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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 4/12- 4/18/12

Posted Apr 12 2012 8:46am

It’s going to be a busy weekend! Kick it off with the Political Pedal, then choose between mountain bike racing or city art with some road bike sprinting practice for good measure.

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, April 12

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, and Pro/Cat 1/2/3 at 6:55. Races registration Weekly: Men $25, Women $10, College Students $10, Juniors $10. 5PM Junior race is free. Additional races $10 each. Season Passes: $650. USA Cycling annual or one day license and helmet required. One days for sale at race.

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.

Thursday Night Social Ride
7:30 PM, Plaza Saltillo, East 5th & Comal
“So dudes and lady dudes, it’s that time of the week when we ride bikes and party again! This week well take nice stroll through Some part of Austin, stop at some park, and go to that one bar were we got a free keg and great food and drink specials! ENDUP: Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar.” Meet up at 7:30, ride at 8:00. Read our article on the weekly ride. Join the Social Cycling Facebook Group .

Friday, April 13

The 16th annual Political Pedal
5 PM, Austin City Hall Plaza
Since 1997 each year we help connect the Austin City Council candidates, the Travis County candidates and other candidates with the cycling community while riding on the common denominator of 2 wheels! 4:45 pm (gathering); 5pm – 5:30 pm (candidate speeches); 5:30 pm – 6pm (ride); 6 pm – 7:45pm (happy hour).

Saturday, April 14

Sprint Techniques At The Veloway
9 AM, Veloway, 4848 La Crosse Ave

Co-sponsored by Velocity Cycling and the Austin Cycling Association. No, we can’t turn you into Robbie McEwen, but we can show you how to accelerate your bike faster than you do now. Why? Pick one: Because there are times when you need to accelerate to escape a tight spot. Because you want to beat your buddy to the next town limit sign. Because sprint training builds leg strength like squats but isn’t boring. Or just because going fast is FUN! We’ll do about 10 repeats of 150 yard sprints, focusing on technique and getting max explosive power into each pedal stroke. Total ride distance will be about 20 miles. Please RSVP to stgetr@gmail.com so we can plan for enough materials.

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Short But Sweet
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: Short But Sweet. 12-15 mile route that promises some hills and fun. This is a double Scout-A-Route ride day with an afternoon museum tour that has a separate ride listing. Join us for a pre-ride coffee or snack at 8:30 at Juan Pelota Cafe. Helmets required. If driving to the shop, please park in the street.Contact:Stephanie at Stephanie@mellowjohnnys.com .

Art City Austin
10 AM- 6 PM, Cesar Chavez Street at Austin City Hall
Invigorating the streets, plazas and open spaces with art of all kinds, Austin’s Cesar Chavez Street and the 2ND Street District play hosts to a one-of-a-kind, weekend-long cultural celebration. Part art festival, part block party, Art City Austin features nationally recognized artists, local food and musicians, kids’ activities and art installations that bring the community together to enjoy great art for the entire family in one of the most beautiful areas of downtown. Rarely car-free, Cesar Chavez Street becomes a vibrant community hub where Austin’s oldest art festival and biggest block party presents a celebration of culture that invites you to meet your neighbors, bring your friends, explore your city and be inspired. Art City Austin will transform Cesar Chavez, the S. First Street bridge and the 2ND Street District surrounding Austin City Hall into a two-day festival and community-wide celebration. Activating streets by opening them to people and creating an environment of culture and fun is central to the mission of Art Alliance Austin. Art City Austin encourages attendees to explore the city and walk, bike, or park and ride to the festival by partnering with Capital Metro to provide free admission to Metro Pass holders, free admission to those who ride their bikes and park at the Mellow Johnny’s Bike Valet and offering free parking and shuttle from MLK and Congress Ave.

Second Annual Pace Bend Mountain Bike Festival
Noon- 5 PM, Pace Bend Park
Join us for our Second Annual Pace Bend Mountain Bike Festival. Take advantage of this beautiful spring weather with a short trip out to Pace Bend for loads of mountain biking fun. There will be something for riders of all skill levels and kids of all ages. Pack up the family and we’ll see you at Pace Bend Park.

Cultural Campus Concert Crawl
Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St

A special afternoon Scout-A-Route. Ride size limited. RSVP required . Explore art, history, the humanities, and science while enjoying a casual bike ride! Co-hosted by Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop and the Austin Cycling Association, this no-drop, co-ed group ride is perfect for the cyclist new to riding or bike commuting, returning to the bike, or just looking for a more casual ride. Total mileage is about 6 miles. We will be walking a bit indoors so plan accordingly if you are sporting cleats. On this route, we’ll visit museums that are part of Austin’s Cultural Campus: the Harry Ransom Center, Texas Memorial Museum, the Visual Art Center, and the Blanton Museum of Art. Docents will briefly share museum highlights, and you will enjoy musical performances from the Butler School of Music Chamber Music Outreach Project at each stop. Join us for a pre-ride coffee or snack at 12:30 at Juan Pelota Cafe. Helmets required. If driving to the shop, please park in the street.

Sunday, April 15

Pace Bend Mountain Bike Race
9 AM, Pace Bend Park
Join in on Second Annual Pace Bend Mountain Bike Race 7:30 AM- Registration opens
9 AM- Cat 1, 3 10 mile loops
11 AM- Cat 2, 2 10 mile loops
1 PM- 10 and under/12 and up race, 4miles/6 miles
1:30 PM- Cat 3, 1 10 mile loop

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.

Tuesday, April 17

Dirt Remedy Race Series
5:30 PM, Emma Long Metropolitan Park, 1600 City Park Rd

The Dirt Remedy Race Series is a mountain bike racing series to cure your urge for short track mountain bike racing at Emma Long MTB Trails, TUESDAY’s in APRIL & MAY 2012. $20/race (save $5 with a protein rich canned food item), 2nd race = $5!
5:30- 1st timers clinic
5:40- Beginner’s Race (C)
6:15- Intermediate Race (B)
6:55- Expert Race (A)
6:56- Single Speed (A)

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, April 18

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.

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