Route: A Go-to South Austin Classic

By AFM – October 3, 2013

Austin has a habit of cultivating thriving communities centered on obscure interests. No matter if its claw hammer banjo, stand-up comedy, or South Asian calligraphy, chances are someone in Austin is really into it and ready to spread the love. The Austin road cycling scene is a perfect example. With a long list of weekly group rides, the super fast Thursday Driveway Series, and mile after mile of rolling hill country pavement, Austin has become a cultural capital for cycling.

This is one of Austin’s go-to roadie routes. About 23 miles in length, the ride starts from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, heads to the rural southeast Austin outskirts, and returns through central Austin. The best time to ride is Saturday or Sunday morning when the streets are less busy and the sun is still low on the horizon. Be sure to bring plenty of water and follow the rules of road riding etiquette.

Some interesting sights along the way:

  • McKinney Falls State Park, a natural gem just on the edge Austin’s city limits.
  • Starting point for the infamous Tuesday Nighter, one of the fastest group rides in the world, a proving ground for multiple pro riders who call Austin home.
  • Bouldin Creek café, a favorite of cyclists looking for the perfect place to grab a super healthy post ride meal.

Mileage 23.32 miles
CLIMB 501.97 FT

Elevation Chart - Oct13

Route - Oct13


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