Club Holiday Party
& Board Member Elections
Saturday December 14th
American Legion Post 13
229 Lake Ella Drive
The annual club holiday party will be quite an event this year designed to foster merriment for all members! See our list of events below and join in on the fun when it suits your fancy! Registry online to receive calendar reminders at: Eventbrite/a>.
6pm – Food, Club Merriment, and Board Elections
- Meat and drinks provided
- Bring a side dish or dessert
Enjoy conversation, background music, bicycle stories, and camaraderie of fellow cyclists!
The ballot box will be open from 6pm until event closure. An email will be sent to club member the next day with vote tallies and election results.
7:30pm – Capital City Cyclists President’s Report and Club Awards
The 2013 club president will provide a year-in-view update and club Awards will be delivered
8:30pm until… – After Party with the Tallahassee Mountain Bike Association
- Wine and Beer provided
- Cash bar available
After 9pm the music will be turned up and it will be time to get rowdy Dancing and general body moving encouraged.
This is a reminder about the Capital City to the Sea Trails Public Workshop #3! There will be two corresponding workshops, one in Leon County and one in Wakulla County. Below is the information for each workshop. You can also visit the project website at www.CC2ST.com for more information.
Public Workshop #3 for Leon County
December 3rd at 6:00PM
Jack McLean Community Center
700 Paul Russell Road, Tallahassee, FL 32301
Public Workshop #3 for Wakulla County
December 5th at 6:00PM
Wakulla County Commission Chambers
29 Arran Road, Crawfordville, FL 32327
We encourage you to attend one of these workshops and ask that you send this information to coworkers, neighbors, family, and friends in the region! This is the final workshop for CC2ST, so come prepared to participate and provide your input!
Please feel free to contact Kate Widness (contact information below) if you have any questions or comments.
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.
What: Become a Certified Helmet Fitter – Learn how to properly select and fit bike helmets, and teach bicycle helmet safety education to increase use and reduce bicycle related injury.
When: Monday, September 30th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: Florida Department of Transportation, Basement Conference Room, 605 Suwanee Street, Tallahassee, FL
Why: According to Brain Injury Association, bicycle helmets are 88% effective in preventing serious brain injury. Yet fewer than half of the bicycle riders wear one, and teens almost never do. Reasons among infrequent and recreational cyclists for not wearing helmets include lack of social acceptability and belief that they are uncomfortably hot to wear in the summer. Experienced riders, particularly adults, cite their superior bicycling skill as one reason, among others, for not wearing helmets. Research has shown that comprehensive programs — provide helmets at a discount, teach the importance of their use, and include helmet use laws — are most likely to result in increased helmet usage.
- Every dollar spent on a bike helmet saves society $30
- Bicycle helmet safety education can increase helmet use and reduce bicycle-related deaths and injury
- Learn how to properly select and fit bike helmets
- Become a certified Bike Helmet Fitter, and make a difference
Register: E-Mail Sarita Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org
by: Jack Tomassetti
Capital City Cyclists is a club of 500 members and its members volunteer a lot of time to help improve and change our local community. These volunteers are the ones that support the big rides that CCC puts on such as Spaghetti 100 and TOSRV, they help run the Kids on Bikes program, changes Florida Laws, advocate for safer cycling and so much more. These volunteers don’t do it for fame or money, they volunteer because they love cycling and want to share it with others.
I’d like to take a moment to recognize Kearns Heitt, an unsung hero that has gone beyond the call of duty and has really had an impact in the local community. I first met Kearns at a volunteer packet stuffing party for the 2012 Bike Florida. He was wearing a kilt!! Kearns was very upbeat and friendly and made volunteering fun.
As I’ve become more involved with more of the activities that Capital City Cyclists are part of, my needs for volunteers has increased. And every time I need volunteer help, Kearns is the first one to offer his help. Kearns has volunteered at Spaghetti 100, TOSRV and Ride for Hope. He is a ride leader for our Trips for Kids rides (we do 2 every other week) and he spends his free time repair the kids bicycles. On top of all , he also leads a weekly beginner mountain bike ride every Thursday and introduce folks to mountain biking. I’ve never met anyone more selfless than Kearns.
As part of Capital City Cyclists recognition of Kearns, we gave him a small gift and we relieved him of volunteer duties for the upcoming Spaghetti 100 by giving him a free entry for this year’s ride. Thanks Kearns for all that you do!
Learn how you can be a super volunteer like Kearns by visiting our volunteer page: click here.
by Josh Bolick, The Great Bicycle Shop
Brady already did a great job letting you know how to prepare your body for this year’s Spaghetti 100, but there are a few other concerns as well, like your bicycle!
How is Your Bicycle Working?: Most bicycle shops will freely take a minute to put your bike in a repair stand and check it over. At The Great Bicycle Shop we inspect your rubber, squeeze the brakes, change the gears, look at wheel trueness and a few other important safety checks. If everything looks good, we’ll put air in your tires and lube your chain and send you on your way free of charge. However, we often find that some tuning is required or new parts that would help the bike perform better. We make recommendations make your bike be the best machine it can be, because when your bike works well, you can enjoy your ride. Don’t wait until November 6th to bring your bicycle for a tune-up to your favorite local bicycle shop. They will be slammed trying to get everyone else ready for the weekend. It is best to get your bicycle tuned up sooner rather than later.
Necessary Bicycle Gear: Don’t be that person who’s always bumming a tube or CO2; get a flat kit and know how to use it. Many riders like to use a bicycle computer of some sort to keep track of speed, distance and time. There are many basic computers that will tell you how far you’ve gone and how fast. You may be able to find a smartphone app you like to. For those looking for something more hitech, there are amazing tools like the Garmin Edge series GPS devices that track speed and distance, plus heart rate, cadence, elevation, and more. Talk to someone who’s using a Garmin to track their progress, and you’ll find someone who’s enthusiastic about it and the data they can track.
- Flat Kit:
- Saddle Bag
- CO2 Pump
- CO2 cartridge
- Tire Levers
- Spare Tube
- Tube Patches
- Bicycle Computer
What to Wear: I hope I’m preaching to the choir here, but own and use good quality (padded) cycling shorts and jerseys. There are numerous benefits to good cycling clothing, which I’ve already written about at in this GBS Blog Post. Read the post and consider getting yourself kitted in
Cycling Jerseygood cycling clothing. Plus, as I stated in the article, “when you are comfortable and look good, you’re going to feel good and ride better.” Given the later date of the ride this year, November 9th, there’s a chance that you might want arm warmers or knee warmers to knock the chill off in the morning. That’s something you’ll be able to assess when we get closer to the weekend of the ride and have a reliable forecast. Two words: chamois cream; read what we have to say about that here. Finally, check the date on the sticker on the inside of your helmet; if it’s older than 2008, it’s time for a new skull bucket per industry and manufacturer standards.
- Cycling Shorts
- Chamois Cream
- Helmet (check the date on your helmet!)
Fuel Your Engine: the nice folks at Science of Speed might be better equipped to answer questions here, and I do not claim to be a nutritional expert, but some of the principles are simple. 100 miles is a long way to ride your bike and you’re going to burn a lot of calories doing it; it’s important to replace those calories, lest ye bonk (I’ve been there; it sucks). Most endurance athletes have a mix of tricks and products that get them through hard efforts. Drink a lot of water in the days before the ride. Throw a couple Gu Gels or whatever you like in your jersey pocket so you’re not totally dependent on the (quite excellent) water and food stations provided by CCC. I like electrolyte replacements like those by Gu and Scratch Labs. I do not like the more popular sports drinks like those available at most grocery stores and convenience markets because of their super-high sugar content. But that’s just me. I know a guy who ate a McDonald’s cheeseburger and drank a can of Coke during the transition from bike to run in an Ironman, and he swore that he felt like a new man afterwards. To me, that sounds horrible, but everybody is different. Best to try different things and figure out what works for you. Never eat or drink anything on event day that you haven’t been consuming during your training because you don’t know how your stomach and body will respond. Most importantly, eagerly anticipate that big delicious pasta dinner waiting for you at the community center, and all those friendly smiling faces of the folks serving it.
I hope this helps. Visit your favorite local bicycle shop and chat with the staff about your needs and concerns and let them show you some things that could help you enjoy your training and ride. Maybe you don’t need anything at all, but it’s good to learn from people who spend time studying this stuff. Plus, we actually enjoy answering your questions, believe it or not. See you on the ride, if not before.
The Great Bicycle Shop has two locations, at 1909 Thomasville Rd. and 3624 Woodville Hwy. GBS is also available on Facebook, Twitter (@greatbicycle), and WordPress. For more information visit www.greatbicycle.com.
Limited to 15 ton vehicles since May of this year, the bridge over the St Marks trail at Orange Avenue is in a bad enough state for an accelerated replacement. Not much of a surprise to those of us that ride under it: the combination of wooden pilings and termite mounds doesn’t seem a good sign. As firetrucks now are forced to make a large detour, it also affects the emergency response times for some neighborhoods.
At the Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency board meeting Sept 16th, the Florida Department of Transportation proposed a very fast replacement with concrete block piling and prefabricated concrete slabs, during the 2014 school summer break, essentially aiming to get it done in 9 weeks starting June 2nd 2014. Both Orange Avenue and the St Marks trail will be closed during that time, and the trail probably being closed there from mid May to the beginning of September. The resurfacing of Orange Avenue that was planned for this fall will be postponed until next year.
The bridge design includes two 12′ traffic lanes, 4′ bike lanes, and a sidewalk on the south side. It will still stay a bridge. Proposals for eliminating the bridge with an at level crossing, a bicycle/pedestrian tunnel, or a bike-ped overpass had been eliminated already. The passage will be slightly more tunnel-like in comparison with the current configuration, as the passage under Orange Ave will be longer, narrower, and lower. In spite of that, with the addition of bikelanes on Orange, this is probably the best achievable outcome for cyclists. This part of the trail will be more heavily used in the future with the connection to the Capital Cascade Trail and the downtown area, and (hopefully) a connection to the FSU campus and the northern part of the St Marks trail to Ocala Rd. What is still missing is a way to get to the trail from Orange Avenue. - Hans van Tol-
Tallahassee is playing host to the season opener of the 2013 Florida State Championship Series at Tom Brown Park on September 14-15. The annual mountain bike race draws hundreds of mountain bike racers throughout the state and is the largest mountain bike race in Tallahassee. Saturday will start of with an individual time trial where racers will complete 1 lap of the cross country course. The fastest person around the course will win $125 for their efforts with 2nd and 3rd getting $100 and $50 respectfully.
Sunday, the cross country races start off with junior races kicking off at 8:30am. The expert and sport category racers are next starting at 9am racing for 24 miles and 18 miles. The base and novice riders round off the day starting at 11:00am completing 12 and 6 miles of the course.
Be on the watch out for local Tallahassee racers to dominate the top end of the podium with the home field advantage. Team Guardian Automotive was highly competitive earlier this year in the Georgia State Series with Darien Angelier, Jim Singleton and Brent Scarbin.