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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 9/1- 9/7/11

Posted Sep 01 2011 10:39am

If racing is your thing, there are a lot of opportunities to compete for the ultimate prize this holiday weekend. Our biggest local road race, the Tour of Austin, will be raced at three different locations Saturday through Monday, and the Austin Triathlon gives you the rare chance to race the downtown streets of Austin. Cyclocross season is fast approaching with Sunday apparently being the cyclocross day of the week: there will be a morning Ladies only practice, a meet and greet for those interested in joining the AustinBikes Cyclocross Team, and A2W’s second open skills and hot lap practice .

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, September 1

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 ! ”
Thursday is rolling around along with a cold front that has the temps plummeting into the upper 90′s. I hear we might get wet. If that isn’t enough reason to come out and ride then also the Thursday Night Social Ride is rolling though some new territory this week. We’ll ride a new route that dumps us at the Jackalope’s front door where they are hosting a GOLDSPRINTS* competition with prizes from the local bike community AND a DANCE PARTY DJ’d by TNSR favorite Digg TMC of slip and slide parties fame. We’ve got a free keg of beer to drink, then we get it for cheap. $2 Pints and $2 wells. Ouch.” Meet up at 7:30, ride at 8:00. Read our article on the weekly ride.

Social Cycling Austin Gold Sprint Races
10 PM, The Jackalope Bar, 404 East 6th

If you can’t make the Thursday Night Social Ride, head straight to the Jackalope for Gold Sprints. Gold Sprints are an indoor race where two bikes on trainers are set up next to one another and riders sprint against each other for fame and glory. Their speed and progress is projected on a screen for the crowd to watch and cheer. Finalists receive annual ACA Memberships.

Friday, September 2

Longhorn Triathlon Camp
3 PM, Walter E. Long Park

The 3rd Annual Playtri Austin Triathlon Camp is a triathlon training program designed for the 70.3/Half Iron distance, specifically the Longhorn Ironman 70.3. The camp will be 2.5 days of intense training and education. This camp targets the Austin Longhorn Ironman 70.3, but is an excellent opportunity to gain insightful training and knowledge of open water swimming, biking, running, transitions and race nutrition for any 70.3 or Half Iron distance race. The camp is designed for the beginner to advanced level triathlete and is limited to 35 people per session.

Tour of Austin Kickoff Party
7 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St

The 3rd Annual Tour of Austin is an event that brings over 500 cyclists and their families to the Capital City for Labor Day Weekend, September 3-5, 2011. The Tour benefits the Austin State Hospital’s Volunteer Services Council and consists of three days of criterium style racing at three separate venues in Austin. Packet Pick Up and Kick Off Party for registered riders only at Mellow Johnny’s from 7-10pm.

Saturday, September 3

Tour of Austin, Day 1
8 AM, The Driveway, 8400 Delwau Lane

Day of 1 of 3 at the Tour of Austin. Each day is a different course. Day 1- 2011 Driveway Grand Prix- The full loop run clockwise up the infamous corkscrew. The course is a 36 foot wide ribbon of nearly perfect asphalt just moments east of downtown Austin. At 1.7 miles in length the course rides more like a circuit race than a criterium.

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 week’s theme: McKinney Falls. This 20 mile out and back ride provides a variety of riding terrain (flat, climbs, descends!). We will stop at the park for a break and to regroup. Then head back to the shop. 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 .

Coed Hands-on Flat Fix Clinic
The Basement of Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St

Join every Saturday from 12-1pm in the basement for a hands-on flat fix clinic. A member of Mellow Johnny’s staff will lead the class in all major aspects of puncture repair and tire maintenance. This class will be fantastic for new bike buyers as well the seasoned rider who has a flat tire collecting dust in the garage. No RSVP necessary.

Sunday, September 4

Austin Triathlon
7 AM, Auditorium Shores

Olympic and Sprint distance triathlons in downtown Austin on Labor Day weekend. Olympic Distance: 1500m Swim, 40 Km bike, 10 Km run. Sprint Distance: 700m Swim, 27 Km bike, 5 Km run.

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.

Tour of Austin, Day 2
8 AM, JJ Pickle Research Center, 10100 Burnet Rd

Day of 2 of 3 at the Tour of Austin. Each day is a different course. Day 2- 2011 Pickle Course- A new course for 2011, the JJ Pickle Research Center has busted out all the stops for this year’s Tour of Austin. This 1.7 mile loop will prove to be a bit easier than the course used in previous years. The loop will be run clockwise and has a long gradual uphill that curves around and provides a nice view of the popular Domain Shopping Center. This course is spectator friendly and has plenty of shopping and restaurants within moments of the venue.

Ladies Only Cyclocross Practice
8:30 AM, Murchison Jr. High School, 3700 North Hills Dr.

“If you are interested, let’s get together Sunday morning (9-4-11) at 8:30am for a Ladies Only cyclocross practice. It should be cool enough then and still lets everyone sleep a little bit. Bring a mt. bike, cross bike or whatever you have. This will be low key and just fun training. I’ll try and give you some ideas about dismount/remounts, barriers, run-ups, cornering, etc. I’ll bring a big orange Igloo cooler with some water so just have a bottle with you and some breakfast in your belly.” Practice event contact is Veronica at .

9th Street BMX Jam Benefit to help Mike Tag
4- 9PM, 9th Street BMX Park

This Sunday a whole mess of BMX companies and local shops are putting together a big fund raiser out at the 9th Street trails in order to help Mike Tag out with his medical bills. There will be lots of prizes. Full story about Mike Tag and donations can be made online .

AustinBikes Cyclocross Team Meet & Greet
4 PM, Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery 7020 Easy Wind Drive, Suite 100

The mission of the Austinbikes Cyclocross Team is to create a fun and competitive cyclocross team, open to all ability levels. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a first time racer, we will provide an opportunity to take your skills to the next level and grow the sport in Texas. Those who have no ambitions of racing, but are looking for a fun social cycling group to be a part of are encouraged to join our growing cyclocross community, too! Our goal for this meeting is to introduce our grass roots programs to those interested in learning more about our team, sport of cyclocross and how to join. We will cover future training sessions, races, and team gear. This will all take 30-45 minutes, the rest of the time we can mingle and get to know each other.

Austin on Two Wheels Cyclocross Skills Session and Practice Race
6:30 PM, Boggy Creek Park, 1114 Nile Street

After a great turnout last week on the hottest day of the year, we are putting together another cyclocross skills skills and hot laps practice session on Sunday evening. This week we are heading east to the Boggy Creek Green Belt Park off of Rosewood Ave . There was some feedback that last week’s course was too technical with too much single track. We’re going the opposite direction this week with no single track, just lots of grass and dirt. We’ll have practice that included off camber turns and a forced run up in addition to barrier practice and navigating tight turns. We’ll meet up at the covered gazebo in the middle of the park (on south side of Rosewood Ave at Chestnut Ave) at 6:15 with skills practice starting at 6:30. A hot laps course riding will begin at 7:00 and run for 30 minutes. For those so inclined, we’ll stop for drinks afterwards. At the end of Sunday’s practice race, we’ll be raffling off a free men’s and women’s registration for the Dirt Derby season opener on September 27. All are welcome with all bike types welcome. Recommended tires are those designed for off-road or cyclocross that are at least 30 mm wide for 700c size or at least 1.5 wide on 26″/29er.

Monday, September 5

Tour of Austin, Day 3
8 AM, Austin State Hospital, 4110 Guadalupe St

Day of 3 of 3 at the Tour of Austin. Each day is a different course. Day 3- 2011 eRacing Stigma Criterium Course- The fourth annual eRacing Stigma Criterium Course will use the same course as 2010. Nestled between Austin’s Hyde Park and Rosedale neighborhoods this one mile loop on the historic grounds of the Austin State Hospital features some nice shady oak trees, a fast finish, and one long painful false flat. Course is run clockwise.

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, September 7

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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