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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.

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 average speed of 12-14 mph 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. 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

News!

News!

In case you missed it, on Sunday March 27, 2022, we held our first fundraising ride since 2019. Our 2022 BlueBonnet Express (BBX) went off successfully, thanks to the many and varied efforts of our BBX Ride Director, Carl Grasshoff, who spent hundreds of hours...

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In-Person Meeting!!!

In-Person Meeting!!!

We’ve all been waiting for the opportunity to get together in person! For a change, our monthly club meeting will take place on the open air deck at 3 pm on Saturday March 5th at Senate Avenue Brewing Company, 16000 Dillard Drive, Jersey Village. Members and...

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Upcoming Events

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  • 13
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    NWCC Zube Park Ride Aug 13

    Every Saturday - Rain or Shine

    Event Details

    Start time is 7:30 AM.  THIS IS A RAIN OR SHINE RIDE – We will cancel only if there are thunderstorms or worse happening at ride start time. We will communicate that on the Facebook pages if it becomes necessary. The Zube Park rides are a great way to check out the club before you join. That’s because you don’t need to be a club member to come along for the ride. We will have four official group rides leaving from Zube.  Each group will have designated leaders from club membership, and our...

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    Zube Park, 17400 Roberts Rd.
    Time
    13 Aug 2022 7:30AM
  • 13
    august
    Coffee Ride – Aug 13

    Every Saturday

    Event Details

    Event Organizer Brent Neal

    This is a social, no-drop¹ group ride that takes place mostly on residential and suburban roads.  The ride will have a casual pace so that riders can enjoy conversing, but to do any form of group riding you should be able to pace yourself at least around 12-14 mph / 19-23 kmh.  If you're slower than that, just let us know--no big deal.  This ride will likely fall somewhere between a 12-16 mph average depending on the group. The ride will generally be 17-20 miles (approximately), and we stop s...

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    Wildwood Elementary School, 13802 Northpointe Blvd
    Time
    13 Aug 2022 7:30AM
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    Hump Day Ride Aug 17

    Every Wednesday

    Event Details

    Rolls from Hockley Community Center (HCC) at 7:30 am Wednesdays (until last Wednesday in September, thereafter at 8:00 am) for distances between 25 and 45 miles, depending on who is riding. Depending on numbers, we will split into separate speed and distance groups, so that we can cater for all. The route depends on who's in the group and on the wind direction. All are welcome, club members or just club curious, come on out and see what we are all about! Great place for new riders, folks r...

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    Hockley Community Center, 28515 Old Washington Road
    Time
    17 Aug 2022 7:30AM
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    Spring Creek Greenway Ride – Aug 18

    Event Details

    Event Organizer David Harman

    Recurring Thursday Night Evening Ride! Roll at 5:30 pm from Dennis Johnston Park on Riley Fuzzel in Spring. The entire route is a protected paved bike trail. The ride will be approximately 23-30 miles long depending on the light and the group composition. Pacing is easy/moderate, 14-17 mph typically. One break point at roughly the halfway point. Bring plenty of water, the fountains are closed due to Covid. All are welcome, club members or just club curious, come on out and see what w...

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    Dennis Johnston Park, 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd
    Time
    18 Aug 2022 5:30PM
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    august
    Zwift Social Ride

    Every Thursday

    Event Details

    Event Organizer Brent Neal

    We roll every week at 7:30pm for a social ride that can be a workout by choice. We take a brief break during the Winter to run our Online Crit Series on Thursdays and resume the regular rides in March. You do not need to be a member of NWCC to join this ride. Rides are currently via meetup invitation, which means you have to be following the ride leader (Brent Neal) on Zwift. You can find him by searching for the username “Brent Neal – NWCC”. Add him on Zwift and then send him a message letting ...

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    18 Aug 2022 7:30PM
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    NWCC Zube Park Ride Aug 20

    Every Saturday - Rain or Shine

    Event Details

    Start time is 7:30 AM.  THIS IS A RAIN OR SHINE RIDE – We will cancel only if there are thunderstorms or worse happening at ride start time. We will communicate that on the Facebook pages if it becomes necessary. The Zube Park rides are a great way to check out the club before you join. That’s because you don’t need to be a club member to come along for the ride. We will have four official group rides leaving from Zube.  Each group will have designated leaders from club membership, and our...

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    Location
    Zube Park, 17400 Roberts Rd.
    Time
    20 Aug 2022 7:30AM
  • 20
    august
    Coffee Ride – Aug 20

    Every Saturday

    Event Details

    Event Organizer Brent Neal

    This is a social, no-drop¹ group ride that takes place mostly on residential and suburban roads.  The ride will have a casual pace so that riders can enjoy conversing, but to do any form of group riding you should be able to pace yourself at least around 12-14 mph / 19-23 kmh.  If you're slower than that, just let us know--no big deal.  This ride will likely fall somewhere between a 12-16 mph average depending on the group. The ride will generally be 17-20 miles (approximately), and we stop s...

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    Location
    Wildwood Elementary School, 13802 Northpointe Blvd
    Time
    20 Aug 2022 7:30AM
  • 24
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    Hump Day Ride Aug 24

    Every Wednesday

    Event Details

    Rolls from Hockley Community Center (HCC) at 7:30 am Wednesdays (until last Wednesday in September, thereafter at 8:00 am) for distances between 25 and 45 miles, depending on who is riding. Depending on numbers, we will split into separate speed and distance groups, so that we can cater for all. The route depends on who's in the group and on the wind direction. All are welcome, club members or just club curious, come on out and see what we are all about! Great place for new riders, folks r...

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    Location
    Hockley Community Center, 28515 Old Washington Road
    Time
    24 Aug 2022 7:30AM
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    august
    Spring Creek Greenway Ride – Aug 25

    Event Details

    Event Organizer David Harman

    Recurring Thursday Night Evening Ride! Roll at 5:30 pm from Dennis Johnston Park on Riley Fuzzel in Spring. The entire route is a protected paved bike trail. The ride will be approximately 23-30 miles long depending on the light and the group composition. Pacing is easy/moderate, 14-17 mph typically. One break point at roughly the halfway point. Bring plenty of water, the fountains are closed due to Covid. All are welcome, club members or just club curious, come on out and see what w...

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    Location
    Dennis Johnston Park, 709 Riley Fuzzel Rd
    Time
    25 Aug 2022 5:30PM
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    august
    Zwift Social Ride

    Every Thursday

    Event Details

    Event Organizer Brent Neal

    We roll every week at 7:30pm for a social ride that can be a workout by choice. We take a brief break during the Winter to run our Online Crit Series on Thursdays and resume the regular rides in March. You do not need to be a member of NWCC to join this ride. Rides are currently via meetup invitation, which means you have to be following the ride leader (Brent Neal) on Zwift. You can find him by searching for the username “Brent Neal – NWCC”. Add him on Zwift and then send him a message letting ...

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    25 Aug 2022 7:30PM
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New NWCC Member Spotlight

These are 2022 KFC photos of our new member Wendy Larsen. Geoff Donnelly has been a bike guide for her at the Houston Marathon and other races for a good few years now. She has won the Boston Marathon AWD race for the last two years, setting records each time, and she did the Katy Flatlands Century ride this week with her three bike guides, who we comped in for a free ride. This is her after the ride.

Century Ride Report by Wendy Larsen

Century ride report, for those that are curious about the nitty gritty:

It started off with everything going according to plan. Miles 1-33 everything felt FANTASTIC!! Nelson kept having to remind me that I wasn’t allowed to go faster than 17.5 mph, but my perceived exertion was so low, I honestly thought I’d be able to maintain an average of 17.5 mph for the entire ride. Wrong!! I originally planned to stop at the first rest stop, but instead decided to skip it and head to rest stop 2. That’s when things started to go downhill.

When we left rest stop 2 at mile 33, we had to go down a dirt/gravel road for what felt like forever. I had no idea part of the route would be on a dirt road and it threw me for a loop. I thought the worst was over when the dirt road ended, but then the semi-paved road got so bad that it might have been even worse than the gravel road. It slowed me down to a crawl. I think I was doing 5mph at one point because the surface was so jarring that it was downright painful on my back. By that time, it was getting hotter and windier by the minute and I was in pain. That gravel road really did me in for the remainder of the ride.

Mile 51 was rest stop #3, so we stopped there, cooled down, used the bathroom, and were off again feeling good.
Once we got back on the road, we had much better road surfaces. Thanks goodness!! We also were now going into a headwind that was getting stronger by the minute and the heat was continuing to build. I was feeling pretty good again, but that wind definitely slowed me down and I knew I had to pace myself or crash at the end. By that time, it was just a mental of game of wanting to get it over and done with vs being smart about not pushing too hard in the wind. We were riding through some of the most boring roads on the planet. It was new housing developments with rows and rows of cookie cutter houses that had no landscaping yet and these God-awful traffic circles that all looked identical. It was like being in Groundhog Day!

Geoff Donnelly came and found me on the road here and also got to witness my minor wrong turn and bonus mileage. 🤣 Seeing him was a nice reprieve from the monotony!

We road through rest stop #4 at mile 64 and didn’t stop. I was still physically feeling good and just wanted to get it over and done with.

Around mile 70-75 I started feeling very nauseous. This hasn’t happened in a long time, but I could tell it was heat related. I slowed it down, but not sure with that kind of heat it even made any difference. The feels like temp was over 100 by now. I knew the next stop was at mile 82 and I just had to get to that stop.

As we pulled into the rest stop I saw my friend Debbie Blume Rychlik on the side of the road cheering me in. What a nice surprise!! I immediately got ice and frozen water bottles from Chris who was meeting me at each stop with my wheelchair and coolers. He filled my cycling cap with ice water and I put that on. I put a frozen water bottle down my bra, I grabbed a couple of frozen water bottles and just held them in my hands. I put one on the back of my neck. I had some water, but couldn’t get down any of my pre-planned Skratch rice cakes, Sport Hydration, and Superfuel, so no calories. At that point, I was just happy to keep the little bit of water down, though. I chatted with Debbie while I got cooled down. That ended up being another 20 minute stop while I cooled off. Once I got cooled down though, I felt so much better!

The next 10 miles felt better and my nausea was gone, but I didn’t push it too hard as I was worried about the heat. I took a couple small sips of my Skratch Superfuel from my hydration pack, but didn’t get much in, to be honest.

About mile 90 is when the nausea hit again. By that point, I knew I only had 16 miles to go and I can do that in my sleep. I also knew though, that the heat and wind was no joke and I needed to be careful. There was one more rest stop, but it wasn’t until mile 102. Thankfully there was a random stranger on the side of the road about mile 95 with cases of water, coolers filled with ice, and cold beer for the riders. My guides grabbed a cold beer (Thank goodness I vetted these guys and knew they were fully up to the task of riding this distance in brutal heat). I stuffed my bra with ice (No shame!!) and got going again. Thank you random stranger!!! This is also where Liz McGlynn found me and stopped to say hi. Thank you Liz!!

When we got about 2 miles from the finish, I decided what the hell and sprinted toward the finish. I had to see if I still had enough in me after that hellish 100+ mile ride to push over 20 mph and I did. Oh, yeah! This woman can work when she needs to! 😎💪 Unfortunately, I didn’t go quite fast enough because right before I finished the wind blew the finish arch away, along with all the club tents, banners, etc. No finish line for me! 🤣 Did I mention the wind?!?! 😱

All in all, I can’t say that ride was fun. It was long, hot, boring, painful, and windy. However, setting a big goal and achieving it is always fun! Challenging myself is fun! Pushing through and doing really hard stuff is fun! Most importantly, it was a learning experience and gave me great information on what I need to work on going forward with far bigger goals to achieve. Would I do it again? Hell yes! Those are the types of experiences that teach you how to handle whatever is thrown your way, how to be mentally prepared, and how to adapt and overcome.

I finished with an average rolling speed of 15.5 mph. It wasn’t anywhere near what I wanted it to be, but I’m feeling pretty good about my effort considering the conditions and I feel like I did a good job of not pushing myself past the point of no return. I did what I had to do to finish strong.

Today I feel pretty darn good. I’m a tad sore, but really no big deal. My back is painful from the road conditions, but my shoulders and arms are fine and that’s the important part. 🤣 If I had to go ride another 100 miles today I could. It wouldn’t be pretty, but I could get it done. More than anything, I feel like my brain is fried today. It was a mental exercise for sure!

Now to rest and recover this week, because my coach is a slave driver and is making me. 😜🤣

ETA: The dirt and gravel road was due to a last minute course change because of construction that the club wasn’t made aware of. Totally not their fault. I read the email and downloaded the new route, but conveniently ignored the part about it being a dirt/gravel road. It is what it is and was good for me to be faced with challenges like this. I need the mental workout as much as the physical.

NWCC Supports Local Schools

NWCC Supports Local Schools

The KFC has taken precedence over everything the club has done for many weeks now, but we still found time to make a presentation to Brandy McWilliams of Waller ISD on Saturday during all the ongoing effort. Brandy is leading the the initiative to support Waller ISD’s kids with a Back to School Fair taking place on Saturday July 23. It will help students with “providing backpacks stuffed with supplies (glue sticks, pencils, crayons, folders, composition notebooks, scissors, erasers and more).” NWCC has contributed 10% of their target fundraiser.

Thanks to all of you who support the club, enabling us to carry out this charitable work.

Boy Scout Troop 219 receives a donation from NWCC for their help with the 2022 KFC

NWCC Supports Local Scout Troop 219

The NWCC donated $1667.00 to Boy Scout Troop 219 for their help with the 2022 Katy Flatland Century (KFC). The scouts and their leaders volunteered their help by manning several rest stops along the ride.

Thanks to all of you who support the club, enabling us to carry out this charitable work.

Katy Flatlands Century 

Here are the final registration numbers for the 2022 KFC event.

Total Registered Riders

Katy Flatlands Century by Northwest Cycling Club - Houston, Texas

Registered Riders for the KFC 106 Mile Route

Registered Riders for the KFC 72 Mile Route

Registered Riders for the KFC 55 Mile Route

Registered Riders for the KFC 24 Mile Route

2022 Katy Flatlands Century Photo Album

Here are a few pictures from the KFC held July 17th. To see more pictures, click the button below to visit the KFC website 2022 photo album.

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KFC Volunteers
The team who stacked the shed after the KFC. Rich Van Sickle, George Holland of Alkek, Craig Angaroni, Martha Holland, and Geoff Donnelly.

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.

Katy Flatlands Century by Northwest Cycling Club - Houston, Texas

NWCC Team Store Now Open

Northwest Cycling Club (NWCC) members can order club apparel from ScudoPro. 8-day delivery with no minimum order. Club Fit, Elite Fit, and Pro Fit available.

Contact the club for username and password.

  • Register until May 31st, 2022 – $50
  • Register June 1 to June 30, 2022 – $55
  • Register July 1 to July 17, 2002 – $60

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 Marshalls

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!"

Sponsor Address

Northwest Cyclery
17464 Northwest Fwy
Houston, TX   77040

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