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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City Park - Jollyville Loop
01/27 (Tue) 9:00am B-4 40 mi

City Park - Jollyville Loop.   Approx. 40 miles. Ride start: San Fracisco Cafe parking lot, just off Anderson Lane (east of Rockwood Lane). Our best urban ride. A few challenging climbs but we will always regroup at the top of each. The views over the Hill Country and the Downtown from City Park Road make them worthwhile. Some roads with moderate traffic. Join us afterwards for a coffee or a sandwich at the Café.

 

Start Location: San Francisco Bakery parking lot
Contact: Bill Horton, 512-542-4409, bill_h746atyahoo [dot] com
Ride Map
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Twin Falls Hike
01/28 (Wed) 9:00am E-3 6 mi

Yes, it says hike.  Trail hiking - easy cross-training for cyclists.  A moderate-brisk paced two hour hike on the Barton Creek Greenbelt trail.  No bike, no helmet, no cleats.  The trail is quite shady, so no hat or sunscreen needed, but a Camelbak or equivalent to carry water is useful.  Not technical trail, but enough rocks and roots to develop those balance muscles in your feet and lower legs.  And after five minutes you can't even hear traffic; just birds AND THE WATER.  YES, WATER IN THE CREEK!  Optional climb up the "Hill of Life" to the turnaround point. Park at trailhead shown on map, but meet at the picnic table just inside the gate.

Check this listing early that morning - hike will be canceled if trail is muddy.

 

Start Location: Twin Falls trailhead, S MOPAC
Contact: Stanton Truxillo, 512-450-8118
Ride Map
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Some Great Hills
01/29 (Thu) 8:00am A-4 25 mi

We'll ride about 25 miles in the neighborhoods of Great Hills and Spicewood, with a total ascent of about 2400 feet. There are some substantial grades of up to 20%, so come prepared to climb.

Ride rolls from my home at 8:00 sharp. Be sure to check this post on ride day to confirm status.

"The hill is not in the way, the hill is the way."

Start Location: 11506 Sierra Nevada
Contact: Harry Thompson, 512-423-5217, bogusboyataustin [dot] rr [dot] com
Ride Map
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New Sweden Circuit
01/30 (Fri) 9:00am D-2 27 mi

Join the Easy Riders for a 28  mlle ride through the rolling countryside between Manor and Elgin.  Suitable for beginning or older riders. We stay together or meet up at turns.  Afterwards we will go to lunch together.  Ride start is at New Sweden Church.  Please let the ride leader know if you are coming. austin [dot] easy [dot] riders [dot] bicyclingatgmail [dot] com


Directions to start:  From IH35, take 290  East towards Manor.  Turn left onto FM 973 and follow it several miles to New Sweden Church Rd. Turn right and park in the church lot.

Start Location: New Sweden Church
Contact: Katy kappel, 512-589-1498, katykappelatyahoo [dot] com
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Arboretum Central Austin Loop Extended
01/31 (Sat) 8:30am B-3 52 mi

This variation of the Peddler Central Austin Loop and Rosedale Rendezvous rides has a little of everything - flat stretches, urban riding, scenic views, hills. We'll start at the Starbucks on Great Hills Trail in the Arboretum area (NW Austin) & take a clockwise path around Central Austin. We'll ride a B pace and regroup if we get strung out on any long straight stretches. It's the most fun you can have with a gel pad in your pants. 
 
The route includes the always-pleasant Shoal Creek Blvd, heads east of I-35 and turns south on Springdale, crosses the river over S Pleasant Valley Rd, and winds up at a store stop a little south of McKinney falls.
 
After the rest stop we'll cruise up through St Edward's University in South Austin, meander down Robert E Lee towards Zilker Park, over the Mopac footbridge, and make an optional pit stop on Lake Austin Blvd if anyone needs it.
 
We'll enjoy the views on Scenic Dr and grind some big cogs on Balcones/Edgemont as we climb back to Mesa Dr and finally return to Starbucks. Stay for coffee and mock the Arboretum glitterati while they mock our spandex. A good time for everyone!
 
Here's a cue sheet.
 
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
01/31 (Sat) 9:00am C-3 40 mi

C pace for me; if anyone wants to ride B pace, I can give you a cue sheet and let you go ahead.

Generally moderate pace with a few short "hot spot" sprints and an OPTIONAL fast 4-mile run-in and sprint to the Creedmoor town limit sign.  Regroup after all fast bits, and refuel at the Creedmoor store. One more (again, optional) fast bit homeward on Old Lockhart Road, then moderate pace home again.  Coffee 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 9:01 you may find an empty parking lot.  Besides, expecting others to wait while you unload your bike is inconsiderate.

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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Good Luck-8 Point-littig Loop
02/03 (Tue) 10:00am B-2 45 mi

I've picked this date & time in hopes of better riding weather---no rain??, wind??, and cool.  

A New/Old Route------a great weekday ride for the "B" pacers---only 45 miles.  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 9:55 AM riders meeting so we can roll promptly at 10:00 AM.

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 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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Andice Loop
02/06 (Fri) 9:00am D-2 24 mi

 

Join the Easy Riders for a 26 mile ride through the rolling countryside around Andice and Florence.  Suitable for beginners, older and social riders.  We ride together or meet up at turnoffs.  Afterwards we eat lunch 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, katykappelatyahoo [dot] com
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Mueller Elgin---
02/10 (Tue) 10:00am B-1 50 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 is the revised 50 Mile route and is below for electronic downloading.  

NOTE:  NO MUD strips/cyclecross segments on this route 

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 50 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.

Please arrive for a rider's meeting at 9:55 AM to allow a prompt roll-out at 10:00 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 

Please check this posting closer to the ride date for a start time change to earlier in the morning IF the weather warms up.

 

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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Berry Springs-weir
02/13 (Fri) 9:00am D-2 26 mi

Join the Easy Riders for 20  to 26 miles through rolling countryside east of Georgetown.  May visit Corn Hill Church or stop for snacks in Weir.  Suitable for beginners, older and social  riders.  Group stays together, or meets up at turnoffs.  Afterwards we will have lunch in Georgetown. 

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.  
Please let the ride lealder know that you are coming at
 austin.katykappelatyahoo [dot] com (easy [dot] riders [dot] bicyclingatgmail [dot] com)

Start Location: Berry Springs Park
Contact: Katy kappel, 512-589-1498, katykappelatyahoo [dot] com
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Bertram- Burnet Loop
02/21 (Sat) 9:00am D-2 26 mi

Join our regular group of Easy Riders in the rolling country around Bertram, through Oatmeal, Burnet and Mohamet.  Suitable for beginners, older riders and those who like to smell the flowers and enjoy each other's company.  We do not ride in bad weather.  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, katykappelatyahoo [dot] com
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Pflugerville Pflats---
02/24 (Tue) 9:00am B-2 48 mi

 

  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.  

Please arrive for a rider's meeting at 8:55 AM and then we'll role promptly at 9:00 AM from the "North" parking lot of Lake Pflugerville off Weiss Ln.

Please check this posting closer to the ride date in case of a weather related (warm/cold) start time change. 

Check this posting Tuesday 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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Dripping Springs Figure 8
02/27 (Fri) 9:00am D-2 25 mi

Join the Easy Riders for 25 miles along the creek and through the rolling hills around Dripping Springs.  Suitable for beginners, older riders and those who like to smell the flowers and enjoy each other's company.  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, katykappelatyahoo [dot] com