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.
Here’s a quick run down of recommended events for the coming week.
Thursday, February 12
City of Austin Bicycle Advisory Council Meeting 6:30 PM One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd, 8th floor large conference room This is a very important meeting. City staff will be unveiling the draft of the new 2020 Bicycle Master Plan. 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.
12th Thursday Night Road Ride 7 PM, Drungo Ice House, 2828 Rio Grande All levels of riders are welcome on this 20-25 mile night ride with stops to regroup. This is a “friendly drop” ride. This means that if we can see your lights, you won’t drop be dropped. Lights are mandatory and helmets strongly recommended. Come early and enjoy drinks and food before and after the ride. There is now a Facebook group called Thursday Night Road Ride. See our recent article about this ride for more about what’s involved.
Friday, February 20
Traffic Skills 101 sponsored by Austin Cycling Association 5 PM, REI Round Rock, 201 University Oaks Blvd, Suite 1100, Round Rock Do you want to ride your bike but are afraid of traffic? Or are you an experienced cyclist who would like to learn how to get more courtesy and respect from motorists? If your answer to any of these questions is “yes”, you should take Traffic Skills 101, the League of American Bicyclist’s (LAB) street cycling course for adults. Traffic Skills 101 will help you ride safely and effectively – to work, to the store, around your neighborhood, or around the state. Traffic Skills 101 is taught by LAB-certified instructors, and the curriculum covers everything from bike selection to simple maintenance to fixing a flat, to strategies for riding a bike safely and confidently. It is taught to very small classes (generally 5 to 10 students), in two sessions: 4 hours on a Friday evening and 5 hours on a Saturday morning. Registration is required.
Suzie Q Memorial Ride benefiting the Lance Armstrong Foundation 6 PM, Beso Cantina, 307 B W 5th Street This will be a ride and silent auction to raise funds for the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
Sun City Cyclists Third Friday Social 6 PM, Wildfire Restaurant, 812 S Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX The third Friday of each month is the social meeting for the Sun City Cyclists. This month there is a private dinning room for the group at Wildfire in downtown Georgetown.
Tour of California Watch Party 6:30 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces Street $15 entry only $10 if you are on your bike - Limit 50 tickets, Proceeds benefit Lance Armstrong Foundation. Wine tastings from various California regions, hor’dourve food pairings Watch the Solvang time trial on the big screen (this is “Stage 6; will be a crucial test for the true contenders for overall victory at the Amgen Tour of California.” Get 15% off in the store for guests that RSVP’d RSVP to email@example.com.
Saturday, February 21
Walburg Classic Road Race 8 AM, Walburg Mercantile Restaurant, FM 972 & FM 1105, Walburg, TX This is a road race of 24, 48, or 72 miles depending on the category, with Mens Pro- Cat 5, Womens, masters, and Juniors categories. : There is a 24-mile rolling course with hills, false flats, likely wind and an uphill finish in the German town of Walburg. Field limits of 100 racers, except for Cat 5 A/B men and Cat 4 women, which are limited to 50 riders each per USAC regulations. PRE-REGISTRATION ON www.bikereg.com ONLY and will close on Thursday 2/19 @ 10 pm otherwise register on race day.
Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride- Southern Culture Off the Grid 8:30 AM, Mellow Johnny’s, 400 Nueces Street Saturday mornings spent exploring City of Austin bike routes finding new neighborhoods and ways to get around on your bike. This week’s theme is Southern Culture Off the Grid. 20 mile ride. Depart from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop 400 Nueces, Scout out the City of Austin Bike Routes - Head south of downtown via Bouldin, roll through the Emerald Forest and return via Forest Wood and Robert E Lee. Today’s Routes: 31, 82, 84, 25, 11, 64, and 33. These are 2 ways to get from Dittmar north across Lady Bird Lake. These rides are meant for exploring so bring questions not your heart rate monitor. Come at 8:00 for pre-ride coffee. Ride organizer: Eileen Schaubert.
Austin Mountain Bike Patrol 9 AM, Barton Creek Greenbelt Sponsored by the Austin Ridge Riders, the Austin Mountain Bike Patrol (AMBP) promotes bike safety and proper trail etiquette, as well as providing minor first aid and mechanical assistance to all trail users as needed. You don’t need to be a skilled bicyclist to ride with us, but you must wear a helmet and have a mechanically-sound mountain bike to participate. If you do plan on riding with the patrol, always call beforehand to confirm, as the weather and/or trail conditions may necessitate a ride cancellation. Contact John Southrey at 589-4543 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet in the parking lot in front of the ball fields off Toomey Rd. at 9:00 a.m.
Love Stinks Alleycat Race & Canned Food Drive 3 PM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake An informal in town race and scavenger hunt, alleycat races are a blast and not to be missed. This race benefits the Austin Food Bank and Yellow Bike Austin. $5 and 2 canned goods will gain you entry into the race. Make sure you’ve got a bag and a pen. All types of bikes are welcome. For more info, contact Chris Lee at email@example.com.
Sunday, February 22
Pure Austin Road Race 8 AM, Pace Bend Park, Spicewood Located on scenic Lake Travis in the rolling hills west of Austin, the Pace Bend RR is one of the largest cycling races of the season. As one of the few events in Texas to feature full use of the roadway (no “center line” rule), cyclists from have found the race’s classic 6.2 mile circuit, punctuated by sweeping curves and short, steep climbs, a prime opportunity to test themselves. It’s also an excellent course for spectators to get up close to the action. There are 12 categories, Cat 5 to Pro, Men’s, Women’s, Juniors and Masters with distances varying from 12.5 (Blind Tandem) to 80 miles. Fees vary from free for Blind Tandem to $50 for Pro, Cat 1, 2.
Upside Down Duathlon 8 AM, Flat Rock Ranch, Comfort, TX This is a flip of the Sweet & Twisted Du (bike-run-bike instead of run-bike-run.) There are two available racing distances: Short Course, Mtn Bike 8 miles, Run 2.25 miles, Mtn Bike 8 miles and Long Course, Mtn Bike 12 miles, Run 4 miles, Mtn Bike 12 miles.
Tri-County Hill Hopper 8 AM, TX-237 & 954, Round Top, TX Are you training for the BP MS 150? Or, do you just love cycling? Consider participating in the Hill Hopper. By cycling one of three routes—20, 36 or 67 miles—you’ll be supporting Camp LIFE, a weekend camp for kids with disabilities.
Round Rock Salt Lick Ride hosted by Austin Cycling Association 10 AM, Salt Lick, 3350 East Palm Valley, Round Rock This is a 45 mile ride Starts from the Round Rock Salt Lick - 3350 East Palm Valley (corner of Hwy 79 and Harrell Parkway) From the Salt Lick in Round Rock this flat, country route will take us through Old Settlers Park, through Hutto following much of the path of Brushy Creek. We’ll head north almost to Taylor, back into Hutto and then finish at the Salt Lick. There are no stores along this route. Bring water and snacks. With group consensus, we can opt to ride into Coupland and back in order to hit a store, adding approx. 25 miles to the route. **All are encouraged to dine at the Salt Lick after the ride on some great Texas BBQ or just chill with the group over iced tea, beer or a frosty margarita. Ride organizer: Patti Hill - 512.922.3033 (cell), patti@blabbermouthPR.com.
Capital City BMX Weekly Race Series 1 PM, Capital City BMX, 15010 FM Road 620 North The Capital City BMX opened in November 2008 and offers you a chance to learn and race BMX. BMX races are held every Sunday with rider check-in 1-2 PM. Cost $10/rider. (There is also practice time on Saturday’s. Check Capital City BMX for more info.)
Hardcourt Bike Polo 4 PM, Bartholomew Park, 5201 Berkman Dr Join fellow bike polo enthusiasts as part of the newly formed Austin Bike Polo Club for a friendly Sunday match every week at 4pm at Bartholomew Park off East 51st. All bikes and skill levels are welcome and spare mallets and balls are available if you don’t have any.
Sexy Sunday BMX/Fixed Session and Footdown Competition 4 PM, Northside of Capitol Bring your BMX or fixed gear bike for a weekly, friendly tricks competition.
Monday, February 23
Urban Transportation Commission Bicycle and Pedestrian Subcommittee 6 PM, City Hall, 301 West 2nd Street, Room #1029 The Urban Transportation Commission advises the city council, city manager and all other transportation-related departments concerning transportation-related matters. This subcommittee works on bike and pedestrian related issues that are considered by the entire commission.
Wednesday, February 25
Triathlon Basics by REI Round Rock 6:30 PM, REI Round Rock, 201 University Oaks Blvd, Suite 1100, Round Rock, TX Ever wonder what triathlon is, where it started, what you need to do a triathlon or just where to begin? Come ask questions meet other people seeking answers and pick the brain of a seasoned, 10x Ironman competitor triathlete. Presented by Joni Moore. This class is free to the public and no registration is required.