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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 3/26- 4/1/09

Posted Mar 26 2009 4:07pm

Whether you’ve racing or riding, spring is in full swing cause there are a ton of events going on this weekend. 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 26

thedrivewaycritlogoKenny 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.

poloflyer8Thursday 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. All bikes and skill levels are welcome and spare mallets and balls are available if you don’t have any.

Siciclando Cycling Tour Reception
6 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St

The co-founders and directors of Siciclando Cycling Tour, Dario Carzan and Giuseppe Crino, will be on hand to talk about about their signature Italian bike tour. Italian antipasto and wine will be served. Reception is limit 50 participants and those attending will receive 15% off select Italian brands in the store - Capo, Castelli to name a few. RSVP to

Urban Night Ride
7:30 PM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge

A new ride from the Facebook group Social Cycling ATX. Meet at Pedestrian Bridge at 7:30p.m. leave at 8:00p.m. sharp. Bring your cameras & twitter phones and get some good sunset shot’s which is at 7:46p.m. Then we ride!


Friday, March 27

March Critical Mass Ride
5 PM, West Mall on UT Campus

This bike jamming ride is designed to shout to the world that bikes belong and in September took a peaceful ride on the upper deck of I-35. You never know what will happen, but don’t miss this foundation of the Austin bike culture we know today. Critical Mass rides the last Friday of every month leaving the West Mall of the UT campus at 5 PM.

Traffic Skills 101 sponsored by Austin Cycling Association
5 PM, REI Gateway, 9901 N Capitol of Texas Hwy, Ste 200

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.

Siciclando Cycling Tour Presentation
6 PM, Bicycle Sports Shop Central, 517 S Lamar Blvd

If you missed Thursday nights reception but want to learn more about this unique bicycle tour experience, this is your chance.


Saturday, March 28

Belterra Road Race
8 AM, Estes and Belterra Drive in the Belterra development, Dripping Springs, TX

This road race on a course closed to traffic will include Pro/Cat 1 through Cat 5 races as well as women’s and masters’ divisions with $2500 in price money.

Warda Mountain Bike Race
8 AM, Bluff Creek Ranch, Warda, TX

This race is a TMBRA Series Cross Country Mountain Bike Race with Cat 1-3 racing.

2009rosedalerideRosedale 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 $300,000 for Rosedale School since 1999. Open to cyclists of all abilities, the ride offers different courses to suit anyone. Choose from three route distances: 20, 44, or 63 miles.

LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour
9:00 AM, LBJ National Historical Park, Stonewall, TX

Beginning on the air strip of the historic LBJ Ranch at Stonewall, the tour traverses hilly, scenic, traffic-free roads adjacent to the Ranch. Routes of 10, 32, 45, and 62-miles (100 km.)provide the venue for the premier cycle event in the Texas Hill Country. 

Red Licorice Women’s Triathlon Series Clinic #3
10 AM, Bicycle Sports Shop Central, 517 S Lamar Blvd

Race organizers Red Licorice are hosting this clinic series to help women prepare for their first triathlon or brush up on their skills. This week’s theme: Gearing & Clipping Out

frankenbike_smallFrankenbike #44
Noon- 4 PM, Austin Bike Zoo Shop, 1706 E. 17th St Austin

Austin’s semi-regular bike parts swap is back. Need a saddle or set of pedals to finish off that project bike? Have a box of never used or lightly used bike parts in the garage your significant other wants you to get rid of? Frankenbike is your answer. Stop by for a bit or stay all afternoon to hawk you wares. As always, admission is free, recycling great stuff is priceless.

dropdeadalleycat2 Drop Dead Alleycat 2 presented by OneLesCar 
2PM, Eastside Pedal Pushers, 1414 East 5th Street

An informal in town race and scavenger hunt, alleycat races are a blast and not to be missed. This one sponsored by local bike blogger  OneLesCar  will cost you $5 plus 2 canned goods. Bring a bag and some extra money. Registration is at 2 pm, race is at 3 pm. Proceeds go to benefit Austin Yellow Bike Project and the Capital Area Food Bank.

Triathlon 101: Triathlon for the Slow, Klutzy, Nervous, or Tri-Curious
5 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St

This is a Free, Fun, Informative Workshop for Triathlon Newbies, Wannabes, Veterans and “Are You Kidding Me” triathletes. Jayne Williams, author of Slow Fat Triathlete and the new Shape Up with the Slow Fat Triathlete, will inform you about the sport and its logistics, allay your fears, tell you funny stories, demonstrate techniques, and get you fired up to do your first (or next) triathlon in the body you have now.


Sunday, March 29

Ronde von Manda Road Race
8 AM, Manda TX

Velossimo Racing and Jack and Adam’s Bicycles will be presenting the Ronde Von Manda road race just outside of Austin in Manda, TX. Ronde von Manda bicycle race brings a frontier setting main stage to the ever modern and ever growing sport of competitive bicycle racing. It is an open and exposed course that is fairly flat with slight rollers.

erocklogoEnchanted Rock Extreme Duathlon
8 AM, Enchanted Rock State Park, Fredricksburg, TX

This is not a race for beginners, but it is definitely a challenge. The course is 4mi Run/16mi Bike/2mi Run around Enchanted Rock with the finish at the summit. Look for Austin on Two Wheels editor yours truly dusting off the cobwebs with his first race since cyclocross season.

Autism Society of Greater Austin Bike Tour 
8 AM, Berry Springs Park and Preserve, Georgetown, TX

ASGA’s first Bike Ride was a tremendous success raising over $3000 for local chapter activities.  Routes  of approximately 9, 20, and 41 miles with START & FINISH at the Berry Springs County Park and Preserve.  All routes pedal through moderately flat terrain interspersed with rolling hills on the eastern side of Williamson County.

sexysunday 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.)

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.


Tuesday, March 31

Ride and Imbibe Mountain Bike Ride
6 PM, Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park, 12138 N Lamar Blvd

Started on the Bike Mojo forum, Ride and Imbibe to be held every Tuesday leaving and returning from the pool parking lot at Walnut Creek. All are welcome! The groups usually leave out around 6ish. Beer and snacks afterwards under the trees in the median of the parking lot.

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