Austin Ridge Riders Receive $4,400 Grant

The 2007 Bikes Belong Coalition grants have been announced and the Austin Ridge Riders will receive $4,400 to to build a critical stretch of singletrack in their Slaughter Creek Trail network. Bikes Belong funding will help accelerate the trailbuilding process and meet Recreational Trails Program deadlines by helping the committed grassroots group pay for a 2-mile section of machine-built trail.

The Slaughter Creek Trail system sits on Austin’s Water Quality Protection Lands. Mountain bikers of all ages and skill levels enjoy these trails, and the Austin Ridge Riders, Texas’ largest mountain bike club, utilize the area for their excellent programs.

Bikes Belong is the national coalition of bicycle suppliers and retailers working to put more people on bicycles more often. Through national leadership, grassroots grants, and promotion, we strive to make bicycling in the U.S. safe, convenient, and fun.

BP MS150 Kick-Off Party

The Houston Chronicle reports on the BP MS150 Kick-Off Party held at the Sam Houston Race Track in NW Houston Saturday January 27th. Written by Kristini Finan, the article notes that 12,000 riders are expected and the monies raised are hoped to exceed the amount raised in 2006. Full article

A question: Will Kristin replace Steve Sievert as the Houston Chronicle Cycling Notebook reporter?

Tour de Cure – San Antonio, TX

Sponsored by the American Diabetes Association

The 2007 ADA & AT&T’s Tour de Cure will begin at Harcourt Assessment (19500 Bulverde Rd) in San Antonio, TX. Riders will have three options on day one. The first option is a 20-mile loop, which will begin and end at Harcourt Assessment. The 20-mile loop is designed for beginner riders. After completing the 20-mile loop a light brunch will be provided at the finish line.

Longer routes will also begin at Harcourt Assessment. Riders will have the option of riding either 50 or 80 miles. The 50-mile route will take riders through the Selma, Schertz and New Braunfels. Riders on this route will cross over the Guadalupe River via the Faust Street Bridge. This is an excellent place to take a break and pose for a photo with your buddies.

Day 1 – 20-mile loop, 50 and 80-mile routes. 7:30 AM

Day 2 – 25, 55, and 80-mile routes 7:30 AM

Date: May 19-20, 2007
Location: Harcourt Assessment
For more information call: 1-888-DIABETES


Ride of Silence – Many Places

On May 16, 2007, at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence™ will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.

In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first Ride Of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed.

The Ride Of Silence is a free ride. Link to Texas ride locations.