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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 11/17- 11/23/11

Posted Nov 16 2011 10:05pm

The week before Thanksgiving has a lot to offer if you want to go off road. The Dirty Duathlon and Natural Bridge Caverns Duathlon make you do some running before you hit the trail while Bicycle Sport Shop continues its beginner friendly ride series with their No Turkeys Allowed Ride on Sunday. Of course, the Dirt Derby will continue their Tuesday night short course fun too.

And don’t forget Frankenbike! The monthly bike swap is not only part of the East Austin Studio Tour but is taking clothing and blanket donations for the homeless.

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, November 17

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.

Meet The Doper Next Door Book Signing
5:30 PM, Bicycle Sport Shop, 517 S. Lamar Blvd

Actually, meet Andrew Tilin, author of The Doper Next Door: My Strange and Scandalous Year on Performance-Enhancing Drugs. Tilin, a veteran sports journalist and recent Austin transplant who has long been a competitive road cyclist, chronicles his year-long testosterone-boosted experiment with performance-enhancing drugs. Tilin will discuss and sign his book.

Bicycle Advisory Council
6 PM One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd, 8th floor large conference room
The Austin Bicycle Advisory Council is a committee of Austinites representing cyclists’ interests to the City of Austin and meets monthly to advise staff of the City of Austin Public Works Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. This month there will be a briefing/update on the Cherrywood bike lane project.

Thursday Night Social Ride
7:30 PM, ***LOCATION CHANGE*** Plaza Saltillo, East 5th & Comal
Meet up at 7:30, ride at 8:00. Read our article on the weekly ride.

Friday, November 18

Jim Ochowicz Book Signing
5- 6:30 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St

Mellow Johnny’s is hosting a book signing for BMC Racing Team Director Jim Ochowicz for his new book Team 7-Eleven: How an Unsung Band of American Cyclists Took on the World – and Won. In 1980, there were exactly four professional bike racers in America. Six years later, America’s 7-Eleven cycling team would wear the coveted yellow jersey of the Tour de France. Soon after, the team would win Italy’s greatest race—the Giro d’Italia. Team 7-Eleven is the extraordinary story of how two Olympic speed skaters, Jim Ochowicz and Eric Heiden, assembled a local band of amateur cyclists and turned them into one of the greatest powerhouses the sport has known. Mellow Johnny’s will have copies of the book for purchase in-store.

Saturday, November 19

Dirty Duathlon
8 AM, Rocky Hill Ranch, Smithville

Time to rip it up off-road! Texas’ oldest off road multi-sport event is back for 2011. Spend the weekend camping, running, and riding at beautiful Rocky Hill Ranch. New this year is the off-road half marathon on Saturday morning. As always, the flybar and bike toss, and New Belgium Beer will be the highlights on Saturday evening. The Dirty Duathlon Off Road: Run 3.1 Miles, Bike 12 Miles, Run 3.1 Miles. The Dirty Duathlon Sprint Off Road: Run 1.5 miles, Bike 6 Miles, Run 1.5 Mile. The Dirty Du Half Off Road: Run 13.1 Miles. The Dirty Du 5K Off Road: Run 3.1 Miles

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: New route-Kerfuffle Ride
*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: Kerfuffle Ride. It ‘s a new north route that combines some of our favorite roads in new directions and combinations with a slight deviation of exploration. That’s right, a kerfuffle. 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 .

FrankenBike # 76- Benefit for NikiCoverstheCold
10-4 PM, Space 12, 3121 East 12th Street

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. The November Event is extra special as FrankenBike is hosting a benefit for local charity NikiCoverstheCold during the East Austin Studio Tour at Space 12. “We are an official donation site and will be taking blankets and warm clothing to donate to this great cause. In return for the good deeds, we have an AWESOME event planned including LIVE MUSIC and Six local artists. Band Schedule is set as follows: 1:00-1:50 IPD, 1:50-2:15 Finner/Floyd/Minowa, 2:30-3:30 Lucas Cook and the Collection, 3:45-4:30 Stephanie Grissett. In addition to the great live music and the six great artists’ exhibits inside the studio, there is also a Books Inside event going on at Space 12.”

Sunday, November 20

Natural Bridge Caverns Duathlons 2011
7 AM, Natural Bridge Caverns, 26495 Natural Bridge Cavern Rd, San Antonio, TX

All Races will start 600ft in the belly of Natural Bridge Caverns. The start will be a time trial start with an athlete starting every 5-8 seconds. There will be a few no pass zones in the cave which will be strictly enforced. No passing will be allowed on the switchback uphill path in the cave. All runs will be on caliches road (closed course) that are well maintained. All bike routes except the Sabertooth will be on asphalt country roads. The Sabertooth bike course will be off road on jeep trails and single track. Four Races – One Day 1) Cave Bear: 2 mile run/12.5 mile bike/ 2 mile run 2) Sabertooth: 2 mile run/12 mile OFF-Road bike/2 mile run 3) Woolly Mammoth: 5k run/24 mile bike/ 5k run 4) T-REX: 5 mile run/24 mile bike/2 mile run ( Very challenging 1st run).

Bicycle Sports Shop No Turkeys Allowed Ride and Potluck
9 AM, Walnut Creek Metro Park, 12138 North Lamar Blvd

This fall, Bicycle Sport Shop is hosting a Beginner Mountain Bike Ride Series at various area trails. Get in a pre-turkey day workout and bring some food to share afterwards. What to bring: Helmet is required, Gloves, Water & Food, Spare Tubes, Pump and Tools, Mountain Bike.

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.

Lend Your Legs: Social Cycling Austin + Bikes for Kids
5 PM, Plaza Saltillo, East 5th & Comal

“Social Cycling Austin’s Lend Your Legs rides continue this next Sunday evening when we’ll take a casual cruise around town that lands at a bike building party. There we’ll help build bikes that will be Christmas presents for kids whose parents aren’t able to afford them. We’ll also eat FREE PIZZA provided by Mellow Johnny’s and drink FREE BEER provided by New Belgium. Don’t know anything about bike mechanics? Awesome. You don’t need to. Here is a perfect chance to get free lessons, as there will be a bunch of mechanics on hand running the show and teaching you the things that you need to know. You could walk away from this volunteer event with valuable bike skills that could come in handy in your everyday bike life.”

Tuesday, November 22

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.

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