Monday, April 14, 2014

2014 MS 150 Houston to Austin Bike Ride. Crossing finish line in Austin

I'll have more on the MS 150 ride, but for now a video of what it is like to cross the finish line in Austin and a few highlights of the ride.

The battery on my phone died so I couldn't track it on Strava but here are my stats: day 1 83 miles, left Rhodes Stadium in Katy TX at 7:10 AM and arrived at La Grange 2:25 Pm. Day 2, 66 miles, left La Grange at 8:15 and arrived at State Capitol in Austin at 2:20.

Favorite moment was a group of workers from one of my company's competitors riding 2x2 in middle of lane, slow and sloppy as their regular work, cars passing on left, and after I called out cars back and they didn't move, I passed on the right.  One of them yelled at me, in most stereotypical southern accent imaginable, that I needed to pass on left. Then I told him to get right and got "I damn will when you get out of the way!".

Favorite rider was easily young pretty girl in full makeup, with false eyelashes, at the second rest stop first day. I wish I saw her day two and after about 120 miles. Or maybe I did?

Most sobering moment was having to walk on the shoulder halfway down one of the steepest hills of day two because police had closed off all street traffic and were tending to a crashed rider. Looked liked they were keeping her immobilized until the ambulance arrived. Riding this far, fast, and in traffic can be dangerous.

Most annoying thing for my teammates was easily my snoring. The next tent over put on an ambient noise app on their phone to drown it out. I remember thinking, "hmm crickets at this hour? Interesting but kind of nice. Soothing".

Thursday, April 3, 2014

More National Attention. This time NPR

Another national report, this time on NPR's All Things Considered, on the growing cycling culture in Houston.  The focus is Texas wide but they do specifically mention Houston passing 100M bond to improve cycling paths.  You can here the report here: All Things Considered

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Some National Attention For Houston

Bicycling Magazine's blog The Hub has some positive things to say about the city's bicycle master plan, safe passing ordinance, and undercover sting to catch menacing drivers.  They also give nice props to Bike Houston.  To quote from the blog:

One is simply about size: Houston trails only New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago in terms of population in this country, so this has the potential to benefit a lot of people.

It's great to see the positive press on Houston and the progress the city, mayor, and bike community have made. Again here is a link to the post: