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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Good Luck-8 Point-Littig Loop
08/04 (Tue) 7:00am B-2 55 mi

A New/Old Route ..... a Tuesday ride for our "B" riders.  This is the scenic rural ride from northeast Travis County into southeast Williamson County and then through northwest Bastrop County.  We'll do a moderate "B" pace 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.  

Cue-sheets will be provided and the MapMyRide GPS route map is attached for electronic downloading.  Helments mandatory on all my rides. 

Please come, with you and your equipment ready to do 55 miles, in time for a riders' meeting so we can roll promptly at 7:00 AM, to beat the August heat.

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).  

 

 

 

Start Location: Good Luck Grill, FM973, Manor, Tx.
Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com
Ride Map
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Some Great Hills
08/06 (Thu) 7:00am A-4 23 mi

Join us on another sufferfest here in the Hill Country, starting & ending at the Great Hills Starbucks near the Arboretum. We'll cover 23 miles in the neighborhoods of Great Hills & Spicewood with a total ascent of about 2500 feet, and be sipping coffee by around 9am. Fun fact: click the elevation profile above to see the hills labeled.

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

Have questions? Answers here.

Start Location: Starbucks, 9722 Great Hills Trail Austin, TX 78759
Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com
Ride Map
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Andice Loop
08/07 (Fri) 7:00am 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. austin [dot] easy [dot] riders [dot] bicyclingatgmail [dot] com

  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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Sprinkle Sprint - Hosted "B"
08/08 (Sat) 7:00am B-2 44 mi

Our 44-mile route covers rolling farmland and even though it leaves from close in to town, it will put you and your bike in rural countryside before you know it.  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. Do not park in ocal business parking lots. 

Please arrive early enough to prepare yourself + bike, have the 5-minute safety briefing and then be ready for an on-time departure. 

Helmets are  mandatory on all my rides.  This is a "B" 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    and     http://www.austincycling.org/hosted_ride_descriptors

Look forward to seeing you !!!!!

Start Location: Centre Park @ Centre Creek
Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com
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Sprinkle Sprint
08/08 (Sat) 7:00am Self-Paced Ride
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. Do not park in parking lots. Riders meeting near the intersection of Centre Park and Centre Creek. The 31- and 44-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. For ride start see: http://tinyurl.com/3fxcjhf

The ride length options are:

31.0miles,
44.0miles,
59.0miles,

Ride Map

Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com
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Steiner Ranch Cycling: Coffee Shop Ride (Red Horn)
08/09 (Sun) 7:30am B-2 50 mi

Every Sunday Steiner Ranch Cycling (SRC) leaves from Cups & Cones promptly at 7:30AM to a local coffee shop for some caffeine, pastries, and socializing, then heads back to the start.  The pace is mostly relaxed and appropriate for a follow-up to a hard Saturday ride.  This route, to Red Horn Coffee House, is mostly flat with the only exception being the climb out of Steiner Ranch to 620 (complete within the first 3 miles).

If 50 miles is a bit much for you on a Sunday morning, the loop can be eliminated for a total ride of about 36 miles.

Come join us!

Start Location: Cups & Cones
Contact: Thomas Lea, 512-627-4354, thomasleaatgmail [dot] com
Ride Map
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Mueller-Taylor-Parsons-Manor---(David's New Route)
08/11 (Tue) 7:30am 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 at the Exxon on FM 969.

Please arrive in time to get you & your bike ready to roll and participte in a rider's meeting at 7:25 AM to allow a prompt roll-out at 7:30 AM.

Note 1:  Q-sheets will be available and the MapMyRide version is attached below for electronic downloading.

Note 2:  Helmets are required on all Bike Austin rides.

If you are not familiar with our ride catagories; please see the following 2 sights to insure you are matched for this ride:

http://www.austincycling.org/self_paced_and_hosted

http://www.austincycling.org/hosted_ride_descriptors

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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Berry Springs-Weir
08/14 (Fri) 7:00am 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.bicycling@gmail.katykappelatyahoo [dot] com (com)

Start Location: Berry Springs Park
Contact: Katy Kappel, 512-589-1498
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Bertram- Burnet Loop
08/21 (Fri) 7:00am D-2 26 mi

Join our regular group of Easy Riders in the rolling country around Bertram, through Oatmeal, Burnet and Mohamet.  Suitable for 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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Hutto-Weir-Jonah Figure 8 Loop
08/22 (Sat) 7:30am B-2 53 mi

Join us for this new/old route in the relatively flat expanses of east Central Texas.  The Hutto-Weir-Jonah Figure 8 Loop takes us through the quiet farm/ranch lands of east Williamson County.  We'll travel on some quiet, shaded, country roads (some are chip seal and a little bumpy---air up your ties accordingly!) doing a moderate "B" paced (15-16 mph) no-drop ride, with re-grouping as needed at the next turn.  We'll go east and north out of Hutto, continuing on north of Taylor and then west and south thru Weir.  Then we'll head south and east into Jonah on our way back to Hutto; completing a large top heavy figure 8.  We'll have a store stop in Weir at 33 miles. 

NOTE I:  I do not have maps of this route, but good Q-sheets will be provided and the MapMyRide link is provided here for downloading. 

NOTE II:  Helmets are required on all Bike Austin rides 

Come with your equipment ready to ride 53 miles, in time to get signed-in and participate in the starter's meeting at 7:25 AM, for a prompt roll-out at 7:30 AM.  Let's all hope for some good cool, wind-free late summer weather!

If you are not familiar with our ride catagories; please see the following 2 sights to insure you are matched for this ride:

http://www.austincycling.org/self_paced_and_hosted

http://www.austincycling.org/hosted_ride_descriptors

For all those interested (all are invited), we'll have coffee, conversation, and/or lunch (or just some delicious fresh homemade pie) afterwards at Hutto's "Notorious" Texan Cafe.  Try their blue plate special "Shepard's Pie"?

 

Meet at Hutto Elementary school (the one with the red roof) on the NE side of Hutto.  From Hwy 79 in Hutto go north 0.6 miles on FM 1660 and turn right onto Mager Lane. Drive 0.3 miles and turn into the school parking lot (ride start map location attached).   

Check this posting ride day morning in case of a weather cancellation.      

Tom Via  512-913-4920

Start Location: Hutto Elementary School (NE side of Hutto)
Contact: Tom Via, , thomasviaataol [dot] com
Ride Map
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Bitting School Climb-----(CW)
08/25 (Tue) 7:30am B-2 47 mi

A newer course on some familiar roads through rural northeast Travis county.  Come and join us for this early morning work-out.   We'll do a moderate (15-16 mph) "B" pace and re-group at the next major turn or top of the climb.  We'll start from the Lake Pflugerville north parking lot and head east, then south, climbing the Bitting School Road Hill, then back west, travelling on Taylor Rd., Bloor Rd., and Blue Bluff Rd.; coming home thru Manor with the (hopefully) gentle prevailing tail wind.  We'll have a store stop at 29 miles. 

Note I:  I don't have maps of this course, but Q-sheets will be provided and the MapMyRide version of the course is attached for electronic downloading.

Note 2:  Helmets are required on all Bike Austin rides.

If you are not familiar with our ride catagories; please see the following 2 sights to insure you are matched for this ride:

http://www.austincycling.org/self_paced_and_hosted

http://www.austincycling.org/hosted_ride_descriptors

We can try lunch after the ride, for those interested, at the new Johnny T's BBQ (in northeast Pflugerville at 1202 FM 685, just south of Pflugerville Parkway), Italian (Baris', 1501 Pecan St.,next to Pflugerville High School), Subway (on FM 685, in front of Wal-Mart), or coffee at the Star Bucks on Pflugerville Pkwy.

Please arrive, with you and your equipment ready to ride 50 miles, in time to sign-in prior to the starters meeting at 7:25 AM; for a prompt roll-out at 7:30 AM.

Starting Point:  Lake Pflugerville north parking lot (w/rest room facilities) on Weiss Ln.

Check this posting ride day morning in case of a weather cancellation.

 

Tom Via  512-913-4920

Start Location: Lake Pflugerville parking lot north
Contact: Tom Via, , thomasviaataol [dot] com
Ride Map
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New Sweden Circuit
08/28 (Fri) 7:00am D-2 27 mi

Join the Easy Riders for a 28  mlle ride through the rolling countryside between Manor and Elgin.  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 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
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Good Luck-Coupland-8 Point Ranch Loop
09/07 (Mon) 7:30am B-2 54 mi

It's LABOR DAY and time to get out for a nice holiday morning ride!!!

A very scenic rural ride from northeast Travis County into southeast Williamson County and then through northwest Bastrop County.  We'll do a moderate "B" pace (15-17 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 mid-ride store stop in Coupland.  

Please come, with you and your equipment ready to do 54 miles, in time for a 7:25 AM rider start meeting so we can roll promptly at 7:30 AM.

Note I:  We'll be riding on some "vintage" chip-seal roads; so inflate your tires accordingly.

Note II: Both maps & Q-sheets will be available.  The route map is also provided below for electronic downloading, if desired, from MapMyRide.

Note III:  Helmets are required on all Bike Austin rides.

If you are not familiar with our ride catagories; please see the following 2 sights to insure you are matched for this ride:

http://www.austincycling.org/self_paced_and_hosted

http://www.austincycling.org/hosted_ride_descriptors

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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Blue Goose
09/15 (Tue) 7:30am B-2 47 mi

This is a variation of the ACA Cotton Capers ride but modified to avoid heavily trafficked roads during the weekday.  Fairly flat terrain. "B" pace and we always regroup as necessary.  Let's hope for no wind.  Store stop in Elgin.

Coffee/lunch afterwards for those interested.

Please do not use the start-location store's failities without making a modest purchase.

Please arrive for the starters meeting at 7:25 AM, to be ready to roll promptly at 7:30 AM.

Note:  Helmets are required on all Bike Austin rides. 

If you are not familiar with our ride catagories; please see the following 2 sights to insure you are matched for this ride:

http://www.austincycling.org/self_paced_and_hosted

http://www.austincycling.org/hosted_ride_descriptors

Check this posting on the morning of the ride in case of weather cancellation .    

Tom Via  512-913-4920

Start Location: Blue Goose @ Amaranth Ln.
Contact: Tom Via, , thomasviaataol [dot] com
Ride Map
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Volente Popsicle - Note New Start Location !!!!!
09/22 (Tue) 7:30am B-2 41 mi

Note new start location.   Urban streets at the beginning and end but the middle is the really pretty Volente Loop that goes down to Lake Travis (it really does exist). 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.  Coffee and conversation afterwards. 

Please arrive early enough to prepare yourself + bike, have the 5-minute safety briefing and then be ready for an on-time departure.   

Helmets are  mandatory on all my rides.  This is a "B" 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    and     http://www.austincycling.org/hosted_ride_descriptors

Look forward to seeing you !!!!!

 

 

Start Location: Starbucks at Arboretum
Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com
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San Saba Loop - Hosted "B" Pace
09/26 (Sat) 8:00am B-3 54 mi

Meet at Burnet Middle School at 1201 N. Main Street, Burnet (two blocks north of the RR 963/US 281 intersection and one block east of US 281). Ride through rolling cedar and oak covered hills with wide-open ranch land views all the way to Lampasas. Watch for the dry washes, which are fun to ride down, but can be rough due to occasional floods that wash away the pavement. For ride start location see: http://tinyurl.com/3ghx75y

Please arrive early enough to prepare yourself + bike, have the 5-minute safety briefing and then be ready for an on-time departure.  

Helmets are mandatory on all my rides.  This is a "B" 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    and     http://www.austincycling.org/hosted_ride_descriptors

Look forward to seeing you !!!!!

Start Location: Burnet Middle School
Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com
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San Saba Loops
09/26 (Sat) 8:00am Self-Paced Ride
Meet at Burnet Middle School at 1201 N. Main Street, Burnet (two blocks north of the RR 963/US 281 intersection and one block east of US 281) for a joint ride with Highland Lakes Bicycle Club with rides of 24 to 54 miles. Ride through rolling cedar and oak covered hills with wide-open ranch land views all the way to Lampasas. Watch for the dry washes, which are fun to ride down, but can be rough due to occasional floods that wash away the pavement. For ride start location see: http://tinyurl.com/3ghx75y

The ride length options are:

24.0miles,
37.0miles,
49.0miles,
54.0miles,

Ride Map

Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com