Spring is here which explains how we’ve inched up to 92 cycling related events for the coming week on our comprehensive calendar of Austin Cycling Events. That means on average there is a cycling event happening every two hours. 100 events/week can’t be far away!
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.
Here’s a quick run down of recommended events for the coming week.
Thursday, March 5
Perspectives: 10 Countries, 10,000 Miles, 13 Months and 2 Bikes 6- 9 PM, IF&D, 208 Colorado Street Come for an evening presentation, slide show and photo exhibit of a bike through Asia. In 2006 skot! started riding his bike from Athens, Greece through 10 countries in Asia. A percentage of the book sales at this event will be donated to the Inside Books Project, sending FREE books to people in Texas Prisons for 10 years.
14th Thursday Night Road Ride 7 PM, The Parlor, 43rd and Guadalupe 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 6
Fabulous Fixed First Friday Alleycat Race 4:20 PM Registration opens. Race starts at 5 PM sharp at the State Capitol An informal in town race and scavenger hunt, alleycat races are a blast and not to be missed. The first friday of the month means Fabulous Fixed First Friday alleycat races. Bring $5, a bag and a fixed gear bike to race. Come and cheer even if you don’t plan to race so you can start your weekend right.
Saturday, March 7
Fat Chuck’s Revenge Mountain Bike Race @ Rocky Hill Ranch 8:30 AM, Rocky Hill Ranch, Smithville, TX With a few new changes out at RHR, the course for 2009 is expected to consist of several loops to enable riders increased visibility with spectators. The marathon course will consist of some fast and furious single track, loose rocks, some climbing, possible water crossings, and minimal jeep roads. The half-marthon course will also race the same loop with less required to complete their event.
Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: It’s My Park Day! Ride 8:30 AM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces 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 It’s My Park Day! Today’s ride will be combined with a community service project as part of the Austin Parks Foundation It’s My Park! Day. We’ll be riding to the volunteer at the Gus Fruh access trail to the Greenbelt w/ Greenbelt Guardians. We’ll be making a few repairs and doing weeding and edging maintenance. Please bring work gloves, water bottle, long sleeves and pants, and closed-toe shoes. Come at 8:00 for pre-ride coffee. Ride organizer: Eileen Schaubert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-426-4851.
It’s My Park Day Trail Improvements with Austin Ridge Riders 9 AM- 1PM, Barton Creek Greenbelt and Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park It’s My Park! Day is an annual city-wide, community service day focused on improvements to Austin’s park system. Individuals and community groups lead projects ranging from simple cleaning and repair to trail building and playground installation. Last year nearly 1600 volunteers helped improve over 40 Austin-area parks. The Ridge Riders will be hosting the following project: Upper Barton Creek Invasive Species Removal and Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park Revegetation & Trail Repair. Snacks and drinks will be provided. And a groovy, free t-shirt. Please list your shirt size in the comments when you sign up.
Red Licorice Women’s Triathlon Series Clinic #1 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 & Apparel
Heart Zones Coaching Info session for Women’s Triathlon Training Program 5 - 7PM, Jack & Adam’s Bicycle, 1210 Barton Springs Rd Heart Zones Coaching is a training program for the Trek Womens Triathlon Series. This is an 8 week coached group program meeting 2x weekly. Build sport specific skills with professional, experienced coaches. At this information session there will be food, music, and a raffle.
Perspectives: 10 Countries, 10,000 Miles, 13 Months and 2 Bikes 9- 11 PM, US Art Authority, 510 W. 29th Street (next door to Spider House) Come for an evening presentation, slide show and photo exhibit of a bike through Asia. This is a followup to Thursday’s presentation with more photos. In 2006 skot! started riding his bike from Athens, Greece through 10 countries in Asia. A percentage of the book sales at this event will be donated to the Inside Books Project, sending FREE books to people in Texas Prisons for 10 years.
Sunday, March 8
Temple Parks & Leisure Services 1st Annual Spring Du 8 AM, Wilson Park Recreation Center, 2205 Curtis B. Elliott Dr, Temple, TX Join Temple Parks and Leisure Services for their 1st Annual Spring Du. Duathletes will begin and end their race with a 2 mile run around Wilson Park with a scenic 12 mile bike ride in between.
Sexy Sunday BMX/Fixed Session and Footdown Competition 1 PM, The Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr New time and 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.)
South Austin Vintage Bicycle Meet-up 3- 5 PM, Docs Backyard, 5207 Brodie Ln Mark your calender its the first south Austin vintage bicycle meet up.Come and join us for some beer drinking, friendly discussion with like minded people, and a bunch of really awesome vintage bikes. Bring your vintage cruiser, muscle bike, or classic road bike and join us for a merry time. Don’t have a bike? no worries come and admire others and maybe get some ideas. Docs has cleared an area for the washer pit for staging bikes and beer drinking.
Hardcourt Bike Polo 4 PM, Eastwoods Park, 3001 Harris Park Ave NOTE: NEW LOCATION THIS WEEK. 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.
Yellow Bike Benefit Show at Mohawk 4- 7 PM, The Mohawk, 912 Red Rive The Austin Yellow Bike Project is raising money to build their permanent workshop on east Webberville road. They are 23/rd of the way there, but need your help to make it happen. Cover will be $5 21+/$7 under 21. So far the confirmed bands are: Oh No Oh My, Follow That Bird, The Tastydactyls, The El Guapos, and For Hours and Ours. For more info, contact email@example.com.
Monday, March 9
Velocity Cycling Club Monthly Meeting 7 PM, REI Downtown, 601 N Lamar Blvd Austin Monthly meeting of the Velocity Cycling Club, a developmental cycling program open to riders of all ages and abilities. The focus is to promote the sport of cycling by facilitating the development of cyclists of all ages. As such, Velocity offers opportunities for inexperienced riders to learn from more experienced, skilled riders and provides access to personal coaching programs.
Tuesday, March 10
Trek Women Triathlon Training Party 6 PM, RunTex, 422 W. Riverside Drive As part of the new Trek Women Triathlon race series with an Austin stop on May 17, the race organization is hosting two parties in Austin to kickoff an 8 week women’s training series. Race Series director Maggie Sullivan and best selling fitness author and legendary triathlete Sally Edwards will be in attendance to talk about the race, training program, and answer any other questions you have. Training materials will be distributed and some light refreshments will be available.
March Full Moon Cruise 11:59 PM, Lamar Street Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge Rider organizer: “This is going to be the mother of all rides. This is the deal, neoconservatons and their hidden liberal agenda arrive downtown to go to work in big buildings in the morning, so to rock their world we’re going mob deep up in their world and blow their little minds with BOB the stereo machine, bangin it hard with his tunes, me and who ever else makes the 7 hour party ride. ”
Wednesday, March 11
Trek Women Triathlon Training Party 6 PM, Bicycle Sport Shop, 517 South Lamar As part of the new Trek Women Triathlon race series with an Austin stop on May 17, the race organization is hosting two parties in Austin to kickoff an 8 week women’s training series. Race Series director Maggie Sullivan and best selling fitness author and legendary triathlete Sally Edwards will be in attendance to talk about the race, training program, and answer any other questions you have. Training materials will be distributed and some light refreshments will be available.
Art Seen Alliance Bike-In Film: Bottle Rocket 8 PM, Spider House Cafe, 2908 Fruth St The Art Seen Alliance is back this month with an other Bike-In Film. March’s selection is Bottle Rocket, Wes Anderson’s first film and the debut of Luke & Owen Wilson. Free popcorn will be served while it lasts.