Our Saturday morning rides - still going strong!
No other city in the nation can boast a cycling club like NWCC. And no other city has anything approaching NWCC’s famous “Saturday Morning Rides”.
For over 25 years, 52 Saturdays a year, rain or shine, cyclists numbering from 75 to well over 200 converge on the parking lot at Zube Park in far northwest Harris County. Many are club members; and many are non-club members who are always welcomed guests.
Club members volunteer to be the Saturday “Ride Starter”. By megaphone the Ride Starter welcomes everyone, gives a few Club announcements, then calls out the pace groups. Pace groups include “New Riders”, 14-16 mph, 16-18 mph, 18-20 mph, and 20+ mph.
Pace groups will cover distances from 20 to over 80 miles, riding on well-paved, quiet country roads in Harris and Waller Counties. Hours later, as the riders return, the Ride Starter sets out coolers of Gatorade and water, bananas, cookies, and peanut butter sandwiches.
Saturday morning rides start from Zube Park. Occasionally the Park will have a scheduling conflict and we'll start from the nearby Hockley Community Center. (Be sure to check the calendar.) Start times are at either 7:30 am or 8:00 am, depending upon the time of year. See Start Times below.
- Cyclists riding out of Zube should be able to meet the following requirements:
- Be able to ride at least 20 miles
- Be able to maintain a minimum of 12 mph
- Obey all traffic laws
- Helmets required
- No headphones
Just getting started in cycling? New to Northwest Cycling Club? New to the Houston area and not sure of the routes? We have a group for you! Ride with our No-Drop Ride - everyone is welcome!
Directions to Zube Park :Take HWY 290 to Roberts Rd. exit. Turn North (right) on Roberts Rd. The park is about a 1/4 mile North of HWY. 290 on Robert's Road on the right. MAP
Directions to the Hockley Community Center: Take 290 (past the Richards exit) to the Kermier Road exit. Exit on Kermier, and turn left on Kermier (i.e., go under the 290 freeway) to Old 290. Go across old 290, and across the RR tracks to Old Washington. Turn right on Old Washington and continue on that road until you cross RR tracks again. The Community Center will be on left hand side of the road right after the RR track crossing. MAP
January - March 8:00am
April thru September 7:30am
October - December 8:00am.
- NEW! 6 mile route - PDF
- NEW! 20 mile route - PDF
- NEW! 24 mile route - PDF
- 29 mile route - PDF
- 34 mile route - PDF
- 39 mile route - PDF
- 49 mile route - PDF
- 65 mile route - PDF
- GPX files of routes - right click to save to your computer
All participants realize the dangers of participating in a bicycle ride and fully assume the risks associated with such participation, including but not limited to, colliding with pedestrians, vehicles, other riders and fixed or moving objects; surface hazards, equipment failure and inadequate safety equipment; and the possibility of serious injury. Each participant waives, releases and discharges NWCC from any and all claims for any damages which may be sustained in connection with an NWCC sponsored bicycle ride. It is the sole responsibility for each participant to be familiar with the courses. All participants understand and agree that situations may arise which may be beyond the immediate control of others and must continually ride so as to neither endanger themselves or others. All participants accept responsibility for the condition and adequacy of their equipment. Properly fitted, approved bicycle helmets are required of all riders.
All rides are on public roads and riders ride at their own risk; each participant is responsible for his/her own safety and security. Route maps are available for the different routes, and each participant assumes the risk of using these maps. NWCC is not responsible for any known or unknown hazards.
Riders should carry identification, full water bottles. easily-accessible ID (license, data sheet or wrist ID), cell phone, cash, credit card, spare tubes, levers & inflator (pump and/or CO2). Posted start times indicate when the ride begins and so riders should allow enough time beforehand to prepare themselves and their bicycles. Rides may be canceled at the discretion of the leader/starter if weather conditions make it unsafe to ride.
Interested in volunteering to be a Ride Starter? It's easy! Just go to our Ride Starter page.