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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Peddler To Elgin: I'll Sweat If I Want To (ride Map Revised 8/29)
08/30 (Sun) 7:00am C-2 53 mi

Out and back to Elgin at a C pace. I have a tradition of riding my age on or near my birthday. On September 6 I'll be 62, not 53,  but I'll add a few miles on my own to make up the difference.

Note the early start time. There will probably be another shorter Peddler ride leaving a little later, so check the site again later if this ride is not the ride for you.

NOTE 1:  Helmets are required on all Bike Austin rides.

NOTE II:  I don't have maps, but cue sheets will be available and the RidewithGPS version is attached below for electronic downloading.

NOTE III:  Please don't park in the alley behind the Flight Path. Parking is available on Duval Street north of 51st.

 Please be there at 6:50 for a riders' meeting. We will leave promptly at 7! 

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

We will stop at the Flight Path after the ride for coffee or something cold.

http://www.austincycling.org/self_paced_and_hosted

http://www.austincycling.org/hosted_ride_descrip

Ride leader: Joel Morgan

contact: joel [dot] morganatsbcglobal [dot] net.

 

Start Location: Peddler Bike Shop
Contact: Peddler Hub, 555-555-5555
Ride Map
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Peddler Goes To School -- Bitting School Road
08/30 (Sun) 7:00am C-2 45 mi

This ride will start with the Peddler to Elgin group, traveling to Manor and then on to Littig Road. At Bitting School Road we'll head south for a shorter loop back into Manor and home again. We travel mostly on rural roads, with some easy urban riding getting into and out of town. There are a few rolling hills, and a couple of short steep hills, but none that are really steep or really long. The average speed will be 14-15, but there will some sustained stretches of 15-20 mph. It is a no-drop ride and we will wait at turns for the group to get together again. Cue sheets will be available.  Ride Leader: Fran Gale, email frangale226atgmail [dot] com

NOTE 1:  Helmets are required on all Bike Austin rides.

NOTE II:  I don't have maps, but cue sheets will be available and the RidewithGPS version is attached below for electronic downloading.

NOTE III:  Please don't park in the alley behind the Flight Path. Parking is available on Duval Street north of 51st.

 Please be there at 6:50 for a riders' meeting. We will leave promptly at 7! 

 

Start Location: Peddler
Contact: Peddler Hub, 555-555-5555
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Mozart's To Kyle
08/30 (Sun) 7:30am C-2 50 mi

C pace no-drop ride that starts in town but gets rural.  Store stops in Buda and Kyle.  San Marcos is off the list until the Blanco RIver bridge is repaired.  Out and back course, so lots of turnaround options.

Note that C pace means an average on your computer of 14 mph.  In order to average 14 with stops, turns, and hills, you need to ride at about 17-18 mph on the flats, so come expecting that.

Please be sure to arrive a little early for rider's meeting and to meet newcomers.  If you arrive at 7:31 you may find an empty parking lot.  

START LOCATION: meet (and park) at the back of the "uphill" parking lot across Lake Austin Blvd. 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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Peddler To Alaska (we'll Get You Started)
08/30 (Sun) 7:30am C-3 30 mi

 This ride goes west and northwest from the Peddler through neighborhoods past RR 620 and back (unless you are going on to Alaska). There are several short steep hills on this ride and the effort required will be toward the upper end of a C ride effort. Coffee/drink/food afterwards at the Flight Path.  Ride leader: Anita Frijhoff.  Contact anitafrijhoff at gmail.com, cell: 737-333-2471 (can receive texts)

If you want to do a longer ride, join Joel on his bithday ride to Elgin (leaves at 7 am).

NOTE 1:  Helmets are required on all Bike Austin rides.

NOTE II:  I don't have maps, but cue sheets will be available and the RidewithGPS version is attached below for electronic downloading.

NOTE III:  Please don't park in the alley behind the Flight Path. Parking is available on Duval Street north of 51st.

Start Location: Peddler Bike Shop
Contact: Peddler Hub, 555-555-5555
Ride Map
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Steiner Ranch Cycling: Coffee Shop Ride (Red Horn)
08/30 (Sun) 7:30am B-2 50 mi

Every Sunday Steiner Ranch Cycling (SRC) leaves from Cups & Cones promptly at 7:30AM (SHARP!) 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, but you are aborting the hosted ride at that point :-).

Come join us!

Start Location: Cups & Cones
Contact: Thomas Lea, 512-627-4354, thomasleaatgmail [dot] com
Ride Map
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Some Great Hills
09/03 (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 9:30am.  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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Andice Loop
09/04 (Fri) 7:30am 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 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: Santa Rosa Church
Contact: Katy Kappel, 512-589-1498
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Taking Buda To The Mountain
09/05 (Sat) 7:30am 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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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, (@ 25 miles), 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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Berry Springs-Weir
09/11 (Fri) 7:30am 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 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: Katy Kappel, 512-589-1498
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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.  A mid ride, (at 24 miles), store stop is 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 I:  Helmets are required on all Bike Austin rides.

NOTE II:  I do not have maps, but Q-sheets will be available, and the RidewithGPS version is included below for electronic downloading.

NOTE III:  There is ongoing rode construction on Cameron Rd., from the new Howard Ln. extension, that we will have to navigate, for a short distance, both going out and coming back. 

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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Bertram- Burnet Loop
09/18 (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 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: Bertram
Contact: Katy Kappel, 512-589-1498
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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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Dripping Springs Figure 8
09/25 (Fri) 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 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, a meal 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 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
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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