• Gruppo VOP is an informal association of cyclists. This website provides general information and details of the rides.  

    Some rides may vary. Please email me for details on any of the rides: brad@bradhoustonlaw.com

    All rides start from my house. See below for directions. You can only ride with Gruppo VOP if you read the following warning and you do so at your own risk. Please ride safely!

    WARNING: Riding in groups and on roadways is extremely dangerous. Serious bodily injury and death can occur even when you and those around you are exercising extraordinary care. You must ride at your own risk. Thank you for being careful!

    No aerobars and you must call out and signal road debris and make a wide path around the debris so those behind you can see it.


    Velo On,

    Brad Houston
    Gruppo VOP
    (Velo On Peloton)

    VOP Gallery

    Starting Directions

    VOP rides start from the Westlake area from my home. My address is: 1813 Holly Hill, Austin, Texas 78746.  Directions to my house three different ways:

    From North Austin:

    Take Mopac South past Town Lake and take the 2nd exit past Town Lake, which is Barton Skyway. Continue south on service road through the traffic light at Barton Skyway. After you pass Texan Eye Care on your right, you will immediately come to a clump of trees with a city street hidden in the trees. Turn right off the service road onto that street, Capital Parkway, and then immediately left on my street, Holly Hill. Go up the hill, down the other side and after the street curves sharp to the right, mine is the 4th house on the right, 1813 Holly Hill. It has a mini forest in the front that partially obscures the visibility of the house from the street.

    Two different sets of directions from 360 and Bee Caves Road:

    1. Go South on Hwy 360 from Bee Caves Road towards Barton Creek Mall. Before the mall, turn left at the light at Walsh Tarlton. Go up the hill and as you are going down the other side, turn right on Thousand Oaks. Once on Thousand Oaks, go to the 4th street, Apricot Glen Drive and turn right. Next, take an immediate left on to my street Holly Hill. It is 1813 Holly Hill and is the first house past the cul de sac on the left.


    2. If you are not afraid to ride on Bee Caves Road inside 360, just continue on Bee Caves Road going east toward Mopac. When you get to the Randall’s grocery store on your left, turn RIGHT at that light, Walsh Tarlton, and go past the first traffic light (Pinnacle) and turn left on Thousand Oaks Drive. Once on Thousand Oaks, go to the 4th street, Apricot Glen Drive and turn right. Next, take an immediate left on to my street Holly Hill. It is 1813 Holly Hill and is the first house past the cul de sac on the left.

    Monday Ride

    Start: The MONDAY ride has been discontinued until further notice.  

    A fast-paced, 32- mile loop going out south on Mopac/45 to the dead-end and then back north to La Crosse and then to Escarpement and then to Wm Cannon Drive where we go southwest SW Parkway to Barton Creek Blvd. to Lost Creek Blvd. to Hwy. 360 South back to the start.

    This ride is a little different as it is by appointment only.  You need to tell the riders you are coming so they will look for you.  Sometimes they vary the start time and place a little.  Send an email to me a few days in advance if you are planning to go.   Brad@BradHoustonLaw.com

    Wednesday Ride

    Start: 6:30 a.m. as of April 30, 2013

    Fast, race-paced hills – 28-mile loop going out and back on SW Parkway to Barton Creek Blvd. to Bee Cave Rd.for a short distance to a shortcut into the Lost Creek Subdivision, finishing with the Lost Creek Blvd. climb plus a hilly spur, then back to Loop 360.

    Bring some bread crumbs in case you get lost, it is fast!

    Friday Ride

    Start: 6:30 a.m. as of April 30, 2013

    Medium to fast paced, moderate rollers and hills -  28-mile loop going out Bee Caves Road and down River Hills Road and up through Seven Oaks back to Bee Caves Road out to the Bee Cave city limit sign.  Some folks skipped the river valley and go to Barton Creek West entrance on Bee Caves Road and turn around for about 19 miles.

    Saturday Ride

    Start: 7:30 AM for either a 26, 45, or 52-mile ride

    This is a fast ride of lots of hills.The longer loops include the Dam Loop, which is a variation of the Wednesday loop, but adding Hwy 620 to either River Place or Anderson Mill Road. This is usually a spirited ride with a fast pace (race like conditions).  Two water stops.

    Sunday Ride

    Start: 8:00 a.m.

    This 27 mile Recovery Ride can be spirited, but hold your horses and you will be fine. Mopac/State Hwy 45 to FM 1826, coming back Slaughter Lane to Mopac. This is a more social ride and it is ideal for an introduction to Gruppo VOP.  The ride is generally completed by 9:45-9:50 AM. Therefore, there is time to make an 11:00 church service, if you desire.

    Unless you are experienced in riding in a peloton, please stay at the back for your safety and the safety of others.  You still need to look ahead for rocks, lumber, etc.

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