Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup September 23rd

Texas hall of fame adds Amarillo BMX champ
By RUSSELL ANGLIN        amarillo.com

For BMX champion Danny Wall, competing in his sport of choice can be a nerve-racking ordeal. But if all goes well, he said, the rewards more than make up for the anxiousness felt before the starting gate drops.
“A lot of times when you do OK, it takes two or three days to come down from being so excited and happy, even though you’re exhausted,” he said.
Wall, a 49-year old remodeling contractor, was inducted Saturday into the…

New Shop in The Woodlands/Houston called Cycles TX (Santa Cruz, Niner, Giant, Surly)
by Blk02        forums.mtbr.com/texas

I found a new shop in The Woodlands, TX that just opened called Cycles TX. They carry a few brands that I have not seen in the Houston area before. I only ride mountain bikes so I am not sure what road brands they carry, but several of the road bikes were over 15k and one of them in the front window was around 26k . It also looks like they carry a full line of Enve products. I saw several Enve stems out on display and a lot of Enve boxes in the back. The shop is open but I don’t think they have had their grand opening yet. They are across the street from…

Howson wins 2013 u23 time trial world title
By VeloNews.com
…American Lawson Craddock, the 18th starter, set the early fast time and his mark of 51:31.35 held up until Paillot blasted over the line 52 minutes later. Craddock went on to finish fifth.

Craddock: Time to put the work to good use in Florence
By Gregor Brown

FLORENCE, Italy (VN) — American Lawson Craddock stormed through the 2013 season, signed a professional contract with Argos-Shimano, and placed fifth on Monday in the under-23 time trial at the UCI Elite Road World Championships. For Craddock (Bontrager), however, the true objective is Friday’s hilly road race in Florence, Italy.
“I’m not disappointed with today at all,” Craddock said on Monday. “I’m happy with it, but I do have a lot more to give, I can tell you that.”
The 21-year-old Texan, the 19th starter in Monday’s U23 contest, led the time trial after clocking a 51:31.35 in the 42.7-kilometer time trial. Craddock watched his name slowly move down the…

Huntsville Classic • Sep 15 2013
• Men Cat 1     • Men Cat 1 15-18
• Men Cat 1 30-39     • Men Cat 1 40-49
• Men Cat 1 50-59     • Men Cat 1 60+
• Men Cat 2     • Men Cat 2 15-18
• Men Cat 2 30-34     • Men Cat 2 35-39
• Men Cat 2 40-44     • Men Cat 2 45-49
• Men Cat 2 50+     • Men Cat 3
• Men Cat 3 1-10     • Men Cat 3 11-12
• Men Cat 3 13-14     • Men Cat 3 15-18
• Men Cat 3 30-39     • Men Cat 3 40-49
• Men Cat 3 50+     • Men Pro/Cat 1
• Men SS 2/3     • Men SS Open
• Women Cat 1 19-39     • Women Cat 1 40-49
• Women Cat 1 50+     • Women Cat 2
• Women Cat 2 15-18     • Women Cat 2 30-39
• Women Cat 2 40+     • Women Cat 3
• Women Cat 3 1-10     • Women Cat 3 11-12
• Women Cat 3 13-14     • Women Cat 3 15-18
• Women Cat 3 30-39     • Women Cat 3 40+
• Women Pro/Cat 1

Chappell Hill Bank Classic • Sep 8 2013
• Men Cat 1/2/3/4 Master 40+     • Men Cat 1/2/3/4 Master 50+
• Men Cat 1/2/3/4/5 Master 60+     • Men Cat 3
• Men Cat 4     • Men Cat 4/5 Junior
• Men Cat 4/5 Junior 10-14     • Men Cat 4/5 Master 35+
• Men Cat 5     • Men Pro/Cat 1/2
• Women Cat 4     • Women Cat 4 Junior 10-14
• Women Pro/Cat 1/2/3

Local bicycle team snags first place
By CALEB MCCAIG        www.yourstephenvilletx.com

Team Juggernaut took first place in the 2013 Texas Time Trials last weekend in Glen Rose. Team Juggernaut consists of two Stephenville residents, Kenneth Jones and Barry Shaw.
The two clinched the title after riding 106 miles in six hours, 13 minutes and four seconds, a track record. The race consisted of each man riding 53 miles individually, with no drafting allowed. Also, Shaw and …

Interbike Dirt Demo 2013 Recap
by Shawn McAfee            www.texasmountainbiketrails.com

This is by far the coolest event I have ever participated in. So many bikes to ride and so little time. I was able to test ride 13 different bikes for a total of 42ish miles of singletrack over 2 days. Besides being beat I definitely was able to notice a lot of really interesting trends and learned a lot about the bikes overall.

First up, here is a list of all 13 bikes I demo’d at the 2013 Interbike Dirt Demo with a notation of (H) for hardtail, (FS) for Full Suspension, (C) for Carbon, (S) for steel and (A) for…

#TXCX Team Profile: AustinbikesCX
Minor Baker
Team Name: AustinbikesCX

Motto: Stop lights timed for 35 mph are also timed for 70 mph.

Goals for the 13/14 CX Season: AustinBikesFaith
Help Faith Watkins once again exert her dominance on lady CX and continue to develop the team that Rolando Roman was pivotal in…

BikeTexas CATS Returns
BikeTexas is delighted to announce the return of the BikeTexas College Active Transportation Safety (CATS) program! CATS has been awarded a Traffic Safety grant from TxDOT for the 2013-2014 school year. This program teaches college students across Texas about bike laws and safe practices while riding or walking. Many students return to riding a bike for the first time in years when they start…

BikeTexas Partners with Brownsville
We’re pleased to announce a new partnership with the City of Brownsville! With funding from Brownsville and other sources, BikeTexas will work with the City to implement their new bicycle plan and help make Brownsville a great place to ride a bike.

BikeTexas leadership will be looking to local governments, private organizations, and sponsors in neighboring communities in the region to participate in this partnership and truly make a this a regional effort. South Texas is already a leader in the state for bicycle friendliness, with more Safe Passing cities than any other part of…

Catharsis abated.
Sometime during the weekend around May graduation, my Schwinn Tourist was stolen off my front porch.

It was not a spectacular bike in any semblance of the word, and when Howard handed BikeDenton to Devin and I last year upon his ceremonious exit from our beloved Denton, I quietly felt sheepish about riding on such lowly a frame while writing in this space. Foolish, I know.

But this bike was a dear friend to me; my loyal steed throughout my collegiate career at UNT. To have it just disappear from my home at the point my studies were over and degree completed seemed oddly unfitting. I followed all the right procedures, filed the right police reports, and patiently waited, hoping to hear something… anything…


Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for June 16th

June Meeting at Bicycle Sports Shop on Thursday the 21st
Austin Cycling Association
Al Hindon of BSS is going to give us his Bicycle Maintenance Class from 6:00 pm till 7:00pm in the spin room at the 517 S Lamar Bicycle Sports Shop. We will have light refreshment starting about 5:30. Come have fun and learn something, too!

Wheel Brothers
To the lady in the Silver Dodge Pick Up Truck driving up the hill on Oakland Blvd today around 10:30am or so.

My sincere apologies for being the only vehicle/rider on the road on a 4 lane highway. However, I really like to think my life is worth more then you texting and driving. Thank you for swerving in the last minute and not actually…

Texas Mountain Bike Trails Taught Me How To Lube My Bike Chain In Under 4 Minutes
Thursday evening I biked the Gateway Park mountain bike trail for the first time and blogged about it.

Someone with the very unusual name of  “..” made a comment that led me to ..’s website, Texas Mountain Bike Trails. …

Johnson Peak Trail Mountain Bike Trail
Graford, Texas
Description: This is a wide trail that probably averages 3-4 feet in width. It is very well maintained and marked. There is a loop with an offshoot to the peak. There area number of very good views. The trail involves a lot of climbing. If you proceed West there is another trailhead that passes a road an connects to another system. The next section of trail after the road is a good ride as well. After that (further West) it becomes very sandy and I will not ride that section again. If you proceed East from the Redbird Trailhead there…

Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup for June 14th

10 Clever Ways to Teach Your Child How to Ride a Bike
Learning to ride a bike is one of the quintessential moments in life.  It’s a milestone that leaves every child feeling accomplished and empowered, and one of those memories that you look back on fondly years after the fact.  Funny thing is that more and more kids aren’t learning how to ride a bike.  If you’re considering teaching your child to ride a bike, consider these strategies:

–Hold the bike while she rides:  The “holding the bike” strategy is a tried and true method for teaching a child how to ride.  Kids have trouble with balancing in the beginning stages of learning to ride, so you can run alongside them and help them balance while they…

Kings Highway Conservation District Makes Donation for Bicycle Infrastructure on Kings Highway
Bike Friendly Oak Cliff
We just received word from the president of Kings Highway Conservation District, Jonathan Braddick, also a BFOC Board Member.  Here’s an excerpt from the press release:

OAK CLIFF – On Tuesday, June 12th 2012 Kings Highway Conservation District residents approved donating $3,000 of privately raised funds to the City of Dallas for installing bicycle infrastructure on Kings Highway from N. Polk St to Mary Cliff Dr.  In addition, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff kicked in an additional $250 toward the effort, and Councilman…

What Makes a Bike Friendly City?
Bike Friendly Oak Cliff

In the latest Bicycling Magazine issue, Dallas came out on top.  That’s the top of the Worst Bicycle Friendly city in the country.  We all know there’s great bicycle culture here.  It’s been here for years going back to 1973 when the Greater Dallas Bicyclists first organized.  We also have claim to…

Some Closing Thoughts from Bikin’ Mike
Wow! What a great note to end our 12 years of Classic rides. We had our best turn out since we took over the ride in 2001 and from the comments we heard, people had a great time at our Last Ride.

First, I have some items to cover. We lost our MC at 3pm Friday, so I was called on to fill in. With everything that we had going on, I never looked at the script and tried to wing it. Not my best idea of the day, as I failed to remember several people and organizations. So, here is a lot of what I should have said on Saturday morning:

First, we would like to thank our sponsors who have been so supportive. Rick Gurney of Plano Cycling & Fitness was the first person to approach us and support our efforts with the Collin Classic. We never would have attempted the endeavor without his support.

Second, a BIG thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Rudy Andrea, of the Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation for his support of…

Kid Trips Event – McKinney Falls State Park
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 – 08:00 – 10:00 Austin Ridge Riders
Kid Trips will be conducting a ride with Jr Rangers at McKinney Falls State Park on Tuesday 6/26/12.

We’ll meet at the McKinney Falls State Park at 7:30 a.m. Volunteers will be reimbursed for any entrance fees.  The ride starts at 8:00 a.m.  Adult volunteers are welcome; just bring your mountain bike and helmet.  Please note the starting time and that it is a…

NTC: Juggled standings after Fixed Gear Classic
The USA Cycling National Track Calendar (NTC) continued with its second event, the Fixed Gear Classic at the NSC Velodrome in Blaine, Minn. Plenty of NTC standings points were up for grabs as riders contested three sprint events (match sprint, team sprint and keirin) as well as three endurance contests (points race, scratch race and Madison).

The NTC men’s endurance standings leader remains Zack Carlson (Plano, Texas/Matrix-Richardson Bike Mart) with 40 points. Only three points behind him is Franco Marvulli (SUI), who posted three top-three finishes, including teaming with Zachary Kovalcik (Portland, Ore./Sizzle Pie Cycling p/b Veloforma) to win the Madison. Jean-Michel…

Texas Moves Up in Bicycle Friendly Rankings
The League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Report Card for Texas marks the Lone Star State as #27 in the nation for bicycle-friendliness, a five-place improvement over a #32 ranking last year.

The May 2012 Report Card gives Texas plenty of room for improvement in safety, infrastructure, and planning for cyclists and pedestrians. However, the report card does have bright spots, including a score of four out of…

PCC has a social on the first Friday of every month.
Pearland Cycling Club
Meet up with your cycling buddies and join the fun!
When: 6:30pm, First Friday Social
Where: Big Horn BBQ
2300 Smith Ranch Road
Pearland, TX
PCC has regular group rides every weekend in the Pearland and surrounding areas. Our ride start is conveniently located near FM 518 and Highway 288 only 20 minutes south of Downtown Houston.

We ride on rural roads with light traffic, few traffic lights, and just a handful of stop signs. We have access to some of the best cycling roads in…

Tonight I Heartily Biked The Gateway Park Mountain Bike Trail

Gateway Park Trail Above Trinity River Cliff
Tonight I went on my first mountain bike trail ride in a long long time. Yesterday I saw the Gateway Park mountain bike trail and thought it looked…

Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for June 11th

@BSS_Austin        via Twitter
Going to tomorrow’s Super Squadra racing clinic. Ride over w/ us! Wheels down at Lamar at 5 pm. Don’t forget lights

@bikedenton        via Twitter
DK200 patina on my @surlybikes Cross Check. Washing it off is bad luck, right?

@BSS_Austin        via Twitter
“@Pincus1 Back in ATX after @tulsa_tough. Had fun in my 1st NRC race & will take this experience to nats!” > Learning & having fun! Love it!

@hillcountryride        via Twitter
Thanks to everyone who braved the ROT Rally traffic and made it out to the Post Ride Party! We had a BLAST!…

@AlkekVelodrome        via Twitter
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Junior and two bikes need a one-way ride to Frisco either Friday or Saturday. Please respond if you can help!

@AlkekVelodrome        via Twitter
This week at Alkek Velodrome:
Mon-Thu: Junior Nationals Practice 8:30-11:00
Tue/Thu: Open Session 6PM

@BPMS150        via Twitter
Top Fundraiser Mark Livingston promised his donors he would shave his head at $35,000 in fundraising, well he did…

Tulsa Tough 2012 results
By VeloNews.com
1. Eric MARCOTTE (1 – Cat1), Elbowz Racing
2. Ken HANSON (1 – Pro), Optum Pro Cycling P/b Kbs
3. Brad HUFF (2 – Pro), Uci Ct: Jelly Belly Cycling
4. Logan HUTCHINGS, Hotel San Jose – Boneshakers
5. Cody O’REILLY (3 – Pro), Optum Pro Cycling
6. Tyler WREN (4 – Pro), Jamis/sutter Home
7. Christian HELMIG (2 – Cat1), Elbowz Racing…

US Postal Service Adds Four Bicycling Stamps
by Tyler        www.bikerumor.com

US Postal Service celebrates cycling with four bicycle stamps – road bmx touring and children riding

The US Postal Service has issued four stamps celebrating bicycles and cycling. They’re Forever stamps, good for the standard First Class 1oz rate anytime you decide to use them. They showcase a kid riding, touring/commuting, road cycling and BMX. Here’s the official blurb from the USPS:

Rendered in graphic retro fashion, these U.S. Postal Service Bicycling (Forever®) stamps celebrate the American love of bicycling, one of the most popular outdoor activities in the country.

Remember the day you learned to ride a bike? That exhilarating sense of freedom is one you never forget and can easily recapture every time you hop on a bike. Perhaps that’s why millions…

GHORBA Group Ride at Lake Bryan!
by soccerdude        forums.mtbr.com
GHORBA will be holding a group ride at the Lake Bryan trails located in Bryan, Texas this Saturday June 16th at 10:00am. If you’ve never rode Lake Bryan this is a great opportunity to explore 20+ miles of singletrack spread out across two seperate trails. While not the most technical trail in Texas they do offer enough excitement for most beginner and intermediate riders plus they are well shaded which is appreciated this time of the year. The Brazos Valley Mountain Bike Association will be providing group leaders so we won’t get lost which is an easy thing to do on the East Loop. GHORBA will provide cold water, Gatorade, and light snacks free of charge to all…

Tour Du Rouge 2012
Written by Sean Valant        blog.hostgator.com

HostGator are proud to have presented the 2012 Tour Du Rouge, benefiting the Gulf Coast chapters of The American Red Cross.  The ride traversed five hundred and twenty-six miles, beginning in Houston on May 6th and ending in New Orleans on May 11th, at an average of 88 miles each day.  HostGator designed the awesome jerseys visible in the images below, as well as t-shirts and lots of other event graphics.  Allan, one of our Admins who participated in the ride this year, was kind enough to share some of his experiences with us. …

2012 Dirty Kanza 200 recap
by bikedenton

I rode the Dirty Kanza 200 last weekend. It’s a 200 mile gravel road race with exploding popularity. What started as 36 people starting in a parking lot a few years ago grew to 420 men and women of all ages riding the 2012 race. That’s right, men and women racing alongside each other. Rebecca Rusch would go on to finish 3rd overall. The race was a legend from the first year. The initial race reports caught my eye, and the sheer scale of the course was alluring. I read every DK200 article I could find, including reports from… (many pictures)

Council approves on-street bike plan
By Chris Beattie,         starlocalnews.com
The McKinney City Council on Tuesday approved the On-Street Bicycle Transportation Master Plan amid citizen controversy over its necessity and financial impact on the city.

The plan, which city staff has worked on over the past 18 months with consultants and residents, is designed to make the city more bicycle-friendly through bike lanes and other on-street facilities. …

Amarillo lawyer killed in car vs. bicycle
by Kyndel Lee-Bates        www.connectamarillo.com
Amarillo Lawyer Jeff Tankersley was killed Sunday afternoon when a vehicle struck him while he was riding his bicycle about one mile north of I-40 down South Dowell Road.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Tankersley was traveling northbound- wearing a helmet- when he was struck by a 2002 Honda Civic traveling southbound in the…

Cycle Cowtown
JPS to roll out North Texas 100-mile bicycle ride in 2013
by Carolyn Poirot, Reporter        www.fwbusinesspress.com

JPS Health Network is bringing a 100-mile bicycle ride to Fort Worth next summer and expects thousands of bike riders to roll into the city to participate.

Billed as a “warm-up to the Hotter’N Hell Hundred,” which attracts 14,000 or so people from all over the country to Wichita Falls each August, the first Cycle Cowtown is planned for June 22, 2013, Robert Earley, CEO of the JPS system, confirmed at the end of May. …

MP Crits Breakdown: Butler Stadium
by Ken            Texas Racing Life
Did you race the MP crit last week? How did it go? I thought it might be helpful to some if I break down this fun course and give some helpful hints on how to be successful on this course.

Above you’ll see a map of the course. The course is roughly .75 miles long, which makes it a shorter lap than any other course in Houston. By comparison, Memorial Park is around 1.2 miles, and Bear Creek is over a mile.  The course has 8 turns if you count the 2 U-turns as 1 turn each.  Because of how wide the course is, you can pedal through each of the corners, except the U-turns. Being a parking lot, there is some gravel and dirt on the…

New Belgium Brewing Urban Assault Ride in Austin, TX
by WB admin            The Wheel Brothers – Cycling in Texas
The New Belgium Brewing Urban Assault Ride Austin invites you to join their upcoming ride happening on June 24, 2012 at Fiesta Gardens Park Austin

We were lucky enough to be granted an interview with Dan Coppola, Event Manager of New Belgium Brewing Urban Assault Ride to ask some questions about their upcoming ride.

Why join the New Belgium Brewing Urban Assault Ride?
The New Belgium Urban Assault Ride is the nation’s largest bicycle scavenger hunt and obstacle race. People of all ages and cycling ability levels join us for a day of fun obstacles, silly contests, and beautiful riding through the…

@Spinistry        via Twitter
7/21 Midnight Massacre. Same staging area as last year but different routes. We won’t be going through Decatur…http://www.facebook.com/spinistry/posts/10151184491472892