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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 12/2- 12/8/10

Posted Dec 02 2010 10:36am

Wow, December is kicking off with some great bike events. The International Bicycle Film Festival will be playing this weekend with bike related movie goodness, the Urban Farm Bicycle Tour will be taking in locally grown food on Saturday morning followed by a Holiday bike ride after the Capitol Tree Lighting sign along on Saturday night.

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, December 2

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
7:00 PM, Plaza Satillo, Comal & E. 5th St.
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. “Listen up y’all! This weeks TNSR is going to be extra badass and is not to be missed. Why? Well…lots of reasons. But mostly because THE BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL IS IN TOWN and we are going to the kickoff party! Before I give you the details about our sweet bike ride, the socializing, the free Brooklyn Lager, the GOLDSPRINTS or the dance party, let me tell you a little about the festival itself.” Meet up at 7:00, ride at 7:30.  Read our article on the weekly ride.

Bicycle Film Festival Austin Kickoff Party
9 PM, Scoot Inn, 1308 East 4th St.
Kick off the Austin stop of the Bicycle Film Festival with this opening night party. Live DJ, beer promotions from Brooklyn Brewery, and Gold Sprint competitions.

Friday, December 3

Bicycle Film Festival Austin Day 1
7 PM, Session 1, 9 PM, Session 2, SUPER! ALRIGHT!, 301 Chicon Ave. Ste. A
The Austin stop of the International Bicycle Film Festival with a weekend festival of short and feature length films that all about the bike.

5:30: Ride From OZONE BIKES to venue

7:00: Program 1 /THE BIRTH OF BIG AIR

9:00: Program 2 /EMPIRE

10:00: BFF AFTER PARTY @ LIBERTY, 1618 1/2 East 6th St.

Saturday, November 20

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Fabulous Thunderbird Coffee Ride
NEW 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: Fabulous Thunderbird Coffee Ride. The Fabulous Thunderbird coffee route takes us along Shoal Creek and over to Crestview. We will make a stop at Thunderbird Coffee so bring along some spare coins to enjoy a warm beverage (or a cool one). Then we will roll on back to the shop. This route is about 18 miles. The routes are designed to help riders navigate the city bike routes and other safe bike commuting options. We average 12mph for distances between 15-25 miles. Come by at 9:00 for coffee. Helmets required. Contact: Stephanie at  Stephanie@mellowjohnnys.com .

Urban Farm Bicycle Tour
9 AM, Starts at Various Start Locations
Bicycle Sport Shop’s Urban Farm Bicycle Tour returns as a featured event of Edible Austin’s Eat Local Week! Discover Austin’s food producing gems on this self guided bike tour. Take your pick of the multiple starting points and routes. Enjoy free food and drink from local food producers. Tour our local urban farms and gardens. Help support Urban Roots, a program of YouthLaunch. This is sure to be a great time for whole family!

Bicycle Film Festival Austin Day 2
3 PM, SUPER! ALRIGHT!, 301 Chicon Ave. Ste. A
The Austin stop of the International Bicycle Film Festival with a weekend festival of short and feature length films that all about the bike.

11:00: Off-Road Ride at ATX bikes

1:00: Road Ride at ATX bikes

3:00: PROGRAM 3/ BIKE SHORTS

5:00: PROGRAM 4/THE CYCLOCROSS MEETING

7:00: PROGRAM 5 /RIDING THE LONG WHITE CLOUD

9:00:  PROGRAM 6 /URBAN BIKE SHORTS

9:00: BFF AFTER PARTY @ SHANGRI-LA, 1016 East 6th St. #B

Congress Avenue Roll  Family Ride
7 PM, Capitol Grounds
Join the Austin Bike Zoo and Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop for a leisurely-paced bike ride along the Avenue previewing all the festivities of the Holiday Sing-Along & Downtown Stroll! Light up your bike and bring the family!  Watch the tree lighting at 7:00 PM on the Capitol steps, then roll out. We’ll be gathering at 11th St & Congress right next to the Bike Valet station. Come early, park your bike to enjoy the carols then retrieve your bike and join in the fun. Parents, please no training wheels. Children should be able to ride under their own power and in a group. Bike lights are required. Helmets are required for children under 18 and strongly encouraged for adults.

Sunday, December 5

Bicycle Film Festival Austin Bike Polo & BMX Jam
10 AM- 5 PM, South Austin Recreation Center, 1100 Cumberland Rd
Closing party of the Austin stop of the Bicycle Film Festival with lots of Bike Polo & BMX tricks.

Monday, December 6

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, December 7

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: 6:15 PM Kids Race, 6:20 PM Beginner Race Intro Lap, 6:30 PM Beginner Race (20 min), 7:00 PM B Short Track MTB (25 min), Intermediate, Masters & Single Speed classes, 7:30 PM B Cyclocross (25 min), Intermediate, Masters & Single Speed classes, 8:05 PM Open Short Track / Cyclocross (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, December 8

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.

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 Nighs Social Ride only in Leander on a different night and a lot smaller

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