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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 8/25- 8/31/11

Posted Aug 25 2011 12:42pm

Considering yesterday we broke the record for most days over 100 degrees, it is fitting that the Hotter than Hell Hundred is this weekend. Still, we can hope for relief and nothing gets me envisioning cold weather like cyclocross. This Sunday Austin on Two Wheels will be hosting our first cyclocross skills session and practice race to start preparing for the beginning of ‘cross season with the September 27 opener of the Dirt Derby and by giving away some entries to the Derby at the end. If you can’t make our Sunday evening practice or you just don’t want to go south of the river, some other folks have put together some practice session Thursday and Sunday mornings at Northwest Park .

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, August 25

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, Festival Beach (north side of Lady Bird Lake just east of I-35)
Now winner of two 2010 Best of Austin Awards ! “Hey guys, I have an idea. Lets do a triathlon TNSR style. Which basically means we are cutting out the whole ‘run’ side of it and replacing it with ‘drink beer’. We are still doing the bike and swim part. And from what I’ve heard is that Valhalla has a crisis on there hands. They simply have too much beer and need us to swing by and drink a free keg. I know this sounds like a lot of work but if we pull together, I believe we can help relieve Valhalla of their extra beers.” Meet up at 7:30, ride at 8:00. Read our article on the weekly ride.

Friday, August 26

August 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.

Monofonus Press presents a Bike-in Movie: The Third Person
9 PM, Monofonus Press Warehouse, 610 Vermont Rd

We at Monofonus Press are putting on a bike-in movie this Friday at our warehouse, 610 Vermont Rd. It will be a screening of a very DIY but Incredible movie called The Third Person, by Max Juren. The movie will be free and screen at 9 pm outside. Plenty of room for bike parking. The event is BYOB. A few of us over here are daily bikers and would love to have a real bike crowd know about this screening. Here also is a link to a Chronicle article about Max’s movie .

Saturday, August 27

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: Another Pleasant Valley Bike Ride
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: Another Pleasant Valley Bike Ride. An east route with a foray over the river via Pleasant Valley Rd and rolling back through Travis Heights. It’s a mix of flat, hills, urban and creekside all within minutes of downtown. Thank you for making this a popular Saturday morning ride. In response, we are now hosting two groups for this ride. The first group is designed for those who can average 14-16mph for 20-30 miles with one or two regrouping points. This group follows the same route but is provided with an extended mileage option. The second group is our traditional Scout-a-route. We average 12mph for distances between 15-25 miles with regrouping points. All options are “no-drop” meaning you will not be left alone out on the course. 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. If driving to the shop, please park in the street.Contact:Stephanie at .

Frankenbike #72
10 AM- 4 PM, Austin Yellow Bike Project, 1216 Webberville Road
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.

CycliDactyl B.C. Presents: German Sparkle Party Ride
8 PM, Spliff Mountain, Bulter Park

We’re hosting a German Sparkle Party!!! Now, you might say…What is a German Sparkle Party? Well, I’ll tell you, It’s something like this! This ride is meant only for the most serious of Hardcore Sparkle Party-ers!!!
-We meet at 8 in the PM at Spliff Mt.
-We meet, greet, and ride down the loopty loop with our butt in the seat.
-We take off at 8:32PM, why? Because Stone Cold Said So!
-We have 3 stops, all Dance Party Stops
-We’ll end at Beauty Bar where our good friend GOON will be spinning that shit that will make us flush our future seeds down the toilet!
-Make sure you dress to Impress because the Best Dressed of the night will Win a Prize Brought to you by our Friends At FleshLight!
So, bring a—>
-Light. If you wanna see.
-Lock, if you wanna ride home

Sunday, August 28

AFWC Ladies Ride
7:30 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.

Sunday Morning Cyclocross Practice
8 AM, Northwest Park, 7000 Ardath Street

Weekly Sunday morning skills session practice to get ready for cyclocross season hosted by Greg Houston .

Austin on Two Wheels Cyclocross Skills Session and Practice Race
6:30 PM, Moore Searight Metropolitan Park

Austin on Two Wheels is hosting a free cyclocross skills session and practice race this Sunday, August 28 at Mary Moore Searight Metropolitan Park in South Austin (on Slaughter just west of South 1st St.) All are welcome, even the newbie and ‘cross curious. If you have not been to the park, it is a great course for cyclocross training: a good mix of grass, pavement, gravel, and dirt. Depending on how this week goes, we may make this a weekly affair. We’ll meet at 6:15 PM at the baseball/soccer fields in the middle of the park hike and bike trail. At 6:30, we’ll do a skills session focusing on dismount/remount, running barriers and navigating tight turns. At 7:00, we’ll do a 30 minute practice race on a course we’ve laid out which will include barriers and at least one run up. This will be an open course so while the park is fairly quiet on Sunday evenings, you will need to watch out for other trail users. For those so inclined, we’ll head over to Little Woodrow’s at South Park Meadows for some post racing food and libations. For those who want to ride down as a group, we’ll meet up at 5:30 at the parking lot at St. Elmo Elementary (South 1st and W. St. Elmo Road). If you ride there, bring a light as it will be dusk when we finish. At the end of Sunday’s practice race, we’ll be raffling off a free men’s and women’s registration for the season opener on September 27.

Monday, August 29

Ride Like A Girl Ride hosted by Austin Ridge Riders
6 PM, Barton Creek Green Belt, Zilker Park access point,

The Ride Like A Girl program consists of a series of Monday night rides for beginner through all levels of mountain bikers from May through September. This week’s meets at the Barton Creek Green Belt, Zilker Park access point.

Tuesday, August 30

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, August 31

The Pleasure Ride-Bikini Beach Party
7 PM, Cheer up Charlie’s, 1104 E. 6th

The Pleasure Ride is a beginner friendly social ride hosted by Social Cycling Austin. It is smaller in size than the Thursday Night Social Ride and decided to be accessible to all. “Guess what? It’s summer time still and Butterfly Bar/Vortex is having a Bikini Beach Party on 8/31/11 and we are going to hang out with them! We will meet at Cheer up Charlie’s (1104 E. 6th) at 7PM and then ride around town for a few easy miles and we will go visit our friends at The Butterfly Bar. Cowabunga doooods! Bring your well-tuned bike with you, WATER, LIGHTS, a lock and money for food and drinks! Bring $5 cash for admission if you plan to attend the event at Butterfly Bar! Oh! by the way, apparently there will be a bikini contest and and since we basically all look so good from biking all the time we should all just enter said contest. I hope someone shoves a dollar in my jorts.”

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 Nights 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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