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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 6/3- 6/9/10

Posted Jun 03 2010 10:05am

After a quiet Memorial Day weekend, June’s come in like a lion with tons of two wheeled events going on. Austin on Two Wheels’ Summer Social Ride Series begins this week with the Downtown Culture Cruise on Saturday and Taste of Downtown II on Wednesday. There’s also bike-in movies, a bike rodeo, and the closing ceremonies of Austin’s Bike Month festivities.

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 3

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 recent article on bike polo for more info.

PURE Austin Fitness 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 4/5 at 6:10, Cat 3/4 at 5:30, Pro/Cat 1/2/3 at 6:45 to choose from  Races registration $20. Full and 1/2 season passes available. USA Cycling annual or one day license required. One days for sale at race.

Thursday Night Social Ride
7:30 PM, Fiesta Gardens
A ride from the Facebook group Social Cycling ATX. Meet up at 7:30, ride at 8:00.  “Alright Everyone, Club Deville is inviting us back and that can mean only one thing… actually two. Dance party and beer.” Read our recent article on the popular weekly ride.

Friday, June 4

Fast Fridays Ride
7:30 PM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge
A brand spankin’ new weekly ride: “1 gear or several gears please come out and pedal hard with us!!! this will be weekly ride starting this friday…its similar to the metal mash but no free beer at the end of the ride… however would like to park drink afterwards…hope to see you guys and gals out there…Fast Fridays!!!”

Saturday, June 5

2010 Age-Based State Criterium Championship
7 AM- 6 PM, The Driveway, 8400 Delwau Lane
Criterium racing on the smooth, closed course at The Driveway. Races for Cat 1-5, Juniors, Women, Masters, and Tandem.

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Mueller Meander
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.  Today’s ride theme is Mueller Meander. today’s ride cruises through the east side to check out the new Mueller development then visits Cherrywood before returning. We’ve changed up the route a bit to approach Mueller from the south side to avoid the climb on 51st St. These rides are meant for exploring so bring your questions and leave your heart rate monitor at home. Come by at 8:00 for coffee. Helmets required. Ride organizer: Eileen Schaubert at or 512-426-4851.

Downtown Culture Cruise
Austin City Hall, north side of building, 301 West 2nd St
The Downtown Culture Cruise is the kickoff of Austin On Two Wheel’s five part Summer Social Ride Series and is being held in partnership with the Downtown Austin Blog. The guided ride will include stops to look at some of downtown’s hottest condos as well as food and shopping stops to sample downtown living. We’ll visit condos at the Milago, Brazos Lofts, and 904 West Ave. Stops will include food and drink at Froots in the 2nd street district, Royal Blue Grocery in the 360 building, and a vehicle presentation by Austin CarShare. 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.

Big Dummy Ride & the Gathering of the Weirdos
11 AM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake

Want to see what the deal is with cargo bikes?  Ever been curious about a Big Dummy?  Want to see just how utilitarian a bike can be while still being easy–and FUN–to ride?  Then look no further!  Join Surly Bicycles and Bicycle Sport Shop for The Big Dummy Ride and Gathering of The Weirdos!  This will be a casual urban pub-crawl type ride with feats of strength and fun for all!  Cargo bikes encouraged, but all bikes welcome!  Big Dummy demos and prizes too!

The SoCo Shootout
1 PM, Ruta Maya Cafe, 3601 South Congress Ave
The Soco Shootout is a bike race. $5 to enter and portion of EVERY entry fee benefits local, low-cost animal clinic Emancipet. Registration at Ruta Maya Cafe from 1pm – 2:45pm. Race from Ruta starts sharp at 3. Finish Line: Capitol Bldg. with possible trick comp there. Social ride from Capitol starts around 4 to NO COVER, ALL-AGE Spider House afterparty. 3 bands, 1 artist, prize-giveaway, cheap booze, tons of sweaty, sexy, smelly cyclists. Music provided by the Universe, Entropy, & Freakstarr.

Bike-In Movie Fundraiser for Bikes for Chiapas
7 PM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Birdy Lake
A bike-in movie showing of Switchblade Sisters & Reform School Girls. Meet at the Pedestrian Bridge at 7pm and ride to undisclosed outdoor movie location. All rider skill levels welcome. Suggested donation: $1 to $5 (No one turned away for lack of funds.) Baja-style fish tacos and other refreshments for sale. All profits will go to Bikes for Chiapas.

Sunday, June 6

Sunday Morning Fixie Ride
8:20 AM, Posse East, 2900 Duval St
The ride is focused on fixed-gear bikes, but everyone is welcome. The ride will proceed at a social pace from the UT campus on various routes of 25-35 miles.

Bike Month Closing Ceremony
2 PM, Zilker Rock Garden (above the Zilker Park Hillside Theater)
For the first time in Austin history, the entire bicycle community combine their resources to celebrate our favorite pastime in this great city! Come support local vendors, bike shops, frame builders, non-profits, social clubs, and all other bike related businesses as we commemorate the close of Bike Month with free beer, food, music, games and more. There will be mountain bike demonstrations and a course for folks to ride on, BMX and fixie tricks, roller races, commemorative t-shirts and fun for every kind of cyclist. This event is free for everyone, ride your bike! Bike parking and mechanical support will be available on site.

The Dropout Issue 4 Release Party
7 PM, Fast Folks, 2513 East 6th St
Join local Austin cycling zine The Dropout for their latest issue release party. Beer and raffles will abound.

Monday, June 7

Weekly Ladies Ride presented by Mellow Johnny’s
5:30 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Show, 400 Nueces St
At 5:30 PM, it’s a 2 hour ride for ladies only. Join experienced riders from Mellow Johnny’s for a friendly and moderately paced social ride (14-16mph average). Get more comfortable riding in a group, learn tips & tricks, and meet other like-minded cyclists. Stay afterward for champagne and strawberries at Royal Blue Grocery across the street. Some things to keep in mind before meeting us for this ride: You need a road bike in good working condition; a helmet; cycling clothing; plenty of water; and are able to ride comfortably for 2 hours without stopping.

The 6:00 Social
6 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Show, 400 Nueces St
Mellow Johnny’s has a new weekday ride. It’s the 6:00 Social. It’s not the “ladies” ride. It’s co-ed. Meet at Mellow Johnny’s on Monday evenings and leaving at 6p. The ride will be 30 miles for 2-2.5hrs at 13-16mph; through neighborhoods, official bike routes, crossing a couple of large roadways, and two short sections on access roads. Helmets and lights are required (it will be dark before we return).

Austin Cycling Association Monthly Meeting
6:30 PM, Zilker Hillside Theater

The historic Zilker Hillside Theater is the setting for ACA’s June membership meeting, which features guest speaker Annick Beaudet, the director of the bicycle/pedestrian program for the City of Austin. Bring a picnic to enjoy while Annick gives us an update on the status of the Bicycle Plan and other bicycle-related issues facing the City of Austin. We’ll hear about the bike boulevard, the Pfluger bridge extension, new bike lanes, and other plans in the works with the City bike program.

Heavy Metal Fitness Ride hosted by Social Cycling ATX
7:30 PM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge
The Heavy Metal Fitness Ride has returned! Hosted by Social Cycling ATX, this ride is a higher pace and more challenging than their Thursday Night Urban Ride. The ride is 20-30 miles and usually ends with free beer and a dip in the water. Meet up at 7 PM. Ride leaves at 7:30 sharp.

Tuesday, June 8

The Tuesday Morning Ride
8 AM, locations vary

A new weekly social ride from the Facebook Group Social Cycling Austin. The Tuesday morning ride is for those of us that are tired of sleeping off our hangovers in the mornings…and seeing how some of us don’t have to work first thing in the morning, why not get on our bikes and simply ride? Our goals are simple: meet for coffee at 8am-ish. Wheels down at 8:30am, and we mean that. We will leave you if you are late. Ride for an hour or so, and cover about 10-15 miles at a moderate pace-push yourself. Bring skinny tires on a bike in good working order. Bring a water bottle and flat-changing tools–helmets and locks are good ideas too. Have fun, meet new people, maybe drink more coffee after the ride. The locations will change every week; visit to find out which.

2010 RunFAR Bike Time Trial Presented by CRAFT
5:30 PM, Veloway, 4848 La Crosse Ave
This twice monthly time trial series is sponsored by RunFar. Approximately 8 mile Bike Time Trial on S. Mopac Loop. Starts on the southbound shoulder just past La Crosse Ave. And finishes on the northbound shoulder just before La Crosse Ave. The TT is still FREE for all Chip Owners. You can rent a chip for $5.00 if you do not own a chip or forget your chip. You may purchase a chip at the RunFAR Store OR we will have personal chips for sale at registration. First cyclist starts at 6pm. Riders may start at their discretion. Registration begins at 5:30pm and closes just before 6:55pm.

Bicycle Rodeo hosted by Jack & Adam’s
6:30 PM, Jack & Adam’s, 1210 Barton Springs Rd

Team Luna Chix will join J&A on June 8th from 6:30 to 8:30pm for a Bicycle Rodeo, an event for cyclists and athletes of all levels to learn bike skills and tips for healthy living. Grease Monkey Wipes will also be there to give lessons on changing tires while helping you keep your hands grease-free while doing so. The Austin Cycle Camp will give cyclists valuable tips about riding on the road and in groups. Dr. Jen Mushtaler, or OB Jen, will be available to offer health and wellness tips to female athletes. A triathlete herself, OB Jen is a knowledgeable and experienced resource for women of all ages. J&A’s Bicycle Rodeo is free and open to anyone, so come out an enjoy a great afternoon of fun and interesting events – just RSVP to . Don’t forget to bring your appetite too – Austin’s Pizza will also be there with their fantastic slices!

Wednesday, June 9

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.

Taste of Downtown II Tour
7 PM, Austin City Hall, north side of building, 301 West 2nd St
A variation on our most popular ride from our spring social ride series, we’ll take in more of the best locally made food our town has to offer. Stops will include great burgers samplers at Your Mom’s Burgers, Latin American cuisine at El Sol y La Luna, and dessert at Tart Frozen Yogurt. Vegetarian options will be available. All food and drink, bike valet, and our professional ride guides as well as our series partner businesses coupon book are included in your registration.

Fast Folks Ladies Ride
8:30 PM, Fast Folks, 2513 East 6th St
Austin’s fixed gear bike shop Fast Folks has started a weekly ladies ride as an alternative to the normally male dominated rides.

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