For the "THRALL" of It: A Century Ride--(CCW)

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.
Expected Turnout
Under 15 riders
100 - 101
Average Speed
15 - 17
Mostly flat
Friday, 19 Aug, 2016
7:00 AM
Tom V
Response rate: 
Response time:
44 minutes
IT'S THAT TIME OF THE MONTH-----This looks like one of the better weather days left in August---SOOOOOO!!   Come out and ride to test your stamina/endurance as you help (we'd like to think he needs our help!) Mark Perkins complete his 80th consecutive month of doing a century ride!!  Starting this ride VERY early to try and "beat-the-heat"---You'll need front & rear LIGHTS on your bike for this early start!!!!

Come get a good workout and get out in the fresh air---as you ride a Century (100 miles) from Lake Pflugerville.   A no-drop ride (promise--we'll always re-group as we really want to stay together!) over the flat rolling farm/ranch land of northeast Travis, northwest Bastrop, and east Williamson Counties.  You'll head out east to Elgin; then go north and further east, riding by the Lawrence Chapel, to Thrall (lunch?).  Continuing north you'll cross the scenic Granger Dam.  Then you'll go west into Granger.  Riding south and west from Granger you'll cross Texas 95 at Circleville (north of Taylor), before turning south, going back to Lake Pflugerville, to get the century distance.  The total climbing:  under 2700 ft.  We'll do a nice "B" (15-17) pace to work up our mileage base.  

We'll have a minimum of 3 store stops (more if needed):  at 22, 51, & 78 miles. 

Please come with you (bring plenty to eat/drink) and your bike ready (with lights) to ride 101 miles, in time for sign-in and to participate in a 6:50 AM riders' meeting so we can roll promptly at 7:00 AM.  We will be rolling from the start PROMPTLY at 7:00 AM for the benefit of this long long ride.

NOTE I:  I'm also posting a "sister" half-century (50 mile) ride--The Lake Pflugerville Half Century--(CCW)---to start out and ride the first 26 miles with those riding this century.

NOTE II:  I don't have maps of this course, but Q-sheets (for the CCW century) will be available and the RideWithGPS version of the course is attached for electronic downloading.

NOTE III:  Helmets are required on all Bike Austin rides.

NOTE IV:  We'll be riding on some "vintage" Travis, Williamson, & Bastrop County chip-seal roads----inflate your tires accordingly!!

If you are not familiar with our ride catagories; please see the following 2 sights to insure you are matched for this ride:

Starting from the "North" parking lot of Lake Pflugerville at 18216 Weiss Ln., east of Pflugerville. 

Please check this sight ride day morning for possible weather cancellation.                           

Tom Via  512-913-4920
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For the "THRALL" of IT--(CCW)