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 9
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.
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.
Mellow Johnny’s Scout-A-Ride: The 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. The McKinney Falls ride will take us out southeast to McKinney Falls State Park. There are some hills and long stretchs along the way. We will average about 12mph but may have sections where we test our legs and ride a bit faster. This is a ‘no drop’ ride. Remember to bring plenty of water/sport drink for the heat and distance. Remember to park in the street if you are driving to the shop. Come by at 8:00 for coffee. Helmets required. Ride organizer: Stephanie at email@example.com .
Sunday, September 12
CycliDactyls Purple Rain Ride 7 PM, Doug Sahm Hill, Butler Park
Come dressed as your favorite character from Prince’s Purple Rain, or just wear some purple. Some of this ride will be on the trail (town lake) and some on street. We may even take you to a few places you’ve never been before. Either way, come prepared. If you drink, bring beer. If you smoke, bring your smoke. We’ll be hitting up two bars on this ride. Double Down on 6th & Pedernales, & Ending the Ride @ Uncle Billy’s on Barton Springs for $3 House Pints. But wait, if that was enough, We’ll be screening the 1984 Classic, Purple Rain!!! Not to mention Trux is cooking up some pancakes
Monday, September 13
Monthly Austin Cycling Association Meeting
6:30 PM, The Veloway
Join Austin Cycling Association for the regular membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, at the Veloway in Southwest Austin. We’ll gather for some brief but important business when the current ACA Board of Directors will accept nominations for board members for 2011 and present its slate of nominees to the membership. Following the business-portion of the meeting, a League Cycling Instructor will host a ride designed for riders new to cycling or those who want to hone their skills on the Veloway. A second ride option may be available if some attendees prefer an on-street ride. Both rides will conclude around 8 p.m. and attendees are invited to gather at a nearby restaurant for socializing.
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).
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.
Tuesday, September 14
5:30 PM, Austin/Del Valle Motorcross Park, 15400 Pearce Ln, Del Valle, TX
Austin’s weekly cyclocross series returns for its fourth season at the the fully illuminated motocross course and surrounding fields at Austin/Del Valle Motorcross Park (ADVMX). There are A, B, beginners, women’s, and children’s races in cyclocross and short track mountain bike. New schedule this year: 6:30 PM Beginner race (20 min), 7:20 PM B Intermediate Race (25 min), 8:00 PM Open Race (30 min). $10, women, beginners and kids only $5. Second race same night $5. All types of bikes are welcome. There will also be a Two 7-Week Miniseries with more prizes.
Yo!ga Ride! 7:30 PM, North East Side Town Lake @ I35 Bridge
A weekly ride from Social Cycling Austin that ends with yoga in the park and maybe a dip in Barton Springs. Bring a yoga mat, bathing suit, towel, lights for your bike, water and a lock.
Wednesday, September 15
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.
Weekly Maintenance Class – Drivetrains
6:00 PM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St
Spend an hour in Mellow Johnny’s service department learning the fundamentals of caring for your bike. Tonight’s class focuses on cleaning and basic drivetrain maintenance. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.