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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 3/19-3/25/09

Posted Mar 19 2009 5:40am

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 19

thedrivewaycritlogo Kenny Hill AutoWerks’ Driveway Criterium Races
4:30 PM, Community Rally, 5:30 PM, Races, The Driveway, 8400 Delwau Ln

Weekly Thursday night road racing through October that takes place on the closed car-free driving course at the Driveway. Races include Cat 4/5 at 6:10, Cat 3/4 at 5:30, Pro/Cat 1/2/3 at 6:45 to choose from with a fourth Masters race (40 + years old) running from May 21- August 6 starting at 7:45. Open riding during Community Rally from 4:30- 5:30 PM. Races registration $20, Rally $10. $5 off with 8 oz can donated to Capital Area Food Bank.  See our article about the series for more info.

poloflyer8 Thursday Night Bike Polo
5:30 PM, Eastwoods Park, 3001 Harris Park Ave
The Austin Bike Polo Club has added another weekly match to the regular Sunday afternoon affair. ll bikes and skill levels are welcome and spare mallets and balls are available if you don’t have any.

16th Thursday Night Road Ride
7:45 PM, Drungo Ice House, 2828 Rio Grande

NEW TIME. Race The Driveway then come out and 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. 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, March 20

macaframa Macaframa Premiere & Alley Cat Race
5 PM, Fast Folks Cyclery, 2513 East 6th St.
ATXFixed is sponsoring the Austin premier of the fixed gear film Macaframa with an alleycat race at 6 PM and the movie showing at 8:15 and finishing with a group ride at 9 PM.

Traffic Skills 101 sponsored by Austin Cycling Association
5 PM,
REI Round Rock, 201 University Oaks Blvd, Suite 1100, Round Rock, TX
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.

Saturday, March 21

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Tour the Town
8:30 AM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 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 Tour the Town: City of Austin Bike Routes - A special tourist edition for SXSW. We’ll see some of Austin’s best tourist sites near downtown and get a ride in at the same time. Expect a leisurely pace and we’ll stop for photos as the group desires. Come at 8:00 for pre-ride coffee. Ride organizer: Eileen Schaubert at or 512-426-4851.

Shade the Veloway Project: Spring Cleaning for your Skates and Bikes
8:30 AM, Austin Veloway
The Hill Country Inline Club along with Austin Parks Foundation is raising money to install a brand new shaded seating structure. Bring your Skates and receive a FREE skate check* from the Hill Country Inline club. Bicycle Sport Shop will also be providing mechanical support for your bikes with a FREE bike check*. There will also be specially designed “I helped Shade the Veloway” tee-shirts on hand in addition to finger foods, water and treats.

Austin Mountain Bike Patrol
9 AM, Barton Creek Greenbelt, Meet at parking lot in front of the ball fields off Toomey Rd.
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

20% to BikeTexas at Bicycle Sport Shop
9 AM- 6 PM, Bicycle Sports Shop, Central at 517 S. Lamar Blvd or North at 10947 Research Blvd

This Saturday, Bicycle Sport Shop will donate 20% of all sales reveunue to Bike Texas (Texas Bicycle Coalition).Bicycle Sport Shop is also selling TBC premium memberships in both store locations at a discounted rate. Join and grow the voice of the TBC.

devoauction Bacon Bike Ride
1:30 PM, Chicon & Town Lake
This is a mellow ride is a tribute to bikes & bacon with a special surprise bacon challenge at the end. Straight up pig flesh bacon and fakon provided  for the vegetarians and non fat and meat enthusiasts.

SXSV Auction to benefit the Livestrong Foundation
2 PM, 4604 Stear’ns Lane, Sunset Valley, TX
South By Sunset Valley (SXSV) is a music event with a bike auction to benefit the Livestrong Foundation. A Devo inspired single speed bike signed by members of the band will be auctioned off as part of the event. $10.00 cover charge benefiting the LAF. See the full music lineup here and bid online for the Devo bike through March 24.

Death By Bike Fest 2009
2PM, Amtrak Trail Station (to the west of Lamar just north of the river)
Black Label Bike Club presents Death By Bike Fest 2009, a bike jousting event. There will be lamp lighter relays, flaming ramp of death, and jousting on two wheels. There will be blood!

Sunday, March 22

Rubber Tramps Debutante/Coming Out Ride
1 PM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Street Bridge
Austin’s brand new (and only!) queer bike gang RUBBER TRAMPS is having its debut ride. Meet at the Lamar Pedestrian Bridge and prance around town hitting whatever free shows that can be found, ending at GayByGayGay. The ride is open to anyone (gay, straight, whatevs) and will have a leisurely pace. And since it’s our Debutante/Coming Out Ride riders are asked to dress to impress.

Sexy Sunday BMX/Fixed Session and Footdown Competition
1 PM,
Parmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd
NEW LOCATION! Bring your BMX or fixed gear bike for a weekly, friendly tricks competition.

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.)

Skull By Skull Now Alleycat
2 PM, 2300 Morelos Street
An informal in town race and scavenger hunt, alleycat races are a blast and not to be missed.  This one sponsored by Skidmarxxx Pizza Club is $10 and all type of bike is welcome. Registration includes free food and alcohol.

Hardcourt Bike Polo
4 PM,Eastwoods Park, 3001 Harris Park Ave
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.
Wild Stallyns Most Triumphant Race by Paper Street Bike Club
6 PM, Drungo Ice House, 2828 Rio Grande
With a name this long, it has to be good, plus you’ll need to work off the beer and pizza from the earlier race.  This alley cat race will cost you $3 and you are asked to bring your lights and a camera.

Monday, March 23

Austin City Council Bicycle Candidate Forum
6 PM, St. David’s Episcopal Church, 304 E 7th St
Sponsored by the League of Bicycling Voters, Austin Cycling Association and Yellow Bike Project, the Austin City Council Bicycle Candidate Forum is your chance to ask questions and learn more about the candidates for Austin City Council and hear their views on cycling.

Tuesday, March 24

Bike Commuting 101 by UT Informal Classes
6:30 PM, Garrison Hall, Rm 2.108, UT Campus
YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND THIS CLASS.  In this class, you will learn basic bike maintenance and gear, the principles of traffic laws and Texas-specific cycling laws, how to safely ride in traffic, route planning, and navigating the streets of Austin! There will be 2 meetings and 2 Saturday rides. The class costs $62 for residents, and $72 for non-residents.

Wednesday, March 25

Mountain Biking I by UT Informal Classes
6PM, Parlin Hall, Rm 201, UT Campus
YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND THIS CLASS.  You’ll learn the basic techniques of cycling safely and efficiently on off-road terrain including climbing, downhilling, braking, cornering, navigating over obstacles, and more. We’ll also touch on backcountry bicycle repair, trail ethics, equipment, and training. There will be 1 classroom meeting and 4 Sat. rides. The class costs $62 for residents, and $72 for non-residents.

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