Northwest Not-So Flatlands (short version)

Road, No Drop
Rides suitable for cyclists who are new to the sport (or who have not been on a bike for some years), family-friendly rides or any riders that feel a need for some mentoring. Note: please note that minors under the age of 16 cannot participate in rides unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Families with children should, in any event, confirm with the ride leader ahead of time that the ride will be suitable for their needs.

Targeted towards riders who have a few years in the saddle, who have developed some riding confidence and fitness and feel ready to move to the next level. Could attract more experienced riders who are looking for a relaxed or less aggressive ride.

Limited to experienced riders with superior bike handling skills and who are comfortable with a fast pace (probably including single and/or double pace-line riding) and/or hilly terrain, and the possibility of heavily trafficked roads. Advanced rides are less likely to be "no-drop" unless identified as such.
Intermediate, Advanced
Expected Turnout
Under 15 riders
30 - 30
Average Speed
12 - 14
Mostly flat
Friday, 26 Apr, 2019
10:00 AM
William H
Response rate: 
Response time:
1 hour
Gorgeous weather .... in the 70s.
RIDE NAME AND DISTANCE:  Northwest Flatlands (short version).  30 miles. 

DATE/TIME: Friday 25th April. 10:00 a.m.

RIDE LEADER/CONTACT:  William Hudson;  210-387-7340;

DESCRIPTION:  An urban ride that manages to avoid any serious hills in spite of being on the NW side of town EXCEPT Rain Creek. It combines bits of three of our other rides and goes Rosedale > Mesa > Aboretum and then back via a similar route.  We try and avoid heavily-trafficked roads whenever possible.  Optional store-stop en route.

AVERAGE SPEED:  12 - 15 mph.   A guide only; actual pace depends on the group and to maintain this average, there will be some significantly faster stretches.

TERRAIN:  Generally “flatish” with a couple of rollers + Rain Creek.

RIDER LEVEL:  Experienced, self-confident riders who are comfortable and very safe in a group riding situation which could include pace-line riding, hilly terrain and exposure to significant urban traffic.  

RIDE START ADDRESS AND url:   2511 Great Oaks Parkway, Austin, Tx 78756 (Rosedale).


LUNCH/COFFEE?   Optional coffee at either Monkey Nest, Pacha’s or Houndstooth.


·       Helmets are mandatory on all my rides. 

·       Ride will be “no drop” but only assuming riders have properly matched themselves to the ride description, average speed and terrain.

·       Please arrive early enough to prepare yourself + bike, have the 5-minute safety briefing to be ready for an on-time departure.

·       In case of inclement weather, check this web site and/or my emails early on the morning of the ride. 

·       I also have a Google Group (Austin and Central Texas Cycling) in which we discuss upcoming rides and miscellaneous cycling stuff.  Email me (address above) if interested in joining – you can always unsubscribe yourself if you later decide you have no interest.
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NW Flatlands (short)
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