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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 3/24- 3/30/11

Posted Mar 24 2011 9:57am

Now that SXSW and Spring Break are behind us and Spring has officially begun, the weekly calendar is chock-full of ways to ride your bike. Austin on Two Wheels‘ Urban Living Rides continue this weekend with our Cupcake Ride on Saturday and Eastside Home Tour on Sunday. Also on Saturday are two great century rides the LBJ 100 and Rosedale Ride. Road and triathlon racing is getting in to full swing as well with multiple races this weekend. Finally as it’s the end of the month, Frankenbike is on tap. Get out and ride!

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 24

Gazelle Dutch Bike Demo Days
4- 7 PM, Austin Java at City Hall, 301 West 2nd St
Austin on Two Wheels in partnership with Gazelle Bicycle USA is bringing Dutch bikes to Austin! In addition to making Dutch bikes available on our Urban Living Rides , we will also be holding demo days if you can’t make one of our rides and want to try out one of these great bikes. On 2nd and 4th Thursdays from March to May between 4- 7 PM, we’ll give you a free coffee drink with your test ride of one or more of our Gazelle Dutch bikes. We’ll have a Basic, Tour Populair, and Cabby box cargo bike on hand to try out.

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. “Hey y’all! It’s finally spring time and we’re back to meeting at Festival Beach! I don’t know about you but now that all of the tourists have left, I’m ready to get back out on my bike and take a nice ride around town without having to worry about amateurs running us off the road. This week we’ll be riding around with a couple of park stops at Givens and Lake park. After that we’ll roll over to Nomad for some free beer then c…heap beer when the free stuff runs out.” Meet up at 7:00, ride at 7:30.  Read our article on the weekly ride.

Friday, March 25

March Critical Mass Ride
5 PM, West Mall UT Campus
This bike jamming ride is designed to shout to the world that bikes belongs and occurs on the last Friday of the month. You never know what will happen, but don’t miss this foundation of the Austin bike culture we know today.

Traffic Skills 101 sponsored by Austin Cycling Association
5 PM, REI Gateway, 9901 N Capitol of Texas Hwy, Ste 200
Cycling Traffic Skills 101- Classroom – This fast-paced, three-hour course prepares cyclists for vehicular cycling and is perfect for someone interested in commuting by bicycle, or starting to use a bicycle for recreational purposes. This course will teach you cycling specific traffic laws, and how to ride in traffic or on the trail safely, legally, and confidently. The course also covers bicycle selection and bicycle fit, bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike skills, foul weather riding, night riding, and crash avoidance techniques; recommended for everyone age sixteen and up. On the road class on Saturday.

Saturday, March 26

Champions Triathlon & Duathlon
7 AM, Lake Pflugerville
The 3rd Annual CHAMPIONS TRI & DU is the perfect event for first-timers and experienced triathletes alike. Collegiate teams looking for a great warm-up race to nationals – will want to take advantage of the ‘collegiate wave’ that Champions Tri 2011 offers. Swim is wet-suit legal. And best yet…if you aren’t ready for an early season swim, take part in the sprint or olympic distance DUATHLON. The 2011 Champions Tri/Du will be held at the beautiful Lake Pflugerville – conveniently located just minutes outside of Austin. Sprint Tri: 500m swim/20K bike/5K run, Olympic Tri: 1500m swim/40K bike/10K run, Sprint Du: 1.5 mi run/20K bike/1.5 mi run, Olympic Du: 5K run/40K bike/5K run.

Ronde von Manor Road Race
8 AM, 14219 Littig Road, Manor, TX
Road races will be held on a looped, scenic, mostly flat road course with 1 climb each lap. Each loop is 11.72 miles. Course Map and more information can be found here .

Rosedale Ride
An Austin on Two Wheels Sponsored Event!
8:30  AM, Samsung Austin Semiconductor, East Parmer Road
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. The Rosedale Ride supports the Rosedale School, AISD’s only school for children with multiple disabilities.

LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour
An Austin on Two Wheels Sponsored Event!
8:00 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
*NEW TIME* 9:00 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 22 mile ride will take us through wonderful bike friendly Austin neighborhoods like Old Enfield, Tarrytown, and Allendale (and most hills have been removed for your riding comfort). 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 8:30 for coffee. Helmets required. Contact: Stephanie at .

10 AM, Bobby’s Bikes, 3315 Hancock Dr
Austin’s monthly free bike swap returns. If you’ve got bike stuff to sell or trade, just show up with a table or blanket to hawk your wares.

Cupcake Ride hosted by Austin on Two Wheels
Meet up at 1:30 PM, Leave at 2 PM, Austin Java at City Hall, 301 West 2nd St.
Who says riding a bike has to be all about sweat and pain? We’ve put together a sweet ride, literally, with stops to sample some of Austin’s best cupcakes and sweets including Polkadots Cupcake Factory, Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop and Whole Foods Market . We’ll have a cooler in our cargo bike in case you want to buy some cupcakes to take home after the sampling. Fully guided with bike valet and samples included in registration. Bike rentals available. Part of the 16 ride Urban Living Ride Series .

Sunday, March 27

Enchanted Rock Extreme Duathlon 2011
7:30 AM, Enchanted Rock State Park, Fredricksburg, TX
A unique run-bike-run duathlon that ends at the top of Enchanted Rock. Race Capped at 175.  Run:  The 5 mile run is a Trail run around the park on the LOOP TRAIL. The 1. 2 mile run will finish on the ROCK. Bike: The 16 mile bike course is an out & back course on lightly travelled roads. The Course is mainly on Country roads with rolling hills.  There will be Sheriff Deputies at intersections and turnaround.  Drafting is illegal and will not be tolerated. Be aware that the roads are open to traffic – use caution and stay to the right.  Caution – there are some cattle guards.

Ronde von Manda Road Race
8 AM, Corner of Manda Carlson and New Sweden Church Rd., Manda, TX (East of Round Rock)
Road races will be held on a looped, open/exposed, mostly flat road course.  Each loop is 12.75 miles.  Course Map and more information can be found here .

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.

Eastside Home Tour hosted by Austin on Two Wheels
Meet up at 11:30 AM, Leave at 12 PM, Austin Java at City Hall, 301 West 2nd St.
Discover the Holly Neigbhorhood, one of Austin’s hottest developing neighborhoods just east of downtown. Austin on Two Wheels is partnering with Holly neighborhood and Buy By Bike realtor Tiffany Russell to show off this affordable, livable neighborhood just minutes from downtown. Stops will include restored original homes as well as more recent green additions and condos and neighborhood businesses including East Side Yoga, an afternoon snack & drink at Zundunga Mexican Bistro, and a little shopping at Hope Market. Fully guided with bike valet and samples included in registration. Bike rentals available. Part of the 16 ride Urban Living Ride Series .

Monday, March 28

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 29

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 30

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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