Upcoming ACA Rides

Welcome to the ACA 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. 

ACA 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

Hosted Rides

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Some Great Hills
07/24 (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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Bike Austin Tour De Cure Team's Weekly Ride
07/24 (Thu) 6:15pm C-2 25 mi

Join members from Bike Austin's Tour de Cure team, along with members from the Tour de Cure Red Rider team for a Thursday evening 25-mile ride in the gently rolling East Williamson County countryside! Expect a 13-14 mph average pace.

Please meet in the soccer field parking lot in Old Settlers Park on Harrell Parkway.

Wheels down at 6:15!

Although we aim to get back before twilight,it's still a good idea to bring head lights and tail lights for your bike, just in case it gets dark on us. And don't forget to bring plenty of hydration - it's getting hot out there.

Please contact me (Bike Austin Team Captain) if you have any questions about the ride, the team or the Tour de Cure.  Click here to join our team.

ABOUT TOUR DE CURE:

Tour de Cure is a nationwide cycling and fundraising event for fun, fitness and a great cause! Funds raised through pledged donations and sponsorships support research into the cause and cure of diabetes, and diabetes education programs in our communities.

The Austin Tour de Cure 2014 will take place at Reunion Ranch on September 13, 2014 with close to 1,000 cyclist, volunteers & spectators from the Central Texas area, of all ages and abilities who will ride to support a cure for diabetes.

Start Location: Soccer Field at Old Settlers Park
Contact: Amy Gelfand, 512-244-7880, cycle_roundrockatyahoo [dot] com
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Wimberley To Fischer
07/25 (Fri) 7:30am D-2 27 mi

Ride with the Easy riders on a loop out of Wimberly, through Fischer.  If the river is up, we will do an out and back.  Rolling hills, slower pace, good company.  We ride together or wait at turns; afterwards we all go to lunch.  Directions to start:  Take 290 West to Dripping Springs, then  Hwy 12 to Wimberly, turn rt. on FM 2325 and left on Green Acres one block to the Trinity Chapel parking lot at 120 Green Acres Rd.  Please let the ride leader know that you are coming.

Start Location: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=600+FM+2325+Wimberle...
Contact: Katy kappel, 512-589-1498, katykappelatyahoo [dot] com
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Dripping Springs To Wimberley
07/26 (Sat) 7:00am B-3 54 mi

Truly gorgeous Hill Country riding on low-trafficked roads and a stretch along Wimberley’s beautiful River Road. Moderate amount of cummulative climbing but nothing outrageous. This is a no-drop "B" ride .... but a reasonably relaxed pace. See web site for details on ride categories. 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.

 

 

Start Location: Dripping Springs; Roger Hanks Pkwy.
Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com
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South Austin To San Marcos
07/27 (Sun) 7:30am A-1 48 mi

We'll ride from around S 1st & Dittmar to the northeast edge of San Marcos and back for a total of about 48 miles. Average pace will be around 18 mph, but we'll do some intervals in the 20s. No drop for all who can maintain that pace.

Ride rolls from Williams Elementary School at Blue Valley and Mairo at 7:30 sharp. Be sure to check this post on ride morning to confirm status.

Start Location: Williams Elementary School
Contact: Harry Thompson, 512-423-5217, bogusboyataustin [dot] rr [dot] com
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Leanderthal - Hosted "b"
07/27 (Sun) 7:30am B-3 48 mi

48 mile, "B"-pace hosted (no-drop) version of today's Classic ride. Cruise through the Stone-age landscapes of far west Travis County. Route goes through and around some of the scenic Golden Cheeked Warbler and Black Capped Vireo habitats. Meet at the Leander School warehouse parking lot in Leander. Take Hwy 183 north past Cedar Park. The cross street at the stop light in Leander is Hwy 2243 to the right and South St. to the left. Turn left onto South St. for two blocks. The parking lot will be on your left. 

Start Location: Leander School warehouse parking lot
Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com
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Sun City-florence Ride + Lunch
07/27 (Sun) 8:00am C-3 50 mi

Join the Bike Austin Tour de Cure team (and friends!!)  for a training ride this weekend and get in about 50 very pretty, gently hilly miles at a pace of 13-15 mph average. This is a no drop ride, and we will regroup at intersections if we get spread out on the road so no one will miss a turn.

Please come prepared to ride this distance at this pace with 1 rest stop. Bring lots of hydration and snacks, as well as your bike tools. We will have a store stop at mile 14. We will be out in the country with lots of great views but not a whole lot of places to stop.

We will meet at the Sun city tennis courts (http://suncitytxcyclists.org/Maps/SCEntrance_TennisCourts.pdf)and roll at 8 am SHARP.  

Join us for lunch at City Maret afterward.

Start Location: Sun City tennis courts
Contact: Amy Gelfand, 512-244-7880, cycle_roundrockatyahoo [dot] com
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Pflugerville Pflats
07/29 (Tue) 7:30am A-2 48 mi

Join in as we explore the flat farm land east of Pflugerville.  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 an "A" pace with one store stop.   Email me if you have questions about the ride.  

We start this ride from the NORTH PARKING LOT at Lake Pflugerville (a half mile north on Weiss Lane from the old start location) .  See the link below.

Start Location: Lake Pflugerville NORTH Lot (see link).
Contact: David Tietz, 512-302-4737, davidtietzatme [dot] com
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Pflugerville Pflats
07/29 (Tue) 7:30am B-2 48 mi

PLS NOTE RIDE START TIME AND NEW START LOCATION

Join in as we explore the flat farm land east of Pflugerville.  This is a "C"- paced version of David's "B" ride but starting earlier  and hopefully we will finish circa the same time !!!!   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.  

NOTE: We are now starting this ride from the NORTH PARKING LOT at Lake Pflugerville (a half mile north on Weiss Lane from the old start location) .  See the link below.

Start Location: Lake Pflugerville NORTH Lot (see link).
Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com
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Austin Bike Chix Beginner Ride
07/29 (Tue) 6:15pm D-1 10 mi

Come join ABCx--Austin Bike Chix as they host rides on Tuesday evenings to get you prepared for biking on the road so you can ride with more confidence and join some of the longer rides that Austin hosts!

Did you just get a bike? Do you have a bike that you haven’t ridden in years? Does attending other group bike rides scare you? Have lots of questions that need answers? Want to participate in a charity ride, but don’t know where to start? Come ride with us!

ABCx Bike rides will get you acquainted with your bike in a friendly, non competitive manner. We’ll  go for a 8-11 mile ride to get those legs moving in the right direction and get your heart pumping and build your confidence! Along the ride you’ll receive tips to help you become a better biker.  These rides are best suited for the beginner rider who can comfortably ride 6-8 miles and is looking to increase mileage. Be ready to roll at 6:30, don't forget your helmet and water.

Who are the Austin Bike Chix? We are fun females who like to ride bikes and help get others involved in bike riding! Bike riding has empowered us in many aspects and we'd like to pass some of that power on!

Start Location: NW Park by the Pond (behind the pool)
Contact: Kim Meyer, mathgeek3_14athotmail [dot] com
Ride Map
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Southside Cycle To The Symphony
08/03 (Sun) 6:30pm D-2 10 mi

Starting at 6:30pm from Wheatsville Co-op, 4001 S Lamar, we'll make an easy-paced (12 mph) 10-mile round trip group ride to the free, outdoor, one-hour symphony concert at the Long Center.

Cyclists must wear helmet and obey all traffic laws, and should carry basic tools, cell phone, ID, cash, reflectors and lights for the return trip after dark.

Bring food and drink to enjoy at the concert, as we spread out on the lawn and enjoy the breezy, summer evening.

http://www.austinsymphony.org/events/austin-symphony-hartman-foundation-...

Start Location: Wheatsville Co-op, 4001 S Lamar
Contact: Niles Seldon, 512-626-5212, nseldonatix [dot] netcom [dot] com
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City Park - Jollyville Loop
08/05 (Tue) 7:30am 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 very 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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Mueller Elgin---a "b" Version (note Start Time)
08/12 (Tue) 7:30am B-1 53 mi

A "B" paced version.

This rides uses neighborhood roads and bike lanes to get to the country roads northeast of Austin. 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 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 7:25 AM to allow a prompt roll-out at 7:30 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 bathrooms 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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Mozart's Upper Parking Lot To Creedmore
08/19 (Tue) 7:30am A-2 41 mi

40 mile in-town ride that gets a bit into the country. We will meet at the upper parking lot of Mozart's across the street from the coffee shop. A few hills (Robert E Lee!), but mostly flatt-ish. Four-mile fast run into the store stop at Creedmoor, but we'll regroup there, and home again.  Coffee afterwards at Mozart's.

Start Location: Mozart's Upper Parking Lot
Contact: Steven Logan, 512-217-0319, acarideleaderatthelogans [dot] net
Ride Map
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Blue Goose--(note The Start Time)
08/26 (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. Please do not use the start-location store's failities without making a modest purchase. Please arrive for the starters meeting at 7:25, to be ready to roll at 7:30 AM.  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
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Mount Bonnell Revisited
09/02 (Tue) 7:30am B-4 37 mi

An urban ride with some great views of Lake Austin and a couple of short, sharp climbs (+ one that will get your attention). Some roads with moderate traffic.  Join us afterwards for a coffee or a sandwich at San Francisco Bakery. Ride start: San Francisco Bakery on Anderson Lane.

Start Location: San Francisco Bakery
Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com
Ride Map
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Pflugerville Pflats
09/09 (Tue) 7:30am B-2 48 mi

PLS NOTE RIDE START TIME AND NEW START LOCATION

Join in as we explore the flat farm land east of Pflugerville.  This is a "C"- paced version of David's "B" ride but starting earlier  and hopefully we will finish circa the same time !!!!   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.  

NOTE: We are now starting this ride from the NORTH PARKING LOT at Lake Pflugerville (a half mile north on Weiss Lane from the old start location) .  See the link below.

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

Self-Paced Rides

Dripping Springs Favorites
Sat, 07/26/2014 - 7:00am
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. 
Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com

Leanderthal
Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:30am
Cruise through the Stone-age landscapes of far west Travis County. Routes of 24 to 60 miles go through and around some of the scenic Golden Cheeked Warbler and Black Capped Vireo habitats. Meet at the Leander School warehouse parking lot in Leander. Take Hwy 183 north past Cedar Park. The cross street at the stop light in Leander is Hwy 2243 to the right and South St. to the left. Turn left onto South St. for two blocks. The parking lot will be on your left. For ride start location see: http://tinyurl.com/438bvz6
Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com