Capital City Cyclists to Receive Award at the first annual Share the Road Celebration of Cycling
Capital City Cyclists is honored to be recognized as leader in the state for our Kids on Bikes program and it’s work in educating school children about safe cycling.
In the last two years our club has worked hard to provide a sustainable funding and infrastructure to run this program in the Leon County and surrounding areas. The mission of Kids on Bikes is to provide engaging, educational opportunities for kids to learn skills and awareness of how biking positively impacts their health, environment and lifestyle. The two major programs that we put on under Kids on Bikes are:
- Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program – where we taught at 8 different Leon County Elementary Schools and reached about 5,000 3rd-5th graders to teach them properly Bicycle Traffic safety. We provide the bicycles, helmets and student intern instructors to help teach this course at the schools along side their PE teachers.
- Trips for Kids – we connect with local children groups such as the Boys and Girls Club and Boys Town (foster kids) and take these kids out on a fun mountain bike ride around Munson Hills and use bicycles as a vehicle for lessons in confidence building, achievement, health, and fitness. We’ve reached out to over 100 different kids this past year and even trained 19 Boys Town kids to ride in The Ride for Hope.
Club president, Zach Finn, will be at the award ceremony taking place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013, at Hollis Center in the Rinker Fieldhouse, on the Stetson University Campus in the City of DeLand, Florida.
You can learn more and register for the event at: http://bikeflorida.org/events/share-the-road-celebration-of-cycling/.
By: Donny Authore
What will it take to become Tallahassee World Champion at this year’s Spaghetti 100? Maybe the winner will emerge from an early breakaway or possibly a late solo attack, or perhaps a sprint finish will rule the day. Even though it’s hard to predict, some key strategies can ensure that you will have a great finish.
First of all, sign up now — you cannot win it unless you are in it.
Second, ride your bike! It is amazing how much a few sufferfests can improve your fitness.
Third, adding some hills to your training in the next couple of weeks would certainly be worthwhile — Spaghetti 100 features an awesome route on some of north Florida’s finest roads for cycling, with no shortage of hills.
Finally, rest and eat! In the 3-4 days leading into the ride, forgo the heavy workouts and eat a bit more than usual.
Ride day: Winning will certainly take some serious power at a few key moments. The good news for many of us is that cycling is as much about brains as brawn, so if you’re ready to roll it could be you who pulls on the rainbow jersey. Despite all the uncertainties about possible outcomes, in most cycling events the smart money is on a “critical point” lasting 5-10 minutes that will separate the true challengers from everyone else. Once the lead group is established, the real battle for Tally supremacy will begin with lots of attacks and counter moves.
In the end, the victors that emerge will be King and Queen. The best part of the day, as always, is the fun times with friends and fellow cyclists at a great event like the Spaghetti 100. But there’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition, with bragging rights on the line.
Donny Authore is the 2012 Tallahassee World Champion in the 100 mile route for the Spaghetti 100. He won last year from a dwindling peloton and broke away with local Scot Benton. In the last 10 miles he dropped his breakaway opponent and solo’d to the finish. When Donny isn’t wearing the rainbow stripes of the Tallahassee World Champion around town on his bicycle, he can be found doing research and teaching students at Florida State University’s College of Business.
Leon County Division of Tourism Development Launches Innovative Website Featuring Area Trails
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sept. 26, 2013 – What was once a casual nickname outdoor enthusiasts used in describing biking, hiking, running, paddling and equestrian trails in the Tallahassee area, is now a one-of-a-kind web site – Trailahassee.com – launched by Leon County Division of Tourism Development (Visit Tallahassee) to promote nearly 600 miles of trails.
The site, with featured trails, interactive maps, blogs, social media features, GPS functionality, and information on outfitters and associations, launched in September as part of the county’s annual Marketing Rollout to the local tourism industry.
Lee Daniel, executive director of the county’s tourism division, sees the new web site as a valuable tool for outdoor enthusiasts planning vacations.
“We are fortunate in having tremendous natural resources that lend themselves to the types of outdoor recreational activities sought by today’s travelers,” Daniel said. “Trailahassee was a logical step in identifying those assets for travelers and providing detailed information in a digital environment that essentially becomes a personal guide for users.”
With user-friendly design suitable for laptops, smartphones and tablets, users explore rotating featured trails including the Apalachee Regional Park, Cadillac Mountain Bike Trails and Leon Sinks Geological Area, through videos, blog entries and Instagram feed photographs. The initial launch included 11-featured trails with others planned for the future.
The “Find a Trail” tab includes an interactive map displaying trails either in map view, list view, or based on various activities (walking, hiking, biking, running, mountain biking, equestrian, motorcycle, canoe/kayak, ATV). Users can also make selections based on the type of surface and skill level. Maps are shown through three options — street view, satellite view or relief view.
Daniel added that user generated content is an important part of the overall strategy forTrailahassee.com.
“We’ve made it easy for consumers to share their outdoor experiences with others by posting photos and videos on the site,” Daniel said.
Live content from outdoor enthusiasts is featured using the hashtag #Trailahassee through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds. The site also links directly to the county’s consumer tourism site (www.VisitTallahassee.com) for other information about the area’s upcoming events, hotels, restaurants and attractions.
Leon County Division of Tourism Development is the official tourism marketing organization for Tallahassee and Leon County Florida, operating as a department of Leon County Government, and promoting tourism to the area through direct sales, advertising, public relations, sports, film, product development and visitor services.