Well, it may not have been THE hottest day of the year, but it was sure in the running. Saturday August 9, Bike Austin hosted the Hottest Day of the Year Ride, and 100 or so folks agreed that riding your bike in the heat to a swimming pool (two, actually) and to get some cold beverages and ices could be fun. And it was!
The distance was about 14 miles, the pace casual, the crowd friendly and happy. Ages ranged from about 6 years to mid-70's (me!) We stopped for a photo op at the Austin Mural, swam in two different City pools, had cold refreshments at Austin Tricyclist and CycleEast, and ended with food at G'Raj Mahal Café and a benefit party at Alta's.
Thanks to our sponsors: Alta's Cafe, Austin Rowing Club, Austin TriCyclist, B-cycle, Bicycle Sports Shop, CycleEast, East Side Pedal Pushers, East Street Recumbents, G'Raj Mahal, Hops & Grain, Nuun, and REI. Thanks to Patricia Schaub for taking on the event planner role, to Erin Katribe and Todd Savage for assisting, to IED Carol Reifsnyder for all the background support and preparations, and to President Erick Benz and several of the Board Members for acting as ride "marshals."
Make sure to put this "rite of passage" event on your calendar next year. The heat always obliges. Until then, come join us on any of our hosted or self paced rides - we have about a dozen of them every week. Go to http://www.austincycling.org/rides. Be sure to read the descriptions to find a ride that runs at your pace; some get pretty intense, others are more mellow.