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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Some Great Hills
09/18 (Thu) 7:30am A-4 25 mi

We'll ride about 25 miles in the neighborhoods of Great Hills and Spicewood, with a total ascent of about 2200 feet. There are some substantial grades of up to 20%, so come prepared to climb.

Ride rolls from my home at 7:30 sharp. Be sure to check this post on ride day to confirm status.

Start Location: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&sugexp=ldymls&xhr=t&q=11506+sierra+nevada+7875...
Contact: Harry Thompson, 512-423-5217, bogusboyataustin [dot] rr [dot] com
Ride Map
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Bertram- Burnet Loop
09/19 (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 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 emalil katykappelatyahoo [dot] com if you plan to ride.

Start Location: Bertram
Contact: Katy kappel, 512-589-1498, katykappelatyahoo [dot] com
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Taking Buda To The Mountain
09/20 (Sat) 7:30am B-2 47 mi

This route is the standard South Austin Out-and-Back with a few stop lights and mostly flat.    We will go to Buda and then just keep going to Mountain City. The ride is no drop and the pace will average 15-17mph so be sure you can maintain that ride pace.  Regular bikes welcome, recumbents worshipped.  The usual post ride fare and smack talk at Maria's Taco Xpress.

Start Location: Bicycle Sport Shop - South
Contact: Louis Mestier, 512-507-8028, mistertaxathotmail [dot] com
Ride Map
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Ira And Ann's Dripping Springs To Wimberley Engagement And Moving To Albuquerque Celebration Ride
09/20 (Sat) 8:00am B-3 50 mi

Truly gorgeous Hill Country riding on low-trafficked roads and a stretch along Wimberley’s beautiful River Road. Moderate amount of cumulative climbing but nothing outrageous. This is a no-drop "B" ride .... but a reasonably relaxed pace. Just in case you didn’t know this is a ride to celebrate Ann & Ira getting engaged and to see Ira off as he moves to Albuquerque. You are welcome to join us for optional lunch afterwards at the wonderful www.thymeanddough.com/  Ride start: Roger Hanks Pkwy. East on 290 to Dripping Springs. Cross RR12.  In about 1½ miles turn left on Roger Hanks Pkwy. Continue past the Sheriffs’ department towards Creek Rd. and park safely on the side of the road.

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Start Location: Roger Hanks Parkway Dripping Springs
Contact: Steven Logan, 512-217-0319, acarideleaderatthelogans [dot] net
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Dripping Springs Favorites
09/20 (Sat) 8:00am Self-Paced Ride

A revision of an old route.  Ride start: Roger Hanks Pkwy. East on 290 to Dripping Springs. Cross RR12.  In about 1½ miles turn left on Roger Hanks Pkwy.  Park on the loop road opposite the Sheriff's department.

The 17-, 31-, 45- and 59-mile rides follow Onion Creek and then climb across the Great Divide into the Blanco River Basin, offering one of the most spectacular cycling views anywhere. Plenty of hills, open vistas and fire-ant mounds.  For ride start location see: http://goo.gl/maps/eLvtn

Important note: the mileages on the ACA map/cue sheet might be slightly too high as the old ride start was on the other side of Hwy 290. 

The ride length options are:

17.0miles,
31.0miles,
45.0miles,
59.0miles,

Ride Map

Contact: Ira Kaplan, 512-785-4408, ikrxtxatyahoo [dot] com
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Nor'easter---
09/23 (Tue) 7:30am B-2 48 mi

We launch from Lake Pflugerville's North parking lot and head out east through New Sweden and Manda, then north to Coupland.  We'll continue north to just south of Taylor before we head west and south back to our starting point.  

Note I:  We'll have some Williamson County chip seal roads---so inflate your bike tires accordingly.  

The store stop is in Coupland (23.5 miles). 

With the current forecast for Tuesday-- we'll be riding out with the wind and coming home with a slight head wind.  Temperature and humidity are to be lower.  Rain chance is very slight.

We'll ride an overall average pace of 15-16 mph, but we'll do some intervals at 18+.  We'll re-group at the next big turn.  Ride is no-drop for all riders who can maintain that pace.

Come ready to ride 48 miles; early enough to sign in and participate in the starters meeting at 7:25 for a prompt roll-out at 7:30 AM.

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

Coffee, lunch, or just conversation after the ride (all are invited) at Johnny T's BBQ on FM 685 on the northeast side of Pflugerville--about 3 miles from the ride start/end.  They have outside seating in the shade. 

Be sure to check this post on ride day to confirm status.

Ton Via  512-913-4920

Start Location: Lake Pflugerville parking lot north
Contact: Tom Via, , thomasviaataol [dot] com
Ride Map
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Dripping Springs Figure 8
09/27 (Sat) 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 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.  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
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Good Luck-8 Point-elgin-littig Loop
09/27 (Sat) 7:30am B-2 52 mi

A New/Old Route.  A late September weekend ride for "B" pacers--a slightly different route from some previous Good Luck rides.  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 north into southeast Williamson county to Coupland and then head east & south into northwest Bastrop County on some shady country roads.  We will ride by the 8 Point Ranch, home to many exotic animals (Zebra, Antelope, Deer, Buffalo, Elk, etc.).  There is a store stop (at 31 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 52 miles, in time for a 7:25 AM riders meeting so we can roll promptly at 7:30 AM, to hopefully beat the early fall heat & the moderate 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 "Good Luck 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
09/30 (Tue) 8:00am A-2 50 mi

This is a variation of the ACA Cotton Capers ride but modified to avoid heavily trafficked roads during the week.  Farily flat terrain.  Store stop in Elgin. If you use the start location store's facilites please consider making a modest purchse.  If there is interest, lunch after the ride at Paco's Tacos.  http://tinyurl.com/brgqg3s

Start Location: Blue Goose Road
Contact: David Tietz, 512-302-4737, davidtietzatme [dot] com
Ride Map
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Blue Goose
09/30 (Tue) 8:00am B-2 50 mi

This is a variation of the ACA Cotton Capers ride but modified to avoid heavily trafficked roads during the week.  Farily flat terrain.  Store stop in Elgin. If you use the start location store's facilites please consider making a modest purchse.  Lunch after the ride at Paco's Tacos.  http://tinyurl.com/brgqg3s

Check this posting on ride day for a weather status.

 

Tom Via:  512-913-4920

Start Location: Blue Goose Road
Contact: Tom Via, , thomasviaataol [dot] com
Ride Map
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Berry Springs-weir
10/03 (Fri) 8:00am 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.  
Ride leader:  Katy Kappel (512) 589-1498
katykappelatyahoo [dot] com (katykappelatyahoo [dot] com)

Start Location: Berry Springs Park
Contact: Katy kappel, 512-589-1498, katykappelatyahoo [dot] com
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Mozart’s To Creedmoor
10/07 (Tue) 8:00am B-2 41 mi
Mozart’s to Creedmoor.  Approx. 42 miles. Ride through south Austin (urban) and out to Creedmoor (rural). One hill (Robert E Lee) & some roads with moderate traffic. Some riders may “hammer” into Creedmoor but we always regroup at the store. Join us afterwards for a coffee at Mozart’s; great venue but limited food menu.    START LOCATION: meet (and park) at the back of the "uphill" parking lot across the street from the Mozart's coffee shop.
 
Start Location: Mozart’s Coffee, Lake Austin Blvd.
Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com
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Andice Loop
10/10 (Fri) 8:00am 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.  There will be a 20 mile option.  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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Blue Goose
10/14 (Tue) 8:00am B-2 50 mi

A no-drop, relatively relaxed "B" paced ride. This is a variation of the ACA Cotton Capers ride but modified to avoid heavily trafficked roads in the week. Fairly flat terrain.   Ride start:  Blue Goose @ Amaranth Ln.   Please do not use the start-location store's facilities without making a modest purchase. Optional lunch after the ride at Paco's Tacos.  http://tinyurl.com/brgqg3s 

Start Location: Blue Goose @ Amaranth Ln.
Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com
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Bertram- Burnet Loop
10/17 (Fri) 8:00am 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 emalil katykappelatyahoo [dot] com if you plan to ride.

Start Location: Bertram
Contact: Katy kappel, 512-589-1498, katykappelatyahoo [dot] com
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City Park - Jollyville Loop
10/21 (Tue) 8:00am 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 Cafe parking lot
Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com
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Southern Walnut Creek To Manor
10/24 (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.  After the ride, we will eat together at a nearby restaurant.

Start Location: Govalle Park
Contact: Katy kappel, 512-589-1498, katykappelatyahoo [dot] com
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Pflugerville Pflats
10/28 (Tue) 8:00am B-2 48 mi

Join in as we explore the flat farm land east of Pflugerville.  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 48 or so miles with one store stop.   Email me if you have questions about the ride.  Ride start at the Lake Pflugerville north parking lot ..... see link below. 

 

Start Location: Lake Pflugerville NORTH Lot (see link).
Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com