Oakhurst – Valley Ranch For The Legs

I decided to take some Advil when I got up this morning as a result of yesterday’s 41+ mile ride. I needed just 24 miles to reach 100 for the shortened riding week so I picked a northerly route: “Oakhurst – Valley Ranch”. This totaled 29.6 miles bring the week to 106.23 miles. My legs were sore and the north wind (7 mph) did not help when I increased my speed i trying to move my average speed to 15.0 mph. I did improve the average speed to 15.3 mph and held it until I was nearing home in Kingwood where I slowed down to cool down some. Once I was warmed up my leg muscle soreness went away and I could ride at 18 to 20 mph unless the wind was in my face. Then I dropped down to 16 to 17 mph.

Speaking of cooling down, it was a few degrees cooler than I prefer but still many degrees above my lower limit. It was 74 when I left home at 12:36 and 83 when I returned at 2:37. The problem was riding through shade areas. There the wind lowered my comfort and made wonder if I should have worn a long sleeve jersey. After 6 or 7 miles I moved out of the shady areas and also warmed up from pushing the pedals to not notice the chill.

Its been three weeks or so since I rode this direction but I wasn’t close enough to check on the Grand Parkway overpass construction on FM1314. I suspect it is still moving slowly. One think I did see was low gasoline prices. While on our trip the lowest price we paid was $1.869 per gallon. I saw $1.839 in Porter when I was riding south from Valley Ranch on the US59 service road. The Stripes station west of Porter on FM1314 showed $1.829 but that required a Sunoco card.

No other bikers on the route today. I didn’t take a rest break so no weather screenshots. This is the weather at home at the end of the ride. 42% humidity meant not much sweat and I did not wear wrist bands.

10-4-2015 Home WEather Finish 247PM

This is the third time I rode this route in 2015.

Activity NameActivity TypeStartTimeDistanceElevation GainAvg Speed(Avg Pace)Max Speed(Best Pace)CaloriesTotal Strokes
Oakhurst – Valley RanchCyclingSun, Oct 4, 2015 12:36 PM1:57:5929.618415.121.413887528
Oakhurst – Valley RanchCyclingSun, Sep 13, 2015 12:05 PM1:56:5628.5155414.620.715687702
Oakhurst – Valley RanchCyclingSun, Jan 18, 2015 11:43 AM1:43:2025.2535114.72013446943

Texas Bicycling News October 3rd

Chile Pepper Challenge 2015

Rick Moya

Cat-B Peloton turned into a great ride for many cyclists. This had to be a record number of cyclists that joined into this group!! Great event for a very worthy cause!!! Thanks to El Paso Bicycle Club!!

Things to Come

by Ray Garza

Just a quick post to write down some cycling ideas for the coming months.
I ordered a new power meter from PowerTap the C1 model. I hope to have consistent power data when I ride on chip seal roads. It was an issue at Conquer the Coast ride in September. I’ll have to have Bicycle World RGV install it for me as I don’t have the tools.
Some rides that I’ve been mulling around in my head are A) Mission to Rio Grande City and back , B) Mission to …

Cycling quickly becoming a popular mode of transportation in Texas cities


According to a report from the League of American Bicyclists, Texas is ranked the 30th most bicycle friendly state in the country1. While many of the reasons for this low ranking are still in effect, a variety of factors have lead to an increase in cycling culture in Texas. From a growing desire to decrease our carbon footprint, to simply trying to avoid rush hour traffic, or just to be more fit, cycling is more prevalent in Texas than ever before.
One of the main reasons for the increase in cycling culture is people trying to avoid the headaches that …

Rudolph’s Revenge, December 19 2015

by Shawn McAfee        www.texasmountainbiketrails.com

Come join in on all the reindeer fun on December 19 2015!
Rudolph’s Revenge is a 30 and 40 mile race on December 20th that takes place in Denton Texas around Lake Ray Roberts. Riders will sprint up the Lake Ray Roberts Greenbelt, to Isle Du Bois State Park and then finish 1 or 2 laps of the most challenging trail in DFW.
Prepare to suffer while trying to match the breakneck speeds on …

Abilene men ride bicycles for the health of it in National Bike Challenge

by Carl Kieke         www.reporternews.com

ABILENE, Texas – About 35 years ago, Jim Reeves, now 59, was a young coach beginning his career, coaching football and track at Lincoln Middle School in Abilene. Among his students was Clemente Morales, a seventh-grader.
Fast forward to a few years ago, when both showed up for a bicycling event, recognized one another and became friends over their shared interest.
Both became participants in the National Bike Challenge, sponsored …

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Fabulous Weather for Biking with Sore Muscles

Normally on the first Saturday of October I ride the Pineywoods Purgatory but since I biked once since we returned from vacation I did go to Lufkin this year. Instead I waited for it to warm up some (it was 52 degrees at 7 AM) and rode the “Walden – Stroker Road – Huffman” route for 41.96 miles. I left home at 12:26 with a clear blue sky and 75 degrees. The wind was brisk and cool in the shade but in the sun I felt just right. I wore a short sleeve jersey. Celebrating the University of Cincinnati’s football win over the University of Miami Hurricanes I wore my UC Bearcat jersey.

I was sore from yesterday’s ride but once I warmed up the soreness disappeared. I suspect it will take a few days to get accustomed to riding from the layoff. During our vacation I walked some days but that isn’t the same as biking.

As long as I was riding east, south or west the wind wasn’t a problem but going north was like hitting a wall. Going south on Ramsey Road I hit 20+ mph with the help of the wind. This enabled me to get my average speed up to 15.5 mph. I kept it there until I was riding west on FM1960 where I nudged it up 15.6 mph. I was inspired going over Lake Houston when two bikers whizzed past me while I was riding 18 to 19 mph. I sped up some but they left me behind. I caught up with them at the Atascocita Shores Drive traffic light where they waited to turn left. I turned right there. It was a young man and woman wearing Richardson BikeMart shorts but I did figure out which jerseys they had on.

Earlier I saw two other bikers on Old Atascocita Road east of FM2100. We exchanged waves as we passed going the opposite direction.

Since I was close to Crosby I took the weather screenshots at Stroker Road and FM2100.

In the sun it felt warmer than 77 degrees. Later when I stopped at the Huffman Chevron for a break I sat in the shade and was comfortable so I think it was warmer. At that point I biked 30.29 miles with 11+ to reach home. Sitting under the pump canopy my legs needed the rest from riding the 4+ miles into the wind from Stroker Road. I ate some powered donuts for some extra fuel to power back home thinking the wind would be tough once I reached Atascocita Shores Drive and turned north and northwest. It was. Riding in and out of the shade I still felt comfortable. When I got home at 3:53 it was 83 degrees with the same brilliant blue sky. It is supposed to be like this for several days warming up some each day.

This was the 4th time biking this route this year. I added Walden streets to the “Stroker Road – Huffman” route which pushed the total miles to 41.96. I if ride 24 miles or more I will pass 100 miles for the week with 3 days biking.

Summary of the rides on this route during 2015.

Activity NameActivity TypeStartTimeDistanceElevation GainAvg Speed(Avg Pace)Max Speed(Best Pace)CaloriesTotal Strokes
Walden – Stroker Road – HuffmanCyclingSat, Oct 3, 2015 12:26 PM2:45:4341.9627915.221.3198110996
Walden – Stroker Road – HuffmanCyclingThu, Sep 3, 2015 11:46 AM2:50:4441.4757714.619.8220611081
Walden – Stroker Road – HuffmanCyclingSat, Aug 8, 2015 9:46 AM2:50:1641.370914.620.4227210276
Walden – Stroker Road – HuffmanCyclingFri, Apr 3, 2015 11:20 AM2:57:1643.0560014.621.4233410879

Texas Bicycling News October 2nd

Corsicana Police hosting Texas Night Out on Oct. 6


… Corsicana Fire Department will have a fire engine at the event since October is Fire Prevention Month. Representatives from the Child Advocacy Center will be there to pass out child safety information and to answer your questions. Impact Navarro County, a nonprofit organization promoting drug and alcohol prevention, will also have plenty of free information available. The Corsicana Animal Shelter will be there so you can obtain information regarding adopting a dog or cat that will bring joy to your family. In addition, Navarro Regional Hospital staff will be there to discuss bicycle safety and to give away some free bicycle helmets. …

Students must take lead to prevent bike theft

By Alexander Chase        www.dailytexanonline.com

For thousands of students on campus, biking to class makes a great deal of sense. However, the choices that students make to protect their bicycles do not. Short-sighted locking and registration practices are making bicycle theft easier and acting on it more difficult.
Early indications show recent improvement. University of Texas Police Depertment numbers show thefts have fallen from 161 in 2012 to 114 in 2014. Austin Police Department data on West and …

Ride Across Texas (RAT)

By Jason Reynolds        www.crazyguyonabike.com

Introduction: About me and the plan
Thursday October 1, 2015
I have been reading journals on CGOAB for about 2 years and loved the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of those who have written the journals. I have also enjoyed seeing the different writing styles of those who have chosen to journal their trips. Since I now have a chance to take a trip that might be considered unique, I am going to write about my trip this month.
Last year, I participated in the Ride Across Texas that was coordinated by Kevin Lee, owner of Spinistry. He set up an approximately 900 mile route from Texarkana, AR to Tucumcari, NM on mostly gravel roads. This was primarily a self-supported ride, but it was set up for 8 stages with camping locations pre-arranged. There was also a mini-RAT, a 3 day, 300 mile option for those who wanted a shorter distance or didn’t have time for the full ride. I rode the mini-RAT for experience and because I didn’t have enough vacation days left to ride the full RAT.
I really enjoyed the 3 day ride and in a way, was sorry that I didn’t get to ..


Friday October 2, 2015
I have ridden approximately 3,800 miles this year. Most of the miles have been while riding my road bike. To prepare for the RAT, in the past month and a half I have put the majority of my miles on my Motobecane and riding on gravel road routes in North Texas.
One of the first gravel training rides that I did was a ride called the Midnight Massacre sponsored by Kevin Lee of Spinistry. He is the same guy who created the Ride Across Texas. The Midnight Massacre was a 12 hour gravel ride at Sanger, Texas that started at 8 pm on August 15th. I covered 125 miles in 10 hours and called it good. I felt good all during the ride, but the drive home was …

Pre-Ride Stage One

Saturday October 3, 2015
My plan is to get off work early on Friday, October 9th, meet up with my friend Jeff and drive to Dallas, where we will meet my cousin Charlie and load all of our gear and bikes on his car. We will drive to Texarkana, AR that afternoon, in time for the pre-ride meeting that Kevin Lee will be having. Charlie’s wife Laura will ride out with us, so she can return the car back to Dallas. At the end of the ride, Laura will meet us in Tucumcari and bring us back to Dallas.
To provide navigation for the ride, the routes have been created on Ride with GPS and riders can ride any pace, however, the semi-support of Kevin Lee is based on an 8 day schedule, with coordinated camping areas for those who ride at that pace.
Day One, …

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ARR October Club Ride @ Barton Creek Greenbelt 360 Entrance

Saturday, Oct 10, 2015, 9:30 AM

Barton Creek Greenbelt – 360 Access
3755-B Capital of Texas Hwy. Austin, TX

22 Mountain Bikers Attending

Come ride with the Austin Ridge Riders!  Where: Barton Creek Greenbelt  – 360 Entrance When: Saturday October 10, 9:30am arrival, 10:00am wheels down.Note this meetup was originally posted for the Zilker entrance, but due to ACL this weekend we are meeting at the 360 Entrance instead (map linked above, it’s down the hill from Toys R Us).T…

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Video: Gravel bike vs. road bike — what’s the difference?

By VeloNews.com

Editor’s Note: This video is courtesy of Global Cycling Network

Day 23: Del Rio to 4 m. W. of Camp Wood: Relentless Forward Progress

By Judy Gamble        www.crazyguyonabike.com

No Tears on the Southern Tier

Friday October 2, 2015, 76 miles (122 km) – Total so far: 1,404 miles (2,260 km)
76 miles, 1,404′ climbing
Relentless Forward Progress is the title of a book written by Bryon Powell which is the bible for all folks preparing for, completing, or just thinking about undertaking an ultra marathon distance challenge. My copy at home has been read, re-read, annotated and passed around to others that have my same crazy idea of completing that challenge.
Today was a day of relentless forward progress. We rode …

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