Also this year the Leaque of American Bicyclists and Kimberley Clark are hostiing the National Bike Challenge, a fun program to get more people on the bike for both recreation and transportation. And as we would like to get more people peddling around Tallahassee, the Capital City Cyclists also have set up their own local website within the challenge. There are nice prices to win, and its great to see how you and your workplace or team is doing with respect to the rest of Tallahassee and the rest of the country. Just go to nationalbikechallenge.org and sign up.
The challenge runs from May to the end of September, and each month there are prices to win. The rules are simple, 20 point for each day you ride, and one point for each mile you ride. You can log your miles manually, or use your smartphone or Garmin GPS device to upload your rides. While all rides count towards points, miles, and calories burnt, miles you ride instead or using your car for transportation count towards dollars and CO2 saved. The Endomondo sports community is hosting the challenge on their website.
Those that participated last year had great fun with the challenge. Give it a try yourself and spread the word among you colleagues and friends! Go to www.nationalbikechallenge.org and sign up!
May is National Bike Month and May 13-17 is National Bike to Work Week.
Join Capital City Cyclists as we start National Bike Month with the the National Bike Month Kickoff Expo on May 2, 2013 at 6pm at the TMH Cancer Center!
The Expo will be an opportunity for cyclists to get more information on the events planned for National Bike Month throughout May, as well as a resource to those who are new or are considering cycling to get more information and to meet other cyclists.
We are also participating in the National Bike Challenge in which participants can track their mileage on-line and form teams or compete against other local riders. Sign up for free online at: www.nationalbikechallenge.org
Other rides and events planned for National Bike Month and will be announced soon.
If you are interested in being a Vendor for the Bicycle Expo, please contact Karen Loewen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Come join Florida State University Police Department and the Dori Slosberg Foundation at 10am on April 14 (Sun) for the 5th Annual Matthew Beard Memorial Ride to the Sea at the St. Mark’s Trail head.
The ride is FREE and is intended to allow all levels of cyclists to ride to show their support of victims and survivors of DUI drivers. Riders will have support along the way, including snacks and drinks. The ride follows the St. Marks Bike Trail to the St. Marks River Park in St. Marks, Florida. Here is where the river feeds into the Apalachicola Bay at the Gulf of Mexico — a beautiful area in a little sea oriented town. At the park, riders will be able to make a dedication to a loved one, and sign a pledge to be a designated driver and not drink and drive.
At the ride finish, t-shirts for all finishers (limited supply). The total out and back ride distance is 32 miles. The ride is organized by the Florida State University Police Department and the Dori Slosberg Foundation and is sponsored by The GEICO Philanthropic Company. Email Major Jim Russell for more information. Helmets required – safety first! Please come out to make a statement that cyclists support DUI education and enforcement, to keep all of us safe!
Area bicyclists gather and take part in a celebration of cycling. The Blessing of the Bikes is a multi-ministerial event where all faiths are invited to participate. The ceremony is observed so that the bicycles may be blessed for another year of safe riding and a presentation of the “Bike Saints” will be awarded to highlight those who have been highly influential in the local bicycling community.
So come get your bicycle blessed, hang with other cyclists and stay for First Friday.
Capital City Cyclists is proud to announce that former 7-time Tour de France winner, Lance Armstrong will be participating at this year’s TOSRV on April 20-21, 2013. Since being banned from racing over a year ago, Armstrong has gone on tour to participate in as many charity rides as possible to show folks that he is the best cyclists ever.
“There are Strava segments and KOMS everywhere, and someone has to be #1,” stated Armstrong, “doing all these organized rides are a great way to knock out a lot of strava segments.”
Tour director and long-time Armstrong fan, Paul McManus was very influential in bringing Armstrong to TOSRV. “I kept getting these phone calls from this Paul dude,” explained Armstrong, “I finally answered and he started babbling on about how much fun TOSRV would be and that it including all your meals for the ride, rest stops, t-shirts and free camping in Chehaw Park with alpacas.”
What really swayed Armstrong’s decision to participate in TOSRV is all the great things Capital City Cyclists is doing with the Kids on Bikes program to encourage and growing cycling among the youth. “Cycling is a life long passion of mine, the future of cycling is in our youth, and it is great to see a community do so much to help kids find the joy in cycling,” stated Armstrong, “I can’t wait to do my part and do the TOSRV ride.”
Be sure to join Lance Armstrong and Capital City Cyclists on April 20-21st for TOSRV. For more information go to http://www.cccyclists.org/tosrv/