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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 3/18- 3/24/10

Posted Mar 18 2010 9:17am

Whether you have a SXSW badge or not, there’s plenty to do on two wheels this week in Austin. Tonight the Driveway Crits series returns with closed course road racing every Thursday from now until October 21. On Saturday, the Austin Cycling Association is sponsoring a SXSW themed scavanger hunt and pizza shop The Pie Guys is hosting a free music show with GoldSprints and prizes.

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 18

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 recent article on bike polo for more info.

PURE Austin Fitness 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 4/5 at 6:10, Cat 3/4 at 5:30, Pro/Cat 1/2/3 at 6:45 to choose from  Races registration $20. Full and 1/2 season passes available. USA Cycling annual or one day license required. One days for sale at race.

Thursday Night Social Ride
7:30 PM, The Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th St. (Corner of 4th and Navasota)
A ride from the Facebook group Social Cycling ATX. that has gotten so big it had to abandon the Pfluger Bridge start location. Meet  at 7:30 p.m. leave at 8 p.m. Details on this week’s ride: “A nice cruise around the East side. We are going to stop at an artshow held by Stagira Gallery where they will be providing us with a free keg and some killer art to check out . Then on to more riding with our final stop at Fast Folks Cyclery. There will be GOLDSPRINTS provided by local cycling apparel company, Psychlist: Subversive Cycling, BEER by New Belgium and some tunes to shake your booty at.” Read our recent article on the popular weekly ride.

Saturday, March 20

Spokes ‘n Spurs Ride for the Ranch
8:30 AM, Spirit Reins Ranch, 2055 County Road 284, Liberty Hill, TX
Spokes ‘n Spurs is a great Hill Country ride benefiting Spirit Reins!   Riders will start at the entrance to the ranch and enjoy a great route with beautiful views, gently rolling hills and the wildlife of the Texas Hill Country. All ages and skill levels welcome.   Course distances include 62.5, 44, 28, 14 miles & a 6 mile family ride.  Full SAG, Rest Stop and Mechanical support will be provided.  We will also have nurses at most rest stops, Motorcycle Special Events Team and BP MS150 ride marshals patrolling the route.

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride Rollingwood & Vine
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 is Rollingwood & Vine. WToday’s ride is a more challenging route than usual with the hills of Rollingwood and an option to ride a short section of Loop 360 with it’s wide shoulders but faster traffic. The mileage is low at 14 miles but requires some experience. These rides are meant for exploring so bring your questions and leave your heart rate monitor at home. Come by at 9:00 for coffee. Ride organizer: Eileen Schaubert at or 512-426-4851.

Pablove Ride for Life
10 AM, Mellow Johnny’s, 400 Nueces St

Join in on March 20th for a special event in conjunction with Mellow Johnny’s and Dangerbird Records to benefit THE PABLOVE FOUNDATION, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with cancer. We will start the day off with a bike ride around Austin with Pablove and Dangerbird founder Jeff Castelaz. Then that evening we’ll celebrate in the spirit of The Pablove Foundation at Mellow Johnny’s from 8:00pm-midnight amidst a mind-blowing lineup of bands presented by Dangerbird. Both a 30-mile and 60-mile bike ride will be offered to participants. Registration is $25 and include a Pablove water bottle and cycling cap.

AXCA Bicycle Scavenger Hunt
1:30 PM, Peddler Bike Shop, 51st and Duval

Austin Cycling Association will hold AXCA Bicycle Scavenger Hunt on Saturday March 20th at 2 pm. Meet at the Peddler Bike Shop, 51st and Duval, between 1:30 and 2 for your “Prey List.” Bring a digital camera or Polaroid, and a bag or rack and then cruise out around town to find objects and sights associated with SXSW. There is a $5 suggested donation which goes to support ACA’s Rides Program but everyone is welcome to participate at any donation level. Likely scavenger hunt prey will include but are by no means limited to  pictures of and with bands, musicians and tour buses as well as a list of swag booty. Points are awarded based on difficulty and style and there will be trophy for the winner. The aforementioned trophy will be hand crafted by members of ACA’s Elite Game Ride Squad and will most likely be a bit awkward to carry home on your bike. The hunt ends at 5 and the trophy will be awarded to the winner as soon as the votes are tallied. All ACA rides observe the rules of the road and require helmets.

We Bike This City fixed gear AND single speed alleycat race
2 PM, Fast Folks, 2513 East 6th St
Fixed gear shop Fast Folks is hosting this free alleycat race open to fixed and single speed bikes.

Pie Guys Pizza Unofficial SXSW Show with Gold Sprints
7 PM, GoldSprints at 10:45 PM, Pie Guys Pizza, 2222 Rio Grande St
Pie Guys Pizza is teaming up with Fast Folks to provide this free music show with Gold Sprints, short side by side trainer races tracked on a big screen, at 10:45 PM. Win great prizes!

Sunday, March 21

Austin T3 Swim Clinic & Wetsuit Demo
9 AM- 1 PM, Lake Pflugerville, Pflugerville, TX
Bicycle Sport Shop and Zoot are pleased to sponsor T3’s FREE swim clinic and wetsuit demo, which will feature 2-time USA Olympic swimmer, gold medalist and world-record holder Brendon Hanson, as well as open water world champion Fran Crippen.  Designed for both the novice triathlete as well as the advanced racer, the clinic will feature proper wetsuit sizing and fitting as well as mass start tips, and advanced swimmers will also get tips on race strategy!  Bicycle Sport Shop mechanics will be on hand to perform bike safety checks.

Sunday Morning Fixie Ride
10:20 AM, Posse East, 2900 Duval St
The ride is focused on fixed-gear bikes, but everyone is welcome. The ride will proceed at a social pace from the UT campus on various routes of 25-35 miles.

Weekly Ladies Ride presented by Mellow Johnny’s
3:30 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Show, 400 Nueces St
Starting at 3:30 sharp, it’s a 2 hour ride for ladies only. Join experienced riders from Mellow Johnny’s for a friendly and moderately paced social ride (14-16mph average). Get more comfortable riding in a group, learn tips & tricks, and meet other like-minded cyclists. Stay afterwards for champagne and strawberries at Royal Blue Grocery across the street! Some things to keep in mind before meeting us for this ride: Have a road bike in good working condition, Bring a helmet, Wear cycling clothing, Bring plenty of water, Are able to ride comfortably for 2 hours without stopping.

Tuesday, March 23

Tuesday Night Bike Polo Match
5 PM, Joslin Park, Manchaca St & Redd St
In the last month, Austin Texas Bike Polo Social Club has added matches in South Austin on Tuesday nights.

Wednesday, March 24

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.

Weekly Bike Maintenance and Flat Repair Classes hosted by Mellow Johnny’s
6 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St
Every Wednesday at 6pm Mellow Johnny’s has bike maintenance and flat repair classes. Learn how to fix a flat tire and add life to your bike with simple maintenance and repairs. Please RSVP to Chuck at if you plan on attending on of the classes. Classes fill up quickly so RSVP soon so you don’t get left out!

Wednesday Night Road Ride
7 PM, Check site for start location
Formerly the Thursday Night Road Ride. 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.

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