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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 4/21- 4/27/11

Posted Apr 21 2011 8:30am

It may be Easter weekend, but there are plenty of opportunities to get out on two wheels. We be holding our second to last Urban Living Ride , the Downtown Home Tour, on Saturday and ACA will be hosting three days of riding beautiful roads around Kerrville with the Easter Hill Country Tour.

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 21

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.

Bicycle Advisory Council
6 PM One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd, 8th floor large conference room

The Austin Bicycle Advisory Council is a committee of Austinites representing cyclists’ interests to the City of Austin and meets monthly to advise staff of the City of Austin Public Works Bicycle and Pedestrian Program.

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. “For this weeks ride, we’ll be doing our standard cruise around town but since everyone loved swimming last week, I think it’s time to get wet again! Club DeVille is busting out the Slip-n-Slide and bringing out some bands for some springtime birthday fun for some of our favorite riders! If you’ve also got a birthday around this week, feel free to invit…e all of your friends and celebrate with us!! Bring a buck because it’ll cost a dollar to get in (you can pull together a buck for some fun like this, right) then they’ll be offering us $1 tallboys all night long. Also, keep your eyes peeled because the Thursday Night Social Ride is just about 2 years old and we’ll have something special lined up to celebrate this year.” Meet up at 7:30, ride at 8:00.  Read our article on the weekly ride.

Friday, April 22

Easter Hill Country Tour
An Austin on Two Wheels sponsored ride!
7 AM, Schreiner University, Kerrville, TX
The Austin Cycling Association invites you to the 38th Annual Easter Hill Country Tour. Experience the charm and hospitality of the Texas Hill Country and three days of the best riding Texas has to offer. Quiet, well-paved roads, challenging terrain and panoramic scenery have made the EHCT one of the premier cycling events in Texas. With no mass-starts, you’ll enjoy a relaxed, friendly cycling experience. All rides are fully-supported with rest stops and SAG vehicles. Join around 1,000 riders and see why the EHCT is an Easter weekend tradition.

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, April 23

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: McKinney Falls
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: McKinney Falls. This 20 mile out and back ride provides a variety of riding terrain (flat, climbs, descends!). We will stop at the park for a break and to regroup. Then head back to the shop. 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 .

Lake Travis Triathlon
9 AM, Pace Bend Park, 2501 Pace Bend Park Road N, Spicewood, TX
Sprint Triathlon: Swim 500 meters, Bike 12.4 miles, Run 3.1 miles.

City of Austin Bicycle Awarness Shoot
9 AM- 4 PM, Auditorium Shores
The films will be public service announcements and are collaborations between the City, the production company, and several local supporters (this is you) and business’. The focus of the three, 30-60 second films will be to humanize cyclists while also communicating simple bicycle safety messages and to promote overall bicycle awareness in Austin. This will be the third and final video for the City of Austin set to premier for Bike month. For one Saturday ride your bike with the City and your community in a PSA for the cause of bicycle safety and awareness.

Downtown Home Tour presented by Austin on Two Wheels
Meet up at 9:30 AM, Ride at 10 AM, Whole Foods Market Lamar, 525 N. Lamar Blvd.
Check out some of downtown’s hottest condos, shop, and enjoy great food all by bike: This is downtown living! This ride will be hosted by local realtor and Downtown Austin Blog author Jude Galligan with a food stop at Froots and shopping at the SFC Farmer’s Market- Downtown . Whether you are looking to move downtown, learn more about living an urban lifestyle, or just want to see some great properties, this ride is going to be a lot of fun. Bike rentals available. Properties we’ll be stopping at include:

  • Milago Condos
  • Avenue Lofts
  • Brazos Place
  • Shore Condos
  • 904 West Ave

Sunday, April 24

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.

Pedicabbers Drink Beers, a LOBV Benefit
6 PM, Heart Of Texas Pedicabs Shop, Red River and Willow St
“We’re throwing a little party at HOT shop for the benefit of the League of Bicycling Voters. Here is an itemized list of what you chumps can expect - Beer
- 2 Grills (bring something to put on them!)
- Music (provided by our very own Patchen)
- T-shirts with custom bike-related stencils
- Good times”

Monday, April 25

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 26

Nuclear Meltdown Ride
6:15 PM, Newk’s, 9722 Great Hills Trail
Commemorating the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.  Optional contribution requested to Union of Concerned Scientists . The ride starts with a big bang, with huge altitude gradients, and hopes to have wind power assistance on the return hypotenuse.  Cumulative 30 Km.  Battery recharge afterwards at Newk’s. Contact: Niles Seldon, 512-346-8073,

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.

Lecture: Janeen McCrae’s Amazing Story
6:30 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St
Mellow Johnny’s will welcome Janeen McCrae to share her story at our monthly Ladies Maintenance Class. Janeen will recount her 4,400-mile ride across America—and near fatal crash—to raise money for the Austin LIVESTRONG Challenge, using a bike with a brain, which allowed people to follow the trip.

Wednesday, April 27

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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