If you are not a Dallas Athletes (DA) member, please join us for a workout or two to see if the organization is right for you! Our Wednesday night and Saturday morning rides have ride leaders who will make sure you don’t get dropped! PLEASE keep in mind that workouts may change due to weather. Check out our Weather Policy below for specifics.
David is a veteran multi-sport athlete having participated in over 100 triathlon, cycling or running events in the past 10 years, including 4 Ironman distance races. David was selected by Dallas Athletes members as the 2007, 2008 and 2009 Male Member of the Year! He was also voted by readers of Competitor Magazine as one of the top cycling coaches in Texas for 2008. And for good reason! David is reliable, organized and PASSIONATE about cycling. We think you’ll find David’s #1 concern is safety for all riders. Keep an eye on his cycling page. He is active with updates!
Feel free to contact David to talk shop about cycling or Dallas Athletes! He is a wonderful resource! email@example.com
November 25, 2013
Our new Wednesday Night Winter Loop is a winner. I have found a new loop for us on Spinks Rd between Duncan Ln and Valley Pkwy. Park on Duncan Ln either in or near Bakersfield park. Now that it will be dark before we start, headlights and taillights absolutely required. Start time for now is 6:00 PM. See map link below.
And don’t let the cool weather keep you from joining us on Saturday mornings. We ride all winter so long as it is not wet. Start time of 7:30 AM. But it is always a good idea to check out our weather policy to know when the ride is not happening. See below.
It happens fast. One second you are cruising along nicely drafting off the rider in front of you and then next thing you know, they have slowed for some reason and you are right on top of them. Touching wheels is one of the biggest causes of riders going down in a group ride. There are the obvious things you can do to prevent it, like keeping a reasonable distance from the rider in front of you, staying out of the aerobars so your hands can be close to brakes, communicating what is going on so the rider behind you knows you are slowing, etc.
But what to do if you do touch the wheel of the rider in front of you? Some riding skills are straightforward and instinctual. This is not one of them. Our natural inclination when our front tire rubs against another is to turn away from the other tire quickly to escape danger.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly the wrong thing to do in case of tire rub. Quickly turning away at best takes you immediately off your line (and in a group will likely cause you to veer into other riders), and at worst leads to an overcorrection that throws you completely out of balance, bringing you down.
The proper, paradoxical, remedy is to turn slightly into the tire yours is rubbing. Doing so allows you to maintain your line and balance, and to slowly ease away from the wheel by slowing down just enough to extricate yourself.
Another paradox about this technique is that it’s actually easier to accomplish the faster you’re riding. So many riders go down touching wheels on slow hills because it is harder to maintain control throughout this process at a slower speed. If you’re already riding slowly, your balance is more easily upset, and it’s harder to slow down enough to “back off” the wheel you’re rubbing.
If you’re cruising along at a good clip, though, you’re in better balance and can more easily scrub a little speed just by easing off the pedals a bit as you pull back and escape danger.
Remember, it’s best to do what it takes to avoid getting yourself in a “touchy situation.” But it’s almost inevitable that it will happen to you at some point. So fight your instincts, turn into the wheel you’re rubbing, ease away, and stay upright to ride another day.
(Credit to the 2/7/13 RBR Newsletter)
February 3, 2013 - GDB Super Bowl Ride - Riders from all over the Metroplex converge on the West End for lunch. Multiple starting points around the Metroplex. We will start at Andy Brown Park East. Coppell, TX.
March 23, 2013 - Ride Ataxia - This is a new rally for us. Ride is out of Denton, which is also a new start point for us. Always looking for something new and different! Denton, TX
April 27, 2013 - Muenster Metric Century - Known for its hills and its beer, what more can you ask for! Muenster, TX.
May 4, 2013 - Shiner GASP -Great fun. This ride is 100 miles from Austin to Shiner, ending at the Spoetzl Brewery. And if we are as lucky as we were last year, we will have a headwind the whole way! We will be doing a training program to prepare for this relatively early season century ride. Austin, TX.
May 15, 2013 - Ride of Silence -Join cyclists worldwide in a slow-paced ride in honor those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. This will be the fourth year for the Coppell edition of this ride. Distance of 10 miles at a pace of 12 mph. Coppell High School north parking lot.
June 15, 2013 - Tour d’Italia- It only sounds European. Actually a rally in Italy, Tx. Still great fun with some great scenery. Distances of 42, 50, and 60 miles. Italy, TX.
July 27, 2013 - Goatneck- Rolling hills in the heat of the summer! This is a good tune up for the big daddy, Hotter ‘N Hell. Distances of 41 and 70 miles. Cleburne, TX.
August 24, 2013 - Hotter’N Hell Hundred - This has become an annual event for us. We will be doing a training program to prepare riders for this 100 miler. We will also have team accommodations and carb loading meal on the night before. Wichita Falls, TX.
October 26, 2013 - Autumn in Bonham - Change of scenery with a variety of distances. Bonham, TX.
October 5, 2013 - The Paluxy Pedal - Features a hill known as “The Wall”! How can we resist?. Glen Rose, TX
DA Winter Loop – New location for 2013! Lighted road loop for winter night riding (Bike). The Spinks Loop is in Flower Mound. Spinks Road between Duncan Ln and Valley Pkwy. Park on Duncan Rd in or near Bakersfield Park.
Standridge Stadium- Carrollton-Farmers Branch Natatorium (Swim-Bike)
1334 W. Valwood Parkway, Carrollton, TX 75006
Coppell Aquatics Center-Andy Brown EAST (Swim-Bike-Run)
234 E. Parkway Blvd., Coppell, TX 75019
Lake Grapevine, Minnow Loop (Swim-Bike-Run)
Monday Night Recovery Ride (during daylight savings time) Starts Mar 11!
When: 6:30 pm
Where: Bicycles Plus in Coppell
Description: 18 mile recovery ride at a very max of 17 mph. This is a real recovery ride, it is all about spinning and relaxing. Lead by Bicycles Plus.
DA Wednesday Morning Ride
When: 9:10 am
Where: Parking lot of Coppell Aquatics Center
Description: This ride is lead by our Running Coordinator Kuay Sullivan. A typical ride is 25 to 30 miles. All level of riders are welcome. If you are coming out for this ride for the first time, feel free to contact Kuay for information and potential changes at Kuay@hotmail.com.
DA Wednesday Night Ride
When: 6:00 pm
Where: Winter location – Spinks Loop
Description: Our winter riding location. A 1.3 mile lighted road loop in Flower Mound. A lot of riders use this winter riding opportunity to work on intervals. But of course you can simply ride the loop to get in saddle time during the winter. Since we will be riding after sundown, headlights and taillights legally required (and just plain smart!).
DA Bike Ride
Where: Andy Brown Park EAST
Description: We have 3 groups that go out on Saturdays. Please pick the appropriate ride for your skill level. Start time for all groups is 7:30 AM.
Alpha Ride, 40-50+ miles at 19+ mph: Leaderless ride on a variety of routes.
Intermediate Ride, 35-40 miles at 17-18 mph: Ride leaders assigned to guide you on one of our many routes out of Coppell.
Beginner Ride, 35-40 miles at 16-17 mph: This is our No-Drop Saturday ride. Ride leaders will make sure you know the route and come back with the group. Please note that we do not have specific rides leaders during the winter so be sure we know if you are new to the DA ride and we will make sure you covered.
Saturday ride times are subject to change based on weekend races, weather, etc.
Changes are sent via e-mail to members on a weekly basis.
DA Bike Ride
When: Ride at 7:40 am (time varies depending upon the sunrise open water swim time)
Where: Minnow Loop (just west of Sand Bass Point) , Lake Grapevine.
Description: This is an open-ride for cyclists of all levels. No ride leaders at this ride! Sunday ride times are subject to change based on weekend races, weather, etc. Changes are sent via e-mail to members on a weekly basis. Expect smaller groups during the winter months.
Of course everyone needs to use their own judgement based upon their comfort level and experience, but general guidelines for group rides:
DA Cycling route maps are available on MapMyRun.com. Do a keyword search on DAAC or DA Ride to see what is available. I have built a set of basic routes then added additional maps that show extensions or alternates to those routes. Some however show a starting point of our old location. Be sure you check the schedule above to know where the ride start is.
Road cycling is an inherently dangerous activity. Knowing and understanding these rules will help us be safe out on the road.
Disclaimer: Each rider is responsible for his or her own safety on our training rides leaving from DA, Inc. DA, Inc. assumes no responsibility for accidents that could happen.