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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 4/9- 4/15/09

Posted Apr 09 2009 6:36pm

There’s a lot going on this Easter weekend including the addition of some nice new rides sponsored by the Austin Cycling Association leaving from The Peddler Bike Shop.

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 9

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. Check out our recent article on bike polo for more info.

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 shots.

April Full Moon Cruise - Full Pink Moon
11:59 PM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge

Join in this monthly ride to enjoy the fullness of la luna. This full Moon, the Pink Moon, heralded the appearance of the grass pink, or wild ground phlox—one of the first spring flowers. It is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.


Friday, April 10

ehct_logo2Easter Hill Country Tour
8 AM, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, Schreiner University, Kerrville, TX

The San Antonio Wheelmen invite you to join us for the 36th Annual Easter Hill Country Bike Tour (10th — 12th April, 2009). Ten different routes over the three days of riding will start and end at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas. Each year over 1000 riders join together on Easter Weekend to enjoy the quiet country roads, some challenging terrain and panoramic scenery.


Saturday, April 11

Protest Duathlon
7 AM, East Metro Park, Manor, TX

The protest duathlon is back, so get ready to protest something. What, you ask? ANYTHING! But, make it creative because we will be awarding the best protest! To give you an idea of what to protest, the Austin Duathletes are protesting swimming: why else would we be duathletes? The Protest Duathlon short distance: 2-mile run, 10-mile bike, 2-mile run.  The Double Du distance: 2-mile run, 10-mile bike, 2-mile run, 10-mile bike, 2-mile run.

Cow Patty Classic Benefit Bike Ride
8 AM, Vista Ridge High School, 200 South Vista Ridge Blvd, Cedar Park, TX

The Second Annual Cow Patty Classic Benefit Bike Ride will start and end at Vista Ridge High School in Cedar Park, TX and benefits the youth of the Vista Ridge FFA through education and scholarship. All routes - 25, 50, 75 and 100 mile routes - feature moderate to intermediate level courses with rolling hills and beautiful scenery. This is a fully supported ride for riders at any stage of training with multiple rest stops, clear directional signage, and medical support.

Power Hour hosted by Austin Cycling Association
8 AM, The Peddler Bicycle Shop, 119 E. North Loop

Get a ride in without killing your whole day. We head out from the Peddler at 8 and try to get back by 9 doing 15 miles along the way. This is a drop ride: pace is important, so be ready to go at an average to quick C pace. Coffee at Epoch after the ride. Ride organizer: Greg Ritter at  or 512-906-6709

Family Day at the Veloway
9 AM, The Veloway, 4801 La Crosse Ave

Bring the whole family out for a bike ride around the Veloway with the Austin Flyers. We will be there performing bike safety checks, helmet adjustments and handing out safety information and other goodies for kids. Have you ever wanted to try pulling you child in a trailer or a tag-a-long bike? We’ll have some on site for you to try along with some 16″ and 20″ kids bikes, adult Townie bikes and even a Co-Motion tandem so the whole family can ride together.

Hydration and Electrolyte Seminar
11 AM, Jack and Adam’s, 1210 Barton Spring Rd

Have you been faced with any of the following: - Cramps - Post-workout hedaches - Overly exhausted after your workouts - Nausea or stomach upset during training - Sloshing stomach - Loss of excessive weight (water weight) during long workouts? Meredith Terranova, RD LD will lead this informative seminar and will be available at Jack and Adam’s afterwards to help you purchase any electrolytes or other nutrition needs. $10/person for samples of all products available If you plan to attend, please RSVP to

Cross Club #7
8 PM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge

For those of you who have never attended a Cross Club race - it is NOT an alleycat. There are no checkpoints, silly hats, drawn on mustaches or anything else like that. It is pretty much cyclocross racing, without the barriers or mud, done on the urban trails around Austin. Thus far it has been pretty much all hike ‘n bike trail and Shoal Creek trail. It will expand a bit in the next month or so. Point is - bring as much traction as you can, wear a helmet if you have one, and BRING LIGHTS! Cost is $5, race is about an hour, and spectator please come and bring cow bells.


Sunday, April 12

Eastside Hill Ride hosted by Austin Cycling Association
9 AM, The Peddler Bicycle Shop, 119 E. North Loop

Head out from the Peddler Bike Shop and enjoy the east side for some short, sharp climbs. Finish at Epoch for coffee. Please park on side of Musical Exchange or on Ave F side street. Ride organizer: Greg Ritter at or 512-906-6709

sexysundaySexy Sunday BMX/Fixed Session and Footdown Competition
1 PM, Parmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd

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. All bikes and skill levels are welcome and spare mallets and balls are available if you don’t have any. Check out  our recent article on bike polo  for more info.


Tuesday, April 14

CAMPO Bicycle/Pedestrian Subcommittee
1:30 PM, 505 Barton Springs Rd, Suite 700

CAMPO has an ad-hoc committee known as the CAMPO Bicycle & Pedestrian Subcommittee that was formed to address regional bicycle and pedestrian planning issues. The committee has both citizen and member jurisdictions representation and has taken on a variety of bike/ped planning tasks, in addition to becoming a resource for bicycle/pedestrian coordination and information sharing.

Urban Transportation Commission
6 PM, 301 West 2nd Street

The commission that advises the Austin City Council on urban transportation issues. This month, there will be a presentation of the draft 2020 Austin Bike Plan.

Bicycle Sport Shop Commuter Clinic
6 PM, Bicycle Sport Shop Central, 517 S. Lamar Blvd

Part of a weekly clinic to help get you commuting by bike. This week’s theme: The Great Suit Commute, Packing Tips for Business Professionals. Learn how to pack wrinkle free or explore other options for a well pressed commute.

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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