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Austin Thanksgiving Ride Report(13 posts)

Austin Thanksgiving Ride ReportTig
Nov 30, 2002 3:27 PM
Visited my sister in Austin for Thanksgiving and had to ride to burn a few turkey pounds off. The weather was pleasant with temp's in the upper 50's, light winds, and sunny skies. The ride was a short there and back on Bee Caves Road, which is part of LA's training route. He and the USPS boys should be there this coming week to start the training year off.

Sorry about the limited pictures, but nightfall was coming and I needed the miles more than the photos!

Here's a nice descent.

Followed by a relatively long climb. No mountains here, but nice rollong hills.

Here's the top of a hill that descends into a neighborhood. Not knowing where the deadend would be, I had to keep the brakes on most of the time.

At the bottom, ready to climb back up. I forgot to bring the 12X25 cogs, so the 12X21 will have to do. This hill gets steep at times. I hope that dog that tried to chase me doesn't see me on the way back up!

Another steep section to go, right after the worst ascent... the dog was waiting and brought out his meaner, bigger yellow lab buddy. The yellow lab tried to attack my handlebars. I had to get off after yelling didn't work and actually swing the bike at him. After a few squirts from the water bottle and a pop on the nose with a swinging bike, he backed off. If he wasn't a true threat, I would have taken his picture. He tried to sneak up on me while taking this last one. The recent fixed gear riding has improved my climbing power at least.

Getting dark, so time to ride back. I'll have to ride here again soon, but in a more remote country area. 10 years ago, all this was wild with no suburban sprawl. I miss the old cool, hippy-like Austin. The roads are now full of high speed, cell phone conversing yuppy's in SUV's and BMW's.
Thanks - nice shots. The sun keeps catching me offguard as well, goes down fast (nm)Scot_Gore
Nov 30, 2002 4:45 PM
Nice shots.look271
Nov 30, 2002 5:01 PM
Don't know if I'd really call those hills, though =)
Pictures are deceptive. Ride 'em to really know!Tig
Nov 30, 2002 8:01 PM
How many times have we read about so called 12% or 16% grades?! I have no idea what the grade on sections of the Rob Roy road are, but it wasn't too easy! There are plenty of roads west of Austin that have much better hills. The areas around Kerrville and Leakey, as well as near the Lost Maples State Natural Area have some serious climbs. Among other hilly places, I've ridden in Colorado, New Hampshire, and Idaho, and what these Texas climbs lack in length or altitude, they make up for in steepness. Otherwise Lance wouldn't train so near home! :-)
I should have posted this oneTig
Nov 30, 2002 8:19 PM
I know!look271
Dec 2, 2002 10:56 AM
Just messin'with ya. Any hill is tough when you are riding it =). I could post some pics of the climbs around here, too, and the reaction of others would be the same as mine was to yours. Great pics, by the way.
Peace out!
Nice shots.firstrax
Nov 30, 2002 11:37 PM
Its hard to capture the magnitude of hills in photographs.
re: LA in SIteoteoteo
Nov 30, 2002 5:25 PM
The hills in the neighborhood look to be around St. Stephens school road. Bee Caves is a road LA will use to get out of town mainly. As a side note look for a Sports Illustrated piece on LA coming up in a couple of weeks. SI writer Rick Reilly rode with Lance today for the article. As for camp Johan is due in Monday with the rest of the boys Tuesday for the camp.
The last road has a "Rob Roy" sign at the entrance, north side of Bee Caves rd. -nmTig
Nov 30, 2002 7:35 PM
re: I knew it!teoteoteo
Nov 30, 2002 7:56 PM
The concrete on the right side of the asphalt in one of the pics gave it away. It's pretty sad that I have ridden through that neighborhood 40+ times and can't remember the name of it or any of the roads.
Kewl! So, where are some good places to ride starting around there?Tig
Nov 30, 2002 8:09 PM
I'd be starting west of there from Senna Road. I'm near Houston, but will be back sometime in the next few months. Thanks!
Kewl! So, where are some good places to ride starting around there?teoteoteo
Dec 1, 2002 5:29 AM
I'll have to look to see were senna road is. I have some great rides but am short on time this morning. I'll try to post them later. As for river road I am not sure if that is in town or out. LA has two pieces of property but the best riding is out towards Johnson City.
Another great rd in arealancezneighbor
Nov 30, 2002 8:57 PM
River Hills rd is another great rd in the area. Lance has a nice chunk of land on this road and I have seen him riding out here twice. It's nice and steep and covered with trees, but a little narrow so watch for cars adn DEER they could jump out at anytime.