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Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 9/22- 9/28/11

Posted Sep 22 2011 10:12am

Cyclocross season is at hand! This Sunday we’ll be host the last of our weekly CX practice sessions to prep for the season with the Dirt Derby starting on Tuesday, September 27. There is also lots of opportunities to ride and race mountain plus Frankenbike’s monthly chance to build up the bike you’ve always wanted.

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 22

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.

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 ! “This week we will be landing at the 04 lounge for $2 Orange Whips. The Orange Whip was first seen locked behind Iron Gates in it’s natural habitat. After things turned violet, the Whip migrated to the more easterly Italo region. As the Whip is nocturnal and thus couldn’t flourish in its new heavily diurnal eastern home, it traveled vast distances south to The 04. With slight modifications to this new ecosystem it is alive and well.” Meet up at 7:30, ride at 8:00. Read our article on the weekly ride.

Saturday, September 24

2011 Terra Firma Adventure Race
8 AM, Reveille Peak Ranch, Burnet, TX

An adventure race with 2 courses to choose from. Sport: 2-3 hr. course. 2 person teams will be challenged on single track MTB trail (9-13 miles), Trail Run (3-5 miles) and possible mystery event. Course will be marked so teams do not need navagation skills. There is no paddle in the 2 person race. Extreme: 8-12 hr. race. 3 person teams will be challenged to with MTB on single track trails and roads (30-40 miles), Paddle (7-10 miles), Trail/Road run, Portage, and land navagation (8-15 miles). You must provide your own boats, paddles and life jackets.

10th Annual Rip Roarin Ride
8 AM, Liberty Hill High School, 13125 Highway 29, Liberty Hill, TX

Come join the fun in the beautiful Texas Hill Country and bring in Fall with a R O A R at the Liberty Hill Lions RIP ROARIN RIDE. The tenth annual ride for charitable purposes will take you through scenic rolling hills and valleys of Williamson and Burnet counties on routes of 14, 28, 50, 65, 79 and 103 miles. There will be great rest stops, fantastic food, super SAG support and friendly people. Riders will start at 8 A.M. – none after 9 A.M. – and must clear the course by 4:30 P.M. You will finish back at Liberty Hill Middle School, next to the High School where you will enjoy free food, cold drinks and entertainment. Your participation will help support the Lone Star Eye Bank, the Texas Childrens Camp at Kerrville, Texas, free eye examinations and glasses for needy persons, Lions Leader Dog Program, Lions Foundation Park and other community-betterment projects.

Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: New route!!
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: New route/TBA. Thank you for making this a popular Saturday morning ride. In response, we are now hosting two groups for this ride. Group 1: 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. Group 2: this is our traditional Scout-a-Route ride. We average 12mph for distances between 15-25 miles with regrouping points. 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 Stephanie@mellowjohnnys.com .

Bicycle Sports Shop Beginner Mountain Bike Ride
9 AM, Walnut Creek Metro Park, 12138 North Lamar Blvd
Bicycle Sport Shop is kicking off a Beginner Mountain Bike Ride Series at various area trails. This will be the first ride of the series. All are free but BSS requests an RSVP here .

Frankenbike #74
10 AM- 4 PM, Ozone Bike Department, 3202 Guadalupe St
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.


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.

Kollective Fusion Art Show Benefiting LIVESTRONG
5:30- 8:30 PM, Mellow Johhny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St

A collection of bicycle inspired art prints on display by over 20 international artists. A limited number of prints will be available to purchase and all proceeds will be going to LiveStrong.

Sunday, September 25

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.

Reveille Peak 100 Mountian Bike Race
8 AM, Reveille Peak Ranch, Burnet, TX

This is 100K Mountain Bike Race at the scenic Reveille Peak Ranch. Come out and test your grit and help raise money for the Texas High School Mountain Bike League!

Sunday Morning Cyclocross Practice hosted by Austinbikes Cyclocross Team
8 AM, Northwest Park, 7000 Ardath Street

Sunday morning skills session practice to get ready for cyclocross season hosted by Austinbikes Cyclocross Team. We will do a few loops as warm-up then following: barrier technique with mounts and dismounts, turns, starts, hot laps with run ups, and easy laps. All are welcome.

#5 Austin on Two Wheels Cyclocross Skills Session and Practice Race
6:15 PM, Sand volleyball courts, Mary Moore Searight Park , on Slaughter just west of South 1st St

This week lots of sand pit practice! Join us for Austin on Two Wheel’s 5th Cyclocross Skills & Hot Laps Practice Session this Sunday at Mary Moore Searight Park in South Austin. This will be the last regular Sunday evening practice we will be putting on as the Dirt Derby starts next week on September 27, and we’ll be taking our beginner clinic out there on a weekly basis. After last week’s goat head thorn-a-riffic course, we’ll be going for no flats this week! We are returning to Mary Moore Searight Park, but we’ll be in a different part of the park this time with almost no single track, rocks, roots, angry pedestrians, etc. We’ll have practice that includes barrier practice, navigating tight turns, race start sprints and new this week sand pit practice. 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, dirt and sand.
We’ll meet up at the sand volleyball courts just south of the main parking lot at the end of the park road off Slaughter 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. At the end of Sunday’s practice race, we’ll be raffling off a men’s and 3 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 26


Ride Like A Girl Ride hosted by Austin Ridge Riders

6 PM, Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park, 12138 N. Lamar Blvd
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 27

Dirt Derby
Gates open at 5:30, 1st race at 6:30, Austin/Del Valle Motorcross Park, 15400 Pearce Ln

The Dirt Derby is a weekly short course mountain bike and cyclocross race series that takes place at the Del Valle Motorcross Park. It is held every Tuesday night on a lighted course from September 27- December 13 and again January 10- February 14, 2012. There are three racing levels, Beginner (20 mi @ 6:30), Intermediate (MTB 25 min @ 7:00/CX 25 min @ 7:30), and Open (30 min @ 8:05), and you do not need a USA Cycling license to race. In addition to weekly prizes, there will be 3 six week series racers will be scored on for more prizes. Registration closes 10 minutes before each race. Cyclocross racers start one minute behind Short Track MTB, use slightly different courses, but everyone finishes on the same lap. $10; women, beginners only $5. Second race same night $5. Kids are free!

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 28

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.

Tar Sands = No Hope Ride
8 PM, LBJ Presidential Library & Museum, UT Campus
Organized Bike Rally For Clean Energy. Obamas people are coming to town, lets show them a good time. (FREE BEER at the After Party)

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