Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup January 20th

Mat Olson Turns Bridge Arches into a Pump Track, Asks For a Bike Park in Fort Worth
by Krista Carlson        urbanvelo.org

When Mat Olson rode across the 24-foot-high arches of the West Seventh Street Bridge in Fort Worth, city officials were not impressed.
“It’s funny, I heard that they were not too happy about it but it’s just something I do, I like to ride bikes,”
says the 25-year-old BMX rider, who started racing BMX when at 7 and got into freestyle riding a few years later. Now he rides with the professional BMX stunt group Lonestar Action Sports. Before the bridge was even completed Olson and his friends saw an opportunity in the making.
“Once it was completed we realized that with a little bit of support between each transition we could possibly ride over the whole thing,” Olson says. “The boards are at the bottom in between each arch–you could reach that from the ground–all we had to do was reach over the arch and…

Being Houston @BeingHouston
This guys doing it right riding a rented bike from @HoustonBCycle, there’s more excuses. #bikehouston

BikeHouston Monthly Board Meeting
When: February 18, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Where: Central Market – Community Meeting Room
3815 Westheimer Road
Central Market,Houston,TX 77027

Double Lake Recreation Area Trail Review
Texas Mountain Bike Trails
Chris Robbins here, over the next few months I will be adding my personal reviews of the Houston area trials and any other trails that I find my way to.  Here is the first one of Double Lake Recreation Area.  Enjoy!
Double Lake Mountain Bike Trail
I spent this past Sunday morning on one of my favorite trails in the Houston area, Double Lake Recreation Area in Coldspring with a good sized group from WTF (Winkelmann Training Fundamentals). This is the trail that made me fall in love with mountain biking. I have been a triathlete mostly racing long course for the last 6 years and needed a change of pace for my training.  My friends suggested I check out the TMBRA Big Ring Challenge at Double Lake, so I borrowed a bike and raced. From then on it has been trouble for me…

Bear Moon Bakery Ride/ Tour De Cure Training Ride
Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club
Meet at Leon Springs Park and Ride at 9:00 a.m. for a 31-mile ride with mostly gently rolling hills and a few more challenging hills on Amman Rd.  The ride will take us through Fair Oaks Ranch and then on to Amman Road towards Boerne.  We will stop at the Bear Moon Bakery on Main St. in Boerne.  (Note:  They ask you not to enter if your shoes have cleats that can scar their wooden floors.)   For those who wish to avoid the hills on Amman Road, but still want a good excuse to eat pastries at the bakery there is are two…

Sergeant major at Joint Task Force North at Fort Bliss overcomes injuries through cycling
JTF North NCO had 28 surgeries on arm that was injured in combat
By David Burge / El Paso Times

FORT BLISS >> Nearly five years ago, Sgt. Maj. Jerry W. Hochstedler’s life changed forever when he was severely wounded in combat in Afghanistan.
But Hochstedler, still on active duty as the operations sergeant major with Joint Task Force North at Fort Bliss, refuses to be stopped by the injuries he suffered on May 19, 2009.
Hochstedler, a career Special Forces noncommissioned officer, got into a standoff with a sniper that day and got shot in his arm in Marjah, Helmand Province. Since then, he’s had to have 28 surgeries on the arm and only has about…


My husband’s cycling sunburn…in January. Gotta love Texas! @bdmcfarling pic.twitter.com/8VyMb5NxNH

— Andrea McFarling (@AndreaKStout) January 21, 2014

Save the date…. pic.twitter.com/RICezMK472 — Daniel Cruz (@DCRUZ547) January 21, 2014

Road race season in Texas kicked off with the Megan Baab Memorial RR http://t.co/PP3y5CSy8c

— 787 Racing (@787racing) January 21, 2014

Got a little exploring in on today’s recovery ride. Photo cred: @teddy_gr http://t.co/Fw9IaWg7qr — David Talley (@rdavidtalley) January 21, 2014

Dallas Racing at Megan Baab Memorial Road Race pic.twitter.com/YUuli1EMsp — DR Cycling Team (@dallas_racing) January 21, 2014

Holy wind batman! Great ride! Was a two bite pie and skratch labs pineapple hydration kind of day @SkratchLabs!

— Dail Neely (@90forDad) January 20, 2014


7 hours outside. 5 hours riding. Rode with most of the @msucyclingteam, in 3 different groups. Feels… http://t.co/S8yv7NvMSO

— Caden Burross (@cadenburross) January 20, 2014

Upgraded my wheels for my @iamspecialized Tarmac SL4. My “Vanity” looks Hot with these….#sexonthestreet pic.twitter.com/a5E4NvoCJd — Daniel Cruz (@DCRUZ547) January 20, 2014

Thanks for the follow @PedalAgainstPTS! We love what you do. We hope you’ll come out for Honor Ride Clay Hunt on March 29! #cycle #veterans

— Honor Ride (@honorride) January 20, 2014


Hey @USMilitaryES n @VioletCrownATX – you’re the first #teams w entries into #pbrr ! #earlybird #commitment #txbra pic.twitter.com/y5jx6baLQb

— Boneshaker Project (@BoneshakerTX) January 20, 2014

Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup January 13th

Interview- Bike Through the Forest and the Hills 2014 – Coldspring, TX
Here is another ride to prep for the BPMS 150! Located in beautiful Coldspring, less than an hour north of Houston and Lufkin, this race is a great one for all skill levels. Check out our interview with Craig Sauer, the director of the event.

Why join the Bike Through the Forest and the Hills?
This year’s BP MS 150 endorsed bike ride benefiting the Kingwood High School dance team takes place on Sat., Jan. 25 beginning at the court house in Coldspring, TX. This ride has four routes: 12, 25, 33 and 50 miles, so we can accommodate all skill levels.
train for the BP MS 150
How long has your ride been around?
6 years, and participants include everyone from novice all the way to experts, shorter routes all the way to longer routes. Also, the ‘New Years Resolutions season’ helps add in more people. We are located 45 minutes north of Houston and Lufkin.
Also this ride is recommended by BPMS 150 – one of the first of the year – BPMS is in April, so they get to train for that race in this one. It’s kind of like a…

An uphill battle
by B.D. | SAN ANTONIO        www.economist.com

TEXAS, where expansive highways teem with trucks and tank-like Hummers, hardly seems like a good place for bicycles. Cities sprawl for hundreds of miles, and bike lanes are rare. Intrepid cyclists are rarer still.
Some Texas cities want to change this. San Antonio plans to triple bike-able and walk-able streets by 2020. Dallas, long thought the worst city for bicycles in America, has unveiled ambitious plans for a new network of more than 1,100 miles of bike lanes over the next ten years. Since 2011 four Texan cities have begun bike-sharing schemes, most recently in Austin just before Christmas. Advocates tout the benefits to health and the environment, and hope bicycles will…

Autistic Texas Boy On Bike Killed By Allegedly Drunken Driver
HOUSTON (January 13, 2014) A man whose pickup truck struck and killed a 12-year-old autistic boy who was riding a bicycle has been charged with driving while intoxicated and could face additional charges.
Alvester Bowens was killed instantly Saturday when he was struck as he rode his bicycle along a high-speed overpass in southwest Houston.
Bowens had been reported missing after he got separated from…

HOT BLAST: A bridge needed by any aspiring ‘bike city’

A new bridge in Fort Worth, Texas, features a series of 24-foot tall arches. This feature was irresistible for Mat Olson, who rode his bicycle over the arches last weekend.
“It seemed like I was on top of a mountain. It was all windy and crazy when I was up there. It was…

In Austin, a Protected Bike Lane Built to Help Kids Get to School
by Angie Schmitt        dc.streetsblog.org

What does it look like when a city gets serious about giving kids the freedom to get to school on their own? Austin, Texas, is showing people what’s possible with a protected bike lane that serves an elementary school.
With the help of the Green Lane Project, the capital of the Lone Star State has really been stepping up its bike infrastructure lately. The city has been looking for strategic places to add protected bike lanes whenever it has the opportunity, says Bike Austin Executive Director Tom Wald, whether it’s resurfacing a street or making some other physical or design change.
One of the more interesting protected bike lane projects in Austin is Bluebonnet Lane, which was redesigned in 2012 with a two-way bikeway separated from traffic with flexible posts. What’s especially…

ARR Trail Stewardship Meeting
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Wednesday, February 5, 2014   6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Pizza Bistro
12001 Burnet Road, , Austin, TX (map)
Ask for Rich

When: Wed, Feb 5 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM.  Pizza, drinks, beer, wine are all available for purchase.  Come early to eat and drink, formal meeting begins at 7:00PM.

Where:  Pizza Bistro , 12001 Burnet Road @ Mopac, [masked], www.pizzabistro.com

Who should attend:  All current ARR Trail Stewards and…

HBC Pattison – Hempstead Ride
Houston Bicycle Club
Saturday 01/25/14    9:00AM
Distances: 32(A), 43(B), 49(A), 55(C) miles
Training ride ( ride hard! ). No hills, but smooth road, mostly paved shoulder, stores at Monaville and Hempstead.  Good food  at Hard Times BBQ after the ride.

Bill’s Hilly Chilly MLK Day ride
Fort Worth Bicycling Association
Event Details
Club Ride
Monday, January 20, 2014 9:00 am
Chilly Billy’s Hilly Ride
62 mile route
40 mile route
26 mile route

Watson’s Lone Star
Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club
Sunday Jan 26, 2014
Ride starts at  9:00 a.m. at the Economic Development Center in Somerset, Texas. The route travels down the wide shoulders of Somerset Road to Watson Road. We’ll cross Hwy. 16 South to Lone Star Blvd then ride by the Toyota Plant and make our way back to Somerset. Lunch at a local Mexican restaurant, now open on Sundays. The ride travels country roads and roads with wide shoulders with a few gentle hills.   This ride will automatically cancel if it is 45 degrees or colder 1/2 hour before start time.
Ride Leaders:  Debbie and Richard Hays

Fort Worth issues warning to copycat bridge-riders

FORT WORTH — Stay off the arches.

That’s the message from the City of Fort Worth after a BMX stunt cyclist crossed the Trinity River on the arches of the new West 7th Street Bridge in a daredevil feat on Saturday.

Mat Olson told News 8 he had contemplated the dangerous bicycle stunt for some time, but had to wait until conditions were right.

Police officers warned him after the…

2013 Recap

The word of the year for 2013 would be racing. I really pushed myself this year to both train and race in the TMBRA series. My original goal was a top 3 finish, but that turned out to be too ambitious. I could have finished in 5th had I done the optional Pay Dirt trail work, but I didn’t get my trail work in so I ended up in 9th instead.

In addition to racing the TMBRA series, I also managed to score a victory in a relay marathon race with Kirby at Reveille Peak.

As cataloged in my Strava log, I ended the year with 228 hours of saddle time for 2600 miles of riding, beating my 2013 mileage goal. I didn’t come close to my…

US Nationals CX and Texas Top 10’s

…Here is a listing of the Texans who landed themselves in the Top 10.

Kevin Fish, 9th, Men – U23, Austin, TX
Faith Watkins, 10th, Women – Cat 1/2/3 Masters 35-39, Austin, TX
Summer Moak, 4th, Women – Junior 15-16, Katy, TX
Frederic Schmid, 2nd, Men – Masters 80-84, Waco, TX
Christina Gokey-Smith, 2nd, Women – Cat 1 Master 40-44, Denton, TX
Catherine Moore, 3rd, Women – Cat 1 Master 40-44, Waco, TX

CX Shenanigans No. 26
joeyTWOwheels        texascx.com
January 7-11, 2015

If you’re smart, you’ve already reserved those important days off at the office. Because, I gots to say…ain’t no party like an Austin party, cause an Austin party don’t stop.

You best get ready.

#CXnats in Austin is gearing up. You’ll get all the unofficial news here, on our FB and Twitter  – local tips, course info, parties, more. You can also follow the official promotion group @AustinCX15. Nice folks, to be sure.

Alright, the #TXCX crew was tearing it up in Boulder, and day three was…

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Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup January 10th

Leaf Trip Adventures
By Kim Jennings            bicyclesoutbackracing.net

After a long season of racing bikes, it’s always refreshing to take some time and explore new territory on your bicycle. Last month Michelle and I took the RV down to the epic Texas hill country to check out the changing color of the fall leaves and to find some climbing. We accomplished both activites by staying in Vanderpool, TX which is adjacent to Lost Maples State Park and the quaint town of Utopia. The names certainly represent the hidden gems found in this south western area of Texas.
We headquartered our campsite at a local mom and pop owned property called, “A Little Piece of Heaven.” It did the name justice and was located a few miles off the main highway and smack in the middle of some beautiful routes we found on the Map My Ride website. There was a clear fresh water stream right outside our campsite and there was…

Brushy Creek Regional Trail

The Brushy Creek Regional Trail is a great example of the trail builders working with the city to get more singletrack for biking cut into the Austin area.
The trail consists of multiple sections, including “Mulligan”, near the golf course, “Picnic” which is along the creek and “Deception”, the largest of the trails.
The Picnic and Mulligan are about 1.75M total between the two, with Deception being the…

Upcoming TMBRA Races
Mellow Johnny’s Classic
March 1 & 2
Flat Creek Crossing
Dripping Spring, TX

Bicycle Sport Shop
Pace Bend Race Festival
March 15 & 16
Pace Bend Park
Austin, TX

STORM Hill Country Challenge
March 29 & 30
Flat Rock Ranch
Comfort, TX

Bent Wheel Bash
April 12 & 13
Buck Creek Trails/Police Academy
Abilene, TX

Richardson Bike Mart
DORBA Prayer Mountain Pedal
April 26
Big Cedar Wilderness
Dallas, TX

GHORBA Big Ring Challenge
May 3 & 4
Double Lake Recreation Area
Coldspring, TX

Sugar Cycles presents
The Warda Race
Feb 17 &18
Bluff Creek Ranch
Warda, TX

Cyclocross Project 2015

Bear Moon Bakery Ride/ Tour De Cure Trainning Ride
Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club
Bear Moon Bakery Ride Saturday January 25th
Meet at Leon Springs Park and Ride at 9:00 a.m. for a 31-mile ride with mostly gently rolling hills and a few more challenging hills on Amman Rd.  The ride will take us through Fair Oaks Ranch and then on to Amman Road towards Boerne.  We will stop at the Bear Moon Bakery on Main St. in Boerne.  (Note:  They ask you not to enter if your shoes have cleats that can scar their wooden floors.)   For those who wish to avoid the hills on Amman Road, but still want a good excuse to eat pastries at the bakery there is are two shorter options both with return with the longer route group:  a 23 mile ride from the Park and Ride and a 15 mile ride which will start at 9:30 from the Fair Oaks Village strip Mall on…

Competitors battle high winds during day three of cyclo-cross nationals
Boulder, Colo. (Jan. 10, 2014) — High winds, gusting to over 40 mph, threw an additional challenge at the competitors during Friday’s competition at the 2014 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships held at Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, Colo. At the end of the day, 11 new national champions emerged through the elements to don the Stars-and-Stripes jerseys. …

Juniors women 15-16
1. Hannah Arensman (Rutherford College, N.C./Evolution Jr. Devo Team) 32:18
2. Mina Anderberg (Boulder, Colo./Sports T.E.A.M.) +1:05
3. Ashley Zoerner (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Alpha Bicycle Co.-Vista Subaru) +2:12
4. Summer Moak (Katy, Texas/TWENTY16 Pro Cycling) 2:42
5. Jessie Linder (Cedar Crest, N.M./Get Out! New Mexico) +3:33

Who needs a spin studio…
An Old Guy On Two Wheels
…when you have a cargo bike?

Took Mongo over to the big box depot of home improving stuff.  Needed a few little items and decided to test out the Xtracycle Wideloaders. Got some soil amendments for my veggie garden. Not too bad. Some…

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Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup December 16th

The Next Big Thing is Now! Building Bicycle Tourism in Texas
Ginny Sullivan, Russ. Roca and Laura Crawford
Thursday, March 27
We know that building trails and creating communities that promote active transportation is about more than just laying pavement and painting lines on the street, but what are ways we can make our case more effective? This session provides an overview of the why’s and how’s of building bicycle tourism in communities both large and small and provides a step-by-step approach to making it happen. We will highlight the most recent economic and social benefit studies and reports; help define Texas assets and potential partners that create bicycle travel destinations; provide concrete examples of effective bike travel promotions and tourism partnerships; demonstrate the benefits of making the connection between local…

Pedernales Falls State Park Trail Building Day
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Friday, December 20, 2013        10:30 AM
Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Road 6026, Johnson City, TX (map)

Park along Fitzhugh Road for this MeetUp, see map link below…
Pedernales Falls State Park TRAIL BUILDING Day

Austin Ridge Riders trail building project to bring new trail at the park.

NO TRAIL BUILDING EXPERIENCE NEEDED! Austin Ridge Riders will provide tools & guidance for volunteers. Volunteers get into the park for free on trail building days.

If it’s been a long time since you have built trail, or if you have never built trail, please give it a try. It’s very rewarding to see a…

Pedernales Falls State Park TRAIL BUILDING, CAMPING & RIDING Weekend
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Friday, December 27, 2013 10:00 AM    to Sunday, December 29, 2013, 3:00 PM
Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Road 6026, Johnson City, TX (map)

Pedernales Falls State Park TRAIL BUILDING, CAMPING & RIDING WEEKEND December 27-29

Austin Ridge Riders trail building project to bring new trail at the park. Come for all or part of the weekend.

Austin Ridge Riders provides tools, guidance, food & prizes for volunteers. Volunteers get into the park and camp for free on trail building days.

If it’s been a long time since you have built trail, or if you have…

Charming Portraits of People With Their Bicycles at the Dallas Tweed Ride
By Jamie Laughlin
Tweed is an oddly versatile textile. Tug the stuff on and assume all kinds of mothballed personalities, from tuppence-snatching chimney sweeps to classy bootleggers and warbly penny farthing operators. It all works, and it’s all fun.

Each year those scamp cyclists at Bike Friendly Oak Cliff celebrate the throw-back fiber with a themed ride. The 2013 event launched Saturday afternoon from the Grassy Knoll and closed in pinkies-up drinking. It was a chilly day, but tweed is like, super warm, so…

Bearded Women Racing Team – 2013 Year in Review
Jonathan Braddick

Congratulations to our 2013 CLUB OF THE YEAR winners!
Colorado Springs, Colo. (December 16, 2013) — USA Cycling is excited to announce the winners of its 2013 “Club of the Year” awards! Three clubs earned overall “Club of the Year” honors in divisions I, II, and III and an additional seven clubs earned special awards in the junior/interscholastic, masters, women’s, new club, mountain bike, cyclo-cross, and collegiate categories.

In addition to bragging rights, the winning clubs will receive a trophy and complimentary renewal fees for 2014. Congratulations to our winners!

Division I – xXx Racing (Chicago, Ill.)
Division II – Northwest Cycling Club (Houston, Texas)…

I have been avoiding my windtrainer like a plague this winter. I keep hoping the weather will warm up the next day and I can get back on the road. Tomorrow finally looks like it could be one of those days!!!

Indoor Cycling 101
Why to do it, what equipment you need and  most imporantly  how to stay motivated while doing it.
Why You Need Indoor Cycling
Reason #1: Weather

No matter where you live, weather is not always on your side. In the northern states you are forced to stop mountain biking outdoors once the snow starts piling up.

Here in Texas we are blessed with unbelievable weather year round for riding. However, we still have plenty of rain and the occasional icemaggedon that prevents us from hitting the trails. During those times instead of sitting on the couch getting fat, jump on the indoor trainer to keep up your current fitness level or, …

Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club
December 22, 2013 2:00 pm
Blue Star – Mission Espada Afternoon Ride
Blue Star Brewery
1414 South Alamo, San Antonio, TX, 78210
December 28, 2013 9:00 am
New Berlin Ride
Brietkze Station Cafe
9015 Fm 775, Seguin, TX, 78155
December 29, 2013 8:30 am
Leon Spring to Shavano Park
Leon Springs Park and Ride
Leon Springs, TX, 78257

8th Annual Texas Scholastic Road Series Schedule
by League Director in News
4-weekends, 10-races highlight a spring of school-based racing

Departing from last year’s 7-weekend series that strained everyone’s travel budgets and weariness the 2014 edition only has four race weekends plus the pre-season league fund raiser race in February.

Feb. 8-9: preseason race @ Cedar Hill Race Festival

March 1-2: A&M race @ College Station

March 8-9: Fair Park Crit & Jesuit Ranger Roundup RR @ DFW

April 26-27: MSU race @ Wichita Falls

May 10-11: Coldsprings RR & Houston Grand Crit @ Houston***

*** = State Championships w/ points worth double

Of note with this schedule is that the A&M race conflicts with Lago Vista, which is of course a popular race weekend in Texas and will force a number of competitors…

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