No kidding! There is so much going on in the local cycling world over the next few months. From event rides to educational opportunities. From city happenings to club trips, and please don't forget all the wonderful rally's, we thought we’d share just some highlights of the things you may be interested in.
Apr 15 Raffle, Bike Giveaway
Our club raffle runs through April 14, with the drawing and winner to be announced on April 15th. Get your tickets now
Club trip to Lake Murray
Official announcements will be made soon, but we are planning a club trip to Lake Murray for some riding on nice roads (we can't say flat). The event will be set up so you can either do a day trip up (1-1.5 hour drive) or make a weekend of it with multiple days rides around and north of Lake Murray. A great way build and demonstrate your road skills and see some wonderful scenery.
Frisco, Hike and Bike Plan
This is an effort that has been in the works for the past two years. A comprehensive update of the existing Hike and Bike Plan. Over the next month+, its expected this will go before the Planning and Zoning Committee, be presented to the City Council in late April or May for the final vote. We will be reaching out to Frisco residents to attend that council meeting in support of the plan. Please take time to browse the draft plan and share comments.
This plan contains a lot of detail regarding the direction of cycling in Frisco, including infrastructure, signage, and guidance for the city to use for future implementations. We'll be frequently sharing info on the plan and encourage attendance at the City Council meeting where it will be under consideration.
Frisco NW Community Park MTB Trail
As most of you know, the PGA is moving its headquarters to Frisco. As a result, the existing location for the MTB trail will be lost to the golf course. Fortunately, our Council has committed to doing what they can to find a new location for a MTB trail When that happens, we'll require a lot of volunteers to help design, build and maintain the new facility. If you've been one of those that have participated in the Trail Building School, your skills will be welcomed. Watch for announcements on this topic as the search for a new location continues.
As we've done every year since 2009, ice cold watermelon is served to participants after our Sunday morning rides. Nothing tastes better after a hot ride than a slice of melon that's been chilled overnight! Starts Memorial weekend and runs through Labor Day.
Mar 24 Family Ride[volunteer Ride Leaders needed] Monthly, family oriented ride starting a various locations across the summer.
Bike Parking Initiative
Although Frisco has a bike parking ordinance, there are a number of businesses in Frisco and our surrounding communities that do not offer a secure location for you to put your bike while frequenting their business. We'll be rolling out a program to demonstrate the business that cycling brings and encourage them to pursue parking facilities.
Apr 13 Roll with the Council, Frisco
Monthly ride, held on the 2nd Saturday of the month April through October, giving Frisco residents an opportunity to meet and chat with the Mayor and Council (individual attendance varies, dependent on schedule). This is a relatively short ride at a very casual pace, visiting some the lesser known trails and beautiful parks in the city.
May 7,21 Bike Month Proclamations
We will have representatives at council meetings across the area during the month of May to accept proclamations of Bike Month. The communities involved are Frisco, The Colony, Prosper, Little Elm, McKinney and Celina. We'll be posting updates for your community as the time draws closer and dates are confirmed.
May 17 Bike to Work Day
Refuel Station[volunteers needed] STCC will again be setting up a refuel station along the Frisco-The Colony Connector to provide drinks, snacks and great conversation to those that commute to and from West Frisco to the many companies in The Colony and south.
May 4 Baylor Health Fair
Every year, around the first of May, Baylor hosts an outdoor health fair. This is an opportunity for cyclists to share on-street routes, trails and answer any and all questions around cycling/walking/running in the area. [volunteers needed]
May 8 Walk/Bike to School Day
Held on May 8th across the area, there will be specific neighborhood schools identified where our members will be.
May 18 Bike Rodeo
These events are to provide younger kids the opportunity to learn some bike skills and have some fun along the way. They will crop up on our calendar, sometimes with short notice. One that will be happening this year is at a City of Frisco event on May 18th. Very rewarding experience for the volunteers that give of their time.
May 15 Ride of Silence
This ride, started in Dallas in the early 2000s, is held for us to remember and memorialize those cyclists that have been injured or killed on the roads and to bring awareness to any and all. The Frisco edition of this memorial ride, hosted by STCC, has grown steadily over the past few years. This year we are expecting to be joined by the Frisco Police Department Bike Patrol.
Adopt a Street Cleanup
As part of our give back to the communities, STCC has adopted streets in both Frisco and The Colony. We are expected to pick up trash and debris on these streets multiple times during the year [volunteers needed].
We have some exciting announcements coming over the next month and hope you're ready to participate and promote some very unique classes that will reach the masses.
There is a local class being held for those that wish to become League Certified Instructors. If you have interest in the program or just have questions, please reach out to us.
Trail Building School
Hosted by the North Texas Mountain Bike Patrol, STCC sends 1-3 people every year in order that they may bring back the wealth of information acquired to share with the club and local communities. Held in February, this has already occurred for 2019. Let us know if you want to be on the list for 2020.
May 11 Red Balloon Ride
20-60 miles, depending on your ride choice and back to Aubrey for.. well... bacon! If you haven't eaten at Mom's, you'll quickly understand why we ride FIRST, then eat. Come hungry. The routes are all nestled in and around Lake Ray Roberts with some really nice views.
Jun 1 Trek 100 Trip
Richardson Bike Mart is providing travel for your bike and helping with a wonderful weekend in Madison Wisconsin, including a trip or two to Trek Headquarters. Yes, there's a ride which includes some wonderful and unique rest stops and scenery. Reach out to Sam Montag for details.
Jul 4 Liberty by the Lake, The Colony
STCC usually hosts the Bike Valet for The Colony's July 4th extravaganza, giving attendees a chance to ride their bike to the event and avoid fighting all the traffic.
Jul 4 Independence Day Ride and Social
Leaving from Frisco Commons park, this is a popular ride with some great routes for all paces. And... when you get done, the club provides burgers and drinks after so you can share your stories from the ride and see what your fellow cyclists look like without their helmets.
Back to Mom's for Labor Day. Usually the same popular routes as Memorial Day and the same mile high plates of food afterwards.
Sep 28 Big Dam Bridge
If you enjoyed having the tents set up with refreshments and places to rest your tired bum, we'll be back again this year at this great event. Just ask your fellow cyclists about the good times they've had in Little Rock, on and off the bike.
Ride Marshal Opportunities
Mar 23 Team NPF Ride
Date TBD Emmitt Smith Gran Fondo