Texas Bicycling News September 22nd

Photos for Greenville Cotton Patch Challenge are posted


September Basic Cycling Skills Class

Easy Riders Cycling Group

Saturday, September 27, 2014
7:30 AM
Ace Hardware,
2422A Bay Area Blvd
Clear Lake, TX

Great Balls of Orange Seal Spray

Turnin’ Cranks

My ultimate demise in the Dirt Remedy mountain bike race at City Park.
Was running a Maxxis Crossmark that is/was due for replacement. Ran outta time or I would have put a new tire on before the race.

No Fallen Trees Blocked Me From Seeing The Scenic Trinity River In Gateway Park Today

Durango Texas

I did not manage to get myself a sufficient endorphin dose via this morning’s long aerobically stimulating pool bout, so around noon I headed west to Gateway Park to roll my wheels and take a picture at my favorite Trinity River photo op location.
What you see in picture is really what the Trinity River looks like under the bright, clear blue sky. I used no special lighting effect or…

Update: Texas Transportation Commission Votes on Transportation Alternatives Program Funding


People who ride bikes in Texas have stepped up again and again to communicate with TxDOT and show that Texans who care about biking and walking are strong. And TxDOT keeps letting us down.
Back in August, we told you about the public comment period for proposed new rules for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).  You responded to the tune of over 500 comments to TxDOT asking them to adjust the rules to make sure TAP funding in Texas is going to its best possible use.
Last week, we saw the adjusted TAP rules and our reaction was mixed. Because of your voice, the…

Hidden Gems

by bill cullins        Team San Angelo

Last week’s article about the fitness venues around Lake Nasworthy (http://bcullins.blogspot.com/2014/09/lake-areas-need-improvements.html) generated several questions about the Nature Preserve Trail on Spillway Road and the adjacent Spillway Park open space at the end of Spillway Road.
Compared to the other parks and open space around Lake Nasworthy, these two areas get very little usage.  That may be because many people don’t know where they are located or what the areas offer for casual cyclists, hikers, runners or walkers.
Even though these areas are off the beaten path compared to locations like the swim beach and the KOA loop, they are hidden gems and offer some natural amenities that heavier-used areas just don’t provide.
The Nature Preserve Trail is a scenic one-mile loop that begins at a small parking area on Spillway road. To get there, go south on Knickerbocker Blvd past the airport and then turn right onto Spillway Road just before the Twin Buttes dam.  Follow Spillway for two miles to the Nature Trail parking lot which will be…

A Roundabout Ride

Lone Star Cyclists

Pace: Touring with a Fast Pace Option (Touring is a varied pace with frequent stops averaging 12-15 mph)
Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 7:30am
Location: Martin Luther King Sports Center, 7001 Golf Club Dr, Arlington 76001
GPS 32.629766,-97.184255
Distances: 32 and 52 Miles
Once again we’ll bicycle toward Burleson, Alvarado, and Mansfield, this time leaving from southwest Arlington at the MLK Sports Center. We won’t actually visit these towns, but will instead skirt the border of each in a roundabout fashion. We’ll be out on country roads within 4 miles of the ride start and will see lots of green fields and have beautiful tree shaded roads to follow. …

Riders Choice Mt. Bike Erwin Park or Road Bike the Tarantula Hills Loop

Dallas Cycling Trail Riders and Weekend Pub Crawlers

Sunday, September 28, 2014
1:00 PM
Erwin Park
4300 County Road 1006
McKinney , TX 75701

New Event Added to Texbiker.net Calendar


Texas Bicycling Happenings September 21st

EP Cyclists Riding the Chile Pepper Challenge Route

El Paso Cyclists

EP Cyclists Riding the Chile Pepper Challenge Route. Strong group of riders showed up to ride. Cat B lead by Angel and Rick rode 65 miles ( Unfamiliar route). Cat A did really good 70+ miles including the Gap. We hope that next year the CPC would include the Gap.. MIllion thanks to Cindy for Sag and treating us like Pros.. Shout out to courageous riders that pull the groups and made this ride and enjoyable fast ride..o7’o

Texas Custom Bicycle Show

Cyclists Ride to Conquer the Coast (Video)


CORPUS CHRISTI – Cyclists from all around took part in the 11th Annual Conquer the Coast Saturday morning.
Hundreds of cyclists chose between 10, 25 or 65 mile bike rides that went from Whataburger Field all the way to Port Aransas and back.
Cyclists, like Nan Borden, say these events remind drivers they have to share the road. “Corpus Christi drivers don’t realize that when you are biking you just can’t just stop or there might be something in the way and you have to come out. They have to give us three to four feet and they don’t…

Texas Pride

Words and Photos : Anne Clarrissimeaux        texasbikeracing.com

The Texas Crew with Ginny
A strong team of Texans helps crown crit champions at Masters Nationals.
Y’all would have been proud of the team of Texans who showed up for the crit races at Masters Nationals in Ogden, Utah. From the racers themselves to the friends and families along for the proverbial ride, there was a real sense of camaraderie from the Lone Star State.
The collective group of racers were not teammates per se; they didn’t all wear the same kit, race for the same shop, or always train together. No, this was a smash-up group of cyclists who over the years have competed against each other in one way or another, be it in the Thursday nighters, during weekend training rides, or at the many races throughout the state each year. This ‘team’ included decades-long racers, national champions, guys who…

Saturday Ride Brays Bayou

Easy Riders Cycling Group

Saturday, September 27, 2014
8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Bayou Parkland Parking Lot
6520 Almeda Road, Houston, TX
Group will do either a 20 or 30 mile ride. Will stop at coffee shop at 15 miles. There is a drop off point at 20 miles for those who decide they don’t want to finish the 30 miles. This is a trail…

Go for an easy beginner ride

Performance Bicycle Great Ride Series: W. Houston

Saturday, September 27, 2014
9:00 AM
Performance Bicycle
7549 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX (map)
You’re invited to join our Saturday morning, beginners group ride starting from and ending at our W. Houston, Performance Bicycle store. The ride is for beginners and those getting back on the saddle. The average pace will be between 10 and 14 miles per hour and the ride will last approximately one hour. We’ll explore some of the local bike paths available to you and…

Saturday Beginner Ride

Performance Great Ride Series: North Houston

Saturday, September 27, 2014
9:00 AM
Performance Bicycle
4750 Fm 1960 Rd W, Houston, TX (map)
Leaves from the store to Cypresswood, Cypress wood to TC Jester going north an then back.

REV Cycling at Texas Time Trials

by REV Cycling Directeur Sportif        revcycling.me

Final Results are in for the Texas Time Trials. Congrats to Rob White for a podium finish, 2nd place behind a very strong competitor David Haase. Congrats to Kelsey Regan for going out of your comfort zone and attempting a 500 miler- with 344 miles completed this is the furtherest Kelsey has ever ridden! Congrats to both of you! REV Cycling was well represented by your great efforts! As your Directeur Sportif I couldn’t be more proud! Show your love for these two fantastic athletes!


Isn’t It Interesting…

Bike Noob

Only two other B riders showed up for our club ride Sunday, and we decided to head to Creedmoor. This staple of our Sunday routes had been forgotten lately; in fact, I hadn’t ridden it since June. The others were looking forward to the ride, too.
After not riding a route for awhile, some changes are bound to crop up. Most of the ones we ran into had to do with road construction. Our main way east out of our neighborhood narrows to a two-lane, unstriped, country-style road for a short stretch. Then, at a T-intersection, we turn left, and then pick up that road again at the…

Chiefs team up on bicycle trails

By Christina R. Garza Staff Writer        www.valleymorningstar.com

The Brownsville Police and Fire departments routinely work together to serve the community, but recently Fire Chief Lenny Perez and Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez have teamed up to work on their fitness while taking advantage of Brownsville’s bicycle trails.
Both men said they began cycling during childhood but returned to the sport for its various health benefits.
Rodriguez said he started riding about three years ago with an informal cycling group made up of baby boomers who jokingly refer to themselves as “Rugrats.”
According to Rodriguez, the group routinely rides on…

New Event Added to Texbiker.net Calendar


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Texas Bicycling News September 20th

Bike patrol officer gets ride stolen downtown

Texas News

Police catch suspect after short, wild chase
SAN ANTONIO – A bike patrol officer found out what it’s like to be a crime victim Friday night when a suspect leaped on his police bike and took off.
The officer was on duty downtown around 9:30 p.m. when the suspect swiped his bike.
The officer called dispatch to say he’d just been ripped off, and he could see the suspect riding away headed north from Commerce and St. Mary’s.
Other officers responded and saw the…

San Angelo Bicycle Association

Mark your calendars for the Burma Road Time Trial October 5 at 2pm out at Burma Road!

San Angelo Bicycle Association

SABA MTB Time Trials postponed till next Thursday September 25th.

Tour de Rio Blanco

Tour de Rio Blanco

Date: September 27, 2014
Location: Crosbyton, TX
Contact: info@tourderioblanco.com
Details: Travel the land of Chief Quanah Parker as you ride over the open plains into the depths of Blanco Canyon. Take your time and enjoy the views or push yourself along the punishing landscape to the finish line in Crosbyton. There will be a choice of three routes: a 100 kilometer, 26 mile, or 10 mile tour.

This Week’s Activities

Fort worth Bicycling Association

The Rusty Chain Gang Ramble
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 8:00 am
Watermelon Waltz
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 6:00 pm
Burleson and Beyond
Thursday, September 25, 2014 8:00 am
The Rusty Chain Gang Romp
Thursday, September 25, 2014 8:00 am
Joe Pool Lake
Saturday, September 27, 2014 8:00 am
Waco Wild West
Saturday, September 27, 2014 8:00 am
Whiskey Flats
Saturday, September 27, 2014 8:00 am
Texaco @ Whiskey Flats

Support the Urban Trails Master Plan


One of the best things about riding a bike in Austin these days is our growing network of off-street paths and trails. Have you had a chance to ride the new boardwalk on Lady Bird Lake? How about the new Southern Walnut Creek Trail? These are both amazing cycling facilities that you can ride through some of the most beautiful areas of Austin and never encounter a motor vehicle, perfect for outings with those who aren’t quite ready to take it to the streets, and a ton of fun for cyclists of every type!
That’s why I’m reaching out to you today on behalf of Bike Austin, Austin’s bicycle advocacy organization. We need your help to make sure the Urban Trails Master Plan (UTMP) passes with flying…

Other Rides and Rallies

Plano Bicycle Association

Random Ad-hoc Rides
Non-PBA Tues/Thurs Morning Rudy Ride
Non-PBA Tues/Thurs Eve Popsicle Ride
Sep 27 – Big Dam Bridge 100
Oct 4 – Wish 100 Bicycle Rally
Oct 11 – North Texas Bike Rally
Oct 18 – Crazy Kicker Bike Ride
Oct 19 – Livestrong Austin Challenge
Oct 25 – Farmersville Trick-It-Up Bike Ride
Nov 1 – Mineola Pedal for Paws


Texas Bicycling News September 19th

Thinking Time, Not Miles

Bike Noob

It occurred to me the other day that once again, my riding has settled comfortably in the 25-mile range. Oh sure, I’ve got some longer rides under my belt — but nowhere near the metric centuries I did semi-frequently a couple of years ago. It seems that lately, my rides have been stuck in a range of between 23-27 miles.
A few years ago, I bemoaned the fact that I rode so many 25-milers. I felt that I was shortchanging myself — not putting in enough effort to improve as a cyclist. And I did work to get those long rides to longer distances. But now, I hardly ever think about distance.
In fact, if I pay attention at all, I pay attention to the number of minutes I spend on my bike. A long ride is anything over two hours. At my 14…

North Texas Bike Polo


Meetings: Sunday 3pm-9pm(ish) Mack Park
North Texas Bike Polo is a North Texas sports group. Bringing friends and family together for the wonderful sport of hardcourt bike polo. Loaner bikes and equipment are available, anyone and everyone is encouraged to come play!

Tour de Cypresswood Bike Path

Houston Cycling Club

Thursday, September 25, 2014
6:00 PM
Cypresswood Bike Path
1/2 Block East of Cypress Wood Crossing Blvd.
Cypress, TX

ARR September Club Ride @ Pace Bend Park

The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group

Saturday, September 27, 2014
8:00 AM
Pace Bend Park
2011 Pace Bend Rd N
Spicewood, TX 78669

Results – Chappell Hill Bank Classic • Sep 7 2014


• Men Cat 3     • Men Cat 4
• Men Cat 5     • Men Junior -10
• Men Junior -10 Open     • Men Junior 15-18 Cat 4/5
• Men Master 40+ Cat 1/2/3/4     • Men Master 50+ Cat 1/2/3/4
• Men Master 60+ Open     • Men Masters 35+ Cat 4/5
• Men Pro/Cat 1/2     • Women Cat 1/2/3
• Women Cat 4     • Women Junior -10 Open
• Women Masters 40+ Cat 3/4

Loop Group Ride

San Angelo Bicycle Association

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: TX Dept of Transportation
Categories: Road Ride
Riders meet up at the Texas Department of Transportation on the corner of Knickerbocker and Loop 306 at 6pm on Tuesday and Thursday. Click the map to see the 20-mile loop option. If you are new to the group, let somebody know and I am sure someone will help guide you and make sure you are not left alone. However, these rides are self-paced so you may get dropped.


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