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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Performance Bicycle Bring A Buddy Valentine Ride
02/13 (Sat) E-2 12 mi

Bring a buddy and join Performance Bicycle in South Austin for our weekly Great Ride Series Beginner Ride. We start at our shop on South Lamar and take a short leisurely ride around the neighborhood. We usually cover 10-15 miles depending on the desires of the group. We leave at 9am every Saturday. This is a very casual ride, perfect for new riders, or riders who need to get back on the bike after a break. We'll help you master changing gears, riding safely in traffic and riding in a group. Please bring supplies to repair a flat, 2 water bottles and a helmet (required).

Afterwards, we'll have bagels at the shop!

For questions or to RSVP visit our meetup page at

http://www.meetup.com/Performance-Great-Ride-Series-South-Austin/

or email the shop at

pbs098atperformanceinc [dot] com

or call 512-879-9570

Hope to see you Saturday

Start Location: Performance Bicycle South Austin
Contact: John Coleman,
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Taking Buda To The Mountain
02/13 (Sat) 8:00am C-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 15ish mph 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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Northwest Flatlands
02/13 (Sat) 8:30am B-2 41 mi

This is a fairly gentle 41-mile urban ride that manages to avoid any serious hills in spite of being on the NW side of town. It combines bits of two of our other rides and goes Rosedale > Mesa > Jollyville > Anderson Mill and then back a similar route.  We try and avoid heavily-trafficked roads whenever possible. Quick (optional) store-stop en route. Coffee 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 !!!!!

Route is here:    http://ridewithgps.com/routes/11813214

 

Start Location: Rosedale (Gt. Oaks Pkwy.)
Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com
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Peddler Hub: Southern Route To Manor - See NOTE
02/14 (Sun) 8:00am C-3 42 mi

This southern route to Manor starts at the Peddler. We ride over to Springdale, and from there travel east on Loyola Lane and north on Johnny Morris Road. We ride east on Daffan and north on Decker to Lindell Lane.  From Lindell Lane, we head south on Blue Bluff then east to Taylor Lane. After a nice downhill stretch on Parsons Road, we turn left on Littig Road and ride into Manor. Our return route is on country lanes, then through northeast Austin neighborhoods to the Peddler. The terrain is mostly rolling hills. Ride Leader: Fran Gale Email: frangale226atgmail [dot] com Phone: 512 431-2631

NOTE: The 2016 Austin Marathon will take place on Sunday morning. If you are driving to the Peddler ride start, check here for information about road closures http://youraustinmarathon.com/race-weekend/traffic-parking

 

 

 

Start Location: Peddler
Contact: Peddler Hub, 555-555-5555
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FOR The "THRALL" Of IT---a Century--(CW)--(a Lake Pflugerville Century Ride)
02/16 (Tue) 8:00am B-2 101 mi

IT'S THAT TIME OF THE MONTH----(OK, clean up those thoughts!)---This looks like one of the best weather days left in February---SOOOOOO!!   Come out and ride to test your stamina/endurance as we help (we'd like to think he needs our help!) Mark Perkins complete his 74th consecutive month of doing a century ride!!

Come get a good workout and get out in the fresh air---as we ride a Century (100 miles) from Lake Pflugerville.   A no-drop ride (promise--we'll always re-group as we really want to stay together!) over the flat rolling farm/ranch land of northeast Travis and east Williamson Counties.  We'll head out north going west of Taylor to Granger; before going east crossing the scenic Granger Dam.  Then we go south into Thrall.  We continue south and west, riding past the Lawrence Chapel, to the west side of Elgin.  Then we'll head further west into Manor, before turning north back to Lake Pflugerville, to get our century distance.  Our total climbing:  under 2700 ft.  We'll do a nice "B" (15-17) pace to work up our mileage base.  

We'll have a minimum of 3 store stops (more if needed):  at 30, 48, & 78 miles. 

Please come with you (bring plenty to eat/drink) and your bike ready to ride 101 miles, in time for sign-in and to participate in a 7:55 AM riders' meeting so we can roll promptly at 8:00 AM.

Note I:  I don't have maps of this course, but Q-sheets (for the CW direction) will be available and the RideWithGPS version of the course is attached for electronic downloading.

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

Note III:  We'll be riding on some "vintage" Bastrop & Williamson County chip-seal roads----inflate your tires accordingly!!

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

Starting from the "North" parking lot of Lake Pflugerville off Weiss Ln. 

Please check this sight ride day morning for possible 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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Volente Popsicle
02/16 (Tue) 9:00am B-3 41 mi

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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9 AM Start-Tour De Southern Walnut Creek Trail
02/16 (Tue) 9:00am D-2 20 mi

Start Time is 9 AM!   

Weather permitting...A D-pace ride (roughly 11 to 13 mph) on The Southern Walnut Creek Trail from the trailhead at Govalle Park up to the Abrupt End at Lindell Lane just north of Decker Lake.  Round trip is about 20 miles.  The trail is paved for the entire distance,with a 1/2 mile hill on the outbound.  We'll regroup periodically on the outbound and at the Abrupt End.  The return is mostly downhill. 

The trail is two-way and narrows down in spots. Single-file riding is recommended. There are two significant road intersections that require caution to cross. 

 See http://austincycling.org/hosted_ride_descriptors for a description of D pace.   

A map of the park's location is at http://austinparks.org/parks/govalle-park/

Bring water, a snack, a spare bicycle tire tube, and tools to fix a flat. Riders will sign a liability waiver at the ride start and must wear a helmet. 

After the ride, we'll ride over to Sa-Ten ( http://www.sa-ten.com/ ) for coffee and brunch. 

There are no restrooms on the trail itself. There are restrooms at Govalle Park and at the Austin Tennis Center, about 1/3 mile off the trail at the 7-mile mark. 

 

Start Location: Govalle Park
Contact: rick byrnes, 512-201-5734, blue_x21atyahoo [dot] com
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Some Great Hills
02/18 (Thu) 7:30am 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 around 930am.  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: Jim Donahue, 512-659-6627, donahue [dot] jimatgmail [dot] com
Ride Map
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Jones Hill Climb
02/18 (Thu) 8:30am B-2 45 mi

This is a nice ride for an early morning work-out!

The course is over some familiar roads through rural northeast Travis county.  Come and join us for this early morning ride.   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 Jones Hill, then back west, travelling on Taylor Rd., Bloor Rd., and Blue Bluff Rd.; coming home thru Manor with the (hopefully) prevailing tail wind.  We'll have a store stop on FM 969 at 27 miles. 

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

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

We can try lunch after the ride, for those interested at: a)  BBQ (the new Johnny T's, in northeast Pflugerville at 1202 FM 685, just south of Pflugerville Parkway),  b)  Italian (Baris', next to Pflugerville High School), or c) coffee at the Star Bucks.

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

Please arrive, with you and your equipment ready to ride 45 miles, in time to sign-in prior to the starters meeting at 8:25 AM; for a prompt roll-out at 8:30 AM.

This is a hosted "B" pace 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

http://www.austincycling.org/hosted_ride_descriptor

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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Easy Riders Bertram Black’s Fort
02/19 (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 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 reply by Thursday before 8am to austin [dot] easy [dot] riders [dot] bicyclingatgmail [dot] com if you are coming on the ride.

Start Location: Wheeler Park, South Gabriel Street, Bertram, TX
Contact: Hubbard Helm, 000-000-0000, austin [dot] easy [dot] riders [dot] bicyclingatgmail [dot] com
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Pflugerville Pflats
02/23 (Tue) 9:00am B-2 48 mi

Modest "B" paced ride for you to 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.  Coffee afterwards at Starbucks.

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: Lake Pflugerville NORTH Lot (see link).
Contact: William Hudson, 210-387-7340, williampedalsonatgmail [dot] com
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Some OTHER Hills (A Some Great Hills FIELD TRIP)
02/25 (Thu) 7:30am A-4 24 mi

What a rut we've carved across these Great Hills. Let's make some ruts on Some Other Hills once in a while!

Starting from our old familiar slab of asphalt near The Arboretum, we'll head down Loop 360 to grind up Beauford and Jester. Darting across Loop 360 at Lakewood Dr, we'll enjoy (aka "suffer") Smokey Valley & Ladera Norte before heading toward Cat Mountain. 

NOTE: This route is a little tougher and will take at least 20 minutes longer than our usual Thu route. Even more so than usual, you'll want a positive attitude and a big rear cog for this one.

Have questions? Answers here.

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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Easy Riders Spicewood Out And Back
02/26 (Fri) 9:00am D-2 26 mi

Join the Easy Riders for a 26 mile out and back near Krause Springs.  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. After the ride, we will go to Opie's Barbecue for lunch.

Meet at the Spicewood Community Center, 7901 County Road 404 Spicewood, Texas 78669

Please reply by Thursday before 8am to austin [dot] easy [dot] riders [dot] bicyclingatgmail [dot] com if you are coming on the ride.

Take Spur 191 off Hwy. 71 and turn left on to CR 404 across from the entrance to Krause Springs.   If Spur 191 still under construction go west of Spur 191 on 71 turn right on CR 408 then right on CR 404

Start Location: Spicewood Community Center
Contact: Hubbard Helm, 000-000-0000, austin [dot] easy [dot] riders [dot] bicyclingatgmail [dot] com
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MOZART’S TO CREEDMOOR
03/01 (Tue) 9:00am 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.

Helmets mandatory on all my rides. 

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

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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Easy Riders Andice Loop
03/04 (Fri) 9:00am D-2 27 mi

Join the Easy Riders for a 27.5 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 reply by Thursday before 8am to austin [dot] easy [dot] riders [dot] bicyclingatgmail [dot] com if you are coming on the ride.

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: Andice Santa Rosa Church
Contact: Hubbard Helm, 000-000-0000, austin [dot] easy [dot] riders [dot] bicyclingatgmail [dot] com
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Easy Riders New Sweden Circuit
03/11 (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 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 reply by Thursday before 8am to austin [dot] easy [dot] riders [dot] bicyclingatgmail [dot] com if you are coming on the ride.

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 chrch lot.

Start Location: New Sweden Church
Contact: Hubbard Helm, 000-000-0000, austin [dot] easy [dot] riders [dot] bicyclingatgmail [dot] com
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Easy Riders Berry Springs
03/18 (Fri) 9:00am D-2 26 mi

Join the Easy Riders for 26.7 miles through rolling countryside east 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 reply by Thursday before 8am to austin [dot] easy [dot] riders [dot] bicyclingatgmail [dot] com if you are coming on the ride.

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. 

Start Location: Berry Springs Park
Contact: Hubbard Helm, 000-000-0000, austin [dot] easy [dot] riders [dot] bicyclingatgmail [dot] com
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Easy Rider Salado Loop
03/25 (Fri) 9:00am D-2 27 mi

Join the Easy Riders for a 20 or 30-mile loop through the rolling countryside east of Salado.  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 reply by Thursday before 8am to austin [dot] easy [dot] riders [dot] bicyclingatgmail [dot] com if you are coming on the ride.

Start is at Salado Civic Center, 601 N. Main.   Take the last Salado exit off I35 where the water tower is located, take a right, and then a right onto Main, the center will be on the left a block or two down.

Start Location: Salado Civic Center
Contact: Hubbard Helm, 000-000-0000, austin [dot] easy [dot] riders [dot] bicyclingatgmail [dot] com