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Austin, TXrtolle
Feb 27, 2002 5:41 AM
I'm heading to Austin, TX for a week of training. Any recommendations on good rides? Clubs to ride with, etc? Looking for rides between 50-80miles. And one century route.
Thanks for the help!
you just missed watching Lance race last weekendTig
Feb 27, 2002 6:14 AM
He showed up at an Austin road race just to train without anyone knowing he would be there. There was a serious break away where the leaders gained a nice advantage. Lance drops back to the chasing group and offers to help. He pulled them all the way up to the lead group... by himself! Just before the finish he pulls over to meet his family, packs up his bike and heads home. Just another training ride for LA!

Try the Austin Cycling Association for rides: http://www.ccsi.com/~aca/rides.html

Also go here http://michaelbluejay.com/bicycle/routes.html#south for some of the better hilly routes at the southern part of town (Bee Caves area). Yes, this is where LA and the posties sometimes train.
re: Austin, TXXXX
Feb 27, 2002 10:43 AM
Head west/southwest of town toward Bee Caves, Barton Creek and beyond.
Thanksrtolle
Feb 27, 2002 11:58 AM
Thanks a lot everyone. It should definatly be an awsome week!
re: Austin, TXDrD
Feb 27, 2002 3:25 PM
As already recommended, definitely get in touch with the ACA - they have electronic versions of their maps, which they might send to you if you explain your situation - I would recommend getting out of Austin proper - there is a really nice ride out of Liberty Hill (a bit northwest of Austin) - it's the one called Milmors Man or something like that on the ACA site.

A common loop is 360 to Beecaves to 71 to 620 to 2222 - not overly exciting, and there are lots of cars - going through Lost Creek is nice (a little past Beecaves on 360) - you can then either take Barton Springs out to Southwest parkway to 71 to 620... or head the other way on Barton Springs to Beecaves. Also - out 71 (a little past the intersection with 620) you hit Hamilton Pool Rd. which is a nice ride. Another good one is to go out Volente Drive off of 620 - go past volente beach and get on Lime Creek Rd (nice views of the lake) which then goes out to 1431 (this one is best as an out and back - 1431 is not fun to ride on - too much traffic, not enough space). In almost every ride, there are plenty of ways to keep off the main roads - if possible, try and hook up with someone who knows the area. I know REI has rides (and a team) which rides regularly. Another group to try and contact would be the Violet Crownes (local racing group) or maybe even the UT team (either of those two are bound to have lots of training routes for you)

Have fun - Austin is a great place to ride (maybe it'll warm up for when you are here - last weekend was in the upper 70's - very nice!)