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Embrace the heat - join the Hottest Day of the Year Ride!

Pam LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This article was originally published August 4, 2014

The heat’s a lot more bearable when you embrace it. And what better way to do that then hop on your bike for the Hottest Day of the Year Ride on Aug. 9?

The good folks at Bike Austin believe that being outside in the heat is no big deal, and they want to show the world that anyone can ride a bike on a good scalding day.

To quote them exactly: “With proper clothing, hydration, and an open mind, we believe going by bike to the park, to the pool, a cafe, or for ice cream (especially for ice cream) is completely do-able, fun, and preferable for cyclists at all levels.”

The 15-mile leisurely bicycle ride will include stops for swimming pools, ice cream, tasty beverages and food. Participants should bring water, sunscreen and pool toys. Some edible treats will be provided, but bring money for dinner and any food stops. Helmets are recommended but not required.

To register go to

The ride will convene at 1:30 p.m. at East Side Pedal Pushers, 1414 East Fifth Street, across from Plaza Saltillo. Wheels down at 2 p.m. A benefit party will follow at 6:30 p.m. at Alta’s Cafe, 74 Trinity Street.

No spontaneous combustion allowed.

Here’s the blow-by-blow:

2 p.m. - Depart East Side Pedal Pushers

2:30 p.m. - Postcard mural, South First Street and Annie

2:45 p.m. - Big Stacy Pool

3:30 p.m. - Austin Tri-Cyclist

4:00 p.m. - Doug Sahm Hill

4:30 p.m. - Cycleast

4:45 p.m. - Metz Pool

5:30 p.m. - G’raj Mahal Cafe

6:30 p.m. - Alta’s Cafe