Austin Tri-Cyclist Blog

Friday, March 7, 2014

March Bike Events

Enchanted Rock Duathlon

March offers something for everyone, from the recreational rider to the hard-core crit racer. Check out some of the Austin-area events below, or see and for events farther afield.

Driveway Spring Classic, March 8
Holland Racing ushers in another season of crit racing with the 2014 Spring Classic at the Driveway, one of the best venues Austin has on offer. The course, a twisting 1.63 miles built for racecars, is ideal for the fast of leg and stout of heart, attracting beginners and elite cyclists alike. Online registration is closed, but you can still register day of for some categories. (Note: There’s a healthy waiting list for the cat 4/5.)

The Spring Classic kicks off the regular season of Thursday-night Driveway Series races, which are held March 13-October 16. If you miss out on the Spring Classic, pre-register for this Thursday or buy your season pass!

Fayetteville Stage Race, March 15 & 16
Kat Hunter - ATC Racing - Fayetteville TT
Always well organized and fun, the Fayetteville Stage Race is one of the highlights of the year. The three stages—two road races and a 8.9-mile time trial—are based on elapsed time. Triathletes and strong time trialists tend to enjoy this event. Located roughly between Austin and Houston, Fayetteville is about a 1.5-hour drive from either city.  Read our past race reports from 2013, 2012, and 2011.

20th Anniversary Rosedale Ride, March 22
Offering routes of 26, 42, and 62 miles, as well as a children’s fun ride of 2 miles, the popular Rosedale Ride is a charity ride benefiting the Rosedale Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to support the children of Rosedale School, AISD’s only school for children with multiple disabilities. The ride starts and ends at Samsung Austin Semiconductor. Online registration is open!

Blue Norther Duathlon, March 9
A flat and fast course, and a long time favorite event of ATC staff and friends. This event in Seguin Texas is 5k run 14 mile bike and another 5k run.  Sign up and have fun!

Enchanted Rock Extreme Duathlon, March 30
2013 Winner Gray Skinner
If you’re not registered for this year’s Erock Du, then you might want to go ahead and mark your calendar for 2015. The race cap has been reached. This is one of the most interesting multisport events in Texas, however, so even if the odds aren’t in your favor, it might be worth it to contact the race director and get on the waiting list.

About a 20-minute drive from Fredericksburg, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area features three pink granite domes that rise high above the surrounding Central Texas landscape. Erock is great place to visit for hiking, climbing, camping, wildlife viewing, backpacking, and, once a year, a really cool duathlon. The race includes a 5-mile run around the park on the Loop Trail, a 16-mile out and back on the farm road just outside the park, and a 1.2-mile run straight up (and up and up) Enchanted Rock herself.