Two Wheeling Conservation

The Houston Chronicle Business section has a front page article on Houston oil companies encouraging employees to ride their bicycles to work.

Exxon Mobil, BP and ConocoPhillips are among the Houston-area employers trying to make it easier for employees to bike to work.

Workers already have enough excuses: potholes, impatient drivers and the Houston heat.

But some businesses are easing the commute for those who decide the exercise and reduced emissions make biking worthwhile. They’re giving them locker rooms, shower areas and safe places to park their bikes.

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I would like to join this movement but my work place is 42 miles from my home.

Rip Roarin’ Ride – Liberty Hill, TX

Welcome to the 6th Annual Liberty Hill Lions “RIP ROARIN’ RIDE”, one of the most scenic routes in Texas. You will experience the Texas Hill Country in a unique way, with lovely vistas, gorgeous valleys with century-old oaks, and crystal-clean, spring-fed creeks. You may get a glimpse of a fox, a flock of wild turkeys or a red tail hawk, and, of course, our white-tail deer.

Starting at Liberty Hill High School on Highway 29, this sixth annual ride for charitable purposes will take you through scenic rolling hills and valleys of Williamson and Burnet counties on routes of 14, 28, 47, 63, 77 and 100 miles. There will be great rest stops, fantastic food, super SAG support and friendly people. Riders will start at 8 A.M. – none after 9 A.M. – and must clear the course by 4 P.M. You’ll finish back at Liberty Hill Middle School, next to the High School where you will enjoy free food, cold drinks and entertainment.

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Outlaw Trail 100 Cycling Tour – Round Rock, TX

Old Settlers Park – 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78664.
Round Rock and Recreation Department hosts the Outlaw Trail 100 bike tour featuring 10 mile, 25 mile, 40 mile, 50 mile, 63 mile, and 100 mile loop courses on county roads through historic Williamson County.

Outlaw Trail isn’t competitive; it is an opportunity to join cyclists from across for a ride across Williamson County. There are 9 rest stops set up along the trail for cyclists to grab some snacks or a drink. Riders can ride at their own pace. The tour closes at 5 p.m. so bikers should select a course they can finish within that time period.

$25 per cyclist early registration; $30 late registration
$2 per non-participant guest for pasta dinner

Contact: Cath Martel, 512-218-5540,  cath@round-rock.tx.us

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Hot Rocks 2007 – Rockwall, TX

All routes will be construction free. Hot Rocks is an annual cycling event put on by the Rockwall Rotary Club. The proceeds from the ride benefit Rotary college scholarships. The ride attracts all levels of riders from aggressive to children and offers 10,20,43, and 62 mile courses.Volunteers provide rest stops every 8 to 10 miles serving drinks,ice and fruit. All entrants receive the 2007 Hot Rocks T-Shirt and the top three male and female finishers of the 62 mile ride receive cash awards.1st-$250.00,2nd-$175,3rd-$100.

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Contact: Michael Baldwin
Phone: 469-261-7856
Email: Michael.Baldwin@oncor.com