Can doughnuts be healthy? Elite Sweets thinks they can

Austin-based Elite Sweets has unveiled a “protein doughnut” they say makes a good post-workout snack for athletes. Photo courtesy Elite Sweets

You probably won’t find doughnuts at the top of anyone’s list of so-called health super foods.

But the University of Texas students behind Austin-based Elite Sweets have unveiled what they describe as a healthier alternative to those traditional breakfast pastries, and they say their “protein doughnuts” make the perfect post-workout snack for athletes.

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The doughnuts come in cinnamon sugar, peanut butter, birthday cake and chocolate chip flavors.

Not to burst the runner’s high you just went out and earned, but don’t go expecting fluffy, puffy, yeasty rings of dough. These dense little numbers taste vaguely like the beefed-up version of a cake doughnut you’d buy from a vending machine, only less sweet and with a slight plasticky (or something) afterburn.

Still, they pack a powerful, 16-gram wallop of protein. That’s a good dent in the recommended dietary allowance of .36 grams of protein per pound of person per day – or about 56 grams for the average sedentary man and 46 for the average sedentary woman. Most regular doughnuts contain little to no protein.

Co-founders Caleb Bluiett , Amir Bahari , Timothy Cole Jr, and Amin Bahari, pose with product developer Chris Jackson. Photo courtesy Elite Sweets

Brothers Amir, who attends UT, and Amin Bahari, a UT graduate, co-founded Elite Sweets along with two former UT football players, Timothy Cole Jr. and Caleb Bluiett. The brothers lived near a doughnut shop just west of campus, and Cole and Bluiett spent a lot of time there, too.

“Being in college with a low budget, that was a lot of our meals – doughnuts,” Amir Bahari said. “That or Whataburger.”

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Convinced that everyone likes doughnuts, the men decided to develop a high-protein, less sugary version that would appeal to athletes. They began working on the product almost a year ago, targeting health-conscious eaters, many of whom had eliminated doughnuts from their diets.

“We decided to make it healthier, because clearly all our lifestyles revolved around health and fitness,” he said. “Most of our customers are like, ‘We haven’t had doughnuts in years.’”

While a conventional doughnut contains about 300 calories and 20 to 30 grams of sugar, an Elite Sweets cinnamon sugar version, which is sweetened with stevia, contains about 200 calories and 2 grams of sugar. It also contains 15 grams of fat, mainly from the almond flour used instead of processed wheat flour to make it, and a good, 12-gram jolt of dietary fiber, nearly half of the recommended daily intake.

The doughnuts are available online or at several area fitness studios and coffee shops. Photo courtesy Elite Sweets

The doughnuts are gluten free. They last about two weeks in a refrigerator or three months in a freezer, Bahari said.

Bahari delivered a sampler pack to the Austin American-Statesman containing four frozen, individually packed “doughnuts” and tubs of pink frosting, chocolate frosting and colorful candy sprinkles.

In a blind taste test, you wouldn’t mistake an Elite Sweets doughnut for one of those famous, orange-hued patries from Round Rock Donuts. But if you think of it as a new kind of protein bar, well, maybe.

“We say go ahead and eat one in the morning with coffee or as a post-workout snack,” Amir Bahari said.

The doughnuts are baked in Austin, and you can buy them at two coffee shops – Cafe Creme, 1834 East Oltorf Street, and 360 Uno, 3801 North Capitol of Texas Highway in Davenport Village, and two fitness studios – Defiant CrossFit, 16801 Radholme Court in Round Rock, and Ignite Fitnez, 1005 East St. Elmo Road. They sell for $3.50 each. You can also purchased them online at elitedonut.com for delivery in the Austin area, with a minimum order of six.

Eventually, the company hopes to develop a line of sweets that includes brownies, cookies and cheesecake.

Check out these free fitness classes inside a book store

Laura Merkel of Dance Waterloo will lead a free fitness class at Recycled Reads Photo courtesy Dance Waterloo

 

Add this to the list of free fitness opportunities around Austin – classes from Dance Waterloo, designed to improve your base fitness and alignment.

The What the Fit?! classes (fitness is better than cussing, we agree) combine techniques used in yoga, restorative yoga, Pilates and Barre classes. They take place inside a store that sells used books, which (we think) makes it even cooler. And they’re taught by Laura Merkel, who mashes up a blend of yoga, Pilates and barre techniques in the sessions. It’s an all-body workout, but each week she turns the focus to strengthening and stretching a separate area.

“It’s super fun,” she says.

Laura Merkel

The classes take place at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays at the Austin Public Library’s Recycled Reads Bookstore, 5335 Burnet Road. The March 24 class will focus on hips, the March 31 class on shoulders, the April 14 class on core and the April 21 class on spine. No class is scheduled for April 7.

The classes are open to all ages, levels and abilities. Bring a yoga mat, a towel and water. Thera-Bands, support blocks and yoga straps will be provided. The classes are free, but RSVP in advance here.

The small, Austin-based dance company offers performances and classes in public spaces. The lineup includes a dance-making class that combines story telling and activities for families with young children, a dance in public spaces class, and a modern dance class at Mueller Park.

“We’re trying to use either underutilized or under-appreciated spaces. The idea is to bring dance, fitness and education to people instead of making them come to us,” Merkel says. “All of our programming and performances are either free or pay what you can. We’re really trying to make dance accessible to everyone.”

Waterloo Dance’s classes are all free or pay what you can. Photo courtesy Dance Waterloo

The group’s next performance will take place in May on the patio behind Epoch Coffee in the Village Shopping Center, 2700 West Anderson Lane.

Dance Waterloo is part of the Austin Creative Alliance. The classes are funded in part by a grant from the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division. For more information about Dance Waterloo, go here.

Kerri Walsh Jennings launches new volleyball event series p1440

Kerri Walsh Jennings has launched an event series called p1440. Photo courtesy p1440

 

Add Kerri Walsh Jennings to the list of celebs who landed in Austin this week during South by Southwest.

The professional beach volleyball player, who has three gold and one bronze Olympic medal to her name, came to launch her new p1440 beach volleyball event series. The organization was a title sponsor of day parties at Waterloo Records.

We intended to catch up with her Thursday morning at Aussie’s Grill & Beach Bar, where she and her coach had planned a training session, but Jennings had to catch an early flight back to California to deal with a family matter. We talked by phone instead.

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Jennings was at Waterloo Records to promote her new event series, p1440. Photo courtesy p1440

 

First things first. Yes, Jennings, a 6-foot 3-inch California native and Stanford graduate, is still competing. She hopes to add to her Olympic medal haul in the 2020 with teammate Nicole Branagh, but that will depend on how they play during the next two years. (Jennings won those three golds with Misty May-Treanor in 2004, 2008 and 2012, and the bronze with April Ross in 2016.)

In the meantime, Jennings, 39, and husband Casey Jennings want to expose more people to the growing sport of beach volleyball, which isn’t just played on the coast anymore. Here in Austin, you can knock volleyballs around a sand court at Aussie’s, 306 Barton Springs Road, and Wooly’s, 440 East St. Elmo Road at The Yard.

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That’s where the new organization – p1440, named to inspire people “to live every minute of the day with purpose, all 1,440 of them” – comes in.

“My husband and I were talking to our sports psychologist about the importance of quality time,” Jennings said. “He said, ‘Did you know there are 1,440 minutes in a day? Be mindful of them.’ That’s a slap in the face, isn’t it? I thought, ‘That’s it? Just 1,440?’”

Now the Jennings are planning a series of volleyball-a-palooza-style festivals, complete with top-level competition, a health and wellness village, personal development experiences and a music festival. Eight events are planned for the 2018-19 season, starting with a festival in Chicago in September and followed by events in the San Jose Bay Area, San Diego and Huntington Beach. A Texas event may take place next spring, but probably not in Austin.

Jennings hopes to compete in the 2020 Olympics. Photo courtesy p1440

“Texas in general is a very big volleyball state, and it’s always been near and dear to my heart. I wanted to honor that community,” Jennings said. “Austin knows how to have fun, they’re a sports town. Beach volleyball suits the lifestyle there.”

A digital component of p1440, where users can get training tips, stream volleyball matches and workouts, get recipes from nutritionists, discover new meditation practices, find athlete’s curated music playlists and chat with others, will launch this summer, too.

Jennings says she wants p1440 to be bigger than just sports. “It’s community and character and so many beautiful things,” she said. “We really want to honor and cherish everyone’s time.”

“Everybody is super busy, overburdened, and ill-equipped to handle the load we’re carrying. We want to give people the resources to handle the load they carry, from physical training to personal development. We all want to feel good while we’re alive.”

It’s something she and her husband, who have three children, try to do every day.

“None of this works without my husband,” she said. “We both like to chase very big dreams and we like to kick butt. He has been amazing unconditional support system for me, not just in volleyball but in life. He’s also an athlete and he’s leading this charge.”

The goal is to attract between 20,000 and 30,000 people to each three-day event and 4 million to the online platform by 2021. Currently, at least 25 million Americans play volleyball, she said.

“Currently in beach volleyball, people show up, watch the games and leave,” Jennings said. “We want them to show up in the morning, stay engaged all day, listen to live music and come back the next day.

“We believe we will attract new eyeballs to sport. We’re not a small undertaking. We’re a big deal.”

As for that bikini she wears while competing? People ask about it all the time. It’s functional, she says.

“It’s my uniform. I take my uniform very seriously. It’s a very sports performance specific choice I made. I’m allowed to wear pants or tights, but when it’s 90 degrees I work really hard to get something I’m comfortable in,” she said.

She pays equal attention to sunglasses and a visor, which provide sun protection while she plays. She encourages youth picking up the sport to learn to play early on in shades and a hat, too.

“They’ll stay more youthful longer,” she said.

Other tips for staying healthy?

Stay mindful of what you fuel yourself with – from the food you eat and drink to the social media you ingest and the books you read.

“All of these things make an impact on my mental and physical state,” she said. “Staying mindful of what we’re putting into our systems is important.”

For more information about p1440, go here.

Bike, run, climb and drink booze at this Central Texas adventure camp

 

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UPDATE FROM EVENT ORGANIZERS MARCH 21, 2018

“We sincerely regret to inform you that due to extenuating circumstances, the Pursuit Series event at Reveille Peak Ranch in Texas, April 27-29, will be cancelled.  Full refunds will be provided for those who have purchased 1 or 3-Day Pursuit Passes, Individual Camping Passes, or signed up for the Chris Burkard Photo Workshop. Refunds will be processed immediately and should post to your account within approximately 5-7 business days.”

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CamelBak Pursuit Series brings its adults-only summer camp to Reveille Peak Ranch in April. Photo by Josh Currie

 

Summer camp, it turns out, isn’t just for kids.

A California company is bringing an adult version of adventure camp – complete with small, expert-led sessions in everything from trail running to rock climbing, mountain biking, slack lining and standup paddleboarding – to Reveille Peak Ranch, a 1,300-acre Hill Country retreat near Burnet, Texas.

Last year the camps took place in California and Utah. This year they expand to Texas and New York. Photo by Për Jerner

 

And did we mention the nightly happy hours and live music?

The first CamelBak Pursuit events took place in California and Utah last year. In 2018, the series will expand to New York and Texas, where organizers expect between 500 and 800 people to register for the Reveille Peak Ranch edition set for April 27-29.

Activities include mountain biking, climbing, standup paddleboarding, photography and more. Photo by Josh Currie

In choose-your-own-adventure fashion, participants can plot out a custom schedule of activities ahead of time. Field sessions include night photography, outdoor first aid, back country meals, trailside mountain bike repairs, how to pack a backpack and basecamp cooking. For an additional fee, participants can sign up for a full-day photography workshop with photographer Chris Burkard, whose sessions will cover style, composition, gear, post production, the business side of a photography career and social media.

Some top gear manufacturers, including Marmot, Leki, Kuat Racks, Mountain House, Backcountry, Merrell, Rinse Bath & Body, Igloo Coolers, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Sufferfest Beer, are partnering with CamelBak to put on the event.

Participants can bring their own tents or stay in a tipi or safari tent on site. Photo by Për Jerner

Participants can bring their own tent or pay an upgraded fee to stay in a tipi or safari tent. Organizers will bring in portable showers and toilets.

One and three-day passes are available, with cost starting at $225 for one day and $399 for three days ($850 with the photography workshop). A camping pass costs an additional $75, or opt to stay in a tipi with two twin beds for $1,299 or a safari tent for $1,599. All meals, classes, gear and drinks are included, and participants get gifts from vendors and sponsors.

The camp is scheduled for April 27-29 at Reveille Peak Ranch near Burnet. Photo by Clare Healy

Reveille Peak Ranch is located at 105 County Road 114 in Burnet, about an hour’s drive from Austin. For more information and a full schedule, go here.

Five fun spring events to get you outside and moving

Corrects date of Science of Sports exhibit to April 14.

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Have you stepped outside, people? Do it, now. And check out these upcoming events, all of them either set outdoors or celebrating the outdoors.

1. Run through a working organic garden at Johnson’s Backyard Garden Spring Picnic and 5k Garden Gallop on March 31. From 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., enjoy picnicking, the run, music by Johnny Nicholas, Scrappy Judd and Oscar Ornelas, plus an egg hunt, arts and crafts and a sand pile for the kids. The farm is located on the banks of the river at 4008 River Road in Garfield. Bring your own blanket. Tickets are $5; free for kids under 12. For more information and tickets, go here.

Enjoy an array of outdoor yoga classes at Whole Lotta Yoga Austin on March 24. Photo courtesy Austin Fit.

2. Practice your downward dog and more at Whole Lotta Yoga Austin from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. March 24 at Pease Park, 11 Kingsbury Street. Join Onnit, Austin Fit Magazine and instructors from local yoga studios at the one-day yoga festival benefiting the Pease Park Conservancy and the Whole Planet Foundation. Six different 30-minute classes will be offered, plus smaller group dance and acro yoga workshops and a vendor expo. A $20 donation gets you into all the classes and workshop. For more information go here.

Catch a free screening of “Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey,” at the Austin Bouldering Project on March 24. Photo courtesy Patagonia.

3. Celebrate the original dirtbag with a free screening of “Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey,” at 7 p.m. March 24 at Austin Bouldering Project, 979 Springdale Road. The documentary film follows the first ascents and other exploits of old-school, “dirtbag” mountaineer Fred Beckey, who died last year at age 94. Snacks and drinks available, plus a chance to win a pair of new climbing pants.

The Trail Foundation celebrates its 15th birthday with a party on April 7. Photo courtesy The Trail Foundation

4. How about an outdoor birthday bash? Enjoy refreshments, live entertainment, cake, children’s activities, yoga and giveaways at the Trail Foundation’s 15th birthday party. The free, family-friendly celebration of the non-profit organization that works to protect and enhance the Butler Hike and Bike Trail along Lady Bird Lake starts at 10 a.m. and wraps up at 2 p.m. at Festival Beach, 2101 East Segovia Street. Bring your own blanket. Dogs on leashes welcome. For more information go here.

The Science Mill hosts a Science of Sports event on April 22. Photo courtesy The Science Mill

5. Learn more about what makes our bodies tick at the Science of Sports exhibit at the Science Mill in Johnson City on April 14. Visitors can test their balance, measure reflexes, improve focus and more at eight stations designed to foster a better understanding of the scientific principles behind movement. The stations will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The museum stays open until 4 p.m. Admission is $10 per adult, $8.50 ages 3-18, $8 for seniors and military, and free ages 2 and under. The Science Mill is located at 101 S. Lady Bird Lane in Johnson City. For more information go here.

What’s the trendiest way to get around SXSW? An electric scooter

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A California-based company hopes to deploy a fleet of electric scooters on Austin streets this spring.

Officials with LimeBike, a California-based company that has placed dockless bike sharing systems in cities across the company, showed off seven of the nimble, quiet machines here during the first few days of South by Southwest.

 

 

Caen Contee rides one of LimeBikes electric scooters around the parking lot at the Austin American-Statesman on Tuesday, March 13. Photo by Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman

 

 

It also demonstrated them at the Civic I/O, a summit meeting between mayors from around the country and entrepreneurs unveiling new technologies. They even brought one of the scooters by the Austin American-Statesman, so I could hop on one for a couple of laps around the parking lot.

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First impression? Easy to use. Second? Fun. But I worry a little about the little vehicles, which have a top speed capped at 14.8 miles per hour and look just like those Razor scooters that kids ride around the neighborhood. How would they hold up in traffic, and would people try to ride them (illegally) on crowded downtown sidewalks?

Plus, there’s that whole issue of operating a dockless vehicle system in the city, what happens when people park them in inconvenient locations and if companies like LimeBike should pay a fee to use public property to operate their business.

Caen Contee shows off one of the traditional LimeBike bicycles. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman

First, some background.

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Austin already has a traditional bike share system, called B-cycle Austin, with dozens of stations around the city. Customers can check out a bike from a B-cycle station, use it to ride to another station, and check it in, for a small fee.

Dockless bike share systems like LimeBike work in a similar way, but no stations are needed. Customers use a phone app to locate and unlock a bike or scooter. They can ride it anywhere they want, then park and leave it for the next person when they’re finished using it.

It costs $1 to use one of LimeBikes traditional bicycles for 30 minutes, or 50 cents for students. Electric scooters cost $1 to unlock, then 15 cents per minute to use. Monthly subscriptions are also available.

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The no-station-needed system gives dockless systems farther reach at less cost, proponents say. Because no infrastructure is required, the system makes bikes accessible to people in areas, particularly low-income areas, where traditional bike share systems don’t have stations.

But not everyone agrees it’s a good idea. In Washington, D.C., bikes from dockless systems have been illegally parked, blocking walkways and building entrances. Some pranksters have even “parked” dockless bikes in trees or other creative places.

LimeBike was founded in January 2016 and already has planted thousands of brightly painted bikes in nearly 50 cities or university campuses around the country, including Dallas. It has added electric bikes and electric scooters to their offerings in some of its markets

Company officials say LimeBike operates the only multi-modal dockless sharing system in the country. In Seattle, where LimeBike has deployed more than 500 electric bicycles, about 40 percent of the fleet is electric.

LimeBike placed 400 of the electric scooters in San Diego last month, and reaction so far has been good, said Caen Contee, vice president of marketing and partnership for LimeBike. A smaller pilot program with less than 30 scooters was launched in Washington, D.C., and Seattle this year, too.

“It’s the ease with which you can get around on them, the feeling of freedom to go anywhere,” Contee says. “Electric seems to be a game changer. We see people in business suits going to meetings on them as well as college students or tourists.”

Contee said that collaboration with the city is important to make the system work.

The company encourages helmet use, but doesn’t provide them, although some subscription packages include a subsidized helmet.

Contee said LimeBike is partnering with businesses in some communities to provide designated parking areas for dockless system vehicles, in an effort to ensure that bikes don’t wind up cluttering public areas. It has also added video popups and alerts to remind users not to park in certain places – and to warn them to move the vehicles or get fined. A local operations team will also sweep the area, looking for illegally parked bikes and scooters.

People are trashing the Greenbelt again, and Reddit users are angry

People are trashing the Barton Creek Greenbelt again, and Reddit users are angry about it.

Austin rock climber Jason Bowles took photos of this trash near Campbell’s Hole on the Barton Creek Greenbelt last year. This weekend, another trail user posted pictures on Reddit of trash he and his wife picked up near Twin Falls. Photo courtesy Jason Bowles

 

This weekend, a Reddit user named Ofthehillpeople posted a photo of a bag of trash he and his wife had collected near Campbell’s Hole, a popular swimming hole on the Austin greenbelt.

“My wife and I filled one IKEA bag full of trash today on a Green Belt hike. She filled one yesterday as well. If you’re gonna drink on the trail at least take the cans with you instead of stacking them in the middle of the stream.”

The post went on to say how they’d also found several half-burned shirts wrapped around dowels near the trash.

That inspired a long thread of responses, mostly from people thanking the couple for taking the time to gather the garbage, and several from people complaining about why anyone would think it was OK to litter.

“I understand that everyone is raised differently, but I still don’t understand why so many people think it’s OK to just throw their bottle on the ground like that. You don’t even have to be an environmentalist or something, it’s just common courtesy,” one user said.

“Thank you and your wife for cleaning up. If we all do our part like you have, we can keep the Greenbelt beautiful,” wrote another.

Read the entire thread here.

Glass, cans and food wrappers litter the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Photo courtesy Jason Bowles

A similar thing occurred last year, when Austin climber Jason Bowles posted photos on Facebook of empty beer cans, Styrofoam coolers, booze bottles and food wrappers he’d found near Campbell’s Hole on the Barton Creek Greenbelt. He described the scene as a “damn tragedy” and berated the litterers as “delinquent ignorant immature pieces of (expletive deleted).”

That post went viral, and inspired an impromptu cleanup. Read more about that here.

What’s the solution? Perhaps it’s a trail version of plogging, the Scandinavian craze of collecting trash while jogging. The word comes from the “plocka upp,” meaning pick up, and “jogging.”

Think of it this way: Interval training with an added bonus. You run, you stop to pick up trash, you run some more. And along the way you do something good for the environment.

One Austin Instagram user posts photos of trash she collects on her runs.

We’ve got at least one plogger in Austin, who posts her daily trash hauls on Instagram. Check austintxlitter’s feed here, to see what she picked up on her latest run. Austin gym Castle Hill Fitness is also encouraging the plogging craze, according to this post on Facebook.

At LBJ 100, pedal the roads a president once traveled

Luci Johnson guides a bike tour of the LBJ Ranch. Photo by Diane Kirkendall

 

Like wildflowers and a little presidential history when you’re out riding a bike?

All three are on tap March 24 at the 11th annual LBJ 100 Bicycle Ride at the LBJ Ranch near Stonewall.

Cyclists can choose from routes of 10, 30, 42 and 62 miles. The ride begins on the airstrip at the historic ranch and continues along quiet, gently rolling country roads.

Riders will pass the historic Texas White House, Lyndon B. Johnson’s birthplace and the family cemetery where President and Mrs. Johnson are buried. They’ll also see descendants of the president’s Hereford cattle. At 2 p.m., Luci Johnson will lead a bicyle tour of the ranch and share some of her family’s history.

The ride starts at 9 a.m.; ranch gates open at 7 a.m. Registration is $50 per person (family rates available). To sign up, go here.

The LBJ 100 has grown from 400 riders in 2008 to more than 1,200 riders in recent years. The ride will be capped at 1,500 people this year. Proceeds support park educational programs, recreational opportunities and historic preservation projects.

The Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information about park activities call 830-868-7128, ext. 231 or 244.

Want to ride a bicycle on a Formula 1 track? You can, at COTA

Formula 1 drivers race around the track during Practice Session 1 at the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in October 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Cyclists, take your mark.

The Tuesday night bike rides at Circuit of the Americas have returned, and starting March 13 you’ll be able to pedal your way around the 3.4-mile, 20-turn race track.

Intimidated? Don’t be. The Tuesday night events are rides, not races. (Beware that first steep hill, however!)

Bicycle Sport Shop Bike Night Powered by SRAM is open to all skill levels. Registration is $15 online in advance or $20 at the door. Season passes, available for purchase for $195 now through March 19, include 13 guaranteed rides with additional Tuesday nights free through July.

The track opens to cyclists on Tuesday nights starting March 13. Photo by Lindsey Baker Photography

 

To participate, register online here or on-site at the track, which hosts Formula 1, MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, and Lone Star Le Mans when cyclists aren’t spinning around its corners.

“Two of the primary values for us at Bicycle Sport Shop are our commitment to the community with our advocacy for cycling and supporting great opportunities for people to ride,” Bicycle Sport Shop owner Hill Abell said in a press release. “The Tuesday night bike events at COTA are a fantastic opportunity for cyclists of all skill levels to ride together at one of the most incredible facilities in the world, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.”

The series will run through July 3. The track opens for bicycling at 6 p.m. Parking in Lot A is free and will open each Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. Bike rentals will be available and employees from Bicycle Sport Shop will be onsite to provide mechanical support.

What’s ‘doom metal’ goat yoga? Jester King will show you

Jester King Brewery is hosting Doom Metal Goat Yoga classes on Saturdays throughout March. Photo courtesy Jester King Brewery

 

What could possibly make goat yoga any better, you ask? A soundtrack of heavy metal music, obviously.

Lucky for us, Jester King Brewery is offering a “doom metal” goat yoga class at 11 a.m. Saturdays throughout March.

Baby goats make everything better! Photo courtesy Jester King Brewery

“Doom Metal Yoga is a bit hard to explain, like if you don’t know, then you don’t know,” says Peppy Meyer, a sustainability expert at Jester who raised the goats used in the classes. (He’s also been known to sleep in a barn with his beloved animals.) “But simply the droney undercarriage of the music whisks you away to the distant heavens. Even for those who don’t enjoy metal, we ask that you experience with an open mind, as the chunder carries your body into a meditative state. Also, goats love metal, and it’s ultimately their decision.”

The hour-long classes are set against a backdrop of heavy metal music. Photo courtesy Jester King Brewery

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During the hour-long sessions, a small herd of Nigerian dwarf goats mingles with patrons as they practice yoga led by Betty Benedeadly. Trust us when we tell you that nothing compares to a month-old, softly bleating baby goat with hooves the size of peanut butter cups climbing on your back while you’re nailing the perfect downward dog.

Tickets are $15 plus processing fees and must be purchased online in advance. Sign up for the sessions here.

Jester King Brewery is located at 13187 Fitzhugh Road. Participants should bring their own yoga mat and water, and meet at the brewery at 10:30 a.m. They’ll be transported to the nearby farm, where they’ll be surrounded with baby goats and pummeled from beyond with the sludgiest of riffs.

Sometimes baby goats nibble shoelaces during goat yoga class at Jester King Brewery. Photo courtesy Jester King

 

That’s not the only place to get your goat yoga fix, although it might just be the most unique.

The Ball Farm, a 52-acre ranch and event venue just southeast of Austin, recently announced that it is also launching goat yoga classes.

The first session is set for Saturday, April 7. The hour-long, beginner and kid-friendly Vinyasa classes are led by an experienced instructor and scheduled for 11 a.m.-noon and 12:30-1:30 p.m. Expect the baby goats to “encourage you through your workout,” according to a press release. Bring your own mat, yoga clothes and water.

The farm is located at 119 Redbird Lane in Dale. Cost is $25. For more information or to register, go here. For more information call 512-546-3438.

Baby goats gather on Brandon Hormuth during Goga, goat yoga, in downtown Austin, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman

 

Goga Goat Yoga, which we’ve written about in the past, is still offering baby goat yoga on the rooftop of a garage in downtown Austin. Classes take place at Lamar Union, 1100 South Lamar Boulevard. Cost is $30 and hour-long sessions take place all day, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

For more information, go here or check out the Goga Goat Yoga Facebook page here.

And that’s not all!

Daybreaker will include goat yoga in its morning dance party on March 14. Photo courtesy Daybreaker

Daybreaker, which offers early morning dance parties to get your day in the groove, is teaming with Manitoba Harvest and Google Fiber to offer a free goat yoga and dance party to wrap up the South by Southwest Festival starting at 6 a.m. Wednesday, March 14 at the Google Fiber Space, 201 Colorado Street. Expect DJs, musicians, Irish dancers, performance artists, body painting, goats and breakfast bites by Manitoba Harvest.

To register, go here.