Texas Bicycling News Digest March 2nd

Vuelta a Nuevo Leon

Measuring how America rides


When PeopleForBikes launched 16 years ago as Bikes Belong, we established the mission of “getting more people riding bikes, more often.” This goal remains central in all of our work today.
As we’ve grown, and as we’ve evaluated the progress of our key projects, we’ve often been frustrated by not being able to confidently answer two of the most basic bicycling questions: How many Americans ride bikes today? What are the key trends in participation?
We’ve struggled with these answers because of the limitations of available participation research. Some surveys have focused exclusively on recreational bike riding. Others have honed in on bike commuting. What’s been missing is a broad-based survey that addresses participation in all types of bicycling in the context of an overall questionnaire that asks a reasonable number of questions.
Today, we are pleased to announce that we …

Mad Duck Cyclery

Mad Duck Racing Family member Adam Mills in action this weekend (while we sat looking at ice and snow) in San Diego Omnium.


Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price Joins National MS Society in Challenging Supporters to Join the Movement with Upcoming Bike MS: Sam’s Club Round-Up Ride & Walk MS Events Benefiting MS Research

DALLAS (March 2, 2015) — Members of the Dallas/Fort Worth community, renowned local researchers and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price are calling on the public to take action during MS Awareness Week, March 2-8, 2015, to pursue a world free of multiple sclerosis. Anyone can make a difference in the lives of those affected by multiple sclerosis by registering to participate and fundraise in one of three upcoming National MS Society signature events –  – Walk MS: Dallas, Walk MS: Forth Worth and Bike MS Sam’s Club Round-Up Ride.

“Join me in supporting all those fighting to end MS for this years MS awareness week,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. “We are excited to host the finish line of Bike MS: Sam’s Club Round-Up Ride in Sundance Square with a grand celebration. Riders across North Texas, especially those from Fort Worth, whether you are a novice rider or experienced, gear up with me for the ride of a lifetime! You can also show your support by participating in Walk MS: Fort Worth and Walk MS: Dallas.”

As we celebrate MS Awareness Week taking place March 2-8 the Society urges communities to take action and connect with others to support one of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s foremost priorities: advancing research for more than 2.3 million people living with MS worldwide, and providing programs and services that enable people impacted by the disease to live their best lives. In 2014, the Society invested $50.6 million to advance more than 380 research projects around the world, and even in Dallas/Fort Worth, in order to stop MS in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end MS forever. In 2015, funds raised through local events will help sustain and continue fostering this revolutionary research as well as provide programs and services that have an immediate impact on individuals and families affected by MS. …

Tuesday: Intermediate/Advanced Mountain Bike Ride at the Ant Hills

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015, 6:15 PM

15200 Memorial Dr
15200 Memorial Dr Houston, Te

1 Houston Cycling Members Went

This will be a medium to fast pace ride through the Ant Hills of Hershey Park! Bring WATER, spare tube/tire, snacks, etc…Helmets required. Call if you are going to be late so we can wait for you. Wheels rolling by 6:30! See you there

Check out this Meetup →

Memorial Park Conservancy

Greater Houston Off-Road Biking Association (GHORBA)

This is another important meeting to attend. The Master Plan should be approved by City Council shortly after this meeting and the details contained will define the mountain bike, trail running, and hiking experience in Memorial Park for years to come.

Route 66 goes through the Texas Panhandle.

Don’t forget Winona … Adventure Cycling releases Bicycle Route 66 maps

by BRAIN Staff        www.bicycleretailer.com

MISSOULA, Mont. (BRAIN) — Adventure Cycling Association has released its Bicycle Route 66 map set, charting the course for cyclists to travel the famous corridor from Chicago to Los Angeles on roads appropriate for cycling, including sections of the historic highway. The 2,486-mile route is covered in a specially designed six-map set, allowing cyclists to tour the whole thing or ride a few sections.
“The vision for Bicycle Route 66 is the same as the original vision for Route 66, which was to connect the main streets of rural and urban communities,” said Ginny Sullivan, Adventure Cycling’s director of travel initiatives. “Bicycle Route 66 will be a perfect choice for traveling cyclists looking to …

Be sure to read the “Hangin’ On” column by Andy Hollinger

The Racing Post – March 2015


6 Knight Ride
10 Product Review – Limar Cycling Sunglasses
11 Ride Preview – Germanfest Metric Century
13 Product Review – Canari Kit from a Woman’s Point of View
14 2014/15 Cyclocross in Review
18 Meet MSU’s Hannah Ross
19 The Great Escape
22 The First Weekend in March – LaPrimavera
24 The Racer’s Lens
25 First Rally Decision
27 Photo Essay I – Cedar Hill Bike Festival – Brian Barrett
28 Product Review – Selle SMP T3 Saddle
29 Single Speed Love
30 Inside the P/1/2/3 at Megan Baab Road Race
36 Photo Essay II – Cedar Hill by Lee McDaniel …

Action Alert: Tell the Waxahachie City Council You Want Safe Streets


Waxahachie has a great opportunity to make the city safer for all residents, including people who ride bikes, with the planned 10 miles of bike lanes. However, the two miles on Marvin Avenue have come up against strong opposition. Without those critical two miles, the whole project could be lost, because Marvin Avenue is a key connecter through the city.
Your voice matters! Contact Mayor Strength TODAY and let him know that you support bicycle lanes on Marin Avenue. Additionally, contact the …

Newsletter March 2015

San Antonio Wheelmen

In This Issue – Monday, March 2, 2015
Dear Friends,
Happy Texas Independence Day!
With a new month, we have a number of things happening at your Alamo Area MPO. From meetings of all our standing committees, to public open houses happening around the area with our partner agencies to special events happening this Saturday toencourage us all to get outdoors and live earth wise – March is off to a roaring start!
We are pleased to announce, due to popular request, that we will be holding 3 separate Street Skills classes this month – limited spaces remain available – check out the article in this newsletter and sign up quickly!
Whether its through FastTrack Online, the FastTrack e-newsletter, our Facebook page, our Twitter handle, our YouTube Channel, our website, or in person at one of …

Paceline Newsletter

Fort Worth Bicycling Association

Our most recent Paceline (the club’s online newsletter) was added 3-2-15 and is available

Hudson Bend/Lake Travis Middle School MTB Team and LTHS MTB team

Southwest CycleSport

Congratulations to the kids representing Hudson Bend/Lake Travis Middle School MTB Team and LTHS MTB team at the Mellow Johnny Classic in Dripping Springs on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s temperatures were below freezing with drizzle (and lots of mud); Sunday was a bit warmer but was a slopfest. Wes Figg took his spot on the podium in the Cat 2 19-25 category; Hunter Ling also had a space on the podium in …

New Events Added to Texbiker.net Calendar


Event Reminder

Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup January 3rd

Bike Shops added to the Texbiker.net List
Division One Bicycles    1620 E 7th St    Austin    TX    78702

Windmill Bicycles    2209B Manor Road    Austin    TX    78722

Bicycling Goals For Richardson – 2014
Bike Friendly Richardson
What do you think the 2014 Bike Goals for the City of Richardson should be? Please post your ideas that would help improve biking in our city – and would cost little to nothing out of their budget. We’ll see if we can politely bring them to their attention.
I’ll start:
– Safe Passing Ordinance. They passed it in Plano and…

Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest in February
Texas Mountain Trail

The terrific folks at Desert Sports and Big Bend Ranch State Park are once again holding a GREAT mountain biking festival for beginners through expert riders, the Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest.  February 13-15, the trails in Big Bend Ranch State Park, Lajitas and Big Bend National Park will be explored with patient and skilled guides.  The event is a benefit for the Big Bend Trails Alliance, which does important development and maintenance work on the region’s trails, so the…

Ray Porter

Ray truly lived the way most strive to, both on the bike and off the bike. Because of that, he inspired many of us to strive to be better; better riders, better friends, better family, and better to those in need. So now friends and family, let’s celebrate the life of one of the greatest men we were lucky enough to know in our own journeys.
We encourage you to ride your bike if you like. Be comfortable. If you’re wearing a kit, wear a kit. Just don’t have too much at the cash bar and…

The rise of curbs: Protected biking’s second act begins
Michael Andersen, Green Lane Project staff writer

Austin workers set modular precast curbs in place on Third Street downtown.
After five years of using parked cars and plastic posts to create the first generation of modern protected bike lanes, U.S. cities are starting to experiment with the next step: curbs.
In Chicago, Cyburn Avenue and State Street are likely to get the city’s first curb-separated bike lanes. In Seattle, the city has used two wholesale road reconstructions, on Linden Avenue and Broadway, as chances to install cement curb separations. In Austin, two blocks of 3rd Street downtown are now…

Walnut Creek Trail Closures for 2014
Austin Ridge Riders
As part of the ongoing partnership that ARR enjoys with the City of Austin, we are going to be doing all we can to help with the trail closures at Walnut Creek during the installation of the new paved multiuse path.  However, rest assured, that these closures are TEMPORARY and absolutely necessary for the SAFETY of the trail users.  Because there will be heavy equipment and laborers that are unfamiliar with trail users, it was in the best interest of both to temporarily close portions of the trail from January 4th until September 1.  To that end, here are some things to consider with the trail closures:

1. Making sure that when a trail closure is put in place we abide by it. While we have a great relationship with the City we don’t want to give them a reason to question it;

2. Communicate the plan to as many people as possible. Let them know the…

The January edition of the DATES-Line Newsletter
This month’s edition includes the following:
Upcoming Rides
The Hilly Chili Ride
2014 Southwest Tandem Rally
League of American Bicyclists Classes
DATES Officer Nomination
Ride Reports
Christmas Lights Ride
DATES Annual Meeting
DATES Membership Renewal
DATES Rides & Activities

January edition of The Pedaler
San Antonio Wheelmen
The Pedaler Newsletter
Happy New Year!  I hope that you brought in 2014 with family and friends.  Although I didn’t make any official resolutions for this year, I am going to do my best to ride more this year.

Please be sure to make plans to join us for this weekend’s rides.  On Saturday, January 4th, I’ll be the ride starter for the Krueger Canyon-River Road ride.  If you like hills, it’s a great ride.  I’m serving as the

Ride List
New for 2014, Velo Paso will be posting news and info on rides in and around El Paso!
Sunday, January 5, 8:30AM – Sunday Ride – Meet at Hospital Parking Lot (Edgemere and 375) – Pace: Intermediate and Advanced – Distance 40 miles – To: Hueco Tanks Entrance- Hosted by EP Cyclists **Helmets and (2)H2O bottles required**

Sunday’s at 9:00 AM – Sunday Morning Bicycle Ride (MTB) – Meet at the Northeast trails at 9:00am. The cross country ride will be mid level loop with occasional advanced sections – Hosted by Chuck’s Bicycle Repair **Helmet and water required**

Sunday, January 5, 9:30AM – Central/NE Romp – Meet at Newman Park (Richmond at Alabama) Head over Scenic Drive then back to Central/NE El Paso to Hondo Pass, then return with option to ride up McKelligon. 30 miles, moderate (15-17 mph) pace. Charlie Gallarzo, 915-241-3373; and Sylvia Mejia, 915-740-9033 – Hosted by El Paso Bycicle Club **Helmets and water required** – please arrive 15 minutes early…

Cyclist dead after being hit by car
Times Record News

A man on a bicycle was killed Friday evening when he was struck by a vehicle.

The accident happened in the 100 block of North Scott near Warren Street about 6:20 p.m. The identity of the victim was not immediately released. The man was apparently struck by a white GMC vehicle.

A witness at the scene said the victim was…

FrostBike 50 Interview

Ready for your first race of the New Year WheelBrothers? Maybe you have already hit the streets this year, but if you are looking for a great way to kick off 2014, look no further than the 12th Annual FrostBike 50. Check out our interview with Stacey Gascon, the host of the event, scheduled for January 12th, 2014.

Why join FrostBike 50?
It is a great way to start your BP MS 150 training. We are the first recommended ride of 2014. In order to participate in the National MS society’s April 12th ride you must ride in at least two recommend rides.

How long has your ride been around?

This is the 30th year for the National MS Society to ride the BP MS150 from Houston to Austin.  In 2013 more than 100,000 cyclists raised over $80 million dollars to help create a world free of MS.  Please join us again in 2014 for the ride of your life!

This is the 12th annual FrostBike50. There are three routes again this year 17, 45 and 55 miles. We try to…

Ray Porter Memorial: Race Against Cancer
Texas Mountain Bike Trails
Big Pig Racing will be hosting the 2nd annual Race Against Cancer!

This will be a 6-hour endurance mountain bike race on the beautiful East Texas trails inside Tyler State Park. We are also happy to announce that due to the strong impact of cancer in our community and the overwhelming success of last years event, we have founded the Big Pig Cancer Foundation to make all of this years donations tax deductible and help provide an avenue for supporting local families in their time of need.

In light of our communities recent loss, this year we have officially renamed the event in honor of local endurance, mountain bike legend Ray Porter who passed away on December 27th after being diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma on November 13, 2013. Ray and his wife Gina have been active supporters of the Dallas / Ft. Worth mountain bike community for many years and…

Never Stop Pushing

DORBA and the mountain biking community lost a hero with a large heart this week.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family as we mourn the loss of a good friend.If you were one of the many Ray Porter helped along the way you know his heart. If you had to compete against him you know what a phenomenal athlete he was and I doubt anyone minded losing to him. While there will be a significant void no one can fill, Ray would have told us to push on and make greater strides.

As I step down as DORBA President and Della Bird steps up, I ask each member to become more involved; to participate in trail work days, help with DORBA events, teach a skills or beginner clinic, encourage others to join and be a positive influence on the mountain bike community.  As a member and President, my greatest joys have been giving back to the…

White Rock Lake
by Bill Chance            billchance.org

I always seem to get sick between Christmas and New Year. Since I haven’t been able to breathe, I haven’t rode my bike since the day after Christmas. I miss it.

So I’m looking at photos I took not very long ago. …

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Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup December 29th

Brownsville groups offer running, cycling options
By YVETTE VELA The Brownsville Herald

Coming into 2014, Browns ville residents have options to make healthy resolutions for the new year: no-cost running or cycling groups.
Saturday morning brought cold and drizzly weather, but that didn’t stop a group of dedicated runners who gathered before sunrise for a weekly run at Rx Running Co., at 3101 Pablo Kisel Blvd.
The Brownsville store, which specializes in running shoes, hosts Saturday morning runs for anyone wanting to get out and improve their running times and distances — or for those who enjoy running as a…

My FitVlog Day 9 and Cycling Allen, Texas!
by Shauna Chan

Here’s my short fitvlog update for this week. I’ve only lost 2 pounds so far~~most likely because of the holiday this week. At least I didn’t gain 2 pounds! haha!
Also, I give a glimpse of today’s bike ride around Allen, Texas! When I…

ARR/RLAG Club Ride @ Rocky Hill Ranch
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Saturday, January 11, 2014        10:00 AM
Rocky Hill Ranch
578 FM 153, Smithville, TX (map)

Look for the Austin Ridge Rider Banner
Austin Ridge Rider & Ride Like A Girl Monthly Club Ride at Rocky Hill Ranch

This month we join RHR’s Jordan’s Challenge as they raise money to fight Systemic Lupus and Juvenile Arthritis.

All mountain bikers are welcome, riders will break into groups based on skill level (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and pace (fast, casual, slow). This is a No Drop ride so…

HBC Ride Schedule

Wednesday 01/01/14New Years Pot Luck Lunch And Ride8:30 a.m.David Dick
Saturday 01/04/14Montgomery9:00amRonald & Lilette Britsch
Sunday 01/05/14Houston Sans Car9:00 amGail Wellenkamp
Sunday 01/05/14Your Ride9:00amNEEDED
Saturday 01/11/14Zube Park9:00amRonald & Lilette Britsch
Sunday 01/12/14Your Ride9:00amNEEDED
Saturday 01/18/14Chappell Hill North9:00amRonald & Lilette Britsch
Sunday 01/19/14Your Ride9:00amNEEDED
Saturday 01/25/14Pattison – Hempstead9:00amRonald & Lilette Britsch
Sunday 01/26/14Your Ride9:00amNEEDED

Trail Grooming – December 28, 2013
friends of colorado bend

This was originally going to be a full weekend trip, but the weekend between Christmas and New Year apparently isn’t a great time to schedule a trail building weekend!  The only other option available was the weekend BEFORE Christmas and we figured that would be an even worse time!  Two couples signed up for the trip, but one couple could only make it for the day, so the weekend became a ‘Day Trip’ for both couples and a late notice was sent out to the trail builders about the change.  With no food or lodging involved, there was no deadline for signing up and all were invited to just ‘show up’ if they wanted to.  Two guys took the offer, so there were…

Upcoming Rides and Events
San Antonio Wheelmen

Wednesday, 1/1:   New Year’s Day Ride
Saturday, 1/4:       Krueger Canyon-River Road Ride
Sunday, 1/5:         Helotes-Castroville Ride

Intermediate & Faster Ride-Carl Barton Park
Woodlands Cycling Club
Saturday, January 04, 2014, 08:30am – 11:00am
Directions:  I45 N exit 84B 336/Frazier Street.  Go right on 336.  Continue east about 3 miles to the park on the right. Turn right into Carl Barton Park at the second exit and park on the left side of the parking lot.  Restrooms are available.

Helmets and hydration are required.

Intermediate group:  average 16-18 mph
Faster group:  average 18-20+ mph

Multiple routes from 40+ miles.  Route is generally decided at the start of the ride based on the group and weather.  Intermediate group about 40 miles.  Faster group 50+ miles.
Please plan to arrive in time to be ready at the start time. …

How To : Ride Your Bicycle in Cold Weather

Bank robber? No, just layered up and ready for a ride in the mid-30′s!

Without the proper apparel, bicycling in cold weather can redefine what it means to be cold and uncomfortable.  Wind chill is a big factor in this equation of discomfort.  So what is a cyclist to do when the mercury starts to dip?

The answer – breathable layers and a windproof outer shell.

Here’s a quick peek at what I wear when the temperatures dip down between 32-49 degrees.

Your first layer should usually be form-fitting (so it plays nicer with subsequent layers you put on) and made of a breathable fabric so moisture gets pulled away from your body as you…

P123 Resolution Cross barriers
by noprobXC

Resolution Cross P123 – Sunday
by noprobXC

First lap at the run-up

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Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup December 23rd

Technical Tuesday. Last ride of 2013
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Tuesday, December 31, 2013    3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Barton Creek Greenbelt – 360 Access (beside brick office building)
3755-B Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin, TX (map)
Meet near the gate
Trying to get the Tuesday night Greenbelt/city park rides back online.
Meeting early at 3pm for this one and done by dark in plenty of time to make it to your New Year’s Eve activities.
As usually, moderately easy pace but rocky and ledgy. Not beginner friendly.
Weather should be nice and…

CLINIC! Beginner Basics of Mtn Biking. Limit 4 students. Free of charge.
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Monday, December 30, 2013    3:00 PM
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
12138 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX (map)
Meet at the picnic tables on the pool parking lot median
I am putting on another clinic. Limit of 4 students. No charge.
Monday 3pm till dark, 1/30/13, Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park.
This clinic is for pure beginners, male or female, and 18 years old or older, who are new to mountain biking who have less than 6 months experience on a mountain bike.  I will be covering the brass-tacks basics to teach a rider how to comfortably and…

Another CLINIC. technical trail riding. Intermediates and up only. 4 student max
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Saturday, January 4, 2014    1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Barton Creek Greenbelt – 360 Access (beside brick office building)
3755-B Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin, TX (map)
meet by the gate.
And another clinic… This one for intermediate riders and up.  We will be working on clearing obstacles commonly found on the Greenbelt back-country trails.
As usual, it’s free.
January 4th, 2014, 1pm, Barton Creek Greenbelt 360 entrance. I may change this to Regents based on trail access conditions and…

Upgrades to area school zones, safer routes for children
Denise Olivas        www.kvia.com
EL PASO, Texas – Walking and bicycling to school is easily one of the best forms of exercise for children everywhere, especially if it’s a safe one.

The City of El Paso has started a campaign to make upgrades to school zones in the city as part of the Safe Routes to School program.

The federally-funded program will add more signs and lights to school zones to more than 30 schools.

Spokesman for the city’s Engineering and Construction Department Martin Bartlett said officials considered schools city-wide that…

STCC 2014 Fresh Start Ride
Shawnee Trail Cycling Club

Its a new year and lets all kick it off with the STCC Fresh Start Ride.  Once we reached a critical mass in our membership, we found that it made sense to organize a ride on New Year’s morning – to start everyone rolling with their fitness goals and to give you a chance to ride with old friends and possibly make some new.  We wanted the distance to be challenging, but not overwhelming – get those legs spinning.  We think you’ll enjoy the ride and it has to be warmer than last years (please)!

We’re planning three pace groups and distances.  This is all about fun and participation, so if there are enough that want an additional distance at a slower pace – let us know [click here].  The routes are being…

First Ride of 2014
San Antonio Wheelmen
Date:     01/01/2014
Time:     10:00 AM
Details:     Leon Springs (Leaderless) Meet in the parking lot near the Starbucks and HEB in Leon Springs. From 1604, head west on I-10 and take the Boerne Stage road exit. Turn left on Boerne Stage, go through the intersection, and make a left into the parking lot. You should download and print one of the maps for one of Tourant-Beauregard routes prior to leaving for the ride.

Cibolo (Leaderless) Meet at the City Hall parking lot in downtown Cibolo. From I-35 North, turn right on FM 3009 (Roy Richard Drive, exit 175) to FM 78; turn left and then…

Hamby Trail Work – 12/28/2013
Longview Bicycle Club
There will be a Hamby trail work day Saturday, December 28, 2013. Come at 9am if you want to ride before hand. Trail work starts at 10am. No experience is required and everyone that shows up to work gets a free lunch after the work day! We will have a cookout and food and drinks will be provided.

Bring: Lawnmower, Weed Eater, Loppers, Chainsaw, Rake, Shovel, Hammer, Nails, etc.

If you don’t have tools there will be plenty extra so come anyway!

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