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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 3/22- 3/28/12

Posted Mar 21 2012 11:54pm

The weather this week is why we live in Austin… get out and ride! There are several century rides, a mountain bike race and a road ride this weekend. For the civic minded, check on the Austin City Council and Mayoral Candidates Bicycling Forum on Monday and the Downtown Wayfinding Community Presentation on Wednesday.

Here’s a quick run down of recommended events for the coming week from our comprehensive calendar of all cycling events . 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 22

Thursday Night Bike Polo
5:00 PM, Metz Park, 2407 Canterbury St
The Austin Bike Polo Club’s holds 3 hardcourt matches a week, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, at Metz Park. 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.

Bike for Burundi Rides Through Austin
7 PM, FEFC Austin 4220 Monterey Oaks Blvd

Come and hear Simon Guillebaud – a man who lived in Burundi from the late 1990′s to 2011 – discuss his stirring and encouraging stories of radical risk-taking, death threats, close shaves and incredible results in Burundi’s devastated area. Along with three friends, Simon is riding across the United States from San Diego to South Carolina raising awareness for Burundi. There’s no admission fee but seats are limited to the first 125 and it will fill up fast!

Thursday Night Social Ride
7:30 PM, Plaza Saltillo, East 5th & Comal
“This week we’ll be headed to Club Deville for another episode of TNSR’s version of Stupid Human Tricks, NewlyWed Show, or Pants-Off Dance Off, whichever the hosts decides. We’ll have a FREE beer,while it lasts, for us so bring your tip dollars. Lets ride bikes!” Meet up at 7:30, ride at 8:00. Read our article on the weekly ride. Join the Social Cycling Facebook Group .

Saturday, March 24

Tour de Ranch
9 AM. Reveille Peak Ranch, 105 CR 114, Burnet, TX

Join Reveille Peak Ranch and Terra Firma Racing for the second annual Tour de Ranch, an epic weekend featuring races of various disciplines. Each event will demand a different type of riding skill from participants and at the end of the weekend, points will be tallied up for each category (1, 2, and 3). The racers with the lowest amount of points will win the omnium for their division. Events include Pump Track, Flow Track, and Super D on Saturday with family ride and Cross Country on Sunday.

Ronde von Manor Road Race
8 AM, 14219 Littig Road, Manor, TX

2 days of racing. Road races will be held on a looped, scenic, mostly flat road course with 1 climb each lap. Each loop is 11.72 miles.

Rosedale Ride
8:30 AM, Samsung Austin Semiconductor, East Parmer Road

The Rosedale Ride supports the Rosedale School, AISD’s only school for children with multiple disabilities.The Rosedale Foundation has raised over $350,000 for Rosedale School since 1999. Open to cyclists of all abilities, the ride offers different courses to suit anyone. This year the Rosedale Ride has four courses to choose from: a Kid’s Fun Ride; or courses of 20, 43 or 63 miles. The ride begins and ends at Samsung, winding through the gently rolling countryside east of Austin.

LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour
9 AM, LBJ National Historical Park, Stonewall, TX

Starting and ending on the famed LBJ Ranch, the routes take riders under majestic live oaks, past historical landmarks that figured prominently not only in the Johnson family history, but also in U.S. Presidential history. See the descendants of President Johnson’s famed Hereford cattle herd as you exit the Ranch. Thereafter, it’s on to spectacular Hill Country cycling – on smooth-surfaced Ranch-Market roads and quiet country lanes that will take you back in time. Visit rural, historic Gillespie County schools that do duty as rest stops on this scenic tour. This is truly a “Ride to Preserve History”. 10-mile-family, 30, 42 and 62-mile rides available, and, as in the previous years, Luci Baines Johnson will lead a tour of the historical landmarks on the ranch at 2:30.

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: North X Northwest
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: North X Northwest. Today’s ride will take us through wonderful bike-friendly Austin neighborhoods like Old Enfield, Tarrytown and Allandale. Join us for a pre-ride coffee or snack at 9:00 at Juan Pelota Cafe. Helmets required. If driving to the shop, please park in the street.Contact:Stephanie at Stephanie@mellowjohnnys.com .

Sunday, March 25

AFWC Ladies Ride
9:00 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.

Monday, March 26

Austin City Council and Mayoral Candidates Bicycling Forum
6 PM, Welch 3.502, UT Austin Campus

The Austin City Council and Mayoral elections are coming in May 2012, with early voting beginning in April. The League of Bicycling Voters will be hosting a candidates forum on bicycling on Monday, March 26th, 6-9pm on the UT Austin campus. The exact location is to be announced. In the meantime, please send your questions for the candidates to endorsements@lobv.org.

Tuesday, March 27

Dirt Derby
Gates open at 5:30, 1st race at 6:30, Austin/Del Valle Motorcross Park, 15400 Pearce Ln

The Dirt Derby is a weekly short course mountain bike and cyclocross race series that takes place at the Del Valle Motorcross Park. It is held every Tuesday night on a lighted course. There are three racing levels, Beginner (20 mi @ 6:30), Intermediate (MTB 25 min @ 7:00/CX 25 min @ 7:30), and Open (30 min @ 8:05), and you do not need a USA Cycling license to race. In addition to weekly prizes, there will be 3 six week series racers will be scored on for more prizes. Registration closes 10 minutes before each race. Cyclocross racers start one minute behind Short Track MTB, use slightly different courses, but everyone finishes on the same lap. $10; women, beginners only $5. Second race same night $5. Kids are free!

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.

Social Cycling Austin’s Yoga Ride
6:30 PM PM, Doug Sahm Hill, Butler Park

Bikes + yoga = fun! This yoga class itself is designed specifically for cyclists and appropriate for all levels including beginners. 6:30pm Meet on Spiral Hill, hang out, meet your fellow yogis, drink some hydrating beverages, etc. 7:00pm Ride to a mystery spot where we will have an hour of yoga. 8:15pm – 8:30pm Ride bikes even more! 10 miles or so. More if you’re up for it ;) . Moderate pace, no drops.

Wednesday, March 28

Social Cycling Austin’ Hump Day Nooner Ride
11:45 AM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake

We meet on the ped. bridge at 11:45am, get to know your fellow riders, ride out at 12:15pm. Ride up a hill or two and head to get a refreshing beverage and ride to get lunch. Rides are between 10 and 20 miles. The route is determined on the fly.

Downtown Wayfinding Community Presentation
6:30 PM, Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave.

The community is invited to weigh in March 28 on a draft philosophy for the Downtown Austin Wayfinding Project that focuses on better ways to get around and experience Austin’s urban core along the way. Austin’s wayfinding system will underscore downtown’s unique and eclectic identity, as well as improve movement for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.

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