The more the merrier, say bicycle associations across North Texas. Although biking itself is great for a workout, seeing the sights and competing with friends with a bicycle group can turn this interest, pastime or passion, into a lifestyle especially with these awesome area organizations.
Fort Worth Bicycling Association
P.O. Box 534
Fort Worth, Texas 76101
(817) 371-6759 (President, John Roberts)
Price: $25 a year
Established in 1970, the Fort Worth Bicycle Association is the largest bicycle group in the Fort Worth area. With more than 600 members, its spokes reach far. Members may participate in free rides every Saturday and Sunday. The group takes part in both social and competitive training rides, as well as social events for the whole family, the biggest one being its yearly picnic. Open to riders of all ages, Fort Worth Bicycle Association also offers members discounts on biking gear and FWBA clothing.
Matrix Cycle Club
P.O. Box 835801
Richardson, TX 75083-5801
Price: $40 new members/$30 renewal annually
Matrix Cycle Club is based in Richardson, just north of Dallas. Members come from all stages of life and are passionate about performance training as well as cycle racing. They ride for thrills, skills and to make a name for their group. Matrix Cycle Club members compete regularly in the Dallas area.
Lone Star Cyclists
Price: $20 a year
Originally known as the Grand Prairie Bicycling Association, the Lone Star Cyclists have been pedaling through the metroplex since 1973. Members train on Tuesdays and Thursdays and then ride together on Saturdays. Bonding over group events including annual camping trips and holiday parties, this club is a place to build lasting relationships. Affiliated members of the League of American Bicyclists and Adventure Cycling Association, the Lone Star Cyclists continue to grow and succeed as a team.
Greater Dallas Bicyclists
P.O. Box 12822
Dallas, TX 75225
Price: $20 a year/$36 two-year membership
The Greater Dallas Bicyclists, also officially formed in 1973, pump those pedals in support of bicycle safety for riders of all ages. Members participate in regional rallies but strive to create lifelong recreational, as well as competitive, riders. Their strategy of providing a supportive, educational and enthusiastic community of riders is working. The GDB now has more than 400 members of all ages.
Ridgewood/Belcher Community Center
Dallas, Texas 75238
Price: $25 a year
Mirage Cycling members have a foot in all walks of community events. From participation in rallies to hosting guest speakers on cycling issues, to volunteering at cycling events and competitions, Mirage Cycling is involved. Members may earn points to be reimbursed by volunteering at events with a Mirage jersey, making the membership dues more affordable and the group accessible to all. Members meet the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Ridgewood/Belcher Community Center at 6818 Fisher Rd. in Dallas.
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