The Dam Loop

Look, cycling in Austin is by no means as “epic” as Oregon, Colorado or California, but we’ve got some damn fine riding here. In Travis county, the elevation maxes out at 1,300′ and drops down to around 400′, leaving most of the gain on your rides to short, steep climbs. The Dam Loop is a popular ride for weekenders and training elite alike but it’s no where near as fun as some of the hill loops, unless you incorporate a few into the mix, which is what we tend to do. It’ll come in around 50 miles and over 3,000′ if you play it right but it doesn’t have to end there. And it’s hard not to, especially if it’s cool out and the heat hasn’t gotten to you. Not to mention the looming skies and limestone cliffs make for great scenery.

In the few days that I was in Austin after Australia, I hit the loop with Jon a few times and this Recent Roll showcases that.

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  • http://twitter.com/BryceShoppy Cameron Shoppach

    if i took as many photos as you, my film bills would exceed my college tuition. But who cares, it’s cool seeing my town through film.

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      $3 develop and scan fees… :-)

      • Herr_karl

         get a scanner. takes time. but produces scans worth your pictures…

      • http://twitter.com/BryceShoppy Cameron Shoppach

        woah woah woah, who do i sell my soul to so they’ll develop a roll for 3 bucks?

        • http://theradavist.com John Watson

          If you buy a $15 membership at Ritz, they do a scan and upload for $3…

  • LG

    Wow.  Looking at these photos makes me glad I live in VT.  Granted we can’t ride most roads for about 1/3 of the year because of snow, but doing any sort of distance along all those 4 lane divided roads looks brutal.  What is the speed limit in those zone?

    • http://theradavist.com John Watson

      Dude, this loop is my least favorite of Austin because for that reason. Out of all the rad rides I’ve posted, you comment on this one? haha

      • LG

        I guess it just jumped out at me because of all the 4 lane divided roads…  I’m sure there are plenty of other rides since I’ve seen those posts too.  You did mention that this ride isn’t as “epic” so I guess that is part of the point.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ericbaumann Eric Baumann

      yea, wow, those highways look ridiculous! looks like jon is slurpin on a big gulp in #10.