The smell of Hill Country and the wind in your hair

The weather is just about perfect for riding a bicycle right now. Yesterday we took advantage of one of the profligate cycling clubs and joined the Circle C Ranch Cycling Club for their Sunday morning ride. There was a time when I would not have had too hard a time keeping up with them on the route chosen – down William Cannon to Barton Creek Boulevard, then Bee Cave Road to 360 and into the hills of Westlake – but whew! now I remember just how many hills Austin has.

So perhaps you’ve been thinking that getting on a bike would be a good way to get some exercise, but you’re not sure where to start? Maybe you’ve ridden around the neighborhood or participated in a charity ride like the Armadillo Hill Country Classic in Liberty Hill (coming up again on May 10th)? Or you read in today’s daily that May is Bike Month and maybe, just maybe, you’ll try biking to work on Friday, May 16th? Well, be sure to check out:

  • Austin Cycling Association – a cycling club for people of all levels and abilities. ACA organizes rides around Austin every weekend and sometimes during the week, as well as providing information and resources for cyclists. They have a full calendar of Bike Month events.
  • Austin Flyers – another cycling club that has a bit more of a focus on helping beginner racers. It is unusual in that it is led by women – but men are welcome.
  • City of Austin Bicycle Route Map – download a PDF of the bicycle routes or get info on ordering a copy.

See you on the road, hopefully on two wheels! Please be kind to cyclists when you’re out driving, too!

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