Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for August 3rd

McKinney Falls Bike Ride
Austin Sierra Club Outings
Sunday, August 4, 2013    8:00 AM
Martin Park
10 Chicon St, Austin, TX (map)
Join us on a hilly 32-mile ride to McKinney Falls and Onion Creek, with a shady break (water, restrooms) midway through the ride.
Riders must wear a helmet and obey all traffic laws.  Riders should have water, gloves, repair kit, lock, cell phone, ID, money. Expect to ride about 32 miles at a 12 mph pace – make sure that is suitable for you – as we plan to stick together as a group. Cue sheets will…

Middle Of The Road (MOTR) Rides
One, two, three, four…aww heck! Let’s just say that over 10,000 good-natured bikers showed up for today’s MOTR ride to Buda, Texas. Wow! — at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop

DFW Tour de Curre
CandSAdventures        www.bikeforums.net
Rode the DFW Tour de Cure today. This was may second year to ride it. Last year was not enjoyable. The charity rides always say it’s not a race. This year, I slowed way down and instead of riding the 60 mile route, trying to go at it hard, I chose the 32. I had a blast! This was my 5th charity ride this year and maybe my favorite. The route was good. Very little wind. It is always hot in N. Texas this time of the year…no big deal, just had to plan for it. It was nice to enjoy the scenery instead of pushing for a faster pace.

My daily ride is always alone so these rides are fun for me and I use them a motivational goals. I meet the most…

Read the August edition of the The Pedaler
San Antonio Wheelmen
Welcome to August!  This week has been one of the warmest weeks of the summer.  Maybe we’re in for an extremely hot August.

Where do you buy your cycling accessories?  Do you go online or do you head to your favorite local bike shop?  I hope that it’s the latter because our local bike shops need the business in order for them to provide the…

Cancer survivors cycle for hope
Cycle for Hope benefits Children’s Mircle Network and the Southwest Cancer Center
By R.S. DOUGLAS        lubbockonline.com

In 2008, Jason Morton went to the doctor’s office for lower back pain, and was diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer.

He spent the next four months receiving chemotherapy treatments at University Medical Center’s Southwest Cancer Center. After his experience, he paired up with Greg Penkert, controller for UMC, to create a program that would give back to the community and…

Cycle for Hope gets bike wheels turning for a good cause

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A group of local athletes got their wheels turning for a great cause Saturday morning.

The 2nd Annual Cycle for Hope rolled out to raise money for the Southwest Cancer Center, Celebrate Today Fund and the Children’s Miracle Network.

The 7-mile ride took cyclists through…


Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for August 1st

2013 Specialized Roubaix Elite Apex Compact after one week
by Ray Garza        RGV Cycling

It is the start of my second week with my new bike, the 2013 Specialized Roubaix Elite Apex Compact. I spent a long time with the bike shop using the loaner bike, tweaking the setup until I could ride comfortably (or close enough). After searching their catalog to see what is available at my frame size. The picking were slim due to the transition from the 2013 to the 2014 models that I found myself in. Not wanting…

In memory of Dale T, a fellow Dailymiler
by Ray Garza        RGV Cycling

The last week has been busy and stressful too. A fellow Dailymile friend was hit and died in a car-bike collision. From what I understand, Dale was out cycling in the morning and was hit from behind and died at the scene. When I saw a post, from a friend of mine on Facebook, I was shocked and heart-broken to read about it.

What can I say about Dale? He loved to cycle. It didn’t matter if it was a two-hour session on the trainer or out on the road heading to the Lighthouse. He rode every day and was putting in 300-450 miles per week. How he did that, plus the long hours at his job, keep up the family life and taking the…

Fort Worth Bike Sharing wins grant to expand network, add bikes
By Scott Nishimura        Fort Worth Star Telegram
FORT WORTH — Fort Worth Bike Sharing won a $554,610 Texas Transportation Department grant to add 10 bike stations and 100 bikes, officials announced …

Walnut Creek Workday
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Wednesday, August 7, 2013        5:30 PM
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX (map)
Meet in the pool parking lot
What: Walnut Creek Workday
When: Wednesday, August 7th, from 5:30PM to 8:30PM
Where: Meet in the pool parking lot and head into the woods at 5:30PM. If you miss us there, we will be at the Log Pile in Mark’s Art.
What are we doing: We will be finishing the new log pile in Mark’s Art.
What to bring: …

Downtown launches program to help businesses install more bike racks
By Jessica Savage        www.caller.com

CORPUS CHRISTI — Finding a place to park a bicycle in Corpus Christi is about to get easier.
New blue and green bike racks are making a permanent appearance along curb lines in the downtown area. The first wave of racks were installed Friday outside House of Rock, 511 Starr Street, and the Realty Exchange Group building at 402 Peoples Street. It’s a sign of a partnership between the Downtown Management District and Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation aimed at…

Cyclists to ride for UMC cancer funding
Cycle for Hope begins Saturday morning
By ELLYSA GONZALEZ        lubbockonline.com
Competitive and recreational cyclists will have the opportunity to ride for the University Medical Center, Children’s Miracle Network and the Celebrate Today Fund that benefits the Southwest Cancer Center.

The second annual Cycle For Hope begins 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 from the main entrance of UMC. The course will take riders on a seven-mile bike ride around Texas Tech University and…

Mountain biking trails open at Buescher
By Pam LeBlanc        www.statesman.com
(subscription required)
Looking for new terrain to explore on two wheels? Buescher State Park will open 7.5 miles of trails to mountain bikers starting Aug. 15.
Until now, trails at the park were reserved for hiking only. Visitors who still want that experience can use hiking-only trails at nearby Bastrop State Park. …

2013 Masters Track Nationals day two recap
By Robert Annis            www.usacycling.org
Indianapolis, Ind. (July 31, 2013) — A wet start didn’t dampen riders’ spirits as aggressive racing and dominant victories were the themes of the day at the 2013 USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships in Indianapolis on Wednesday. …

…History repeated itself in the female 55+ sprint and male 50-54 sprint races, as last year’s champions Rita Kacala (Racine, Wis./ISCorp Cycling – NCSF) and Todd Hayes (Ann Arbor, Mich.) retained their stars-and-stripes jerseys. Both won their best-of-three races in two straight against Elizabeth Heller (St. Louis, Mo.) and Wilhelmus Zegers (Weston, Florida/Chester County Cycling Foundation), respectively.

Catherine Moore (Waco, Texas/ThinkFinance Racing) dominated the…


Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for July 22nd

San Antonio Housing Authority hosts Mission Road Bike Ride
On July 13, 2013, the San Antonio Housing Authority hosted the Mission Road Bike Ride. An estimated 60 bicyclists, from toddlers in bike trailers to senior citizens, rode from SAHA’s offices on Flores St. through the neighborhoods to Mission Concepcion, less than 3 miles away. …

Summer X Games ride into Austin: Austin wins summer X Games bid, prepares to welcome extreme fans
By Bobby Blanchard, Sara Beth Purdy            www.dailytexanonline.com

Within the state of Texas, sports are a way of life. Home to two MLB teams, two NFL teams, three NBA teams, NBC’s Friday Night Lights and a mob of frenzied fans, Texas is known for its all-American, traditional sports culture.
But the decision by ESPN to bring the summer X Games, a competition featuring events including motocross, rallycross, skateboarding and BMX, to Austin next May has the power to change the…

Smurfboy River Legacy Race Results
Saturday, July 13, 2013 6:00 PM (GMT-5)
Race info
Sport:     Cycling – mtn cross-country
Start type:     Mass start
Racers:     105
Laps:     Time-limited
Timed on:     iPad
Timed with:     Webscorer PRO
Version:     1.6.1
Location:     Dallas, TX
Country:     United States
Updated:     Sun, July 21, 2013    11:03 PM (GMT-5)…

Metro train hits, kills woman on bike in downtown Houston
By Dale Lezon        www.chron.com

A young woman on bicycle died after being hit by a Metro train Monday morning in downtown Houston, officials said.
The incident occurred about 8:10 a.m. on Main near Walker, according to the Houston Police Department.
Patrick Negly said the collision occurred almost right in fron of where he was sitting. He said he saw the person riding a bicycle down the tracks. He said he started screaming for the person to get out of the way. Then he saw the impact.
Negly believes the person was…

Chili’s donating to Cycle for Hope on Monday
By KCBD Staff
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – If you feel like going out to eat tonight and also want to help out a good cause you can head over to Chili’s on Slide Road.
From 4 p.m. until close Monday night, anyone who presents the flyer attached to this story will have 10 percent of their order donated to the upcoming Cycle for Hope event here in Lubbock. …

How GIS Can Help Make for Safer Routes to School
by Michelle Fisher        www.stnonline.com

In the recent webinar, “Harnessing the Power of GIS for Safe Routes to School,” the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) National Partnership brought together GIS experts to discuss current uses, trends and stumbling blocks in school- and route-planning efforts.

This webinar, along with a new SRTS report, was designed to help school administrators better understand GIS tools and maps that work to improve student safety. …

…He pointed webinar participants to the report, “A Framework for GIS and Safe Routes to School: Improving Data Collection, Access and Usage,” which reports findings and recommendations from 15 GIS experts who participated in an April SRTS forum in Austin, Texas. …

Well, it wasn’t Paris France…
Plano Bicycling Association
…But it was still the Tour de Paris (Texas) and it was conquered by one of the PBA’s most admired cycling families: the Atkinson’s; Kathy, David, and Matt.

Voting and Suggestions for Bike Share Stations Begins Today

A San Antonio B-cycle stationBike sharing is coming to Austin! Joining San Antonio, Houston, and Fort Worth, Austin will soon become the fourth Texas city to have a bike sharing program. In the meantime, the City of Austin’s Public Works Department and local non-profit Bike Share of Austin need your input. They’re requesting feedback from the public to identify bike share locations throughout the city.

Individuals are asked to suggest where they would like a station to be placed and vote for already suggested locations. Participants are also asked to select a color preference for…

Rebecca Creek Ride
San Antonio Wheelmen
Date:     07/28/2013
Time:     08:00 AM-11:00 AM
Location:     Bulverde Elementary School
Bulverde, TX
Rebecca Creek Ride (N) [R to H] Routes of 16, 22, 32, and 48 miles.

The new & improved Rebecca now includes water stops on all routes. The short routes are rolling, while the 32 & 48 mile rides have lots of hills. Ride starts at Bulverde Elementary School. Take US 281 North to the FM 1863/Bulverde exit. Turn left and…


Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for May 16th

San Antonio Trails? I-10, 410, 1604, 281 area
by sinfony78        forums.mtbr.com/texas
I am visiting and staying right in the center of those 4 highways, don’t know what that area is called. Can someone recommend a trail I can hit up for an hour or two around those parts? GMaps shows Orsinger and Phil Hardberger parks are nearby. I think I can sneak away for a short while with the HT. Thanks.

by XRaptor
Salado Creek out of Hardberger is going to be right by you. Its a very fun technical trail and is not too hard to follow for the first few miles as the paved walk way runs along it. Once you pass the Huebner rd overpass I would recommend meeting up with someone to show you around as it can…

The Texas Bicycle Racing Association
May Events

18SatTexas CupCross the Basin Road Race (r)
18SatTexas CupCross the Basin Time Trial (r)Odessa
18SatTexas CupMatrix Track Cup (v)Frisco (Superdrome)
18SatRace Du Lac (r)Lake Charles, LA
19SunTexas CupMatrix Track Cup (v)Frisco (Superdrome)
19SunTexas CupOne SFI Criterium @ One De Zavala Center (r)San Antonio
19SunRace Du Lac (r)Lake Charles, LA
21TueTuesday Night Crit (r)McKinney
22WedValley View Criterium Series (r)Dallas
22WedTBi/TRP Wednesday Night Crits (r)Fort Worth
22WedBear Creek Crit Series (r)Houston
23ThuKingRacingGroup Thursday Night Crits (r)Dallas
23ThuPURE Driveway Series One (r)Austin
24FriTexas CupBike the Bricks IV (r)McKinney
24FriATRA Friday Night Omnium Series (v)Katy (Alkek)
25SatTexas CupTexas State Criterium-Age-Based (Gary Glickman) (r)Dallas
26SunTexas A&M San Antonio Circuit Series (r)San Antonio
26SunTexas CupGS Tenzing Criterium (r)Plano
27MonTexas CupTexas State Criterium – Skill-Based (r)Plano
28TueTuesday Night Crit (r)McKinney
29WedValley View Criterium Series (r)Dallas
29WedTBi/TRP Wednesday Night Crits (r)Fort Worth
29WedBear Creek Crit Series (r)Houston
30ThuKingRacingGroup Thursday Night Crits (r)Dallas
30ThuPURE Driveway Series One (r)Austin
31FriSuperdrome Keirin Series (v)Frisco (Superdrome)

Smurf Boy Summer Endurance Series
2013 Smurf Boy RCP    Jun 15, 2013
2013 Smurf Boy OCNP    Jun 29, 2013
2013 Smurf Boy River Legacy     Jul 13, 2013
2013 Smurf Boy Cedar Hill    Jul 27, 2013


Woodlands Cycling Club
Thursday, May 23, 2013, 06:15pm
by Kevin Franklin
Start location: Stonebridge Church, The Woodlands
Ride Route: Red Oak/’Mt. Vernon’ subdivision
Team Rides are hosted by a group of club members involved in all disciplines of competitive cycling (WCCRT). Ride pace and distance are geared toward the competitive cyclist. The Tue/Thur Team rides are…

Cycle for Hope, Lubbock UMC August 3rd, 2013
Cycle for hope is a 7 mile bicycle ride at the Texas Tech University and UMC campuses that starts and finishes at UMC. The event will be held on August 3, 2013 and we are expecting a large turnout from the community.

The event is a fun ride that is targeted for the general public, although cycling enthusiasts are encouraged to attend as well. There will be rest stops available throughout the course. Registration fees are $25. All registrants who register by July 5, 2013 will be guaranteed an event t-shirt.

Awards will be given for: …

Bike Lanes and Equity
by Jay Walljasper            www.peopleforbikes.org

City leaders from six U.S. cities are convening yesterday and today in Austin, Texas for an unprecedented two-day leadership summit to discuss green lanes and equity. The focus of the Austin Bike Lanes and Equity Summit is on building support for modern, next-generation green lanes, also called protected bike lanes or cycletracks, and related street safety improvements in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. The Austin Bike Lanes and Equity gathering is part of a series of best practices workshops hosted by…

Irving Bike Fest drew lots of cycling fans
By DEBORAH FLECK / NEWS ASSISTANT        www.dallasnews.com

Perfect weather helped to draw a good crowd to Irving Bicycle Fest Saturday at Lively Pointe Youth Center. Bicycling fans of all ages watched BMX stunt shows, learned about bicycle safety, visited with vendors and even made smoothies using pedal power.

Organized by the Bike Lane Task Force, the event included a group ride, where bicyclists were escorted by Irving Police and a…

Police: Driver struck bicyclist, spat on officer
By Julie Chang        American-Statesman Staff
A man was arrested Friday after police say he hit a bicyclist and then spit on an officer, according to an arrest affidavit.

Landon Blayne Hutchins, 34, has been charged with failure to stop and render aid and harassment of a public servant.

A bicyclist told police, who responded at 12:39 p.m., that he was stopped at a stop sign at 45th Street and Shoal Creek Boulevard when he was hit from behind, causing him to be thrown off his bicycle, the affidavit said. He said that he saw a…

Ride of Silence

Members of the METRO Cycling Club biked from the Downtown Transit Center to Memorial Park yesterday where they joined BikeHouston and Houston City Council Member Ed Gonzalez for the Tenth Annual Ride of Silence to City Hall.

The gathered cyclists took to the roads in a silent procession, honoring cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways.  Cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, but sharing the road requires education for both the motoring public and cyclists.  BikeHouston, a cycling…