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The SATN SOCIAL

Fall, 2019. A celebration of the South Austin Trail Network.

Saturday, October 26th. 8:00 am - 5:00 pm-ish

ATX BIKES parking lot, Slaughter Lane @ Beckett

Sponsored by ATX BIKES and GIANT Bicycles.

What is it? It is not a race, it's just a big social ride. There are three routes that all start and return to the ATX Bikes' parking lot. The north is 18 miles, the east is 15, the south is 23. Do all three for a 56 mile ride. This ride will be 90% dirt. The rest is a little road, a little sidewalk. The routing is trying to use as much of the SATN that is not in a gray area. A gray area is one where the landowner is tolerating limited use of it so far, but it's not officially been sanctioned. This ride avoids all of those.

ATX Bikes and Giant Bicycles will be providing food, beer, and some prizes. Prizes will be in a drawing. Tickets will be earned by completing a route. So if you only do one route you will get some tickets. Do all three, get more. Do bonus mileage, get even more.

Giant Bicycles will be bringing their demo trailer. Oh yes, this event is an actual thing!

Get there early to pay your registration, sign your waiver, pay your donation to charity, get your bike number, and get your start time assigned.

KIDDING! There will be none of that. This is all free and it's all for fun. It's a SOCIAL ride! It's a social ride that will educate people about the South Austin Trail Network and to make it a more legitimate thing. The more it is recognized the more of it that can be sanctioned and appreciated by the landowners. "Hey! We have a cool thing here." Perhaps one day we will be able to have a ride that uses all 90 miles of the SATN.

So mark your calendars and tell your buds about it. Look for routes to be posted soon so you can practice and get them down. Recruit a group to ride with on the day of The SATN Social too. Just pick photogenic people though because you will be taking pictures of yourselves in the far reaches of the SATN as proof that you rode it all.

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I'll definitely be there, I've always wondered what the SATN was all about.

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Tuesday night behind ATX Bikes at 6 is a great way to learn the trails. I am always up for leading a tour as my schedule allows.

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I'm also SATN curious and plan to attend.

Mostly because the trails are promised to be as smooth as Satin, right? :classic_rolleyes:

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A lot of the SATN is smooth as satin. It's true. People say it's a good way to get smile miles in. And there's a little bit of climbing available, there's a little bit of tech, but there's a lot of flow. And it's so big that it's rarely busy. I can put in 20 miles on a weekday and never see another person. On the weekends, on a pretty day, I do have to keep my head up because there's more of a chance of seeing someone else.

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Man, I wish I was going to be in town for this, as I'd love to partake and do all three routes..  Sounds like it'll be a ton of fun!

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