Rachel Cook, a manager of the Loop 1604 Bike World store, wants to know if you’d like to go for a 4,000 mile bike ride. It’s quite a commitment to ride from Austin to Anchorage, but people do it every year. She did in 2007. It’s called the Texas 4000: 70 days, three routes, fundraising to fight cancer, a lifetime memory. Interested?
Cook will welcome Jen Garza, the executive director of the Texas 4000 and some recent Texas 4000 riders, to Bike World at 418 N. Loop 1604 NW, Sunday at 9 a.m. There will be a ride dedication ceremony at 9:30 a.m. for cyclists training for next year’s June 3-August ride. Garza is working to give the event a higher profile in San Antonio.
Cook also will welcome cyclists for a choice of two rides, both starting Sunday at 10 a.m. when temperatures should be in the low 60s: a 12-mile loop south on Blanco Road into Hill Country Village and through Hollywood Park, and a 30-mile out-and-back north on Blanco Road to Bulverde and back. Those are nice options for inexperienced cyclists looking for comfortable recreational rides this weekend, as well as those of us who rode the MS Valero Ride to the River, the annual Multiple Sclerosis Society event Oct. 3-4, and are just getting back on our bikes after a two-week break.
If you are bike shopping instead of bike riding this weekend, drop by McAllister Park (the Dog Parking Lot) this Saturday from 12-3 p.m. to try out a range of new Trek bikes, from mountain bikes to high-end road bikes. Cyclists should bring their own helmets and clip-in shoes and pedals, or riders can try the bikes with regular footwear and the store’s street pedals. Bring a credit card, too. You don’t get to try a new Madone 9.2 without leaving some security behind. It’s a great way to try a variety of models and do it somewhere other than a bike shop parking lot.