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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 10/28- 11/3/10

Posted Oct 28 2010 7:14am

Wow, October is going out with a bang with tons of chances to ride your bike! If road riding is your thing, check out the Tour de Gruene and Sweatin’ Burnt Orange Bicycle Tour. If biking socially is your thing, don’t miss the Tour de Fat this Saturday. Also, tonight the League of Bicycling Voters is kicking their annual member party off with rides to vote early. Whether you make it tonight nor not, please be sure to vote FOR Proposition #1 .

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 28

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.

LOBV Ride to Rally the Vote FOR Proposition 1
Rides depart 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30pm, Austin City Hall, W. Cesar Chavez & Lavaca St.

League of Bicycling Voters is making doing your civic duty a little more fun with a ride to vote this Thursday followed by the annual LOBV member party. Rides will depart every half-hour to the early voting site at HEB at South Congress & Oltorf. The party starts at 7 PM at the Hope Market building, E. 5th & Waller St. The event is open to LOBV members only, but you can join on the spot! The main item of the meeting will be the election of candidates to seats on the LOBV board. Refreshments and entertainment will be served, i.e. live music, DJ, and beer.

Thursday Night Social Ride
7:00 PM, Fiesta Gardens
Now winner of two 2010 Best of Austin Awards ! The large weekly ride from the Facebook group Social Cycling ATX that popularized social cycling in Austin. “It’s Halloween week and in Austin, that pretty much means a week-long celebration. Although we went to a haunted house last Thursday, our real Halloween party is this week. We have a killer route planned that takes us through and around some east-side CEMETERIES, we have a COSTUME THEME, we have BIKE JOUSTING and we have an after ride DANCE PARTY at the club a bunch of you fools end up at every Thursday anyway. WIGS, MERKINS AND MOUSTACHES!” Meet up at 7:00, ride at 7:30.  Read our article on the weekly ride.

Friday, October 29

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.

TX High School MTB Racing League Launch Party and Fundraiser
7 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St
The League was selected to be a part of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association in 2010. Skills camps and coaches training late summer to early fall 2011. High school mountain bike racing will begin in February 2012, and state championships are planned for May 2012. The party will feature a raffle, a live auction, a silent auction, and several exciting VIPs. The Regulators, a national champion barbecuing team, will provide barbecue, and The Band in Black, a Johnny Cash tribute band, will perform. The band has headlined for the Cash Bash, the celebration of Johnny Cash’s birthday, for the past five years.

Saturday, October 30

Tour de Gruene
7:45 AM, Gruene Hall, Gruene, TX
The history, charm, and ambiance of the unique town of Gruene, between Austin and San Antonio, provide the perfect setting for our bicycle classic events that meander along the tree lined banks of the Guadalupe River and the enchanting limestone cliffs of the Balcones Fault. Step back in time as you bask in the warm Texas sunshine all while riding through the heart of Texas. Participate in 3 events: Saturday morning’s recreational ride of 17, 31, 46, or 64 miles, Saturday afternoon’s individual time trial of 16 miles, and Sunday morning’s 2 person team time trial of 27 miles.

2010 Tour de Fat
9 AM, Fiesta Gardens, Lady Bird Lake
The annual parade and party celebrating the bike returns to Austin for another year.
9:00 a.m. – Bike Parade Registration
10:00 a.m. – Bike Parade
11:00 a.m. Performances Begin
1:30 p.m. – Funeral procession for the car belonging to the Car-for-Bike Trade volunteer
3:30 p.m. – Car-for-Bike Trade Celebration
4:00 p.m. – Curtain Closes

FrankenBike #63
10 AM- 4 PM, Fast Folks Cyclery, 2513 East 6th St
Austin’s semi-regular bike parts swap is back. Need a saddle or set of pedals to finish off that project bike? Have a box of never used or lightly used bike parts in the garage your significant other wants you to get rid of? Frankenbike is your answer. Stop by for a bit or stay all afternoon to hawk you wares. As always, admission is free, recycling great stuff is priceless.

ATXBPSC presents: ATX Massacre-Ade Ball – Bike Polo Tournament
10 AM, South Austin Park & Rec Center, 1000 Cumberland Rd
The Austin Texas Bike Polo Social Club is hosting a 2-day Tournament Halloween weekend. $21/team or $7/player, and breakfast and lunch is included. There will be a post registration party on Friday at the Jackalope at 8 PM.

The Skeleton Ride, 2nd Bone
5 PM, Austin City Hall, W. Cesar Chavez & Lavaca St
Local cycling group the SkelliCyclists invite you to join them for a pre-Halloween Skeleton Ride. Dust off you skeleton outfit for a 15 mile ride with stops for Halloween bike games with prizes and $1 Lone Stars along the way.

Sunday, October 31

Sweatin’ Burnt Orange Bicycle Tour
8:30 AM, Blanco High School, 1215 Fourth St, Blanco, TX
In its fifth year, the Sweatin’ Burnt Orange Bike Tour has established itself as the primary fund raising event for University of Texas Cycling. As both a student organization and competitive sports team, the club seeks to promote the sport of cycling on campus and facilitate rider development. Our team competes at the division I regional and national levels, the highest levels achievable for collegiate cyclists, and provides an… introduction to bike racing for many students. Our club also stays involved in the community through bike safety clinics and charity events. The Sweatin’ Burnt Orange Bike Tour will again include routes from 10 to 80 miles weaving through the Texas Hill Country. The 80 mile route includes a stop in the famous Luckenbach Texas and all routes feature challenging hills and beautiful vistas. It’s an incredible Texas riding experience that’ll leave you Sweatin’ Burnt Orange!

666th Annual Ninth Street Halloween Jam
2:30 PM, 9th Street Trails, 9th Street between Lamar Blvd & West St
The 9th St. Halloween Jam is the big local BMX throwdown and EVERYONE comes out of the woodwork to do their thing. If you want to see wild tricks, insane stunts, brutal footdown and possibly the inside parts of someones bone, be there on the 31st.

Monday, November 1

The 6:00 Social
6 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Show, 400 Nueces St

Mellow Johnny’s has a new weekday ride. It’s the 6:00 Social. It’s not the “ladies” ride. It’s co-ed. Meet at Mellow Johnny’s on Monday evenings and leaving at 6p. The ride will be 30 miles for 2-2.5hrs at 13-16mph; through neighborhoods, official bike routes, crossing a couple of large roadways, and two short sections on access roads. Helmets and lights are required (it will be dark before we return).

ACA November Meeting
6:30 PM, Pizza Hut, 13717 Burnet Rd
Join Austin Cycling Association for a repeat of one of the most popular and enjoyable meeting programs from past years: 10-in-3. Presenters have three minutes to show and describe 10 slides from cycling trips they’ve taken. ACA is teaming up with Pizza Hut to raise funds for our education and advocacy efforts.  For every pizza that is ordered at the meeting or carried out or delivered from the meeting location with one of the coupons we will be distributing, Pizza Hut will donate 20 percent of the proceeds to ACA.

Heavy Metal Fitness Ride hosted by Social Cycling ATX
7:30 PM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge
The Heavy Metal Fitness Ride has returned! Hosted by Social Cycling ATX, this ride is a higher pace and more challenging than their Thursday Night Urban Ride. The ride is 20-30 miles and usually ends with free beer and a dip in the water. Meet up at 7 PM. Ride leaves at 7:30 sharp.

Tuesday, November 2

Dirt Derby
5:30 PM, Austin/Del Valle Motorcross Park, 15400 Pearce Ln, Del Valle, TX

Austin’s weekly cyclocross series returns for its fourth season at the the fully illuminated motocross course and surrounding fields at Austin/Del Valle Motorcross Park (ADVMX). There are A, B, beginners, women’s, and children’s races in cyclocross and short track mountain bike. New schedule this year: 6:30 PM Beginner race (20 min), 7:20 PM B Intermediate Race (25 min), 8:00 PM Open Race (30 min). $10, women, beginners and kids only $5. Second race same night $5. All types of bikes are welcome. There will also be a Two 7-Week Miniseries with more prizes.

Wednesday, November 3

Hump Day Ride hosted by Social Cycling ATX
Noon, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake
The latest new ride from Social Cycling ATX. Social paced ride for the riders that can make it out during the work week. We will have a few stops one at a coffee shop and one for lunch. All levels are welcome. Share with your “funemployed” friends.

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