Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup November 17th

What in the world do enchiladas have to do with mountain biking? In Austin…everything!
Austin Ridge Riders
The Enchilada Buffet is the annual measuring stick for Austin mountain biking. The EB is a self supported ride covering five local trails and ~85 miles of awesome Austin mountain biking. You read that correctly….roughly 85 miles!

We are always impressed by those who take on such a challenge and we’d like to give a shout out to some of our members who earned the coveted Finishers T-Shirt.   http://www.enchiladabuffet.com/content/

Shane Wolfe – Many members know Shane as a frequent leader of the heart pounding, fast paced Advanced Group  at the Sunday Walnut Creek rides.  Shane completed the challenge in…

DORBA Beginner Clinic
Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association
Saturday, December 14, 2013        1:00 PM
River Legacy Park
703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, TX (map)
There will be a beginner clinic on Saturday the 14th of December at 1pm at River Legacy Park in Arlington.
There is a “classroom” for about an hour or so, a mini-skills workshop for 30 minutes, and then a ride of an hour or more. So count on approximately 2.5 to 3 hours.
The clinic is recommended for riders new to the sport. If you have never ridden a mountain bike before or have just started out riding, then this is for you. Beginner Clinics will consist of basic instruction including…

ATX100k sponsors a 50k bonus ride at Rocky Hill Ranch! Camp and Ride!
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Saturday, November 23, 2013 3:00 PM to Sunday, November 24, 2013, 8:00 PM
Rocky Hill Ranch
578 FM 153, Smithville, TX (map)
If you arrive on the 23rd, go set up your tent and then hang at the Pavilion. If you arrive on the 24th, park and meet at the Pavilion. MAKE SURE YOU SIGN IN AND PAY THE LAND FEES WITH THE RANCH STAFF!!
This is an organized race/ride at Rocky Hill Ranch with the option of camping the night before.  Bring your kids! Bring your bikes!
It is a bonus ride on the ATX100K Endurance Race Series (six-pack series). The distance will be a timed 50k on the ranch’s most technical trails.  You can of course, just show up and ride for fun as well. All are welcome.
How it will work: …

Comfort-Lady Bird Loop
San Antonio Wheelmen
Date:     11/24/2013
Time:     09:00 AM-12:00 PM
Location:     Comfort City Park
Comfort, TX
Comfort Ladybird Loop (NW) [R to H]. Routes of 22, 32, 41 and 56 miles.
Ride some of the very best roads within easy access of San Antonio. Try the super “traditional” options to the west of Comfort or travel north to the land of the Hell’s Angels and Waylon Jennings on the 56-mile “Ladybird Loop,” which heads north past the Bat Tunnel toward Fredericksburg. There are limited store stops, so please carry…

DONATE TOYS SOON To Make The Richardson Christmas Parade Awesome!

Bike Friendly Richardson will be participating in this year’s Christmas Parade, on December 7. We will post more details on that later.

What makes this year’s event even more amazing is that the city is accepting toy donations for each group’s entry fee. Let’s show how awesome Richardson cyclists are by helping us give a large donation.

Please contact us at…


Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup November 2nd

High school mountain biking rising in popularity
‘It’s a big hootenanny in the woods with a bunch of high schoolers.’
by Julie Kailus            www.grindtv.com

Mountain biking is climbing the ranks of cool high school sports. Thanks to a boost from the NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association), the sport has been growing up to 30 percent a year since 2009.
There are now nearly 3,000 student-athletes across 10 leagues and approximately 1,000 licensed coaches, according to NICA Executive Director Austin McInerny. Inspired by the inaugural NorCal High School Cycling League, which started 13 years ago with roots at Berkeley High in California, NICA programs in mountain-bike friendly states like Utah, Colorado, Minnesota, and Arizona have…

Lewisville Lake Shoreline Trail
20’s and 30’s Trail Biking
Sunday, November 10, 2013        10:30 AM
Needs a location
Meetup Location:  We will meet at the intersection of Lakeshore Blvd and Lake Ridge Drive where the bike trail begins.  The trail runs along Lewisville Lake in the town of The Colony.  Please use googlemaps to find the location.

Flat Creek Crossing Ranch Mountain Bike Ride
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Saturday, November 9, 2013        10:00 AM
Flat Creek Crossing Ranch
County Road 201 & Ulrich Road, Johnson City, TX (map)
Look for Lloyd on the Orange Santa Cruz Tallboy
Flat Creek Crossing Ranch is open this Saturday for mountain bikers.
Saturday, November 9, 2013 – Gate open for arrival 9:00am – 12:00pm, ride until 2:00pm
Gate fee is $10, proceeds benefit Child Inc.
Time: total ride will be ~15 miles & 2-3 hours.
Arrive early enough to prepare yourself and your bike, kickstands up @ 10:00am.
Pace: Casual – we will maintain a reasonable rolling rate and will stop to regroup regularly around trail intersections and technical features. If enough people of varying skills show up we will split into groups to better match pace.
Skill Level: the trail is…

Cyclocross Project 2015

Events on November 18, 2013
Waco Bicycle Club
Monthly Club Meeting

Location: Uncle Dan’s BBQ
Description: Uncle Dan’s is located at 1001 Lake Air Dr. Come early to hang out, socialize and eat some really good BBQ.

Walnut Creek Damage
Austin Ridge Riders
With the rain that hit two days ago and the high flood waters, there is significant damage to the trail in multiple locations. Notwithstanding the rutting that will occur from riding it before it is dry, there are numerous places where repair work is going to have to be done. We will be out there every…

VC Club mtg is this Monday, November 4th.
Guest speaker is Sean Lambert of @rolwheels. Location: Flying Saucer; Beer/ food, 6:30; 7pm mtg

8:00am – Cup o Joe — Scott Franklin
Corinth Cycling Club
When: Sat Nov 23, 2013 8am to 9:30am  CST

Where: Ronny Crownover Middle School
Event Status: confirmed
Event Description: The Cup o’ Joe is a beginner level ride of around 15 miles. The ride heads south to Hickory Creek and stops for drinks at Starbucks on the way home. The ride leader for this ride is Bob Troyer. http://www.corinthcycling.com/bob.html bob.troyer@verizon.net The route can be found by clicking on the link below: http://classic.mapmyride.com/view_route?r=818129813031270566


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MTB Collegiate Championships – Day 3 of Racing
UT Cycling

All Level Ride @ Walnut Creek Fall/Winter hours
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Sunday, December 1, 2013        1:30 PM
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX (map)
We set up under the trees in the parking lot near the swimming pool. Look for the ARR Banner.

New Fall/Winter hours to help when the weather gets colder.  Starting 12/1 we go to 1:30 pm.

We know that this time change doesn’t work for everyone so we hope you considering hosting a ride for yourself and those who might want to ride at a different time or on a different day.

You do NOT have to be a ARR member to attend most…

Club Picnic and Southside Lions Park Ride
Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club
Saturday, November 23rd:  All club members are invited to get together for a day of riding, fellowship and fun at the Southside Lions Park (4600 Pecan Valley Road).  A 16 mile ride at 9:00 am will kick off this event followed by a picnic under Pavilion #2 (located by the lake) beginning at around 11:15  The club will provide sandwiches, water and any deserts left over from the Frolic.  Feel free to bring your favorite side dish.   We do ask that you…

Sweatin’ Burnt Orange Bike Tour 2013
By Texas Cycling



Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup

Houston: MapMyRide courses in Terry Hershey & George Bush Parks
by: the sci guy
I created some courses in THP and GBP on MapMyRide – I have a free account, so I’m hoping it shows up for everyone and not just for me. I was surprised there didn’t seem to be hardly any little challenge courses on either of these much used trails.

I also have no idea how to share them with you publicly. They’ll show up on your routes, hopefully. Anyone know?…

Video shows fiery confrontation between 74-year-old driver, cycling team
by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

CONROE, Texas — It started as a routine ride for the Woodlands Cycling Club Race Team, and ended as a crime scene in the Red Oak Ranch neighborhood of Conroe.

Ten members of the cycling team said they were riding single file on Lake Forest Driver near Old Conroe Road on Thursday night.

The cyclists claim 74-year-old driver Sherman Clark pulled up next to them and screamed for them to get off the road.

According to cyclists, Clark continued to taunt them, pulled ahead of them and…

Double Amputee Bikes To Show That Mexican Asylees Are Not … ThinkProgress
He will strap on prosthetic legs and ride his bike from El Paso, Texas to Austin to raise awareness that Mexicans are not gaming the system when they apply for …

Bike ride raises awareness about multiple sclerosis
By Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje

SAN ANTONIO — Nearly 1,500 bicyclists loaded up on water, fruit and protein bars at the starting line at Wheatley Heights Sports Complex on Saturday morning, preparing for an arduous, two-day ride to New Braunfels and back, all toward the goal of finding a cure for multiple sclerosis.

The Bike MS: Valero 2013 Alamo Ride to the River, an annual event presented by H-E-B that raises funds and awareness for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, is the second-biggest fundraising event hosted by…

North Texas Bicycle Rally

Riders fill out paperwork prior to the start of the 5th North Texas Bicycle Rally at Byron Nelson High School in Trophy Club, TX, on Saturday, October 12, 2013. The rally drew an estimated 700-800 riders and featured 5-, 15-, 25, 50-, and 62-mile (metric century) rides. All rides started and ended in front of Byron Nelson HS. Depending on the length of ride, riders were taken through parts of several cities, including…

Camp Eagle – Public Bike & Climb Weekend
by CampEagle
Hey Guys!

We are pleased to let you know that Camp Eagle has opened a weekend in the near future for Public Access Camping, Biking, and Climbing Access!

November 15th – 17th, 2013

You MUST go to http://www.campeagle.org/fall-spring/events-B&C.php to register.

If you want to camp or get lodging, reservations can be…

Skills Clinic #94 Riding at Night
Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association
Saturday, November 9, 2013        4:00 PM
River Legacy Park
703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, TX (map)

What: Grady Pace probably knows as much about night riding as anyone. His company Trail Led manufactures and sells high tech lights for mountain bikers. Grady will bring about 25 or so “loaner lights” to this clinic. First come first serve. Please bring your own if you have them. So the limit on this clinic is 25 students. All…

Longer Rides and Such
RGV Cycling
I bought my 2013 Roubaix for one thing and one thing only, to do longer rides. So far I’ve done two 40-mile charity events and one metric century charity event in Corpus Christi. Besides the charity events there are the training rides of 30 and 40 plus miles leading up the events. I love cycling on the Roubaix. It’s nice and smooth, quiet, love the double tap shifter and after the bike fit, it just fits perfectly. The Richie handlebars is also a great addition to the bike. It has just enough backward sweep that my…

Texas Cycling

Today, Texas Cycling set up a pro bono Rest Stop on Bee Caves, handing out free bananas and water to over a 100 cyclists. We’re glad to be able to give back to the Austin Cycling Community!

Special thanks to all of our sponsors who help us fund small community events like these! Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop Thunderbird Energetica HOLLAND RACING Boneshaker Project Law Office of Bradley Houston

Thursday Ride at Walnut Creek – Beginner/intermedia­te ride level
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Thursday, October 24, 2013        5:30 PM
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX (map)

Back to normal summer hours
This will be a beginner ride and will be doing around 8 -10 miles.

Chris is willing to lead a faster group so we can have an intermediate group.
Please be there and be ready to roll by 5:30 pm. We meet in the parking lot near the pool in the middle of the island.
Any question please call/text  me at [masked]
Beginner level ride with no drop.
Things to bring: …

Green Lane Project opens applications for 6 cities eager to improve biking
by Michael Andersen, Green Lane Project staff writer
After generations of being neglected in the United States, protected bike lanes have spread rapidly around the country in the last three years – to Atlanta, to Long Beach, to Lincoln, Neb.

But 43 percent of the growth since early 2012 has come from just six cities: Austin, Chicago, Memphis, Portland, San Francisco and Washington, the ones selected two years ago as focus cities for the first round of the PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project.

Starting Friday, the Green Lane Project, a nonprofit program that…