Texas Bicycling News January 25th

Running Interference

Bike Noob

We’ve been enjoying the newly-striped roads in our immediate area. As I’ve mentioned before, in some places there are parking lanes for cars, with bike lanes next to them. The bike lanes are fairly wide, which squeezes moving cars a bit, but has the effect of slowing them down — theoretically.
But I still see cars that follow bikes to an intersection, pass them, and then cut them off to make a right turn. My friend Maggie said she nearly followed a woman into a parking lot to yell at her about it. Maggie is better at controlling her temper than some, and thought …

Valley Ramble

Saturday, Jan 31, 2015, 9:00 AM

Starbucks
7049 S Desert (Outlet Mall) Canutillo, TX

4 Cyclists Went

Meet at Starbuck’s at the Outlet Shoppes (I-10 at Transmountain). 15-17 mph, 25 miles. Bob Clark,[masked]

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Pedernales Falls State Park Trail Build & Ride!

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015, 9:00 AM

Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Road 6026 Johnson City, TX

2 Mountain Bikers Went

Pedernales Falls State Park TRAIL BUILD & RIDE!BRING YOUR PAYDIRT FORMS! http://www.tmbra.org/paydirt/paydirt.htmThe completed sections of the new trail were a hit at the 2014 Cranksgiving!  BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!  5+ miles of trail are still under development!These sections, not yet open to the public, have lots more elevation changes, G-ou…

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Texas Bicycling News January 18th

Everyone Bikes: Anita Mills

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff

Everyone poops and everyone bikes.
This is the first in a series of short bios of neighborhood cyclists.
Meet your neighbor, Anita, she bikes too.
Anita Mills: 66 yrs, Gardening Consultant, Bishop Arts Neighborhood

Cyclist Questionnaire:
1. Why do you ride?
Health – recreation
2. Type of riding? …

La Mesa Hustle

Saturday, Jan 24, 2015, 9:00 AM

River Run Plaza
1071 Country Club Rd El Paso, TX

3 Cyclists Went

Ride to La Mesa and back. 44 miles, 18-20 mph. Rick Rivas,[masked]

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HBC Columbus – North Ride

Houston Bicycle Club

Sat 02/07/15        8:30am
37(C), 42(C), 51(C) miles
Scenic, rolling countryside, worth the trip. Flat to rolling hills, open fields. Good roads and pretty scenery, very little traffic. Short route goes to Fayetteville and back. Longer routes miss Fayetteville, but go through Frelsburg (if it is possible to go “through” Frelsburg). …

No Limits: Lisa Ann Leal

By FREDDY GONZALEZ        www.valleymorningstar.com


As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world,” and for the most part change is never simple; but it is doable.
For Lisa Ann Leal, of San Benito change came as a necessity. For the 50-year-old go-getter, change was the best thing that could have happened to her.
Having been overweight and diagnosed with high blood pressure, Leal decided to join a gym and like many other examples the weight began to come off …

El Paso Puzzler 2015

SportsTown El Paso


A record number of mountain bikers turned out for the 8th annual El Paso Puzzler race. (El Paso, TX). Interviews with winners and footage of race.

The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group

Austin, TX
2,678 Mountain Bikers

Meet other local mountain bikers to organize rides, review trails, gear and trade tips. All skill-levels welcome. We’ll try to organize rides that fit all experience levels. M…

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January 15th Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup

Who’s Legal In Austin Bike Lanes?
www.keyetv.com
Some Austin bike lanes are becoming a battleground between cyclists and pedestrians.
Streets, like Shoal Creek, can have joggers and walkers invading the space stripped for bikers.
Whether it’s on tennis shoes or tires, where the rubber meets the road matters in Austin.
“About 30 miles a day, on average,” said Gary Obernolte spends a big chunk of his day on two wheels. He says Austin’s bike lanes make the city safer, except when pedestrians invade this space.
“Shoal Creek you see it more often, mainly the runners are in the bike path,” said Obernolte.
And cyclists say injuries are inevitable.
“Cyclists are traveling close to 20 miles per hour in a bike lane. You could nick them or hit them if they’re…


Good vibrations for Craddock at Giant-Shimano
By: José Been        www.cyclingnews.com

American neo-professional looks ahead to 2014

Lawson Craddock is one of five new riders at Team Giant-Shimano for 2014. The American signed a contract after top ten finishes at the Tour of California and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, although the then-Argos-Shimano team management had already scouted him before those results came about.

“I talked to [general manager] Iwan [Spekenbrink] as early as March 2013. I felt really good vibrations from the team. It was the right fit. This really was a no-brainer to me. This team can help me become the best cyclist I can possibly be,” Craddock told Cyclingnews at the Giant-Shimano team launch in Lelystad, the Netherlands.

The 21-year old Craddock comes from Texas and is proud to be born and…


Bike & Build


Overview:
Following hurricane Katrina’s devastating impact on the Gulf Coast in 2005, Bike & Build re-routed Southern U.S. in 2006 to join the ongoing rebuilding effort in the Gulf Coast. The second week of the trip will be spent building in areas that are still in need of hurricane reconstruction. From there the group continues their trek West onto the ranges of Northern Texas, the deserts of the South West and, eventually, the coast of Northern California. While the name “Southern” is often noted by many potential applicants as red flag for extreme heat and a summer spent in the desert, the route’s alumni look back…


Race Results for S&S Trails’ Excruciation Exam – Warda, TX
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Men – Cat 1/2/3
Place     Points     Name    City, State    Time     USAC #    Bib    Team
[1st Place]     1    533.50    Nathan Winkelmann       Huntsville, TX    05:02:48     188575      84     WTF/BikeLane
[2nd Place]     2    538.64    Mason Shea       Austin Tx    05:09:14     286395      97     Coach Ahmadi
[3rd Place]     3    543.78    Elliot McKinney       Amarillo, TX    05:09:42     169299      99
4    548.92    Wallace Groda       Santa Fe, TX    05:22:41     14246      89     Tile roofs of tx / bike barn
5    554.06    Zach Ross       Houston , TX    05:22:43     310652      96     Tile Roofs of Texas/ Bike Barn
6    559.20    Robert Biard       Austin, TX    05:23:41     260814      86     787 Racing
7    564.34    Joshua de Boisblanc       Austin, TX    05:25:11     316522      87     Team Cycle Progression
8    569.48    Brady Stewart       Spring Branch, TX    05:30:50     345142      98     Chain Link Racing
9    574.62    Rocky Gingg       Austin    05:32:23     375122      88     Team Cycle Progression …


Interview – Megan Baab Memorial Road Race 2014 – Coryell, Tx
www.wheelbrothers.com
Here is another great upcoming race to check out. Megan Baab Memorial Road Race takes place on January 18th, 2014. Megan Baab was an incredibly talented young woman and avid cyclist who was tragically killed in a head-on collision while on a training ride. She was a life-long riding enthusiast and was attending college on a cycling scholarship. Her spirit lives on in so many ways – and because she was so devoted to cycling, this ride is one of them. Read more to learn about this great event, and about the great things they have been able to do with the race funds. Get ready for a challenging ride for a good cause.

Why join Megan Baab Memorial Road Race?
The Megan Baab Memorial Road Race is a perfect first race of the year.  It has kicked off the USAC road season no for about 10 years.  It’s a tough race, but one where you can judge your winter training. …


Lone Star XC Series
www.texasmountainbiketrails.com

There’s a new XC race series in town!
Introducing The Lone Star XC Series
A seven race cross country series across Dallas Fort Worth.
the Lone Star XC Series currently has 4 races on the calendar that are ready to go and another 3 races in the pipeline. Here are the dates and locations for the first 4 races.
March 1st: Northshore
April 6th: Sansom Park
May 24th: Erwin Park
June 14th: Big Cedar Wilderness Trail…


January 18th (new route) and 19th Rides!
Steiner Ranch Cycling Club
Saturday we had 12 riders for the Avery Ranch ride and it was perfect weather with the exception of the pollen clouds it was a perfect day.  We even had a tail wind on the way back to Steiner Ranch going down the 620.
Sunday we had 8 riders and we went out to Ski Shores and again we had perfect weather but when we descended down Glenn Lake Blvd you could see these huge clouds of pollen blow across the road.  I have never seen anything like it.
New Kits? We are starting to talk about getting new kits made in 2014.  We will probably do a smaller run so that means only our active riders will get a free kit.  That being said, we will give anyone an option to buy a kit or jersey as part of the order.  The cost to purchase a jersey or kit will still be less expensive than what you could buy in a bike store.
So the big question is should we go with a new design or should…


Transit Priority Lanes for Cyclists, 101.
by djcurtin        bicyclesportshop.wordpress.com
We received an email from the City of Austin Bicycle Program regarding Transit Priority Lanes that are coming to Guadalupe and Lavaca streets and we want to share the explanation of this new mobility feature with you. Happy reading and riding!
Transit Priority Lanes 101
Greetings! There are some changes coming to Guadalupe and Lavaca streets and we want you to be in the know. The Austin Transportation Department’s Transit Priority Lane project has created new bicycle facilities along both roads. Guadalupe and Lavaca now feature bicycle lanes on the right side of the road, outside of the new Transit Priority Lane, from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the north, to Cesar Chavez Street to the south.
The new bicycle lane is similar to any other dedicated bicycle lane. Right-turning cars must yield to the cyclists in the lane. The northbound dedicated bicycle lane continues from the South 1st Street Bridge onto Lavaca. On Lavaca, between 4th and 5th Streets and between…


Photographing a Nightmare
A Houston photographer discovers cycling and uses his talent to help spread a message about awareness
By Chris Lockwood, BikeHouston Board Member

Look closely at the image above. It represents a fear shared by everyone who rides.
This haunting image recently made the rounds on Facebook and was shared across Houston’s cycling community. It was created by Houston photographer, Bryan Anderson.
Anderson became interested in photography in college. While traveling in Los Angeles he noticed lot more people there using bicycles to run errands and for basic transportation. Living in the East End of Houston with so many stores, restaurants and businesses close by, he thought he should do the same. So he bought a Townie, a basic city cruiser which he uses to get around the neighborhood.
Recently while sitting in Starbucks, he heard about a local woman, Chelsea Norman, who was…


Bike Lanes / Facilities » Transit Priority Lanes on Guadalupe and Lavaca Streets
by AusTexMurf        bicycleaustin.info

Happening Now: City crews are completing Transit Priority Lanes on Guadalupe and Lavaca Streets from Cesar Chavez Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in preparation for Capital Metro’s new MetroRapid bus service that launches January 26, 2014!
In partnership with Capital Metro’s MetroRapid premium bus service, Transit Priority Lanes will help move people through downtown safer and faster! The specially striped BUS ONLY lanes are designated lanes for transit vehicles and cars making right turns. To the right of the Transit Priority Lane is…


ARR Trail Stewardship Meeting
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 – 18:00 – 21:00
ARR Trail Stewardship Meeting
When: Wed, Feb 5 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM.  Pizza, drinks, beer, wine are all available for purchase.  Come early to eat and drink, formal meeting begins at 7:00PM.
Where:  Pizza Bistro , 12001 Burnet Road @ Mopac, 512-832-5550, www.pizzabistro.com
Who should attend:  All current ARR Trail Stewards and Assistant Trail Stewards, any ARR member interested in learning more about trail stewardship activities and/or becoming a Trail Steward, anyone currently working on off-road cycling activities (dirt jump, pump track, bike park, etc.) in Central Texas, and anyone interested in…


Whole Paycheck
An Old Guy On Two Wheels
The newest Whole Foods store just opened.  It is a mere 4 miles as the Old Guy pedals.  Although it is inconveniently located in The Domain shopping center, a haven for suburban car domination.  The owners might like to pay lip service to transit, walking and biking, but that’s all it is.  Pure, simple green-washing lip service.

While some people might think it is not a cycling destination, I don’t find it that terribly difficult.  There are some risks and you have to be attentive, as your fellow road users frequently aren’t.
I rode over there to see the madness of the grand opening.  And that’s what I found.  Cars everywhere, many circling to…


HONK!
An Old Guy On Two Wheels
No, not the annoying get-out-of-my-way noise from a car or truck.  In this case the honk comes from Honk!TX, an annual festival of street bands.  The local crazies, Minor Mishap Marching Band and bands from all over the U.S. fill the streets and parks of Austin with musical goodness and just plain fun.
Since its inception, the festival has been supported by Austin Yellow Bike.  Each year we fix up a small fleet of loaner bikes for visiting musicians to use during the event.  The bikes then return to the shop.  They get refurbished either as…


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Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup December 28th

Middle Of The Road (MOTR) Rides


January Club Ride at Rocky Hill Ranch
Austin Ridge Riders
Saturday, January 11, 2014 – 10:00
This month we join RHR’s Jordan’s Challenge as they raise money to fight Systemic Lupus and Juvenile Arthritis.

http://www.rockyhillranch.com/Jordans-challenge/

All mountain bikers are welcome, riders will break into groups based on skill level (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and pace (fast, casual, slow). This is a No Drop ride so no one gets left behind or lost, we will get you back to the trail head for the after party;)

Remember to bring your helmet, plenty of water, and cash for the park entry fee. Everyone is also invited to bring a dish to share after the ride: i.e. cookies, chips, dips, salads, fruit, drinks, etc.

You do NOT have to be an ARR member to attend the club ride but we do ask that you…


February Club Ride on the granite at Reveille Peak Ranch!
Austin Ridge Riders
Saturday, February 8, 2014 – 10:00
All mountain bikers are welcome, riders will break into groups based on skill level (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and pace (fast, casual, slow). This is a No Drop ride so no one gets left behind or lost, we will get you back to the trail head for the after party;)

Remember to bring your helmet, plenty of water, and cash for the park entry fee. Everyone is also invited to bring a dish to share after the ride: i.e. cookies, chips, dips, salads, fruit, drinks, etc.

Parking will be in the main parking area in front of the pavilion, look for us near the ARR banner.

You do NOT have to be an ARR member to attend the club ride but we do ask that you…


San Angelo Bicycling Association
NEW YEAR’S DAY RIDE – STATE PARK, SOUTH SIDE AT THE PAVILION AT 10 AM. ROAD BIKE OR MOUNTAIN BIKE. FOOD  AFTER THE RIDE. CONTACT RICK OGAN FOR MORE INFO @…


Jan 1 – PBA New Year’s Day ride
Plano Bicycle Association
Wednesday, January 01, 2014, 10:00am
PBA NEW YEAR’S DAY RIDE

ALL RIDES LEAVE FROM SPRING CREEK & COIT AT 10:00 AM SHARP!
PLEASE ARRIVE TO LOT BY 9:45 AM TO SIGN IN AND GET LAST MINUTE INSTRUCTIONS.

4 Pace Groups:
JACK RABBITS:  19-21 MPH      David Appleby             DISTANCE:  40 MILES+/-
COYOTES:  17-19 MPH              Steve Standifer            DISTANCE:  35 MILES+/-
BOBCATS:  15-17 MPH              Jerry Hubbard              DISTANCE:  30 MILES+/-
ARMADILLOS:  13-15 MPH        Alex Dulaney               DISTANCE:  30 MILES+/-
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