New Capital City Cyclists Logo! New Jerseys Coming Soon…

Hello fellow cyclists!
I am happy to announce that Capital City Cyclists has adopted a new club logo!
The new logo was designed to give the club a more open and professional feel as we continue to grow our membership base and our non-profit services. Specifically we wanted a logo that represented the following key items:

  1. that we are clearly bicycles – even at a glance,
  2. that we are open to all types of cyclists, and
  3. that showed our non-profit focus of getting kids on bikes.

The various renderings of the same logo are displayed at the end of this post to show how it will be used depending on the media (i.e. you would not put the same graphic on a polo shirt as a jersey). A big thanks to Cliff Leonard for creating the design!
Now that we have a new logo new club jersey are coming soon! Please contact club president Zach Finn ( for details and for sizing requests.

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9/8/12: Nut Roll, Albany GA

9th Annual Nut Roll

Saturday September 8th, 2012 at 8:00am in Albany Georgia

Join the Pecan City Pedalers for the 9th Annual Nut Roll!
Registration opens at 7:00 a.m. at The Parks at Chehaw, Philema Road, Hwy 91N and the ride will begin with a mass start at 8:00 a.m. The ride options are 30, 46, 62, and 102 miles. All routes are clearly marked and mostly flat but (just so we don’t disappoint the “hill masters”) we sprinkle in a few gentle rollers. Cue sheets will be given to each participant. It’s a fully supported ride with generous rest stops flavored with great southern hospitality. Here’s a little insider info for you: some of the rest stops have been known to have some homemade goodies to satisfy your palate. Lunch is also provided for all registered riders.
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One lucky hard pedaling male and female will each win for completing the full century with the quickest time, in other words the first in each catagory to finish. The only requirement is that you sign the QCC sheet when checking in if pre-registered or when you register so we’ll know who’s participating before heading out,. To insure a level playing field you must sign in at the halfway point in Plains at the Welcome Center. PCP Race Team rostered members are not eligible to win.
Pre-registration ends Aug 24 (T-shirt guaranteed if registration received by August 24, 2012) – $35
After Aug 24 registration cost is – $40 and registration closes on Sep 6th.
Camping is offered at the park by calling 229-430-5275.
Showers are also available in the campground area for all participants.
Click for full details on the Pecan City Pedaler website
Click for 2012 brochure
Click to register online at registration closes at 12:01 am PST on September 6

July Presidents Paceline: A Moment of Silence

Hello my fellow cyclists,

Today (July 19th 2012) I ask for a moment of silence. One year ago today my friend and cycling hero Dave Baton was killed while riding his bike.

I have had many thoughts on what should be in this paceline article but realized that there was perhaps nothing more important than an explanation of how it came to be…

I first met Dave when I was a 15 years old just starting to ride and he was the top mountain biker in the Southeast. I still remember today thinking how impressive he was and how he looked like a real-life action figure, the G.I.Joe of Mountain Biking. At the time Dave was winning pretty much every race he competed in making him a God among men and who I wanted to be. Over the next few years I road, a lot, and to my delight found myself crossing paths with Dave. As I raced more we ended up spending many long hours together traveling and peddling on the bike. Over the years we had good times and bad times all the while sharing our life’s stories with each other.

What I learned during our conversations is that Dave had a hard up-bring and was on a dark path until he escaped and found a new life. He shared with me that part of that escape was his bicycle. When he was peddling it made him feel good, it cleared his head, and it gave him confidence to change. Dave loved riding and it was something he felt good doing. His bike helped give him reason to change his life for the better.

Dave is the reason I am now president of Capital City Cyclists. He was a man who made quick decisions and was not afraid to take action. After his accident I committed to do what I could to help make cycling safer and, more importantly, help others fall in love with bicycles and an active lifestyle and improve their life – just like Dave did. So when I was asked to lead the club I thought of Dave and took action.

I love you Dave and thanks for the inspiration,

Zach Finn
2012 CCC President

Tallahassee to Cedar Key Tour

By Carl Vinson

In early November, the CCC Vagabond riding group took an overnight camping-touring trip to Torreya State Park (see Linda Tinsley’s article on our site.) Since I also enjoy solo touring, I opted to extend the trip by tacking on a six-night tour of my own. After returning from Torreya on Sunday November 6, I launched the following morning for a jaunt down to Cedar Key, a landmark I had somehow missed despite nearly 50 years in Tallahassee.

The first day’s ride was 45 miles to Econfina River State Park from my home via the St. Marks trail and US 98. There is no camping at the small state park, but a private campground nearby offers cheap primitive tent sites as well as sites with electrical outlets. A 45-50 mile ride is my standard mileage target on tour.  At a net speed of 10-12 miles an hour, this leaves time for lunch and sight-seeing. Laying out a tour involves finding desirable lodging or destinations within a day’s ride; sometimes a longer day in the saddle is needed to reach a target.

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Lafayette Blue Springs running into Suwannee River

Day two took me to Lafayette Blue Springs State Park near Mayo, a ride of 48 miles. The amazing feature here is twin clear spring pools with a run that flows 30 yards into the Suwannee River over a little “waterfall” of limestone during low water. I was the only campground occupant besides the campground host couple. As the sun set, I enjoyed a quick pasta and envelope-chicken meal cooked on my small camp stove. Carbs like pasta and rice are staples for touring and make an easy one-pot meal. With the exertion you will need a much higher calorie intake, especially carbs.

The third day it was on to the quaint fishing village of Steinhatchee, an easy 40 miles down the road. Most of this leg was on back roads with reduced traffic. I always favor those when laying out my routes. Lucky for me, I had the keys to a friend’s river cottage. Many rentals are available and reasonably priced there. That night I enjoyed an excellent seafood meal at Roy’s. Of course Steinhatchee is a seafood lover’s paradise.

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Chapel near Steinhatchee

Without having to pack up a tent, I set out early on the fourth day for a long ride into Cedar Key. This ride was a little over 80 miles, admittedly a little long for a day of loaded touring. This leg took me (via back roads and a bit of US 27) to Cross City for the start point of the Nature Coast Bike Trail. This is a really nice 32-mile rails-to-trails facility similar to St. Marks Trail. It makes a Suwannee River crossing on a scenic old railroad trestle near Fanning Springs, then forks to either Trenton or Chiefland. By the way, Fanning Springs has a state park so it would have made a good stopping point for camping if I had the time. At Chiefland, I headed south to Cedar Key on County Rd 345 and Florida 24, which was the longest stretch I had without bike lanes. Still, traffic was nearly non-existent on a fall weekday.

Cedar Key was a welcome sight after a day of mostly headwinds. There are two campgrounds and a few motels on the island. Again, cottage rentals are available but I did not price them. Arriving late, I had enough daylight to run downtown and see the quaint old-Florida houses and buildings. Cedar Key has a thriving clam aquaculture trade and is among the most picturesque Florida fishing villages. There is a thriving nightlife with bars and good seafood houses, but I was too tired to try these.

Pitching my one-man tent takes all of 5 minutes. This is one piece of gear most may not have unless they backpack. I got mine on EBay for $55, though fancier/pricier stuff is available. After a night in the tent and a low-cost “diner breakfast” at the Sunset Isle campground cafe I headed downtown to enjoy a morning in the art and gift shops. Cedar Key has long enjoyed a thriving artist community. Don’t miss the stained glass of the Methodist Church.

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Campsite at Cedar Key

I headed for Branford to camp along the Santa Fe River, leaving Cedar Key a little later than planned for the 62 mile trek.  Generally I am able to estimate travel times and stick to a schedule, but vacations should have some flexibility. I backtracked to Chiefland and Fanning Springs, then took the Trenton fork of the Nature Coast Trail. I enjoyed the cattle country vistas, but had to hustle along at 16 mph with darkness approaching. Diverting onto county back roads, I hit Ellie Ray’s Campground (a large Good Sam facility) late and pitched my tent with the help of my bike’s headlight. Supper in my tent was not real healthful – a bagel, Vienna sausage, cheese crackers and pop tarts. You don’t have to cook to stay well-fueled and an occasional “convenience store” meal won’t kill anyone. For good or for bad, convenience stores provide a reliable source of calories out in the boonies.

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“Old Florida” home in Cedar Key

That night, Fall arrived and the temperature dipped to 31, but I stayed cozy. Allowing for warm camping gear does not have to overload a touring cyclist. Layering of clothing is the key. Again, camping gear doesn’t have to be expensive to be portable. The sleeping bag that works for me in most Florida weather is simply two $3 Wal-Mart fleece throws stitched together. For cold conditions, I have a small down quilt that packs to half the size of a loaf of bread. Just don’t forget a knit hat. After a huge mug of coffee offered by the campground host, I packed and headed toward Mayo on my way to Perry 55 miles away.

There I stayed in a motel, nixing a planned camping night in favor of a TV to watch the FSU-Miami football game. That way I also was able to hit my favorite greasy spoon, Pouncey’s, for some down-home cooking. On the final leg back, I opted to simply eat up the 60 miles to Tally via US 27.  Though it’s a very familiar track to most of us, this road is much more scenic by bike than by car, so I saw it with new eyes. And the entire route has bike lanes.

So the total nine-day ramble for me, including the Torreya part, was 504 miles. This may sound like a lot but I am sure this is well within the reach of all regular cyclists. The gear doesn’t have to cost a fortune and just about any mountain bike or road bike can do. Making up a route is fun and whether you like camping or opt for motels and maybe a cottage rental or two. I highly recommend this Forgotten Coast jaunt. If this wrinkle of cycling sounds like fun to you, check out the Vagabonds riding group.

7/8/12: Annual Captial City Cyclists Bastille Day Ride & Picnic

The 2012 Bastille Day Event

  • Sunday, July 8th at the Piney-Z clubhouse
  • Rides start at 7:30am
  • Picnic start at 10:30am

Festivities will begin at 7:30 AM with a recreational road ride (click here to view the classic 25 miles Bastille Day route). Maps will be provided for those who wish to ride the longer route (35 miles). Note too, that the Piney Z area offers incredible off-road options including the Magnolia Trail, Cadillac Trail, Heritage Trail, and even access to Alford Arm.

The picnic will begin at 10:30 AM following the rides. The club will provide entree, drinks, plates, etc. Please bring a side dish, salad or dessert and this is the event to bring that special dish to share – that’s where the real food comes in! The food at CCC potluck events are incredible. Riding and eating are the prominent talents among Capital City Cyclists, followed closely by culinary skills.

There is a playground near the clubhouse and families are welcome to join for the picnic.

We hope to see you there and if you need more information contact CCC VP Jennifer Koch at 850-766-4734 or


Directions to the Piney Z Clubhouse

Rides will start at the Piney-Z clubhouse located in the Piney-Z subdivision east of Conner Boulevard.
The Piney-Z subdivision is located between the Lincoln High walk-bridge that crosses Conner Boulevard and Apalachee Pakkway (Highway 27).
If you are coming from Capital Circle on Conner Boulevard, Piney-Z is just past the walk-bridge on your left.
If you are coming from Apalachee Pkwy on Conner Boulevard, Piney-Z is before the walk-bridge on your right. If you pass the walk-bridge, you’ve gone too far!
There are three entrances into Piney-Z from Conner Boulevard. Turn at the second entrance. This is Heritage Park Boulevard.
Proceed to the traffic circle. You will exit the circle to your left onto Piney-Z Plantation Road.
The clubhouse is located on your left, just after you exit the traffic circle. There is a playground next to the clubhouse.