Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup for June 1st

Call For 2012 Race Promoters
Sand. Technical features. Demanding terrain.
Quick results. Toilet paper.
Heckling. Beer!

Quality experiences bring racers to the battle, and unless you were living in a cave, you likely read the whole story in the Texas CX 2011 Rider Survey. Racers have serious expectations, and it’s time to get it on.

“Promoter gets to be a TSA member for the day.” Glamor shot jacked from Bikesport Challenge Facebook (click image to like the race page).

Submit your cyclocross race proposal before June 15th, 2012

The promoters in Texas deserve a solid high-five for all they do. Super slim margins (if not losses) and municipal headaches rank up near the top. So does pressure from racers, TXBRA and…

@Texas4000            via Twitter
Our riders start the journey tomorrow! 70 days. 4,600 miles. 2 wheels. 1 fight.

@SchwartzJN            via Twitter
Day 0 Ride Dedication. @Texas4000 have a safe, fun and meaningful summer!

Austin getting more protected bike lanes
Austin Business Journal by Vicky Garza, Staff Writer
City officials have teamed up with a national bicycling nonprofit to develop and install protected bike lanes in Austin.

Austin is one of six cities selected by Bikes Belong for its Green Lane Project initiative.

Green lanes protect bicyclists on roadways with the use of curbs, planters, posts or parked cars and are engineered with a focus…

@horseybike            via Twitter
Headed to Big Cedar in DFW tomorrow. Cameron Park rocks, but I’m very excited to get out on some new trails. #mtb

@browndist            via Twitter
We are so proud to support the Livestrong @Texas4000 riders this year! Best wishes on your ride guys! #LivingLifeToTheUltra

June Newsletter Published
The June edition of the DATES-Line Newsletter is published and available for download

El Paso Bicycle Club Ride
Sunday, June 17
Father’s Day Brunch Ride-7:30 am
Meet at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing (park in lower lot). Ride out McNutt/Hwy 28 to La Union. Climb Artcraft and return via Airport Rd. 35 miles, moderate pace. Option for Border Crossing (10 more miles). Brunch afterwards at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing. …

June’s edition of the The Pedaler
San Antonio Wheelmen
As usual, the month of May was a great month for getting outside and enjoying a bike ride.  I love being able to ride from my house at 6:45 AM for a 45-minute or 1-hour ride before work.  There were plenty of charity rides and we also had some great weekend rides.  On Memorial Day, we had about 10 riders do the new 52-mile route from…

Bike Month Wrapup
by Steve A            Dallas Point-to-Point
I had fun this bike month. Like most any other month of commuting by bike. However, I did,set a minor milestone that advocates might point out as a measure of how bike month is working for all of us.
Checking my log records, I noticed that I commuted more times this May than ever before. I rode to work 22 times in May, eclipsing the previous high of 21 times in May 2011. Bike commuting is UP! By my…

Upcoming Summer Centuries in West Houston
Bike Brookshire
Summer 2012 rides:
June 3, 2012 – Fayetteville Good Ole Summertime Classic – starts at Fayetteville Town Square
July 22, 2012 – Katy Flatland Century – starts at the Rhodes Stadium in Katy
Sept. 16, 2012 – Tour De Pink – Prairie View A&M
Sept. 22, 2012 – Tour De Cure – Champion Nissan Katy

Bicycle parts needed for MetroRail bike shelter sculpture
By Pam LeBlanc            Fit City
Want your bicycle parts immortalized in art?

Barry George, an Austin artist who specializes in found objects, is whipping a pile of old bike parts into a work of art that will be displayed at a new bicycle shelter at the Kramer MetroRail station.

The shelter is designed as a place for cyclists to stow their bikes securely instead of lugging them onto trains. It’s under construction now and…

2,624 miles for Ashley
By Chris Sokoloski        www.gtowntimes.com
James and Sonja Brown left June 1 for a cross-country car trip to California.

On the way they plan to stop at the Grand Canyon and Painted Desert, Ariz.

After they reach Huntington Beach, Calif., on June 5, James, 52, will hop on his bicycle on June 6 and ride the 2,624 miles back to their…

Urban forester pedals for tree research dollars
McALLEN  –  Salvador Alemany commutes from his home in McAllen to his office in Weslaco and back.

Not a big deal, but Alemany does it on a bicycle. And he takes the long way home, pedaling some 60 miles per day, four days a week.

He’s been doing it for three years, ever since he began his job at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco as an urban forester with the Texas Forest Service.

“I do it for several reasons,” said Alemany, a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico. “First, because we only had one car and my…

Q-C cyclist tackles 4,500-mile ride for cancer research
by Deirdre Cox Baker        qctimes.com

When Nick De La Cruz was at Davenport Central High School, he helped found the Marshall Maniacs, a crew of students who enthusiastically support the Blue Devils basketball teams.

As a May graduate of the University of Texas, De La Cruz will, beginning tomorrow, bike 4,500 miles from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska. It’s the seventh year of the Texas 4000 for Cancer event, and De La Cruz is front and center as part of the program.

Founded in 2004, the Texas 4000 is comprised of university students who tackle the longest annual charity bike ride in the world. Along the route — which winds among nine states and two…

Local man to cycle 2,147 miles for father
By Monica S. Nagy        www.aggiesports.com

Before Chris Hunter’s father succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 2009, he repeatedly asked his son to do something to rid the world of the often-fatal disease. “My dad asked me several times — it’s a heavy thing,” Hunter said. “God pushed me toward this. My dad pushed me toward this.”

Three years later, Hunter will fulfill his father’s request by hopping on his GT Series 4 road bicycle at 8 a.m. Saturday and making a monthlong trek to raise money for cancer research. One hundred percent of the donations will go to Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG, Johns Hopkins, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and…

700 bicyclists estimated for SPIN fundraiser on Saturday; no road closures expected
By Julie Chang        www.beaumontenterprise.com
An estimated 700 bike riders are set to hit the streets of Beaumont for the 7th annual Spindletop SPIN fundraiser.

No road closures are expected, but SPIN organizers say that drivers should expect to see lanes sequestered off for riders.

The race starts as early as 7 a.m. and the majority of riders finish up by early afternoon, according to organizers. “It’s the most riders we’ve ever had,” said Bonnie Dean of the Jefferson County Bar Association, which…

Think Your Commute is Bad? Texas Cyclists Heading to Alaska and Back
By Kelly Connelly        www.kutnews.org
A group of students called Texas 4000 will embark tomorrow from Austin on the world’s longest annual charity bike ride – all the way to Anchorage, Alaska.

Riders from the community can join the group on the first leg of their 4,687 mile journey this Saturday morning. They leave from Running Brushy Middle School in Cedar Park at 8 a.m. There are several other events leading up to the kick-off that provide opportunities for the community to interact with the riders. This is the group’s ninth year to make the ride. To date the organization has raised more than $3 million for the…

Dove Creek
by Roy and Christine        Pedal Pushers
Memorial Day Ride

Liz Rappe’ was not available so we broke from the tradition of riding from her house and then returning for a picnic, swimming in the river, and kayaking. Instead, Jerry and Cindy Middleton invited us to go on a ride through the Dove Creek subdivision close to their house. Lined up for the ride are: Beth (who joined us from Austin), David and Donna Durbin, Jack Hyde, Rick Ogan, Robbie Wilson, Jerry and Cindy Middleton, and Roy Jones. Christine volunteered to take the group shot. …


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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