Texas Bicycling News Digest April 9th

Cavalier roundup: Mountain bike team chasing 3rd state title

Lake Travis View Staff        www.statesman.com

Lake Travis has long been the group to beat, shutting out every other Texas high school mountain bike team in 2014 and earning two state championships in program’s history.
In a recent race at Dinosaur Valley State Park, Lake Travis slipped 46 points and allowed St. Stephen’s cyclists a first place win. The Cavalier, still the overall 2015 points leader, took …

Far and Wide | SRAM GX

Words by Morgan Meredith, Video by Mind Spark Cinema, Photos by Adrian Marcoux        www.bikemag.com

Austin, Texas is known for a lot of things: live music, barbeque, and the Longhorns. We found all those things, but we also found a cycling rich town with a small, but quality trail network.
I can’t seem to forget a damn thing. There’s the random item or two that I’ll lapse on at the grocery store sometimes, but really that’s it. If I tell you I forgot something, I might be lying. My mind is a trap filled with smells, faces and unfinished birthday texts to friends. It’s sometimes an exhausting burden that, even as I get older, I can’t seem to …

Bike-Athon BIKE Ride For Texas Taco Music Fest


Benefit ride to support the Texas Taco Music Festival. Come here to find out details on the ride, how to participate, and about the entry fees.
Bike Ride Time: Bike Ride Meets at Saturday (April 18) – 9 AM and departs at 9:30 AM.
Bike Ride Meets/Starts/Ends: at southern corner of Navigation and N. St. Charles Street (across from Meridas restaurant).
How to Sign Up: …

Dallas officer who collapsed, nearly died while on bike patrol released from Baylor Dallas


A Dallas police officer who collapsed and nearly died while on bike patrol is headed home after just two weeks of treatment at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas.
But saying Senior Cpl. Jimmy Thongrivong nearly died is somewhat misleading, because his doctors say he was dead for a short time before he could be revived at the hospital. Thongrivong said it was a miracle he survived the cardiac episode.
“I have a second chance,” he said at a …

Double Lake Work Day


Event category: General
Trail: Double Lake Recreation Area
Sunday, April 19, 2015 – 9:00am
9am meet up at bike parking area. Free entry for trail workers. Three hours of face slapper work on the BRC course. Wear long sleeves and bring loppers if …

Were you ‘Seen’ at Bicycle Sports?

By Jake Daniels        www.beaumontenterprise.com

Tom Luxton poses for a photo with his 1995 Gary Fisher mountain bike Wednesday. Cyclists gathered at Bicycle Sports for a conversational bike ride Wednesday evening. Photo taken Wednesday 4/8/15 Jake Daniels/The Enterprise Photo: Jake Daniels …

Cyclist dies after Lost Creek collision

By Katie Urbaszewski / Austin Community Newspapers Staff

A bicyclist has died at the hospital, one week after a crash with a pickup truck in Lost Creek, Department of Public Safety officials said.
Thomas Wilkinson, 53, died Tuesday in the hospital, DPS said.
The crash investigation is ongoing, so troopers have not decided whether to charge the pickup truck driver, spokeswoman Robbie Barrera said. The driver has not been ticketed.
Around 5:30 p.m., Wilkinson and the truck driver were heading toward each other on Lost Creek Boulevard when the pickup truck driver, who didn’t see the cyclist, turned onto Whitemarsh Valley Walk. The bicyclist hit the right rear corner of the truck because the driver failed to yield, DPS said. The truck driver stopped to help.
The cyclist was unconscious when first-responders arrived, according to the …

Man on Bicycle Killed after Accident on Agnes in Corpus Christi, TX

By Michael Grossman        www.texas-wrongful-death-lawyer.net


Corpus Christi, TX — Officers with the CCPD said that a man, 56, was killed when his bicycle was hit by a car along Agnes Avenue in an accident this week. They declined to name the man, but said the accident happened around 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening, April 8, 2015 near North Port Avenue.
According to their reports, the 56-year old man was riding his bike along …

Bicyclist injured in crash on S. Lamar Boulevard

By Calily Bien        kxan.com

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A bicyclist was rushed to the hospital after she collided with a car in South Austin on Thursday afternoon. According to Austin police, the crash happened just after 2 p.m. in the 2100 block of South Lamar Boulevard.
Initial information indicates the vehicle hit the bicyclist, a woman in her …

Saturday 4/11 and Sunday 4/12 Rides

by Thomas        steinerranchcycling.com

Well this weekend’s weather looks iffy, but Saturday keeps looking better and better so we may be ok!
Saturday 4/11 you have two fantastic options to enjoy your bike and the outdoors. First, Dante has suggested a nice 60+ mile route to downtown and back that is as flat as possible (no Mt. Bonnell, etc). That ride leaves, as usual, from Cups & Cones at 7:30 am (NOTE THE …

New bike, pedestrian pathways approved for Hwy 277 & Clack area

By Mari Cockerell        www.ktxs.com

ABILENE, Texas –
Abilene City Council approved Thursday the construction of new bike and pedestrian pathways along U.S. Highway 277 from Clack Street to Rebecca Lane.
The project also includes a bicycle and pedestrian pathway down Texas Avenue, and sidewalk stretching down …

MoPac closes to install bicycle, pedestrian bridge


AUSTIN — Southbound MoPac Expressway between Parmer Lane and Braker Lane will close starting 8 p.m. Thursday as crews install the first piece of a 525-foot-long bicycle and pedestrian bridge.
The bridge will be installed over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks south of Duval Road. After the bridge …


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Texas Bicycling News Digest March 30th

Siclovia draws crowds to Southtown

by Elda Silva        www.expressnews.com/

There’s fun galore all along 2.7-mile route
A sailboat inspired vehicle made its way down St. Mary’s St. during Siclovia, a bi-annual outdoor event put on by the YMCA and other sponsors to promote outdoor recreational activities like bike-riding and rollerblading in San Antonio, Tx. on Saturday, March 28, 2015.
As temperatures climbed Sunday afternoon, Janie and Chris Riojas took refuge under a shady tree in Roosevelt Park while a steady stream of kids and adults walked, jogged, biked and skated past on the street nearby.
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GO for a Mountain Bike Ride

Sunday, Apr 5, 2015, 9:00 AM

Collins Park
6727 Cypresswood Drive Spring, TX

1 Bicycle Enthusiasts Went

Join us every Sunday at Collins Park for a 1hour and a half (approx) ride for beginners and intermediate riders.Ride is 10 milesWe will be on the Cypresswood Trail “Collins Park” – the ride will leave from the parking lot just behind/adjacent to the skate park.Any questions please call us at the store:[masked]Bring a helmet, water bottle, …

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North Texas Mountain Biking

by DFWPiper

Riding at Rowlett Creek Preserve and Squabble Creek in North Texas. Music by Sleeping Bag. …

Travel Rides: Austin

by AaronOnABike

I took a little trip down to Austin, Texas and made sure to get on a bike. We visited a local coffee shop, saw live music, and rented bicycles to see the river trail.

mountain bike wipeout

by Luis Salazar

Mountain biking and road biking in San Antonio TX. O.P Schnabel park and Scenic loop in one day

Concrete Trail Along Trinity River


Bid Date & Time: 04/02/15 2:00 PM
Prebid: 03/24/15 10:00 AM
Solicitation Title: Concrete Trail Along Trinity River
Owner Solic Number: 15-048    Status: bidding    Report: 6200454
Country :United States     State: TX    County: Tarrant
Location: Fort Worth
Set Aside Types: Other Setaside
Scope: Construct approximately 27,000 SF of unbeamed trail at two different locations. The first section is approximately 1,720′ and will need to be 11′ wide. The second section is approximately 750′ and will need to be 11 feet wide.
Notes: A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on March 24, 2014, 10:00 AM CST TRWD purchasing conference room, 600 East Northside drive, Fort Worth, TX, 76106. Deadline for questions: March 27, 2015. Diverse business project goal 20%. Submit request for alternate items not in strict compliance with the bidding documents no later than ten (10) days prior to bid due date. Requests shall be submitted via email toveronica.enriquez@trwd.com.
Plans: From CivCast USA/Amtek Information Service, Inc.PO Box 692303, 4001 Sherwood Lane, Houston, Texas 77092, Ph: 713-956-0100. See attached file.
Bond: 2% bid bond
Update Notes: Q&A attached
Owner Type: Public …

The Driveway 03-26-15


Ride along with Elbowz Racing at the Driveway

Breathing In, Breathing Out

Bike Noob

After battling bronchitis for three weeks, a tentative ride on the bike was very welcome. I didn’t go very far or very long — I just wanted to see if I was ready to come back. I think I am.

It didn’t take long into my ride before I became aware of something I don’t think about during my “normal” rides: breathing. My lungs have been so congested these past few weeks that I haven’t been able to take in a deep breath without bursting into a coughing fit. But this time, I could.
My throat was still a bit raw, …

DATES Tax Relief Ride – Round the Lake

Dallas Area Tandem Enthusiasts

When: Apr 15, 2015 06:15 PM
Where: Lake House White Rock Bar & Grill – Dallas
Will you be needing relief from your tax grief? Join us for an evening ride around White Rock. We’ll saddle up at the Lake House and ride two clockwise loops around the lake. If you’re late, start counterclockwise and we’ll meet along the way. This will be a social ride, so no team will be left behind.
After the ride, please join us at the Lake House for drinks and dinner. (Team with the biggest refund buys?) See link below for driving directions, menu, etc.
Ride Start: Lake House Bar & Grill, 7510 E Northwest Highway (at Lawther, behind Dallas Bike Works)
Meet Time: 6:00 PM
Ride Time:  6:15 PM
Ride Leaders:  Ernie & Regina Coose
Distance: Two loops around White Rock Lake with NW Hwy extension = 22 miles …

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Texas Bicycling News Digest January 17th

Theft Ring Busted But Bicycle Thefts Remain Big Problem


Law enforcement agencies from across the state worked together to bust a bicycle theft ring Tuesday. According to Austin Police, the theft ring rented, failed to return and then sold high-end bicycles across Texas. APD says each of the bikes cost between $3,000 and $4,000.
“They had recently rented a bike in Plano, and the officers found that the bike — within hours — here in Austin on Craigslist,” explained APD Downtown Area Commander Troy Officer.
Austin’s own Bicycle Sport Shop and Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop …

Project Pedal On: Local Student Addresses Paris City Council


Paris Jr. High student, Sahil Prakash presented a bicycle awareness project to the Paris City Council Monday night.  In an effort to make Paris a more bike-friendly town, Prakash spoke about Project Pedal On.
Prakash began, “This year my goal is to get more people on bikes.  Project Pedal On is dedicated to increasing bicycle riding resources in Paris, so that more …

Mellow Johnny’s to open second location

by BRAIN Staff        www.bicycleretailer.com

FORT WORTH, Texas (BRAIN) — Mellow Johnny’s — the Austin, Texas, destination store co-owned by Lance Armstrong — is expanding to a second location to be housed in the new Clearfork Trailhead Cycling and Fitness Center in Fort Worth, set to open in late spring. The full-service shop will also include rentals and training.
Clearfork is a mixed-use development of residential, retail and restaurant businesses next to a cycling and hiking trail that covers more than 40 miles along the …

Texas police charge 4 in high-end bicycle theft ring


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Four people have been charged in a high-end bicycle theft ring in which investigators say they rented bikes from Texas businesses and sold them online.
Austin police say one person was arrested after …

UL Cycling Club gears up for competition in Texas

by Crystal Morgan        thevermilion.com

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Cycling Club is preparing for a cycling competition this March in Austin, Texas.
This spring, UL Lafayette Cycling will participate in the road discipline. Cycling disciplines correspond to different seasons. The road discipline is in the spring, the track discipline is in the summer, the mountain biking discipline is in the fall and the …

Get to Know You Ride and Lunch

Saturday, Jan 24, 2015, 11:00 AM

Location details are available to members only.

31 Members Went

One lap around the lake (about 11 miles). We’ll gather up in the parking lot behind Dallas Bike Works and behind The Lakehouse.Beginner pace (8-10 mph pace): one lap will take about 65 minutes. This is a no-drop ride. We will not leave you.Please wear your helmet and bring something to drink during the ride. Any bicycle in good riding condition w…

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Houston Cycling Club

Houston, TX
2,162 Houston Cycling Members

Hello and welcome to the Houston Cycling Club!  Whether you’re training for a triathlon, a road/ mountain bike race or just looking to meet fun people to ride with, this is th…

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Anthills Trail Ride

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015, 4:15 PM

2 Dirty SOB’s Went

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What happened in Austin: A letter from USA Cycling Events VP Micah Rice


The following letter was sent to 2015 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships riders last night with further explanation of events that transpired over the weekend in Austin. USA Cycling recognizes these issues impact all membership and wanted to make the letter public for its membership to read now that those riders directly impacted have been contacted.
Dear Members,
In light of the events of this past weekend at the 2015 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships, I wanted to take time to address a few of the circumstances, decisions and reasons for those decisions that went into the timeline of events from Sunday morning until the competition’s conclusion on Monday. I hope that the information below will answer some of your questions and provide you with a better understanding of what exactly happened in Austin this past weekend, particularly regarding the Sunday postponement and the decision to …

My First Endorphin Inducing Bike Ride In Texas Of The New Year Has Me Feeling Good

Durango Texas

I did not realize, until this 3rd Saturday of the New Year, how much I have been missing the blue sky of Texas, when the sun which that blue sky lets shine, heats the air to a temperature allowing outer wear of the t-shirt and …

Q&A on Citywide Bicycle Master Plan


Thank you to Houston Matters for the Q&A with the people responsible for Houston’s Bicycle Master Plan. Read their description and listen below.
“The City of Houston is launching a $500,000 effort to develop a citywide bicycling plan. It’s the first such comprehensive effort since 1994. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss efforts underway to develop the bike plan, its potential benefits for the city and …

2014 Protected Bike Lane Study including Austin facilities.

by Jack        bicycleaustin.info

bizikletari wrote:
Jack wrote:
Mostly, it seems to be analysis of “perceived safety” (…), and thin on actual safety
“Perceived Safety” carries a lot more weight than what it seems you imply it has. Perception of safety is one of the main arguments Americans invoke to shy away from bicycling. It is the main cause why Americans do not allow their children to bike to school or other activities. ***
I think it may be useful to rethink the profound impact that perception of safety has in everybody’s lives and use that understanding to build facilities that promote cycling.
A new study on cycling risks, according to this http://usa.streetsblog.org/2015/01/09/s … -you-wear/  “Researchers found that people who were injured while riding on sidewalks or shared-use paths tended to sustain worse injuries, even compared to cyclists riding on major roads with no bike infrastructure. These …

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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Police say suspected bicycle theft ring targeted Flower Mound

by Chris Roark        starlocalmedia.com

Three people have been arrested in Austin in connection with a bicycle theft ring that police say targeted several North Texas shops, including one in Flower Mound.
According to a press release from the Austin Police Department, 30-year-old Jonathan Lee Oldham rented “an expensive” bicycle in the …

USA Cycling to restore torn-up Zilker Park after cyclocross race


Zilker Park, which is now crisscrossed by wide muddy gashes, will be repaired by the cycling organization whose event caused the damage.City officials and a USA Cycling spokesman said Thursday they expect the restoration of Austin’s central park to start in just over a week, with grass sprouting in the torn-up areas within a month. The park will remain open while the grounds are restored….

Texas Trail Show & Tell

by cykelk        forums.mtbr.com

It struck me that we needed a general place to post up local ride photos and video. If you’ve got some stuff from a recent ride that you don’t feel like starting a new thread for, show it off here!
I’ll kick it off with some footage from last week on Barton Creek side trails. Cool out but very nice riding. …

Kickin’ Ash

by Kat Hunter        texasbikeracing.com

Cycling has many breeds: roadies, track racers, mountain bikers, commuters, cyclocrossers, and even stranger subsets of the two-wheeled. Ash Duban is somewhere at the center of cycling’s complicated Venn diagram of how to be on the bike. A 5-foot-2 redhead with a big engine, she’s ridden everything from underground alley cats and cross-country tours to velodrome events and …

Garmin Goes Crazy

Pit’s Fritztown News

Today I did my exercise again, the same route as last time, only a few hundred feet more, to the intersection of Kneese and Lower Crabapple Roads. Everything went well again and I was within the same pace and heart range as before, when all of a sudden, after about three quarters of my walk, my Garmin showed a heart rate of way over 200. The maximum …

The wind between their wheels

BY JARED WILSON        www.oaoa.com

Hundreds compete in Comanche Cross
On Saturday it was a sight that most people in West Texas haven’t seen in a few weeks. The sun was shining and temperatures were optimum but there was …

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Texas Bicycling News Digest January 8th

Denton appoints bike czar


The city of Denton has appointed Julie Anderson to its new position of bicycle and pedestrian coordinator.
For the past two years, Anderson has worked for both the city of Topeka and the Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority in Kansas promoting a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly culture as the bicycle coordinator and multi-modal planner. Previously, she worked as a planning assistant for the …

CX Nationals in Austin this week at Zilker Park – pictures (including chicks in kit)

by hunrugger        forums.mtbr.com

More pics of chicks, carnage and other stuff. More pics to come.


Denton Kiwanis Club

Let’s REMEMBER LAST YEAR: November 22, 2014 for the 32nd Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally:
The 2014 Turkey Roll is history, but the good news keeps coming in. Over 600 signed up… however the weather kept our numbers down to 220 very tuff riders! Our 5 NEW Bill Utter Truck Sag wagons got lots of use, as riders succumbed to the Tough Turkey Roll conditions. In spite of the “foul” conditions, we still managed to raised OVER $9,000 for our charities. Thanks for your support!

Cleburne State Park. My first videos…

by keithrad        forums.mtbr.com

Got out yesterday, 1/6/15, in the awesome weather we experienced before this cold front hit today. Got to play with my new toys in the form of a Go-Pro white 3, and some (like new) 2014 Easton Haven wheels. The wheels are an awesome upgrade to my stock DT Swiss X 1900’s that had rear freewheel issues. After the warranty replacement wheel crapped out, I went a different direction and found these Haven’s on ebay for $250! Couldn’t believe the great deal, and now even more so that they are such an overall improvement in weight and performance.
So here is my attempt at using the Go-Pro. Please be gentle, I am new at videoing, and I’m out of shape! Oh the holidays…
The trail network consists of 3 areas. The inner loop White-tail Hollow trail(tight and twisty wooded easy) / outer loop Coyote Run/Fossil Ridge trail (lots of roller coaster ups and downs more rocks) / what we used to call …

Brems and Perkins take Masters Women 50-54, 55-59 Titles at the 2015 National Championships: Race Report and Full Results

by Andrew Reimann        www.cxmagazine.com

Austin, TX – Despite the frigid cold weather, the big team winner of the 50-54 Women’s Masters race was California-based Team Rambuski Law, with two of their members, Karen Brems and Katrina Baumsteiger able to land on the podium. Karen Hogan (Team Kappius) was able to take second place in between them.
In the 55-59 race, New Jersey racer Christina Perkins (Team ProPower Coaching) was able to power her way to a …

Price Takes the Jersey for the Masters Men 55-59 at the 2015 National Championships: Race Report and Full Results

by Cindy Brennan        www.cxmagazine.com

Al Blanchard (Finkraft Cycling) took the hole shot, leading the eighty starters in the 55-59 men’s race onto the course. By the time the first half lap was through, however, Thomas Price (Trek Cyclocross Collective) had broken away from the race. On the chase were teammates Henry Kramer and Norman Kreiss (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized), followed by Robert Downs (Planet Bike).
Blanchard fell back with a mechanical issue as Price’s lead grew to ten, twenty, and up to forty seconds over Kreiss and Kramer. A crash caused …

Moore Wins Masters Women 45-49 at the 2015 National Championships: Race Report and Full Results

by Andrew Reimann        www.cxmagazine.com

(Austin, TX)-Jennifer Herrell-Rhoades (Midwest Cycling Trek Stores of KC) had an impressive start, gunning to the front of the pack after the whistle. Right on her heels, Texas rider Catherine Moore (Squadra Di Servitori) not only stayed close behind on the early stretch, but took over the race within a half lap and created a huge gap.
Meanwhile, New Jersey rider Stacey Barbossa (Midatlantic Colavita) was caught up in early traffic with Katina Walker (Verge/VeloNRS), and both big cyclocross names were relegated to the back of the …

Cozza Comes from Behnd to Win Men 50-54 at the 2015 National Championships: Race Report


Sam Morse (Corner Cycles) took to the course for the final race of day two of 2015 Cyclocross Nationals. Despite the challenging course, there wasn’t much separation in the huge field until after the completion of the final lap. Morse gained a gap, chased by Todd Cassan (Rally Sports Cycling Team), Craig Cozza (UPMC/Pro Bikes), James Coats (California Giant Cycling), Don Seib (Bikeman.com), and Ralf Warmuth (Team SRG).
Morse and Coats worked together to gain a lead on the field, with Cozza a few seconds back chasing back after …

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