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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 7/1- 7/7/10

Posted Jul 01 2010 1:37pm

In addition to celebrating the birth of our nation this weekend, “the Tour” starts up its 3 weeks of blood, sweat, tears, and possibly other people’s blood secretly injected. There are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the kickoff of the Grande Boucle including a huge party Saturday night at Mellow Johnny’s following what will surely be an equally entertaining ladies alleycat race Saturday afternoon, the Side Saddle II. If you are feeling inspired by all this road racing, The Driveway is offering a beginners clinic on Wednesday night with a chance to put your learning to the test with Thursday night’s weekly crits.

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, July 1

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. “we will ride, then we will rest, then we will ride some more, and then we will get beer.” Read our article on the popular weekly ride.

Friday, July 2

Fabulous Fixed First Friday: Track and Field Day
7 PM, Givens Park, East 12th & Springdale

The first Friday of the month means Fabulous Fixed First Friday alleycat races. This month Fab Friday is taking a break from the Capitol grounds and moving to Givens Park with lots more fun to kick off your 4th of July weekend. They’re doing a whole slew of bike-related track and field events including skids, bunny hops, limbo, relay races, track stand beer chug, and bike polo.

Fast Fridays Ride
7:30 PM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge
“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, July 3

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Mckinney Falls
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 is week’s theme is Mckinney Falls. We’ll be heading east and south with a turn around at McKinney Falls Park for a round trip just over 20 miles. Bring lots of water since you know it’ll be hot! Come by at 8:00 for coffee. Helmets required. Ride organizer: Eileen Schaubert at  eileen@mellowjohnnys.com or 512-426-4851.

Side Saddle II
2 PM, Barton Springs Free Side, Near the Canoe Rental

Second incarnation of this alleycat for the ladies. Come ride that bike against all your lady friends! We’ll have two races, a 10 mile and a 20 mile depending on how much you want to sweat. Oh and did I mention? You gotta wear that swimsuit, you’re gonna get soaked. $7 entry fee. Oh and sweet after party where the gents are allowed.

Tour de France Launch Party
6 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop

Mellow Johnny’s invites you and the whole family to celebrate in the 97th Tour de France in our own backyard at the Launch Party • Take a champion shot in our peloton podium photo booth, and look like a pro climbing the French Alps
• Chalk up the streets just like a real Tour fanatic
• Draw a picture or write a message on our painting wall
•Wear your zaniest costume for our Euro Fan costume contest
• Get showered by trinkets, samples, and noise makers by our very own Publicité Caravan
• King of the Mountain Climbing Wall
• Win cool bike gear with our hourly raffles
• Enjoy French-inspired food including crepes, baguette sandwiches, etc.
• Beer, wine, champagne sold by Juan Pelota Cafe
•Great music
• Store open for business until 9 – make sure you check out the new Radio Shack Store inside the shop
Once it gets dark, turn your attention to the larger-than-life Alamo Drafthouse big screen, where we will show the Prologue in Rotterdam and the first individual time trial of the Tour de France.

Sunday, July 4

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.

Cyclidactyl Bicycle Club presents: July 4th Dazed and Confused Ride
7 PM, Doug Sahm Hill, Butler Park

Local bike club Cyclidactyl invites all to join in the 100% no drop ride.

Monday, July 5

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).

Restorative Yoga for Cyclists
7:30 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St

Come in for Restorative Yoga at Mellow Johnny’s during our summer sessions Mondays and Wednesdays from June through August. Lengthen and loosen muscles while preventing injury with John Trujillo and Anne Haskett. Join us after a ride, run, or a long day at work. Suggested donation of $10, $5 if you ride your bike to the class. Mats are provided by MJ’s.

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.

Wednesday, July 7

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.

DLA Piper Beginners Program for the Pure Austin Fitness Driveway Series
5:15 PM, The Driveway, 8400 Delwau Lane

This clinic is for both women and men. Every month the first 45-minutes will consist of a fixed routine focusing on the basic mechanics of competition situations. We encourage repeat participation in order to gain familiarity with carving your bike at speed. The last 45-minutes will include skills and tactics simulations. Topics will vary from month to month but the goal will always be to help you race or ride in a group more effectively. If you’re a veteran of the sport please stop by and pick up a few new tricks. NO USAC License Required. Clinic Fee = $20. Approve helmets MUST be worn when on bicycle.

Restorative Yoga for Cyclists
7:30 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St

Come in for Restorative Yoga at Mellow Johnny’s during our summer sessions Mondays and Wednesdays from June through August. Lengthen and loosen muscles while preventing injury with John Trujillo and Anne Haskett. Join us after a ride, run, or a long day at work. Suggested donation of $10, $5 if you ride your bike to the class. Mats are provided by MJ’s.

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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