8 AM Start! Tour de Southern Walnut Creek Trail

Type
Road, Social
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
150+
Distance
20 - 21
 miles
Average Speed
11 - 14
 mph
Terrain
Hilly
Date
Tuesday, 27 Jun, 2017
Time
8:00 AM
Rick B
Response rate: 
40%
Response time:
several hours
Status:
Ride starts at 8 AM for the summer
Description
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 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.  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. 



 
Sponsored By
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
Followers
Travis W
Dylan C
Start Time is 8 AM. 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 ... more 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. 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. 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. After ride, coffee or brunch at Sa-Ten cafe, 916 Springdale Road. About 1/2 mile from Govalle Park and easily rideable.
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