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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 3/17- 3/23/11

Posted Mar 17 2011 10:54am

The SXSW madness has descended on Austin, but you can still have fun on two wheels without getting entangled in the festivities. The March- October Driveway Crit Series kicks off another season tonight and Social Cycling Austin’s Thursday Night Social Ride this week will be the non-SXSW version. On Saturday, our second Urban Living Series ride, the Boggy Creek Farm Picnic Ride, will take in Austin’s coolest urban farm with a 3 course meal using ingredients from the farm. Next week, BikeTexas wants your help getting complete streets with their Cyclists in Suits Lobby Day and Austin on Two Wheels will help you kick the car habit with our first Car-Free Living class .

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, March 17

Driveway Crit Series
5 PM, The Driveway, 8400 Delwau Lane
Weekly Thursday night road racing through October that takes place on the closed car-free driving course at the Driveway. Races include Cat 3/4 women’s and juniors race at 5:00, Cat 3/4 Race and Women’s Open at 5:30, Kids Fun Lap at 6:20, Cat 4/5 Race at 6:25, Pro/Cat 1/2/3 at 6:55 and Masters at 7:55.  Races registration $20 for Men, $15 for Women, & $10 for Juniors/College Students. Full season passes and discount punch cards available. USA Cycling annual or one day license and helmet required. One days for sale at race.

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. “Biggest party in town? Yes we are. We are getting as far away from SXSW as we can this week. We are taking a ride on the South side and ending at the ’04 Lounge for a keg of BEER and $2 BEER braised beef sliders (little sandwiches)courtesy of All-City Subs.” Meet up at 7:00, ride at 7:30.  Read our article on the weekly ride.

Friday, March 18

Full Moon Cruise Ride: SXSW edition!

11:59 PM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake
Monthly midnight full moon ride. As the temperature begins to warm and the ground begins to thaw, earthworm casts appear, heralding the return of the robins — the Full Worm Moon. The more northern tribes knew this Moon as the Full Crow Moon, when the cawing of crows signaled the end of winter; or the Full Crust Moon, because the snow cover becomes crusted from thawing by day and freezing at night. The Full Sap Moon, marking the time of tapping maple trees, is another variation. To the settlers, it was also known as the Lenten Moon, and was considered to be the last full Moon of winter. (Full Worm Moon? wtf? Oh well.) This ride falls on a Friday night and it falls during SXSW, so it has the potential to be huge! Because of SXSW I’m creating the event earlier than normal, and will try to promote the ride as well.

Saturday, March 19

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Fabulous Thunderbird Coffee Ride
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. 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 .

Boggy Creek Farm Picnic Ride presented by Austin on Two Wheels
Meet up at 10:30, Ride at 11 AM, Bicycle Sport Shop Central, 517 South Lamar Blvd
Discover one of Austin’s best urban farms with a three course picnic lunch at the farm. We’ll ride from Bicycle Sport Shop on South Lamar to Boggy Creek Farm to shop for fresh produce grown on the farm, take a guided tour of the farm, and finish with a meal prepared  using ingredients from the farm.
Saturday’s Menu 1st Course
Beets with Arugula & Mache Greens tossed with White Balsamic Vinaigrette & Chevre
2nd Course
Barley Risotto with Mushrooms & Chard & Sun-dried Tomatoes
Pan Seared Beef in a Red Wine Sauce with Chard & Mushrooms & Roasted Potatoes
Dessert Course
Fresh Berries with Ice Cream and Shortcake
Water and tea will be provided. BYOB if you wish to drink wine or beer. Discount for early online registration or 2 or more cyclists. Rental bikes available.

Sunday, March 20

AFWC Ladies Ride
9 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.

Spiritual Spokes Ride
5:30 PM, Doug Sahm Hill next to Palmer Auditorium, Butler Park
The latest ride from Social Cycling Austin: Mike Kaylani and Rebecca Greenlee (two non-traditional lovers of God) will be leading you on a ride that doubles as a worship experience. Church will be in service from the moment our wheels go down to the moment we pick our butts off some chairs after a few cold ones. This week’s theme: This week, the theme is sharing our blessings. At the start of the ride, you all will receive $5, and at a break in the ride there will be an opporunity to seek out something to do with our money, either give it away, buy a beer, or whatever it is that you see fit to do. We will discuss what we did with our $5, why we did that, and how we can find ways to share our blessings with people every day. This is not an opportunity for prostelyzation, do not use your money to convert people. Meet at 5:30 PM. Wheels down at 5:45. WHAT YOU NEED: Lights, Lights, Lights, Inspiration, and an Open Mind

Monday, March 21

Cyclists in Suits Lobby Day
8 AM- 4PM, Texas Capitol
BikeTexas could use your help in getting a Complete Streets legislation ( HB 1105) passed this session by participating in the Cyclists in Suits Day. This legislation is designed to ensure Texas streets are are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation. It is a critical part in making sure future state funded projects include infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrian in every project. More info on getting involved and RSVP for Cyclists in Suits at BikeTexas site.

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, March 22

Car-Free Living Class presented by Austin on Two Wheels
5:30 PM, Bicycle Sport Shop Central, 517 South Lamar Blvd
Using a class format he developed while serving as the Founder and Executive Director of Austin CarShare, Texas’ first carsharing serivce, Austin on Two Wheels editor Elliott McFadden will help you discover the tools and resources available in Austin that will allow you to reduce your car use, become a one-car family, or even go car-free. We’ll play some fun games and end the class with some real world planning to put your Low Car Diet into effect. Everyone who registers for the class will receive a copy of How to Live Well Without Owning a Car by Chris Balish, a well written, funny and practical companion guide to fine living without a car. Class limited to 16.

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, March 23

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.

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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