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.

ACTIVE MEMBERS

NWCC offers events for all levels of riders and many types of riding. You will not need fancy equipment and you’ll always find friendly faces and generously offered tips and advice. To do any form of group riding you should be able to maintain an approximate 13mph+ rolling average (which may vary based on wind, group, etc.) for at least twenty miles (with breaks). Free training plans are available online along with advice for bike computers, fitness watches, apps for your phone and so on. Or reach out to us and we can help. We all were beginners once.

For those just starting to explore group rides or for those who want a casual pace, we recommend our Saturday Coffee Rides. 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

Join the cycling 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!

Thanks to Craig Angaroni for bringing the much appreciated cold drinks and salty snacks for post-ride refreshments at Zube today. Chapeau, sir!

Zube Saturday Refreshments

Thank you for our refreshments, Gail!

Sign up today, https://nwcc.bike/nwcc-volunteer-center/.

Come on folks, step up and take a turn every now and then! We’ve made it easy, and it costs you only a little time.

You don’t have to be a member to partake of the food and drink, but we do need members to take their turn on bringing the supplies so we can keep this very social part of the ride alive. It’s a great time and place to meet new people, and to hear about the club.

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 Park Ride - Saturday June 11

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.

NWCC Classifieds

NWCC Classifieds

The NWCC Classifieds provide NWCC Members the benefit of a free method to list bicycles and bicycle-related items for sale on the NWCC website. The NWCC Classifieds are visible to NWCC Members and to the public visiting the NWCC website. Use of the NWCC Classifieds constitutes acceptance of the NWCC Classifieds Terms of Use. If you have any questions concerning the NWCC Classifieds, please contact comms@nwcc.bike.

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!

Volunteer Signup

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. 

NWCC Bluebonnet Express 2024 Volunteers
NWCC Classifieds

Northwest Cycling Club Walk to End Alzheimer’s Champion Team

NWCC serves our community: thanks to donations from Bluebonnet riders and the NWCC board, the Northwest Cycling Club Walk to End Alzheimer’s team is now a champion team. Interested in donating?

  • NWCC Team Goal $2000 – We have raised 28% 28%
Need help for a loved one with dementia or want to learn more about how to keep your brain healthy? Call 800-272-3900 24/7

2024 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Houston, TX
Saturday, November 9, 2024

New to Cycling?

Try the Saturday Coffee Ride

WHERE AND WHEN

The ride rolls this Saturday at 08:00 from Wildwood Elementary in Tomball (13802 Northpointe Blvd).

WHO?

You! This is an open ride; we welcome NWCC members and non-members alike. This is a social, no-drop ride and we welcome riders of all ages and on all types of bikes. If you do the entire ride it is about 20 miles / 32 kilometers, but there are multiple opportunities to ride a shorter distance if needed. (The mid-ride break is only a block from the starting location, for example.) We keep the ride at a social, inclusive pace–which is usually around 12 mph. That might sound slow to some, but this is meant to not just be an enjoyable time for conversation but also approachable for new or inexperienced group riders. And guess what? If you’re an exceptionally gifted racer with loads of power to spare who needs a fun day during your rest week, well, you’re welcome to join, too.

WHY?

Pulling into Zube park or the parking lot of a Trek shop on a Saturday morning for a large group ride where everyone is wearing Lycra and riding expensive bikes can be intimidating for newer riders, especially people who have never done a group ride. And with distances that usually eclipse thirty or forty miles, the sort of person who might be more accustomed to just riding for thirty minutes in the neighborhood might see that as unapproachable. The Coffee Ride exists so that experienced cyclists who are capable of doing faster, longer rides can welcome newer and curious riders while teaching the skills and etiquette necessary to bridge that gap. We just happen to have great conversations and an exceptional mid-ride stop for coffee, lemonade smoothies, and snacks to go along with it. So if you’re new(er) or just need a break from the faster, longer stuff for a little change of pace this is a great ride for you.

HOW?

Show up! Bring a bike, a helmet, and maybe even a friend. The ride has three designated leaders, and there is usually a minimum of two present at every ride to ensure that we provide a consistent, safe experience each week.

To learn more, visit the NWCC website and you can find information about the ride both on the calendar/acitivies list and under the weekly rides menu options.

The Coffee Ride - Saturday March 30

Brent Neal

The Saturday Coffee Ride
NWCC Coffee Ride
NWCC Coffee Ride
Coffee Ride
Coffee Ride - Saturday March 2

 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.

Peach Pedal Bike Ride

    Peach Pedal Bike Ride

    July 13, 2024 – Weatherford, TX

    Tour de Paris

      Tour de Paris 2024

      July 20, 2024 – Paris, TX

      Katy Flatland Century

        Katy Flatlands Century

        Sunday July 21, 2024 – Katy, TX

        Registration is open

        Dri Fit Shirt Option at Registration if you register by June 14th.

        Katy Flatland Century

          The Goatneck Bike Ride (Tour De Goatneck)

          July 27, 2024 – Cleburne, TX

          Tour de Boerne

            Tour de Boerne

            July 29, 2024 – Boerne, TX

            Santa Fe Century 2024

              Hotter’N Hell Hundred

              August 24, 2024 – Wichita Falls, TX
              (NWCC is sending a group)

              Waco Wild West Ride - Sunday, September 8, 2024

                Waco Wild West 100

                Sunday, September 8, 2024 – Waco, TX

                2023 Bluebonnet Express

                  Alkek Velodrome Regional Championships #3

                  September 14-17, 2024 – Houston, TX

                  Permian Basin Bicycle Association - Cyclefest

                    Cyclefest – Permian Basin Bicycle Association

                    Cyclefest Tour – September 21, 2024 – Fort Davis, TX
                    Mt. Locke Hill Climb – September 22, 2024 – Fort Davis, TX

                    Big Dam Bridge 100

                      Big Dam Bridge Ride 2024

                      September 28, 2024 – Little Rock, AR
                      (NWCC is sending a group)

                      Big Dam Bridge 100

                        28th Annual Livestrong Challenge

                        Sunday October 20, 2024 – Austin, TX

                        2024 Tour de Cure®: Texas

                          2024 Tour de Cure®: Texas

                          October 26, 2024 – McKinney, TX

                          KFC - Katy Flatland Century Bike Ride

                          The Katy Flatland Century

                          The 2024 Katy Flatland Century bike ride will be held on Sunday July 21, 2024. The starting point was Royal High School located at 34499 Royal Road, Brookshire, TX 77423.

                          Please view the information page for details about the ride, routes, registration, and packet pickup.

                          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.

                          Registration is Now Open

                          Here are the current registration numbers for the 2024 KFC event.

                          Total Registered Riders

                          Registered Riders for the KFC 103.8 Mile Route

                          Registered Riders for the KFC 82.2 Mile Route

                          Registered Riders for the KFC 51.7 Mile Route

                          Registered Riders for the KFC 44.5 Mile Route

                          Registered Riders for the KFC 24 Mile Route

                          Order Your 2024 KFC Jersey

                          The NWCC ScudoPro online store is open to order your very own Katy Flatland Century Jersey! The deadline to receive your KFC Jersey before the event is June 30th. Any order placed after June 30th, will be processed as a post event order.
                          To order, please click the button below.

                          All orders will be processed by ScudoPro and shipped directly to you.

                          **Please note that jerseys will not be available for pick up at packet pick-up.**

                          2024 Katy Flatland Century Jersey

                          NWCC ScudoPro Team Store

                          Members requested, and we listened! Want a “Plain Black Bib”? Now you can order from two versions of the black bib. The one option is simply a plain black bib with a NWCC logo on the back of the bib. The other is the same bib with the addition of having NWCC on the legs. Of course the standard multi-colored bib is also available. Bib sizing for all formats are available for both men and women.

                          Order yours today at the NWCC ScudoPro Team Store.

                          If you need the password for the team store, please email  Treasurer.

                          NWCC ScudoPro Team Store
                          NWCC ScudoPro Team Store
                          BlueBonnet Express 2024

                          The 2024 Bluebonnet Express

                          The 33rd annual Bluebonnet Express was held on April 21st, 2024 and was a success. This fully supported ride is one of the Houston area’s oldest rides and is presented by Northwest Cycling Club.

                          Check out the pictures on the BBX website.

                          NWCC Christmas Party - Sunday December 10

                          Lawson Craddock Youth Cycling League Camps

                          Entry Fee: FREE!

                          Registration
                          All participants must have completed a 2023 Alkek Velodrome Waiver (www.alkekvelodrome.com/waiver) and will be required to register digitally.

                          Spring Camp: March 13th-15th
                          Summer Wk1: June 12th-14th
                          Summer Wk2: June 19th-21st
                          Thursday will be used should other days be rained out.

                          Location
                          Alkek Velodrome – 19008 Saums Rd, Houston, TX, United States, Texas (alkekvelodrome.com)

                          Coaching
                          Coaching will be led by Carl Jones who will be supported by experienced Adult and Junior Track Riders.

                          Awards
                          Racers will compete to win a track bike just like Lawson did at the Mark Bing Youth Cycling League Finals held on Tuesday July 18th from 6:45pm. We will also celebrate the achievements of our riders who attended Junior Nats too!

                          Bikes
                          Riders will be required to use a track bike, most kids don’t own a track bike but don’t worry we have a fleet of rental bikes from which each participant will be provided one for use at the YCL sessions.

                          What To Bring
                          1) Helmet (If you don’t have one or forget we have some loaner helmets)
                          2) Cycling or Tennis Shoes
                          3) Athletic Clothing
                          4) Water Bottle
                          5) A Smile!

                          Prerequisites
                          1) Riders must complete a Waiver, and will need a parent or guardian signature.
                          2) Participants must be aged 8-18 years of age. The key limiter is being able to find a bike small enough. Please contact Carl on coaching@alkekvelodrome.com if you have concerns about this.
                          3) While racing experience is not necessary all participants must be able to ride a bicycle unassisted to a reasonable standard and follow instruction. This class is NOT a learn to ride class but IS designed to hone and develop riders skills and develop confidence and experience in track racing.

                          Alkek Velodrome Winners

                          Congratulations to C. Jerry Vargas – proud to wear race under our NWCC colors – and Coach Carl for their wins at Alkek last week! One of our junior members, Jonathan, also won this week. We’re so proud of you all! And happy to support Alkek Velodrome by supporting Coach Carl and through our donations.

                          Northwest Cycling Club Congratulates Alkek Velodrome Winners

                          NWCC Donation to Sea Scouts Ship 502 for Supporting 2024 Bluebonnet Express

                          Our final donation to Sea Scouts Ship 502 for their support of the The Bluebonnet Express Presented by Northwest Cycling Club ride!

                          We truly appreciate your participation in making our event a success! – Troy Ottmer

                          NWCC Donation to Sea Scouts Ship 502 for Supporting 2024 Bluebonnet Express
                          Freewheels volunteers repair bikes and change lives

                          Freewheels volunteers repair bikes and change lives

                          The mission of Freewheels Houston is to provide safe, reliable bicycles to refugees, veterans emerging from homelessness and young people from low-income families. Freewheels bicycles provide everyday transportation that enables people from underserved communities to get to work and school and stay healthy and connected.

                          You can help build bikes

                          Volunteer sessions on Friday and Saturday mornings are an opportunity for volunteers to work in a friendly environment to increase the number of bikes we can provide. If you maintain your own bike and already know the basics, we will put you to work on a bike right away. If you are unfamiliar with bike maintenance but you want to help, our experienced volunteers will help you learn.

                          2024 Big Dam Bridge Challenge!!!!!

                          We had a respectable showing of participants from the club for this years event, but we had some competition from a rival club from Memphis, named Victory Cycles. They had a large group, probably over 40 riders attend this years ride. Their tent was next to ours and they cheered their riders as they cross the finish line. We did the 50 mile route this year with a few exceptions as other members did the 75 mile course.

                          Annual Bike Rides for Northwest Cycling Club (NWCC)

                          I am challenging club members to attend next year and do the 75 mile course. Yes, it is difficult as you climb the big mountain on that course, but if we train for it, nothing is impossible. So sign up here and lets have a large group from Houston to rival Victory Cycles next year. If you feel the 75 is a bit much that’s OK too, just come and have a great time with fellow club members. We had a blast riding together and eating out as a group in Little Rock. So I encourage all NWCC members to join in on the fun and be apart of the training as we get ready for next year. If you have not done this ride, it should be on your bucket list of rides to do. It certainly is one of my favorites.

                          Respond back to Carl Grasshoff if you want to join us.

                          Monthly Club Meeting - July 9

                          Starting Time – Regular Rides

                          Zube
                          – October 1 to March 31 starts at 8:00 AM
                          – April 1 to September 30 starts at 7:30 AM

                          Saturday Coffee Rides
                          – Starts at 8:00 AM

                          Sunday Starbucks Rides
                          – Starts at 8:00 AM

                          Hump Day
                          – October 1 to March 31 starts at 8:00 AM
                          – April 1 to September 30 starts at 7:30 AM

                          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

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                          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.

                          Northwest Cycling Club - Houston, Texas
                          Northwest Cycling Club - Houston, Texas

                          Make Friends!

                          • 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.

                          Northwest Cycling Club - Houston, Texas
                          Northwest Cycling Club - Houston, Texas

                          Learn Skills!

                          • Rider Safety Course
                          • Learn to be a ride leader
                          • Learn about washing your bike, nutrition, bike maintenance and more
                          • Group riding skills

                          Discounts and Member Perks

                          NWCC Members receive discounts with club sponsors, such as NW Cycles and others! Free refreshments after the Saturday Zube ride and at the monthly club meetings. First adult beverage is on us too!

                          Northwest Cycling Club - Houston, Texas
                          Northwest Cycling Club - Houston, Texas

                          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

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                          Philantropic and Community Support

                          NWCC donates most of the proceeds from sponsored events to charities and community organizations including Suzannah Smiles (Spina Bifida), Alkek Velodrome, Boys & Girls Country, Houston Food Bank, Waller County Sheriff’s Office, Waller ISD, Waller Assistance & Restoration Ministries, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Boy Scounts of America, Royal ISD, Bike Houston, Waller County Fair & Rodeo, and Barnyard Buddies (children with disabilities).

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                          "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!"

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                          Northwest Cyclery
                          17464 Northwest Fwy
                          Houston, TX   77040

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