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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Mueller Manor Parson Taylor
10/31 (Fri) 8:00am A-2 42 mi

This ride uses the Walnut Creek Bike Road and follows mostly quiet roads around Manor.  We should encounter little traffic.

While this ride is listed as an "A" we'll back off that pace on the Walnut Creek bike road, so expect that about 1/2 of the ride will be more relaxed.  The pace will likely pick-up on Parsons Rd and Taylor Ln.

I'd like to do this ride with no store stop, though there is an option for a stop in Manor.  Ride time should be around 2.5 hours.

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 40 miles at a "A" pace. 

Park on Simond Ave between Aldrich St. and Mattie St. or at the Mueller Lake Park parking lot (across from The Thinkery -- the large red building).  Ride departs from the Mueller Lake Park parking lot.

Be ready to roll at 7:55 when we'll have a brief ride meeting before leaving at 8:00 sharp.

Start Location: Lake Park parking lot in the Mueller Development
Contact: David Tietz, 512-302-4737, davidtietzatme [dot] com
Ride Map
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Hutto-weir-jonah Figure 8 Loop
11/01 (Sat) 8:00am B-2 53 mi

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

Come with your equipment ready to ride 53 miles, in time to get signed-in and participate in the starter's meeting at 7:55 AM, for a prompt roll-out at 8:00 AM.    

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 "Soon to be World Famous" Texan Cafe.

 

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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Dripping Springs To Wimberley
11/01 (Sat) 8:30am 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 .... longish distance 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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Dripping Springs Favorites
11/01 (Sat) 8:30am 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: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com
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Mozart's To Creedmoor
11/01 (Sat) 9:00am B-3 40 mi

NOTE NEW START TIME; sunrise is at 7:45 now, and we don't want people riding out in the dark.  

We're back after nearly a month in North Carolina - and what weather we're having!  

Generally moderate B 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 fast bit homeward on Old Lockhart Road, then moderate B 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, asking others to wait while you unload your bike is inconsiderate.

START LOCATION: meet (and park) at the back of the "uphill" parking lot across the street 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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Ez-south Austin Safari
11/02 (Sun) 9:00am C-2 24 mi

We'll do the 24-mile route of the South Austin Safari ride at a moderate or C pace.  I'll regroup periodically so no one gets lost.   Note that Daylight Savings Time ends the night before!  So turn clocks back 1 hour.

 

Start Location: Williams Elementary School
Contact: rick byrnes, 512-423-3562, blue_x21atyahoo [dot] com
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Mozart's To Kyle "fat Burner"
11/02 (Sun) 9:00am C-2 55 mi

55 mile out and back, moderate pace, building base miles.  If you have been wanting to rebuild your mileage base, join us.  C pace throughout; if there is interest, we can split the group into A/B and C paces (I'll do the C.)  Coffee and conversation afterwards at Mozart's.  START LOCATION: meet (and park) at the back of the "uphill" parking lot across the street from the coffee shop.  Look for the abandoned 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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South Austin African Safari
11/02 (Sun) 9:00am Self-Paced Ride
Experience the exotic fauna of south Austin on this revised route. Ride lengths of 17, 24, 38 and 51 miles span the globe from Buda to east of I-35 and cover flat to moderately hilly terrain. Meet at Williams Elementary at Mairo and Blue Valley Dr. (One block east of South First Street and six blocks south of William Cannon).

The ride length options are:

17.0miles,
24.0miles,
38.0miles,
51.0miles,

Ride Map

Contact: rick byrnes, 512-423-3562, blue_x21atyahoo [dot] com
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Mueller Manor Parson Taylor
11/04 (Tue) 8:00am A-2 42 mi

This ride uses the Walnut Creek Bike Road and follows mostly quiet roads around Manor.  We should encounter little traffic.

While this ride is listed as an "A" we'll back off that pace on the Walnut Creek bike road, so expect that about 1/2 of the ride will be more relaxed.  The pace will likely pick-up on Parsons Rd and Taylor Ln.

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 40 miles at a "A" pace. 

Park on Simond Ave between Aldrich St. and Mattie St. or at the Mueller Lake Park parking lot (across from The Thinkery -- the large red building).  Ride departs from the Mueller Lake Park parking lot.

Be ready to roll at 7:55 when we'll have a brief ride meeting before leaving at 8:00 sharp.

Start Location: Lake Park parking lot in the Mueller Development
Contact: David Tietz, 512-302-4737, davidtietzatme [dot] com
Ride Map
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Mueller Manor Parson Taylor
11/04 (Tue) 8:00am B-2 42 mi

This ride uses the Walnut Creek Bike Road and follows mostly quiet roads around Manor.  We should encounter little traffic.  We will probably "hang out" with the "A" ride at least until after the Walnut Creek bike road. There is an option for a stop in Manor. 

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 40 miles at a "A" pace.

Park on Simond Ave between Aldrich St. and Mattie St. or at the Mueller Lake Park parking lot (across from The Thinkery -- the large red building).  Ride departs from the Mueller Lake Park parking lot.

Be ready to roll at 7:55 when we'll have a brief ride meeting before leaving at 8:00 sharp.

Start Location: Lake Park parking lot in the Mueller Development
Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com
Ride Map
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Devil’s Backbone
11/06 (Thu) 8:30am B-3 54 mi

This will be a no-drop ride at a moderate pace. There will also be an "A" version but we will stay together until the first re-group for Roberto's tradional photo-op on the Canyon Lake dam. This is one of the great rides of south-central Texas: an out-and-back on the Guadalupe River road plus the Backbone loop with its gorgeous views. The climb is over-rated in difficulty .... just long but not steep.  Approx. 54 miles. Ride start: Gruene Hall parking lot. Parking is on the left (on Hunter Road) as you face the Hall. Please park at the back of the lot. Lunch afterwards at the River House Tearoom www.riverhousetearoom.com

Start Location: Gruene Hall parking lot
Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com
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Devil's Backbone
11/06 (Thu) 8:30am A-3 54 mi

This is one of the great rides of south-central Texas: an out-and-back on the Guadalupe River road plus the Backbone loop with its gorgeous views. The climb is over-rated in difficulty .... just long but not steep.  This will be a somewhat mellow "A" paced ride and we will stay together with the "B" group until the Canyon Lake Dam. Ride start: Gruene Hall parking lot. Parking is on the left (on Hunter Road) as you face the Hall. Please park at the back of the lot. For those who are interested, lunch afterwards at the River House Tearoom. See: http://www.riverhousetearoom.com/menu.htm

Start Location: Gruene Hall parking lot
Contact: David Tietz, 512-302-4737, davidtietzatme [dot] com
Ride Map
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Devil's Backbone
11/06 (Thu) 8:30am Self-Paced Ride
Join in for the classic Devil's Backbone ride. Distances of 30 and 54 miles. Ride River Road then take a jaunt up the stunningly beautiful Devil's Backbone. Meet in the REAR of the public parking lot near Gruene Hall in Gruene. Take I-35 to exit number 191, turn west on FM 306. After 1.5 miles, turn left on Hunter Road which takes you to Gruene (note: do not turn left on FM 1102, East Common Street, which is before Hunter Road). The parking lot is on the left, just before Gruene Hall. Stay for lunch afterwards. The map link (to the right if you are signed in as an ACA member) connects to a cue sheet. See the ride map at: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/31001722 Ride start location http://g.co/maps/2m6te

The ride length options are:

30.0miles,
54.0miles,

Ride Map

Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com
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Berry Springs-weir
11/07 (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.  
Ride leader:  Katy Kappel (512) 589-1498
austin [dot] 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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Weir Lost - Hosted "b"
11/11 (Tue) 8:30am B-2 55 mi

55 mile hosted "B" paced ride that passes through the big cities of Jonah, Walburg and, if you don’t get lost, Weir.  NOTE:  FIRST REST STOP IS AT 40 MILES .... PLAN ACCORDINGLY.   Meet at the parking lot at the girl’s softball field in Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. From I-35 take Exit 254 east; follow FM 3406 (Old Settlers Blvd) 3.4 mi., cross FM 1460 (AW Grimes Blvd) go another 2.3 miles, turn right onto Aten Loop. Take the first right into the parking lot.   

Start Location: Softball field in Old Settlers Park
Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com
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Weir Lost
11/11 (Tue) 8:30am Self-Paced Ride
Official loops of 20, 30 and 55 miles that pass through the big cities of Jonah, Walburg and, if you don’t get lost, Weir. Plenty of options for shorter rides. Meet at the parking lot at the girl’s softball field in Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. From I-35 take Exit 254 east; follow FM 3406 (Old Settlers Blvd) 3.4 mi., cross FM 1460 (AW Grimes Blvd) go another 2.3 miles, turn right onto Aten Loop. Take the first right into the parking lot. For ride start location see: http://tinyurl.com/3kwnq8y  

The ride length options are:

20.0miles,
30.0miles,
41.0miles,
55.0miles,

Ride Map

Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com
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Andice Loop
11/14 (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.  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.  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, katykappelatyahoo [dot] com
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Bertram- Burnet Loop
11/21 (Fri) 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 emalil austi [dot] easy [dot] riders [dot] bicyclingatgmail [dot] com if you plan to ride.

Start Location: Bertram
Contact: Katy kappel, 512-589-1498, katykappelatyahoo [dot] com
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Lake Pflugerville-b.s. Hill-manor Loop
11/25 (Tue) 8:00am B-2 50 mi

A new 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.

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) or coffee at the Star Bucks.

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

Please arrive in time to sign-in and attend the starters meeting at 7:55; for a prompt roll-out at 8:00 AM.

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