[RBENT] [greattexas at hotmail.com: New, affordable Texas cycling guide now available]

Bob McClure Jr bob at bobcatos.com
Sun Jan 6 18:15:25 CST 2013

Thought you might be interested.

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Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2013 20:17:48 +0000
From: Barry Shlachter <greattexas at hotmail.com>
To: <snipped>
Subject: New, affordable Texas cycling guide now available

Feel free to use any of this material for your club newsletter or emails. If
you'd like a review copy, let us know. We can also offer special discounts to
your members. The author, Tom Johanningmeier, is available as a speaker.  If
you run an item, we can tell which stores in your area are carrying the book.
It's also carried by Amazon and can be bought directly from us at

Any questions, email me or call 817-922-8969. Barry Shlachter, Top Hand, Great
Texas Line Press. Thanks!

Explore Texas’ diverse landscape with nifty new bicycling guide

     The newest bicycling guide to the Lone Star state is remarkably affordable
and sized to fit a
bike jersey pocket next to the energy bars.

     Bicycle Texas (Great Texas Line Press, $5.95), written by avid cyclist and
sports editor Tom
Johanningmeier, covers all regions of the state. Each route includes a detailed
map, elevation
profile and difficulty rating.

     The author gives thumbnail descriptions of Texas mountain biking trails.
Then there's a
complete list of bike shops and the lines they carry in case you need a flat
fixed or parts for that
rare Italian import. 

     In addition, he includes a detailed calendar of the state's riding events,
tips for cycling in
Texas, a rundown of bicycle clubs around the state as well as custom bicycle
makers, in case you
want a bespoke, made-in-Texas road bike or commuter.

     The guide includes routes of some of Texas' most famous rides –  the
latest version of the
Hotter n' Hell 100 in Wichita Falls and the Scenic Loop in Fort Davis, among
others. Then there
are extreme rides like the 126-mile Alley Oop Brevet, a grueling West Texas
loop created by
Clare Murphy of the West Texas Randonneurs, a long-distance cycling club, not
to mention Wild
Willie's 100K (62 miles), provided by the Lone Star Randonneurs and named for
Willie Nelson,
whose boyhood home in Abbott is nearby.

     Johanningmeier also offers a number of protected routes far from vehicular
traffic in Austin,
Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio.

     No previous biking guide was ever this chock full of useful information
or, at $5.95, as inexpensive. It's the perfect stocking stuffer or birthday
gift for the cyclists in the family. And it's actually printed in Texas.

Raves for Bicycle Texas:

''Don t let the small size fool you. Each page has a multitude of information
about the featured ride... A rundown of the information provided for each ride:
a route map with road numbers or street names, mileage points from start to
finish, elevation profile,a brief description of the route or points of
interest on the route, length of the route, a dot system showing the
difficulty, peak elevation, elevation gain. It's recently published with lots
of information about routes, bike shops, bicycle clubs and other resources for
the casual to avid bicyclist.'' -Rick Ankrum, texbiker.net blog

''What better way to see some of Texas' spectacular landscapes than from the
saddle of a bicycle? To help you plan a two-wheeled excursion, Great Texas Line
Press has published a pocket-sized book that maps out dozens of cycling routes
throughout the Lone Star State. The 80-page book maps out more than 50 rides
some long-established scenic routes such as the one starting and ending at Fort
Davis in the Big Bend country, fixtures on the cycling calendar such as the
Hotter N Hell Hundred at Wichita Falls and urban rambles through such cities as
Fort Worth and Dallas.'' -Jim Peipert, Jim's Bike Blog

''I give the book a big thumbs up. The little book packs in a lot of useful
information in an easy to read format. It s the perfect size to fit in the
pocket of a bike jersey, or any cyclist s Christmas stocking.'' -Jami Clayman,
Love to Pedal bog

Author Tom Johanningmeier has been riding bikes ever since he managed to wobble
his brown Columbia - with the banana seat and high handle bars - down the
street without falling down. He has competed in triathlons. These days he
enjoys endurance rides, hitting the trails on his mountain bike or commuting on
an old hybrid to his job at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, where he is a deputy
sports editor. Johanningmeier has also worked at newspapers in Kansas, Missouri
and Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Jeannie, live in Fort Worth. They have two
sons, Austin and Nick.

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Bob McClure, Jr.             Bobcat Open Systems, Inc.
bob at bobcatos.com             http://www.bobcatos.com
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within
me.  Psalm 51:10 (NIV)

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