races coming up around your Dallas apartment this summer, and although they may require a bit of traveling, it’s also a nice active getaway where you can…

All bikes, all month long
by Jessica Belasco            blog.mysanantonio.com
Cyclists ride past the Alamo during the Ride of Silence on May 20, 2009. (Kin Man Hui)

After a vacation in Denver during which I spent an afternoon cycling on the Greenway Trail along the South Platte River, I realized how much I missed cycling (even after nearly dying of fright riding through downtown on a borrowed bike sans gears or hand brakes). It’s time to haul my bike out of my storage unit, pump up the tires and hit the trail.

Luckily, May is National Bike Month, so there’s a ton of events going on around town. Some highlights: …

Hundreds of cyclists ride in unison for safety on roads
by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist MICHAEL MOORE

AUSTIN — At least several hundred cyclists flocked to Austin City Hall Thursday evening for a ride with a message. “I’m very, very lucky. Very lucky,” said John Simpson, a cyclist and survivor of a hit and run accident.

Simpson, a classically-trained chef, was heading to his job at the Austin Children’s Shelter in October 2010 when a driver struck him from behind, leaving him in the road for dead. Simpson was in a coma for…

Students and alumni race in weekly cycling series
By Alexa Ura        www.dailytexanonline.com

Austin cyclists have participated in Thursday night races for 25 years, and UT students past and present have geared up for the challenge.

The PURE Austin Driveway Series hosts more than 200 riders every Thursday who compete in various races based on skill categories. Members of the Texas Cycling Team regularly race against experienced riders from local cycling teams and clubs. The series runs for 32 Thursdays in a row, beginning every year in March and running through October. Competitors race on a Driveway…

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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