Upcoming Bike Austin Rides

Welcome to the Bike Austin rides page.   IMPORTANT:  To assist you in finding a ride that matches your preferences and abilities, please click here for a full description of the difference between Self-Paced and Hosted rides and/or click here for the detailed Hosted Ride categories. 

Bike Austin rides are open to any adult recreational cyclist and riders of all levels are encouraged to participate.  Rides are on public roads and all riders participate at their own risk; each rider is responsible for his/her own safety. Properly fitted, approved bicycle helmets must be worn by all riders.  Also, please carry identification and full water bottle(s).


Green - Ride will happen as planned
Red - Ride has been cancelled

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Southern Walnut Creek To Manor
05/29 (Fri) 8:00am D-2 28 mi

Beginning at Govalle Park in East Austin, we will ride 10 miles on the new paved two lane bike path to Lindell Lane, and then into Manor.  The path is gently uphill but crosses under most major streets.  Turning onto Blue Bluff, we encounter some rolling hills and turn around at a store in old Manor.

The ride start is in the park at at 5200 Bolm Road, just off Airport Blvd. near east 7th Street.   Please let  the ride leader know that you are coming at austin [dot] easy [dot] riders [dot] bicyclingatgmail [dot] com

.  After the ride, we will eat together at a nearby restaurant.

Start Location: Govalle Park
Contact: Katy Kappel, 512-589-1498
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Hill In A Handbasket
05/30 (Sat) 7:30am B-4 49 mi

Weather outlook (Fri 7pm)forecast currently shows a chance of t-storms during each morning hour. If we ride, be prepared to turn back if the rain starts. Keep your fingers & toes crossed as you sleep and check for final go/no-go call by 645am.


We're going to hill in a handbasket as we cruise from the Arboretum area down Loop 360 to engage our big cogs on Cuernavaca, Barton Creek, & Lost Creek. There will be a quickie store stop on Barton Creek (mile 21). We'll meander through Rollingwood and across Lady Bird Lake to our longer store stop (mile 32) at Lake Austin Blvd 7-11. Return up Scenic Dr, Balcones and Edgemont toward Mesa Dr and The Arboretum.

It's getting warmer so bring two full bottles along for the ride. We'll ride at a B pace, but if we get strung out on flat stretches (e.g. on Loop 360) we'll regroup at the top of climbs or at turns. The climbing is rated "4" and will add up to about 3,600 vertical feet.

Start Location: Starbucks, 9722 Great Hills Trail Austin, TX 78759
Contact: Jim Donahue, 512-659-6627, donahue [dot] jimatgmail [dot] com
Ride Map
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Mozart's To Creedmoor
05/30 (Sat) 8:00am C-3 40 mi

CHECK THIS SITE FOR POSSIBLE RAIN CANCELLATION AT 7 O'CLOCK SATURDAY MORNING.

Moderate pace (C, not B!) most of the time with a few (optional) truly hard intervals here and there:  Akins High school hilltop, Creedmoor run-in on SR1327, and the return on Old Lockhart Rd to Slaughter Rd. intersection.  We'll regroup after stoplights or anywhere the group can get split, and after all fast bits; and refuel at the Creedmoor Valero station. Moderate pace home again.  Food and conversation afterwards at Mozart's.  

Please be sure to arrive a little early for rider's meeting and to meet newcomers.  If you arrive at 8:01 you may find an empty parking lot.  

START LOCATION: meet (and park) at the back of the "uphill" parking lot across Lake Austin Blvd. from the coffee shop.  Look for the old boat on your left up the hill; we're near there.

Start Location: Mozart's Coffee Roasters
Contact: Stanton Truxillo, 512-450-8118
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Peddler Goes To School-Bitting School Road
05/31 (Sun) 8:00am C-2 46 mi

This loop ride takes us out past Manor to Bitting School and back again. The terrain is mostly flat, but there are some rolling hills and a couple of short steep hills. The average speed will be 14-15, but we will go faster on straightaways. It is a no-drop ride and we will regroup at turns and hills as needed. Cue sheets will be available. Coffee at the Flight Path after the ride.

If driving to ride, please don't park behind the Peddler. There is on-street parking on Duval north of the Peddler.

We won't ride if it is raining or the roads are wet. If the ride is cancelled or delayed, the change will be posted by 7 a.m. on Sunday

Ride leader: Joel Morgan

Contact: joel [dot] morganatsbcglobal [dot] net

Start Location: Peddler
Contact: Peddler Hub, 555-555-5555
Ride Map
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Mozart's To San Marcos (maybe Shorter Due To Rain Threat)
05/31 (Sun) 8:00am C-2 70 mi

RAIN THREAT MAY CUT THIS RIDE SHORT.  WE'LL CHECK RADAR SEVERAL TIMES ON THE ROAD AND MAKE A CONSENSUS DECISION WHETHER TO TURN BACK.

Mellow C pace with focus on distance.  Store stops in Buda and San Marcos.  Be sure to check for possible weather cancellation at 7 Sunday morning. 

Out and back course, so lots of turnaround options.  Food and conversation after at Mozart's.  Please be sure to arrive a little early for rider's meeting and to meet newcomers.  If you arrive at 8:01 you may find an empty parking lot.  

START LOCATION: meet (and park) at the back of the "uphill" parking lot across Lake Austin Blvd. from the coffee shop.  Look for the old boat on your left up the hill; we're near there.

Start Location: Mozart's Coffee Roasters
Contact: Stanton Truxillo, 512-450-8118
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Red Rock And Roll
05/31 (Sun) 8:00am Self-Paced Ride
Loops of 29 and 53 miles in the post oak-covered rolling hills northeast of Lockhart. The start location is Plum Creek elementary school in Lockhart. Take US 183 south to Lockhart and turn left at the traffic signal onto Flores St. (FR 672). Proceed east and turn right onto Carver St. Take the first left into the parking lot. Ride start location: http://g.co/maps/mj662  

The ride length options are:

28.0miles,
53.0miles,

Ride Map

Contact: Tom Via, , thomasviaataol [dot] com
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Red Rock-n-Roll (Lockhart, Texas)
05/31 (Sun) 8:00am B-2 53 mi

This "highly" recommended ride hasn't been done for a while and this just could be the start of our summer good cycling weather.  Come ride with us and you'll find out just how good this route is!  This ride is an excellent south wind ride, as we'll do the last 8 miles on smooth flat roads with a tail wind.   

Red Rock-n-Roll-------a 53 mile loop in the post oak-covered rolling hills north, east, and south of Lockhart.

We'll do a moderate "B" pace with re-grouping as necessary.  We have a store stop in Red Rock at 25 miles.

The start location is from the Lockhart City Park across Carver Street from the Plum Creek Elementary School in Lockhart, Texas.  Take US 183 south to Lockhart and turn left at the traffic signal onto Flores St. (FR 672).  Proceed east and turn right onto Carver St. Take the first left into the parking lot. 

Please come with you and your equipment ready to do 53 miles in time for a 7:55 AM starters meeting for a prompt roll-out at 8:00 AM.

After the ride, we can do lunch (all are invited), at one of Lockhart's 4 "world famous" BBQ eateries. 

Please check this posting, ride day morning, for possible weather cancellation.

Tom Via,  512-913-4920

Start Location: Lockhart City Park, Lockhart, Tx.
Contact: Tom Via, , thomasviaataol [dot] com
Ride Map
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Pflugerville Pflats---
06/01 (Mon) 8:00am B-2 48 mi

Let's try it one more time!  The forecast right now (Friday) is for Monday to be sunny with a light north wind-----

We've been trying to do this ride for the last 2 weeks, and we've had to do alternate routes (or cancel) because of the weather/high water!!

  Come and get a good work out and get out in the fresh air.  A no-drop ride over the flat rolling farm land to the northeast of Austin.  Let us hope for little or no wind.   With a mid-ride store stop in Weir.  We'll do a moderate "B" pace, and we may even do (if you want to participate) some "pace-line" practice out and/or back depending on the wind direction.  Lunch/coffee after the ride if you would like--  

Please arrive for a rider's meeting at 7:55 AM and then we'll role promptly at 8:00 AM from the "North" parking lot of Lake Pflugerville off Weiss Ln.

 

Check this posting Monday morning in case of a weather cancellation.                        

Tom Via  512-913-4920

Start Location: Lake Pflugerville--North Parking Lot
Contact: Tom Via, , thomasviaataol [dot] com
Ride Map
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Mount Bonnell Revisited
06/02 (Tue) 8:00am B-4 36 mi

An urban ride with some great views of Lake Austin. Several short, sharp climbs. Some roads with moderate traffic. Ride start: San Francisco Bakery on Anderson Lane. Join us afterwards for a coffee or a sandwich at the Bakery.

Start Location: San Francisco Bakery
Contact: Bill Horton, 512-542-4409, bill_h746atyahoo [dot] com
Ride Map
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Volente Popsicle - Note Early Start And New Location !!!!!
06/03 (Wed) 7:00am B-2 41 mi

Note early start and new location.   Urban streets at the beginning and end but the middle is the really pretty Volente Loop that goes down to Lake Travis (or what's left of it). We do this counter-clockwise which is the easier option. This is a great route that can only really be done during the week. No-drop ride that offers a good weekday workout.  NEW RIDE START AT STARBUCKS @ ARBORETUM.  Please try not to impede commercial business parking. 

This is a hosted "B" pace ride.  If you are not familiar with our ride categories, please check these two sites to ensure you can match yourself to the ride:

http://www.austincycling.org/self_paced_and_hosted

http://www.austincycling.org/hosted_ride_descriptors

 

 

Start Location: Starbucks at Arboretum
Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com
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Some Great Hills
06/04 (Thu) 7:00am A-4 24 mi

Join us on another sufferfest here in the Hill Country. Start & end is at the Great Hills Starbucks near the Arboretum. You'll cover 24 miles in the neighborhoods of Great Hills and Spicewood with a total ascent of about 2400 feet, all by around 9am.

There are some substantial grades of up to 20%, so come prepared to climb. It's a great way to ruin a perfectly good Thursday morning!

Start Location: Starbucks, 9722 Great Hills Trail Austin, TX 78759
Contact: Jim Donahue, 512-659-6627, donahue [dot] jimatgmail [dot] com
Ride Map
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Andice Loop
06/05 (Fri) 7:30am D-2 24 mi

 

Join the Easy Riders for a 26 mile ride through the rolling countryside around Andice and Florence.  Suitable for advanced beginners, who can ride the stated distance above at an average pace close to the 11 mpg minimum for the "D" ride category, older, social riders or experienced riders wanting a leisurely pace.  Group will either meet up at turns, or have individuals mark the turns until the sweep arrives depending on the rider mix.    Afterwards we eat together at a nearby restaurant.  Please let the leader know if you are coming so we can watch for  you.  Directions to the start:

Take 183 North past Hwy. 29 until you come to FM 970.  Make a right on FM 970 and drive two miles to the Santa Rosa Catholic Church on the right and park in the church lot. 

Start Location: Santa Rosa Church
Contact: Katy Kappel, 512-589-1498
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Cotton Capers
06/09 (Tue) 8:00am B-2 46 mi

Cindy Eppolito will host this ride.  Other ride leaders are welcome, just in case there's a question about whether to turn right or left. :)

Plan is to do the 46-mile route, although self-paced riders are welcome to go longer or shorter if they wish.  

B-Pace.  Averge speed of 15-16mph, with faster segments, conditions permitting.  Store stop TBD.

Faster riders are welcome to go "off the front" but are on their own insofar as directions are concerned.

Description of the route follows:

The 31-, 46- and 58-mile routes cover rolling farmland. These rides leave from very close in and put you and your bike in rural countryside before you know it. Sometimes we even see cotton. Meet near the intersection of Centre Park and Centre Creek in NE Austin. Take Cameron Rd. north off Hwy 183, and turn right on Rutherford Ln. The second left is Centre Park. Park on Centre Park. Riders meeting near the intersection of Centre Park and Centre Creek.  For ride start see: http://tinyurl.com/3fxcjhf  

Start Location: Centre Park & Centre Creek
Contact: Charles Silver, 512-913-0550, csilveratlaw [dot] utexas [dot] edu
Ride Map
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Berry Springs-Weir
06/12 (Fri) 7:30am D-2 26 mi

Join the Easy Riders for 25 to 30 miles through rolling countryside eastwho  of Georgetown.  May visit Corn Hill Church or stop for snacks in Weir. Suitable for advance beginners, who can ride the stated distance above at an average pace close to the 11 mpg minimum for the "D" ride category, older, social riders or experienced riders wanting a leisurely pace.  Group will either meet up at turns, or have individuals mark the turns until the sweep arrives depending on the rider mix.  Afterwards we will eat in Georgetown.  Please let the leader know that you are coming.

Directions to start:

From I-35 take exit #265 north of Georgetown.  Turn right as if you were getting on 130 southbound.  Stay on frontage road to stop sign.  This is County Road 152 (no sign), turn left. Berry Springs Park is on the left in about 1 mile.  
Ride leader:  austin.easy.riders.bicyclig@gmail.katykappelatyahoo [dot] com (com)

Start Location: Berry Springs Park
Contact: Katy Kappel, 512-589-1498
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Mueller-Taylor-Parsons-Manor---(David's Route)
06/16 (Tue) 8:00am B-2 42 mi

A "B" paced version of this "new/old" ride using the Walnut Creek bike trail to get to the northeast side of Travis County.  This revised route is below for electronic downloading.

As always, make sure your equipment is in working order.  Bring the supplies you need to change a flat, water, snacks, and a spirit of adventure.  

Ride is "no drop," but please be prepared to ride 42 miles at a "B" pace.  The aim of this ride is not to go as fast as we can, but to ride together at a comfortable pace and make good use of some great bike lanes and some quiet country roads.  We can have a store stop in Manor.

Please arrive in time to get you & your bike ready to roll and participte in a rider's meeting at 7:55 AM to allow a prompt roll-out at 8:00 AM.  

Park on Simond Ave. between Aldrich St. and Mattie St. or at the Mueller Lake Park parking lot (across for The Thinkery -- the large red building).  There are restrooms on site.  

Lunch after the ride at Paco's Tacos. http://tinyurl.com/brgqg3s 

 

Check this posting on ride day for any possible weather cancellation.

 

Tom Via 512-913-4920

Start Location: Lake Park parking lot in the Mueller Development
Contact: Tom Via, , thomasviaataol [dot] com
Ride Map
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Bertram- Burnet Loop
06/19 (Fri) 7:30am D-2 26 mi

Join our regular group of Easy Riders in the rolling country around Bertram, through Oatmeal, Burnet and Mohamet.  Suitable for advanced beginners, who can ride the stated distance above at an average pace close to the 11 mpg minimum for the "D" ride category, older, social riders or experienced riders wanting a leisurely pace.  Group will either meet up at turns, or have individuals mark the turns until the sweep arrives depending on the rider mix. Afterwards, we eat together nearby. 
Take 183 north to 29, then west to Bertram.  Turn left at the Exxon station and park along the iron fence of the little city park at Vaughn and Lampasas. 

Please email austin.katykappelatyahoo [dot] com if you plan to ride.

Start Location: Bertram
Contact: Katy Kappel, 512-589-1498
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Good Luck-8 Point-Littig Loop
06/23 (Tue) 8:00am B-2 45 mi

A New/Old Route.  A Tuesday ride for the "B" pacers.  This is the very nice scenic rural ride from northeast Travis County into southeast Williamson County and then through northwest Bastrop County.  We'll do a moderate "B" pace (15-16 MPH) and re-group at all major turns.  We'll travel into northwest Bastrop County on some shady country roads and ride by the 8 Point Ranch, home to many exotic animals (Zebra, Antelope, Deer, Buffalo, Elk, etc.).  There is a store stop (at 30 miles) in Elgin.  

Note:  I do not have maps, but Q-sheets will be provided and the MapMyRide GPS route map is attached for electronic downloading.  

Please come, with you and your equipment ready to do 45 miles, in time for a 7:55 AM riders meeting so we can roll promptly at 8:00 AM, to hopefully beat the June heat & a strong south wind.

We'll start and end at the "Good Luck Grill".  It is located at 14605 North FM 973; that is 1.8 miles north of US 290.  Go east out of Manor on US 290.  Turn left (north) on FM 973 for approx. 1.8 miles, the Good Luck Grill is on the right (east).  Please use the parking lot area closest to the road---away from the restaurant.  All are invited for conversation and lunch afterwards at the "Grill"---they have a very nice fan-cooled veranda (that's "back porch" in plain talk).  

Please check this posting ride day morning for any possible weather cancellation.

Tom Via  512-913-4920.   

 

Start Location: Good Luck Grill, FM973, Manor, Tx.
Contact: Tom Via, , thomasviaataol [dot] com
Ride Map
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Dripping Springs Figure 8
06/26 (Fri) 7:30am D-2 25 mi

Join the Easy Riders for 25 miles along the creek and through the rolling hills around Dripping Springs.  Suitable for advanced beginners, who can ride the stated distance above at an average pace close to the 11 mpg minimum for the "D" ride category, older, social riders or experienced riders wanting a leisurely pace.  Group will either meet up at turns, or have individuals mark the turns until the sweep arrives depending on the rider mix. Afterwards, a meal at a nearby restaurant.  Please email the ride leader if you plan to attend so we can watch for  you.  austin.austin [dot] easy [dot] riders [dot] bicyclingatgmail [dot] com May cancel in severe weather.


Directions to start:

Go west on US 290 through Oak Hill to Dripping Springs.  Pass the DSISD administration buildings on the right and on the west side of town turn left into Roger Hanks Parkway.  You will see a circular drive on your right Lake Lucy Loop- park there.  

Start Location: Lake Lucy Loop Dripping Springs
Contact: Katy Kappel, 512-589-1498
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Volente Popsicle
06/30 (Tue) 8:00am B-2 41 mi

Urban streets at the beginning and end but the middle is the really pretty Volente Loop that goes down to Lake Travis (or what's left of it). We do this counter-clockwise which is the easier option. This is a great route that can only really be done during the week. No-drop ride that offers a good weekday workout.  NEW RIDE START AT STARBUCKS @ ARBORETUM.  Please try not to impede commercial business parking. 

This is a hosted "B" pace ride.  If you are not familiar with our ride categories, please check these two sites to ensure you can match yourself to the ride:

http://www.austincycling.org/self_paced_and_hosted

http://www.austincycling.org/hosted_ride_descriptors

 

 

Start Location: Starbucks at Arboretum
Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com