February 15th and 16th!

Go USA!

Go USA!

WEEKEND RECAP

I missed Saturday but was told there was 15 riders and the ride started cold but everyone warmed up quickly.  Sounds like everyone had a great ride.  I heard it was a fast ride and most everyone averaged around 19mph.  The route Saturday was changed to Triple B’s so we will do the Scenic Route this Saturday.  Sunday was a great social ride and we had 8 people in attendance and we did the Tour de Steiner Ranch and averaged about 14 mph.

NEW KIT FITTING PARTY

Here is another opportunity to mark your calendar for February 26th at The University of Texas Golf Club in Steiner Ranch in the Santa Rita room.  We will be doing fittings from 6pm until 8pm.  Afterwards feel free to stick around and socialize in the bar area.  I’ll pre ordered some appetizers and the Club will be offering ½ priced drinks.

Remember if you want a kit show up for the fitting or make arrangements with Tom Delaney at delaneyt@earthlink.net or call him at 512-796-4449 to drive out to his area for an alternative date to get fitted.  Tom is in our club and works for Descente Cycling.  Get your fitting done before the fitting party because we are going to place our orders shortly thereafter.  If you’re on the free list or if you want to buy a kit you need to get this fitting knocked out before the deadline.  We hope to have the kits back from production by the end of March.

We have solidly committed 5 sponsors and trying to nail down the final two so if you are interested please let me know.  I have received checks from Austin City Living, Resolute Fitness and FrontYrd and expect the other two shortly.  We will be placing the orders right after the fitting and if everything goes smoothly we may have our new kits by the end of March just in time for spring riding.

STRAVA HIGHLIGHTS

The Strava highlights for last week by category are as follows (need to ride over 75 miles in the week to be included in stats below):

Distance                    Eric Watson             208.1             Miles
Mountain Goat       Hicham Badawi       3,502 Feet
Speed Demon         Eric Watson             32.3 over 208.1 Total Miles

Special mention:  Eric Watson kicked ass this week and overall has become an outstanding cyclist in just less than 2 years of cycling.  Great job Eric and good luck with your continued training and race season.

NEXT WEEKENDS RIDES

AUSTIN SCIENIC LOOP – Saturday February 15th at 8:30am at Cups & Cones

This Saturday the Steiner Ranch Cycling Club we will be doing the Scenic Loop since we did not do it last week as planned.  The ride is about 56 miles round trip to and from Cups & Cones.

The ride will start at Cups & Cones and we will grind it out of Steiner Ranch via the Steiner Ranch Blvd hill up to 620.  We will take the 620 down to Anderson Mill Road and make a right on Spicewood.  Then we will work our way through a few neighborhoods and end up on Jollyville and work our down Jollyville through the Domain and will cross 360 and get onto Mesa up Mt. Bonnell and then ride through Terry Town and follow Scenic route along Lake Austin Blvd down to Mellow Johnny’s for a break.

Please print out the below route if you are not familiar with the route.

ROUTE 1 (on the way downtown to MJ):

http://goo.gl/maps/2ZcEe

On the way back there are two routes.  I’ll be taking the Shoal Creek route but many go the Bee Caves route.  You will get to choose.

ROUTE 1 (on the way home via Shoal Creek):

http://goo.gl/maps/uChP8

We will probably have two groups.  We will have a faster group that will average about 18-20 mph and a slower group that will average between 15-17mph.  That being said there is no designated sweeper behind me so you need to keep up with me at a minimum or you will be dropped.

Mystery Ride – Sunday February 9th at 8:30am at Cups & Cones

Come join us for our Sunday for our Social (recovery) ride.  We will just meet and take a vote on Sunday but the rides can vary from Tour de Steiner Ranch, Ski Shores or some other local routes all of which will be less than 30 miles.  The speeds can also vary but rarely average more than 15 mph.  This is a great ride if you are beginner, getting back into cycling, or just want a fun ride where you can talk to others.

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