Texas Bicycling News Roundup April 8th

Invisible no more: Brownsville’s neglected biking culture goes public

April Corbin, PeopleForBikes equity writer

When the City of Brownsville decided to use bicycles to promote community health, skeptics said interest simply wasn’t there.
They aren’t saying that anymore.
Over the last decade—but especially in the past few years—the Texas border town has proven to residents and funders alike that its biking culture is alive and well. A series of well-attended open streets events and strategic partnerships have helped Brownsville raise millions of dollars to boost its infrastructure (including adding more than 30 miles of bike lanes in a year) and launch several community-based health initiatives. It’s even …

Cyclo-cross Success Begins Now

By Elliot Reinecke, Source Endurance Associate Coach.        texasbikeracing.com

The majority of amateur athletes, and even a lot of pros, have jobs outside of training and racing bikes that limit their ability or opportunity to train. For the time-crunched, heavily-worked cyclists focusing on cyclo-cross (CX) as their main passion, this isn’t such a bummer.
For those who focus on racing road and mountain bikes, where the season is during the summer, there is a huge stress of trying to log base miles in the wintertime. One problem with winter base miles, for those with jobs, is that it doesn’t get light until 8am or so and it gets dark at 5pm. This is a problem if …

San Antonio Could Lose Bikeshare, Too

by Robert Rivard        therivardreport.com

San Antonio B-Cycle, by most measures, should be a national model: first bikeshare program in Texas, one of the first in the nation, and after four years its network of 55 stations and 450 bikes is set to expand to 76 stations and 650 bikes with a $1.2 million Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) grant. Nearly every neighborhood surrounding downtown will have stations by the end of 2015.
Unlike rideshare, where Uber and Lyft have suspended service to protest city regulations, bikeshare has become an integral part of the urban landscape since its launch in 2011. The understated grey bikes have been checked out 275,000 times. Riders have pedaled 818,000 miles, burning 36 million calories on the path to making San Antonio a healthier city. More …

Benefit Bike Ride for Julian Andrade set for April 18


The family of the late Julian Andrade, AKA Captain America, will hold a Benefit Bike Ride on Saturday, April 18. He is the son of Valerie and San Antonio Police Officer Jose Andrade.
The youngster had been diagnosed with a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor. He passed away on March 26.
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The event is set for Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Texas South, 1933 W. Oaklawn in Pleasanton.
The fundraiser will include a bike ride, live music, barbecue plates for $8 each and a raffle. Tickets for the bike ride are $15 for a single rider and $20 for double riders (includes barbecue plates). …

Librarians to swim, bike and run at Texas Library Association conference in Austin

by Pam LeBlanc        fitness.blog.austin360.com

So much for that stereotype.
The Texas Library Association meets in Austin this month, and organizers are planning a lineup of fitness events that feel more badass than bookie.
“This year we decided to Austin-ify it a bit,” says Cate Sweeney, a librarian at Bee Cave Public Library who serves on the Health and Wellness committee of the annual conference.
Actually, and I love this, the group has planned a 5K and downtown walking tour as part of its meeting for quite some time.
But this year, organizers are adding a “Cycle 4 Libraries” event on Tuesday, April 14. Librarians will pedal about 25 miles, touring libraries along the way. They’re also hosting a Barton Springs “polar bear plunge” on Wednesday, April 15. The 5K fun run is set for Thursday, April 16.
Those who participate in all …

Georgetown Cyclewerx

by Kate Morris        impactnews.com

Store owner’s passion more than a hobby
On April 25 cyclists will line up by the dozen to wind through Williamson County for the Red Poppy Ride, and although Georgetown Cyclewerx owner Paul Littlefield will not be on a bicycle, he is still gearing up for the event.
“The Red Poppy is our biggest thing that we support during the spring,” Littlefield said. “We have a tent, and people can bring their bike and get last-minute adjustments. Surprisingly we do a lot of that the morning of—whether it’s people have things go wrong, or they show up with equipment not ready to go.”
For Littlefield bicycles have always been more than just a hobby.
“I’ve been working full time in a bike shop since I was 19,” he said. “[And] I had experience before that … because my family had a bike shop when I was a kid.”
Littlefield, a native of Wichita Falls, moved to …

James Cole Malone Killed after Car Hits Bicycle in Southlake, TX Accident

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

Southlake, TX — A young man on a bicycle was injured and later passed away after he was hit by a car in Southlake, police said. He was identified as James “Cole” Malone, 16 years old, and the accident happened at about 8:00 p.m. on Monday of this week, April 6, 2015.
The news said that Malone had been riding his bicycle along Byron Nelson Parkway that night, headed south, when he was hit by a car near Lilac Lane. The driver of the car, a woman, told police that Malone was trying to cross the road on his bike when she hit him. …

Why your backyard ride is the best ride ever

Kristin Butcher, contributing writer        www.peopleforbikes.org

Bicycling magazines are filled with images of spectacularly fit cyclists winding up picturesque switchbacks, touring along century-old cobblestone roads, and weaving between trees in a magical place somewhere far, far away.
With a little luck (like, the lottery winning kind), we’ll all find a way to explore those magazine routes up close and in person. But today is not that today.
Today we don’t have time to fly to Italy. We can’t even get away for the ride that’s far enough away to feel like an escape but still ends in our own bed that night. All we have right now is the ride out our front door, which, in lieu of majestic views, offers features like inattentive drivers, potholes and …

Participate in the 4000 ATLAS Bike Ride, May 30

By vasormgmt        blog.villasatsor.com

Here at The Villas at Stone Oak, we love celebrating everything that make Austin our favorite city. This May, celebrate your hometown and work for a great cause at the ATLAS Ride on Sunday, May 30.
The ATLAS Ride is a unique biking event in Austin aimed at helping fight cancer. A team of more than 700 cyclists are teaming up to ride form Texas to Alaska in the name of cancer research. On May 30, supporters are …

Moonlight Bicycle Madness rolls on Friday, May 8


The City of Beaumont Recreation Division will host its annual Moonlight Bicycle Madness bike ride on Friday, May 8.
This popular annual event is open to riders of all skill levels. The 14-mile course begins and ends at Rogers Park, and includes rest stops, live entertainment and door prizes. Helmets and lights are strongly recommended.
Registration will be from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Rogers Park, 1455 Dowlen Road. Advance registration is …

Leaders break ground on West Side hike, bike trail


SAN ANTONIO – About a year from now, people living near the Alazan Creek on the West Side will have a new recreational area.
City leaders broke ground Tuesday on the new Alazan Creek hike and bike trail which will run from the Woodlawn Lake Park casting pond to the Lombrano Street.
Walkers, runners and cyclists will be …

Dallas bicycle officer expected to be released from hospital Thursday

by Julie Fancher        thescoopblog.dallasnews.com

The Dallas police officer who collapsed while on bike patrol last month is expected to be released from the hospital Thursday, Dallas Police Association President Ron Pinkston said.
“Great news!! Our officer will be getting out of the hospital and starting rehab #prayersanswered,” the police association said Wednesday via Twitter.
On March 27, Senior Cpl. Jimmy Thongrivong was patrolling the Santa Fe Trail, near …

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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 Cycling News Digest January 11th

USA cyclo-cross championships delayed 24 hours


Officials stop Sunday racing after surface damage at Zilker Park
The USA cyclo-cross championships in Austin, Texas, have been delayed 24 hours due to the effects of heavy rain and damage to the grass and surface at Zilker Park.
USA Cycling initially announced that the championships had been suspended but the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department announced via Twitter the racing had been cancelled due to “over concerns for the turf and root zone exposure” at Zilker Park.
USA Cycling then announced via Twitter that the events would be held on …

Riders, staff, fans react to USA cyclo-cross nationals postponement


Armstrong, Horner, Vos chime in
As one might expect, today’s decision by the city of Austin, Texas, to change the date of the USA Cyclo-cross National Championships because of what the parks department deemed was too much mud caused social media to blow up with comments. Most of the racers, staff and fans who were hoping to compete or just watch the racing at Zilker Park were not …

Fat Bike Race

by dmack511        forums.mtbr.com

Fat Bike Race
March 21 2015
Sam Houston National Forest
East side trail head 9am
The Fatbike Sandy

A couple of laps around White Rock to work up a thirst

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015, 10:00 AM

Location details are available to members only.

50 Members Went

Hi all;This ride is our monthly social ride, where we welcome to new members. This is a no-drop ride and we encourage all type of riders to start with this monthly ride before trying our other faster paced rides.This is usually a larger group ride and we will break into 2 to 3 different pace groups, depending on the number of cyclist that show u…

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Saturday Beginner Ride

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015, 9:00 AM

Performance Bicycle
4750 Fm 1960 Rd W Houston, TX

2 Bicycle Enthusiasts Went

Leaves from the store to Cypresswood, Cypress wood to TC Jester going north an then back.Please bring a helmet, spare tube, waterbottle, positive attitude 🙂

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Go for an easy beginner ride

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015, 9:00 AM

Performance Bicycle
7549 Westheimer Rd Houston, TX

1 Cycling Enthusiasts Went

You’re invited to join our Saturday morning, beginners group ride starting from and ending at our W. Houston, Performance Bicycle store. The ride is for beginners and those getting back on the saddle. The average pace will be between 10 and 14 miles per hour and the ride will last approximately one hour. We’ll explore some of the local bike paths a…

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The AK-62

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015, 7:30 AM

Randy and Cindy Limbird
316 Arboles Dr El Paso, TX

9 Cyclists Went

Meet at 316 Arboles Dr. (from Doniphan, take Lindbergh to Mora). This is the annual do-or-die birthday ride. Layer up but be prepared to shed clothes along the way – we’ll have a SAG vehicle to take your stuff back to the start. The route is a 100K (62-mile) loop with 4200 feet of climbing: Executive Center to Scenic to McKelligon Canyon to Transmo…

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Memorial Park work day with S&S trails


Event category: General
Trail: Memorial Park
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 – 1:00pm
Please email Suzanne Landau at …

Trail improvements with S&S Trail Solutions


Event category: General
Trail: Memorial Park
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 – 9:00am
Trail improvements with S&S Trails will begin on Tuesday, January 20th. The schedule is below for volunteers. S&S Trails can work with up to 5 volunteers on each shift. If anyone is interested in volunteering, they can email Suzanne Landau at …

Comanche Cross Bike Race coming up

Odessa American

Cyclists of all ages are invited to ride in the third annual Comanche Cross Bike Race at McKinney Park, 625 West Pool Road.
The West Texas CX Series set for noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 17 is a friendly competition trekking through the Comanche Draw. Cost is $15. Children, beginners and advanced cyclists can compete in separate races that …

I was surprised the first time I saw camels driving to the HH100 in Wichita Falls. That may have been this ranch. You do not expect camels in north Texas.

Police: Camel tramples 2 people to death at North Texas farm


WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a camel in North Texas trampled to death its caretaker and another man at a ranch that often invited children to see the humped animals.
An investigation continued Sunday in the weekend deaths at Camel Kisses Ranch near Wichita Falls. Authorities say they have removed a large, aggressive camel that was in a fenced area.
The Wichita Falls Times Record News reported that 72-year-old Peggye McNair and 53-year-old Mark Mere were found dead Saturday in the …

DORBA Beginner Clinic

Saturday, Jan 17, 2015, 1:30 PM

Big Cedar Wilderness Trail
5950 Eagle Ford Dallas, TX

36 Members Went

DORBA will have a new beginner clinic on Saturday January 17th at Big Cedar Wilderness Trail, in south Dallas County, at 1:30 PM.Chris Mann will be your instructor, you can send him a private message at “landcruiser” on the Dorba.org website, if you have any questions, or better yet, just post up your questions below.What: There is a “classroom” …

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Texas Bicycling News Roundup January 10th

Texas City man on bicycle fatally struck by vehicle

Author: John Brannen, Web Editor, Click2Houston.com

TEXAS CITY, Texas – A Texas City man is dead after being hit by a vehicle Friday evening.
The Texas City Police Department received a call around 6:08 p.m. that a man with major head injuries appeared to have been struck by a vehicle.
Police say when they arrived at the scene in the 200 block of Highway 146 they found the man’s body on top of part of a bicycle.
The victim has been identified as a …

Collegiate women’s race, D1 and D2, 2015 Cyclocross National Championships

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Austin, TX

Juniors 9-10, 2015 Cyclocross National Championships © Cyclocross Magazine

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Bike-share company puts new spin on peer-to-peer rentals


There are an estimated 100 million bicycle owners in the U.S.
If you’re one of them, it may be parked in a garage collecting dust, but you can make money on that bike when you’re not using it, CBS News’ David Begnaud reports.
Inside a tiny studio apartment in southern California, at least six employees maintain a website and a mobile app for a global bike-sharing company called Spinlister.
In 90 seconds or less, anyone can list their bike on Spinlister.com through the app or website, set a rental price and select accessories to include with the rental.
Spinlister’s cheapest rental is in Palo Alto, California, for $1 a day. A four-person family bike in San Francisco is the most expensive daily rental at $400.
Worldwide, there are 15,000 people who …

Lizzy Gunsalus Impressive Ride to Win 11-12 Junior Women at the 2015 National Championships: Race Report

by Andrew Reimann        www.cxmagazine.com

Austin, TX- The whole of the United States was well represented at the 11-12 Junior Women Race. Riders from big local Texas teams, including Mellow Johnny’s Cyclocross Team, and Team Super Awesome attempted to get their presence felt. Riders hailed from Oklahoma, North Carolina, the Northwest, Colorado, three states of the Midwest, and the East Coast. It was truly a coast-to-coast battle at a young age.
Sofia Gibiete of Littleton, CO took the holeshot in the …

USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships presented live by SRAM


BTB TV is proud to be producing and hosting the 2015 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships held on Sunday 1/11/15 in Austin, Texas. We’d like to thank USA Cycling, SRAM, and Eco-Products for making this live webcast possible! Here is an outline of our exciting programming, all times are Central:
10:00 Pre-Game Show for Junior Men 17-18 & U23 Men
10:40 Junior 17-18 Race Start
11:40 U23 Men Race Start
2:15 Pre-Game Show for Elite Women & Elite Men
2:45 Elite Women Race Start
3:45 Elite Men Race Start

Man, 76, arrested in Texas City hit-and-run death of bicyclist

By Harvey Rice        www.chron.com

GALVESTON – Police arrested a 76-year-old Texas City man Friday in the hit-and-run death of a bicyclist whose body was dragged for a city block.
Rene Sanchez Sanchez was charged with failure to report an accident and render assistance, a second-degree felony, in the death of Richard Alan Reazin, 49, Texas City police Capt. Brian Goetschius said.
Investigators are examining a video from a surviellence camera that shows Sanchez’s red 2007 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup slamming into Reazin at the intersection of Second Avenue South and 35th Street about 6 p.m. Friday.
Sanchez faced a stop sign at the intersection but …

Security video leads to arrest in fatal Texas City hit-and-run

By CHACOUR KOOP        www.galvestondailynews.com

TEXAS CITY — A Texas City man was arrested and charged in connection with the hit-and-run death of a bicyclist whose body was dragged for one block Friday night, police said.
Rene Sanchez, 76, faces a felony charge of failing to stop and render aid or report that he had been in an accident involving a death, Texas City police said. Sanchez was arrested Saturday morning.
Richard Alan Reazin, 49, of Texas City, was …

Sanger Gravel Grinder

Fort Worth Bicycling Association

Club Ride
Saturday, January 17, 2015 9:00 am
Come see why riding unpaved roads is so much fun.  3 routes to choose from, 36, 54 and 74 miles. 1 rest stop on the Medium and Short route and 2 stops on the long route.
Short route ( 36 miles ) goes to Era and back.
Medium route ( 54 miles ) follows the short to Era and then goes to wards Rosston, then back to Sanger.
Long route ( 74 miles ) follows the Medium route to Rosston, then continues to Greenwood for an awesome burger, then back to Sanger. …

Cyclocross Nationals Postmortum

by Bill Cullins        bcullins.blogspot.com

I raced my third Cyclocross National Championships this past Thursday in Austin, Texas, joining
The fitness was there, but my ability to maintain speed and apply power through the technical sections of the course was sub-par compared to the top racers in my category.
After turning in a poor performance in last year’s icy and snow-packed race in Boulder, Colorado my year-long goal was to finish in the top 10 in this year’s …

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