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    ARR Bike Month Events (May 2005)

    As we discussed in the Wednesday meeting. May is bike month, so the club has several events planned. Here's a thread for information about and discussion of them. Current plans are for a CP skills clinic, family ride day, trail work, Ride Like a Girl, and other events.
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    First event: City Park Skills Clinic

    Where: City Park. Take 2222 exit from MOPAC or 360, head west to City Park Road. Turn left and go 3.8 miles to Oak Shore, turn left and go 0.9 miles until you see the motocross sign on the left, and you're there.

    When: Saturday, May 7th, wheels down at 10:00am, food in the parking lot afterwards around noon (details still to come on this).

    Anyone who's curious about what City Park has to offer or just wants to work on the many obstacles out there is welcome to join in on this ride. It will be slow paced and no one will be dropped. Plan to take 2 hours to finish the ~6 mile loop.

    Helmet and bike required. If pads give you extra confidence, bring them, no one will laugh at you (much).
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    There will also be some skilled riders showing off the their capabilities in the parkinglot as well as some of the larger ledges around the trail.
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    Here's a condensed version of what will be in the May edition of the Southwest Cycling News:

    Bike Month Events
    These events are open to the public and membership is not required to participate. Helmets, however, are required. Riders should bring plenty of water with them, as drinking water is not always available at the trailhead. It is also recommended that you bring a spare tube, tire levers and a pump so that a flat doesn’t prematurely end a good ride.

    Wednesday, May 4, Walnut Creek Beginner’s Ride
    Paul Lugo will be leading beginner rides at Walnut Creek the first Wednesday of every month beginning in May. This will be a slow-paced, skills building ride for those new to off-road cycling. . Meet in the swimming pool parking lot at 6:00 p.m. Contact Paul at paullugo@yahoo.com for additional details.

    Saturday, May 7, City Park Ride and Skills Clinic
    Chuck Hostetler and Sean McGaughey will be leading ride clinics focused on developing skills necessary to negotiate the rocks and ledges that the City Park trails are famous for. These “clinics” involve riding the trail, stopping at various technical sections to provide instruction and allow riders to practice until they can successfully ride the section.

    Sunday, May 8, Mother’s Day Family Ride
    Meet at the Austin Ridge Riders club banner at Mary Moore Searight Metropolitan Park at 2:00 p.m. Club members will be guiding riders along a short family-oriented spin through the park.

    Saturday-Sunday, May 7-8, Reimer’s Ranch 6 hour ride and campout
    This is a Grassroots event with no entry fee and no running start. The ride starts at 10:00 a.m., log your own laps. The loop will be 11-13 miles and will be well marked. Ride as many or as few laps as you wish. $5 day use/$10 if camping.

    Wednesday, May 11, Austin Ridge Riders Club Meeting and Ride
    Walnut Creek Park. Meet at the Austin Ridge Riders banner in the parking lot by the swimming pool. Club members will lead rides for beginner and intermediate level riders. The groups will follow routes based on the skill levels of the riders. We’ll ride at 6:00 p.m., with meeting and hot dogs to follow. In the event of rain, the meeting location will be moved to El Camino Real at Spicewood Springs and 183.

    Saturday, May 14, Ride Like a Girl, Walnut Creek Park
    Meet in the parking lot by the pool at 10:00 a.m. This ride will kick off the 6th year of Ride Like a Girl rides. Riders meet at a local trail every Monday at 6:00 p.m. from June through September, with at least one weekend ride a month at one of the trails within a short drive of the city. The rides are open to any woman who is interested in improving her skills, or who is simply looking for a group of like-minded women to ride with. An average of about fifty women participates each week. The group typically breaks up into smaller groups of beginner, novice, intermediate, and advanced riders. The newer riders are guided by more experienced riders, and intermediate riders learn from the faster girls. The ride schedule will be posted on the Austin Ridge Riders website later this month and flyers will be available at local bike shops.
    Sincere thanks and congratulations go out to Debbie Main, Dawn Skinner and Angela Nugent for committing themselves to yet another summer of providing excellent instruction to Austin’s mountain biking women.

    Friday, May 20, Bike to Work Day
    This is the day to give commuting a shot. You may find that you get to work just as fast or faster than by driving. Not to mention the improved mental clarity you will experience from starting your day off with a little aerobic exercise! Take the clothes you’ll need to change into to your workplace earlier in the week as well as whatever supplies you need to “freshen up”. Some office buildings have locker rooms and shower facilities available that can make commuting very convenient. Pick up a bike route map from one of the local bike shops and find a route that keeps you off the major thoroughfares. Hopefully, you can find a route that also takes you past one of the breakfast stops being sponsored by the Austin Cycling Association. Studies have shown that 1 in 5 cyclists that participate in Bike to Work day become regular commuters. I'm one of them. Everyday I ride my bike to work is a good day!

    Saturday, May 21, Trail Work and KidTrips, McKinney Falls Park
    Meet at the gym behind the Parks and Wildlife Headquarters at 8:00 a.m. for a quick pedal through the trails to be sure they are in good shape before starting our first KidTrips event of the year. John Aldaya will be coordinating this event and will be needing approximately ten volunteers to help with the work and ride. Please email John at kidtrips@yahoo.com to volunteer. The ride will start at about 9:00 a.m. and last till about 1:00 p.m. Lunch is included. To get to the gym, turn into the Texas Parks and Wildlife Headquarters on Smith School Road, off Burleson between Montopolis and McKinney Falls Parkway. Follow the road to the right all the way to the back of the property and a single story rock building. You can park in front of the building.

    Sunday, May 29, 4th Annual Guts and Glory 12 Hour, Flat Rock Ranch
    The 4th annual Guts and Glory 12 Hour will be held Sunday, May 29th starting at 8:00 am at Flat Rock Ranch in Comfort. It's a holiday weekend, so you'll have Monday off to recover. $15 gets you camping Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, land use fee, entry to all of the events, BBQ and beer (if you're over 21). This family-friendly event will include:
    - $$Cash$$ prizes for the top solo male and female riders
    - Schwag raffle for everyone else
    - 'Mountain Bike Olympics' on Saturday
    - Fully-plugged live music
    - BBQ
    - Kid-specific events
    Go to www.grassrootstx.com for complete details. Go to www.flatrockranch.net for directions and other information about the ranch.
    Many thanks to Kyle Poole for organizing this event!

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