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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 9/15- 9/21/11

Posted Sep 15 2011 3:02pm

This weekend is the Austin City Limits Festival, and if you plan on going, please be sure to ride your bike. There is plenty of bike parking! If ACL isn’t your thing, there are some get events to benefit others coming up including the Rocky Hill Ranch Fundraiser for Bastrop County Wild Fire Victims on Friday and Saturday, the 4th Annual Please Be Kind to Cyclists Ride on Sunday, and the Lend Your Legs: Social Cycling Austin + Texas School for the Blind ride on Monday. And for those looking for a cyclocross fix, we’ll be hosting another practice with Dirt Derby giveaways on Sunday evening at Festival Beach just east of downtown.

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 15

Driveway Crit Series
5 PM, The Driveway, 8400 Delwau Lane
NEW SCHEDULE FOR FALL! Weekly Thursday night road racing through October that takes place on the closed car-free driving course at the Driveway. Races include 5PM = Women 3/4 and Jrs races, 5:30PM = the “B” race (Cat 3/4/5). Kids Lap at 6:15PM. 6:20PM = the “A” race (P1/2/3/4). There is no Cat 4/5 for the fall. 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.

Triathlete Bike Maintenance Class
5:30 PM, Bicycle Sport Shop, 517 S. Lamar Blvd

The man, the myth, the legend: Al Hinton will leading a free Bike Maintenance course. We will cover pre-ride safety inspection, wheel removal, tire change, and proper cleaning and lubrication. You’ll learn the basics to keep your bike rolling safely and smoothly.

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.

Bicycle Advisory Council
6 PM One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Rd, 8th floor large conference room

The Austin Bicycle Advisory Council is a committee of Austinites representing cyclists’ interests to the City of Austin and meets monthly to advise staff of the City of Austin Public Works Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. This month there will be a briefing/update on the Cherrywood bike lane project.

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 ! “Alright it’s Thursday soon which means it’s time for your favorite weekly bike ride. This week featuring A GIANT FLOATING ICE BATTLESHIP OF DOOM !!!!!Which we are in no way affiliated with but it just happens to be going on from 6 – 9 on Thursday right next to our normal meet up spot. So lets meet up a little early at 6 down by the boat ramp to check this thing out. We will be taking off from there at our normal time to go ride bikes. Also we haven’t played games in a bit so how about some foot down/ slow race / track stand competitions going when we reach the park. No prizes. Just for fun, bragging rights, and a cool story to go along with the sexy new bruise you got playing foot down. If anyone had any doubts The Jackalope loves cyclists. If you need any more proof of this maybe 200 free whiskey shots, $2 wells, and $2 drafts will convince you. YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT TWO HUNDRED FREE WHISKEY SHOTS. Just so you know the shots don’t start flowing until the ride shows up. So shooting ahead to get an early start just means you’re sitting alone at the bar missing out on the ride.” Meet up at 7:30, ride at 8:00. Read our article on the weekly ride.

Friday, September 16

Rocky Hill Ranch Fundraiser for Bastrop County Wild Fire Victims
Evening start (time TBA, check link), Rocky Hill Ranch, Smithville, TX

Rocky Hill Ranch is a private mountain biking park near Smithville. This weekend, the Ranch is having a fundraiser to benefit the victims of the recent Bastrop County wild fires. Camp out Friday with music and beer. Ride Saturday and join in the fundraiser with burgers, beer, and games. Contact Greg Maxwell to RSVP at or (512) 988-0988.

Saturday, September 17

Coed Hands-on Flat Fix Clinic
12:00 PM, 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 18

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.

Dilloman Triathlon
8 AM, Pace Bend Park, Spicewood, TX

The Dilloman puts a twist on your typical triathlon format. Since the water level in Lake Travis is so low which causes the shoreline to move a long way from the road , we’ve split the run into two segments. Start and finish the swim on the sandy beach of Mesquite Point; hit T1 and grab your shoes for the first run (1.5 miles) on the great trails heading back to T2; jump on your bike for 2 laps (12.5 miles total) around the Park; then back to T2 to start your second run (1.7 miles) on the trails and to the finish. Once you cross the finish line you’ll be treated to plenty of refreshments and food.

4th Annual Please Be Kind to Cyclists Ride
8:30 AM, Pure Austin, 907 West 5th Street

A free ride with free food to celebrate riding a bike together. Distances: 20 and 40 mile and a family fun ride.

#4 Austin on Two Wheels Cyclocross Skills Session and Practice Race
6:15 PM, Festival Beach, Boat launch lot at the end of Nash Hernandez Road

This week with more prizes for the ladies this week! Join us for Austin on Two Wheel’s 4th Cyclocross Skills & Hot Laps Practice Session this Sunday at Festival Beach just east of downtown. We’ll have practice that includes barrier practice, navigating tight turns, forced run ups, and race start sprints. For newbies, we’ll start with a short clinic on mounting and dismounting the bike. The hot laps course will include a mix of grass, pavement and dirt and will include an off camber section and loose gravel steep run up. We’ll meet up at Festival Beach next to the boat launch lot at the end of Nash Hernandez Road 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 men’s and 2 women’s entry registrations 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 19

Ride Like A Girl Ride hosted by Austin Ridge Riders

6 PM, Barton Creek Green Belt, Hwy 360 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.

Lend Your Legs: Social Cycling Austin + Texas School for the Blind
6 PM, Texas School for the Blind ( campus location here )

School is back in session and so is a weekly ride that we started last Spring. The Lend Your Legs project continues with the Monday Social Ride for the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI). This is a chance to make a kiddo’s week just by riding your bike (something you would more than likely be doing anyway). For those who are new to the group, TSBVI has some tandem bikes for the students’ families to use. On Monday evenings, starting back this next week and going for the next 9 weeks, we are meeting at the school and taking the kids on a social ride. It’s an incredible experience to say the least. This year we are going to have even more kids on the ride so it is very important that we get a bunch of people to sign up as volunteers. It is VERY IMPORTANT that we get everyone to fill out the school’s volunteer forms and email them back to the school NO LATER THAN first thing Monday Morning so that you can captain a bike.

Tuesday, September 20

DLA Piper Driveway Academy: Field Sprinting
6 PM, Driveway Austin, 8400 Delwau Lane

The DLA Piper Driveway Academy is a series of cycling clinics designed to help riders of all abilities—from first time racers to seasoned veterans—develop into more confident, skillful, and of course, faster, bike racers. Specifics: Each of the three one-hour clinics will focus on a specific bike racing skill, using a variety of engaging drills. Each clinic will also include an optional, open category practice race, that can be counted towards starts or pack finishes needed for upgrades. There are no prizes for this race. Instructors: Super Squadra, a six-member elite amateur team comprised entirely of Cat 1 racers and former professional cyclists, will lead each clinic. As one of Texas’s top racing teams, Super Squadra has held over a dozen cycling clinics, attended by hundreds of cyclists. Registration opens at 5:15 p.m. Clinics from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Practice Race from 7:00-7:40 p.m. $20 for licensed riders, or $25 with one-day license.

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 14

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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