Bike traffic lower than last year's F1 weekend

AUSTIN -- Several Austin bike owners spent the day watching Formula One cars burn up the track in Austin after doing a little riding of their own.

It has some of the same things, strategy and technology, so there are some ties, said Al Hinton, service coordinator at Bicycle Sport Shop.

It's Hinton's second year signing in cyclists headed to the Circuit of theAmericas track for theU.S. Grand Prix. He said he saw fewer people leave their bikes at Richard Moya Park to take the shuttle than he saw last year, and he said he isn't sure why.

This is the fastest, quickest way in and out of here, Hinton said.

Tri-athlete James Holtz chose not to come to the race last year but said he changed his mind this year.

[I was] just afraid of the crowds, so this year my friend Julian talked me into coming, so that's what we did, Holtz said.

The pair rode 13 miles from Zilker Park to Richard Moya Park, despite a little bump in the road.

I had a flat tire and Ihad to change it, Holtz said.

He said he really enjoyed the ride and the walk up to the track.

The convenience of being able to ride your bike, park it, have it being looked after by a valet, it's just fabulous, Holtz said.

Shuttle driver Peter Gentles said he heard that story several times in the last few days. He moved to Austin two years ago from Jamaica. This weekend, he said enjoyed bringing people from all over the world straight to what makes them smile.

When they come back on the bus and I take them back over for their bikes and stuff, they were really excited and happy like they had fun, and they speak about the food and so on, so I guess it's pretty cool, Gentles said.


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