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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 5/26- 6/1/11

Posted May 26 2011 9:30am

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, May 26

MoPac Open House + Ride
Ride: Meet up at 5 PM, Ride at 5:30 PM, Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake
Meeting: 4- 8 PM, Gullett Elementary School, Cafeteria, 6310 Treadwell Blvd.
From the League of Bicycling Voters : “This is one of the most important meetings of the year. The bicycling community’s presence at this open house will help shape the future of bike and pedestrian accommodations in all future Austin highway building. What’s at stake for the MoPac Improvement Project?
1) A contiguous, non-stop, off-street bicycle path and pedestrian path from Parmer Lane to Lady Bird Lake along the MoPac corridor.
2) Complete and improved bicycle and pedestrian connectivity for all crossings of MoPac along the corridor.
3) Improvement of the Johnson Creek Trail system, including connections to all trails and urban streets at the Cesar Chavez Street Interchange. And we can have this for MoPac and all future Austin highway projects, but now is when we must act. The engineers and transportation officials are watching and taking notes.” More on the ride .

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.

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 Austin that popularized social cycling in Austin. “This week is our monthly theme ride and we’re gonna do it in full GLAM! Yep your favorite Thursday Night Social® Ride is gonna dress up in shiny clothes and face paint, ride around and sweat most of it off, then dance and sweat the night away at EMPIRE AUTO, which is the awesome space next to the Side Bar where the best dance parties in town go down. Empire doors open at 10:00! If you haven’t been dancing at Empire, you’ve been missing out. Burger City DJs Ben Blackout and Sara O will be spinning tunes all night, drinks will be cheap and flowing, Drunk Dial will be solving your problems and helping you create new ones and you will likely be covered in glitter on your ride home.” Meet up at 7:30, ride at 8:00.  Read our article on the weekly ride.

Friday, May 27

May Critical Mass Ride
5 PM, West Mall UT Campus
This bike jamming ride is designed to shout to the world that bikes belongs and occurs on the last Friday of the month. You never know what will happen, but don’t miss this foundation of the Austin bike culture we know today.

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, May 28

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Fabulous Thunderbird Ride
NEW START TIME! 8:30 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: Fabulous Thunderbird Ride. This ride will leave Mellow Johnnys traveling north along Shoal Creek over to the east to the Crestview neighborhood. A stop at the Thurnderbird coffee shop (located at the corner of Koenig and Morrow) is probable. Then return to the shop. 17 miles. The routes are designed to help riders navigate the city bike routes and other safe bike commuting options. Come by at 8:00 for coffee. Helmets required. Contact: Stephanie at Stephanie@mellowjohnnys.com .

Cervelo E-Ride
10 AM- Noon and 2- 4 PM, Austin Tri Cyclist, 923 Barton Springs Road

éRide allows any cyclist to test ride the same bikes used by Team Garmin-Cervélo in a safe and fun environment. This year’s éRide fleet will consist of our completely re-engineered 2011 R3 model. The original R3 set the standard for lightweight yet stiff, strong and comfortable frames and the latest iteration features BBright, which nearly doubles the frame’s already impressive bottom bracket stiffness. There is no charge for éRide events. Participants should bring their own pedals, shoes and helmet, and will need to sign a release waiver and provide a photo ID & credit card. Sign up here .

Frankenbike #70
10 AM- 4 PM, BikeTexas, 1902 East 6th
Austin’s monthly free bike swap returns. If you’ve got bike stuff to sell or trade, just show up with a table or blanket to hawk your wares.

Texas Toast Jam
11 AM- 8 PM, 1001 E 6th St
Coming to the heart of downtown Austin TX right on famous 6th street Odyssey presents the Texas Toast Jam. Spectators are $5 per day or $20 for both days (Sat/Sun) and get a free Texas Toast T-shirt! Confirmed VIP guests to the event are Mat Hoffman, Mike Dominguez, Vic Murphy, Van Homan and Brian Blyther. We heard Ron Wilkerson, Dave Friemuth and The Lord Voelker may make it as well! All the best pro riders will be here to shred the dirt jumps and street obstacles. Darryl Nau of Blacken is heading up announcing duties with assistance from FBM’s Steve Crandal. Darryl is also using his considerable party skills to set up some epic after parties. Ringmaster Leland Thurman is now directing the action at the Gauntlet of DEATH. Watch riders brave its treachery and take on a 48 foot long dragon!

Sunday, May 29

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.

Cervelo E-Ride- DAY 2
10 AM- Noon and 2- 4 PM, Austin Tri Cyclist, 923 Barton Springs Road

éRide allows any cyclist to test ride the same bikes used by Team Garmin-Cervélo in a safe and fun environment. Sign up here .

Texas Toast Jam- DAY 2
11 AM- 6 PM, 1001 E 6th St
Coming to the heart of downtown Austin TX right on famous 6th street Odyssey presents the Texas Toast Jam.

Monday, May 30

Capital of Texas Triathlon
8 AM, Auditorium Shores
Triathlon racing memorial weekend in downtown Austin. Capital of Texas Olympic Triathlon: Swim 1500 meters, Bike 24.9 miles, Run 6.2 miles, Capital of Texas Sprint Triathlon: Swim ½ mile, Bike 12.4 miles, Run 3.1 miles, Capital of Texas Tri Frist Time: Swim 400 meters, Bike 6.2 miles, Run 3.1 miles

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, May 31

Dirt Remedy Mountain Bike Series
5:15 PM, Emma Long Metropolitan Park, 1706 City Park Road
The Dirt Remedy Mountain Bike Series is designed to build your technical mountain biking skills over a seven-week period, May 17th – June 28th. The full motocross trail at Emma Long Metropolitan Park is 6 miles long and highly challenging, but the creators of Dirt Remedy construct weekly courses that are manageable yet challenging for every category. The full trail can test even advanced mountain bikers. Don’t worry if you occasionally need to dismount. No single race in the series will include the full motocross course. New sections are introduced each week.

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, June 1

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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