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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!

Jim Bramble - Winner of Volunteer Raffle

Zube Saturday Refreshments

Congratulations to our winner, Jim Bramble! Did you know each quarter NWCC raffles off a $250 gift card to a Zube volunteer (no drop and snacks)? 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. 

Katy Flatlands Century

 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.

2023 Bluebonnet Express

    Alkek Velodrome Regional Championships #1

    Sunday April 20-23, 2024 – Houston, TX

    2023 Bluebonnet Express

      2024 Bluebonnet Express

      Sunday April 21, 2024 – Waller, TX

      Texas MS 150

        40th Annual Texas MS 150

        April 27-28, 2024 – Houston to Austin, TX

        Tour de Rouge

          Tour de Rouge – Houston to New Orleans

          May 5-10, 2024 – Houston, TX

          Santa Fe Century 2024

            Rolling Hills Challenge

            May 11, 2024 – Colombus, TX

            Santa Fe Century 2024

              Santa Fe Century 2024

              May 17-19, 2024 – Santa Fe, NM

              Santa Fe Century 2024

                Head for the Hills

                May 18, 2024 – Cedar Hill, TX

                Santa Fe Century 2024

                  Bosque Tour de Norway

                  May 18, 2024 – Clifton, TX

                  2023 Bluebonnet Express

                    2024 MTHCC Summer Sizzle

                    June 8, 2024 – Houston, TX

                    2023 Bluebonnet Express

                      Alkek Velodrome Regional Championships #2

                      June 18-23, 2024 – Houston, TX

                      Katy Flatland Century

                        Katy Flatlands Century

                        July 16, 2024 – Katy, TX

                        Katy Flatland Century

                          The Goatneck Bike Ride (Tour De Goatneck)

                          July 27, 2024 – Cleburne, TX

                          Tour de Paris

                            Tour de Paris 2024

                            July 20, 2024 – Paris, TX

                            Tour de Paris

                              SB250 McAllen to San Antonio Ride

                              June 28-29, 2024 – McAllen, TX
                              NWCC is a sponsor of this ride

                              Santa Fe Century 2024

                                Hotter’N Hell Hundred

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

                                2023 Bluebonnet Express

                                  Alkek Velodrome Regional Championships #3

                                  September 14-17, 2024 – Houston, TX

                                  Big Dam Bridge 100

                                    Big Dam Bridge Ride 2024

                                    September 28, 2024 – Santa Fe, NM
                                    (NWCC is sending a group)

                                    BlueBonnet Express 2024

                                    The 2024 Bluebonnet Express

                                    The 33rd annual Bluebonnet Express will be held on April 21st, 2024, and will start from the Waller ISD Football Stadium in Waller, Texas, approximately 40 miles Northwest of Houston. This fully supported ride is one of the Houston area’s oldest rides and is presented by Northwest Cycling Club.

                                    Three different distances/routes will be offered, heading south of Waller, then turning north through open country roads before turning south heading back to the stadium. The routes are 95% on back country road and staying off most of the busier FM roads in Waller County. Cyclists can expect mostly flat sections and some gentle rollers. The Bluebonnet Express this year is one week from the MS 150 making it an excellent training ride to prepare for the big event.

                                    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.

                                    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

                                    Northwest Cycling Club (NWCC) Events & Activities Calendar

                                    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.

                                    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.

                                    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

                                    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

                                    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).

                                    Membership Has Its Privileges

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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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                                    Sponsor Address

                                    Northwest Cyclery
                                    17464 Northwest Fwy
                                    Houston, TX   77040

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