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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 6/9- 6/15/11

Posted Jun 09 2011 7:00am

Bike Month may be over but the summer is just heating up! There are a couple alley cats, a tubing ride, the new Femme Pedále ladies ride, and this month’s Full Moon Cruise. Get out and ride!

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 9

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. “I know we would all love to go back for more jumping off of ramps into Lake Austin but that is a sure fire way to wear out our welcome with a quickness. As such, this week we’ll take a cruise around town and hit one of our old reliabl…e spots unless anyone has any better ideas. I guess what I’m saying is feel free to make suggestions but unless it sounds realistic, do-able and/or amazing you can expect the standard cruise around town with a park or two in the mix. If you do have a suggestion (letting everyone voice their opinion may logistically be the worst idea ever) please keep in mind that we try not to step on anyones toes, including our lovely city’s. Imagine whatever you suggest being done in your Grandparents backyard. If they’d have a heart attack, it might be a bad idea. More specifically, it might draw the attention of local authorities which is never fun. This week we’ll be ending at VALHALLA where they’ll be providing a keg of free Firemans 4 to slake our thirsts then $2 draft beers for the rest of the evening!” Meet up at 7:30, ride at 8:00.  Read our article on the weekly ride.

Friday, June 10

Traffic Skills 101 sponsored by Austin Cycling Association
5 PM, REI Downtown, 601 North Lamar Boulevard
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.

SlutRide Austin 2011
7 PM, Italo’s Pizza, 1600 E 6th Street
SkelliCyclists and The Pleasure Ride, in association with SlutWalk Austin 2011, invite you to join us for an evening of cycling and social justice. We’re riding as a group of activists empowering survivors of sexual violence and asking that everyone in our community be united in making Austin a city free of sexual violence. The SlutRide was created to give the cycling community and all allies an avenue to get out and spread the word that sexual assault is NEVER justified and victims are NEVER at fault. Our name is intentionally subversive and intended to call out the punishment of sexual agency in our society. We are here to challenge the victim-blaming mentality in the media and in popular culture. Our ride is scheduled to take place the evening before SlutWalk Austin which meets at the Texas State Capital on June 11 at noon.

Saturday, June 11

Shammies ‘N Koozies Ride & Float
8 AM, Little River Pre School‎, 501 Old Kyle Rd, Wimberley, TX
What is Shammies ‘N Koozies Ride & Float? It’s riding your bike in the beautiful Texas hill country. It’s taking a load off for some music and Texas BBQ. It’s relaxing and floating the Guadalupe River with your friends and family. Choose a 50 or 60 mile, fully supported bike ride from Wimberley to New Braunfels’ famous Rockin ‘R River Rides. If you prefer a shorter ride, we’ve added a 25 mile course that begins AND ends at Rockin ‘R River Rides in New Braunfels. A portion of your registration fee will go to benefit Friends of Blue Hole in their efforts to preserve this Texas treasure for public use.

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Austin’s Cultural Campus Bike Tour
NEW START TIME! 9:00 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: Austin’s Cultural Campus Bike Tour. Explore art, history, the humanities, and science while enjoying a casual bike ride! Co-hosted by Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop and the Austin Cycling Association, this no-drop, co-ed group ride is perfect for the cyclist new to riding or bike commuting, returning to the bike, or just looking for a more casual ride. Total mileage is about 6 miles. We will be walking a bit indoors so plan accordingly if you are sporting cleats. On this route, we’ll stop by museums that are part of Austin’s Cultural Campus: the Blanton Museum of Art, The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, and the LBJ Library and Museum. Docents will briefly introduce us to museum highlights. RSVP required. The routes are designed to help riders navigate the city bike routes and other safe bike commuting options. Come by at 8:30 for coffee. Helmets required. Contact: Stephanie at Stephanie@mellowjohnnys.com .

ACA Hosted Ride Leader Training
1 PM, BikeTexas Office, 1902 E. 6th St
Become a key part of the Austin Cycling Association by volunteering to be a Hosted Ride Leader. We are looking for friendly people who want to share their rides with other cyclists.   The training covers road safety, posting rides on the web site, handling groups and route selection. Check out the hosted ride listings and you’ll see we are looking for all kinds of rides – fast, slow, short, long, urban, suburban, and the ever popular themed rides. The training is free but class size is limited and registration is required .

Ronde van Waller Alleycat presented by Austin.Cadence
5 PM, Republic Park, 422 Guadalupe Street
Austin.Cadence wants to bring back the love affair with racing while doing away with the “Who’s sponsoring it?” or the “What can I win?”. We love the glory that comes with winning. Standing at the top of the podium knowing you were the best man that day. Remember, no points, no prizes, no GC, just glory. Come to Republic Park @ 5pm with your steed and your best pair of legs. No $$$ required. The Ronde van Waller is modeled after such Euro-Pro races as the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris Roubaix. Tough terrain, harsh conditions, and narrow roads will force a selection amongst the men that show up this day. Understand this race will push you in ways others simply cannot. Calling this a race of attrition would be an understatement.

Sunday, June 12

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.

Bearded Bike Battle Poker-style Alley Cat Bike Race
5 PM, Waterloo Park, 12th & Red River
Bearded Bike Battle presented by the Austin Facial Hair Club. Our first annual poker-style alley cat bike race will be featuring mystery checkpoints, absurd obstacles, and other twisted surprises. Slowest or fastest, you can still win. Register at 4:30pm. Race at 5pm. $10 covers your race entry, giving you a shot at the large collection of badass prizes. Your admission also gets you into the end party at the finish line, and covers your complimentary adult beverages. Bearded or Shaven, All Are Welcome!!!

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.

Monday, June 13

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 14

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 15

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.

Full Strawberry Moon Bike Ride
11:59 PM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake
Strawberry picking season peaks during this month. Europeans called this the Rose Moon. There will be also be a total lunar eclipse that will be visible across much of South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Roll out at about 12:30am. Routes are generally determined on the fly, but if you have some suggestions about where we should go, by all means share!

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