With this gorgeous weather, it seems prudent to provide another update on the progress of the local bike trail system. There’s good news on most fronts, with two significant links almost completed and two more under way.
Both the Heritage East trail from San Jacinto to McKee north of downtown and the new bayou crossing into Herman Brown Park north of I-10 and east of the East Loop will be open by the end of the year, says Dan Raine, the city’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator.
Also, the steel structure for the Rosemont Bridge parallel to Studemont over Buffalo Bayou is almost complete, as are the concrete supporting pillars.
Meanwhile, ground has been broken on the Heritage West trail that will link Stude Park and the MKT Trail in the Heights to the north end of downtown while also connecting with Heritage East. Also under way is the 4-mile extension of the White Oak Bayou Trail from Pinemont to Antoine into the Inwood Forest area. Both projects will take 12-18 months, with the weather holding the key to how quickly they get done.
So what would “Bike Week” be without a mention of the famous Lance Armstrong. At the moment, he’s hammering it out with Team Radio Shack through the Amgen Tour of California. Here are the latest results before today’s race:
The coverage is on the Versus Network where the telecast is 4-6PM CST and the rebroadcast at 11PM CST. Make sure to check out how ridiculous the scenery is along the California coast. It runs 8 stages and the Individual Time Trial stage runs in Los Angeles during stage 7 so that will definitely be one to check out.
In addition, I thought it would be cool to add a pretty awesome of Lance having some fun with the cats from MASHSF in Austin. The way Lance pulls away at the end is epic.
Tonight is the first Texas Cup Race of the season. The races start at 6PM and the categories are listed as on the flyer above. Last night the racers rode 59 deep during the Friday night open races! It is quite a spectacle. Also, it is such a great experience and opportunity for the racers to ride in this type of climate of competition. So head out to the Velodrome if you want some free action packed entertainment or get your lycra on and ride!
Velodrome racing season is here! April is going to be busy at the Velodrome!
Friday Night Racing at Alkek Velodrome!
The 2010 Friday Night Race Series will be broken up into a Spring and Fall season. While both seasons will count towards the Alkek Rider of the Year standings, the top rider in each category for both the Spring and Fall seasons will be recognized.
April 2, 9, 16, 30
May 7, 14, 21
June 4, 11, 18
If you have yet to see a cyclocrossing event in Houston yet, it is pretty intense what these guys go through just to get to the finish line. The ability to sustain the agility and keep up the stamina is simply amazing. Imagine pedaling through grass, rough terrain, dirt, mud, hiking, avoiding obstacles in addition to jumping over others. It’s an intense run-through from the minute the gun goes off until they pass the finish line. Nothing clean about this race and if you are, you weren’t doing it right. When you smile, you better have mud on your teeth!
It’s the ultimate mix of mountain bike and road bike riding. Make sure you practice your mount and dismount also…you may hit a couple high notes, if you don’t properly do so.