Membership Has Its Privileges
We offer both individual and family memberships.
Welcome to Northwest Cycling Club (NWCC)
Northwest Cycling Club (NWCC) is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization which promotes the social, competitive, recreational, philanthropic, and health aspects of cycling through education, club rides, and club meetings. Northwest Cycling Club was formed in November of 1986. Since then the club has grown from approximately six members to an average annual membership of over 400. We proudly have held five titles for USA Cycling’s Club of the Year.
For those just starting to explore group rides or for those who want a casual pace, we recommend our Saturday Coffee Rides. Check out the Thursday night Spring Creek Greenway rides, too. For those ready to tackle something longer, and faster (maybe even a lot faster), come out to the Hockley Community Center on Wednesday mornings and/or Zube Park on Saturdays.
From the President
From The President May 22, 2023
Lots to talk about so here goes, and please stick with it! DONATION CORNER NWCC was pleased to present a check for $500 to the organizers of the Bike Palooza at Mercer Botanic Gardens last weekend. The money will help Mercer repeat the event next year. ...
From The President May 2, 2023
We’re nine days past the club’s BlueBonnet Express (BBX) and two past the MS150 weekend, both great events in the Houston cycling calendar. A huge thanks to the BBX Ride Director, Carl Grasshoff, and his small army of volunteers, many of whom volunteered in at least...
From The President April 17, 2003
As I write this, we are six days away from the first of our annual rides, the Bluebonnet Express (BBX), which will go on Sunday April 23. Regrettably, we are still begging for volunteers to fill the twelve slots that remain open. All the positions need to be filled...
Join the club – it’s cycling and more!
Have just a few minutes a day, a few hours a month, or all day during our signature events? Want to make a difference behind the scenes or have a say in club policies? Let us know!
Complete a simple interest form (bit.ly/NWCCvol) so we can help you find the perfect fit.
Check out the options below!
Zube Saturday Refreshments
Feed people and hang out, a time-tested way to build community. If you are already coming to Zube on Saturdays, the extra time commitment is minimal. So is your expense since the club reimburses our grub-bringers. Join in and see tired riders smile! Click the button below for details.
Zube No Drop Ride Leaders
Remember your first few group rides? Maybe you were wanting to meet people, get strong, and learn more but were uncertain how. Now that you are more experienced, here’s your chance to share your knowledge and love of cycling. The No Drop Leader is responsible for leading the No Drop Group on the 25-mile route along US 290 business to the Chevron at 35515 U.S. 290 Waller, TX 77484 and back. Riders are expected to average 13 mph in good conditions though may need help with simple mechanical issues. This is where you’ll also teach group riding skills and etiquette. Check out this Wheel Brothers article about our 2017 no-drop leaders. Click on the button below to say yes and tell us when.
2023 KFC Volunteer Signup
From a few hours to all day, either indoors or outside, the volunteer options below suit everyone looking for a great time with 1,000 brand new friends!
Volunteers Rewards Program
Northwest Cycling Club (NWCC) members can apply the credits for volunteering toward NWCC apparel. Non NWCC members can apply credits toward a new NWCC membership.
The program was upgraded May 6, 2023. Check it out!
All NWCC Members are expected to volunteer during the year in support of the weekly rides and our big events, the Bluebonnet Express and Katy Flatland Century. If you haven’t volunteered lately, it’s time to sign up.
Upcoming Annual Rides of Interest
This is not a comprehensive list of upcoming rides. Listing of rides does not imply club participation or endorsement by NWCC. Click on the event below to go to the event website for more information.
The 2023 Katy Flatland Century
The 2023 Katy Flatland Century bike ride will be held on Sunday July 16, 2023. The starting point is Royal High School located at 34499 Royal Road, Brookshire, TX 77423.
This fully supported ride is one of the Houston area’s oldest rides and is presented by Northwest Cycling Club. Four different distances/routes are offered, including a 24 mile route, a 54 mile route, a 74 mile route, and a 104 mile century route. This fully supported ride is one of the areas favorite rides.
2023 Katy Flatland Century Photo Contest
We want to see all those great photos when you cycle the 2023 Katy Flatland Century! We’re so excited to see them, we’re going to give away FREE entry to the 2024 Katy Flatland Century for you as well as a free NWCC membership, so you get the scoop on all our news first!
NWCC Supports Waller ISD’s Annual Back to School Fair
NWCC’s President Geoff Donnelly and club members were present at HCC this morning when Adela Cornejo of Waller ISD received a check of $1000 from NWCC to support Waller ISD’s Annual Back to School Fair, which provides school supplies to children from low-income households.
About 1,000 students will receive backpacks full of pencils, notebooks, scissors, erasers, crayons and more from the sponsors of the Fair, which has a target of $10,000. The cost per student is approximately $10 and NWCC is delighted to help the local community’s young students.
Donation Presentation to Scout Troop 73 for Supporting 2023 Bluebonnet Express
NWCC VP Amy Smith presenting a $1000 donation from NWCC to Troop 73 for their Rest Stop support in the 2023 Blue Bonnet Express.
Donation to Support Bike Palooza
Barbara LeBas Wu, Sabrina Strawn, Carl Grasshoff, Robert Patin and myself were delighted to present a check for $500 on behalf of NWCC to Christy Jones (also a club member), the Education Director of Mercer Botanic Gardens at the Bike Palooza this morning. The event was designed for young children and teenagers who are interested in cycling, with a mountain bike ride for teenagers and pre-teens, and a little skills course for the even younger kids. Our donation will help pay for next year’s palooza.
Donation Presentations to Scout Troops 219 and 469 for Supporting 2023 Bluebonnet Express
Troy Ottmer and Amy Smith presented donations form NWCC to Scout Troops 219 and 469 for their support during the 2023 BBX.
Presentation to Stephanie Esquivel for Essay on Cycling
Geoff Donnelly and were delighted to present NWCC’s sponsorship award to Stephanie Esquivel of Waller High School at their Class of’23 celebration last night. Stephanie’s essay on why cyclists and motorists should share the road was adjudged to be the winner by the educators at the school. We’ll see if we can get it on our website.
Texas MS150 Club 300
The Texas MS150 was held April 29-30, 2023. The event is the biggest fundraising activity for the MS Society. If you are in the top 300 fundraisers you are made a member of “Club 300” and received special recognition.
One of the Club 300 recognitions is a personalized Porta-Potty at the following year’s event. Congratulations to the NWCC Club President and Club 300 member, Geoff Donnelly, for raising $6,059.00 for this important charity last year!
Bike Night at Circuit of the Americas
Returning March 7th
Cruise COTA’s famed stars and stripes in a stress-free environment without the worry of city traffic while admiring fantastic sunset views of COTA’s signature Observation Deck and Austin skyline. After the evening ride concludes, cyclists can replenish and recharge with an ice-cold drink, mouth-watering refreshments and great conversations and camaraderie with fellow riders.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids.
Presentation to the Greater Houston Cycling Foundation
VP Amy, Treasurer Troy and I had the pleasure of presenting a cheque/check for $750 to Carl Jones and his gang at Alkek velodrome on Monday evening, April 10th.
This was unbudgeted money that had come to us after a kind cyclist donated the TT bike he was no longer using for us to sell. Member David Harman did a great job in selling it for an unexpected sum, enough for us to give this amount to Carl and his folks, and have some left over for another deserving cause close to our hearts (photo of that one coming later).
Presentation to Wendy Larsen for Race Across the West
At the NWCC Club Meeting on February 7, 2023, during which the 2023 Budget was rolled out to those in attendance, a presentation was made to member Wendy Larsen who is racing in the Race Across the West in June. The donation of $500 will help Wendy cover some of the costs for her support team. She is screening potential crew persons, with priority for a woman with ultra or cycling experience. Good luck, Wendy!
If you would like to support Wendy with a donation or with physical help, please let us know via the email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Race Across the West
Racing the American Frontier
930 miles – Oceanside, CA to Durango, CO
RAW Solo & Team Start:
Tuesday, June 13th, 2023
Starting Time – Regular Rides
– October 1 to March 31 starts at 8:00 AM
– April 1 to September 30 starts at 7:30 AM
– Starts at 8:00 AM
– October 1 to March 31 starts at 8:00 AM
– April 1 to September 30 starts at 7:30 AM
Spring Creek Greenway
– Thursdays starts at 5:30 PM
MTB Sunday Rides
– 1 per month – Time TBA
NWCC Team Store Now Open (Members Only)
Northwest Cycling Club (NWCC) members can order club apparel from ScudoPro. 8-day delivery with no minimum order.
- NWCC Amateur/Club Fit Short Sleeve Cycling Jersey
- NWCC Elite Fit Short Sleeve Cycling Jersey
- NWCC Pro Fit Short Sleeve Cycling Jersey
- NWCC PRO-BIB Cycling Short
- NWCC Speedsuit – Men
- NWCC SKINSUIT – Women
- NWCC PRO-Thermal Long Sleeve Cycling Jersey
- NWCC Arm Sleeves – Warmers
- NWCC Arm Sleeves – UV Protection
- NWCC Headband / NeckGaiter
- NWCC Cycling Cap
- NWCC Podium Shirt
- NWCC Windbreaker Jacket
- NWCC Windbreaker Vest
Northwest Cycling Club Benefits
The Northwest Cycling Club (NWCC) was founded in 1986 and continues to be a part of the cycling community in Houston, TX. We are here to support cyclists from beginners to racers, with something for all ages!
NWCC has something for every type of cyclist, from casual riders to racers, elementary school kids to grandparents. We ride on the road, in the dirt, and everywhere in between. You’ll find us on the roads and trails in the Northwest Houston area, and on trips all over Texas and surrounding states. We are one of the largest cycling clubs in Texas.
- Saturday Group Rides by skill level
- Weekly Group Rides – weekdays three days a week
- Members-only social events
- Organized / coordinated travel plans
- Club Holiday rides
Train and Get Fit!
Frequent short rides are more effective than infrequent long sessions. If you only have three hours to spare per week you will be able to improve your fitness. To keep progressing and improving your fitness, you ideally need to be riding your bike every two to three days, even if it’s just a short trainer workout. The minimum you can get away with and still see significant fitness gains is three rides a week.
- Rider Safety Course
- Learn to be a ride leader
- Learn about washing your bike, nutrition, bike maintenance and more
- Group riding skills
NWCC Members receive discounts with club sponsors, such as NW Cycles and others!
Opportunities to Serve
- Serve on the club board or numerous committees
- Help organize key rides including the BlueBonnet Express and Katy Flatlands Century
- Serve during key rides as SAG drivers, corner monitors, and at rest areas.
- Ride Leaders
- Ride Marshals
Membership Has Its Privileges
Come Ride With Us!
"The Northwest Cycling Club was founded in 1986 and continues to be a part of the cycling community in Houston, TX. We are here to support cyclists from beginners to racers, with something for all ages!"
17464 Northwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77040