Team Ride in Muenster – 10/31

For those of you who missed Muenster Germanfest or just want to do it again, join us Saturday, October 31 for your choice of distances.

Predicted weather conditions are 48-65 with light south winds.  Plans are to meet at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 713 Main St. Muenster TX 76252 at 9:30, roll out at 10 AM.

Lunch afterwards at Doc’s Grill on Main Street – 113 Main St, Muenster, TX 76252.

Let us know if you are going and what route you might do.

January News

As a reminder, your 2019 club membership expired December 31. Please visit to renew for 2020.


Many thanks to Richardson Bike Mart, who has renewed as a sponsor for 2020! The club will continue to give RBM gift certificates for points earned attending rallies and races in 2020. Here are details.

Happy New Year!!!

Welcome to 2020! We hope you had a great holiday and are ready for the new year – new rides, new adventures!

If you haven’t already renewed your membership, you can do it online at

Individual memberships are $40 for the year and Family memberships are $60. Sign up now and come join us on the road!

Upcoming Elections!

It’s that time of year again when the club elects new team officers. At the next meeting on November 11, or at any time before, club Secretary Dave Sywak (, will be accepting nominations for the following positions:

  • President — directs officers and runs monthly meetings
  • Vice President of Activities — promotes rallies, team rides, special events
  • Vice President of Membership — keeps team roster current through BikeReg, handles point disbursements, sends out notices
  • Secretary — keeps meeting records, assists with meeting notices
  • Treasurer — maintains bank records, manages sponsor agreements
  • Website Vice President — maintains team website

Please give this some thought and send Dave your nominations.You are welcome to nominate yourself; in other words, volunteer!

New Team Kit Orders Are Due Today!

Today is the last day you can order your new Mirage kit. The Hyperthreads store closes today so go to this link and get your order in now!

Blazing Saddle 75 August 3rd

Anyone looking for a challenging ride this weekend needs to check out the Blazing Saddle 75 in Granbury, TX. It’s a scenic ride on a challenging course with plenty of hilly terrain and several “signature” climbs.

Think of it as great training for the upcoming Hotter’N Hell 100!

April News…

The sizing kit for new Hyperthreads orders will be available at the next meeting. The sizing kit will also be at the Garland Road Bike Mart on Monday April 29 from 6-8PM. Go here to see the jerseys.

Please Contact Dave Parks @ if these dates won’t work you. The new team kit will be essentially the same as the current kit, with a few color changes. Two styles of jerseys – Competition and Continental, shorts, and bibs will be available in both men’s and women’s sizing.

Updated Rally of the Month for April

Since the weather did not cooperate for the Lancaster Country Ride, we are announcing an updated Rally of the Month: Muenster Metric Century Bicycle Ride in Muenster.

Starts at 10AM Saturday, April 27th. We hope to see you there!!!

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Updated Kit Prices

Kits can be picked up at meetings or by contacting the V.P.

Capo stock closeout. Limited sizes and quantities

Short sleeve jersey $35 (only one 3XL left)
Bib shorts $45
Men’s short $35 (Small and XL only)
Woman’s short $35
Socks – $5


Short sleeve jersey $80
Bib shorts $90
Men’s short $70
Woman’s short $80
Arm Warmers $40
Gloves $25

Summer weight

Short sleeve jersey $100
Bib shorts $140

Mirage Guide to Bicycle Racing and Riding in Dallas


The Mirage Cycling Team is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the promotion and development of recreational and performance bicycling. It is for male and female cyclists of all ages and abilities. Most members are students or adults with full-time jobs who enjoy bicycle racing and/or training.

Members have competed in road racing, criteriums, time trials, cyclocross, track, mountain biking, triathlons, duathlons and the RAAM. The club was started in 1982.


Group Rides
There are several group rides that exist in the Dallas area. Most Mirage members live near downtown or White Rock and do the group rides at the south Bike Mart store on Garland Rd. There are also several other group rides that leave from the Bike Mart stores in Richardson and Frisco. Please check the and here ride schedules.

White Rock Lake White Rock Lake has 9 miles worth of cycling trails that loop the lake and ~7 miles worth of trails that lead north of the lake on the White Rock Creek Trail.

Katy Trail
The Katy Trail is a 3 mile trail used by many walkers and joggers.

Bike Stores

Richardson Bike Mart
Richardson Bike Mart is out title sponsor and we encourage you to support your LBS by patronizing one of their three stores. Your Mirage membership entitles you to a 15% discount on parts and accessories (bikes, service and sale items are not included).
Richardson Store
1451 W. Campbell Rd.
Richardson, TX 75080
Dallas Store
9040 Garland Rd.
Dallas, TX 75218
Frisco Store
8820 John Hickman Parkway
Frisco, TX 75035



Here are some tips that can make your riding safer and more enjoyable.

What should I have in that little pouch attached to your seat?

That pouch is called a saddle bag and at a minimum should contain a new tube, tire levers, a Co2 cartridge and a Co2 inflation device. You may also want to include some money, an allen wrench/multi tool and a chain tool.

What to wear when it’s cold?
Developing a good base during the winter months is a great way to prepare for racing and riding during the spring and summer. This also means you are going to have to ride when it’s cold. Undershirts and vests are a good way to keep your core warm. Add a hat, gloves, leg/knee warmers, arm warmers and toe covers to complete the ensemble depending on the temperature. One key is to layer so you can remove clothing as you heat up. A rule of thumb is to be a little cold when you begin your ride.

How do I find the rallies?

North Texas has several bike rallies. Click here for the schedule

How often should I replace my chain?
Many beginning riders don’t think about replacing their chain. In order to keep shifting crisp and in good working order, it is recommended to replace your chain every 3,000 miles. You can also take your bike into Bike Mart and they will inspect your chain for wear.

When should I race?
This is different for everyone, but the best answer is to just jump in and try it. If you can hang on some of the faster group rides in the Metroplex, then you should be ready for a Cat 5 or Cat 4 race.


Many recreational cyclists decide to take riding to the next level and test the competition by racing. Amateur racing is handicapped by assigning racers to different categories based on their experience and skill level. For men, the racing levels or categories (cat) are: 5,4,3,2, and 1. For women, they are: 4,3,2 and 1. The beginner level, cat 5 for men and cat 4 for women is assigned when you apply for a race license at Once you have your license, and feel you have the skills to race, all you have to do is sign up for one of the many races. Check here for upgrade guidelines:

Texas Racing Schedule
See for the Texas racing schedule.

Weekly Races in DFW
There are two weekly criterium series located in the DFW Metroplex. One in Richardson on Tuesday nights and one in Ft. Worth on Wednesday nights

Track racing is another form of racing held in a velodrome on fixed gear bikes. There are indoor and outdoor velodromes of different sizes throughout the US and the world. Most are 250, 333 meters or some variation. We are fortunate to have two tracks in the Lone Star State. The Superdrome in Frisco and Alkek ttp:// in Houston. The only qualification to racing track is to have a race license and have taken the track development class. The superdrome provides rental bike for $5.