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12/13 - 8:45 Show Excellent Weather!!
Host: Mike Shenk, Ride Leader, BikeAustin.org, shenkmls@gmail.com, 512-850-8033 MEET: Brushy Creek Sports Park, Cedar Park, 0845 for sign-in and ride safety briefing. ... more
RIDE: Rolls at 0900; 3-4 hours.

New Routes Posted, Intermediate Experienced Riders, Moderate Hills and a 14-16 mph average pace.
If it is raining in Cedar Park or the roads are excessively wet, then it will most likely be cancelled. Ride Status will be updated by 7:30am, ONLY if cancelled.

Helmets are mandatory. Plan to arrive by 8:45AM to sign-in, get ready, and participate in the safety briefing. The ride departs at 9:00AM sharp. Fuel and facilities stop(s) as necessary. Minimum of 2 bottles or hydration pack required in summer months.

The route may include the Brushy Creek Regional Trail (BCRT) and 183A Shared Use Path in Cedar Park and Leander. Utilizing the trail and path allows us to avoid heavily trafficked roads along the 183A corridor.

Riders riding off the front ahead of the ride leader or his designated representative will not be chased; wrong turns by participants off the front may result in separation from the group. No one is left behind for extended periods; we will link up at the top of difficult climbs, turn points, etc.
Type:
Road, No Drop
Level:
Intermediate, Advanced
Expected Turnout:
Under 15 riders
Terrain:
Flat to rolling, Hilly, Very hilly
Date:
Wednesday, 13 Dec, 2017Weekly on Wednesday
Time:
8:45 AM
NOTE: NEW "COLD WEATHER" RIDE START TIME of 9:00 AM!! 12-14-2017 ride will be: "Nor'easter II -- (CW)".
OK folks: I'm off of the invalid's couch (potato?) & back home from our wearying travels for a "spell", so we'll start back with the standing Monday & Thursday morning ride; ... morefrom Lake Pflugerville's north parking lot. We'll do various routes depending on the weather conditions (wind direction/strength---temperature), but always count on riding from 45-60 miles. Latest NEW "cold weather" starting time will be 9:00 AM for the warmer FALL season.
We'll do a steady "B+" paced ride--(14-17 MPH); with some short intervals getting up to 18+ MPH.

Please arrive, and be ready to ride 45-60 miles, in time for a 8:50 AM riders meeting so we can roll from Lake Pflugerville promptly at 9:00 AM.

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

NOTE II: Q-sheets will be provided for the planned route--based on the ride leader's best guess on the route to be ridden that day. The various routes we'll be riding, are listed below, from RIDEwithGPS, for electronic downloading.

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

Coffee/Lunch---post ride---for those interested.

Be sure to check this post on ride day to confirm status.

Tom Via 512-913-4920
Type:
Road, Social, No Drop
Level:
Intermediate
Expected Turnout:
Under 15 riders
Terrain:
Flat to rolling, Hilly
Date:
Thursday, 14 Dec, 2017Weekly on Monday, Thursday, until Dec 21, 2017
Time:
9:00 AM
cancelled - wet roads
Come join us in this hilly ride to jump start your fabulous Thursday morning before heading to work. We cover hills in Great Hill and Spicewood area navigating mostly through neighbourhood ... morestreets. This is a no-drop ride. However, be prepared to climb.

AVERAGE SPEED: 11 - 14 mph. Don't be fooled with the low speed. This ride is very hilly. We always regroup at the top of the hill.

TERRAIN: Very hilly

RIDER LEVEL: Experienced, self-confident riders who are comfortable riding hilly terrain and exposure to some light urban traffic.

RIDE START ADDRESS: Starbucks @ 9722 Great Hills Trl, Austin, TX 78759

MAP/CUE/RideWithGPS: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24067196 -> This is mostly our ride. Sometimes, we like to change few things here and there.

LUNCH/COFFEE? I will head to work after ride, but you might catch interesting conversation with the rest of the folks at Starbucks.

RIDE LEADER/CONTACT: Sirish Pande 512 850 9791 srpande@gmail.com
Type:
Road, No Drop
Level:
Intermediate, Advanced
Expected Turnout:
Under 15 riders
Terrain:
Very hilly
Date:
Thursday, 14 Dec, 2017Weekly on Thursday, until Jan 4, 2018
Time:
7:15 AM
A relatively new 57 mile Liberty Hill ride!! We start/end from Tejas Park/Camp, on the North Fork San Gabriel River---north & east of the Ronald Reagan-TX 29 intersection on CR ... more258 (see start location map attached), and ride southwest thru Liberty Hill, before turning north to Bertram. We'll then head northeast going thru Mahomet before turning southeast to ride thru Andice on our way back to the Tejas Park/Camp. We'll be pedaling on some familiar roads, but also on some new roads for many of us---we will have mostly quiet, good surface, Central Texas roads. We climb just under 2200 ft. on this route--per RIDEwithGPS--most of the climbing in the first 30 miles of the ride. We'll have store stops at 24 (Bertam) and 47 (Andice) miles. For summer rides --- on the HOT days (Maybe in June??)---plan to cool-off by sitting in the San Gabriel River at rides end!

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

NOTE II: I do not have maps; but Q-sheets will be provided. The RIDEwithGPS version is attached below for electronic downloading.

Starting Point: Tejas Park/Camp---see map/address attached below. Public rest room facilities are at the start site.

Please arrive, with you and your equipment ready to ride 57 miles, in time to sign-in prior to the starters meeting at 8:50 AM; for a prompt roll-out at 9:00 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

After the ride: Lunch/Coffee? All are invited.

Check this posting the ride day morning in case of a weather cancellation.

Tom Via 512-913-4920
Type:
Road, Social, No Drop
Level:
Intermediate
Expected Turnout:
Under 15 riders
Terrain:
Flat to rolling
Date:
Saturday, 16 Dec, 2017
Time:
9:00 AM
Note 9 AM start; check website after 8 in case of rain.
Mostly C pace ride with a few OPTIONAL short, fast bits (R E Lee hilltop, Akins High school parking lot, Creedmoor town limit). If you prefer, you might cruise through the fast bits ... moreand regroup with us after each one. No drop; we'll regroup after stoplights or anywhere the group can get split, and after each hot spot; and refuel at the Creedmoor Valero station. C pace home again. Coffee and conversation afterwards at Mozart's.

Because of the in-town stretches, this ride agerages about 15. That's the average speed your computer will show after the ride, with stoplights, turns, hills, etc. But to average 15 you need to ride 15-18 most of the time on the flats, so please come expecting that.

Please be sure to arrive a little early for signup and rider's meeting.

BE SURE TO CHECK THIS SITE AFTER 8:00 ON RIDE DAY IN CASE OF RAIN CANCELLATION.

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.
Type:
Road
Level:
Intermediate
Expected Turnout:
Under 15 riders
Terrain:
Hilly
Date:
Saturday, 16 Dec, 2017
Time:
9:00 AM
Planned
Ride starts at 9:00 AM These rides are co-hosted by Mellow Johnny’s and Bike Austin. This no-drop group ride is perfect for the cyclist new to riding or bike commuting, returning ... moreto the bike, or just looking for a more casual ride. The routes are designed to help riders navigate the city bike routes and other safe bike commuting options.

To accommodate the number of riders and varying fitness, there are two groups. The first group is designed for those who can average 14-16mph for 20-30 miles with one or two regrouping points. This group follows the same route but is provided with an extended mileage option.

The second group is our traditional Scout-a-route. We average 12mph for distances between 15-25 miles with regrouping points.

There is now a Facebook page for this ride: https://www.facebook.com/ScoutARoute/ please like the page and give feedback or suggestions there.

Both rides are intended to explore, so leave your heart rate monitor at home, bring some spare dollars for the occasional refreshment stop and enjoy the view.

General ride expectations: helmet, bike in good working condition, spare tire tube, water and nutrition, and no headphone/radios. We encourage you to ride to the shop. If driving, please park in the street.

For preride refreshment, meet at Juan Pelota Café 30 minutes before start time.
Type:
Road
Level:
Novice
Expected Turnout:
15 - 50 riders
Terrain:
Flat to rolling
Date:
Saturday, 16 Dec, 2017Monthly on the third Saturday
Time:
9:00 AM
CHeck for rain cancellation after 8 AM
No sprints, no big hills. Starts in town, but gets out into the country. Store stops in Buda (16 mi), Kyle (28), then return. Coffee and conversation afterwards at Mozart's.... more
Please be sure to arrive a little early for rider's meeting and to meet newcomers. If you arrive at 9:05 you may find an empty parking lot.

START LOCATION: In the uphill parking lot, across the street from Mozart's. We meet near the old white wrecked boat.
Type:
Road, No Drop
Level:
Intermediate
Expected Turnout:
Under 15 riders
Terrain:
Flat to rolling
Date:
Sunday, 17 Dec, 2017
Time:
9:00 AM
Ride starts at 12 noon!
Start time is 10 AM for the winter! A moderate C-pace ride (roughly 11 to 14 mph) on The Southern Walnut Creek Trail from Govalle Park to the Abrupt End and return. Round trip is about ... more20 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. And you might even see Lance flashing by.

The trail is two-way and narrows down in spots, with a couple of blind corners. Single-file riding and moderate speed on the turns is recommended!

There are two significant road intersections that require caution to cross.

This ride is cross-posted to Bike Austin.

A map of Govalle 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.

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.
This ride is cross-posted to Austin Cycling on Meetup.
Type:
Road, Social
Level:
Intermediate
Expected Turnout:
150+
Terrain:
Hilly
Date:
Tuesday, 19 Dec, 2017
Time:
10:00 AM
LOOKING FOR MORE ENCOURAGEMENT AND FUN FOLKS TO RIDE WITH? Check out Smart Trips Austin! Smart Trips Austin is a free program through January 31, 2018 that aims to increase trips taken ... moreby foot, bike, bus or shared car. The City of Austin and Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro) are working together to encourage Austinites to consider more sustainable options for getting around town. Please check out their upcoming events December 19th for Bike d'Lights, January 14th for the Cold Weather Ride/The Ramen Ride and January 20th for the Bike Shop Tour! http://smarttripsaustin.org
Type:
Road, Social, No Drop, Family Friendly
Level:
Novice
Expected Turnout:
15 - 50 riders
Terrain:
Mostly flat
Date:
Tuesday, 19 Dec, 2017
Time:
6:00 PM
PLANNED
Ride starts at 9:00AM These rides are co-hosted by Mellow Johnny’s and Bike Austin. This no-drop group ride is perfect for the cyclist new to riding or bike commuting, returning ... moreto the bike, or just looking for a more casual ride. The routes are designed to help riders navigate the city bike routes and other safe bike commuting options.

To accommodate the number of riders and varying fitness, there are two groups. The first group is designed for those who can average 14-16mph for 20-30 miles with one or two regrouping points. This group follows the same route but is provided with an extended mileage option.

The second group is our traditional Scout-a-route. We average 12mph for distances between 15-25 miles with regrouping points.

There is now a Facebook page for this ride: https://www.facebook.com/ScoutARoute/ please like the page and give feedback or suggestions there.

Both rides are intended to explore, so leave your heart rate monitor at home, bring some spare dollars for the occasional refreshment stop and enjoy the view.

General ride expectations: helmet, bike in good working condition, spare tire tube, water and nutrition, and no headphone/radios. We encourage you to ride to the shop. If driving, please park in the street.

For preride refreshment, meet at Juan Pelota Café 30 minutes before start time.
Type:
Road, Social
Level:
Novice, Intermediate
Expected Turnout:
Under 15 riders
Terrain:
Flat to rolling
Date:
Saturday, 23 Dec, 2017Monthly on the fourth Saturday
Time:
9:00 AM