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Texas Bicycling Blog and News Roundup January 16th


Mitchell heads to Texas ahead of most hectic season of career
By Colin Thompson

Top female cyclist Nicole Mitchell departed for Texas yesterday to step up preparations for arguably the busiest season of her career.
The 30-year old will launch her campaign at next month’s Tour of New Braunfels in the Lone Star state before jetting off to Arizona for the Valley of the Sun and Tucson Bicycle Classic.
All three events will provide Mitchell with ideal training for May’s Pan American Continental Championships in Guatemala.
The Ariel Re software developer arrived in Texas in…

Carthage cyclist hit, killed by pickup
A Carthage man died Monday morning after he was run over while riding his bicycle along U.S. 59 in Panola County, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Tony Weldon Gilliam, 50, was riding his bicycle south on the shoulder, DPS said. Douglas Minton, 82, of Marshall was following Gilliam in a pickup, DPS said.
The wreck happened shortly before 5 a.m. when Minton suffered a stroke and…

IRT Wheels – Inertia Racing Technology
Power shot! Lauren Stephens of FCS Cycling Team powering through the sand of the Texas Resolution ‘Cross Cup. Photo courtesy of John Watson.

Pedernales Falls State Park Trail Building Day
The Austin Mountain Bikers Meetup Group
Sunday, January 26, 2014    9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Pedernales Falls State Park
2585 Park Road 6026, Johnson City, TX (map)
It’s a big park please see map link below…then click it.
Pedernales Falls State Park TRAIL BUILDING Day
Austin Ridge Riders trail building project to bring new trail at the park.
NO TRAIL BUILDING EXPERIENCE NEEDED! Austin Ridge Riders will provide tools & guidance for volunteers, as well as a prize raffle after the work. Volunteers get into the park for free on trail building days.
If it’s been a long time since you have built trail, or if you have never built trail, please give it a try. It’s very rewarding to see a new trail take shape that many riders will enjoy for…

From Maypearl a Grand View – Lone Star Cyclists
Pace: Touring with a Fast Pace Option (Touring is a varied pace with frequent stops averaging 12-15 mph)
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2014 – 8:30am
Location: Maypearl High School, 600 Phillips St, 76064
GPS 32.316025,-97.01756
Distances: 41 and 60 Miles
Mark O’Maypearl (Mark Robinson) has worked out a couple of real nice routes for us down south.
His 41 miler (From Maypearl a Grand View of Something Auburn) takes us from Maypearl over to Itasca, Grandview, Auburn and back to the high school.
His 60 mile route (From Maypearl Turn Corner Midway to Pluto) leaves Maypearl, heads to Itasca, Carl’s Corner, Midway, Milford, Dale’s Acre, and Pluto before returning to Maypearl.
It’s a pretty good bet both of these routes will have cows lining the roads to see their favorite Lone Star Cyclists ride by. The rolling country roads will also have dips and climbs granting us intimate closeness with…

Northwest Cycling Club Newsletter January – February

Austin PD Leads With Safe Passing PSA

Shortly after the passage of Austin’s Vulnerable Road User Ordinance, the Austin Police Department released this video to demonstrate how to pass safely. In addition to the agency’s Safe Biking sting, the PSA is a complimentary way in which the Austin PD has taken steps to apply its local safe passing law and acknowledge that it’s effectiveness lies in its enforcement.
“Vulnerable Road User Ordinance violations are very hard to observe and enforce,” said Austin Police Commander Fred Fletcher. “It is our hypothesis that most VRUO violations occur because motor vehicle operators are simply unaware of how dangerous it is – and how it feels – for a…

DORBA Frozen Endurance Series at Northshore
Texas Mountain Bike Trails

This Saturday, Jan 18th, kicks off the DORBA Frozen Endurance Series with DFW’s favorite trail, NORTHSHORE!
I don’t know about you, but I am super pumped about this race.
For those that have never done a DORBA Frozen Endurance race, here is what you need to know.
What Is It?
It is a 4 or 6 hour endurance race that you can do solo or as a 2 person team.
This ain’t cross country, so don’t go out and blow your legs on lap 1. You will want to cruise at a sustainable pace during your laps (unless you’re on a team) so that you…

2014 Saris National 5th Grade Poster Contest

Saris Cycling Group has announced the 2014 5th Grade National Poster Contest. This year’s theme is President John F. Kennedy’s quote, “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.”
5th grade posterWe invite your school to participate in this year’s contest. Encourage all your fifth graders to get their creative juices flowing to design an award-winning poster. Each school should select the top poster to submit to BikeTexas, the Texas contest coordinator, for the statewide contest.
The winning Texas artist will receive a bicycle, a helmet, and a light, and goes on to the national contest for a chance at a trip to…

Three ways to influence how east side of Butler Trail looks
By Pam LeBlanc

When the new boardwalk opens this summer, traffic will spike on the eastern portion of the Butler Hike and Bike Trail.
Want a say in how the part of the trail between Interstate 35 and Longhorn Dam looks in the future?
The Trail Foundation and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department need help developing their Southeast Shore Master Plan. Here are three ways for you to pitch in: …

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