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 Blog and News Roundup January 19th

Stolen Bike Houston – Transition Covert V2 White
by CovertV2        forums.mtbr.com
Long time reader, first time poster.
Unfortunately I am creating a post to alert everyone in the Houston area of a stolen bike. It is a Transition Covert V2, in white. It can be identified by the missing front deralliuer shifter, Specialized brand chain slap guard, and relatively new tubeless high roller tires.
It was stolen in Midtown, today between 11:30am and 12:30pm
If seen, it would be much appreciated if you could message me with location and other details. I have filed a police report.

Woman on bike struck and killed by train
by KVUE News
LULING, TX — A 50-year-old woman died Saturday afternoon when she attempted to cross railroad tracks blocked off by crossing arms.
Luling Police reported Carolyn Spears was riding her bicycle south on Walnut Street approaching Pierce Street in Luling around 4:40 p.m.
Witnesses and railroad personnel told police they saw Spears pass to the right of two cars stopped in front of the lowered crossing arms and ride onto the tracks. A Union Pacific train going 31 miles per hour struck the woman on her bike.
She was pronounced dead at the scene more than an hour later.
The Luling and Union Pacific police departments both investigated the…

HBC Brenham Ride
Houston Bicycle Club
2/1/2014        9:00 AM
Distances:    33(B), 40(B), 50(C), 59(C) miles
Varying hills, some require low gears. Quite a nice ride, particularly in the spring when the wildflowers are blooming. Stores at Long Point and Burton. In Brenham, stop at Must Be Heaven (113 W. Alamo) for Blue Bell.






Texas Bicycling Daily News Roundup January 18th

Tyler woman on bicycle seriously injured after being hit by an SUV
By Marshall Stephens
TYLER, TX (KLTV) – The Tyler Police Department says Petra Spence of Tyler was hit by an SUV Friday while riding her bike Friday afternoon.
Spence was taken to East Texas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
Officers say Spence was peddling eastbound on East Second Street. She…

Children learn bicycle safety
By TY JOHNSON The Brownsville Herald

Christmas brought a trio of bicycles to the Flores family in Brownsville, meaning Karolina, 8, Sophia, 4 and Cris, 2, began spending a lot of time riding up and down the family’s driveway.
In the weeks that followed, Mario Flores helped his oldest daughter to ride her new bike without training wheels, and he said the experience was just as special as it’s made out to be in…

Corinth Cycling Upcoming Rides

Shades of Green
An Old Guy On Two Wheels
This is the name of a regular program on the local community radio station, KOOP.  I’ve listened to the station quite a lot but never listened to the show.  I was interested in this particular episode because of the topic and the guests.
Elliott, executive director of Austin BCycle (our brand new bike share) is also the frame maker that built my custom road bike.  Sarah and Claudia, from Yellow Bike Project, are fellow shop coordinators and volunteers.
This was a well done interview.  I thought everyone involved did a…



Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup January 17th

Capellan gets shock incarceration, 10 years’ probation in cyclist’s 2012 death
Jurors handed down 10-year suspended prison sentence in December.
By Walt Nett        lubbockonline.com
A former Texas Tech student received 10 years’ probation in the hit-and-run death of a woman riding her bicycle near University Medical Center in July 2012.
But before 24-year-old Benito Francis Capellan is out on the street, he must complete 134 days on shock probation — a boot camp-styled program meant to discourage first offenders from re-offending by exposing them to an…

ARR/RLAG Club Ride @ Reveille Peak Ranch
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Saturday, February 8, 2014    10:00 AM
Reveille Peak Ranch
2046 County Road 115 , Burnet, TX (map)
Main Parking Area – look for the Austin Ridge Rider Banner
Austin Ridge Rider & Ride Like A Girl Monthly Club Ride on the granite at Reveille Peak Ranch!
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 no one gets left behind or lost, we will get you back to the trail head for the after party;)
Remember to bring your helmet, plenty of water, and cash for the park entry fee. Everyone is also invited to bring a dish to…

Interview- Freeze Your Fanny Bike and Run 2014 – Longview, TX

Don’t be kicked to the curb by the cold weather! Embrace it, and join us for the Freeze Your Fanny Bike Ride and Run on February 1st, 2014 in Longview. Get the scoop on this ride with our exclusive Wheel Brothers interview with B’Ann Boiles.

Why join the Freeze Your Fanny Ride?
This is a great ride that has been improving every year for over two decades. There is a variety of distances and challenges offered for different skill levels. We even have a kid route. Additionally, an new route was introduced a few years ago that has proven to be a tough, hilly ride.
Freeze Your Fanny Bike Ride and Run 2014
How long has your ride been around?
This race has been around 26 years, and…

New Event Added to Texbiker.net Calendar

New Event: Easter Hill Country Tour 2014 – Kerrville, TX: Recurring Event First start: 2014-04-17 08:00:00 CDT… http://t.co/12kpW9RhCP

— Rick Ankrum (@texbiker) January 17, 2014



Open track time tomorrow 1-4PM. This is for experienced track riders only. BYO track bike as containers will not be open.

— Alkek Velodrome (@AlkekVelodrome) January 18, 2014


RT @JDCo: Attn Hou cyclists: Have eyes peeled for Monday @HoustonChron editorial on bike safety pls RT @BikeHouston @BikeTexas @BikeBarnTX — Bike Barn (@BikeBarnTX) January 17, 2014

#rideforreading @ElPasoTXGov @CrazyCatCyclery @VisitElPasoTX #elpaso pic.twitter.com/SKwq1Tbyeb — VeloPaso (@velopaso) January 17, 2014


A year in the making, we’ve completely reimagined @AllTrails . See what you’ve been missing: http://t.co/5hRFdYLIRy pic.twitter.com/PCQBG5YJeE

— AllTrails.com (@AllTrails) January 17, 2014


Rudolph’s Revenge is next weekend! If you haven’t registered yet, go ahead and sign up today. http://t.co/QGsjhMJsoe http://t.co/DvR5MkGMMR

— Texas MTB Trails (@TexasMTBtrails) January 17, 2014


It’s going to be a great weekend in Texas – road, dirt, and cross races. Pick you poison. http://t.co/IoFhspjt43 #texasbikeracing #cycling

— TexasBikeRacing.com (@txbikeracing) January 17, 2014


Tomorrow! Share the joy! http://t.co/o03Dj3lMI1 #mtb #kids #ride #austin

— Bicycle Sport Shop (@BSS_Austin) January 17, 2014