Texas Bicycling News July 2nd

Real Life. Real Racers : Matt Moore.

by admin        texasbikeracing.com

As bike racers, we see the same people week in and week out at our own Weeknight World’s and the weekend races, but outside of our teammates and close friends, do you know what the guy or lady pedaling next to you does for their “real” job? 99.9% of us are not pros. What do we do to pay the bills? What affords us the opportunity to be passionate about our crazy sport of bike racing?
TBR’s “tattoo of the week” has run its course so we’re introducing a new weekly segment, “Real Life. Real Racers.” Each week (give or take) we’ll introduce Texas to a member of the cycling community in …

Tour de Fort Worth


07/05/2015 (All day) to 07/25/2015 (All day)

FitWorth is thrilled to announce that we are taking on Mayor Price’s Tour de Fort Worth, in partnership with Bicycles Inc., and 21 days of cycling kicks off on July 5th!
FitWorth will host 7 organized rides, including separate walkable and kid-friendly routes, as listed below. On days without organized rides, we will meet up at local trailheads for 21-mile trail rides with Bicycles Inc. More details will be posted on these routes soon! …

Boy Scouts earn cycling badges

by Tiffany Roney • Reflector-Chronicle        www.abilene-rc.com

Sweat dripped from their faces. Their quadriceps burned. The sun beat down heat upon their shoulders.
In spite of sizzling temperatures and powerful headwinds, four local boy scouts completed a 50-mile bike ride June 20.
Most of the people they were riding with were adults who wanted to challenge themselves and support the Quality of Life Coalition by participating in the Cowtown Classic. For the boys, though, it wasn’t just about spending a …

Pedaling For A Cause

By Stefanie Ponte        www.kulr8.com


Thirty-three days after departing from Austin Texas the longest annual charity bicycle ride in the world rolls through Helena and onward to Anchorage, Alaska.  The rides, all students from the University of Texas will continue to brave the rain, snow, sleet, wind and heat as they pedal more than four-thousand miles in the fight against Cancer.
There are a total of …

Mobility Authority receives grant package for 183 South Project

By ASHLEY SAVA        www.hillcountrynews.com

Last week, The Texas Transportation Commission granted preliminary approval of a $203.4 million loan and grant package for the 183 South Project, an eight-mile Expressway that The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is constructing between US 290 and SH 71.
Locals can expect three new toll lanes and up to three general-purpose lanes in each direction, as well as direct connector ramps at US 183 and SH 71. The project is estimated to cost between $750 and $800 million, not including the financing costs. …

.. This project will include pedestrian bridges, and a seven-mile, 10-foot wide shared use path for pedestrian and bicycle travel. Major trailheads will connect the Shared Use Paths with nearby hike and bike trails.  According to Bike Texas spokesperson Su Wilcox, the …

North Valley Haasville Loop

El Paso Bicycle Club

July 5th
Meet at 6:45 a.m. (Roll out at 7 a.m.) at Rio Plaza, 6205 Upper Valley Rd. All flat route — take Valley Roads (Upper Valley, Borderland, Strahan, Bosque, N. Vinton, Westside, Washington) to Gadsden HS at NM 28, then loop back on Haasville and NM 28. 27 miles, 18-20 mph. Rick Rivas, …

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DART, Dallas are going to cut a deal that lets the city fill in blank spaces along its trail system

by Robert Wilonsky        cityhallblog.dallasnews.com

Just before she left the Dallas City Council, Angela Hunt told her colleagues, “I hope we’re thinking about our trails as a transportation system and not just a recreational project for hipsters.” The occasion was a briefing on Dallas’ trail network — a would-be, could-be 300-or-so-mile-long system that’s only halfway finished in large part because the city has neither the property nor the paper to get it done.
But this afternoon, council will be briefed on a proposed deal with Dallas Area Rapid Transit that add about 28 more miles to the trail system. It’s a …

#pincusOnTheRoad2015 : Winston-Salem


Singing the Blues in Winston-Salem
Michael Pincus, 21, is an engineering student at the University of Houston, and a member of the Super Squadra elite cycling team. He’ll be sending TBR summer race and travel reports.
Thanks to my New York cycling connections (i.e. my girlfriend, Sara) I was given a great opportunity to race the Winston-Salem Classic Criterium (NCC) and the Winston-Salem Road Race (UCI 1.2 / NRC) with Foundation Cycling. The week before Winston-Salem I kept things really easy. I knew that the road race might be my only UCI road race of the year, and I had to make it count. The last time I raced in a UCI road race was last August in Europe.
I traveled with the women of Stan’s No Tubes to Winston-Salem. It was a long day on the …

Florence – 60 miles


Florence is the main attraction for riders heading North on Parmer/Ronald Reagan. It offers everything you’re looking for in a Texas road ride. Rollers, chip seal, beautiful views, fast stretches and wind. Upon turning left on 245 you’re on chip seal into Florence and through to Andice. There are two great town sign sprints up for grabs on this route: Florence rewards the rider who gets the jump over the …

Freeride512 INTERMEDIATE level ride at City Park (Emma Long)

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015, 5:15 PM

City Park – Emma Long Motorcycle Trails
7548 Oak Shores Dr Austin, TX

8 Mountain Bikers Went

This is an intermediate ride with technical terrain. This will be a no drop ride that will focus on improving skills and confidence by sessioning spots or features in a group setting. Membership to Freeride512 is NOT required to join us for this ride. Helmet and water ARE required as a minimum but feel free to wear as much protection as you want. B…

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HSU students biking across Texas


ABILENE, Texas –
A group of students and faculty at Hardin-Simmons University is riding bikes across Texas.
They’re part of the Hardin-Simmons leadership group.
They started …

June 6-7 Weekend Rides

by Thoma        steinerranchcycling.com

This weekend’s weather looks great! Let’s spend it on our bikes!
This Saturday we will try a new route (for most of us anyway). This route, courtesy of Justin, takes us from Steiner to Fitzhugh and back. The entire ride is about 67 miles but since its an out-and-back those wanting a shorter ride can turn around at any point. You can see the route here: …

June Newsletter Published

Dallas Area Tandem Enthusiasts

The June edition of the DATES-Line Newsletter is published and available for download from the newsletters page. This month’s edition includes the following:
Upcoming Rides
Round and Round The Lake Series
Independence Day Ride, Cook-out and Swim
Ride Reports
DATES Annual Weekend Party in Ardmore
DATES Social
Dallas Tandemists Seek Revenge On Inclement Weather
Weather Report
Southwest Missouri Tandem Weekend
DATES Rides & Activities

Ardovino’s to Border Crossing

El Paso Bicycle Club

Saturday, June 20
Meet in the lower parking lot at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing. Ride to McNutt to Artcraft then up and back Strauss Road and then to Border Crossing and back via Airport Road to McNutt. 37 miles. 15-17 mph on flat road. Jim Weaver, …

Lone Star Ride (Roosevelt Park)

San Antonio Cycling Club

Where: Meet at Roosevelt Park for a ride along the Missions and back. Roosevelt Park is across from the old Lone Star Brewery.
When: Jun 7, 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Description: Meet us in the parking lot of Roosevelt Park for a stay together group ride at a slow and easy pace for 22 miles on the new sections of the Mission Reach Trail to the Missions, and beyond to Southton Road. Ride Leader, Corrie, 917-991-9241. Guests are always welcome on our rides.
Where: Roosevelt Park is across the river from the old Lone Star Brewery where Lone Star Blvd, S St Mary’s, and Mission Roads intersect along the Mission Reach Trail.

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Episode 8: Amarillo Texas Mountain Bikers and the Trails they Love



Are you planning a trip to Amarillo Texas? Want the lowdown on the Mountain Biking scene, Listen in.
Today Monterey Mountain bike had the privilege of sitting down with Holly Strickland to talk about the trails and areas that she is riding in the Amarillo Texas area. It was really interesting hearing about the great riding areas outside of Amarillo and a couple areas over in New Mexico.
I would like to thank Holly for joining the show and wish her good luck with the race at the end of the month.

Former S.A. TV anchor’s death a huge shock

###  By Jeanne Jakle        blog.mysanantonio.com

SAN ANTONIO – Bob Salter, the longtime San Antonio TV anchorman with matinee idol looks, a taste for adventure and a passion for flying, died Friday of what appeared to be natural causes in his home in the Texas Hill Country. …

… “As far as we can determine, he went for a 20-mile bike ride. He came home. It looks like he cut the grass,” an emotional Calberg said in a phone call Saturday. “It looks like he went in, took a shower, put on his favorite comfy robe, got into his favorite comfy bed and lay down and took a nap. And never woke up. …

Hike and Bike Master Plan


Bid Date & Time: 06/10/15 2:00 PM
Owner Solic Number: 1505-068    Status: bidding   Report: 6342621
Country : United States     State: TX    County: Collin        Location: Frisco
Scope: Professional consulting firms with extensive experience and skills in the development of hike and bike master plans.
Notes: Deadline for Submittal of Questions: June 2, 2015 @4:00PM CST
Send to Purchasing@friscotexas.gov.
Plans: From Owner. See attached file.
Owner Type: Public
Buyer: Frisco, City of – Purchasing Division
Address: 6101 Frisco Square Blvd, 1st Floor
City: Frisco    State: TX    Zip/Postal Code: 75034
TEL: 972-292-5545    FAX: 972-292-5586
Website: http://www.ci.frisco.tx.us …

Cyclist dies in crash near Buna

By Manuella Libardi        www.beaumontenterprise.com

A pedal cyclist died Friday night near Buna when a pickup truck driver who failed to see him struck his bicycle.
The driver of the 2014 Chevrolet pickup truck was traveling north on FM 62 at about 8:45 p.m. when she struck the cyclist, who was also traveling north, in the middle of the northbound lane, said Trooper Stephanie Davis with the …

Residents say new bike lane makes driving harder

James Barragan, American-Statesman Staff        www.statesman.com

A recently completed two-way protected bike lane in East Austin has made it easier for cyclists to get from the Boggy Creek bike trail to the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and …

Pedernales 2-Way Cycle Track criticized

by Jack        bicycleaustin.info

From this morning’s paper:  http://www.statesman.com/news/news/loca … der/nmMW8/
The link includes an informative video of a drive near the facility.
Though a lot of the complaints from drivers amount to not liking the space being carved out and parking problems (showing the sense of motorist entitlement we so often contend with), another major part of the complaint comes down to — the facility makes it harder not to hit bicyclists when you are driving around it.  This design feature is part of why MUTCD standards argue against physical separation of bike lanes on roadways.  The design is creating dangerous conflicts in …

Critical Mass El Paso

Friday, May 29, 2015, 7:00 PM

Union Plaza
400 W. San Antonio El Paso, TX

5 Cyclists Went

The cycling event is the last Friday of each month, beginning at 7 p.m. in Union Plaza Park in downtown El Paso. The informal ride is open to riders of all styles and bikes. The May 29 ride will be the closing event of the 2015 El Paso Bike Month. Information: ElPasoBikeMonth.com

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Local agencies work together in bicycle project

by FAITH HARPER        www.tylerpaper.com

Five government entities are coming together to transform an abandoned railroad into a hike and bike trail.
For several years the Northeast Texas Regional Mobility Authority has been interested in purchasing the tract of land that used to connect Whitehouse and Troup by rail, the transportation authority’s interim Director Everett Owen said.
The actual purchase of the 8.2-acre tract was made possible through a $400,000 grant from the Texas Department of Public Safety. The city of Tyler, Tyler Economic Development Council, Troup Community Development Corporation, Smith County and NET RMA each put in $25,000 to …

Daughter honors late father, Gainesville Police Chief

By: Kristin Nill        www.kxii.com

GAINESVILLE, Tx – Maegan Fleming is getting ready for the ride of her life this weekend to honor her dad.
She’s prepping for a 150 mile bicycle ride from Houston to Austin, May 2nd. She helped create the ride as a tribute to her father, late Gainesville Police Chief Steven Fleming and other officers who died in the line of duty.
“I’m really honored to be able to ride for such great men and also for all the fallen officers just to be riding for all of them,” Maegan said.
This is the first year for the Texas Peace Officer’s Memorial Ride, which …

Ride across Texas helps connect, rehabilitate injured veterans

JC Jones | Herald staff writer        kdhnews.com

Last year Maj. Jan Rose came to Fort Hood’s Warrior Transition Unit after incurring a serious illness while deployed, and found she had a lot of free time on her hands during recovery.
To fill the time, she took up biking in the fall.
Though she’d only ridden as much as 25 miles at a time, Rose found herself pedaling from Houston to Fort Worth last week in the Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge, alongside nearly 200 other veterans who have …

Upcoming Rides

El Paso Bicycle Club

Saturday, May 2
60 is the new 40-8:00 am
B.I..G. Valley Ride-8:30 am
Wednesday, May 6
Wednesday Night Ride-5:30 pm
Thursday, May 7
Thursday Night Rollers (Ninja Ride)-5:45 pm
Saturday, May 9
A Ride for Mom-9:00 am
Wednesday, May 13
Wednesday Night Ride-5:30 pm
Thursday, May 14
Thursday Night Rollers (Ninja Ride)-5:45 pm
Wednesday, May 20
Wednesday Night Ride-5:30 pm
Thursday, May 21
Thursday Night Rollers (Ninja Ride)-5:45 pm

The VC Team at Fort Davis.

by John Bartle        violetcrown.org

Half of the starting field in the 60+ race at Hammerfest this year was VC; Frank Kurzawa, Mike Haney, Joe Haas and John Bartle. Could we prevail over the other four riders on three different teams? Our competition proved to be Charlie Johnson and Val Lincecum of Southwest Cycling Club Racing (SWCC).
The Men’s 60+ race was combined with both the Women’s Open and the Women 3/4 races, so it was a cozy pack of about 20, of mostly Austin riders, that set out on the Saturday morning hill climb stage in a light wind. The pace was steady, with each group respecting the strategic moves of the other group; that is, until the route got seriously steeper and the lone Tulsa Wheel’man’ woman attacked. Frank went with her and Charlie Johnson and John Bartle settled in with three ATC women chasers who kept the …

More VCers on the Podium!


Dan Piercy digs deep in the sprint to the line in the Pace Bend 40+ 1/2/3/4 race. The season is young and lots of …

Bikeabout TX

By Gordon Hodge        www.crazyguyonabike.com

Day 13 Huntsville, TX to near North Zulch,TX: Leaving the ST, heading NW, winds NW
Tuesday April 28, 2015, 53 miles (85 km) – Total so far: 501 miles (806 km)
I have decided to head back toward home. I am not quitting my tour as much I would like to keep going to Florida. This was supposed to be a 1-2 week bike about and I have done. I am loving the tour so far and it is hard to turn homeward. There is still a few days of roads to explore, though most of these are areas I have been in my earlier years. The area should appear quite different at 10 or less mph. The weather is forecast for NW winds and cooler for next several days.
I left the comforts of hotel in Huntsville at 0830. Skies were temps in the low 50’s, overcast and misty. I donned my windbreaker and soon had to put on rain jacket. Legs were fine, so didn’t wear rain pants. Getting out of Huntsville I made a wrong turn! I have driven this route 100 times 40 years ago and really stupid for making a wrong turn here. I noticed something wrong as I was surprised to have a nice shoulder and down wind ride. 2.5 miles later I figured out why at the next intersection. So I backtracked the 2.5 back to hwy 75 north toward Madisonville. 5 mile mistakes are no fun for cyclists. The road was way worse than I expected. There is now a lot of commercial traffic on the road with heavy traffic and 1-2 feet of crumbling shoulder. I found my first FM road west to get off this planned route. I took FM 1696 to Bedias and then …

Day 14- North Zulch to Marquez, TX: More headwinds
Wednesday April 29, 2015, 31 miles (50 km) – Total so far: 532 miles (856 km)
Had a good night sleep in my stealth site except for the 2 trains overnight that came through my tent or so it seemed. It was OK, I went quickly back to sleep. Overnight temp was around 47F, great sleeping weather in warm bag. I stayed in the bag a little long this morning as I did not want to go out in the cold. It was clear and sunny with a high of 73. I did finally get packed and moving about 0900 my norm. I did need my windbreaker early in the ride. 5 miles up the road I came into the small town of Normangee. I felt my rear tire going soft and aired it up and continued to find a breakfast café and worry about the tire later. I was directed to a local café. Before I got into the café, Bobby Davis saw my bike and was full of questions. While I was seated he came in and asked for a picture of me and my bike for the mayor’s wife working across the street. She wanted to post it on Facebook (FB). After the photo op, he was getting in his van for something to write my web address on. He is a safety products salesman. I asked him if he happened to have a safety vest. He gave me some compression gloves but no vest. Once back in the café, he came back in to talk some more. A really great personality. He said a guy was coming over with a vest for me. The guy, Ronnie Meadors the town mayor and business owner extraordinaire came by with a vest from the Normangee fire dept. He was the owner of the café. I felt like a celebrity given the key to the …

Progress on Cycing/Ped bridge over railroad tracks near the Domain


The first two sections of the bicycle and pedestrian bridge on the southbound side of MoPac south of Duval Road are now in place. Once more piece to go.
Good to see some more connectivity here.  This is evidence that cycling advocacy is working slowly and surely.  Projects like these are on very large timescales and it takes commitment from all groups that their voices be heard even if the pay off is 10+ years away.  These HOV lanes were first proposed in 1994, CAMPO took it over in 2002, first public open houses were held in Oct 2011, by the second open house meetings in December the cycling community was …

APD Fills a Loophole: A crash is now a crash for Austin cyclists

Austin On A Bike        austinonabike.com

Last summer, when Austin cyclist Heather “Frankie” Frankovis got into an accident on the way to the Thursday Night Social Ride, she ran into more than just an errant jogger: she ran into the problem that, unless you hit or are hit by a motor vehicle in Austin, there’s little way to get justice, never mind insurance coverage.
At the time, according to the Austin Chronicle’s full write-up “When’s a Crash Not a Crash?“, “Officer Griffin didn’t initially complete a crash report ‘since the incident was not one that would normally require that an incident report be written: The officer responded to a call to assist EMS; however, no criminal offense had been committed. I did however, request that a report be written in this instance.’”
Now, thanks to the persistence of Frankovis and attorney Lenore Shefman, things are set to change.
Due to go into effect this Friday, on May 1st, APD will …

Market Watch: Why The Bottom is Falling Out From The Used Bike Market

A Bicycle’s Point of View        bicyclepointofview.blogspot.com

Wanting to sell your nice lugged, steel road bike? You may want to wait a couple of years.
There is no market indicator for the used bike market. Like all unofficial, unregulated cash in hand markets there is no “official” way for tracking improvement or decline of sales, especially when the sellers are people unloading their second-hand goods on others. However, as somebody who actually pays attention to these things, I have picked up on a market trend which will probably benefit consumers more than anyone else in determining what their next bike purchase will be.
If you, like me are a die hard vintage bike collector, now is not the time to keep adding old bikes to your collection. If anything, now is the time to start letting go of whatever old bikes you’re able to, probably at …

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