Texas Bicycling News Digest December 15th

Wacky Weekend in Waco

Leslie Ethridge / Photos : Carla Jennings        texasbikeracing.com


This weekend, the Texas cyclocross community suffered in the most beautiful way possible. The Waco race is always a season highlight, promising to be equally amounts painful and fulfilling. When the folks at Texas Cross Syndicate get together with the fast racers of Squadra Di Servitori, incredible world events happen. Unlike last year’s freezing cold mud fest, the Gods of Texas Cyclocross granted us clear skies and highs in the 70s. With prime Texas Cross weather, numerous racers toed the line: ready.
From the moment each whistle blew, each rider sprinted towards the first hill, minds set on the holeshot. The starting section of pavement took you over a speed bump, into a right turn and then onto the first …

ARR Reveille Peak Ranch Ride 12-13-14 – Watch in 1080p60!

by Eduardo Nunez

Awesome weather and awesome people made for a great ride at Reveille Peak Ranch with the Austin Ridge Riders

Jingle Bell Lights Ride

Sunday, Dec 21, 2014, 6:00 PM

Spicewood Elementary School
11601 Olson Dr Austin, TX

16 Mountain Bikers Attending

Get out those jingle bells and decorate your bike! It’s time for the Jingle Bell Ride Northside, an annual Christmas lights ride through the Balcones neighborhood.This Sunday, December 21. Starting from Spicewood Elementary, 11601 Olson, 78750. Meet at 6:00pm, ready to roll at 6:30pm.This is a mostly flat, family-friendly, slow-rolling five mile …

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Pedernales Falls State Park Trail Build & Ride!

Sunday, Dec 21, 2014, 9:00 AM

Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Road 6026 Johnson City, TX

3 Mountain Bikers Attending

Pedernales Falls State Park TRAIL BUILD & RIDE!BRING YOUR PAYDIRT FORMS!Phase I sections the new trail were a hit at the 2014 Cranksgiving!  BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!  Phases II and III!  5+ miles of trail are still under development!These sections, not yet open to the public, have lots more elevation changes, G-outs and winding flowy features.N…

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Dec 14 (Day 348) – Moving north in terrible wind, flamingo plans

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I started today in Kingsville, TX, and ended 83 miles later in Rockport. I had to take a frustratingly circuitous route in order to avoid Corpus Christie. A straight shot through the city would have required lots of riding on urban freeways where bikes are not permitted. It would have also required a number of dangerous bridge crossings. The city is also a bit of an industrial wasteland, so I wanted to avoid this after biking through a similar refinery-scape in Port Arthur, TX. …

USA Cycling announces winners of the 2014 Club of the Year awards

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USA Cycling is excited to announce the winners of its 2014 “Club of the Year” awards! Three clubs earned overall “Club of the Year” honors in divisions I, II, and III and an additional nine clubs earned special awards in the junior, interscholastic, masters’, women’s, new club, mountain bike, track, cyclo-cross, collegiate club and collegiate varsity categories.
In addition to bragging rights, the winning clubs will receive a trophy and complimentary renewal fees for 2014. Congratulations to our winners!
Division I – Northwest Cycling Club (Cypress, Texas)
Division II – Dallas Racing (Garland, Texas)
Division III – Upper Arlington High School (Cream Ridge, NJ)
Best New Club – Red Eye Velo (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Junior – Team Velosport Club (Irvine, Calif.)
Interscholastic – Texas High School League (Texas)
Masters – Cross Creek Cycling (Fayetteville, N.C.) …

Construction Underway on Red Arroyo Trail

by BillCullins        Team San Angelo


I was part of a 25-person group of San Angelo residents who met on June 4th, 2004 to begin discussing current and future needs for non-motorized transportation infrastructure such as bike/pedestrian paths and trails in San Angelo.
This forward-thinking group realized that San Angelo lagged far behind other communities related to bike paths, sidewalks and related venues for cycling, running and fitness.
Subsequent meetings of that group, working with the regional Metropolitan Planning Organization, resulted in San Angelo’s City Council contracting with the Wilber Smith Associates consultant group to develop a comprehensive Bike/Pedestrian plan for the city (sanangelompo.org/plans.php).
The consultant group’s report listed the construction of a multiuse bike and pedestrian trail through the Red Arroyo ‘greenbelt’ area as being one of the first projects that San Angelo residents wanted the city to complete.
More than a decade after the initial focus group meeting was held, construction has …

More trails coming to greenway dividing Montgomery, Harris counties

By Cindy Horswell        www.houstonchronicle.com


Spring Creek’s white sandy beaches are lined with trees, some dating back to the Akokisa Indians, along with a plethora of native plants. It’s a largely untouched haven with a diverse collection of wildlife.
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Dec 15 (Day 349) – Whoop, there it is!

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Those well-versed in 90’s hip hop should immediate recognize the reference in the title. Those lacking rap knowledge might want to check this out so that we are all on the same page. Anyone in his/her mid 30s should recognize this song from any middle or high school dance he/she ever attended. Although the track is called “Whoomp! (There it is)”, it actually sounds more like “Whoop! (There it is)”. When I found the first Whooping cranes of the day, I could not help but think “Whoop – There it is!”. Finding the cranes today was very straightforward. I biked the ~9 miles from Rockport, TX to Goose Island. I immediately headed for the “Big Tree”, a very large and ancient oak that guards a particular field that the Whooping cranes frequent. When I rolled up there were 2 adults and a young crane foraging in this field. I was also able to locate 3 additional crane pairs in the surrounding marsh for a …

Cycle For Good: Sunday, December 21

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Every year, Cycle for Good raises money for local JCCs and gives a portion to a designated charity chosen by JCC Association, the leadership network for the JCCs of North America. For 2014, the designated charity is Etgarim: Israel’s Association for the Disabled. Each participating JCC will choose what portion of the money raised will go to Etgarim, with a minimum set at twenty percent.
On the first Sunday of Chanukah, join the JCCs of North America for a spin during the 3rd Annual Cycle for Good. Participants across North America will be riding at the same time, cycling to raise money for a good cause and their own …

Team Ride on the NETT | An Unexpected Journey

by turnerwinstonoc        beardedwomenracing.org


By Jonathan Braddick
Four hardy souls left Farmersville, TX on Saturday, December 13th to ride a rare jewel in these parts of North Texas, the North East Texas Trail.  After downing a couple of pastries brought on her own accord, Susie Bolton a huge NETT supporter, we headed off on the 75 mile expected journey to Paris.
We’ve highlighted the North East Texas Trail or NETT in the past when 4 of us decided to take part in Spinistry’s first Ride the NETT event in November of 2013.  Back then something about the trail ignited a passion within us for it’s beauty, wildness, and potential economic impact it can have on the communities it’s 230 miles travel through.
We set a hardy 12 mile an hour pace for the first 20 – 30 miles which are very passable, locally groomed by either the city or passionate supporters and do gooders who see the positive things the …

Rudolph’s Revenge ’14 Final Details

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The time is here! Rudolph’s Revenge 2014 is this weekend (December 20th 2014 at 9am), let’s get a recap of all the details and all the stuff you NEED to know going into this race.
Start Location
The race starts at the greenbelt midpoint on FM428 / W. Sherman Dr. The park is hard to miss with the iconic red bridge right next to the road. We start from next to the bridge. Park in the adjacent lot complete with restrooms on site. Proceed to registration to get your …

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Man Bicycles Across the U.S. to Help Raise Money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

by Zora Asberry        www.newswest9.com

A bicyclist is riding 15,000 miles to help raise money for the children of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. On Saturday, he made a stop in the Permian Basin. He has spent his last few days bicycling through West Texas spreading the word about his cause to raise money for St. Jude’s and families of children with cancer who can’t afford the high cost of medical care.
Asking only for quarters and spare change, the journey Bernie Buffone refers to as Kittenrun2, is set to raise over 11 million quarters.
“That’s what we’re trying to do is raise the quarters to be sent into St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Anyone can pedal the bicycle, as long as this bicycle moves forward to collect the quarters for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the children of St. Jude. It’s not about me, it’s about the bicycle and the …

 

Upcoming Events

San Angelo Bicycle Association

12/17/2014 | Wed Road Ride
12/22/2014 | Mon Road Ride
12/24/2014 | Wed Road Ride

 

Santa’s Shop Stroll

Fort Worth Bicycling Association

Sunday, December 21, 2014 9:00 am
Can you hear Santa’s busy elves at work….join us on a casual ride departing from Santa’s shop in Arlington. The route hopefully captures a different perspective of this side of town as it travels on roads not so familiar to the monthly COM and Jim’s famed Country Breeze, yet connecting with a few familiar ones.  The routes of 62, 55, 42 and 35 will head southwest through Kennedale, some out to Burleson and Alvarado, then looping back just shy of Lillian.  Not too challenging cause it is Sunday and it’s the holdiay season. Mean routes are for green ugly Grinches (and Saturdays.)
Store stops on routes. Cue sheets provided.  Peek at the links below. Bring some holiday cheer and your spirited self. And to all a welcomed invitation…

 

Hamby Trail Group Ride Photos

Longview Bicycle Club

Hamby Trail Group Ride

A video posted by Longview Bicycle Club (@longviewbikeclub) on

 

Fort Worth Holiday Lights Ride

Lone Star Cyclists

Pace: Slow
Date: Sunday, December 21, 2014 – 5:45pm
Location: First United Methodist Church, 800 West 5th Street, Fort Worth
GPS 32.751406, -97.336902
Meet at the First United Methodist Church, at the southeast corner of N Henderson St and W 5th St
Let’s celebrate with plenty of festive lights on our bikes!
Exact ride details subject to change based on weather, road conditions, etc.
The ride map will be posted at a later date.

 

Out of Commission

Bike Noob

I haven’t gotten in a lot of biking lately. Not only have I been caught up in the end of the semester crunch at the university, but my road bike has been acting up.
A week ago, I found myself unable to shift from the small chainring to the big one. I had to abandon a ride and get home, although that was the same ride where I discovered the broken spoke. I finally got the bike into the shop on Wednesday, where the mechanic listened to my shifting complaint and examined the bike. The chain is okay, since it’s fairly new. But he didn’t like the look of the big chainring.
“You’re missing the little pin that grabs the chain so it can move onto …

 

Round Rock memorial bike ride honors avid cyclist

By KXAN News


ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Cyclists gathered Sunday for an emotional memorial ride honoring a husband and father who left for work on his bicycle one year ago and never made it back home.
Among the riders honoring Joseph Holan were his four children, and his widow Melissa. She rode with her late husband’s bicycle on the back of her own.
The ride, which was organized by Please Be Kind to Cyclists, ended at the ghost bike honoring Joseph. Last December, the organization placed it in …

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Lonestar Granite Enduro – RPR Texas

by clfry

A compilation of the stages at the 2014 Lonestar Granite Enduro…
I got off to a bad start going too hot into the first turn on my first stage (“Iron Swan”) and eating dirt and cacti pretty hard, while twisting my bars about 90 degrees… I lost a lot of time wrestling them reasonably straight without tools, which is why they are still about 5 degrees off in the first few clips. Of course in my excited state, I also forgot to turn the …

BCO & REI Present: Biking 101

Bayou City Outdoors


If you want to cruise, commute, mountain bike or road bike, we’ll show you where to go and how to get started. Who needs to drive when Houston has over 80 miles of trails in the parks and 345 miles of street trails?
Don’t own a bike yet? No problem, we have B-Cycle, in fact we have one of the largest fleets of bicycle sharing in the country.

Road Rage: Lubbock cyclists decry lack of safety

By BLAKE URSCH        lubbockonline.com


A mistake might have been less costly had Robert Hines been in a car.
Monday evening, Hines, 44, was riding his bicycle when he failed to yield to traffic in the 4100 block of Avenue Q. A Chevrolet Silverado struck him, launching him into the path of a second vehicle. He was later pronounced dead at University Medical Center.
Hines’ story — the first bicyclist death of 2014 — has renewed conversation on cycling safety in …

Expanded bike lane network part of Waco’s long-term transportation plan

By J.B. SMITH        www.wacotrib.com


DeShauna Hollie and Eric Martin are proud members of Waco’s 0.3 percent.
They are bicycle commuters, living in a city that until recently has given little thought to their needs. They’re also the kind of people local transportation planners are hoping to see more of.
Martin lives near downtown and uses the new mile-long bike lanes on Fourth and Fifth Street to get to his job teaching history and philosophy at Baylor University. He can get from his apartment at Cameron Heights to his office door in fewer than 10 minutes, less time than taking a car, he says. And the bike …

Aaron almost runs into a tree stump 12/13/14

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Bike Parking!!! (Part 2 of ???) – A Bike Parking Wonderland

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Several weeks ago, I took a few days off and traveled to Chicago and Seattle. Just because. I took Amtrak from Chicago to Seattle and the 49-hour train ride provided plenty of fall scenery– highly recommended.
While on this autumn adventure, I also had a chance to take pictures of lots and lots of bicycle racks in both cities. I’m working to create a quick reference guidance document for the selection and placement of bike racks, and I needed pictures of a variety of bicycle racks. I didn’t want to deal with copyright infringement or other legal snafus from borrowing photos from the interwebs, so …

West Texas and the Big Bend

By Jim Powers        www.crazyguyonabike.com

A series of short overnighters from a base camp.
Alpine to Davis Mountain State Park
Thursday December 11, 2014, 28 miles (45 km) – Total so far: 28 miles (45 km)
The rabbit and beaver hats are $400.00. The all beaver hats are $700.00. My measurements are; 22 7/8 OLO according to John Davis, the proprietor of Limpia Creek Hats in Ft.Davis, TX. OLO means oval, long, oval and Mr. Davis’ practiced hands and eye sized me up in about a minutes’ time. I can have any crown height and any size and shape brim. I don’t want a “rancher” style brim, because I’m not a rancher, but the “campaign” style could work with a couple modifications. All the materials for these custom hats are sourced in the …

Dallas contractor to remove meters near bike lane

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DALLAS (AP) — Dallas officials say parking meters that were erroneously installed next to a downtown bike lane will quickly be removed.
The city’s bicycle and transportation planner told the Dallas Morning News (http://bit.ly/1x6xbEP ) on Thursday that the meters will be removed before the weekend. Pictures of the meters and of a parked vehicle blocking …

Lockheed Martin hands out bicycles, donations

By Sarah Bahari        www.star-telegram.com


FORT WORTH
Cooper Little bent his head in examination, searching for the perfect bicycle.
As Cooper, 7, vacillated among the many blue, pink and green bicycles, he spotted the one — a red and black Huffy. Cooper, a student at the Child Study Center in Fort Worth, hopped on board and took a few wobbly strides.
“This is touching. It’s unbelievable,” said his mother, Susan Little. “It’s hard not to tear up.”
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics employees donated more than 300 bicycles and $100,000 to Fort Worth-area charities Thursday at its …

Peer-to-Peer Bike Share Market Heats Up in Austin

by Brandon Mulder        www.austinpost.org


Biking seems to be growing more popular in Austin for recreation and commuter transportation. The City-sponsored B-Cycle has taken off, the City is regularly laying paint for new bike lanes, and monthly bike events abound. With all this activity, Austin has become a destination for a new kind of cycling business.
Peer-to-peer bike sharing is most easily understood as “Airbnb for bikes.” Users can use an app to lease their own bikes for use by others. Visitors who come into town wanting to get around free or on the cheap can connect to people with bikes they’re not using. The advantage of these companies over, say, B-Cycle is that riders can …

Bikes, cars and Chelsea Norman’s death

By Dug Begley        www.chron.com

Will Houston drivers ever change the way they think about bikes?
As Friday’s story noted, the decision to sentence Margaret Mayer to prison for 15 years was a conclusion to a trial, but it hardly brought relief, either to Mayer’s family or to the family of Chelsea Norman, the cyclist who died after Mayer’s car hit her.
As Randy Norman, Chelsea’s father, said shortly after Mayer was led from court, neither side won anything.
“The one winner out of this is the city of Houston,” Norman said, after crediting local cyclists for making sure his daughter’s death didn’t go unnoticed. “If people can’t respect bicyclists for being humans, they’ll know there are penalties to not stopping.”
What got lost in the debate surrounding the trial is …

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