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Written by Shannon Barrientes / Photo by UT Athletics

T he beautiful capital of Texas is known for many things and a passion for excitement is definitely one of them. Between two growing legends, the Republic of Texas (ROT) Biker Rally and the Texas Rollergirls, Austin has more than enough adrenaline to please the crowds.

Austin loves to open her arms and embrace large fervent crowds for (famously) music, but one of the most exciting events hosted yearly is the renowned ROT Biker Rally. Known as the largest “turnstile” motorcycle rally in the United States, it is a nationwide favorite. Tens of thousands of enthusiasts’ flock to the scenic Hill Country to enjoy the breathtaking vistas and the iconic nightlife that is Austin, Texas.

Held every second Thursday in June for nearly two decades, the ROT Rally doesn’t intimidate easily. They’re just as competitive with top-notch music and entertainment and, during this epic celebration, the city shuts down fifty blocks of downtown Austin to encourage pedestrian-friendly movement in the massive crowd of thousands of beautiful motorcycles and amazing vendors, street music and more. Attractions can include stunt shows, the epic Ives Brothers Wall of Death, Biker Games, The Ride in Bike Show and, of course, dozens of stages with live music. Because what event in Austin would be complete without that? The 2016 ROT Rally promises the 1st Annual Republic of Texas Invitational Custom Bike Show in association with AIMExpo Championship of the Americas. For your viewing pleasure, enjoy incredible custom-built bikes and flat track tracing.

If you enjoy year-round adrenaline boosts, attend a roller derby bout. Formed in 2003 as the only sports league of its kind, Texas Rollergirls Rock-n-Rollerderby® started today’s Flat Track Derby movement. There are now more than three hundred leagues in the nation and roller derby is quickly building a reputation as a genuine and respectable athletic competition, but not for the faint of heart. The Texas Roller- girls are legendary and one-hundred percent local, just the way Austin likes it. Four teams are supported by a fervent fan group: Hell Marys, Hotrod Honeys, Honky Tonk Heart- breakers, and the Hustlers. Regular season bouts are held at The Austin Convention Center and, for the in-your-face action, you can see them at “The Bloodshed,” the home-base for the Texas Rollergirls. Get online now to secure your tickets to the next exciting bout for an unforgettable experience.

Austin is known for a love of college football and a passion for the great outdoors. But its taste is most eclectic and not limited to your typical ballgames. For a real surprise, take advantage of these rare and exciting local events.