Mike Skomswold Memorial Ride

Type
Road, Social, No Drop
Level
Novice
Rides suitable for cyclists who are new to the sport (or who have not been on a bike for some years), family-friendly rides or any riders that feel a need for some mentoring. Note: please note that minors under the age of 16 cannot participate in rides unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Families with children should, in any event, confirm with the ride leader ahead of time that the ride will be suitable for their needs.

Intermediate
Targeted towards riders who have a few years in the saddle, who have developed some riding confidence and fitness and feel ready to move to the next level. Could attract more experienced riders who are looking for a relaxed or less aggressive ride.

Advanced
Limited to experienced riders with superior bike handling skills and who are comfortable with a fast pace (probably including single and/or double pace-line riding) and/or hilly terrain, and the possibility of heavily trafficked roads. Advanced rides are less likely to be "no-drop" unless identified as such.
Intermediate
Expected Turnout
15 - 50 riders
Distance
26 - 46
 miles
Average Speed
14 - 16
 mph
Terrain
Mostly flat, Flat to rolling
Date
Sunday, 28 Oct, 2018
Time
8:00 AM
Tom V
Response rate: 
22%
Response time:
2 hours
Status:
26 or 46 mile, October 28, 8:00 AM Sunday - Meet at Fritz Park, Hutto
Description
A memorial ride in honor of Mike Skomswold —— (SPECIAL NOTE: We just added an alternative shorter route, now you have a choice of either a 26 or 46 mile route to ride) -- join us for a social/casual ride followed by a gathering in the Fritz Park (Hutto) Pavilion to commerate Mike amongst his “cycling family”. 
Bring “munchies” to consume while we gather at the end of the ride. To our non-cycling friends, you are welcome to join us at the social gathering after the ride, which will start approximately around 11:30 AM. 

We'll start from Fritz Park in Hutto---on the corner of Live Oak St. & Park Ave.  On the east side of Hutto, north of US 79.  See the start location map below---("click" on the ride title to "open up" the start location map & address).

The route takes us through the quiet farm/ranch lands of east Williamson County.  We'll travel on some quiet, country roads (some are chip seal and a little bumpy---air up your ties accordingly!) for a no-drop ride, with re-grouping as needed at the next turn.  We'll go east and north out of Hutto, riding just northwest of Taylor: then riding by the "Big Rooster" statue. (Maybe a real Texas Chicken Ranch?)  We'll continue west and south into Weir.  Then we ride south and east from Weir on our way back to Hutto.  We'll have a store stop in Weir at 29 miles.  Less than 1150 ft. of climbing per RIDEwithGPS.

Please note we have added a 26-mile route for folks who wish to go at a slower pace or ride a shorter distance. We'll ride the same route as the 46-miler for the first 9 miles: then we separate at the west edge of Taylor.

NOTE I:  Helmets are required on all Bike Austin rides 

NOTE II:  I do not have maps of this route, but good Q-sheets will be provided and the RIDEwithGPS link is provided here for downloading.  

Come with your equipment ready to ride 45 miles, in time to get signed-in and participate in the starter's meeting at 7:45 AM, for a prompt roll-out at 8:00 AM.  Hoping for GOOD weather!

Check this posting ride day morning in case of a weather cancellation or any updates.      

Tom Via  512-913-4920
 
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Organization
We envision Central Texas as a place where everyone recognizes and embraces the benefits of cycling, whether they ride or not, and where cycling is a common aspect of daily life for ... moreeveryone. Central Texas has a comprehensive bicycle network enabling people in the region to comfortably, safely and efficiently use a bike for transportation and recreation. Bicycling supports the community as a whole by: increasing roadway capacity and user mobility; strengthening the economy and household affordability; improving the environment; and promoting an active, healthy lifestyle.

Our Mission
Bike Austin improves quality of life for all of Austin and Central Texas by growing bicycling as a form of transportation, exercise, and recreation.

Guiding Principles
We believe that…

Bicycling should be safe and accessible.
Bicycling positively transforms our community.
Bicycling benefits all people, whether they bicycle or not.
Bicycling is an integral part of a multi-modal transportation system. 

Through our work, we pledge to…

Respect each other and enjoy the activities we do together.
Partner and collaborate with public servants, government agencies, and members to accomplish our shared goals.
Strive to engage diverse populations, particularly across lines of gender, age, income, race, ethnicity, and capability.
Be conscious of social equity issues in transportation
Support all people who bicycle, whether new to bicycling or experienced.
Ensure tangible and measurable progress.
Be strategic with our political capital and challenge the status quo.
Type:
Advocacy Group, Education Group
Route
26 mile Mike S. Memorial Ride
Hutto "BIG Rooster" Ride II --- (CCW)
Description
Riding from Hutto to see the "Big Rooster" statue northwest of Taylor
 
Followers
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