Bluebonnets and Bicycling: Best in Texas
Spring road bicycling in Texas is divine: wildflowers, 75 degree weather, baby animals, rolling hills. If you are not among the fortunate ones living near the hill country of central Texas, make a weekend trip. All our little Texas towns boast friendly folks and charming B&Bs, even if some are too small for full service hotels.
Many of us are revving up for the MS 150 Houston to Austin annual bicycle event April 17-18. But bicycling in Texas stays in high gear all summer and into October. For the most comprehensive listing of group rides, visit Bicycle Texas.
If you see me at any of these upcoming events, please say hello and let me know you read this blog!
Saturday April 3: The Tour of Navidad Valley out of Shulenberg (between Houston and San Antonio) — the forecast is mostly sunny, light winds, and 79 degrees. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. You’ll see Eric and me on the 70 miler, and I’m the slow one on the pink Trek pilot (he’s the really good looking guy on the royal blue Trek — he says he hates it when I say that but I don’t really think he does…hey, he’s the same age as Jon Bon Jovi, and that man has never looked better!)
Saturday May 8: Armadillo Hill Country Classic in Liberty Hill. Catch us on the 105 mile route. Austin Cycling Association uses the proceeds for free helmets for kids and for bicycling safety. This ride is breathtaking — for its beauty and the hills.
***Melon Patch Tour: August TBA (usually 2nd Saturday), in tiny adorable DeLeon, and we cruise the 72 mile distance. Great “warm-up” for the Hotter-n-Hell. One of our favorites and an annual Hutchins household tradition. The kids suffer through the arduous 8 mile course 😉
Saturday August 28: Hotter-n-Hell 100. Wichita Falls. You have to do this one, just to say you did. 106 miles in 100 degrees. Now what doesn’t sound awesome about that??? Book hotel soon or you’ll be camping out.
I’ll post more rides as we select them. We do about two a month. The kids won’t put up with any more than that.