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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 4/14- 4/20/11

Posted Apr 14 2011 12:43pm

As is fitting of April, there are a lot of two wheeled events going on, but there is especially more for the ladies this week. Saturday will be our Pampered Pedal Ride (with 2 for 1 pricing on pre-booked tickets through Friday) , the return of Mellow Johnny’s Ladies ride on Monday, and a Women’s Racing Clinic at the Driveway on Tuesday. In addition, the Austin Bike Summit is this weekend for anyone wanting to get more involved in cycling advocacy.

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, April 14

IArtCongress Ride
5 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St
Join riders from Mellow Johnny’s as we explore Congress on our bikes.  Ride your bike down to Royal Blue Groceries, located on the corner of 4th and Nueces for a small wine tasting at 5:00pm.  Then at 6:00pm, join us as we ride our bikes along the avenue and participate in the iartcongress events. Helmet, front and rear lights, and a bike lock required along with a sense of adventure.

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.

Intro to Tri Clinic presented by Team In Training
6:30 PM, Jack & Adam’s Bicycles, 1210 Barton Spring Rd
Can’t swim? No Bike? Doesn’t matter! Come to Jack & Adam’s Bicycles on Thursday for an Intro to Tri Clinic presented by Team In Training (T.N.T.). Here are some of the things you’ll learn - What to expect at a triathlon
- gear to get started
- optional gear
- how to obtain a bike (purchase, Craig’s List, ebay, borrow & no, no stealing!)
- recommended 1st time events
- training
The class will repeat on the 1st Thursdays, May – July if you can’t make this one.

Thursday Night Social Ride
7:30 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. “The weather is getting really nice, the days are getting longer and it’s about time we add some SWIMMING to the Thursday Night Agenda. The TNSR rides west this week for cruise along the lake, a little hangout time at the pedestrian bridge, more riding, some swimmin’ and chillin’ in Lake Austin, more riding, a few circles around the Capitol Building and finally a landing at the Violet Crown Social Club for some cold cold Lone Star Beer.” Meet up at 7:30, ride at 8:00.  Read our article on the weekly ride.

Saturday, April 16

The Red Poppy Ride
8 AM, Georgetown High School Annex, 2295 North Austin Avenue, Georgetown, TX
The Red Poppy Ride is an enjoyable spring bike ride of 14, 28, 50, 63 or 101 miles on beautiful country roads through picturesque Williamson County. After The Red Poppy Ride, enjoy The Red Poppy Festival in Historic Downtown Georgetown.

Austin Bike Summit 2011
9 AM- 5:30 PM, Pine Street Station, 1101 East 5th St
The Austin Bike Summit provides a unique, once-a-year convergence. At no other time of the year is there an opportunity for all Austin bike advocates and staff to come together. We welcome anyone involved in bicycle advocacy, promotion, or education — and, especially those who wish to be — to come and take part. See f ull event schedule and Workshop List . Event is free but registration is required .

Bicycle Sport Shop Pace Bend Race and Festival
Pace Bend Park
Two days of racing and riding off road. The Bicycle Sport Shop Pace Bend Race and Festival is back and better than ever. This year’s event will have something for everyone from the die-hard racer to the rookie on two wheels. In addition to the great trails at Pace Bend Park, and an excellent TMBRA race on Sunday, Saturday’s festival will offer a host of free events. Everyone in attendance can look forward to:

  • A 5K ride for beginners led by Austin Cycle Camp
  • A friendly ride for intermediate riders led by the Bicycle Sport Shop Mountain Bike Team
  • The Bike Texas Kid’s Kup
  • SRAM mini clinics covering suspension, brakes and 2×10 Drivetrains
  • A special clinic for firsttime racers
  • Slow races, bike frisbee and wheelie contests
  • Bike demos from Specialized
  • Food, drinks and much more

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Rollingwood and Vine
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: Rollingwood and Vine. Today’s ride is a more challenging route than usual with the hills of Rollingwood and an option to ride a short section of Loop 360 with it’s wide shoulders but faster traffic. The mileage is low at 14 miles but requires some experience. These rides are meant for exploring so bring your questions and leave your heart rate monitor at home. We roll faster but expect about 12mph ave pace since we are in town. 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 .

Pampered Pedal presented by Austin on Two Wheels
Meet up at 1:30 PM, Ride leaves at 2 PM, Austin Java at City Hall, 301 West 2nd St
Join us for an afternoon of shopping, snacks along the way, and spa time with friends finishing with champagne and cupcakes! Shopping stops will include newly opened fashion house Cypress Vanguard, West Elm and Whole Earth Provisions and yoga and massages provided by Castle Hill Fitness finishing up with cupcakes by Delish. Shop all you want and let our ride guides carry your purchases in one of our cargo bikes.

Sunday, April 17

The Rookie Triathlon
8 AM, Decker Lake, Walter E. Long Park
The Rookie Triathlon course is a 300 meter swim, 11.2 mile bike, and 2 mile run. There will be 3 divisions: Rookies, Veterans and Open. Rookie Division is for the true rookies. This must be your first or second triathlon to participant in this division. There will be separate wave starts for this division.

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.

April Full Moon Cruise- Full Pink Moon
11:59 PM, Lamar Blvd Plfuger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake
Full Pink Moon – This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn. Here in Austin, cold weather is likely behind us, but the really hot weather of summer isn’t quite here yet, so it sounds like a good time to ride.

Monday, April 18

Lend Your Legs Ride hosted by Social Cycling Austin
6 PM, Shipe Park, 4400 Avenue G

New ride, new night, doing good, good times, free bike stuff and TNSR style post-ride hospitality. Starting the evening of April 18th (Monday) and for the next nine Mondays after that, Social Cycling Austin is riding and taking some kids from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired along with us on tandem bikes owned by the school. There are just 10 tandems, but the more people the merrier. It’s a social ride. We can switch off giving rides and just riding along.

Mellow Johnny’s Ladies’ Ride
6 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St

Join experienced riders from Mellow Johnny’s for a friendly and easy paced social ride (12-14 mph average). Meet us at the shop for a 1.5-2 hour ladies only road ride. Get more comfortable riding in a group, learn tips & tricks, or come for a social recovery ride after a hard weekend of long miles. What a great place to meet other ladies who enjoy riding bikes, too. This is a no-drop ride but you should be able to ride comfortably for 2 hours without stopping. Routes and distances will vary. Riders should meet at the shop at 5:30 for a 6:00pm sharp roll out. General group ride expectation: helmet, bike in good working condition, water and nutrition, flat changing tools, and no headphones.

Tuesday, April 19

Car-Free Living Class presented by Austin on Two Wheels
5:30 PM, Bicycle Sport Shop Central, 517 South Lamar Blvd
Using a class format he developed while serving as the Founder and Executive Director of Austin CarShare, Texas’ first carsharing serivce, Austin on Two Wheels editor Elliott McFadden will help you discover the tools and resources available in Austin that will allow you to reduce your car use, become a one-car family, or even go car-free. We’ll play some fun games and end the class with some real world planning to put your Low Car Diet into effect. Everyone who registers for the class will receive a copy of How to Live Well Without Owning a Car by Chris Balish, a well written, funny and practical companion guide to fine living without a car. Class limited to 10.

Women’s Racing Clinic at the Driveway
6 PM, Driveway Austin Motorsports, 8400 Delwau Lane

Join the Austin Flyers for a women-only racing clinic on April 19 at the Driveway! Skills and drills for beginners as well as those that have a few races already under their belt. We’ll cover everything from race registration to sprinting to the finish line…including pack riding, attacking, and race strategy. Experienced AFWC racers (including some former pro’s) will provide instruction in a small group format. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about racing in a non-intimidating, safe, women-only environment! $5 for non-members, free for AFWC members. Helmets required.

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, April 20

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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