Turned Back by the Wind

At 9:30 this morning I realized I could go biking which is a couple of hours earlier than I have been riding. Part of my motivation was the approaching cold front. There was a wind advisory going into effect at 10:00AM bringing the cold front. So I hurried to get ready and ended up leaving at 10:10. The sky was overcast but a check of the radar showed no rain in the area.

Planning a route took a few minutes as I got ready and I decided to go on what I call the “Oakhurst – Cumberland – Valley Ranch” route. My reasoning was I could get to the northern most point (Cumberland) in a short amount of time in case the wind arrived and there were several abort options if the wind and rain came. As it turned out when I got into Oakhurst on Mills Branch Drive headed to the west a gust of cold air hit me. Next a few sprinkles of rain fell. When I turned right onto Oakhurst Forest the wind kicked up again. At that point I decided I better change the route and go for home trying to beat the rain and wind. I took several streets to the US59 south bound service road with a stiff cooling tailwind. On the service road I raced to Northpark Drive. Normally I prefer to not ride on Northpark but this time of day I thought the traffic would be lighter and it was. I cut into Kings Mills subdivision to ride on some side streets parallel to Northpark to avoid some traffic. Back on Northpark I got a traffic break and made it to the trail along Northpark and on to home.

When I started the ride the temperature was 75 and by the time I got back at 11:19 it was down to 68.9. Walking through the house to our master bathroom I could light rain hitting the skylight. The wind was calm at the beginning but when I got home it was from the NNW at 21 mph with 26 mph gusts. The wind chill was noticeable and I was glad I wore a long sleeve jersey with my shorts.

The shortened ride was 16.02 miles and I averaged 15.2 mph. Tonight’s weather could reach the upper 30′s. Biking tomorrow might not happen.

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News and Blog Digest – Texas Bicycling April 13th

Photos from the 2014 Spring Cyclocross Clinic with Tim Johnson and Pete Webber.


Bent Wheel Bash Kicks off For 7th Time


The 7th annual Bent Wheel Bash kicked off on Saturday at Buck Creek Trails.
The event is an off road bicycle race hosted by Biketown and will benefit the Abilene Police Department bike unit.
On Saturday, kids took part in a free bike safety seminar and participated in a short race.
There was also the Abilene Guns and Hoses which is a challenge between the fire and…

Cary’s Gray Bike

The Violet Crown Sports Association

The headliner for April’s monthly VC meeting was Cary Jung’s Gray bike. Nothing like bike technology and beer to get a good discussion going with this group. Cary’s show n’ tell included a rundown of the bike’s parts and accessories starting with the Hong Fu Bike frameset he ordered direct from the manufacturer. The bike includes an electronic Dura-Ace 9000 groupset, a power meter, and a Fulcrum Racing Zero Ltd set of wheels. Cary provided a…

8:00am – Harden Dental Team Ride

Corinth Cycling Club

When: Sat May 3, 2014 8am to 11am  CDT
Where: Ronny Crownover Middle School
Event Status: confirmed
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Quite a pair: Testicular cancer survivors cycling across the country to spread awareness

By Victor R. Martinez / El Paso Times

When it comes to testicular cancer, many men take the “it’ll never happen to me” approach.
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Chilsolm Trail Parkway ride.

Dallas Cycling Trail Riders and Weekend Pub Crawlers

Saturday, May 10, 2014    9:00 AM
Needs a location
This is a one time only event. All information and signup can be found at http://ctprunride.org/races/
According to facebook parking is to be determined later.
I will update as soon as I know a good place to be reached.
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Favorite Rides – The Zoo Ride

Bike Noob

When I consider rides I like, it’s easy to overlook the Zoo Ride. That’s because it’s not as long as most of our other marquee rides. But it does have a lot of features that make it worthy of consideration. In fact, our club has an informal “Friday Zoo Ride” that I might be able to join one of these years. In the meantime, I have mostly ridden it by myself.
As the name suggests, the Zoo Ride heads to the Austin Zoo. Our zoo is not in the city, but is several miles west. From our neighborhood, we get a quick taste of the hills that highlight the Zoo Ride. We take an easy climb through one…

“Biking in Texas? Why?”

by alexthepuffin        alexbikes.wordpress.com

The title of this post is the most common response when I tell people we’re taking a two-week vacation in Texas. Anouk and I struggle to find vacation destinations that feature both good birding and biking. Texas promises to be a new experience. I’m going to bike solo from the north west to the south east for ten days, then meet up with Anouk for a few days of birding, then fly back from Houston. …

EP Cyclists Ride Info

Weekday Rides (Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday)
04/15 Tuesday CLINIC Mighty Mujer Route
CLINIC – Understanding Sports Stress : Laura Rodriguez
Meet: Memorial Park
Time: 6:00 Rollout
Clinic:After the Ride (Mujeres Only)
Cat B – Mighty Mujer Route
Everyone climb at their own pace..o7′o
ABSOLUTELY no fast riding in Cat B with regrouping stops.
This ride is meant for those riders that can do 25 miles or more at at reasonable pace. This ride will teach you to feel comfortable in a group ride, ride safer. Only Road bikes
04/16 Wednesday
Westside Ride lead By Rodolfo Zaragoza
Time 8:30am
Place: Starbucks I-10 & Redd Rd
Distance and Pace will be decided at start
04/17 Thursday Ride EAST (Cat A+, Cat A , Cat B)
Place: Hospital Parking lot…


Event Reminders

Texas Bicycling Blog and News Digest April 12th

Bike Masters

The Bike Masters Race Team — at 4th ANNUAL WALK-N-ROLLA (Totally 80′s 5K & Bike Ride).

Chronicle columnist hits the road on BP MS 150

By Ken Hoffman        www.chron.com

Under an overcast sky with temperatures in the low 70s and the wind at my back — perfect biking conditions — I set off with 12,999 other riders Saturday morning on the BP MS 150 from Houston to Austin.
So far, so good. The first rest stop was an easy 9.8 miles from my start at Waller Stadium. (Riders also started from Tully Stadium in Houston and Rhodes Stadium in Katy.)
Next stop: a healthful, energy-packed lunch at the Dairy Queen in Bellville. I’m feeling so good I might have TWO chocolate chip Blizzards.
The 30th annual charity ride is the largest weekend jaunt in the U.S. and is expected to…

BMX rider follows in legendary dad’s tracks

By Jim McBride        amarillo.com

Caleb Wall hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps, and maybe ride his way to the Texas BMX Hall of Fame and beyond.
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Bike task force has its own agenda; ‘Jerry’s Place’ horrible for basketball


DALLAS, TX – Biking is getting big in Dallas. So a number of city council members started a citizen bike task force to push a citywide bike share program and build an on-street cycling infrastructure.
Wow Dallas, that’s a surprisingly decent idea, problem is the task force has an agenda of their own. They want to abolish the mandatory helmet law that seems to be plaguing the streets.
Really Dallas? Sounds like your chosen group may have been hit in the head a few times; last we checked helmets keep that from happening.
Felt good to have the Final Four back in Texas. Too bad it was in Arlington. Even worse AT&T Stadium, it’s a terrible venue for a basketball game, but where else other than Jerry’s World will you find a video screen larger than the basketball court. Poor folks in the upper bowl couldn’t even see the game. But hey, spending hundreds on…

Interview: Tim Johnson on the 2015 Cyclocross Nationals in Austin


Tim Johnson is one of the key figures in US cyclocross racing. He’s sponsored by Redbull, Mavic and races for Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com. He is charismatic, funny and dedicated to cyclocross. Today Tim held a cross clinic in Austin, TX – while he was in town to discuss the 2015 Cyclocross Nationals in Austin – and to check out Moto GP.
After shooting some photos at the clinic, I stopped Tim for a quick chat about the 2015 Cyclocross Nationals in Austin. Check that out below!
John: What do you think about Nationals being in Austin?
Tim: I’m really excited that it’s in Austin because what we’ve traditionally done is have nationals in a cold weather city, besides like…

Riders’ journey serves as exercise in hope for those with MS

By St. John Barned-Smith        www.chron.com

Thousands of cyclists from across Texas and beyond descended on Tully Stadium in west Houston in the cool, sticky dawn Saturday to ride in the BP MS 150, a 180-mile trek between Houston and Austin.
Cyclists streamed in just after 6 a.m., checking tires and chains, swigging water and prepping themselves for the 100 miles they will ride in the first leg in the two-day journey. Cyclists starting in Katy and Waller also join in.
It is the 30th year that the ride has taken place here in Houston as a fundraiser for research to find a cure for multiple sclerosis, a disease that damages the covers of…

Houston’s BP MS150 cyclists hit the road for Austin (Video)


HOUSTON – Biking 180 miles is no easy feat, but close to 13,000 riders turned out to do just that for the 30th BP MS150.
The annual ride from Houston to Austin raises money and awareness for multiple sclerosis, a chronic illness that affects approximately 400,000 Americans.
The hardcore cyclists took off from Houston’s Tully Stadium at 6:45 Saturday morning.
Despite the bright and early start time, spirits…

Knobbies and Slicks Bike Store Relocating

Bud Zarsk        Knobbies and Slicks

Keller, TX – April, 11 2014 – Knobbies and Slicks, a premiere bicycle store, is relocating to the Arthouse in Keller, TX after three and a half years in its current space in Colleyville. Owners Bud and Debbie Zarsk are responding to an opportunity offered by the City of Keller to promote a cycling culture for healthy living within the city and surrounding region. The anticipated opening date for the 3,500 square foot store is June 1st, located near the corner of Rufe Snow and 1709.
With the move, Knobbies and Slicks will bring its highly-personalized customer service to a larger audience and will continue to increase rider involvement. The new location…

EP Cyclists

Rocky Hill Ranch!!!!

The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group

Saturday, April 26, 2014    9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Rocky Hill Ranch
578 Farm-to-Market 153, Smithville, TX (map)
Slow intermediate level ride. Not too technical but lots of hills and switchbacks. $10 trail fee from ranch. (cash). I am having lunch after the ride in Bastrop if anyone wants to join. Helmits and water, and working…

Bike Austin summit set for May 3-4

By Pam LeBlanc        www.austin360.com

Feel safer pedaling in bike lanes? Wish your favorite restaurant had a bike rack? Want a hand in shaping the future of cycling in Austin?
Bike Austin is hosting a summit May 3-4 to plan its strategy for the next three to five years. The new organization, created by a merger between the Austin Cycling Association and Bike Austin, is dedicated to…

Next Club Social Ride

Houston Bicycle Club

When: Saturday 05/17/14 at: 8:30 AM
Where: Meet at the Sealy B&PW Park at 1008 Main St.
Program: We will have a nice ride followed by a BBQ Lunch from Hinzes at around noon.

WBC Picnic/Meeting

Woodlands Bicycle Club

Location: Woodway Park 2
Description: The picnic will be in place of our regular meeting. There will be a road ride before the picnic and trail rides all afternoon.

SUV driver who hit cyclist on March 29 sought

By Mark D. Wilson, San Antonio Express-News

SAN ANTONIO — Police are searching for a person who struck a cyclist while driving on the South Side last month, then took off.
A woman riding a bicycle at South Presa Street and East Southcross Boulevard on March 29 was hit by a black 2001-2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac around 11:18 p.m.
The driver of the vehicle fled the scene without stopping to render aid.
Witnesses told police the SUV had a…


Keeping The Wheel Straight

Sometimes planning the ride route or at least thinking of it requires some mental exercise. After living in the same house for 23+ years figuring out a different route can mean changing a couple of streets or roads. Today I varied a couple of streets before crossing over Lake Houston going to the east. Lately when I ride what I call the “Stroker Road – Huffman” route I go south on FM2100 to Stroker Road and then head back to FM2100 through the grass farms. Today I reversed the direction and stayed on Old Atascocita Road to Ramsey Road and on to Stroker Road to FM2100. I don’t know if that direction was the easiest though. The wind going east on Old Atascocita Road from FM2100 to Ramsey Road was brutal. At first there were some trees and scrawny brush on my right hand side to offer some protection from the wind. Next those gave way to a dirt ridge about 10 feet tall that lasted about 300 yards. That provided some relief but I wasn’t prepared to hit the open grass fields where I was the tallest thing around. The wind was unrelenting and I held on to the handlebars to keep going straight. The gusts would try to move me to the left and I would turn back to the right trying to stay about 2 feet from the right edge of the road. When I started the ride at 1:07 the weather showed a SSE wind at 18 mph with 26 mph gusts. I think the wind was stronger than that. By the time I got back home the wind was from the south at 16 mph with 24 mpg gusts.

When I turned to the south on Ramsey Road I got some relief from the side pressure and now had to pedal into the headwind. My speed was no more than 13 mph until the intersection with Peters Road where I turned right. Now the wind was from my left rear quarter and I got a boost instead of resistance. It didn’t last too long when Peters Road turned south for a short stretch to Stroker Road. The south Peters Road has a few trees on both sides and they held the wind back some. Once I was on Stroker Road going west the wind again came from my left rear and I sped to FM2100 to enjoy the tailwind going north to Huffman. I looked at the Garmin a couple of times on FM2100 to check my speed; 21.8 mph. The pedaling effort was much less. I was thinking of changing to the big ring up front but stayed in the 34 front and 9th position rear gear.

I stopped at the Huffman Chevron to regroup. At that point I was 27+ miles into what would end up being a 39.21 mile ride. The sky was cloudy with the sun coming through occasionally. I was glad I wore a long sleeve jersey to counter the wind. (The temperature was 84 when I got home) I ate two Kashi bars and drank a almost Diet Orange Crush. Just as I finished a woman walked towards me and the pumps. She said she wanted to see the wheels on my Stradalli. She thought they looked sharp and told me she rode on Zipp wheels. We talked about the wind affect when riding those type of wheels and I told her how hard it was on Old Atascocita Road. She walked back to her car and I got some ice for my water bottle before heading home on the last 11 miles or so.

To add some variety to the route when I got to Kingwood Greens Drive where I normally turn left I stayed on W. Lake Houston Parkway and turned right onto a side street and then the trail parallel to W. Lake Houston Parkway.

April miles moved up to 363.11, with 414.89 left to reach April’s goal. For the week so far I rode 209.01 miles and year to date 1623 miles.

The weather forecast for tomorrow (Palm Sunday) shows a 50% chance of rain but it was 80% earlier. I have biked 6 days this week so tomorrow may be a rest day.

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