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 July 16th

Bike Funding Approved for El Paso

Row of bikes at a recent Velo Paso ride. Photo courtesy of Velo Paso.On Friday, June 12, the El Paso MPO Transportation Policy Board approved $2.3 million in citywide bicycle infrastructure and programs over the next three years. Several bike advocates voiced their support for bike funding during the meeting, while countless others called and emailed their representatives ahead of time.

“Infrastructure and bike programs will not only help the [City of El Paso’s] new bike share program,” said Ben Foster, board member of Velo Paso, a bicycle-pedestrian coalition, “but it will also inspire people to dust off their bikes sitting in their garage and ride to…

Hotter’N Hell program seeks hosts
Registration open for homes, visiting riders
Orlando Flores Jr./Special to the Times Record News
The Hotter’N Hell Hundred committee has opened up registration for its host home program for hosts and riders through the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Maire Libby, chamber office coordinator, is in charge of registration and said the program will take participants up until the Friday before the race Aug. 24.

“It’s like fishes and loaves,” Libby said. “Sometimes I get a burst of homes, and sometimes I get a burst of riders. I never turn anyone away when they…

Couple supports MS150 Bike Ride: She rides toward finding a cure for his MS
by Ed Todd            www.mywesttexas.com
Danette Beals not only welcomes but seeks challenges of the high-minded sort, such as a spirituality she terms “compassion.” It is evidence of a mother’s love of family and, especially in Danette’s case, love of her ailing and gentle husband.

The greater the difficulty, though a joy in the trials, the more appealing the task.

“I like a good challenge,” Danette said, be it perfecting a marriage and ministering to her beloved husband, Ray Beals, or honing her bicycle-riding skills, building strength and increasing endurance. “I will do it or die trying.”

Her husband, a former avid mountain biker, motorcyclist and rodeo cowboy, once pursued and…

Fundraising Texas cyclists give cancer a rough ride
By Kristin Annable, Edmonton Journal

EDMONTON – After cycling from Saskatoon in the pouring rain Sunday, fundraising rider Nick Muston said Tuesday he couldn’t believe his eyes when he arrived in Edmonton.

“Driving for hours in prairie and farmland, then suddenly we see this big city pop up,” said Muston, business relations co-ordinator for Texas 4000, the longest annual charity ride in the world.

On June 1, nearly 70 cyclists from the University of Texas began a 4,000-mile (6,400-km) trek from that state to Alaska, hence the name Texas 4000. The Livestrong Foundation is their main sponsor and the…

BMX racing opportunities in El Paso
16th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Story by Spc. Jarred Woods        www.dvidshub.net

EL PASO, Texas – Soldiers of Fort Bliss and the surrounding community are never at a loss for something to do off the clock. For those who relish the idea of combining both physical endurance and a need for speed, bicycle motocross offers thrill seekers just that opportunity.

BMX racers ride specially designed bicycles on dirt tracks built of sharp banks and steep hills used for jumping. Anyone looking for a new way to get or…

ARR August Club Ride at Lake Georgetown
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Saturday, August 10, 2013        9:00 AM
Lake Georgetown – Russell entrance
2101 CR 262, Georgetown, TX (map)
Look for the Austin Ridge Rider Banner

August Club Ride at Lake Georgetown
Meet Up location: Russell Park (look for us outside the park ranger gate.

Riders will break into groups based on skill level, length of ride and whether one wants to rip up the trails or ride at a social pace and smell the flowers. “No Drop” policy in effect so no one gets left behind or lost. Bring plenty of water and don’t forget your helmet!!

CARPOOLING is strongly encouraged and everyone is invited to bring a dish to share. (Cookies, chips, dips, salads, fruit, drinks, ICE!!)

You do NOT have to be an ARR member to attend most club ride but we do ask that you sign a waiver, properly wear a helmet when…

PBA Thanks to First Responders…
Plano Bicycling Association

New Anthills Kiosk and Trail Armoring

We had a great turnout for the Anthills trail work party on Saturday, July 13th. The photo shows 9 of the 11 trail gnomes that worked on armoring the trail, installing another kiosk and trimming the trail. The second kiosk was installed at trail level near Dairy Ashford. Plans are to install two more, one at Eldridge and one at Kirkwood so that there will be one at each major street crossing. We also armored the section of bench cut on the east shoulder of the Dairy Ashford bridge to…

Group Ride at Anthills on July 6th

There was an awesome turnout for the Anthills group ride on Saturday July 6th! There were nearly 50 people including the ride leaders. Some attendees were first-timers but many said they rode the Anthills regularly but had never been on some of the sections they rode which made the ride even more fun. Thanks to the six ride leaders for a great job and for…


Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for July 4th



Top 5 trails in Austin?
by chomxxo            forums.mtbr.com/texas
Hi, a group of us are headed over to Austin for the 4th weekend. Can you give a list of the top 5 must-ride trails in the area? There’s so many it’s hard for us to decide. Thanks! …(with replies)

Tour de Cure – DFW

July 4th ride with two of Team Red’s finest — with Lew Alexander and Dave Hennesey in Plano, TX.

GHORBA Group Ride at the Anthills!
Independence Day is just around the corner so what better way to celebrate than to ride the Anthills! Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Singletrack! Come join our new Group Ride Organizer Mr. Wladimir Moquete and me on Saturday July 6th at 9:00am for a couple a fun laps then hang out and talk bike with the gang. Whether you’re a beginner rider or an old hat we’ll have a group just for you. Don’t know your way around the trails? No problem. Our ride leaders know every inch of trail and will show you everything the Anthills has to offer. Don’t miss this opportunity to…

Bike races head for Circuit of the Americas
Circuit of The Americas has joined the list of venues playing host to the Tour of Austin bike-racing weekend, set for August 31 to September 2.

The Circuit will host the first leg of this year’s three-day event by staging a criterium along its 3.4-mile racetrack – home to the Formula One US Grand Prix – on Saturday, August 31.

Austin, Texas-based Holland Racing, a cycling event production company, will manage the fifth annual event, which will…

Erwin Park Summer Series Course #4
By Shawn        Texas Mountain Bike Trails
The final course that we have yet to use…

I was holding off on this one for rainy days, but have had a ton of racers ask me about using it. So here we go!

The Erwin Park Summer Series Course #4 is the infield and road. This will be a super fast course and we will be looking at multiple laps for each race. My time for one lap was just over 7 minutes. Here’s the Strava profile for my lap. …

4th of July Greetings from Cafe Brazil
Plano Bicycling Association
Lots of cyclists out today celebrating Independence Day, including this group at Cafe Brazil in Deep Ellum.

A Special Ride
by Roy and Christine        Pedal Pushers

All of the bicycle rides are special in some way, but this particular Monday group ride was extra special. (lots of pictures)…

Happy Independence Day – 2013
Bike Friendly Richardson