Rider Profile: Shawn Summey
Heard about those cool bicycle drag races on the Continental Bridge? Or, how about the Lions and Lambs Alley Cat race that benefitted Crossroads Community Services? You can thank Shawn Summey for bringing organized bicycle street racing to Dallas. He started Just Ride Dallas in 2014 and keeps pumping out rides that keep the racing scene in Dallas interesting. His not to be missed next event is the Drag Races on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge during All Out Trinity Weekend March 4th-5th. It’s a chance to race on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and prove yourself against some of the best sprinters in Texas. Get your legs warmed up and your carb loading on during the pre-race social ride and happy hour at Local Hub on March 4th from 7 pm-10pm. Durty Laundry will be spinning fresh beats, PBR and Cathead Vodka will be providing hydration.
Q. Tell us a little about Just Ride Dallas and what inspired you to start the group?
A. After getting involved with more urban/social riding (I was an self proclaimed full on Roadie in my previous life) my eyes were opened that riding my bike could be more than just waking up at 5am on a Saturday to do 60+ miles outside of the city limits. I also knew from the beginning that I wanted to make these races count for something and that is why we partner with a charity for each event. I envisioned Just Ride Dallas being a place where people can get together and, wait for it, Just Ride Dallas. Organizing rides and meetups via social media as well as holding each other accountable for missing a ride or event. Overall, I want to promote cycling in the City of Dallas and shine a spotlight on those that are crushing it day in and day out.
Q. What’s your favorite route in Dallas
A. This is a tough one as I have two favorite routes. First has to be White Rock Lake. Now that the Santa Fe and White Rock Trails are viable options south and north I love to do a lap around the lake and then branch off and head North for some additional mileage or South down the Santa Fe and into Deep Ellum and swing through downtown into Oak Cliff. I love bombing through downtown on a weekend morning! Best way to see the city. The second is actually any ride with my wife. As a former college athlete she is super competitive and it’s always fun to get out and really push each other…and the side bets can be fun too.
Q. What’s your future plans for Just Ride Dallas? Any good events we should sign up for?
A. 2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year for urban racing in Dallas! We were asked to partner with the All Out Trinity Festival that takes place on March 5th and put on our Drag Race event which is a huge opportunity for Just Ride Dallas! We have held the Drag races twice before but this one will be special because we will be racing ON the Margaret Hunt Bridge. We plan to continue bringing Urban racing events to Dallas and have really started pushing to bring in cyclists from those “other” cities south on highways 35 and 45 in Texas that claim to be better at cycling then Dallas.
Q. How can Dallas be a better city for cyclists?
A. I think Dallas is doing an okay job continuing to embrace the cycling lifestyle. Cyclists in Dallas need to get involved and have a bigger presence at City Hall. The City has been great to work with for my race events but the leaders in Dallas need to know that there is a vibrant community of cyclists in this town that do more than just ride for recreation on the weekends. They are riding to work, the grocery store and restaurants. The social “it” spots are really embracing cyclists and that is great to see. Oak Cliff, Deep Ellum and Lower Greenville have done a great job of welcoming riders into their businesses.
Q. What was your first bike
A. I started racing BMX when I was 6 and my first bike was an all chrome Diamondback Viper and I LOVED that thing! All chrome everything. It was a total tank but I was always out riding it.
*Drag Race Video and Drag Race Image taken by Timothy Cook