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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 5/17- 5/23/12

Posted May 17 2012 12:13pm

Bike Month hits its full stride this week with Bike to Work Day on Friday and our first cyclovia Viva Streets on Sunday. Get out and ride your bike!

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, May 17

Bicycle Advisory Council Bike Ride
5 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St

Call it our Intro to Advocacy Night – Mellow Johnny’s wants to help you get involved with cycling issues in Austin. First we’ll take a short ride to see different types of infrastructure including the new cycletrack on Rio Grande. Next we’ll attend the Bicycle Advisory Council meeting at City Hall from 6-8pm. Post meeting, BAC members will head to The Ginger Man for a chance to informally talk issues and answer questions. Real change can happen as community members get together to solve problems so join the conversation. Ride rolls out at 5:00pm so please arrive a few minutes early to get signed in. Helmets are required. Lights are required if you will be riding after the BAC meeting. Bicycle Advisory Council meeting runs from 6:00pm – 8:00pm in the “Bull Pen” at City Hall 302 W. 2nd St.

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.

Chrissie Wellington’s “A Life Without Limits” Book Signing
5:30- 7 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St.

Mellow Johnny’s is hosting a book signing for four-time Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington for her new book A Life Without Limits. Part memoir, travel diary, and training guide, A Life Without Limits is Chrissie’s firsthand account of her unlikely rise to the top. In addition to her personal story, Chrissie shares training tips, stories and lessons from around the globe, and what it takes to be a champion in competitive sport. Mellow Johnny’s will have copies of the book for in-store purchase.

Bicycle Advisory Council
6 PM, City Hall, Staff Bullpen
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, Festival Beach, Lady Bird Lake
Meet up at 7:30, ride at 8:00. “This week we will ride around and check out a new spot Jessie Street Eats for a KEG and some good ole dancin’. OH and cheap eats! Get on UR gooood foot!” Read our article on the weekly ride. Join the Social Cycling Facebook Group .

Friday, May 18

National Bike to Work Day
7-9 AM, all over Austin

Ride to work! There will be breakfast stations all over town to encourage you to dump the car and ride your bike. Find a station on your route at the Austin Bike to Work site!

Saturday, May 19

Real Ale Ride
8 AM, Real Ale Brewing, 231 San Saba Court, Blanco, TX

One of Bicycle Sport Shop’s most popular events (and the biggest ride in the Bicycle Sport Shop Signature Cycling Series) rolls through the scenic hills of Blanco, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, on Saturday, May 19, 2012. It’s a ride for all levels, with distances of 15, 30, 50, 65 and 80 miles. Routes are fully supported and all end at the Real Ale brewery for a post-ride celebration with local beer and barbecue. Register and start preparing for this premiere Hill Country cycling experience with group rides, maintenance classes, and tips and special pre-ride events from Bicycle Sport Shop.

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: West Public Art Bike Tour & Salon
10 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: West Public Art Bike Tour & Salon. Today’s ride explores some of our art treasures in the public space. The City’s Art in Public Places program has over 100 commissioned works and we’ll visit a sampling near downtown. The tour will begin at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop and end at Open Room Austin, a public artwork in Sand Beach Park near the Pfluger Bridge (W. Cesar Chavez & Sandra Muraida Way.) Upon reaching Open Room Austin, AIPP staff will host a discussion salon featuring artists who have been commissioned by the AIPP Program. Participants can choose to do both the tour & salon, take the bike tour only, or just meet us at Sand Beach Park for the salon. This is an official event of the West Austin Studio Tour. Ride size is limited, please rsvp. Meet at 9:30 for coffee at Juan Pelota. Contact:Stephanie at Stephanie@mellowjohnnys.com .

BIKEBOT FASH BASH: A Bicycle Fashion Show
8 PM, Pine Street Station, 1101 E. 5th

A bicycle fashion show! An evening of music, dancing, bicycles, fashion, giveaways and…oh, did we mention adult beverages? Drinks on the house the entire night courtesy of Real Ale Brewing and Wiser’s Whiskey! Come see beautiful models in designer looks by SoLa and The Psychlist strutting..err, rolling down the runway on sleek, sexy bikes provided by Bicycle Sport Shop. The 1Love Tour is riding to encourage growth in our nation’s bicycle communities. The tour will ride from Vancouver to Imperial Beach (near the Mexican border) and we will host several big concerts and events along the way to benefit cycling non-profits. HOPE LIKES BIKES raises cycling awareness, encourages everyone to bike more often, and empowers Austinites to learn how to fix and maintain their own bikes. $20 in advance, $25 @ the door! Proceeds from your tickets support local cycling advocacy organizations, the 1Love Bicycle Tour and HOPE LIKES BIKES. Purchase tickets here

Sunday, May 13

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.

Viva Streets Austin
10 AM- 3 PM, Sixth Street-from Brazos to Robert Martinez

Austin’s 1st Cyclovia: streets closed to cars and open to humans on foot, bike, and skates! Sixth Street-from Brazos to Robert Martinez will be closed and opened up as public space. Run, Play, Walk and Roll-A fun festival where a car-free street becomes your playground! Join the fun! This is a FREE festival that invites you to bicycle, play, get fit, people watch and celebrate good health. Over 2 miles of Sixth Street will become car-free for thousands of Austinites! This is a born-in-Austin take on the Ciclovia, a fast-growing, international phenomenon!

Tuesday, May 15

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, May 16

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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