Texas Bicycling News September 14th 2017

Please accommodate Conquer the Coast cyclists Saturday morning

Editorial Board, Corpus Christi Caller-Times | www.caller.com

Conquer the Coast, the annual bicycle ride around Corpus Christi Bay, already is a rare community event by virtue of happening only once a year. This year’s ride is rarer still, no thanks to Hurricane Harvey.
This year will be the (fingers crossed) only time that the event will be confined to a 21-mile loop of Ocean Drive and Shoreline Boulevard instead of the traditional 65-mile trek around the bay. The abbreviated route is a …

ARR Trail Crew / “Hike it Baby” Light and heavy rock armoring

Thursday, Sep 21, 2017, 10:00 AM

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX

4 Mountain Bikers Attending

Meet at the POOL PARKING LOT.The “Hike it Baby” will be joining us for some kid-friendly trail maintenance while those who wish to take on heavier lifting will have the option.  We will be doing both light and heavy rock armoring at and upstream of the Main Creek Crossing.  There are a wide variety of sizes of rock that need to be handled for ever…

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Blue Sky Returns Bike Ride

Off to the south and east on the “Atascocita – Walden – Huffman” route for today’s bike ride. I rode 32.2 miles in great weather. Blue sky came back today and so did the warmer temperatures. At the 10:52 AM start it was 86 (69% humidity) warming to 91 (54% humidity) when I finished at 1:35 PM. Sweating was the order of the day but not like August. Wind was from the SE at 9 mph requiring more effort into the headwind but not strong enough to make a strong tailwind.

I stopped for a rest at the Huffman Chevron 21 miles into the ride. I was going to buy some blue Powerade from the beverage dispenser but they were out so I drank ice water which was just fine. For some energy to get to the finish I ate two fruit and grain cereal bars I brought along for the ride. The love bugs were not flying around today, thank goodness. After 20 minutes I was back on the bike for the 11+ miles to finish the ride.

Not much to see out of the ordinary except for the Harvey cleanup still going on in places. Some streets are almost debris free and others not.

I am at 5622 miles YTD leaving 378 miles to ride by the end of September to put me at 6000. 343 miles for September so far. If I ride those 378 miles I will hit 721 miles for the month.

More great bicycling weather tomorrow.

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Texas Bicycling News September 13th 2017

Video: Two big cycling tours traveling through Joplin in 2018

By: Lauren Lapka | www.fourstateshomepage.com

JOPLIN, MO – Start training cyclers, cause two big tours are coming through Joplin next year.
After the Adventure Cycling Association released bike trail maps along Route 66 back in 2015, cycling started to increase in popularity around the Four States. So the …

… The Oklahoma Freewheel will start in Texas on June 10th and go through the 16th, however the exact stops have not been mapped out yet. Then on June 17th, Big Bam’s fourth annual Bicycle Across Missouri will start in Joplin and end in Eureka on June 22nd. …

EB Pre-Ride #3 – City Park – Sunday 9/17 @10AM

Austin Bike | www.bikemojo.com

We will be doing the next pre-ride on Sunday, September 17th @ 10AM. This round will be City Park. Meet in the parking lot at 9:45 and be ready to ride at exactly 10am (which means on your saddle and ready to go, not pulling in at that time.)
For those that want some hill climbing, meet at …

Video: Pineywood’s Purgatory bike ride canceled

By Haley Squiers | www.ktre.com

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) – The Pineywood’s Purgatory bike ride was canceled Tuesday for the first time in 25 years.
According to the ride’s chair, Mark Dunn, the decision to cancel was based on recent road construction, as well as the number of riders affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Dunn also added that …

ARR Montly Club Ride at Muleshoe

Saturday, Oct 14, 2017, 9:30 AM

Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area
2820 County Rd. 414 Spicewood, TX

7 Mountain Bikers Attending

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Overcast Sky Replaced A Blue Sky Bike Ride

I have been battling with Google to get a replacement phone order to stick. I enter the order and then 15 minutes they cancel it. To vent some of my frustration I went on a 37.5 mile bike ride following the “New Caney – Gene Campbell Road” route to the north and west. The blue sky left and overcast moved in as the wind shifted from the NE to the SW. The temperature was steady at 84 degrees. I started late (12:13 PM) due to long phone calls with Google and I didn’t realize this would put me in some school zones during dismissal times. But I made through the traffic finishing the ride at 3:20 PM.

Another battle late last night was fixing another website I run that was infected with a redirect piece of code. WordPress is great but finding all of the nooks and crannies code can hide in takes time. It was after 1 AM when I finally flushed out the culprit. Then I got up at my usual early time intending to watch Grand Prix de Wallonie on Cycling.TV but ended up with Google taking my attention. I did see the winner cross the finish line though.

The ride went well with the wind helping me ride north and then punishing me when I turned to the west. With the PowerPod not pumping out watts numbers on the Elemnt computer I focused on average speed and staying above as much as possible. I was able to get it up to 14.9 mph and hold it there for several miles.

Stopping at the Valero station on FM 1314 and Sorters Road I took a 25 minute break to eat a couple of fruit and grain bars washed down with orange flavored Gatorade. The love bugs were flying around making the rest not so enjoyable. I thought they should make a good meal for the grackles but they weren’t around when you need them.

The ride to finish from the Valero traveled roads I have been on many times. Not much happened and I made my way through Kingwood.

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