Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup December 31st

Avid cyclist believes she cheated death after being hit from behind
by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — An avid cyclist believes she cheated death after being hit by a truck.
It happened back on December 18 around 4 p.m. on North Eldridge near Bear Creek Park.
21-year-old Archana Williams was on her was back from a 60 mile bike ride. She was only about a mile from home when she was struck from behind.
“It was intense,” explained Archana Williams. “My back was hurting so…

Bike Friendly New Year!
Bike Friendly Oak Cliff

Another amazing year in Bike Friendly Oak Cliff! Many thanks to all our friends and neighbors that took part in our rides and events. We are looking forward to an even more fun 2014 as we expand our board members and ramp up on events, education and advocacy. Just a few highlights from this past year and outlook for 2014: …

Georgetown Cyclopaths
RIDE SCHEDULE – January 2014     Short Rides     Long Rides
Day     Date     Time     Meet at     Miles     Map     Miles     Map
Saturday     1/4/2014     9:00 AM     Dale’s Essenhaus Restaurant in Walburg     32 miles     WA7     46 miles     WA8
Sunday     1/5/2014     1:30 PM     Berry Springs Park     35 miles     B65

Saturday     1/11/2014     9:00 AM     Catholic Church in Andice     35 miles     A12     48 miles     A14
Sunday     1/12/2014     1:30 PM     Berry Springs Park     32 miles     B39

Saturday     1/18/2014     9:00 AM     Liberty Hill Elementary School     32 miles     L12     45 miles     L1
Sunday     1/19/2014     1:30 PM     Berry Springs Park     32 miles     B68

Saturday     1/27/2014     9:00 AM     Gravel Parking Lot in Weir     27 miles     WE2     51 miles     WE8
Sunday     1/26/2014     1:30 PM     Berry Springs Park     36 miles     B34

PCC First Friday Social
Pearland Cycling Club
When: 6:30pm, Friday, January 3, 2014
Where: Big Horn BBQ
2300 Smith Ranch Road
Pearland, TX

Lufkin woman turns herself in as driver in Christmas night hit-and-run fatality
A Lufkin woman who came forward last week admitting her guilt as the hit-and-run driver who killed a bicyclist Christmas night turned herself in Tuesday afternoon at the Angelina County Jail.

Jennifer Mireles, 20, arrived at the jail at 1:35 p.m. Tuesday with what appeared to be members of her family. Once inside, she met Lufkin Police Cpl. Brad Davis who was…

Race Preview – Age-Based Texas State Cyclocross Championship – 01.05.14
joeyTWOwheels        texascx.com


Our last race of the year is the age-based Texas State Championships hosted by Bat City Cycling in Austin. Unlike years past, this race (known as the Cyclocross Scuffle) will not take place and the beloved Moya Park.

We asked James Sides, race promoter, to give us the full scoop. James – what happened to that great track you guys normally run?

The great Halloween flood has washed out the Moya venue. No bathroom facilities but a few tons of natural barriers.

I’m glad you were able to recover quick and double up at…

Race Preview – Skills-Based Texas State Cyclocross Championship – 01.04.14
joeyTWOwheels        texascx.com

Your big weekend is finally upon us. You’ve worked hard and measured watts and heart rates – now it is time to bring what you got and leave it all on the line.

Skills-based State Championships are on Saturday at a course and venue we’re all familiar with – Webberville. Violet Crown has been hosting this race for ages.

Pay attention to start times as this event is a bit different than regular race weekends.

John Bartle is the promoter. JB, tell us what’s in store for this year:

The course is similar to…

TXMTB in 2013
Texas Mountain Bike Trails
Looking back on 2013 it’s pretty amazing what all has happened. The growth from a year ago to today has been absolutely amazing. So today we’re taking a look back at what all has happened over the past 365 days since January 1st of 2013.

First off, the Erwin Park Summer Series.

This is by far the highlight of the year for me and I know that a lot of other people really enjoyed them as well. We had 14 races at Erwin Park in 2013 with anywhere from 30 to 60 racers per week. To really make that number stand out, that is somewhere around 3,000 miles that were raced over the series.

To everyone who came out and raced, Thank you so much it was the highlight of my week and every week since they end has felt a little bit empty. But the best part is the relationships that I formed with a lot of…

Austin Calendar
Saturday, January 4
NWAus- Nelo’s Cycles Shop Weekday Ride (Road)
SwAus- Gruppo VOP Saturday Ride (Road)
SwAus- Southwest Cycle Sport Saturday Road Ride
NwAus- Violet Crown Bagel Ride (Road Ride)
NwAus- Bicycle Sport Shop Parmer Store Saturday Ride
SwAus- Circle C Ranch Cycle Club
SoAus- Austin Tri-Cyclist Saturday Shop Road Ride
CenAus- Middle of the Road Ride (MOTR)
Austin Flyers Club Ride
CenAus- Yellow Bike Project at the Austin Farmer’s Market (Downtown)
Georgetown- Sun City Cyclists Saturday Ride (Road)
CenAus- Mellow Mountain Ride
Kyle- Hill Country Tri Club Saturday Ride (Road)
NAus- Austin Mountain Bike Patrol
CenAus- Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride Shop Road Ride
SwAus- Southwest Cycle Sport Saturday Mountain Bike Ride
NwAus- Saturday Brick Workout hosted by Bicycle Sport Shop
CenAus- Orange Bike Project Shop Hours
Florence- Heart of Texas BMX Weekly Practice Time
CenAus- Coed Hands-on Flat Fix Clinic…

Lufkin Police arrest woman in connection to bicyclists death
Lufkin, Texas (KETK) — An East Texas woman is behind bars after a warrant is issued for her arrest for an accident involving death incident.

It happened on December 25, 2013, when a vehicle driven by Jennifer Isabel Mirelese, 21, drove into a bicycle ridden by Alexander Jansen, 22.

Jensen died at the scene of the crash and Mireles fled the scene.

Debris was collected by Lufkin Police at the crash scene and they identified the suspect vehicle as a 2001 to 2003 model Mazda Protege.

Police then released a press release with information concerning the crash and…

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Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup December 7th

Icemaggedon 2013!

Spent the day enjoying the ice and falling. Not exactly your typical Texas riding.

This Week’s Activities
Fort Worth Bicycling Association
The Rusty Chain Gang Ramble
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 9:00 am
Fort Worth: Columbus Trail City Building

Burleson and Beyond
Thursday, December 12, 2013 9:00 am
Burleson: Commerce Street

The Rusty Chain Gang Romp
Thursday, December 12, 2013 9:00 am
Benbrook: YMCA

RUSA 200K Brevet
Saturday, December 14, 2013 7:00 am
Grand Prairie: Lynn Creek Marina

Xmas Hay(es) Ride
Saturday, December 14, 2013 9:00 am
Weatherford: TXDot

Joe Pool Lake
Saturday, December 14, 2013 9:00 am
Grand Prairie: Lynn Creek Marina

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Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup December 4th

TransAm bicycle touring rides in the family
Posted by Rich        spokesman.com

CYCLING — Pedaling a bicycle across the United States is the equivalent of a graduate degree in American Studies, only you’ll be in better shape than when you started.
I made the journey in 1976 betwixt college and career (left), and on Monday my daughter, Hillary, at the same age, finished her TransAm trip 37 years later.
My favorite youngest daughter and her cycling partner Katy Howell reached St. Augustine, Fla., completing the Adventure Cycling Association’s Southern Tier Route across the USA. Hillary started riding in September from San Francisco to San Diego, and then eastward through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, …

The Racing Post December Edition

4 Genco Mongolian Bike Challenge
6 Moving Forward: Into my Off-season
8 Lesson in Pain
10 Cat 1 Teamwork and Victory
14 Springtown Spin
17 Sociological Concepts in Cycling
19 Houston Cross
21 Race Report – Cat 2 Road Championship
26 The Giant Story and What’s new for 2014
28 Pedaling Circles – Ride the Nett
30 SPECIAL REPORT ~ Interbike 2013
35 Tour de Gruene Time Trials
38 Women 4 – Second Time Around
39 MSU Racing – David Barrett
40 Hangin’ On 2014
42 Photo Essay: TRP Winter Crits

Planning To Give a Bicycle for Christmas? Don’t Forget the Helmet!
www.thevindicator.com (Liberty, TX)
With Christmas approaching, many parents are planning to give their child a new bicycle – maybe even their first bicycle. This is an excellent opportunity to teach children about the importance of wearing a helmet to protect their head. According to National Safe Kids, helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injury by up to 88%, but only 45% of children wear bike helmets. According to National Safe Kids, bicycles are associated with more injuries in children than any other product except automobiles. Other studies from the organization found that nearly half of the hospitalizations related to bicycles are traumatic injury to the brain. Helmets should be considered an…

Dirt Derby
Kids of the Dirt Derby.

Midwestern State University Cycling Team
Join our sponsor, Hotter ‘n Hell 100 and the Wichita Falls Bicycling Club for the Fantasy of Lights ride and Winter Social. 6pm, in the Dillard Parking lot, on December 12th.

Cyclist dies from injuries in weekend hit-and-run
By Carol Christian        www.chron.com
A Houston bicyclist has died from injuries suffered in a weekend hit-and-run accident, police said.
Chelsea Norman, 24, was pronounced dead Wednesday at Memorial Hermann Hospital.
The accident happened about 10:20 p.m. Dec. 1 in the 1600 block of Waugh Drive in the Montrose area, according to a news release from the Houston Police Department.
Police said the cyclist was riding south on Waugh at West Gray when she was hit by an unknown vehicle. The driver left without giving aid.
Norman was a wine specialist at…

UPDATED Bicyclist Dies Three Days After Hit-and-Run in the Montrose
By Craig Malisow         houstonpress.com
UPDATE: The victim has been identified by her boyfriend as Chelsea Norman. He tells us Norman clocked out of work at Whole Foods at 10:17 pm Dec. 1, and was likely hit between 10:20-10:35 pm, while riding home.
She was found lying face up in the bike lane, with her bike 20-30 feet from…

SRAM Recalls RED WiFLi 10-Speed Rear Derailleur
Posted by molly            www.cxmagazine.com

Via SRAM’s press release below, select 10-speed SARM WiFLi medium cage rear derailleurs are subject to a recall. Please spread the word and stay safe.
SRAM worked with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and other global authorities on a voluntary product recall of SRAM RED 10-speed medium cage rear derailleurs. SRAM has determined that there is a potential for the derailleur parallelogram to jam and no longer shift.
This presents a safety issue. As a result SRAM is actively retrieving and replacing all affected SRAM RED 10-speed medium rear derailleurs. SRAM has already begun a…

Soleus adds Strava compatibility to its software
by BRAIN Staff
AUSTIN, TX (BRAIN) — GPS device brand Soleus has added compatibility with Strava to its Sync desktop software. The software upgrade allows users of Soleus’ GPS watches and bike computer to upload activity data from their computers to their Strava accounts.

Soleus launched in 2012 with a line of affordable GPS devices, including the $99 Draft bike computer. The new software is compatible with all Soleus GPS models.

“We couldn’t be happier to form a partnership with Strava as they continue to do great things for our industry,” said David Arnold, founder and CEO of Soleus. “We have been thrilled by the demand for our…

State CX Race is January 4th!
The Violet Crown Sports Association

Link to video of one lap around the course: …

Race Your Strengths and Train Your Weaknesses
by Shawn            www.texasmountainbiketrails.com
As I was packing the car for a 13 hour road trip to Colorado last week, I looked up and saw my road bike hanging in the garage. It’s been hanging there for a while… I travelled a lot for work in November and spent very little time on the bike – any bike. Whenever I rode, I rode the mountain bike – because I like it better.

I am a mountain biker through and through. The only reason I ever got a road bike, was so I could extend my riding season by a couple of months when I lived in Colorado and so that when trails finally opened, I could actually pedal the darn thing up the mountain. When we moved to Texas, I started racing road and had a great time doing it. I met a lot of great people and learned a whole lot. One of the things I learned from a former Pro roadie was that you need to race your strengths and train your weaknesses. Sounds super simple, doesn’t it?

By now, you must know what you’re good at and what you need help with. If you don’t, I urge you to sit down and think about it for a minute. In order to get better at anything, you need to know what you need to improve. For me, it was sustained efforts – that’s what I was not good at and where I was getting clobbered. I could sprint with the…

Race Preview – TERRA X – Dec. 8, 2013
by joeyTWOwheels        texascx.com

If you’re a long-time #TXCX racer, you may realize that something is a bit amiss about this weekend in Houston:

Terra X is on Sunday while Bikesport is on Saturday. Say wut?

Yes, it’s crazy town.
But that’s not all – Terra X is going in reverse.

TerraX 08Dec2013 Flyer-Permitted – Rev 2Both of these long-standing events are very well run and held in solid Houston locations. Craig Fitzgerald of Woodlands Cycling is the Race Director for Terra, and he answered some of our most burning questions:

This course is great for spectators – compact park, an amazing playscape for anyone bringing kids and miles of…

December 7th & 8th Rides
Steiner Ranch Cycling Group
Saturday There was reported 12 riders and they did the Avery Ranch Loop.

Sunday There were about 9 riders and they did the Tour de Steiner Ranch.

DAM LOOP – Saturday December 7th at 8:30am at Cups & Cones

On Saturday December 7, 2013 the Steiner Ranch Cycling Group (SRC) will be co-hosting a ride that will roll out from Cups & Cones at 8:30 am this Saturday. As it is expected to be brutally cold and possibly icy we may cancel the ride for safety reasons. Please check in on our Facebook page and check your emails and this website.

The dam loop a challenging ride and is about 45 miles with over 3,000 feet of climbing. I have included a map but effectively we bike out 620 right on Four Points Blvd. into River Place through Westminster Glenn up to City Park Road to the 360 up to Bee Caves back to…

PBA Bike Build
Plano Bicycle Association

The most Highfalutin Holiday Social Event of the Season…The PBA Annual Bike Build!

Come one, Come all!  What could possibly be more rewarding than to assemble bicycles for children in need?  Drinking FREE BEER and eating PIZZA while doing so!  Whether you have assembled a bike before or not, we need you!  We need Bike Chicks just as much as we need Bike Studs, because we all know that most Bike Studs refuse to read the instructions.

Come with or without tools (however, tools are preferred).  Tools that would be especially handy would be: …

Cranksgiving 2013 Photo Gallery
Austin Ridge Riders

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Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup November 7th

Would You Like to Be on the BFOC Board?
Bike Friendly Oak Cliff
The events we throw year-round, grants and donations we receive, and infrastructure we advocate for are all determined by our core Board of dedicated volunteers. We’re looking to add a few passionate cyclists from the neighborhood to round-out our reach and capacity to make OC the most bike-friendly neighborhood in Dallas.
If you’re interested, shoot an email to Amanda. Include your contact info as well as why you’re interested in being on the board and what unique skills or experience you bring to the table. We’re hoping to increase the diversity of…

Camping and Mountain Biking
Dallas Cycling Trail Riders and Weekend Pub Crawlers
Friday, November 29, 2013        10:00 AM
Tyler State Park
789 Park Road 16 , Tyler, TX (map)
Well things did not work out before but I am going to try this again. Steve and I are going camping the day after Thanksgiving at Tyler State Park and we would love for anyone interested to join us. We are only camping Friday night. We will be arriving by about 10 on Friday Nov 29th and leaving around 10 on Saturday. We are going to get a tent sight this time but if anyone joins us who does not have a tent we will change to a shelter or bring our extra tent. If anyone wants to…

Broken spokes: Despite broad community support TxDOT withholds federal funds for bike share
City and MPO support smaller first-phase program as an alternative
by Alberto Tomas Halpern        newspapertree.com

Cities across the U.S., including in Texas, have embraced bike share programs as a way to reduce traffic, improve air quality and foster a healthier quality of life. But El Paso’s nascent bike share program, which the city, the University of Texas at El Paso, the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization or MPO, and the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority or RMA have supported, will be reduced to a much smaller program.

The issue: the Texas Department of Transportation or TxDOT has withheld much of the funding.

On April 5, following discussions between the city and UTEP, the MPO voted to fund and create a citywide bike share program—the first of its kind in El Paso—with almost 200 bikes at about…

City Park (Emma Long) preride of the 100k route
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Sunday, November 10, 2013        2:00 PM
City Park – Emma Long Motorcycle Trails
7548 Oak Shores Dr, Austin, TX (map)

Park and meet at one of the picnic tables. Look for the red Santa Cruz Nomad
Wheels down at 2:00pm for a guided ride along the route for the 100k (which happens on 12/8/13).
You don’t have to be riding the 100k to come out and ride with us. Just show up and ride!
The first lap will be no-drop group ride to make sure everyone …

ATX100k sponsors a 50k bonus ride at Reveille Peak Ranch! Camp and Ride!
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Saturday, November 23, 2013 3:00 PM        to Sunday, November 24, 2013, 8:00 PM
Reveille Peak Ranch
2046 County Road 115 , Burnet, TX (map)

If you arrive on the 23rd, go set up your tent and then hang at the Pavilion. If you arrive on the 24th, park and meet at the Pavilion. MAKE SURE YOU SIGN IN AND PAY THE LAND FEES WITH THE RANCH STAFF!!

This is an organized race/ride at Reveille Peak Ranch with the option of camping the night before.  Bring your kids! Bring your bikes!
It is a bonus ride on the ATX100K Endurance Race Series (six-pack series). The distance will be a timed 50k on the ranch’s most…

Bicycle rides in the State of Texas for the month of November, 2013
Every month we present to you all of the bicycle rides and criteriums in the state of Texas in less then 90 seconds.

Look through the rides, pick your rides or criteriums, on our…

Kaizen and Cycling
by Shawn McAfee            www.texasmountainbiketrails.com
Pedro Del Busto shares about the gradual process of upgrading and improvement.

Last week I was reminded about one more reason why I love cycling. My 5 year old son had just received a birthday present from a friend and he came to me asking for help. He wanted me to cut the cape off of an airplane from one of the Pixar films – “El Chupacabras”, if I remember correctly.

His request made absolutely no sense to me, but I was intrigued with his motive. So, I asked him why he wanted me to do that to his brand new plane. His answer was beautiful and simple , and made me so proud. He said “His cape is getting in the way and slowing him down, see?” as he showed me with his hands what I imagine was a display of extreme effort by the plane cutting through the wind.

Now, back to cycling and why this incident reminded me of another reason I am still as passionate about it and engaged as I was when I first started drooling over bikes and dreaming all-day rides almost 30 years ago. See, cycling is very complex in that it’s not only about you or a bike, or a trail or road. It’s about the relationship between all of that and everyone else around you doing it. I will not get into…

Action Alert: Submit Feedback to TxDOT for Texas Transportation Plan
Bikes ready to rideBikeTexas has just learned that TxDOT is holding a series of workshops, open houses, and public meetings to update the long range (through 2040) Texas Transportation Plan (TTP). BikeTexas and TxDOT encourage your participation.

The TTP 2040 will serve as TxDOT’s blueprint to guide the state’s multimodal transportation needs for the next 25+ years, addressing all all transportation modes including roadways, aviation, public transportation, bicycle and…

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