Texas Bicycling News Digest October 18th

Wichita Falls area becoming great for trails

by Ted Buss        www.timesrecordnews.com

There was a time long ago when kids would lie in bed, bedroom window open, curtains fluttering in the breeze, and young minds would fall under the spell of distant sounds of a train passing in the night from the old Wichita Valley Railroad.
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2014/2015 Brevet Ride Schedule:

Hill Country Randonneurs

DistanceDateStartTypeBrevet Route
200k9/27/20147amRUSARockdale and Ice
300k10/18/20147amRUSARock-burn 300
106k10/25/20148amRUSASneaking Into Troy
400k11/1/20147amRUSAStampede Redux 400
200k12/6/20147amRUSASan Marcos Stretch
200k1/17/20157amACPJohnson City
200k2/14/20157amACPSan Marcos Stretch
300k2/14/20157amACPPedernales Double Century
200k4/4/20156amACPSan Marcos Stretch
300k4/4/20156amACPFredricksburg 300
400k4/4/20156amACPCome and Take It 400
400k4/25/20156amACPLuling 400
600k4/25/20156amACPLuling 600
200k12/5/20147amRUSASan Marcos Stretch

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LONE STAR Randonneurs

October 25 0700
315k RUSA Brevets
Cleburne, TX

Bicycling fundraiser in Abilene benefits cancer research in honor of cancer victim Ted Jones

by Christopher Collins        www.reporternews.com

ABILENE, Texas – The Abilene leg of Tour de Ted, a statewide series of bike races that aims to raise $1 million for cancer research, saw “amazing” results Saturday.
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Made It to 6004

This ride got an earlier start than usual. I left home at 10:03. Before leaving I was wondering the temperature was going to warm up but it warmed up nicely once the sun was above the trees. The sky was littered with scattered clouds and a ENE wind at 9 mph. As I was warming up in Sherwood Trails I passed another biker which is very unusual there. I exited Kingwood on Mills Branch Drive and Ford Drive when I changed the route after I started. Normally this route does not have much traffic but today it was busy but the cars passed me with plenty of room.

I was able to ride at a good pace and built up my average speed sooner than usual. The long uninterrupted stretches of road helps. Three times I had it up to 16.3 mph. I stopped at Stripes on FM1314 and as I pulled in my average speed was 16.3 and as I coasted to the front of the store it dropped to 16.2 mph. I stayed at Stripes for about 25 minutes. Leaving I was able to get my average back up to 16.3 and kept it there until 31 miles into the 35.25 mile long ride. Once I get into Kingwood the streets quickly slow me down and the average speed drops. It ended up at 15.9 mph.

My year to date miles increased to 6004. This leave 496 miles to reach my goal of 6500. If the weather continues to hold up I could surpass that. So far I biked 164.21 miles this week and 473.17 miles this month.

The “New Caney – Gene Campbell Road” route is the second most frequent one I ride. In the ride comparison table below are all of the rides this year. Next year the Grand Parkway construction is supposed to wind down at Community Drive. This will widen my route selection going north.

Tomorrow I will not be able to ride due to a church meeting. The weather will be nice for many days.

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Texas Bicycling News Digest October 17th

Sweatin’ Burnt Orange Bike Tour

by Jack & Adams Bicycles

The Sweatin’ Burnt Orange Bike Tour, now in its tenth year, is the annual fundraiser for The University of Texas at Austin Cycling Club. Each year, Texas alumni and club supporters ride through the beautiful hill country around Blanco, Texas.  This year it’s on Oct 26th.
Texas Cycling is proud to announce the first Sweatin’ Burnt Orange ‘Boneshaker Round-Up’!
Boneshaker Project, a local Austin nonprofit whose mission is to inspire kids to lead active, health lifestyles, will be offering a ‘Boneshaker Round-Up’ for kids at the ride. Modeled off their Fit Is Fun After-school programs, kids can…

This Group Ride Is A No Drop , Its The Kenny Brings Snacks Ride, wheel down 8:30

Sunday, Oct 19, 2014, 8:00 AM

Cypresswood Collins park
Cypresswood Houston, TX

5 Dirty SOB’s Attending

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Camino205, October 4 – The Rest of the Story

By Dave Morrow, Ride Director        texasbikeracing.com

There is an old saying in bike racing: “You make your own luck.” I well remember the prestigious mountain bike race where I came in second because my front derailleur cable frayed and broke over the course of the race. I was passed in the last two miles while I was stuck in my small front chain ring, unable to go fast enough. My bad ‘luck’ was actually my failure to identify that the cable was suspect and replace it before the race. I made my own luck and did not win. Sometimes there are greater forces than ourselves that decide things.
For the inaugural Camino205 gravel grinder in Palestine, TX, Lady Luck was with us. Or perhaps the weather god Zeus was smiling upon us. However it happened, on race day, we lucked out – it was about 60 degrees when we started, with light winds and sunny skies, warming into the low 80s. Two days later…

Switching Gears Cyclery opening in Lake Highlands

by Christina Hughes Babb        lakehighlands.advocatemag.com

The charming bicycle supply and repair boutique Switching Gears Cyclery is closing its Fair Park location at the end of State Fair season and will open in Lake Highlands, hopefully in November.
Lake Highlands couple Andee Pittman-Clark and Colin Clark opened Switching Gears near Fair Park, where they have thrived; now they are planning a move to the former First National Bank building at Shoreview and Ferndale.
Andee says she and Colin will close shop in Fair Park Oct. 19 and begin moving into the new digs as soon as they finish a few repairs and receive the Certificate of Occupancy from the city. Sometime in…

School bus driver charged in fatal hit-and-run denies hitting anyone

By Rebecca Elliott        www.chron.com

The school bus driver charged in the hit-and-run that killed a bicyclist in southeast Houston Wednesday did not know she hit someone, her attorney said Friday.
Phyllis Ann Booker, 54, appeared in court for a brief hearing following her arrest in the death of bicyclist Bobby Brooks, 56, for which she was charged with failure to stop and render aid.
“She didn’t realize she was involved in an accident and hit anything or anyone, which is why she continued on her bus route,” Booker’s attorney, James Alston, told reporters following the hearing. “She didn’t realize anything had happened.”
Prosecutors told state District Judge Renee Magee that Booker denied hitting anything on…

Galveston Bay Foundation hosts 8th Annual Bike Around the Bay

By Community Reports        www.yourhoustonnews.com

With over 1,000 registered riders, the Galveston Bay Foundation (“GBF”) is geared up for Bike Around the Bay this weekend! Bike Around the Bay is a fully supported two-day, 180-mile bicycle ride around Galveston Bay showcasing the natural beauty of Galveston Bay and benefiting GBF.
The proceeds benefit projects that preserve wetlands, protect natural habitat, and enhance the water quality of the bay for present users and for posterity. GBF again…

Thursday Night Ninja Ride

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014, 5:30 PM

5680 North Desert Boulevard El Paso, TX

1 Cyclists Attending

This is a fast, leaderless ride beginning at the parking lot between Kohls and Starbucks/Crazy Cat, I-10 at Redd. Meet at 5:30 p.m., ride rollers to O’Hara Road and back. 22 miles. 18-22 mph average.

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Tour de Cypresswood Bike Path

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014, 6:00 PM

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

1 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. This will make i…

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Event Reminders

Off to Huffman Again

This ride went on the extended version of the “Atascocita – Walden – Huffman” route where I add the northern leg to Smith Road. I biked 33.7 miles and averaged 15.4 mph (15.5 mph until 31.4 miles when I slowed riding on Kingwood streets). I saw two other bicyclists and both were in corners where we were going opposite directions and had avoid each other. The first time was within 1/4 of a mile from the start when I rounded a corner with brush and trees on the trail. The second was more open and when I applied the rear brake my wheel slid on the concrete. No problems just not the type of encounters I prefer.

The clear sky gave way to scattered clouds but the temperature was 84 degrees with a 7 mph N breeze. When I was in the shade the wind had a hint of coolness to it. At the Huffman Chevron I sat partially in the sun to offset the coolness of the shade. It was just about right. The Indian summer continues. I was thinking the southern hemisphere is at the middle of spring while we are in the fall. Sometimes I think I want to go to Australia during our winter although the winter in Houston is not that severe.

My Stradalli RP-14 Carbon bike just reached 4909 miles since I got it. I think at 5000 miles I will put new tires on. The front tire will have 5000 miles and the rear 4000. I don’t want to run them too thin and increase the chance for a flat. I have had relatively few flats and I enjoy not fixing a flat while riding. I got the new 34T front chainring yesterday and the KMC-11 Missing Link connectors from China came too. The chainring is easy to install but so far the old is working fine.

Keeping in shape by biking is something I look forward to. Occasionally I wonder if I am over training but the muscles don’t complain too much unless I throw hills at them.

Mile markers:

  • 128.96 miles this week
  • 437.91 miles for October
  • 5969 miles for the year
  • 172 rides this year

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