NorthWest Cycling Club
NorthWest Cycling Club was formed in November of 1986. Since then the club has grown from approximately six members to an average membership of 350. The club is famous for its rides. The famed Saturday Morning Ride from Zube Park is a part of Houston cycling tradition.
Whether an occasional recreational rider or a top notch USCF racer, you can find a group to ride with every Saturday Morning. The club also offers a weekly Wednesday ride at Bear Creek Park. The ride starts at about 5:30p.m. and, during winter months, lights are suggested since it gets dark quite a bit earlier. Park in the lot off of Bear Creek Drive near the golf course. This 6.5 mile loop makes it easy for riders arriving from work to pick up with a group. The traffic density is low and the roads are shaded and in good shape. Watch for special training and/or education classes to be held at Bear Creek Park on Wednesday nights during the summer months.
Of course, the club is famous for the Bluebonnet Express Metric Century and the Katy Flatland Century. These tours are important dates on the Texas cycling calendar.
But the club is much more than an organization that puts on rides. NorthWest is very active in producing a well rounded cyclist. Club members are offered various repair clinics from beginning to advanced, cycling and health related speakers at monthly club meetings, and various rider skill clinics throughout the year. The club also offers new rider orientation on the Saturday morning rides. The club will help the beginning cyclist acquire the necessary skills for riding on the open road as well as the proper techniques for pack riding. It also serves to introduce club members to each other and get them familiar with the county roads.
The monthly newsletter, the Pedal Pusher, provides club members with technical and training advice, upcoming club activities, local rides and statewide cycling events as well as informative and sometimes humorous articles by club members.
NorthWest Cycling Club offers a social side to cycling. Club members are treated to an annual club picnic for the whole family to enjoy. During the month of December the club skips the monthly club meeting to celebrate the upcoming holiday seasons. The annual “Holiday Party” provides members with a chance to recap the year with both new and old friends.
But club members do not need a specific event to socialize and meet new people. After every Saturday morning ride, water, cookies, bananas and other refreshments are served while people hang around and swap stories. Periodically the club gets together to try other sports like an afternoon of football or volleyball. NWCC members have even been known to organize a game of paint ball, go off rock climbing – once a trip was even organized to ride out to an airport and several club members wound up jumping out of an airplane!
Special cycling events are also offered throughout the year. Just about every other month there is an organized ride to the Texas Hill Country, as well as weekly Sunday morning rides in other locations such as Chapel Hill or Magnolia.
Each November the Club Century is held in the beautiful Sam Houston National Forest for club members and their guest only. This ride is fully supported with rest stops and sag vehicles. The routes are the prettiest in the Houston area.
Each summer the club promotes the “Club Stage Race.” This weekend race is designed with the non-racer in mind. It offers an opportunity for recreational riders to race with the licensed racers just for fun. The race consists of an individual time trial, a team time trial, a criterium and a road race. All points are scored for the team and all riders contribute to the points to the team.
Every January 1st the club meets at Northwest Cyclery for a casual New Year’s Day ride through downtown Houston to a coffee shop for breakfast.
Club members also receive a 10% discount at Northwest Cyclery as well as special club member only promotions.
Interested in learning about racing or joining a well-established race team? Whether your interest is road racing or mountain bike racing, NorthWest Cycling Club has a spot for you. NorthWest Cycling Club supports a Championship Race Team and is always looking for additional members that enjoy competition.
If you would like to join in on the fun, download the club membership application or stop by the Northwest Cyclery at Hwy. 290 and Jones Road. Annual club dues are $20 for a single membership and $30 for a family membership. If you have any questions call Northwest Cyclery at 713-466-1240.