Rodney King Winter Tour . . . or

It's The End of the World as We Know It and I Feel Tired. 2016 has been a rough year. Some parent lost track of their kid who tumbled into an enclosure with Harumbe, and the year went downhill from there.

Glen Frey, Alan Rickman, Zika, Zoolander 2, Gene Wilder, David Bowie, Prince, Arnold Palmer, Batman v Superman, Ted Dunbar moving to Utah, Kanye West just being Kanye West, Brexit, Muhammad Ali, Fake news, LJ Miller moving to LA, Anton Yelchin, Greg Lake, John Glenn, and a presidential election that has shown tears in our social fabric that have frightened us all.

So the theme of this year’s winter tour is Rodney King and his famous plea: Can’t we all just get along? We have our differences but we have more in common than not. We are lucky enough to live in this great country and share this wonderful sport. To be fit and well fed, clothed, and healthy. We have family and friends who care for us and enrich our lives. So let’s celebrate by riding bikes and smiling. Let’s show 2016 that we won’t be beaten down and that we can rise above bad luck.

All weekday rides will meet at Thunderbird Cafe & Tap Room at Koenig and Woodrow at 9:00 AM. If it is stupidly cold or raining, the start time may be moved back to 10 AM and will be announced on the VC listserve and VC Facebook page. Pace will be two abreast winter base mile pace with a store stop at some point. Weekend rides will be the usual weekend rides. Bagel on Saturday and MJs on Sunday. No ride on Christmas Day.

In the spirit of telling 2016 to get lost and welcoming the joyousness of 2017, I suggest you hug at least one person per ride. Goodbye 2016, don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out.

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Monthly Club Meetings

We meet on the first Monday of every month (unless that’s a holiday). We gather either at the Flying Saucer in the Triangle or at Mellow Johnny’s. We have food and beer, followed by discussion of club business, race results, and a guest speaker. Past speakers have included pro racers, experts on nutrition, cycling coaches, frame builders, massage therapists, and even an historian who talked about doping in cycling. Meetings are open to members and guests.


Why Join Violet Crown?

  • High quality and professionally designed kits at deep discounts
  • Reimbursement for race and ride entry fees
  • Discount at Mellow Johnny’s – 20% on merchandise (except bikes); 10% on labor
  • Club bike deal from MJs
  • Four great weekly group rides
  • Monthly meetings with guest speakers on topics of interest to cyclists (and beer!)
  • Teammates in races
  • Private discussion group to swap information and prepare before races
  • Being part of a community of active riders and racers.

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The Violet Crown Sports Association
P. O. Box 6815
Austin, TX 78762