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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Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup December 20th

Cyclists say current Plano bike plan is a start, but improvements needed
By JULISSA TREVIÑO        www.dallasnews.com

Along with a network of trails, Plano’s bike system includes a number of on-street routes that help commuters and recreational cyclists get around town.
In 2011, the city placed signs throughout the city noting bike routes, and some commuters say that’s helped the city become a relatively easy place to ride a bicycle.
“It’s been good for a long time, but it’s gotten a lot better,” said Plano resident Warren Casteel, vice president of…

RPR Rider Profile: Lisa Uranga

Age: Almost 31! With my birthday being on the 23rd of December, I am a Christmas baby!

Home: For longer than I would have ever imagined, I’ve called Irving, TX my home, but I was born and raised in El Paso, TX.

Occupation: For nearly the past seven years I have been a Master Trainer at 24 Hour Fitness with my husband Carlos. We are both certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine with specializations in Corrective Exercise, Performance Enhancement, as well as Fitness Nutrition.

Started mountain biking: Carlos and I bought our first set of mountain bikes in the summer of…

2014 Kit
Shawnee Trail Cycling Club

You’ve been patient.  You’ve suffered the teases and taunts with clips of pictures posted for you to guess.  Here it is.  Our new club kit for 2014.

The store will be open very soon, but take a look at whats coming.  Be sure to thank all those that had a part in its design – definitely something each of us will be proud to wear!  Below are illustrations of jerseys and shorts, but we’ll also be offering wind vests, arm warmers, leg &…

Bikes4Kids does it again!
The PBA donated 26 bicycles to the Boys and Girls Club of Plano. Thanks to everyone who donated their time and money to make this possible. This picture shows Alex DuLaney and other PBA Board members presenting the bikes.

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Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup November 26th

Johnson Branch Trail Report

Another piece of gold from a local rider here in DFW, this time Ross Thompson gives his thoughts on the Johnson Branch trail system off of Lake Ray Roberts north of Denton. This is a killer trail up north with beautiful and scenic camping and boating. It also does very well with rain.

The Johnson Branch State Park mountain bike trail is located 25 miles North of Denton, TX on the North side of Lake Ray Roberts. For a detailed trail map, go to:

This heavily treed trail has it all, with beautiful scenery, tight tree-gates, sandy sections in turns, fallen logs, rocky climbs & descents, and climbing switchbacks. The trail will be lots of fun for intermediate and…

Mostyn Law Firm Begins Planning for 2014 MS 150
PRWEB.COM Newswire
Houston, Texas
The Houston, Texas-based Mostyn Law Firm hosted a fundraising event for its MS 150 team this past Friday.
The event sought to organize future fundraisers to support the Firm’s team for the upcoming MS 150 bike ride this April. Employees of the Firm and supporters were asked to join the team or help organize a fundraising event, such as a bake sale, silent auction, or a garage sale. Funds from these events will be included with money donated by Steve and Amber Mostyn, the Firm’s owners. All proceeds will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to help advance MS research.
“We look forward to the MS 150 ride every year,” said Amber Mostyn. “The work done by the…

Winter Holidays and Over Indulgence
By Ray Garza        RGV Cycling
Winter is upon us and so are the holidays. Since Halloween, the weeks have flown by and now Thanksgiving is knocking at the door. Like everyone else, family comes into town along with cold weather. Food is the comfort for all, including me. This year I don’t want to succumb to the wintry days and the over indulgence on food.
This time around I want to continue my cycling as I chase my 4000 miles for the year.To some, 4000 miles is nothing and to others it’s a huge hill to climb. It’s all relevant to the person putting in the effort. I’m not far away from my goal. As of this posting, I’m less than 300 miles. Old man winter has shown up and has slowed the march to 4k.
This time around I feel that I’m better prepared. I just had two outing’s at 45 F temps that were successful in keeping me warm or at least warm enough. I pulled out my leg…

Wednesday Urban Ride – The UBG Cycling Club
The regular Wednesday evening ride is an Urban Road Ride that leaves from Urban Bicycle Gallery at 6:30pm. The route is downtown and is around 20-23miles with the average of 18mph. Please have a light on the front and back of your bike. Helmet required. Rides will be cancelled if the weather conditions are rainy, or icy (when in doubt call the store).
When: December 25, 2013 06:30 PM
Where: 4814 Nett St. Houston, TX 77007

Waco Bicycle Club
Monthly Club Meeting
Location: Uncle Dan’s BBQ
Description: Uncle Dan’s is located at 1001 Lake Air Dr. Come early to hang out, socialize and eat some really good BBQ

Houston embraces multi-modal transportation solution
America’s 4th largest city invests in its bicyclists and pedestrians

What does it mean to be multi-modal? For Houston, it means economic opportunity and new construction now…and 7 miles of paths, 10 miles of on-street bikeways, 11 miles of sidewalks, and 6 miles of pedestrian enhancements in the future.

That’s thanks to the city’s “Regional Bike/Pedestrian Connections to Transit” project, which broke ground today. I was in Houston for the event and had the pleasure of…

November 30th and December 1st Rides
Steiner Ranch Cycling
Saturday ride was cancelled due to wet roads, rain and frigid temperatures.

Sunday ride was cancelled due to wet roads, rain and frigid temperatures.

Since all rides were cancelled this past weekend let’s try the same routes out this weekend.   The extended looks good with temps in the 60’s / 70’s.   I hope everyone has a great Turkey Day!

The Strava highlights for last week by category are as follows (need to ride over 75 miles in the week to be included in stats below):

Distance            Jeff D.                    75.9   Miles
Mountain Goat       David A.                    2,359 Feet
Speed Demon         Jeff D.                    18.2 Mph over 76 Total Miles


AVERY RANCH ROUTE – Saturday November 30th at 8:30am at Cups & Cones

On Saturday the Steiner Ranch Cycling Group will be heading out for an approximately 55+ mile bike ride that will roll out from Cups & Cones at 8:30 am morning and we will head out to AVERY RANCH and head back via Crystal Falls.

The ride is going to be fairly flat and fast.  But we deserve flat after…

STCC Cranksgiving Ride
Shawnee Trail Cycling Club
Yes, Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and we know you’re trying calculate some excuse for downing the turkey, ham, dressing – wait, don’t forget the PIES!  So many calories and absolutely no excuse for you to eat…eat…eat…

Unless…   You join us Thanksgiving for our annual morning outing, the Cranksgiving.  We’re planning three pace groups, all doing from 35-40 miles.  We’ll have you back in time to…

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Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup November 1st

Sun & Ski Sunday Morning Social Ride – Westheimer Store
Organized by: Jimmy Boyle
This fun, social ride starts and finishes at the Sun & Ski on Westheimer. It starts at 8am every Sunday. It’s about 22 miles total and it stops at Discovery Green for a break. It is a “no drop ride”, meaning that beginners are welcome!

Street Art Bike Tour
Saturday, November 9, 2013
11:00am until 1:00pm in CST

We’re bike-touring 4 of the best murals in town, with a docent intro to each! It’s the Dallas Contemporary’s Alive for 35 anniversary weekend! They sponsored the creation of each of these in some way. And we are so thankful they did.
We’ll start and end at the Dallas Contemporary, so you can bring you bike down if you won’t be biking over from home. Either way we’ll see works by Shepard Fairey, JMR, Sour Grapes, and Faile. Then the Tutta’s Pizza food truck will meet us at the end.
Bike tour map: dallasc…See More

Gateway Park Mountain Bike Trail in Fort Worth
Trail Review from MountainBikeTX.com.

Gateway Park is not a difficult trail by any means, but offers a flowing singletrack opportunity for both beginner and experienced riders, alike. As you follow the sidewalk down from the parking lot you’ll see that the trail starts up on your left (there’s a sign letting you know) and leads you into the trees. Not too long after you start out, you will come out into the open to a sidewalk. There aren’t any signs to this effect, but if you simply follow along the sidewalk it will lead you right to where the trail picks back up. There is part of the trail off to your right, as well, that many choose to jump on turn the loop into a figure 8.

Although most of the trail is well shaded, there are a few stretches that put you out in the open, so if it’s a hot, sunny day you’ll have to pedal faster. One such open bit of really tight singletrack brings you by the fence of one of the ball fields, and then leads you back into the trees. There is a wood beam to cross over in case the ground is muddy there, which is a nice touch in case the trails are…

Cranky Tuesday Ride
Shawnee Trail Cycling Club
Does your cycling week ever put you on a roller coaster of emotions?  You’ve spent the weekend on some fantastic rides with your bud’s, but there’s nothing on the calendar other than spinning and eating, or just eating, waiting on Wednesday and Thursday to roll around.  By the time Tuesday arrives, you are in one bad, cranky mood.  We’ve got the cure for that – you may show up on Tuesday looking like a sour puss at ride start, but…

BikeDFW Launches A New Logo
by Richard Wezensky

Cycling is on the rise in north Texas and more people are captivated by active transportation. Dallas, Fort Worth and the surrounding areas are becoming transformed by cyclists wanting to ride more.

As a leaders, educators and advocates of the local bike movement, BikeDFW strives to keep up with the momentum and remain a valuable partner to all local bicycle advocacy groups. Because of this, we…

Veteran’s Day Ride on November 11th
The Greater Dallas Bicyclists
Monday, 11/11/13     9:30 AM
Meet at Office Depot parking lot at Forest and Central Expressway (SW corner)

Phil Watson will lead our annual Veterans’ Day ride to the festivities at City Hall including a great parade.

If you have the day off, come join us. Veterans, bring proof of your veteran-ness because some place offer a free lunch to veterans.

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