Texas Bicycling News and Blog Digest July 24th

Riders and Their Rigs : Jenna Emerick’s Giant Lust


Jenna Emerick
The Peddler Bike Shop
Category 1 • 19-39 Women
This is my Giant Lust Advanced 2.
Right now it is the only women’s specific, full-suspension, 650b, carbon cross-country race bike on the market, which is ultimately what makes this bike so unique. While I’ve been dreaming up a long list of upgrades for her, right now the bike is fairly stock, and still totally rips.
The geometry in conjunction with wheel size make the bike incredibly responsive. I can carve through tight corners and still descend with the confidence of a 29er. The Fox Float front and rear shock have 3 modes- Climb, Trail, and Descend, which lets you conquer virtually any type of terrain, and is…


Los Ebanos Ferry tour

by Ray Garza RGV Cycling

Several weeks ago a friend of mine, Letty, rode her bike to go see the Los Ebanos ferry. Although she couldn’t see it due to customs blocking the view it did spark something in me. I want to go and see it myself. After talking about it we decided that we would go one weekend and cross over to Mexico for a taco and a Coke. Well, one-thing led to another and we decided to open it up and make it a public event and invited our Facebook friends to join us.
What all the commotion over a ferry ride? A little background on it. The Los Ebanos Ferry is the only hand-pulled ferry on the Rio Grande River between Mexico and the US. The barge has been operational since the 1950′s and it is anchored to a large ebony tree. Since the ferry is hand-pulled, only three cars can cross at a time. Three cars and…


Family fun at Rockwall Rotary’s Hot Rocks Bike Ride

By BRN Media

ROCKWALL, TX (July 23, 2014)- Enjoy family fun at the 2014 Hot Rocks Bike Ride, which begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, August 9 at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium.
Presented annually by the Rockwall Noon Rotary Club, Hot Rocks has been growing in popularity every year, attracting cyclists of all ages and skill levels. Proceeds from the ride benefit Rotary college scholarships.
More than 1,000 participants are expected at this year’s event, from competitive racers and beginners to families with young children. With improved roads and a better course – including routes of 57-miles, 40-miles, 23-miles, 13 miles and the newly introduced 3-mileIMG_0569 or 6-mile kids loop – the 2014 event offers safe, fun and challenging options for all ages and abilities. Volunteers provide rest stops every…


David Baxter ready for 1,000-mile Canadian bike race

By Pam LeBlanc www.austin360.com

David Baxter’s definition of a long ride differs from most.
Next week, the 45-year-old Austin computer programmer (he’ll be 46 tomorrow) will set off on a 1,000-mile endurance bicycle race in the mountains of British Columbia.
He’s raising money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in support of his twin sister Bonnie, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2007 and has since retired from her job as a…


Man hit by car while biking on Lake Air

By OLIVIA MESSER         www.wacotrib.com

A man was taken to the hospital Thursday evening after he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle, police said.
Police on scene said the man was biking on Lake Air Drive crossing Bosque Boulevard at about 5:40 p.m. when he reportedly ran…

Where My Adventures Began

by: Omar C. Garcia        Go Beyond

I grew up in the small town of Mission, located just a few miles north of the Rio Grande River. In the 1950’s, Mission was the South Texas version of Mayberry. Everybody in town knew my family and I felt at home no matter where I happened to wander. Mission became the setting for a childhood of fun adventures — everything from climbing mesquite trees to playing Cowboys and Indians and unwittingly starting a one-alarm fire to many other epic childhood adventures.
This morning, I hoisted my mountain bike into the bed of my Tundra and drove the short distance from my Dad’s home in McAllen to Mission — the place where my adventures began. Returning to this particular place on the planet still excites me…


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3004 and 4017 Miles

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I tried out a different head scarf today. This is a tube scarf and I used it like a pirate with a tail at the back. I did not get any sweat on my glasses and the sweat flowed down the side of my face dripping off my chin when I dipped my head. I am not real impressed with the scarf compared to the Headsweat bands. The wind cooling effect was not as apparent as the Headsweat band. When I stopped at the Huffman Chevron I did feel the moisture dripping from the tail of the scarf. I will probably use the scarf a couple more times to be sure. At least the money I paid was not so much, $7.62 for 2 of the scarfs.

The ride to Huffman began at 11:05 after I finished watching the Tdf. It was 86 degrees with a light 5 mph breeze and partly cloudy sky. The ride to Huffman went as usual without any problems. It was nice to ride in the sunshine and as long as I was moving I felt comfortable. Whenever I stopped it didn’t take long for the sweat to gather on my arms and face. I didn’t see another biker until I was on the way back home on Kings River Drive just before coming to W. Lake Houston Parkway. I got home at 1:54 with the temperature standing at 91 and the humidity a not so bad 55%. The wind was calm.

Today’s ride was 33.15 miles long at a 15.7 mph average speed. Other mile markers:

  • 148.55 miles this week
  • 642.14 miles for July (74 miles to reach July’s goal)
  • 4017 miles for the year to date

It looks like I will reach July’s goal with miles to spare but as they say in the TdF, you haven’t won until you cross the finish line. I crossed the 4000 mile mark for the year. Before I retired this would mean I would ride about 1000 to 1200 more miles for the year. Now that I am retired I think I will ride a total of 6300 miles this year. Another milestone is the Stradalli RP-14 Carbon bike now has 3004 miles of riding on it. The original front Schwalbe tire is doing good and the replacement Continental Gatorskin has 2006 miles on it. I am beginning to see the tread flatten on the Gatorskin but I hope to get another 2000 miles out of it. Flats have not been a problem with a pinch flat and wire causing the few I have had.

Links to Garmin Connect and RideWithGPS.

Tomorrow the weather should be 93 degrees, clear with a 20% chance of rain. Not sure how the clear sky and 20% rain go together. I may not wait for the TdF to finish before I ride. It is a flat stage and the DVR will catch the action for me. I don’t expect many surprises in the standings.

Texas Bicycling News Digest July 23rd

2 women, 2 bikes 3,000 Miles to fight cancer

Story by Jana Eschbach / CBS 12 NEWS

TREASURE COAST, Fla. – A three thousand mile trek with 2 young women, all to spread their story of fighting ovarian cancer. Today Amber Hill and Jessica Terry have made it to the Treasure Coast, part of their east coast bike ride from Maine to Key West to raise awareness for ovarian cancer.
Both Texas women quit their jobs and jumped on a bike in May to pay homage to Amber’s mother Joy Hill, who died of Ovarian cancer in 2012.
Battling bug bites and humid, hot weather, the two are stopping at every state’s National Ovarian Cancer Coalition center along the way to share their stories with those who believe in fighting for a cure. â??We want to engage with as many…

2014 Texas 4000 Team Rolls Into Anchorage as Part of 4,000 Mile Cycling Trek


Students Embark on 70-Day Ride Raising Funds to Fight Cancer
AUSTIN, TEXAS (July 22nd, 2014) — The longest annual charity bicycle ride in the world, the Texas 4000 team, will be rolling into Anchorage on Friday, August 8, 2014 – after departing from Austin, Texas seventy days earlier. While in Anchorage, the 2014 Texas 4000 Team will celebrate and share Hope, Knowledge and Charity with friends and family before heading to home, school, or new jobs.
Seventy-nine, undergraduate and graduate, students from the University of Texas at Austin brave the rain, sleet, wind, snow, heat and will pedal over 4,500 miles in support of the fight against cancer. Along their journey, riders will volunteer at community events that contribute in the fight against cancer and visit with cancer survivors, patients, caregivers, and family members to make educational presentations about cancer prevention and early…

Bike Multiple Sclerosis Cactus Takes Place This Weekend in Texas


The next Bike Multiple Sclerosis Cactus and Crude event, a bike run hosted by the National MS Society to raise awareness on this disease, will take place this weekend at the starting line in Midland, TX gathering 200 to 250 cyclists that will ride a total of 150 miles in two days.
The 2014 edition is an anniversary year for the event, and the organization is “trying to make a huge deal” of it, explained Lyndee Groce, development manager for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society South Central Lubbock to the Lubbock Avalanche Journal.
After 25 years of success, the event is already a symbol of the efforts to make MS known. “We do a big…

Glafira Ledezma Killed on Eastex Freeway by Fatal Bicycle Vs. Car Accident in Houston, TX

By Michael Grossman        www.texas-wrongful-death-lawyer.net

Police have identified the man who died last Sunday (July 20, 2014) after his bicycle was hit by a minivan. It happened along the access road for Eastex Freeway and the driver later identified as Glafira Ledezma.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said that Glafira Ledezma was riding his bike along the access road for the highway at about 9:00 p.m. on Sunday night, headed north.
As he crossed through the intersection with Lauder Road, his bike was hit by a passing…

San Antonio park police officer laid to rest

by Sharon Ko        www.kens5.com

SAN ANTONIO — A long time san antonio park police officer who died in a biking accident was laid to rest at the San Jose Burial Park.
Nearly two weeks ago, 63-year-old Douglas Rivers was biking, when he failed to turn and died after slamming into a tree.
The San Antonio Park Police Association said Rivers was an icon in the law enforcement community and a mentor to fellow officers. A close friend of Rivers said…

If Stories Come To You

by Omar C. Garcia        Go Beyond

Morales Barber Shop in Falfurrias, Texas?
I love stories — particularly personal accounts that give me a keyhole-sized peek into locked and dusty inner rooms of the storyteller’s life. Each of us have stories like that, stories that we once told and retold so many times until there was no one new to tell them to. These are the stories that eventually end up locked away until someone comes along who prompts us to rummage through old memories until we find them and then tell them anew.
I stopped in Falfurrias this afternoon on my way to visit my Dad in South Texas. This small town changed years ago when the highway department decided to reroute Highway 281 to the edge of town. When that happened many of the little businesses along the old…

Tour de Tolerance

Sunday, August 24    7:30AM
The 8th annual Tour de Tolerance bicycling and running event, benefiting the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center, is Sunday, Aug. 24, at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, with 100K and 50K rides and 5K run/walk. The 100K begins at 7:30 a.m. (4.5 hour time limit enforced) with run/walk at 8 a.m. and 50K bike ride at 9 a.m. Information/registration: 351-0048, ext. 24 or tourdetolerance.com. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com

July 26 – August 10 [Ride Leader Vacation]

Steiner Ranch Cycling

Please note for the next three weekends there will be no updates to the website for upcoming bike rides but that does not mean that there are not going to be any rides.  Just join the email group by clicking on the link on the side bar for up to the minute posts on ride options or just show up at Cups & Cones at 7:30am on Saturday and there will be people there.  Also there will continue to be Coffee Shop and Babes on Bikes rides at…

Bike League’s Andy Clarke Visits North Texas

by Richard Wezensky        www.bikedfw.org

We are very fortunate to have a League of American Bicyclist board member, Gail Spann living in north Texas. Her dedication to cycling and bike education is an inspiration for many bicyclists, advocates and enthusiasts. This past weekend, she and her husband, Jim, hosted a visit from the League’s president, Andy Clarke, who came to talk to us about Bike Education and the Bike Friendly Communities Program in north Texas.
Given that our time with Andy was limited and wanting to keep this visit focused, we set up two meetings with just a few key instructors, advocates, industry leaders and city officials.
Bike Education:
The first meeting – which was held Sunday evening at Gail’s house – was about the current…

Easy After Work Ride

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014, 7:00 PM

Croos Creek Apartments
7401 Alma Dr

3 Members Attending

Come join us for an after work ride. The ride is at an easy pace 12-13 mph and we will ride 13-15 miles. This ride is mostly concrete trail with just a little bit of residential street. All bike types are welcome on this ride. We can met in the front parking lot of the apartment complex by the office.

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Tuesdays Morning Rides Brays Bayou

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014, 9:00 AM

Bayou Parkland Parking Lot
6520 Almeda Road

1 Cyclists Attending

1 to 1 1/2 hour ride starting at Bayou Parking lot off of Almeda . See  map: http://www.meetup.com/Beginners-Road-Cycling-For-BPMS150/photos/20541122/We have changed the meetup point to make it easier and to circumvent traffic.Good in town training ride for MS150

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Sunday, Jul 27, 2014, 8:30 AM

Cypresswood Collins park

8 Dirty SOB’s Attending

Not to fast , not to slow, come one come all.

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Walnut WEDNESDAY Workday

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014, 5:30 PM

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard

2 Mountain Bikers Attending

Trail Workday NoticeName: Walnut WEDNESDAY Workday, Wednesday, July 30th from 5:30PM to 8:00PMWhat: Walnut WEDNESDAY WorkdayWhen: Wednesday, July 30th from 5:30PM to 8:00PMWhere: We will meet at the LINCOLNSHIRE entrance (far west side of the trail) and walking in from there.What will we be doing: We will be working on a full scale trimming…

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Event Reminder

Grand Parkway Work Moves South

Another day in the saddle riding to the north on the “New Caney – Gene Campbell Road” route. I have biked 9 days in a row and kind of feel like the TdF bikers. Obviously I don’t ride the distances or mountains they do but the days in a row can affect the body. I have been experiencing some tired and sore leg muscles. Before leaving on the ride I took some ibuprofen and the muscles were not so tired and sore while I rode. I was thinking today might have to be an easy day but I was able to average 15.8 mph over the 34.29 mile long route. We’ll see how tomorrow goes.

This route gets me around the Grand Parkway construction at Community Drive by staying on Loop 494. Traffic wasn’t too bad on Loop 494 and the other roads. Riding in the middle of the day on Wednesday probably helps to avoid some traffic. I have noticed some work to the north of FM1314 just west of Cumberland Drive. Today there was a big logging truck coming from the work site loaded with big old trees. The work is clearing the right of way for the Grand Parkway. At some point the construction will reach FM1314 and an overpass should go up. Hopefully this doesn’t disrupt my route too much.

The weather was hot today. When I stopped at Stripes on FM1314 around 12:40 it was 92 according to the app on my phone. I had biked a little over 23 miles up to there. I took a half hour break to cool down to eat a couple of Kashi trailmix bars and drink some cold Powerade. The perspiration was heavy and the Greensheet I sat on was wet when it came time to leave. I watched today’s TdF stage before leaving on the ride at 11:05. I got back home at 1:59.

The mileage progress to date:

  • 115.4 miles this week
  • 608.99 miles for the month (107 miles to reach July’s goal)
  • 3984 miles for the year

Links to Garmin Connect and RideWithGPS.

Tomorrow the forecast calls for 95 degrees, clear and 20% chance of rain. I should be able to ride with that weather.

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