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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 6/16- 6/22/11

Posted Jun 16 2011 11:19am

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, June 16

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 Austin that popularized social cycling in Austin. “This week is a little different. We are going to ride our bikes around and have a good time. So no change just thought everyone should be aware. We are headed to The Gypsy Lounge where they will have amazing drink specials for us thirsty Thursday goers: $2 wells, 2$ lonestars and $2.50 frozen arnold palmers. Also, the Grill Girls will be selling food from the trailer on the back patio. There will be a DJ dropping mad beats also, so bring your dancing shoes (regular shoes work as well).” Meet up at 7:30, ride at 8:00.  Read our article on the weekly ride.

Friday, June 17

The Pleasure Ride- One Last Dance at Italo’s
7 PM, Italo’s, 1600 E. 6th St.

The Pleasure ride is a small, more relaxed version of Social Cycling’s Thursday Night Social Ride geared towards the beginner or someone just getting back on the bike. “The Pleasure Ride is filled with a sadness it hasn’t felt since it saw Bambi’s mom die. Let’s ride our bikes a little and then drink orange whips until we break the machine. We will ride a few miles and land back at Italo’s. They are closing their doors after Friday. This news breaks my heart. Let’s stay out late and eat all their pizza and drink all their booze.” The Pleasure Ride’s goal is simply to get more people riding. If we can eliminate a few cars off the roads and add a few bikes we all win. This ride is intended for beginners or anyone looking to take a slow cruise around town. We meet up and chat. We go over some basic safety rules and then we ride. Since this is a beginner friendly ride we won’t hit any crazy hills on our route and the mileage will be kept low. we end somewhere that we can grab a bite to eat.

Saturday, June 18

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Mamma Jamma Training Ride for 2011
NEW START TIME! 7:30 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: Mamma Jamma Training Ride for 2011. Bring your friends and join us for an official training ride for the 2011 Mamma Jamma Season! Everyone is invited, from the very beginner to the expert. There is lots of support, no one will ride alone, and we guarantee you won’t be the last rider in! You don’t have to already be registered for the Mamma Jamma Ride, just show up, have a great time, and meet some of the best people in Austin! This week’s ride offers three options. One option is a beginner clinic taught by a certified instructor which includes an 8-mile ride along the Lance Armstrong Bikeway and other hike and bike paths. The second is a pedal up Shoal Creek Blvd and back. This 20-mile route will wander through beautiful, bike friendly neighborhoods along established bike routes and neighborhood streets. The third choice is a shorter version of the Shoal Creek route bypassing some of the longer hills with a ride distance of 15 miles. All options are “no-drop” meaning you will not be left alone out on the course. Yes, there are a few hills. We do live in Austin! The routes are designed to help riders navigate the city bike routes and other safe bike commuting options. Come by at 7:00 for coffee. Helmets required. Contact: Stephanie at Stephanie@mellowjohnnys.com .

Ride The Shoulders Class presented by ACA
8- 10 AM, Starbucks, 701 Capital of Texas Highway South
If you have been riding your bike around Austin for any time at all, you have probably realized that major highways like 360, 620, and Parmer Lane can all be vital parts of any bicycle route. But are you frustrated or intimidated by the concept of riding on the shoulders with high speed traffic a few feet away? Or have you wished you could ride up and down Highway 360, only to give up the first time you encountered those frightening on/off ramps at 2222 and 2244? If this sounds all too familiar, we have a class for you! Come learn best practices for riding the most challenging portions of Highway 360. Certified instructors with the League of American Bicyclists will teach and demonstrate the safest techniques for navigating the shoulders.Take this class and gain the skills and confidence required to ride confidently and safely on the shoulders. Required: bike, helmet, water. Class is $10. Registration is required and class size is limited. Register here .

Sunday, June 19

Varsity & Jr. Varsity Triathlon
7 AM, Texas School for the Deaf, 1102 South Congress Avenue
The Junior Varsity Triathlon is open to kids ages 6 to 15 and an extremely limited field of adults. It will be held at the Texas School for the Deaf, conveniently located just south of Ladybird Lake on South Congress Avenue. Age 7-10: 100 meter Swim/3 mile Bike/1K Run, Age 11-15: 200 meter Swim/ 6 mile Bike/2K Run

Lake Pflugerville Triathlon
7:30 AM, Lake Pflugerville, Pflugerville, TX
This is a fantastic venue for all levels of athletes whether you are a beginner or have completed numerous triathlons. For the intermediate and elite, it is a great opportunity to set new PR’s. You will feel right at home at this family-friendly event and it is a race you will enjoy since it is a fun course at a great location. The triathlon starts with a 500-meter swim in Lake Pflugerville with a sandy beach entry and an easy exit to a paved transition area. Then you are off on a 14-mile bike ride through the countryside with enough low rollers to keep it interesting. Racers will finish up with a 3-mile run around the lake on a flat crushed granite trail with water stops along the way. Pizza and ice cream for the finishers… can it get any better than that? Bring your friends and family to this spectator-friendly event or, if you are not racing, volunteer and join the pfun! Course: 500 m Swim/14 mi Bike/3 mi Run

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.

Femme Pedále Ride hosted by Social Cycling Austin
7 PM, Festival Beach, 2101 Jesse E Segovia St.
OH YES IT’S LADIES’ NIGHT. Oh, what a night. That’s right, the ride you’ve all been waiting for has reared it’s head full of long, lustrous locks. Come meet us next Sunday for our first Ladies’ Night Out. We’ll start at Festival Beach, ride around like we do, then finish off out at the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge (likely around 9-10pm). After-ride funtastic adventures are up for suggestion. This ride aims to promote female butts on bikes via a fun, weekly, ladies-only ride that is geared (pun intended) towards encouraging novice women to feel improvement and ease when riding in groups and to provide more experienced ladies a weekly with our fellow bike sisters. You can expect a pace a little faster than the Thursday Night Social Party Spazztastic Ride, but not quite as fast as the Fast Folks Ladies’ Crazy Haul-Ass Ride. Get there around 7:00 for some happy talky dancey time. We’ll take off around 7:30pm.

Bike-in Movie presented by the League of Bicycling Voters
8 PM, The Holly House, 1808 Holly St
The LOBV is going to start a monthly bike-in movie and we’re doing a sort of warm-up run this Sunday at my house. The start time is 8:00 but the movie won’t get going til the sun goes down, which is closer to 9. This week’s film: Donnie Darko. What to bring: bikes, beer, your butts, and something to put under them. We’ve got a smoker here as well, so bring something to cook on that, if you want. Cost: Free, but you’re welcome to donate to LOBV if you want. No pressure; this is for funsies.

Monday, June 20

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, June 21

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 22

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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