Austin Bike Culture Calendar Events: 8/6- 8/12/09

There is a TON of bike related stuff this week on the order of we've not seen since Bike Month thanks to the Bicycle Film Festival. There are screenings all weekend starting Friday night, Gold Sprints, and Austin's first Bike Polo Tournament. If racing is more your thing, the State Time Trail Championships is this weekend in Castroville just outside of San Antonio with Individual TT on Saturday and Team Time Trials on Sunday.

Here’s a quick run down of recommended events for the coming week from the Austin on Two Wheels comprehensive calendar of all cycling events. Thanks to Jason at ATXBS for letting us know about some events we couldn’t find elsewhere. As always, if there is an event you know about that’s not on our calendar contact us, and we’ll add your event on and possibly add it to the weekly round up.

Thursday, August 6

ACA Hosted Night at The Driveway

4 PM, The Driveway, 8400 Delwau Ln

The Austin Cycling Association have access to the lower track (shadier section) of The Driveway from 4:00 until 6:20. They will be riding laps - time yourself to find your hosted ride 'home' pace. All paces are welcome! Come by when you can. Stay for the Ladies Night clinic or catch the bike racers on the upper track.

Kenny Hill AutoWerks' Driveway Criterium Races

4:30 PM, Community Rally, 5:30 PM, Races, The Driveway, 8400 Delwau Ln

Weekly Thursday night road racing through October that takes place on the closed car-free driving course at the Driveway. Races include Cat 4/5 at 6:10, Cat 3/4 at 5:30, Pro/Cat 1/2/3 at 6:45 to choose from with a fourth Masters race (40 + years old) running from May 21- August 6 starting at 7:45. Open riding during Community Rally from 4:30- 5:30 PM. Races registration $20, Rally $10. $5 off with 8 oz can donated to Capital Area Food Bank. See the A2W article about the series for more info.

Thursday Night Bike Polo

5:30 PM, NEW LOCATION: Metz Park, 2407 Canterbury St

The Austin Bike Polo Club's weekday match. All bikes and skill levels are welcome and spare mallets and balls are available if you don't have any. Check out the A2W article on bike polo for more info.

Joyride opening reception for Bicycle Film Festival

6 -10 PM, Co-LAB, 613 Allen St

The opening reception for the Bicycle Film Festival with art by: joyridewebAgathe Snow / Alessandro Zuek Simonetti / Andrew McClintock / Artus de Lavilleon / Austin Bike Zoo / Camilla Candida Donzella / Ed Glazar / Fast Eddie Williams / James Newman / James Jean / Jessica Douglas / Julia Chiang / Kelsey Brookes / Kenzo Minami / Marc Sich / Martha Cooper / Marco Mucig / Mike Giant / Nathaniel Freeman / Sandy Carson / Scott Campbell / Silver Warner / Steve MacDonald / Takuya Sakamoto / Tara Foley. Group rides to Co-Lab starting at 5:30 PM from South: Bouldin Creek Coffee House (1501 S 1st), Campus: Spider House Cafe (2908 Fruth St), North: Flight Path Coffeehouse (5011 Duval St), East: Progress Coffee (500 San Marcos St.)

Women's Road Racing Clinic by Team Hotel San Jose Women and Holland Racing

6:15 PM, The Driveway, 8400 Delwau Ln

Come join the Austin Flyers Women's Cycling Team on the 1st Thursday of everything month, July thru October, for the Designer Clearance House Ladies' Night at the Driveway. Show up at 5:30 for a Mellow Johnny's bike check. Skills clinics start at 6:15. Whether you're thinking about racing, want to learn how to ride in a group, or are just looking to ride for fun and make a few friends along the way, Ladies' Night at Driveway Austin has something for you. Come join us on the Driveway's smooth asphalt track in this traffic free setting. Cost is $15, or $5 with an 8 ounce can of food for the Silicon Labs Canned Food Drive.

Urban Night Ride 7:30 PM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge

A ride from the Facebook group Social Cycling ATX. Meet at Pedestrian Bridge earlier this week at 7:30 p.m. leave at 8:00 p.m. The ride will be heading to the Joyride Art Party as part of the Bicycle Film Festival.

Friday, August 7

Bicycle Film Festival, Program 1: Where are you go

7 PM, 501 Studio Corner, E Fifth St. and Brushy St, (501 N IH 35)

The first program of the Bicycle Film festival featuring the short film "Made in Queens" and the full length film "Where you go". For film descriptions, trailers, and to buy passes, visit the BFF site.

Fabulous Fixed First Friday Alleycat Race

8 PM, Fast Folks, 2513-A E 6th St

The first Friday of the month means Fabulous Fixed First Friday alleycat races with this month's race a Murder Garage Race. Bring $5, a bag and a fixed gear bike to race. Come and cheer even if you don't plan to race so you can start your weekend right. Showing of the film No Cassette afterwards at 9:30.

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Bicycle Film Festival, Program 2: Fun Bike Shorts

9 PM, 501 Studio Corner, E Fifth St. and Brushy St, (501 N IH 35)

The second program of the Bicycle Film festival featuring eleven bicycle short films. For film descriptions, trailers, and to buy passes, visit the BFF site.

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9 PM- Midnight, Shiners' Saloon, 422 Congress Ave Suite D

If you are not familiar with Gold Sprints, it is an indoor race where two bikes on trainers are set up next to one another and riders sprint against each other for fame and glory. An open source program called OpenSprints projects the speed and virtual distance covered up on a screen for the crowd to watch and cheer. Consider it the ultimate spectator friendly bike competition. For more on the Gold Sprints, see the A2W article on the series.

Bicycle Film Festival Afterparty benefiting the Yellow Bike Project

10 PM, The Creekside Lounge, 606 E 7th St

Music with Benko, Lick Lick, Super Sonic Uke and more special guests. $5 cover at the door, which goes directly to Yellow Bike and the musicians entertaining you.

Saturday, August 8

Texas State Road Time Trial Championship

7 AM, Individual TT on Saturday & Team TT on Sunday, Castroville, TX

This year's Texas State Time Trial will occur in Castroville, Texas near San Antonio with distances varying from 10- 40K depending on category. Sunday will feature the Team Time Trial. There is $3250 in prize money.

Mellow Johnny's Scout-A-Ride Shop Road Ride: Marathon Preview

8:30 AM, Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, 400 Nueces St Saturday mornings spent exploring City of Austin bike routes finding new neighborhoods and ways to get around on your bike. This week's theme is Marathon Preview. Today's ride is the easy way to do 26.2 miles. We'll ride the marathon course passing through some of Austin's most scenic neighborhoods. Come by at 8:00 for pre-ride coffee. Ride organizer: Eileen Schaubert at eileen@mellowjohnnys.com or 512-426-4851.

Bicycle Film Fest Triple Race

10:30 AM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake

Local rider organizer Annie D. is throwing this free triple race to celebrate the Bicycle Film Fest. Scavenger Race, Ladies Race, and Super Fast Race. Questions about the race? Email Annie D. at antarctican.ad@gmail.com. bfftripleraceBFFTournyFlyer2009-v5

Bicycle Film Festival Bike Polo Tournament Day 1: Round Robin and pickup games

11 AM, Metz Park, 2407 Canterbury St

Austin Texas is proud to host it's first ever Bike Polo Tournament, and what better way then during the Bicycle Film Festival. The tournament will be the standard 3v3 format. If you can't make it out to the North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships, come to Austin instead! $15 per team covers it all. Games will begin at High Noon with a Round Robin style 1st Round Tournament. There will be some food and drinks provided. Games will be informal with pick up interspersed

Bicycle Film Festival Streetparty

1- 7 PM, 501 Studio Corner, E Fifth St. and Brushy St (501 N IH 35)

This street party will feature Fixed Gear Jam, BMX Competitions, and a good time.

Bicycle Film Festival, Program 3: The Third Wheel

3 PM, 501 Studio Corner, E Fifth St. and Brushy St, (501 N IH 35)

The third program of the Bicycle Film festival featuring several bicycle short films and the feature film "Third Wheel." For film descriptions, trailers, and to buy passes, visit the BFF site.

Bicycle Film Festival, Program 4: Keirin Queen/Onna Keirin Oh

5 PM, 501 Studio Corner, E Fifth St. and Brushy St, (501 N IH 35)

The fourth program of the Bicycle Film festival featuring the feature film "Keirin Queen/Onna Keirin Oh" For film descriptions, trailers, and to buy passes, visit the BFF site.

Bicycle Film Festival, Program 5: I Love my Bicycle: The Story of FBM Bikes

7 PM, 501 Studio Corner, E Fifth St. and Brushy St, (501 N IH 35)

The fifth program of the Bicycle Film festival featuring several bicycle short films and the feature film "I Love my Bicycle." For film descriptions, trailers, and to buy passes, visit the BFF site.

Bicycle Film Festival, Program 6: Urban Bike Shorts

9 PM, 501 Studio Corner, E Fifth St. and Brushy St, (501 N IH 35)

The sixth program of the Bicycle Film festival featuring thirteen bicycle short films. For film descriptions, trailers, and to buy passes, visit the BFF site.

42Below Gold Sprints Series

10 PM- 2 AM, Scoot Inn, 1308 E 4th St

If you are not familiar with Gold Sprints, it is an indoor race where two bikes on trainers are set up next to one another and riders sprint against each other for fame and glory. An open source program called OpenSprints projects the speed and virtual distance covered up on a screen for the crowd to watch and cheer. Consider it the ultimate spectator friendly bike competition. This Gold Sprints will be part of an after party for the Austin stop of the Bicycle Film Festival.

Sunday, August 9

Sunday Morning Fixie Ride

8:20 AM, Posse East, 2900 Duval St

The ride is focused on fixed-gear bikes, but everyone is welcome. The ride will proceed at a social pace from the UT campus on various routes of 25-35 miles.

Bicycle Film Festival Bike Polo Tournament Day 2: Double Elimination FINALS!

Metz Park, 2407 Canterbury St

Day two of Austin's first Bike Polo Tournament. Teams will be seeded based on the Round Robin Results. Game play will begin at High Noon with a Double Elimination Tournament. Food and Drinks will be provided.

Capital City BMX Weekly Race Series

1 PM, Capital City BMX, 15010 FM Road 620 North

The Capital City BMX opened in November 2008 and offers you a chance to learn and race BMX. BMX races are held every Sunday with rider check-in 1-2 PM. Cost $10/rider. (There is also practice time on Saturday’s. Check Capital City BMX for more info.)

Bicycle Film Festival, Program 7: Repeat of Urban Bike Shorts

7 PM, 501 Studio Corner, E Fifth St. and Brushy St, (501 N IH 35)

The seventh program of the Bicycle Film festival featuring thirteen bicycle short films. For film descriptions, trailers, and to buy passes, visit the BFF site.

Bicycle Film Festival, Program 8: Repeat of Where are you go

9 PM, 501 Studio Corner, E Fifth St. and Brushy St, (501 N IH 35)

The final program of the Bicycle Film festival featuring the short film "Made in Queens" and the full length film "Where you go". For film descriptions, trailers, and to buy passes, visit the BFF site.

Monday, August 10

Weekly Ladies Ride presented by Team Hotel San Jose and Mellow Johnny’s

5:30 PM, Mellow Johnny's Bike Show, 400 Nueces St

This is a weekly Monday ride reserved just for the ladies! Join experienced and knowledgeable riders from Mellow Johnny’s and Team Hotel San Jose for a friendly and moderately paced social ride (14-16mph average). This is a perfect chance to become more comfortable riding in a group, ask questions about pack riding or racing, meet other ladies like yourself who also enjoy riding, and keep up your fitness. We start at 5:30pm and will ride for 1-2 hours.

Ride Like a Girl Women's Mountain Bike Rides

6 PM, Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park, 12138 N Lamar Blvd

The Austin Ridge Riders are hosting a five month program of weekly Monday evening women's mountain bike rides, plus weekend rides at local mountain bike trails/parks. This is an opportunity to meet other women to ride with, learn new trails and learn new skills. Each ride will divide up into groups based on riders' abilities and speed and will have a beginner clinic/ride, intermediate, and advanced group rides. Rides will last 1 - 2.5 hours. Prizes and gift certificates from our sponsors will be raffled away after every ride. All riders must wear a helmet, bring plenty of water, and have a trail-worthy bike in good working condition. Please arrive 15 minutes before the start time.

Heavy Metal Fitness Ride hosted by Social Cycling ATX

7 PM, Lamar Blvd Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, Lady Bird Lake

Hosted by Social Cycling ATX, this ride is a higher pace and more challenging than their Thursday Night Urban Ride. The ride is 20-30 miles and usually ends with free beer and a dip in the water. Meet up at 7 PM. Ride leaves at 7:30 sharp.

Tuesday, August 11

Monthly Bike Time Trials by RunFAR Racing Services

5:30 PM, Mopac Veloway, 4848 La Crosse Ave

RunFAR Racing Services is back doing their twice a month TT series on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. An approximately 8 mile Bike Time Trial, the race is free or all Chip Owners. You can rent a chip for $5.00 if you do not own a chip or forget your chip. You may purchase a chip at the RunFAR Store OR we will have personal chips for sale at registration. First cyclist starts at 6pm. Riders may start at their discretion. Registration begins at 5:30pm and closes just before 6:55pm. Course: S. Mopac Loop. Starts on the southbound shoulder just past La Crosse Ave. And finishes on the northbound shoulder just before La Crosse Ave. Results will be posted ONLINE ONLY.

Wednesday, August 12

Weekly Women’s Ride with Austin Flyer’s Team

6 PM, Bicycle Sport Shop Central, 517 South Lamar Blvd

Join local cycling team the Austin Flyers for this weekly women's ride. The ride will leave from BSS Central Location (Lamar and Barton Springs) every week except for the last Wednesday of the month when it will leave from BSS North location (183 and Braker). This is a relaxed-pace, no-drop ride open to all levels and will last up to two hours. If you have any questions about the ride, please email Tammy Thompson.

Casual South Austin Wednesday Night Ride

6:30 PM, Don’s Automotive 1636 South 1st St, Austin

Leave from Don’s Automotive 1636 South First between 6:30 – 7:00. About 10+ miles, average a little over 10 mph. Lately the ride has been doing a loop including Barton Hills Blvd and some hills like Lund St. We avoid the Hike and Bike trail for being too crowded. Nothing highly technical or competitive but the ride would be difficult or impossible with a single speed or cruiser type bike. This group is certainly not the fastest but not the slowest either. Ride organizer: Don from Don’s Automotive, 512-447-9032

42Below Gold Sprints Series

9 PM- Midnight, Cedar Street Courtyard, 208 W 4th St

If you are not familiar with Gold Sprints, it is an indoor race where two bikes on trainers are set up next to one another and riders sprint against each other for fame and glory. An open source program called OpenSprints projects the speed and virtual distance covered up on a screen for the crowd to watch and cheer. Consider it the ultimate spectator friendly bike competition. 

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