Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup for May 3rd

TxDOT Seeks Public’s Input for State Transportation Plan 2035
by 33 KDAF-TV
The Texas Department of Transportation will host its first local public meeting to gather input for the future of state transportation.

The agency will preview its Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan 2035 in Farmers Branch on Thursday. The plan involves possible changes to roadways, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, transit, airports and freight and passenger rail. …

You’re going to do what?: Day # 52 El Paso Texas To Las Cruces New …
from www.crazyguyonabike.com
We got up at 5:30 this morning to hit the road at dawn so we could beat the high winds expected around noon. It also worked in our favor that we got out of town before most of the morning rush hour traffic came. A short time later we crossed the border into New Mexico and began riding through wine vineyards, onion and alfalfa fields, pecan tree farms all with the background of some new rugged mountain…

El Paso

Bike Month: The perfect reason to start cycling to work
from www.austin360.com
Pedal powered activities planned for May
Take your pick: Stuck in gridlock traffic in a car on MoPac Boulevard or zooming down the hike-and-bike trail, knocking out the daily workout on the way to the office?

Really, who wouldn’t rather pedal a bike to work?

We know, it’s not always possible. But whatever your excuse, there’s probably a way around it, at least some of the time.

Live too far away? Try a combination bike/bus commute, or drive part way…

Sat/Sun OAS Ride
from www.planobicycle.org
Plano Bicycle Association – Cycling in the Dallas Fort Worth Texas Area
Meet at Northwest corner of Coit and Spring Creek, Plano. 45-75 miles (Saturday rides longer than Sunday), 20+ mph average, short options available, paceline skills required. We stop as a group for mechanical problems and flat tires. Newcomers and guests are welcome.
Year round schedule of starting times
September @ 7:30 am
October – March @ 8:00 am
April – May @ 7:30 am
June – August @ 7:00 am

Location : Coit and Spring Creek, Plano, Texas
Contact : Alan Hasty

Williams Factory Texas Team: MATRIX CHALLENGE
by Team Members
Matrix Challenge 2010 was held on a beautiful weekend in a park like atmosphere. Lots of primes and a fast technical course. Williams Cycling Texas: Saturday Todd Farrell : 12th. Marc Montemayor : 19th. Craig Fulk : 21st …

Matrix Challenge

The 2010 Cross Country Cycling Adventure: Day 10 Las Cruces, NM to …
by Tony DeLellis
The route that I am following is broken into 7 sections.  Now that I entered Texas through El Paso I have completed sections 1 and 2.  These 2 sections covers 934.5 miles.  I am about 60 miles into Texas so the total mileage after 10 days is right around 1,000 miles.  The bad news is that I have picked up a head cold today.  We were planning on riding to Kent tomorrow and camping.  The distance is well over 100 miles. I may have to bail…

2010 Cross Country

Volunteers needed for kid’s Bike Rodeos
BikeDFW will be putting on two separate bike safety classes (aka Bike Rodeos) for kids on Saturday May 15th as part of the City of Irving’s Bicycle Fest and the City of Allen’s Family Bike Day. We need two or three volunteers to help for two hours at each event. These are always a lot fun and the kids have a great time. If can spend two hours helping kids learn to ride safely, please contact Marc or Warren (see below).
Irving Bicycle Fest

Saturday, May 15, 2010
10 AM-12 PM
Centennial Park
444 West Second St., Irving, TX
Contact Marc Mumby (president@bikedfw.org)
Allen Family Bike Day

Saturday, May 15
Joe Farmer Recreation Center
Allen, TX
Contact Warren Casteel (warren@casteelsign.com)

Traffic Skills 101 cycling course in Plano on May 16th
The 1-day version of the Traffic Skills 101 course will be taught in Plano on May 16, 2010. This is a great way to learn how to ride safely and comfortably on city streets… or just about anywhere!
* Date: May 16, 2010
* Time: 9 AM to 2 PM
* Location: 1409 K Avenue, Plano TX 75074
* Registration Fee: $50.00
* Description:
o The classroom portion of this course is taken online, whenever it is convenient for you, but must be completed by Friday May 14, 2010. Instructions for completing the online portion will be sent as soon as we receive your registration.
o The on-bike skills portion of the course (parking lot drills and road cycling) will be conducted on Sunday, May 16, 2010 by League Certified Instructors. We will ride to a lunch spot.
* Required equipment: helmet, bicycle, water bottle and water, spare tube, tire levers, lunch money.

Register at the BikeDFW web site
For more information contact:
Renee Jordan
Phone: 972-941-7168
Email: Reneej@plano.gov

Daily News Roundup March 9th – Texas Bicycling

USA CRITS moves finale to Texas
from Cyclingnews News Headlines
The USA Crits series will expand to nine races for men and five races for women, with the finale moving from Las Vegas to Dallas, Texas. The series will maintain its traditional start at the 31st Athens Twilight Criterium in Georgia on April 24 with events for both men and women. It will then take a two month break before the next race on June 19, the Giro d’Grafton in Wisconsin, which is also part of the Tour of Americas Dairyland. The series will continue at the Hyde Park Blast in Cincinnati, …

This is not Texas bicycling but if you like to watch European races some of the bigger ones are on Universal Sports. In the Houston area this is channel 39.2. The press release times (all are EST):

Universal Sports will have same-day delayed television coverage of all the cycling events below. All events will be available LIVE online, complete with full-length videos, highlights, photos and recaps.

2010 Universal Sports Road Cycling Schedule (Schedule subject to change; Events will be added.)
*March 10-16: Tirreno-Adriatico – 3pm and 8pm EST nightly; also at 11pm (10th and 11th); 12am (12th); and 1am (13th – 16th)
*March 20: Milan-San Remo – 3pm EST
*April 5-10: Tour of Basque Country – Noon EST
*May 8-30: Giro d’Italia – Noon EST
*Aug. 28-Sept. 19: Vuelta a Espana – Noon EST
*Sept. 29: Road Cycling Time Trials – Men’s Under 23, Women’s Elite – 7pm EST
*Sept. 30: Road Cycling Time Trials –Men’s Elite – 7pm EST
*Oct. 2: Road Cycling Road Race – Men’s Under 23, Women’s Elite – 7pm EST
*Oct. 3: Road Cycling Road Race –Men’s Elite – 7pm EST
*Oct. 16: Giro di Lombardia – Noon EST

Google Maps adds ‘Bike There’ option
from BikeBiz
Big news for online journey planning but Google Maps isn’t the only planner. Watch out for a raft of iPhone apps, too.

LOST LUNG – Reward if found… « Connie’s Bike MS: Sam’s Club 2010 …
by connie98
I have to take the kids over to South Texas for Spring Break on Friday afternoon, my husband is spending the week in California starting Saturday night and I’ll be home alone until about Thursday of the following week. …

High Five project to connect Dallas bike and walking trails to northern neighbors
by Dallas Morning News
Texas Department of Transportation engineers built a sixth level just under the $261 million project for nonmotorized transportation. …

Heading into the wind (on a bike)
by Austin 360 (blog)
Just how much wind is too much when you’re riding?
I’m leaving Wednesday for West Texas. On Thursday, some friends and I are planning to bicycle Highway 54, from Hotel El Capitan in Van Horn to the intersection with Highway 62, in the shadow of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. …

Friends of WDVA: Top Veterans and Military News from Around the …
by admin
Texas: The San Marcos (TX) Record (3/6, 2K) reports that over 100 veterans with war wounds will take part in a seven-day bicycle tour through Texas. The second annual Texas Challenge is sponsored by “Ride 2 Recovery,” part of the …

RISE ACROSS TEXAS | Hill Country Herald
by Julie Bishop
Frio Canyon Chamber of Commerce will host a sendoff for the Rise Across Texas Challenge bicycle ride. This event is to raise money for the Rise Schools of Texas. The nonprofit schools provide early childhood education services to …

Fat Cyclist » Blog Archive » No One Rides Alone
by fatty
I can’t remember the nice one liners Phil has provided me during the race. I’m thinking of racing with a voice recorder just so I can capture the brilliant commentary that goes on in my head during races. So Texas CAT 4’s if you see the …

Rise Across Texas Challenge Day 4 « ReOverThinking
by kipmcc
The little break in the map is where I forgot to turn RunKeeper back on…but it seems like it wasn’t that big of a gap. Off to the right is Conroe (see previous map). I’d write more but I’m going to bed; tomorrow we ride at 8:15! …

Sen. Ellis and State Rep. Alvarado Bike Across Texas
by mbenton
We would like to thank Steve Hicks, the President of the Rise Across Texas Foundation for hosting a great journey. This morning we departed from Orange, TX. We kicked off the ride with a nice ceremony hosted by the Orange Chamber of …

Day 32: Navasota, Texas, to Coldspring, Texas
by brendanpleonard
Day 32: Navasota, Texas, to Coldspring, Texas. March 8, 2010 · 1 Comment. I walked into the Shell convenience store at the east end of Navasota, Texas, this morning to hear Tony saying to the clerk, “Did you just say ‘Chuck Norris’s ranch’? ” Oh yeah, she said. Ranger Walker? Yeah, his ranch is just over the bridge on 90, and you’ll see the sign that says “Lone Wolf Ranch.” I said, oh yeah, like Lone Wolf McQuade. …

HandleBar Mustache « PedalHouston.com – Where the Houston bike …
by PedalHouston
Recently, I was given the great opportunity to have an interview with Erik and J from HandleBar Mustache.  On twitter, they are known as @hbstache.  PedalHouston had been introduced to them by Lynn of Voices of Survivors.  These guys are also strong supporters of cancer-based charities.  One thing for sure is that they appreciate quality and it is not only represented in their designs but in their materials as well.  It is great to see biking influenced designs so it’s time to jump on it!

PedalHouston: What exactly does the phrase “Handlebar Mustache” mean to you guys?
J: I’m not exactly sure what it means right now…

Recreational Sports Calendar & Sign-up Sheet – March 10, 2010
by San Antonio Express
Bicycling: Saturday, 9 a.m., Boerne Ride, 25 to 70 miles, city hall, Boerne. (210) 325-2500, (210) 524-9393.

Bicycling: Sunday, 9 a.m., Elmendorf Ride, 21, 40 and 51 miles, park-and-ride on southwester corner of highway 181 and 1604 intersection. (210) 392-9996.

Bicycling: Sunday, 9 a.m., Fair Oaks Afternoon Ride, 20, 32 and 45 miles, Fair Oaks Ranch Center. (210) 698-6625.

Bicycling: March 20, 9 a.m., Southside Mission Ride, 27, 39, 51 and 61 miles, visitors center, San Jose Mission. (210) 533-3416.

Bicycling: March 20, 9 a.m., Classic Devil’s Backbone Ride, 27, 43 and 52 miles, rear of parking lot across from Gruene Hall, Gruene. (210) 497-6820.

Bicycling: March 21, 9 a.m., Woman Hollering Creek Ride, 26 to 70 miles, Judson High School, Converse. (210) 240-6717.

Bicycling: March 21, 9 a.m., Stay Together Ride at the Woman Hollering Creek Ride, 26 or 36 miles, Judson High School, Converse. (210) 884-9470.

Bicycling: March 27, 9 a.m., Cibolo Ride, 20, 27, 39, 51, 66 and 71 miles, city hall parking lot, Cibolo. (210) 884-9470.

Bicycling: March 27, 9 a.m., Stay Together Ride at the Cibolo Ride, 27 to 39 miles, city hall parking lot, Cibolo. (361) 701-5369.

Bicycling: March 27, 9 a.m., LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour, 10, 30, 44 and 65 miles, LBJ National Historical Park, Stonewall. (210) 355-2645, (210) 414-8559.

Bicycling: March 28, 9 a.m., Helotes to Castroville Ride, 26, 45 and 58 miles, parking lot across from Floore Country Store, Helotes. (210) 679-0513.

Bicycling: April 3, 8 a.m., Bullis Park Ride, 21, 34, 48 and 66 miles, Bullis County Park. (210) 863-6201.

Bicycling: April 4, 8 a.m., Castroville Ride, 11, 25 and 40 miles, park-and-ride off highway 90 by Sammy’s Restaurant in Castroville. (830) 931-9744.

Bicycling: April 4, 1:30 p.m., Fair Oaks Afternoon Ride, 20, 32 and 45 miles, Fair Oaks Ranch Center. (210) 698-6625.

APD Chief Acevedo returns for second forum with the cycling …
from www.wellsphere.com
The weather outside may have been cold and stormy, but the reception from the cycling community to Austin Police Department Chief Art Acevedo was warm at last night’s forum at One Texas Center. The forum was a follow-up on last year’s meeting with the Chief, the first of its kind in Austin, and was sponsored by the Austin Cycling Association, Bicycle Advisory Council, Bike Texas, League of Bicycling Voters, and Austin Yellow Bike Project. The forum began with pre-selected questions from a panel chosen by the sponsors…

Loves To Create: Inspiration
by Nancy W
Comes in all forms, and this past weekend it came from lots of incredible folks cycling the hills of Montgomery County here near Houston Texas! I have been doing Weight Watchers since January and have lost just under 8lbs. I know any loss is a good loss but I had hoped to be losing more quicker, but patience is the key! I volunteered for the Continental Airlines 7th Annual Cycling Classic…

Cycling Classic

Cycling Classic 2

GreenComotion: What’s new in Roanoke, Texas?
by Chandra
On Saturday (3/6/2010), I was itching to ride a 50 miler. I thought of riding to WRL and doing a couple of rounds around the lake, and heading back home. This might have given me the mileage I was desiring but I decided to go some place I haven’t been in a while and it was a great decision. I rode to Roanoke, Texas and back – roughly 53 miles. This is the route I used!…

by Team Members
Look for the Williams Tent at your next Texas bicycle race and come say ‘Howdy’! Oh, and bring your sunglasses. You never know when you’ll need ’em. Jason McCombs. Williams Cycling Texas Team.

How Many Water Bottles Do You Need? « Bike Noob
by rainycamp
Spring has come to Central Texas! It was 78°F (25.5°C) and sunny today, a great day for a bike ride. I saw two members of my club head out on theirs just as I was leaving for yet another trip to the doctor. Oh, well. …