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El Diablo’s Poker Dash & Bash A Smash

August 13, 2015

We got together the first of the month with TexasBikeRacing.com for El Diablo’s Poker Dash & Bash. Over 200 riders joined us in the morning for a poker ride that traversed Austin while stopping at each Bicycle Sport Shop location. Starting at 8 AM and covering the terrain through Rollingwood, Loop 360, Balcones Hills, and Parmer Lane before dashing back into Central Austin via Shoal Creek, it was a hot affair befitting the ride’s name.

El Diablo's Poker Dash & Bash

Bright and early for the roll out of the poker ride.

We were lucky that TBR.com brought along goodies from High Brew Coffee for the morning send off. This helped those in need to leave properly caffeinated and ready to take on the course. At the ride’s end, our friends at Real Ale had us covered with cold beer and One Taco got us all on the road to recovery from our efforts with their delicious offerings.

El Diablo's Poker Dash & Bash

Post-ride eats with OneTaco.

During the ride, riders collected a single playing card at the start, then at the Parmer and Research stores, and then back at the finish at Lamar. With four cards in hand and a last one to get , it was on to the evening bash at the ABGB, our gracious hosts. We were there to party and it was for a great cause—to raise money for the Texas High School Mountain Bike League.

El Diablo's Poker Dash & Bash

Loads of great silent auction items at the evening party.

The party featured a silent auction as well as a live auction for a one-of-a-kind, hand-painted Fairdale Goodship road bike, dubbed the Badship for it’s stealthy appearance, with a killer build thanks to SRAM and Zipp. The fifth and final playing card was dealt and hands were played. The winner—holding four aces—took home a Bicycle Sport Shop gift card. Throughout the night we saw trike races between dueling local teams, gold sprints competitions, a busy parking lot tattoo parlor, and more. It was a great night and a lot of fun.

The final event of the night was the auction for the Fairdale Badship.

The final event of the night was the auction for the Fairdale Badship.

We raised a good amount of money for the Texas High School Mountain Bike League thanks to everyone’s generosity, especially that of our generous donors Assos, Austin Massage Company, AustinBikes, Cervelo, Chrome, DNA Cycling, Driveway Series, Focus, For the Love of Mud, Ian Dille, Icebug, Industries, Giro, Origin 8, Santa Cruz, Smith Optics, Teddys for Bettys, Trigger Point, VeloWurks, and Woom.

El Diablo's Poker Dash & Bash

Beers and parking lot tattoos.

Thanks also to our co-host and cohort, TexasBikeRacing.com as we couldn’t have pulled it off without them.

El Diablo's Poker Dash & Bash

Good times at the ABGB.

We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

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