Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for May 20th

Friday Night Beginner Ride – Brushy Creek Multi Use Trails
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Friday, May 24, 2013        5:30 PM
Brushy Creek Sports Park
2310 Brushy Creek Road, Cedar Park, TX (map)
Black Truck and Mountain Bike – look for the group of Mountain Bikers

I haven’t hosted one yet this year because I broke my leg in January.  Now that I’m sortof back on the bike, I’m looking forward to getting out for more rides.  Feel free to hit me up with questions, but most of your questions will be answered in the FAQ section.

We will be riding paved, semi paved and crushed gravel trails only.  I am limited in my leg strength, so this will be a true beginner ride. This…

Corsicana Stage Race
By Sheri        bicyclesoutbackracing.net

Though the field was not huge this year at Corsicana, the talent was stacked deep with several time trial specialists. The TT was won by Michelle Hayner, followed by Louis Smyth in 2nd and Allison Atkinson in 3rd.    The girls of Jubilee got off to a dismal start finishing 7th, 10th, and 12th.  Starting from so far behind, team Jubilee had to plot their upward movement.   Stage 2 was a challenging 8 corner course on bumpy bricks.  Jubilee had a harried start when Kathleen Hattaway flatted a little more than a mile away from the start line and had to get a wheel brought out to her.  She made it with a mere 30 seconds to spare.  The Crit started out fast with…

Summer Bash Coming Up on June 2nd
The Greater Dallas Bicyclists
Sunday, June 2, 2013        9:00 AM
Sunnyvale Town Center
356 Tripp Road, Sunnyvale, TX

GDB Members – mark your calendar and join us for this year’s Annual Summer Bash.

We will have 2 routes available for riders:
A slower paced shorter distance ride at the usual Sunday Roll pace and a longer distance moderately paced ride. Both routes will include a few hills and are “No Drop” rides.

Please note: there will be NO SUNDAY ROLL RIDE at the usual Preston/Royal location on this day.

Both rides will start at 9am and finish at 11:30 am. Lunch will be served at noon with a barbeque catered lunch which will…

NCC: New men’s leader as women’s standings tighten
…The NCC women’s standings are unchanged after the Wilmington Grand Prix. Erica Allar’s (Tucson, Ariz./CARE4CYCLING p/b Solomon Corp) lead has grown by six points to 313 over second-place Laura van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers). With 375 points, Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Cedar Springs, Mich./Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy) has moved within 10 points of second place and 113 points clear of fourth-place Kimberley Wells (AUS/Fearless Femme p/b Pure Energy). Jennifer Purcell (Austin, Texas/Colavita-Fine Cooking) sits in fifth place with 219 points, 43 points behind Wells. …

Warda Race Report
by TC            www.turnincranks.com
Bluff Creek Ranch in Warda, Texas is one of those trail destinations I just hasn’t made it out to yet. From what I knew about it from hearsay and a couple of videos, the trail wasn’t really my style. Pretty flat, exposed, un-technical, and wide open.

My assumptions were confirmed when I made it out to pre-ride the course with Kirby on the Thursday before the race. The course was an all out hammerfest and I’m not quite sure how anyone would say it isn’t. I’d like to know what exactly a hammerfest is, if it isn’t Warda!

Early in the season, I had expected to skip Warda for this very reason. But with still needing to get more races to get my 8 races for the series, and not…

Citychurch prepares for bicycle lunch delivery
by Andrea Flores        www.connectamarillo.com

AMARILLO, TEXAS — Citychurch in downtown Amarillo is making it their mission to feed needy kids around the city, and they’re doing it one bike ride at a time.

Citychurch Director Donnie Lane said volunteers will spend their summer days packing up to 2,400 lunch sacks to kids, mothers, and grandmothers. Each bag is filled with a fresh piece of fruit, popcorn, crackers, and cookies. They also include one hot food item, such as a taco, corn dog, or burrito. Lane said it costs $1.50 to fill a bag to feed a child. …

On the Lege: HB 200 Signed Into Law

A Centerpoint Energy power corridor ripe for trails near Memorial Park in Houston.Building recreational trails along Harris County electrical power line easements became easier last Thursday as Governor Perry signed into law HB 200 by Representative Jim Murphy (R-Houston). The bill, applying only to Harris County, better clarifies liabilities for utility companies so that they are more comfortable permitting trails in their easements. This bill will provide connectivity between the north-south utility corridors and the predominantly east-west bayou trail system, creating a more comprehensive grid of trails in…


Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup May 7th

STCC Bike Month Facts #7
by sooner1        Shawnee Trail Cycling Club
The Colony

This is a relatively quiet community that has a growing cycling presence.  Sitting on Lewisville Lake and out of the way of most major bike routes, most cyclists outside the city don’t even know its there.  Shawnee Trail Cycling Club has discovered the good streets, wonderful views of the lake and growing cycling infrastructure.  As promised, we’ll give you just a snapshot of what this city…

Safe passing ordinance coming to Houston council Wednesday
The City Council on Wednesday will consider a safe passing ordinance  requiring drivers to give cyclists, pedestrians, equestrians and other non-vehicular road users three feet of space at all times. Commercial trucks will have to give the vulnerable users six feet of space if the ordinance passes.

Houston is the only major city in Texas that does not have a safe passing law, though…

Bicycle races to take place this weekend in Corsicana, surrounding areas
By Janet Jacobs Corsicana Daily Sun
Corsicana — On Saturday, about 300 bicyclists will come to town for the weekend to participate in a series of races in and around Corsicana known as the Corsicana Stage Race. This is their second year to base the races here.

The Dallas Racing bike club will once again host the event, which is sponsored by Sun and Ski Sports and…

Organizations team up to give free bike helmets to children
By KAREN SMITH WELCH        Amarillo Globe-News
Members of the medical community joined Monday to throw a health fair for Maverick Boys & Girls Clubs children.

The Texas Medical Association granted $800 toward the fair as part of its Hard Hats for Little Heads program, which gives free bicycle helmets to children across the state, according to the association and fair coordinator Michelle McClelland.

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Amarillo contributed another…

I was planning on riding this one but I was in the hospital.

More than 750 bikers take part in Fulshear’s ‘Bike for Mike’
By Denise Adams            www.fbherald.com

On an unseasonably chilly May morning, over 750 bikers lined up on the Union Chappel Vineyards and Bar O Ranch road for the annual Michael T. McCann Memorial Ride bicycling event. Bike For Mike, as the race is known, honors the late Dr. Michael McCann, an avid bicyclist and Fulshear promoter.

McCann passed away in 2007 from cancer, but his memory lives on in the Bike for Mike. The race was…

UNT/Denton Ride of Silence
5/15/13 7pm UNT Union
This is the 1st Annual Ride of Silence for the UNT-Denton community. The UNT Triathlon club and the UNT Cycling club combine with UNT faculty and the Denton community to ride in silence. We ride for those before us.
This FREE bike ride is in promotion of Bike Safety, “Share the Road” campaign, and to ride in memoriam of those killed and injured before us. We will be riding for all…

2012/2013 WInter TT series overall results
by JonathanL        bvmba.net
1st place overall points                    Travis Prochaska
2nd Place overall points                   James Munnerlyn
3rd place overall points                   Kerry Snow-Alley

Fastest Intermediate Female           Kerry Snow-Alley
Fastest Beginner Male                      Jonathin
Fastest Intermediate Male               Joel Reyes
Fastest Advanced Male                     JP Rheault

Travis was presented with an awesome trophy, that James kindly made, and a $50 Aggieland Cycling voucher! Congratulations to everyone who took part and many thanks to…



Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup May 12th

2nd Annual Fort Worth Fat Tire Festival
by MoJo Neophyte        www.bikemojo.com
GOOD MORNING! I don’t know about you, but it looks like a great Sunday for a bicycle party! Sunny skies, cool weather and low humidity – the complete opposite of last year’s Fat Tire Festival weather (except for the sun!). Below is more info on the 2nd Annual Fat Tire Festival . . .

– Yes, Virginia, it did rain at Gateway Park and (as of Saturday morning) the trails are closed to riding. However, I was at the trail Thursday night and to be honest they needed some rain. With some sun, wind and time things should be much better later today and tomorrow. Keep checking the forum for updates on Gateway Park trail conditions throughout the day.
– Speaking of the Gateway Park trails I don’t think that I’ve seen them in better shape. Gateway has the perfect mix of elevation, flow and rhythm. Matt and Andy, as well as, the whole FWMBA gang really do have to be commended for…

Cyclists flock to FrankenBike swap meet
Pam LeBlanc, Fit City
Take a cycling fanatic to FrankenBike and watch his eyes spin like bike wheels.

Cranksets and derailleurs spread on tabletops. Bike seats and handlebars heaped on blankets. Racks of used cycling jerseys. And did we mention beer?

Open to anyone who wants to buy, sell or trade bicycles and bicycle-related gear or parts, Austin-born FrankenBike takes place monthly at rotating sites across the city. Part bike swap meet, part keg party and all bike-geek-o-rama, the latest edition unfolded on the lawn of University Cyclery on North Lamar Boulevard. “It’s a lot cheaper than buying new parts, and you can get really cool stuff,” says…

Corsicana Stage Race debuts Saturday
By Michael Kormos Corsicana Daily Sun
Corsicana — It wasn’t cars or chili or a parade filling downtown Corsicana streets Saturday — it was high performance racing bicycles speeding through the streets.

And it’s an event that could place the city on an important bicycle tour competition each year.

The Corsicana & Navarro County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Dallas Racing Club and Corsicana Convention & Visitor Bureau hosted its inaugural…

Bike helmets, other safety/health ideas covered during Helo’s Health and Safety Day at Capp Park

Josiah Mendoza, 4, is fitted for a new bicycle helmet by Martha Howell at the Lubbock-Crosby-Garza County Medical Society Alliance and Texas Medical Association booth during the Hero’s Health and Safety Day at Clapp Park on Saturday. The group gave away 100 free helmets. …

Ride of Silence
May 16 event to promote safe biking, driving
By Stuart Frohm        for the Midland Daily News
A silent ride by bicyclists is planned for 7 p.m. May 16 in Midland. It will be in honor and memory of cyclists injured and killed in accidents with motor vehicles on public roadways.

The Ride of Silence will be the eighth annual event in Midland.

Such rides began 10 years ago in Dallas, Texas, and are planned for more than 250 other sites around the world.

Local and area participants are asked to arrive by 6:30 p.m. at the Midland Civic Arena, 405 Fast Ice Drive off Bay City Road. Cyclists may make the entire 12-mile round trip — to H.H. Dow High School and back to the…

Walk Versus Talk
by Steve A            Dallas Point-to-Point
This Scene Captures a Sense of What FW is About – Strictly IMO
I Might as Well Have Used the PANTHER PIC – Foisted on FW by D OR “A Tale of Two Cities”

To the outside world, “DFW” is all one place. However, it really isn’t. Like many metropolitan areas, DFW has many individual cities within in it. To my “Yankee” eyes, the DFW Metroplex has a more, distinct, bipolar nature than other places I’ve lived or visited extensively. While Seattle, Everett, and Tacoma are all distinct to those that “know,” they are clearly birds of the same species. Ditto for Los Angeles and the South Bay cities – or even Anaheim. In DFW, sometimes it reminds me of an echo of life on either side of the Berlin Wall. I was reminded of this yesterday when I happened to have to go into Downtown Fort Worth on the same day I checked…

CyclingATX        @CyclingATX        via Twitter
Today we posted our 1st cyclingatx.com Featured Partner Video of the Week from Bicycle Sport Shop. Check it…

Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for May 10th

@bikegeek        via Twitter
Threaded the needle thru waves of storms. Dry bike commute to/from the office. Whew!

@AustinCycling        via Twitter
Volunteering for the #Armadillo has its advantages! ow.ly/aLDaw Positions still available!!

Guy Finds Stolen Bike on Craigslist, Steals It Back
via Newser by Evann Gastaldo
When Danny Lesh found his stolen bike listed for sale on Craigslist and police couldn’t help him right away, he decided to take matters into his own hands. The $600 Cannondale hybrid, which had a prominent identifying sticker on it, was listed for sale for $100 and Lesh arranged to…

Concrete BMX park in Cedar Park? Parks Advisory Board Meeting Monday, May 14th at 6:30pm
by Il Pirate        Austin Ridge Riders
Cedar Park riders……
There is going to be a meeting in Cedar Park to discuss a concrete BMX park. This could be an opportunity to get something really big going in Cedar Park. There has been discussion regarding a progressive trail system as well. My wife and I have already scouted close to 20 miles of piece-meal existing trail (game trails, walking trails, jeep trail, etc.) on 4 connected tracts of land. The meeting is Monday May 14th. …

Austin Downtown REI — Yellow Bike and REI Bike Drive
by Il Pirate        Austin Ridge Riders
REI Austin Downtown will host a bike drive on Saturday, May 26th. Austin’s Yellow Bike Project (YBP) will be accepting bikes and parts at any level of completeness and disrepair. Donated bikes will be fixed up by YBP volunteers, who’ll learn while they work, and put back into action on Austin streets. All bikes are welcome, but in an effort to help kids get…

San Antonio Residents – Vote Saturday May 12 for Better Roads for Biking
On May 12, 2012 San Antonio voters will have the opportunity to vote on $596 million in capital improvements – better streets, safer sidewalks, reduced flooding and new and improved parks, libraries, fire stations and museums – all over the city. This is an opportunity to invest in San Antonio’s future, but only if voters step up…

Mother’s Day Weekend Special – Pantego to Lillian
Pace: Touring with a Fast Pace Option
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012 – 8:00am
Location: Pantego Christian Academy, 2201 W Park Row Dr, Arlington (between Bowen and Fielder)
Join Connie for a fun morning of cycling on this Mother’s Day weekend. You already got a card for Mom, right? If not, you may be doing the short route!

Park in the Pantego Christian Academy High School parking lot. For those of you who remember back that far, it’s where the old Stripling & Cox store used to be. It’s the Park Row West shopping center…

BikeTexas Continues Innovation Streak with Groupon Grassroots
Alliance for Biking & Walking: People Powered Blog
Only weeks after receiving their Alliance Advocacy Award for Innovation, BikeTexas is at it again. As part of their campaign to promote safe cycling, the organization is providing complimentary bike lights to Texas riders. To raise funds for this outreach, they have turned to a unique new source for good.

On Earth Day, the online daily deal site Groupon marshaled its resources to promote community benefits and re-launched their support of nonprofit initiatives in Groupon Grassroots. As with other Groupon…

QBP recalls Salsa Minimalist racks
WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN) Thursday May 10 2012 10:00 AM MT—Quality Bicycle Products is recalling about 1,100 Salsa Minimalist racks because the mounting straps can break.

QBP has received reports of two racks failing, resulting in minor injuries due to falls, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The recall involves all Salsa Minimalist bicycle racks sold after January 2011. The racks are made of tubular aluminum with a black or silver finish, and can be installed on either the front or rear of a bicycle. The recalled bicycle racks have steel mounting straps with a single hole in the…

Bikerumor Bike Shop Video Challenge: Jack & Adam’s Bicycles – Austin, TX
by Kristibee        www.bikerumor.com

President George W. Bush joins in on W100 Wounded Warrior ride
by AdamNewman        DirtRag
No matter which end of the political spectrum you fall on, you have to respect former President George W. Bush’s ability to tear up a trail. It’s quite possible he was the most physically fit president we’ve ever had.

On April 26-28, 2012, 19 servicemen and women wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan joined President Bush for the W100, a 100 kilometer mountain bike ride in Palo Duro Canyon State Park. As part of the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s Military Service Initiative, the W100 highlights the bravery and sacrifice of the warriors…

Changing Judy Into Madeleine
by Steve A            Dallas Point-to-Point
I’m in no real rush here. Part of the enjoyment of a new bike is changing it into what you wish it to be. In many ways, it is very akin to what James Stewart did when he asked Judy to change into Madeleine.

The Mercier, when it arrived, was both pretty complete, but strangely lacking at the same time. A couple of photos illustrating the situation, follow. Definitely not something you’d get from a bike show. Also not something…

Review – Solo Classique Cycling Jersey
by Christopher Curnutt        Biking in Dallas
Dave Patterson wearing the Solo Classique Cycle Jersey

I recently got my hands on a Solo cycle jersey for review.  Solo Cycle Clothing (“race-bred cyclewear) is based in New Zealand and only entered the USA market recently.  I don’t typically get excited about sport cycle wear but…

Omni Fort Worth Hotel plans to help its guests hit the bike trails
By Barry Shlachter, Scott Nishimura and Sandra Baker
Star-Telegram Staff Writers
Cowtown is building a cycling culture. And the Omni Fort Worth Hotel eagerly announced last month that it would offer guests free use of bicycles around downtown or along the Trinity beginning May 1.

May Day came and went, however, and more than a week later, Omni marketing executive Larry Auth said he’s still in talks with a local bike shop to set up what the hotel is calling the Trinity Trails Bicycle…

Corsicana, chamber prepare for debut of bicycle racing weekend
By Paul Hooper Corsicana and Navarro County Chamber of Commerce
CORSICANA – The Corsicana & Navarro County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Dallas Racing Club and Corsicana Convention & Visitor Bureau will be hosting our first annual Corsicana Stage Race this weekend, May 12 and 13. The race, part of the Texas Bicycle Racing Association Texas Cup Series, will attract competitors from all corners of Texas and beyond. Racers will descend on Corsicana for a weekend of action packed racing. Like the Tour de France, racers will take part in several stages…

Common Terms and Signals on a Group Ride
by sooner1            Shawnee Trail Cycling Club
Below are some of the common verbal signals expected on Shawnee Trail Cycling Club rides.  Being consistent in your communication is essential in a group ride.  Using unexpected commands leaves those cyclists behind you clueless and can lead to an accident. Don’t make up signals because you think they may be…

25th Annual Cross Timbers Classic in Fort Worth, TX
by WB admin            The Wheel Brothers – Cycling in Texas
The 25th Annual Cross Timbers Classic benefiting Northwest Metroport Chamber of Commerce and Flower Mound Rotary invites you to join their upcoming ride happening on May 19, 2012 at Texas Motor Speedway

We were lucky enough to be granted an interview with Jill Burns, Event Coordinator of Cross Timbers Classic to ask some questions about their upcoming ride.

Why join the this year’s ride?
To meet friendly volunteers and enjoy the beautiful North Texas countryside.

How long has the event been around?
It’s our 25th anniversary this year! Every rider who crosses the finish line will receive a…