The purpose of NWCC is to:
- encourage and support recreational and competitive cycling activities
- educate cyclists in the different areas of the sport of cycling
- educate and promote safe cycling practices
- encourage and support public cycling facilities and programs, such as bike paths, bike trails, educational courses and the Alkek Velodrome
Northwest Cycling Club was formed in November of 1986. Since then the club has grown from six members to over 300. The Club is one of the largest in the nation, and has won USA Cycling “Club of the Year” five times.
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 USAC racer, you can find a group to ride with every Saturday Morning.
Of course, the club is famous for the Bluebonnet Express (BBX) and the Katy Flatland Century (KFC). These events 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 news bulletin “NWCC News” 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 Christmas 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!
NWCC is for all ages – check out our flourishing Junior Development program at Alkek velodrome, and get your kids pedaling. Athletes 50+ enjoy our support of the Senior Games across the country.
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.