MS 150 - Training Ride - 1st Weekend - 1st Ride

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.
Novice, Intermediate
Expected Turnout
Under 15 riders
20 - 30
Average Speed
15 - 18
Flat to rolling
Saturday, 20 Jan, 2018
8:30 AM
Clark S

1st scheduled MS 150 training ride. Each month, beginning in January, in preparation for the April 28th event, I will host two consecutive days of riding (Saturday & Sunday).

If you are planning on riding the 2018 MS150 or any of the other mass rides coming up, you should enjoy our Group Riding Skills class/training rides. These will help you become comfortable riding for two days with 13,000 of your closest friends…and the emphasis is on close.

To register for this and/or any subsequent training rides tied to this event please go to:

The training rides will start with shorter distances (longer routes will be available) and build up to longer distances in each subsequent weekend. This weekend will begin at Lake Pflugerville. The minimum distance will be 24 miles each day, however, there is a loop on the route which can be done any number of subsequent times as well as a longer route out to Hutto and back for those who want to ride a longer distance. I'm flexible and will/can ride with both those who want to do the shorter route as well as those who want to continue on for a longer ride.

Each ride will begin with a 15 - 30-minute discussion of basic riding safety issues and aspects including use of gears and shifting, proper hydration and nutrition while on the ride, and riding techniques within the first 5 to 10 miles of the ride to increase your safety. The ride is designed so that I, and any of the other LCI's assisting, will ride with the group and talk individually (as much as we can) with riders while looking at basic bike fit issues, and discussing basic aspects of bike handling skills when riding in large packs or riders. 

As will all Bike Austin rides, riders must come with their own helmet for safety reason. No rider will be allowed to ride without a helmet.

If you have any questions please contact me, Clark Shaffer, at 512 897 0070

The instructor will focus on group communication skills, avoidance maneuvers, and safe and efficient paceline techniques.  Minimum attendance is nine (9) students. Fees for instruction is $35 per person per day, $60 per person per weekend or all 8 for $210. 

For those of you who are required to attend by your team, you will get a certificate of completion (2 days of attendance required).
Assuming class minimums are met, we will offer this session 4 weekends before the MS150 on the following dates (Choose your package):

Sat 1/20 (25 mi), Su 1/21 (30 mi),
Sat 2/17 (35 mi), Su 2/18 (35 mi),
Sa 3/17 (40 mi), Su 3/18 (45 mi),
Sa 4/21 (50 mi) and Su 4/22 (55 mi)

Patti T
Michelle L
Tyler B