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    Houston area Rides

    Figured I'd start a thread because there are a lot of rides almost every weekend.

    I just signed up for the Huntsville Raven's Revenge ride this weekend (3/8).
    http://www.huntsvilleravenride.org/

    It's my first ride. I'm both excited and nervous since I am going on my own. My wife can't go.

    Anyone else going?

    I'm planning on doing the Tour de Houston next weekend too.
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    If the weather straightens out I want to ride Raven's Revenge too. If you want to see all the rides in Texas (including Houston) visit Texbiker.net.
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    Quote Originally Posted by texbiker View Post
    If the weather straightens out I want to ride Raven's Revenge too. If you want to see all the rides in Texas (including Houston) visit Texbiker.net.
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    Can you pick up your packet the morning of the ride or do you have to get it before - because it's a long way for me up to the Woodlands friday afternoon...
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    I think you can pick it up the day of the ride. I rode this ride many years ago and registered the day of the ride.
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    every charity/t-shirt ride I've done will let you pick up your packet the day of, most will let you register day of too but that can be a hassle. It's easier to get the packet ahead of time, but not always convenient. Allow a little extra time for packet pick up on ride day.

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    Tour de Houston is a great ride, but will be crazy busy at the start. It's a huge crowd. You should register online and go get your packet at city hall ahead of time, don't even think about trying to fight the lines the day of. IIRC, it's one of the few rides that requires an ID to get your packet so you can't ask someone else to pick it up for you.

    Parking downtown will be hard with so many people coming in, so allow extra time for that too.

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    @bkj you going to join me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
    @bkj you going to join me?
    I can't do the Raven ride, but I'm signed up for Tour de Houston.

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    Raven's Revenge was a great time this morning. Lots of hills, which was tiring and my legs are sore but was a very nice change of pace from just flat riding here in the city. I miss the up and down of hills like when I was in Knoxville!
    I did the 41 mile route, and despite suicide grey skies, some on and off drizzle, and some chilly wind as the morning went on, it was great. I'm happy to have completed my first ride!

    Tour de Houston next weekend. Should be fun riding the streets I drive to work on every day.
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    @bkj ok we're signed up for the tour de houston this weekend. we're going to do the 40. you probably signed up for the full 60 i imagine. I could do the 60 probably but i didn't want to leave my wife behind. the half way point at the school/rest stop on briar forest is right near our apartment, so if my wife's knee starts to hurt too much she can bail there and just ride the <1 mile home, and i'll finish.
    i looked further into parking because i didn't understand what it was saying on the website and discovered they want us parking in the theater district parking garage that's underground and has over 3,000 spots. so i feel much better about that now. so we're going to drive there.
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    Good. Yes I'm doing the 60 which leaves at 7:30. I forgot about that theater district garage, it's huge so you shouldn't have any trouble. It's a great ride! Have fun & I hope to see you along the way.

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    Just don't plan to carry your bikes on a roof rack if you park there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by txags92 View Post
    Just don't plan to carry your bikes on a roof rack if you park there...
    haha yeah we're shorties so no roof racks.
    the website says roof rackers park in the lots near memorial/houston intersection

    sorry we can't ride with you @bkj
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    What's coming up the weekend of the 22/23?
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    Quote Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
    What's coming up the weekend of the 22/23?
    Here is a good link for MS150 recommended rides: National MS Society - Lone Star: Texas, Houston - 2014 BP MS 150

    I also did the 41 mile route of the Raven Ride. I miss riding hills, but that damn Lake Stubblefield road was a lot rougher than I prefer. I'll be riding the Tour de Houston on Sunday. It's a good ride that tours a different part of Houston every year. If you see me, say hi. I have Longhorn tattoos on my calves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the sci guy View Post
    What's coming up the weekend of the 22/23?
    There are 3 that I've found

    On the 22nd, I'm looking at doing the Head for the Hills in Chappell Hill, about an hour drive:
    http://www.wcrotaryclub.org/h4h/

    Riverside Ride in Victoria, about 2 hour drive:
    RiverSideRide.com

    On the 23rd, the Bluebonnet Express in Waller:
    Bluebonnet Express Ride

    Along with the MS150 link big_heineken sent, look at:
    Texbiker's calendar: Bike Riding Texas | Bicycling events, Texas | biking, TexasTexbiker.net

    and

    Texas Gran Fondo CalendarTexas Bike Expo CalendarTexas Century Cycling CalendarTexas Cycle Tours CalendarTexas Ultra Cycling Calendar

    and

    Upcoming Rides - Bike Barn - Houston, Texas:

    and

    for some outside of Houston options:
    2014 Bicycle Ride Calander

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    The head for the hills ride in Chappell Hill is a really nice very hilly (for Southeast Texas) ride. Definitely worth the drive out from Houston. Hopefully the wildflowers will be coming out by then, because it is a prime area for great wildflower viewing. If you want to see what the Ready to Roll training series is like, they are partnering with the Washington County Rotary Club for that ride, so you will see 800-1000 of the folks from that training series out there, and the start will be managed by the R2R folks.

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    THinking of doing the Blue Bonnet Express next weekend up in Waller. ANyone every do that before?
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    Wet, wet, wet... Tour de Houston.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronreyna View Post
    Wet, wet, wet... Tour de Houston.
    yes, lots of crashes out there today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronreyna View Post
    Wet, wet, wet... Tour de Houston.
    Quote Originally Posted by bkj View Post
    yes, lots of crashes out there today.
    I only saw one lady wipe out from the slick roads. But I did see about 6 people fall over while trying to stop because of their clips. And...I was one of them. My first fall. I was more pissed I fell on the drive side of the bike. Things look OK though.

    I couldn't believe how many flats I saw. Those thin slick road tires must be really weak.

    My wife bailed at the elementary school rest stop because her knee/IT band was killing her. Luckily we live right behind it so she just went home. I did the 20 miles back to the finish line and the car, raining the whole way. My bike shoes had puddles in them, and I was soaked all the way through everywhere else. But, it was still a good time.







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    Oh and we were pretty nervous about the amount of lightening we were seeing shortly after starting. Luckily that crap stayed south.
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    Oh and the even more annoying thing about my fall - I was like 300 yards from the damn finish line.
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    Registered for the Blue Bonnet Express next weekend. 55 mile.
    Anyone else?
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