It’s a New Year. Time to pedal off the pounds… or just get on a bike with friends. None of us are that motivated to hammer it, so a plethora of social rides abound on the calendar this week. If you still want to get competitive, you will have the chance as the Dirt Derby returns for a winter session on Tuesdays.
Thursday Night Bike Polo 5:00 PM, Metz Park, 2407 Canterbury St
The Austin Bike Polo Club’s holds 3 hardcourt matches a week, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, at Metz Park. All bikes and skill levels are welcome and spare mallets and balls are available if you don’t have any. Check out our article on bike polo for more info.
Thursday Night Social Ride 7:30 PM, Plaza Saltillo, East 5th & Comal
“Alright guys it’s almost time for the first TNSR of 2012. This week will be cruising around the east side a bit then land at the Frontier Bar for a free keg of tasty beer with cheap drinks after that.” Meet up at 7:30, ride at 8:00. Read our article on the weekly ride. Join the Social Cycling Facebook Group .
Friday, January 6
The Punch it, Chewie! ride Strikes Back!
7 PM, Rio Rita, 1308 East 6th Street
The Punch it, Chewie! ride is a moderate urban group ride of 12-15 miles that will start and finish somewhere uniquely awesome to central Austin each time. The Pleasure Ride’s Ric Reyes will be assisting me as I come into my own as a Ride Leader. He’s my Obi-Wan, and our only hope. Wait, scratch that. Obi-Wan dies. He’s the Luke to my Leia. On Friday, January 6th we’ll meet at Rio Rita on east 6th and end somewhere everyone will want to stay and close down, prolly old Iron Gate or Brixton. And remember, this is January. Don your cutest Hoth attire.
Saturday, January 7
Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: McKinney Falls *NEW START TIME* 9:30 AM, Mellow Johnny’s, 400 Nueces St
Saturday mornings spent exploring City of Austin bike routes finding new neighborhoods and ways to get around on your bike. This week’s theme: McKinney Falls. This 20 mile out and back ride provides a variety of riding terrain (flat, climbs, descends!). We will stop at the park for a break and to regroup. Then head back to the shop. Join us for a pre-ride coffee or snack at 9:00 at Juan Pelota Cafe. Helmets required. If driving to the shop, please park in the street.Contact:Stephanie at Stephanie@mellowjohnnys.com .
Saturday Caffeine Cruise
10 AM, Austin Java City Hall, 301 West 2nd Street
A newish Saturday morning ride from Social Cycling Austin. Meet up at 10, ride at 10:30.
Sunday, January 8
AFWC Ladies Ride
9:00 AM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St.
Join the women of the Austin Flyers Women’s Cycling Club every Sunday for an intermediate, ladies-only ride. This friendly, 2.5-3 hour ride averages 15-16 mph, with routes varying each week. It is a great opportunity for women looking to continue their fitness, learn new routes and meet new riding partners. Beginner women are encouraged to check out the Saturday Scout-a-Route ride for a shorter, more casual route.
Full Wolf Moon Bike Ride
11:59PM, Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake
Lunar monthly midnight ride. “This would be the “Full Wolf Moon”. Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon (as I will.)”
Tuesday, January 10
Gates open at 5:30, 1st race at 6:30, Austin/Del Valle Motorcross Park, 15400 Pearce Ln
The Dirt Derby is a weekly short course mountain bike and cyclocross race series that takes place at the Del Valle Motorcross Park. It is held every Tuesday night on a lighted course from September 27- December 13 and again January 10- February 14, 2012. There are three racing levels, Beginner (20 mi @ 6:30), Intermediate (MTB 25 min @ 7:00/CX 25 min @ 7:30), and Open (30 min @ 8:05), and you do not need a USA Cycling license to race. In addition to weekly prizes, there will be 3 six week series racers will be scored on for more prizes. Registration closes 10 minutes before each race. Cyclocross racers start one minute behind Short Track MTB, use slightly different courses, but everyone finishes on the same lap. $10; women, beginners only $5. Second race same night $5. Kids are free!
Austin Bike Chix Beginner Ride 6:30 PM, Northwest District Park, 7000 Ardath St.
There is a new series of bike rides in town for those new to cycling or for those that just need to dust off that bike. Austin Bike Chix will be offering a series of rides to Austin Area adults. The rides will start at Northwest Park on March 22 at 6:30 PM and will continue on Tuesdays for 6 weeks. The series of rides will be more like mini clinics (with topics ranging from chains to hills) to give new riders knowledge about the bike and confidence to be able to do the shorter distances on some of the local charity rides and beginner rides in town. These rides are perfect for those wanting to do ride in the Tour de Cure or are a first time triathlete. We will be riding on the road, all bikes are welcome. All rides are free.
Wednesday, January 11
Restorative Yoga for Cyclists 7:30 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St
Spend your winter keeping the body warmed and relaxed with Restorative Yoga for Cyclists at Mellow’s Johnny’s. Long miles accompanied by yoga will help you release tension, stay injury-free and set you up for a blazing Spring. Our class is great for non-cyclists, beginners and elite athletes. Join us after a ride, run or long day at work or school. Every Wednesday 7:30-8:30pm (downstairs) Suggested donation of $10 or $5 if you bike ride to class. Mat provided by MJ’s.