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Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup January 4th

Northeast Texas Trail
by Bruce Moore
A Piecewise Adventure on the Northeast Texas Trail (aka Chaparral Trail)
13 miles (21 km) so far after 9 days from December 26, 2013 to ???
Segment 1–Farmersville, TX to Celeste, TX: Leaving the City

Thursday December 26, 2013, 13 miles (21 km) – Total so far: 13 miles (21 km)
Kristin and I met Kristin’s friend Liz at the Chamber of Commerce in Farmersville, where we talked to Lisa about the trail and tried to figure out if there was a place in Celeste or Wolfe City to drop a car so we could do a one-way ride. We ended up deciding that Kristin and Liz would ride part way out and then come back to Farmersville, while I would go on and explore the trail out to Wolfe City. Lisa printed out a copy of the services directory that the Northeast Texas Trail Coalition has put together to make trip planning a little easier. The list of services can be found here or look for the “Comprehensive Ammenities Guide” on the http://northeasttexastrail.org web site.
We drove the 100 yards from the Chamber to the trail head–it would have been just as easy to park the cars at the Chamber, but we didn’t know that at the time. After unloading bikes and getting bundled up for the 40 degree temperature, we headed out on the great concrete section of the trail that leaves Farmersville. The concrete runs for a couple of miles and then crushed stone for a few more miles.
It had rained about a week before and with cold temperatures, the crushed stone was still a little mushy…not easy on a recumbent trike. Kristin and Liz turned back with plans to meet me in Wolfe City (22 miles) in mid afternoon.
I kept on and soon found the end of the improved section as I crossed into Hunt County from Collin County–the crushed stone gave way to an unimproved two-track with some mud left over from the rain a few days ago.
I soon met up with a family of seven (mom, dad, four girls and a boy) that was hiking the trail over the holidays. They had read about it in a Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine article and decided that it sounded like a fun Christmas vacation adventure. The father had a very detailed plan with water locations and…

Southwest to Southeast USA fall and winter 2013/14
By Katie Farynaz
Riding to visit family and friends in the southern United States of America.
Day 21: Columbus, New Mexico to El Paso, Texas
Day 22 – 23: El Paso, Texas
Day 24: El Paso to Fabens, Texas
Day 25: Fabens to I-10 and Road 34 near Esperanza, Texas
Day 26: I-10 and Road 34 near Esperanza to Van Horn, Texas
Day 27: Van Horn to Van Horn, Texas
Day 28: Van Horn to Marfa, Texas
Day 29: Marfa to Alpine, Texas
Day 30: Alpine to Marathon, Texas
Day 31, Sunday, December 15, 2013: Marathon to Sanderson, Texas
Day 32: Sanderson to Langtry, Texas
Day 33: Langtry to Comstock, Texas
Day 34: Comstock to Del Rio, Texas

8:00am – Harden Dental Team Ride — Corinth Cycling Club
When: Sat Jan 18, 2014 8am to 11am  CST
Where: Ronny Crownover Middle School
Event Status: confirmed
Event Description: This is the weekly training ride for the Corinth Cycling/Harden Dental race team. This is a 62 mile loop on an established route. Expect a fast pace and be prepared to fix your own mechanicals. There are no stops on this ride. -7:30am- http://ridewithgps.com/routes/337788


Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup December 21st

Today marks an important turning point for us cold weather wimps: the first day of winter when the daylight portion of the day starts getting longer. Bring it on!!!

Mountain Biking at Franklin Mountains State Park – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

If you are looking for true mountain biking in Texas, check out Franklin Mountains State Park right in the heart of El Paso. From easy going jeep roads to technical and steep single track, this amazing park has something for any type of mountain biker. Get details on biking trails across…

Paid bicycle-sharing system begins in Austin
Associated Press            www.theeagle.com
Efforts by one Central Texas city to go green have led to a pay-to-ride bicycle-sharing program.
The B-Cycle project in Austin began Saturday with 11 bicycle stations mainly in the downtown area. More than 100 three-speed bicycles are available for rental.
All of the cycles from the nonprofit Bike Share for Austin are red.
The environmentally friendly project is sponsored by a…

Cyclist killed in hit and run crash
By Dug Begley        www.chron.com
A cyclist was killed Friday in a hit and run crash in east Houston, and police are looking for the driver of the white vehicle responsible.
Houston police said the man was crossing the 1000 block of Normandy on a bicycle around 7 p.m. when he was struck. He was taken to Ben Taub Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His name has not been released.
The driver who struck the man did not stop, police said, and could face a felony charge of failing to render aid. Anyone with information may call Houston police at 713-247-4065 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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‘A cat has got nothing on me’: German citizen visits Amarillo during cancer world tour
German visits town during cancer tour
By EMILY PRESTWOOD        amarillo.com

Randolph Westphal was diagnosed with malignant melanoma and told he had six months to a year to live. That was 26 years and 28 cancer surgeries ago.
Today, Westphal puts it simply: “A cat has nothing on me.”
The 55-year-old from Germany now devotes his life to biking around the world with his two dogs, sharing his story and promoting…

Bikers gathering Christmas presents for kids
Teresa Sardina Reporter/Weekend Morning Anchor

TYLER, TEXAS (KETK) — The ‘Blazin Bike Ride and Toy Drive’ held their 3rd Annual toy drive at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County on Saturday.

In recent weeks, hundreds of bikers cruised through East Texas counties to bring smiles to kids faces this Christmas.

“A lot of the toys that have been donated will go to our families, we service children zero to three, this is one of the biggest to be able to give them toys on Christmas,” said Andrea Smith, The Andrews Center.

These gifts will benefit the…

Upcoming Rides – Corinth Cycling
Sat Dec 28 – 8:00am – “B is for Breakfast”
A 40 – 50 mile group ride at a B/C group ride pace.
Sat Dec 28 – 8:00am – Cup o Joe
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.
Sat Dec 28 – 8:00am – Harden Dental Team Ride
This is the weekly training ride for the Corinth Cycling/Harden Dental race team. This is a 62 mile loop on an established route. Expect a fast pace and be prepared to fix your own mechanicals. There are no stops on this ride.
Sat Dec 28 – 8:00am- Corinth Cycling Group Rides
Corinth Cycling Saturday morning group rides.

Pico de Gallo Century Bike Ride

New Events Added to Texbiker.net Calendar



Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup December 4th

TransAm bicycle touring rides in the family
Posted by Rich        spokesman.com

CYCLING — Pedaling a bicycle across the United States is the equivalent of a graduate degree in American Studies, only you’ll be in better shape than when you started.
I made the journey in 1976 betwixt college and career (left), and on Monday my daughter, Hillary, at the same age, finished her TransAm trip 37 years later.
My favorite youngest daughter and her cycling partner Katy Howell reached St. Augustine, Fla., completing the Adventure Cycling Association’s Southern Tier Route across the USA. Hillary started riding in September from San Francisco to San Diego, and then eastward through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, …

The Racing Post December Edition

4 Genco Mongolian Bike Challenge
6 Moving Forward: Into my Off-season
8 Lesson in Pain
10 Cat 1 Teamwork and Victory
14 Springtown Spin
17 Sociological Concepts in Cycling
19 Houston Cross
21 Race Report – Cat 2 Road Championship
26 The Giant Story and What’s new for 2014
28 Pedaling Circles – Ride the Nett
30 SPECIAL REPORT ~ Interbike 2013
35 Tour de Gruene Time Trials
38 Women 4 – Second Time Around
39 MSU Racing – David Barrett
40 Hangin’ On 2014
42 Photo Essay: TRP Winter Crits

Planning To Give a Bicycle for Christmas? Don’t Forget the Helmet!
www.thevindicator.com (Liberty, TX)
With Christmas approaching, many parents are planning to give their child a new bicycle – maybe even their first bicycle. This is an excellent opportunity to teach children about the importance of wearing a helmet to protect their head. According to National Safe Kids, helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injury by up to 88%, but only 45% of children wear bike helmets. According to National Safe Kids, bicycles are associated with more injuries in children than any other product except automobiles. Other studies from the organization found that nearly half of the hospitalizations related to bicycles are traumatic injury to the brain. Helmets should be considered an…

Dirt Derby
Kids of the Dirt Derby.

Midwestern State University Cycling Team
Join our sponsor, Hotter ‘n Hell 100 and the Wichita Falls Bicycling Club for the Fantasy of Lights ride and Winter Social. 6pm, in the Dillard Parking lot, on December 12th.

Cyclist dies from injuries in weekend hit-and-run
By Carol Christian        www.chron.com
A Houston bicyclist has died from injuries suffered in a weekend hit-and-run accident, police said.
Chelsea Norman, 24, was pronounced dead Wednesday at Memorial Hermann Hospital.
The accident happened about 10:20 p.m. Dec. 1 in the 1600 block of Waugh Drive in the Montrose area, according to a news release from the Houston Police Department.
Police said the cyclist was riding south on Waugh at West Gray when she was hit by an unknown vehicle. The driver left without giving aid.
Norman was a wine specialist at…

UPDATED Bicyclist Dies Three Days After Hit-and-Run in the Montrose
By Craig Malisow         houstonpress.com
UPDATE: The victim has been identified by her boyfriend as Chelsea Norman. He tells us Norman clocked out of work at Whole Foods at 10:17 pm Dec. 1, and was likely hit between 10:20-10:35 pm, while riding home.
She was found lying face up in the bike lane, with her bike 20-30 feet from…

SRAM Recalls RED WiFLi 10-Speed Rear Derailleur
Posted by molly            www.cxmagazine.com

Via SRAM’s press release below, select 10-speed SARM WiFLi medium cage rear derailleurs are subject to a recall. Please spread the word and stay safe.
SRAM worked with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and other global authorities on a voluntary product recall of SRAM RED 10-speed medium cage rear derailleurs. SRAM has determined that there is a potential for the derailleur parallelogram to jam and no longer shift.
This presents a safety issue. As a result SRAM is actively retrieving and replacing all affected SRAM RED 10-speed medium rear derailleurs. SRAM has already begun a…

Soleus adds Strava compatibility to its software
by BRAIN Staff
AUSTIN, TX (BRAIN) — GPS device brand Soleus has added compatibility with Strava to its Sync desktop software. The software upgrade allows users of Soleus’ GPS watches and bike computer to upload activity data from their computers to their Strava accounts.

Soleus launched in 2012 with a line of affordable GPS devices, including the $99 Draft bike computer. The new software is compatible with all Soleus GPS models.

“We couldn’t be happier to form a partnership with Strava as they continue to do great things for our industry,” said David Arnold, founder and CEO of Soleus. “We have been thrilled by the demand for our…

State CX Race is January 4th!
The Violet Crown Sports Association

Link to video of one lap around the course: …

Race Your Strengths and Train Your Weaknesses
by Shawn            www.texasmountainbiketrails.com
As I was packing the car for a 13 hour road trip to Colorado last week, I looked up and saw my road bike hanging in the garage. It’s been hanging there for a while… I travelled a lot for work in November and spent very little time on the bike – any bike. Whenever I rode, I rode the mountain bike – because I like it better.

I am a mountain biker through and through. The only reason I ever got a road bike, was so I could extend my riding season by a couple of months when I lived in Colorado and so that when trails finally opened, I could actually pedal the darn thing up the mountain. When we moved to Texas, I started racing road and had a great time doing it. I met a lot of great people and learned a whole lot. One of the things I learned from a former Pro roadie was that you need to race your strengths and train your weaknesses. Sounds super simple, doesn’t it?

By now, you must know what you’re good at and what you need help with. If you don’t, I urge you to sit down and think about it for a minute. In order to get better at anything, you need to know what you need to improve. For me, it was sustained efforts – that’s what I was not good at and where I was getting clobbered. I could sprint with the…

Race Preview – TERRA X – Dec. 8, 2013
by joeyTWOwheels        texascx.com

If you’re a long-time #TXCX racer, you may realize that something is a bit amiss about this weekend in Houston:

Terra X is on Sunday while Bikesport is on Saturday. Say wut?

Yes, it’s crazy town.
But that’s not all – Terra X is going in reverse.

TerraX 08Dec2013 Flyer-Permitted – Rev 2Both of these long-standing events are very well run and held in solid Houston locations. Craig Fitzgerald of Woodlands Cycling is the Race Director for Terra, and he answered some of our most burning questions:

This course is great for spectators – compact park, an amazing playscape for anyone bringing kids and miles of…

December 7th & 8th Rides
Steiner Ranch Cycling Group
Saturday There was reported 12 riders and they did the Avery Ranch Loop.

Sunday There were about 9 riders and they did the Tour de Steiner Ranch.

DAM LOOP – Saturday December 7th at 8:30am at Cups & Cones

On Saturday December 7, 2013 the Steiner Ranch Cycling Group (SRC) will be co-hosting a ride that will roll out from Cups & Cones at 8:30 am this Saturday. As it is expected to be brutally cold and possibly icy we may cancel the ride for safety reasons. Please check in on our Facebook page and check your emails and this website.

The dam loop a challenging ride and is about 45 miles with over 3,000 feet of climbing. I have included a map but effectively we bike out 620 right on Four Points Blvd. into River Place through Westminster Glenn up to City Park Road to the 360 up to Bee Caves back to…

PBA Bike Build
Plano Bicycle Association

The most Highfalutin Holiday Social Event of the Season…The PBA Annual Bike Build!

Come one, Come all!  What could possibly be more rewarding than to assemble bicycles for children in need?  Drinking FREE BEER and eating PIZZA while doing so!  Whether you have assembled a bike before or not, we need you!  We need Bike Chicks just as much as we need Bike Studs, because we all know that most Bike Studs refuse to read the instructions.

Come with or without tools (however, tools are preferred).  Tools that would be especially handy would be: …

Cranksgiving 2013 Photo Gallery
Austin Ridge Riders

New Events Added to Texbiker.net Calendar



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…