Texas Bicycling News December 3rd 2016

Lite bike news day with weather washing out many activities.

So honored to be able to see @StephenHyde crush the #SuperPrestige today. He's amazing. Proud of USA CX! @usacycling

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December Newsletter

Waco Bicycle Club

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  1. In Memoriam
    Sadly, this newsletter also must include sad news of the death of a cyclist. There are some details in this story about a memorial ride. LINK I knew Missy and worked with her on cycling projects, and still can’t quite comprehend it. There will be a separate tribute to her at a later time.
  2. Christmas Banquet
    The WBC Christmas banquet will be held on Thursday, December 22nd, at 6:30 pm at the …

Texas Enduro Cup Championship – Reveille Peak Ranch Mountain Biking

by TC

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The self proclaimed Texas Enduro Cup State Championsgohip was held at Revielle Peak Ranch. I had a good tumble on Day 1 that took the wind out of my sails in addition to costing me a lot of time. I ended up finishing 8th in my group behind some super fast and …


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Texas Bicycling News December 2nd 2016

Waco Wild West 100 donates in memory of cycling friend

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The Waco Wild West 100 bicycle tour donated $2,500 to the Episcopal Veterans Fellowship at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Austin in memoriam of retired Lt. Col. Robert Tarbet Jr.
Tarbet, a Vietnam War veteran and retired Episcopal priest who died earlier this year, is remembered as a leader in the …



Pre Christmas workday and BBQ burgers at Jack Brooks trails

Greater Houston Off-Road Biking Association

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Event category: General
Sunday, December 18, 2016 – 8:15am
We will be replacing the boardwalk on cedar bends then Russ and Webster Bicycle will be cooking burgers and hot dogs. If there’s interest we will ride at 4. Come give a little, get fed then get your ride on.



Ribbon Cutting on White Oak Bayou Greenway

Houston Parks Board

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On Friday, December 9, please join Houston Parks Board, Memorial Heights Redevelopment Authority (TIRZ 5), the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and the Harris County Flood Control District as we …


Super D Double Drop

by TC

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This weekends rides: Rain? Red Horn? START TIME CHANGE

by Thomas

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NOTE: The start time for our Saturday and Sunday rides is now 8:30am as we enjoy colder days.
Saturday is almost certainly going to be rained out. If by some miracle the roads are not wet, it is not raining, and rain is not imminent, just show up at Cups & Cones at 8:30 and we will find something epic that involves bicycles and pedaling really really fast.
Sunday may also be rainy and the same caveat for Saturday applies. If it happens, it is our usual Coffee Shop ride to Red Horn which is 50 miles and is at an endurance pace typically …


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Texas Bicycling News December 1st 2016


Biking Cross Country to Raise Money for Cancer

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Spoke&Word Newsletter: We’re Going FaceBook Live & Giving Back!

BikeHouston

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“December is the season of lights: Christmas candles, Hanukah menorah, Diwali lamps, Kwanzaa candles — all holidays of light celebrated near the winter solstice, the darkest days of the year in the northern hemisphere.” …


The Racing Post December 2016 Edition

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Fence Boards, Farmers’ Market MTB Bike Ride

First bike ride for December I rode the Kingwood Trails for a total of 18.12 miles. The last bike ride was November 22 but I could’ve rode sooner than today. I held back because I didn’t want to increase my November mileage which might influence my goal for November 2017. I already biked more miles this year than ever before and I don’t know if I can match this next year. I am at 7,192 miles after today’s bike ride. I set my goal for December at 130 miles which would put me just over 7,300 miles if I make it.

When I walked into the kitchen this morning around 7:30 the temperature outside was 35 degrees. I wondered if it would go up 30+ degrees to the forecasted high but I was optimistic. I waited until 1:06 to start the bike ride on my Motobecane 700HT MTB. The plan was to ride the trails today and I think each ride in December. My Stradalli Red Pro 14 road bike has 18,814 miles on it but the Motobecane only has 2,104 and I bought in 2010. This shows my bias to the road.

At the beginning of the ride the sky was all blue but as the day progressed some wispy clouds moved in but riding among the trees the sun warming didn’t amount to much. I was glad I bundled up with leg warmers, windbreaker jacket, long sleeve thermal jersey and a short sleeve jersey. When I finished at 2:49 the temperature was still 65.

The ride went through Woodridge Forest and I rode to the far west of the subdivision where the roads are just a month or so old. Workers putting up new wood fencing lined the streets in a couple of places. Here are two pictures there. (My glove is the dark spot in the upper left) (click on the image to enlarge it)

One day maybe the streets in Woodridge Forest west will connect to Adams Street to the north giving another exit from Kingwood.

From Woodbridge Forest I biked the trails through North and South Woodland Hills, Trailwood Village and Lake Shores Village. When I rode across Kingwood Drive to Town Center I saw the farmer’s market vendors setting up and Christmas decorations in place.

No finger in the pictures this time. The route went east from Town Center looping back to Kingwood Drive. When I got to Kings Crossing Drive and Kingwood Drive the greenbelt trail was interrupted by signal light construction. Two workers in a hole were working on a concrete form where the trail used to be. My first thought was to ride on Kingwood Drive to thee first side street and back onto the trail but the traffic on Kingwood Drive is heavy so I walked my bike around the hole and back onto the trail.

The next spot I wasn’t sure about came up when the trail goes under W. Lake Houston Parkway. A new underpass culvert for the trail was being put in place requiring the northbound lanes to be raised. I thought I might need to detour around this spot but riding around a curve the trees gave way and I saw the new culvert was in place and I could stay on the trail under W. Lake Houston Parkway. A concrete truck was parked over the culvert but not involved in any trail work. From that point it was 17 miles into the ride leaving a little over a mile to the finish.

The weather is supposed to get wet and cool tomorrow (Friday) making biking doubtful.

Link to RidewithGPS map and metrics.