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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 10/13- 10/19/11

Posted Oct 13 2011 1:10am

This weekend framebuilders from all over Texas and beyond will descend on Austin for the 4th annual Texas Custom Bicycle Show Saturday and Sunday at the Austin Convention Center. If you missed the North American Handmade Bicycle Show when it came to Austin in February, this weekend is your chance to get the flavor of NAHBS with some great local builders. If you did make it to NAHBS, you should come anyway as there were several Texas builders who did not show at NAHBS and even those that did will have new creations to show off.

Here’s a quick run down of recommended events for the coming week from our comprehensive calendar of all cycling events . Thanks to Jason at ATXBS for letting us know about some events we couldn’t find elsewhere. As always, if there is an event you know about that’s not on our calendar contact us, and we’ll add your event on and possibly add it to the weekly round up.

Thursday, October 13

Driveway Crit Series
5 PM, The Driveway, 8400 Delwau Lane
NEW SCHEDULE FOR FALL! Weekly Thursday night road racing through October that takes place on the closed car-free driving course at the Driveway. Races include 5PM = Women 3/4 and Jrs races, 5:30PM = the “B” race (Cat 3/4/5). Kids Lap at 6:15PM. 6:20PM = the “A” race (P1/2/3/4). There is no Cat 4/5 for the fall. Races registration $20 for Men, $15 for Women, & $10 for Juniors/College Students. Full season passes and discount punch cards available. USA Cycling annual or one day license and helmet required. One days for sale at race.

Thursday Night Bike Polo
5:30 PM, Eastwoods Park, 3001 Harris Park Ave
The Austin Bike Polo Club’s weekday match. 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, ***LOCATION CHANGE*** Plaza Saltillo, East 5th & Comal
Now winner of two 2010 Best of Austin Awards ! “SThis week we are riding westwards and gonna chill at the docks. So bring a swimsuit ( or birthday suit we’re pretty laid back) if you wanna quick cool off before we ride some fun hills on our quest to Valhalla. After our journey we shall drink like kings on a free keg of the finest blonde ale to come out of Blanco the always refreshing Fireman’s #4.” Meet up at 7:30, ride at 8:00. Read our article on the weekly ride.

Friday, October 14

Brewed Awakening presented by Casa Brasil
9 PM, The Volstead, 1500 E 6th St

To celebrate the launch of their new bike delivery program, Casa Brasil decided to do what any other rational person would do: throw a party! Central Austin residents and businesses can sign up to get pounds of coffee or growlers of iced coffee DELIVERED BY BIKE! Subscriptions will be available at the event. Party will include live music, Goldsprints, and a raffle. All proceeds benefit the Yellow Bike Project.

Saturday, October 15

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Photo Op Tour
NEW TIME: 10:00 AM, Auditorium Shores on the corner of South 1st St & Riverside Dr
Saturday mornings spent exploring City of Austin bike routes finding new neighborhoods and ways to get around on your bike. This week’s theme: Photo Op Tour. One of several rides available to visitors in town for the Austin LIVESTRONG Challenge, this 15 mile ride will stop at our favorite iconic Austin tourist sites including Barton Springs, the Stevie Ray Vaughn statue, UT campus, the Capitol Grounds and the “Welcome to Austin” postcard mural. This guided tour will travel at a leisurely pace enjoying the laid back atmosphere that Austin is famous for – as we like to say it, leave your heart rate monitor at home. Ride size is limited, please rsvp . The routes are designed to help riders navigate the city bike routes and other safe bike commuting options. Helmets required. Contact:Stephanie at Stephanie@mellowjohnnys.com .

Cycle Haus Tough Cross Cyclocross Race- Day 1
9 AM, CycleHaus, 2868 Kneese Road, Fredericksburg, TX

Two Days of cyclocross racing with cash payouts in most categories. USAC annual or 1 day license require.

4th Annual Texas Custom Bicycle Show- Day 1
10 AM- 5 PM, Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St

Come see the bikes and meet the best handmade framebuilders from Texas and beyond. The 4th annual Texas Custom Bicycle Show is an exhibition of custom bicycle frame builders with styles as diverse as road, mountain, city bikes and track and built in steel, titanium and carbon. This year, the show also includes local component and accessory manufacturers from right here in Texas. Tickets are $5 at the door and good for admission Saturday & Sunday. $1 from each ticket sold goes to support Austin Cycling Association.

24 Hours of Rocky Hill Relay Mountain Bike Race
12:00 PM, Rocky Hill Ranch, Smithville, TX

A 24 hour mountain bike relay race on approximately 10-mile course. Teams try to log as many laps as possible, with only 1 member riding at a time. The team with the most laps in the 24 hour time period wins.

Coed Hands-on Flat Fix Clinic
12:00 PM, The Basement of Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St

Join every Saturday from 12-1pm in the basement for a hands-on flat fix clinic. A member of Mellow Johnny’s staff will lead the class in all major aspects of puncture repair and tire maintenance. This class will be fantastic for new bike buyers as well the seasoned rider who has a flat tire collecting dust in the garage. No RSVP necessary.

Skellicyclists present: Dub Ride (and show!) benefiting Austin Children’s Shelter
8 PM, The Grackle, 1700 E 6th St

The Skellies are giving back to our lovely Austin community and it starts here. Saturday, October 15th, 2011, the Skellies presents … the Dub Ride benefitting Austin Children’s Shelter. We’re hosting a very short & sweet leisurely bike ride (around 3 miles), meeting up at The Grackle (1700 E 6th St) at 8pm, ultimately landing at Club De Ville (900 Red River) for a good cause benefit dub-inspired musical showcase and party. Not riding? Meet us at Club De Ville for some great music and fun times. We’re showcasing some great Djs on the lineup for your listening pleasure. With support from lots of great local Austin businesses, we’ll be raffling prizes including products, gift cards & gift certificates from Birds Barbershop, Cherrywood Coffeehouse, Fast Folks Cyclery, Haute Plate Supper Club, Hoboken Pie, and Bouldin Creek all night! The awesome food catering services of the Grill Girls will be there too. We’ll also have stuff from Beanitos Chips and Nadamoo Ice Cream.

Sunday, October 16

AFWC Ladies Ride
7:30 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.

Sunday Morning Cyclocross Practice hosted by Austinbikes Cyclocross Team
8 AM, Northwest Park, 7000 Ardath Street

Sunday morning skills session practice to get ready for cyclocross season hosted by Austinbikes Cyclocross Team. We will do a few loops as warm-up then following: barrier technique with mounts and dismounts, turns, starts, hot laps with run ups, and easy laps. All are welcome.

Cycle Haus Tough Cross Cyclocross Race- Day 2
9 AM, CycleHaus, 2868 Kneese Road, Fredericksburg, TX

Two Days of cyclocross racing with cash payouts in most categories. USAC annual or 1 day license require.

4th Annual Texas Custom Bicycle Show- Day 2
10 AM- 5 PM, Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St

Come see the bikes and meet the best handmade framebuilders from Texas and beyond. The 4th annual Texas Custom Bicycle Show is an exhibition of custom bicycle frame builders with styles as diverse as road, mountain, city bikes and track and built in steel, titanium and carbon. This year, the show also includes local component and accessory manufacturers from right here in Texas. Tickets are $5 at the door and good for admission Saturday & Sunday. $1 from each ticket sold goes to support Austin Cycling Association.

Tuesday, October 18

Beginner Cyclocross Clinic at the Dirt Derby hosted by Austin on Two Wheels
5:45 PM, Austin/Del Valle Motorcross Park, 15400 Pearce Ln

Interested in trying out cyclocross for the first time or just wanting to improve your cx skills? Austin on Two Wheels is pleased to offer a free beginner cyclocross clinic each Tuesday night out at the Dirt Derby . We’ll cover dismounts and remounts, running barrier, shouldering the bike, dealing with run ups, and an overview of cyclocross equipment. Come by the Austin on Two Wheels/Violet Crown Cycles tent to join in on this free clinic. No experience is necessary and all types of bikes are welcome (Recommended tires are those designed for off-road or cyclocross that are at least 32 mm wide for 700c size or at least 1.5 wide on 26″/29er.) Stay to race the beginner level Dirt Derby cyclocross race at 6:30 for only $5!

Dirt Derby
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, October 119

Leander / Cedar Park Social Ride
Meet up at 7 PM, Ride at 7:30 PM, Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Rd, Leander, TX

The Leander / Cedar Park Social Ride is held every Wednesday at 7pm at Robin Bledsoe Park at 601 S. Bagdad Rd. In Leander Tx. We usually roll out around 7:30 – 7:45 sharp and welcome and encourage riders of most skill levels no matter what type of bike you ride. I say most skill levels because we do ride at night along streets and usually only go about 10-14 miles and a fairly slow pace. The routes change up sometimes and there are often themes to the rides, just to keep it fun. Drinking usually ensues but not by everyone. We do occasionally have kids that ride with us and we do try to keep to non busy-ish streets and some sidewalks when the streets are busy. We encourage lights and helmets and obeying the law for the most part. We do ride with traffic not against it. I’m sure its pretty obvious that we have pretty much modeled ourselves after the Thursday Nights Social Ride only in Leander on a different night and a lot smaller.

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.

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