Texas Bicycling News Digest November 17th

Police: San Antonio officer injured in hit-and-run

www.brownsvilleherald.com

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — San Antonio police are searching for a person who they say sent an officer to the hospital after crashing into his bicycle while driving the wrong way down the street.
A group of officers on bicycles were dispatched Sunday to assist off-duty Bexar County deputies who reported a disturbance at a Whataburger restaurant. The officers tried to stop the car while it was traveling the …

GO for a Mountain Bike Ride

Sunday, Nov 23, 2014, 8:00 AM

Meyer Park
Cypresswood Dr. Spring, TX

3 Bicycle Enthusiasts Attending

Join us every Sunday at Meyer Park for a 1hour and a half (approx) ride for beginners and intermediate riders.Ride is 10 milesWe will be on the Cypresswood TrailAny questions please call us at the store:[masked]Bring a helmet, water bottle, spare tube and a positive attitude

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Sunday Cruise

Sunday, Nov 23, 2014, 8:00 AM

Ruli’s International Kitchen
4176 N. Mesa El Paso, TX

4 Cyclists Attending

Meet at Ruli’s International Ktichen, 4176 N. Mesa. This is all pace, relaxed cruising speed ride — up and over Scenic, tour downtown El Paso, etc. 30 miles. Chris Hoffman, 915-[masked]

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Lufkin man inducted into Texas BMX Hall of Fame

By STEVE KNIGHT/The Lufkin News


A Lufkin man who once built highly sought-after lightweight BMX Blazer bicycle frames has made his way into the Texas BMX Hall of Fame.
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Houston has the recipe for portable water

By Dug Begley        blog.chron.com

One topic that, understandably, comes up in any discussion of bicycling as a way to get around the Houston area is the climate. For leisure, yeah, people are willing to work up a sweat — but to get to work every day?
For downtown workers, commuting by bike involves a risk of soaking your work clothes with sweat unless your office provides a place to change and maybe even shower. Then there’s the effect of 93-degree temperatures and 95-percent humidity on one’s interest in biking. It’s just not ..

HBC Christmas Lights Ride

Houston Bicycle Club

Sat 12/13/14    5:30 PM
Location: Hermann Park Rose Garden
Distance: 20 miles
This is a liesurely social ride for a couple of hours through Houston neighborhoods with good decorations. We’ll stop somewhere for a light meal on the way back.   Come with good lights, charged batteries and reflective clothes!  Decorations encouraged.

Upcoming Rides and Events

San Antonio Wheelmen

Saturday, 11/22:       Garden Ridge-Gruene Latte Ride
Sunday, 11/23:         Rebecca Creek Ride
Saturday, 12/6:         Holiday Party (new location)

Palo Duro Marathon Race Write Up

by Sharon McNutt        www.bigpigracing.org


Race write up for the Palo Duro Marathon race. This is my selfie after the race. This Tmbra marathon is 2015, technically my racing age is 50 next yr. This was one of the reasons I wanted to race a full marathon. Turning 50 is a big deal to me after aggressive cancer treatments. So here is my race report.
The morning started out cold, race start was 10:30am. Most of us was overdressed and I quickly realized I was too. At the last minute I took off some layers, and proceeded to the staging area. As usual the morning was glorious, the racers at the Palo duro marathon race are always my fav. Maybe because the canyon is just a beautiful place.
First lap and I wasn’t feeling it. I was struggling mentally. I had to much clutter in my head and I couldn’t get in the zone. I realized I wasn’t drinking enough and quickly adjusted that. By mile 12 I was in the zone, not letting anymore distractions in my …

David’s Alvarado Adventures

Lone Star Cyclists

Pace: Touring with a fast pace option (Touring pace varies12-15mph with frequent stops)
Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014 – 8:00am
Location: Alvarado High School, 1301 S Parkway Dr, Alvarado
GPS 32.391771,-97.208313
Distances: 37 and 57 Miles
Let’s meet up in Alvarado this Saturday for a couple of rides into the countryside. Both routes are regarded as club favorites and will provide a welcome start to the weekend. Choose your distance and pace group at the ride start and enjoy! …

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Colonel’s Double-‘Cross Weekend – Masters

by Chris Jennings

Masters first lap run up and stairs. Not the P/1/2 and 3’s first lap as I originally said.

GHORBA General Member Meeting

Event category: General
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 – 7:00pm
There will be a General Meeting for members on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Star Pizza, 2111 Norfolk St. Houston, TX 77098.

Base Mile Training

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014, 8:00 AM

Kohl’s
5680 North Desert Boulevard El Paso, TX

4 Cyclists Attending

Meet at Kohl’s parking lot, I-10 near Redd. Ride rollers to Gap, return on NM 28. 40 miles, 18-20 mph pace. Derrick Posey,[masked]

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SWCC Club Hog Ride

South West Racing Team & Cycling Club

Date:  November 22
Time: 7:30 am – 11:30 am
This is a Club Ride only and open to members only. However Sunday’s are open to anyone and we would love to see you there. Check the calendar for details on the weekly Sunday rides.
Our weekly Saturday club ride starts at our host sponsors restaurant Pizza Bella restaurant at 7:30 am. This is an A-ride and you can expect to ride between 40 and 60 miles, depending upon the weather and how the group feels.
After the ride you are welcome to great pizza and beer at Pizza Bella.

SWCC Club Ride

South West Racing Team & Cycling Club

Date:    November 23
Time:    7:30 am – 11:45 am
Kroger
11565 S Texas 6 , Sugar Land, TX
Our Saturday club ride is open to anyone who wants to put in some miles. We meet in the parking lot of Kroger next to the Kroger gas station. Wheels down at 7:30. Both groups ride towards the city of Fulshear, TX and the B-ride will turn around in Katy, TX.
If you are new to cycling, please let us know so we can help you understand group dynamics.
A-Group will average 20+ mph.
B-Group will average 18+ mph

Rolling My Wheels To Walmart In Search Of A Fort Worth Sidewalk

by Durango Texas


Last night after the sun set for the day I was giving my aching self a salubrious hot tub soak, when pinpricks of recently frozen water began pummeling me. It felt good.
As I was being pummeled by the incoming former ice I remembered I’d forgotten to get salsa when I was at ALDI earlier that …

A Grand Fondo In The Woodlands? Check it out!

by Maurizio Topini        woodlandscycling.org

The Woodlands Villager has a poll asking residents about whether the 2015 Gran Fondo should be held in The Woodlands. The early poll results have over 50% of the responders voting negatively on the event. The final poll results will be published in next Thursday’s newspaper. As you’re all aware this event would be a great event for cyclists in and around the woodlands; the organizers have also created a route which …

A Reordering of Bike Stuff

Bike Noob

The deep freeze that has spread across so much of the country has made its way down to Texas. We’ve had a few nights where the temperatures hovered around freezing, and we’re due for another tonight. Meanwhile, the dayside conditions have been miserable, too — with a persistent mist and a chilly dampness that you can feel right through to your bones.
So I was neither surprised nor upset when my pal Maggie texted me this morning to say she was not riding. That suited me. Although it meant that I would be off the bike for more than a week, I figured I …

The More Things Change

by Bill Cullins        Team San Angelo

The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Although I’m not going to ‘fess up about how young (or old) I am, I’ve been cycling and running for long enough to see some dramatic changes in the equipment used for these sports.
The thing that hasn’t changed, however, is that cyclists still have to push on their pedals and running still means quickly putting one foot in front of the other.
Like many other men my age, I learned to run (or to hate running) during basic training in the military.
The famous Nike waffle trainers didn’t appear on the scene until almost a decade after I completed my ‘government issue’ running lessons.
Running was also much lower-tech back then – no MapMyRun web sites, heart rate monitors, GPS watches or RunTracker apps on smart phones to post each workout on …

Slow Intermediate Ride @ Walnut Creek 4:00 PM

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014, 4:00 PM

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX

1 Mountain Bikers Attending

Getting dark early…bring your lights…!!!!! If you don’t have a light u are welcome to peel off before we start the last two trails, Windy loop and BMX.I know that this time change doesn’t work for everyone so we hope you considering hosting a ride for yourself and those who might want to ride at a different levels.Please bring your helmets ,…

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Texas Bicycling News Digest November 15th

Cyclist to raise funds for Riders for Hope

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Amputee cyclist Helgard Muller will fulfill his American dream of motivating and inspiring others by cycling 3,045 miles on a road bike (and his mountain bike for rough terrain) across the U.S.
Muller aims to raise $100,000 for people with disabilities. To his knowledge, he will be the first person with only one leg to do a Christmas Cycling Challenge. He will start in Los Angeles and set course for Ground Zero in New York City. He will be wearing his Riders For Hope golf-shirt and cap to raise awareness for persons with disabilities. …

… He will head from California to New York, travelling through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania. He believes the trip will take between six weeks …

Questions From a Houston Conservative

by L. Wayne Ashley        texasleftist.com

This was a real occurrence from the week, but it seemed worthy of being published.  Basically this person and I got into a rather heated discussion on Twitter, and he demanded that I answer this group of questions.  It’s quite apparent that he is something of a hard-line Conservative, but even still I gave the questions my best attempt.
The Twitter battle originated from the City of Houston’s decision to invest in cycling infrastructure through a variety of sources, so that is what these first few questions address.

How do you justify spending money towards bike trails before repairing our city streets, many of which are in horrible shape?
At no point have I ever suggested such a thing.  I simply stated that choosing between cycling and automobile transportation in a growing, changing city …

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WE ARE A Houston, TX BASED bike shop. WE work towards making people find the perfect bike to enjoy the ride.
Grand opening November 15 2014 (added to the Texbiker.net Bike Shop List today)
26440 FM 1093
Richmond, TX. 77406
Phone : (832)-437-7584
Email : info@handlebarcyclery.com

Aftermass: Bicycling in a post-Critical Mass Portland | November 26th, 7:00 PM @ the Texas Theatre

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff


A rare opportunity to see the great bicycle documentary, Aftermass, and have the filmmaker, Joel Biel, in house for a Q and A at the end.  Also, you’ll get to see it at the legendary Texas Theatre here in Oak Cliff, who is …

BIKE MASTERS DH2014 MTB RACE

Bike Masters

THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED AND OUR SPONSORS, VOLUNTEERS AND PARTNERS IN MAKING THIS RACE.


Colonel’s Double-‘Cross Weekend

by Chris Jennings

MU alumnus bikes from Columbia to Texas

By Tim Tai        www.columbiamissourian.com


Robert Christensen, an MU alumnus and Columbia resident, poses with his bicycle outside Kyle Field before a football game Saturday at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Christensen began bicycling from Columbia to Port Aransas, Texas, on Nov. 2 and stopped in College Station on Saturday to watch the game with …

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WOOM Bikes at Georgetown CX Festival

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Mid-season Report – Sandbagger’s Ball 2014

by Beer Chaser        texascx.com


Sandbaggers.
Who are they? Racers hiding in plain sight. At the front of the field. Week after week, race after race.
Many will say that TXBRA does a pretty good job keeping folks honest and races even. But is that true? Let’s see.
Using USA Cycling’s database of racers and crossresults.com, we can get a pretty clear picture—at least as clear as T$A’s glitter beer—of who is on the move, and should have moved a …

Free Clinic Dressing for the Cold

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014, 6:00 PM

Performance Bicycle
7549 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX

2 Cycling Enthusiasts Attending

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Free Clinic Dressing for the Cold

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014, 6:00 PM

Performance Bicycle
4750 Fm 1960 Rd W Houston, TX

2 Bicycle Enthusiasts Attending

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Injured cyclist takes first steps

By Alex Osiadacz        www.kltv.com

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) – The road to recovery has been a long and emotional one, but cyclist Kristin Blaise now walking tall.
In August, Blaise was struck by an SUV while riding her bike along Old Jacksonville Highway in Tyler. She suffered a broken back, ribs, and scapula in the crash. Blaise returned home last month, and has been learning how to walk ever since.
Blaise began her recovery in a rehab facility, where she said the moment of impact was a blur. A few weeks later, KLTV spoke with Blaise the day she returned home, and started to learn how to walk. Thursday night was the …

2014 Annual Meeting

Longview Bicycle Club

It’s time to get together and get some business done!
Saturday November 22nd, we will be getting together to talk about plans for the next year and elect some new leadership while we’re at it. We’ll be meeting in a new spot this year, come out to the Maude Cobb Trail Head where we’ll start a road ride and a trail ride for the first hour, and then finish up with some food and a quick meeting. We hope to see you there! If you are interested in being an officer (president or treasurer) or a trail steward or ride director please let us know in advance. …

BikeTexas KidsKup Update for 2015

BikeTexas


BikeTexas is sad to announce that the BikeTexas KidsKup will no longer be a feature at TMBRA events beginning in the spring of 2015. We’ve enjoyed 16 years of a delightful and productive partnership between TMBRA and BikeTexas KidsKup that has produced many Texas mountain bikers. KidsKup will continue at other venues throughout …

Tour de Cypresswood Bike Path

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014, 4:00 PM

Cypresswood Bike Path
1/2 Block East of Cypress Wood Crossing Blvd. Cypress, TX

2 Houston Cycling Members Attending

Tour de Cypresswood Bike PathIf you’re wondering what to do about that mountain bike hanging up in the garage, Come out and enjoy the trails of Cypresswood with us.People ask me sometime, “Tommy, It’s so hard to get out and ride my mountain bike”. As an Expert Rider, I tell them, ” First of all, do not hang your bike up on hooks out of reach. Thi…

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Dallas Unveils World’s Saddest Bike Sharing Program

By Eric Nicholson        blogs.dallasobserver.com


On Thursday afternoon, a dozen or so journalists stood in an awkward semi-circle near the Women’s Museum at Fair Park, gazing at Dallas’ first bike-share station. They had been promised that Mayor Mike Rawlings would be there at 3:30 p.m. to take the inaugural ride on one the gleaming blue bicycles arrayed on the docking station before them, but the designated time had come and gone with no sign of the mayor. Dallas park director Willis Winters, the only punctual city official, stood on the fringe checking his email and …

Thursday Nights Under the Lights with TCW

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014, 6:00 PM

Texas Cycle Werks
5300 South Mopac Expressway #501 Austin, TX

1 Mountain Bikers Attending

Texas Cycle Werks, proud sponsors of the ATX100K endurance race series, hosts weekly shop rides each Thursday leaving from the shop in south Austin and heading out to the Barton Creek Greenbelt.  Rides vary in length and difficulty based on who all shows up and wants to do what.These rides happen every Thursday with wheels-down at 6pm, weather pe…

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