Houston cyclists, if you're aching for a break from those hard-core rides every weekend and would like to make some kids happy at the same time, I have just the deal for you. Saturday March 2nd, head out to the Nottingham Country MUD Greenbelt Park for Pi Beta Phi's Second Annual Biking for Books community ride and fundraiser.
This won't be your usual herd of lycra-clad muscle-thighed animals thundering down the country roads for 100 miles, though. Biking for Books promises to be more... leisurely. Event participants are invited to show up between 9:00 a.m. and noon, ride at their own pace, and ride as little - or as much - as they feel like. The Greenbelt Park features a paved loop just a hair more than two miles long, and participants will also be able to reach the trail system in George Bush Park if they like. Sounds like a perfect outing for the whole family.
Participants receive an event T-shirt and are eligible for drawings for a child's bicycle and other prizes including a gift certificate to Bike Barn. Riders may check in at the west end of the Greenbelt Park, near the intersection of Highland Knolls and Norwalk. Ride to check-in, or bring your bike.
Registration costs $40 for the whole family or $10 per individual; see the downloadable registration form at the official event website for details. Best of all, proceeds will be used to stock the Pi Beta Phi Book Nook at Texas Children's Hospital - West Campus. Reading is almost as much fun as riding!
Directions: the event takes place about 25 miles west of downtown Houston by way of I-10, the Katy Freeway. Take the Katy to Westgreen Boulevard (Exit 747A) and head south 1.8 miles to Highland Knolls. Turn left (east) 0.3 miles to Norwalk. The park will be on your left.