2020 VIOLET CROWN SPONSORSHIP
The Violet Crown Sports Association was organized in 1981 by a small group of Austin cyclists. It is the oldest continuously active racing and riding social club in Austin. We have a diverse group of men and women riders ranging from the junior to master level. Currently there are over 260 active, dues-paying members, many of whom still race regularly, while others have “retired” from racing but still ride recreationally. We have hosted monthly meetings for over 30 years, meeting on the first Monday of the month. Whether it’s a presentation on the latest carbon wheels set, sponsor's products or a notable guest speaker, we provide engaging new topics of interest to our members.
We count among our ranks many present and former Texas State Champions. Some of our former junior members have graduated to national development teams and moved into the pro ranks, including Kristian House, the 2009 British National Road Race Champion. Our members are mostly serious recreational riders, racers or former racers, who take an active and continuing interest in cycling. We are active in bike advocacy in Austin and Texas.
We lead four group rides each week - long rides on Saturdays & Sundays and morning rides on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our rides offer various level of engagement for different cycling abilities, from fast pace hills workouts to mellow recovery rides. All but the Saturday ride depart from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, in downtown Austin, Texas.
Violet Crown has been actively promoting races in central Texas since the 1980s, including the Texas State Criterium Championships (2009 & 2010) and the Texas State Cyclorcross Championships (2013-14). For the past ten years, we have promoted Webberville Cyclocross, an annual regional cyclocross race, as our signature event. Additionally, in 2018 we sponsored the Hammerfest Stage Road Race in Fort Davis, Texas.