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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 10/27- 11/2/11

Posted Oct 27 2011 9:10am

Halloween is nigh so its time to put on a costume and ride your bike… whether it’s for the Thursday Night Social Ride, the special Sunday edition of Frankenbike, or just to head to the 6th street zoo!

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 27

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
“Alright guys and girls it’s time for a Halloween ride. No theme beyond what you’ve already had planned to dress up as for Halloween (no need to spend any more money) but we have an awesome end party we’re heading to with a costume contest, live music, a photo booth by Ann Harkness, beer (of course) and Birthday cake for Treasure City’s 5th Anniversary” Meet up at 7:30, ride at 8:00. Read our article on the weekly ride.

Friday, October 28

October Critical Mass Ride
5 PM, West Mall UT Campus
This bike jamming ride is designed to shout to the world that bikes belongs and occurs on the last Friday of the month. You never know what will happen, but don’t miss this foundation of the Austin bike culture we know today.

Saturday, October 29

Calavera at the Ranch Mountain Bike Race
8 AM, Reveille Peak Ranch, 105 CR 114, Burnet, TX

The Calavera at the Ranch, a 12/24-hour mountain biking festival, will take place at Reveille Peak Ranch on Halloween weekend. The weekend will take advantage of the best RPR has to offer, including great food, live music, a fitness expo, massage, Halloween activities, a kids’ area, fishing, kayaking, volleyball and more! Whether you ride 1 lap or ride 24 hours – it’s going to be a great time!

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Southern Culture (off the grid)
*NEW START TIME* 9:00 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: Southern Culture off the Grid. This 18-mile route takes us south of downtown via Bouldin, rolling through the Emerald Forest and returning via Forest Wood and Robert E. Lee. The routes are designed to help riders navigate the city bike routes and other safe bike commuting options. Thank you for making this a popular Saturday morning ride. In response, we are now hosting two groups for this ride. The first group is designed for those who can average 14-16mph for 20-30 miles with one or two regrouping points. This group follows the same route but is provided with an extended mileage option. The second group is our traditional Scout-a-route. We average 12mph for distances between 15-25 miles with regrouping points. Come by at 8:30 for coffee. Helmets required. If driving to the shop, please park in the street.Contact:Stephanie at Stephanie@mellowjohnnys.com .

Most Wanted BMX Competition
11 AM, Empire BMX, 6310 N Lamar Blvd

Top 20 Regional Riders Meet Back in Austin to “Bounty Hunt” in Innovative Competition. Red Bull Most Wanted captures the spirit of the notorious bounty hunting of the Wild Wild West, where outlaws like Jesse James and Butch Cassidy roamed the land and evaded local sheriffs. “Wanted” posters offered huge rewards for their capture, dead or alive. Competing riders will navigate up alleys, down rails, over obstacles, and through iconic ride spots around Austin in search the “most wanted” BMX tricks.
Riders will meet at the new Empire BMX, where 60 bounties (a bounty is a specific BMX trick to be performed at a specific location) will be offered up to them. The riders will then attempt to “capture” them and earn the amount of cash that each bounty is worth. Following the competition, riders will head to the annual Halloween Jam at the infamous Ninth Street Trails where local riders will have the chance to prove their skills and earn bounties of their own.

Texas Chain Drive Massacre Benefit
1:30 PM, Pure Austin Fitness Downtown, 907 West 5th Street #201

The Texas Chain Drive Massacre is a spin class from hell benefiting Texas High School Mountain Bike League.

Sunday, October 30

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.

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.

FrankenBike # 75
10 AM- 4PM, Clown Dog Bikes, 2821 San Jacinto Blvd

SPECIAL SUNDAY EDITION! Austin’s monthly free bike swap returns. If you’ve got bike stuff to sell or trade, just show up with a table or blanket to hawk your wares.

Halloween BMX Double Points Race
12:00 PM, Heart of Texas BMX, 12250 N Hwy 183, Florence, TX

Heart of Texas BMX (HOT BMX) will host its annual Halloween Double Points Race Event on Sunday, October 30. Sign-ups for the Event are 12:00-1:00 pm, with racing to begin shortly thereafter. Riders can earn double points from the American Bicycling Association (ABA). The Event will also feature a mountain bike race, pit bike race, underwear relay, costume contest and trunk- or-treat. Families are encouraged to bring candy, fruit, drinks or other snacks for the trunk-or-treat. “Our Halloween Double Points Race is a great way for people of all ages and experience levels to discover the sport of BMX racing” says Guy Schumann, HOT BMX track operator. “Competitive racing with double points, goofy relays and not-so-spooky family stuff. What more could you ask for?” All riders must wear approved helmets and either long-sleeved shirts and pants or elbow and knee pads. New riders can purchase racing licenses at the track. Practice available Wednesdays 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm and Saturdays 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Monday, October 31

Bikin’ Betties – Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun!
8 PM, Yellow Jacket Social Club, 1704 East 5th Street

Halloween edition of the new ladies social ride from Social Cycling Austin. This week we’re doing an easy, short and slow-paced “parade” around downtown (around 6 miles) so come out in your full costume and feel free to ride your cruiser! We’re meeting at Yellow Jacket Social Club at 8:00 pm and taking off around 8:15. We will likely stop somewhere downtown to hydrate (with whatever beverage you prefer) and will end on the eastside (exact ending location TBD….)

Tuesday, November 1

Beginner Cyclocross Clinic at the Dirt Derby hosted by Austin on Two Wheels
6:00 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!

The Costumed Yoga Ride- Dia de los Muertos Edition
6:30 PM, Festival Beach

COSTUMES! Woohoo! Let’s ride bikes and do some yoga in costumes! Also, if it’s chilly, consider bringing an extra jacket for your savasana (corpse pose) at the end. We will be practicing in the grass. Meet at fiesta gardens/festival beach, under 35 on ladybird lake . We’ll ride for about six miles at a friendly pace, then land at one of our lovely city parks for some yoga! All levels welcome.

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, November 2

ACA’s Ask the Agency – Central Texas Bicycle Infrastructure Update
6 PM, Third Base Downtown, 1717 West 6th

The November ACA meeting gives a chance for cyclists to ask questions and get answers from the agencies that are building the roadways and bikeways in Central Texas. email your questions NOW to vp@austincycling.org so the reps have time to research real answers. We’ll have representatives from TXDoT – both the Austin District office and the new Statewide Bike / Pedestrian Coordinator,
TTI – Texas Transportation Institute (have you been using CycleTracks?)
CTRMA – Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (heard about the MoPac Project yet? It’s big news)
and of course, our favorites,
the City of Austin Bike/Ped Program
We’ll start the program about 6:30 and run until 8:00 with extra time for socializing and informal questions. Cash bar and full menu will be available so come early to get your food ordered before we begin the program.

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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