Are you interested in seeing more people cycling in Tallahassee? Love to Ride Tallahassee aims to show more people just how easy and enjoyable cycling can be. All people have to do to take part is experience that great feeling you get on a bike by riding for just 10 minutes or more.
We’d like your support to spread the word, champion cycling and encourage your workplace to sign up.
• A fun and free incentive based bicycling initiative for local workplaces.
Workplaces are invited to compete between November 1-30 to see who can get the most staff riding to win individual and team prizes.
• Create a buzz about bicycling at your workplace.
• Great way to encourage people to rediscover cycling.
• Win prizes!
• For new and experienced cyclists.
It’s quick to register your work team online, visit www.lovetoride.net/tallahassee.
Love To Ride Tallahassee is sponsored by the City of Tallahassee, CRTPA, Leon County, Planning Department, Commuter Services of North Florida, and People for Bikes
The Spaghetti 100
by Pete Butler
There are a lot of bike races worth winning, but if you live in the Panhandle, the big kahuna of events is The Spaghetti 100. It’s so important to the cycling community that it’s billed as the World Championship of Tallahassee. For roadies, this is the season ending event that provides the last available bragging rights of the year. The winner is decided after 100 miles through North Florida and South Georgia roads. It’s fast, it’s grueling, and it consistently comes down to a very small selection of bicycle racers who turn themselves inside out for the world championship crown.
How big is it? If you ask Bryan Dertine, it’s enormous. He has a plane ticket from Colorado to come back to his hometown for the competition.
“There’s one jersey,” says Derstine. “There’s no money on the line, and there’s rarely team strategies. It’s a ride that pits every contender against each other.”
Long time participants will tell you it’s highly competitive. This is one of those rare events that brings in people from all levels of fitness. There is a fast group of riders who show up to race, with a plan to kill each for 100 miles. When it’s over, there is time to visit, eat spaghetti and enjoy each other’s company.
“It’s a great opportunity to come together and hang out with your friends,” said Ed Picolo, who finished once in 4 hours and 13 minutes. “It’s always fast. But if you get a group of guys working together, it’s even more fun. The competitive nature of this ride brings the best out in folks.
That explains why cyclists are willing travel to compete in the event.
“It’s a strong bunch, and they are riding hard on amazing and beautiful roads,” said Chris Mojock, who lives in Athens, GA. “The Tallahassee racing community has such a playful approach. These are fierce competitors, but they are also really super chill and fun to be around. When it’s finished, we all agree it was a really good time. We always look forward to this ride.”
Mojock clearly loves this event. He even won it in 2014 by attacking a breakaway group of five in the last six miles of the ride. His attack was so explosive that he blew the race apart. His fierce effort unseated two-time Spaghetti winner Donnie Autore, who won the event solo in 2012 and 2013. In last year’s event, Mojock was followed over the line by local Category 1 phenom Jamey Thompson, and a visiting racer from Destin. It was exhausting, but super satisfying for Mojock.
“Jamey put in a huge dig that really turned the screws, and then I counter-attacked him to win it!” said Mojock.
The riders who are successful at Spaghetti have learned that there won’t be any rest stops for the leaders. Quite simply, you must carry everything you need.
“You better have at least four bottles of fluid,” says Picolo.
What about food?
“You can’t count on any stops,” said Autore. “I always eat a big dinner the night before. I carry gels and food and lots of liquid.”
Sound interesting? Start preparing and training. It’ll all be settled on November 7. The field will feature the some of best junior racers in the country, as well as a deep roster of wily and crafty adult cyclists from around the southeast. If tradition holds true, it will be a cyclist from the Tallahassee community that comes out the winner.
“Tallahassee is one of those places filled with strong bike racers,” says Mojock. “If you can go into their house and win, it means something. You are in for a fight. If you come out the winner, you beat people with skill.”
The 2015 Spaghetti 100
Start Date: November 7th, 2015
Location: Miccossukee Community Center
Register Online: http://cccyclists.org/spaghetti100/
Register before October 10th to receive a free event t-shirt.
If you care about transportation and have some time to spare, you can help decide the regions transportation priorities. This is close to the last possibility of providing your input in the long range transportation plan. The Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency (CRTPA) is now finalizing the list of projects that our region will try to get (partially) funded with state and federal dollars. This list will not change much in the next five years until the next long range plan, and it’s important that missing links for cyclists are included in this list.
The current draft list of bicycle and pedestrian projects can be found here, and the draft list of proposed roadway projects here. These lists are very much reduced from the original list of about 1500 projects. Some of these projects were duplicates, others were already under construction while some have already been funded. There is also a long list of bicycle and pedestrian projects that are expected to cost less than $300,000.00, and which are supposed to vie for a very limited amount of federal and state dollars dedicated mainly to bicycles and pedestrian projects. But a large number of suggested projects in what the planners refer to as the opportunity plan have been relegated to a longish list of projects called miscellaneous projects. The idea is that these projects are mostly maintenance of existing facilities in which the CRTPA has very little say. You can find that list here. What is of concern for cyclists is that a large number of projects concern the addition of paved shoulders on various roads. While the state currently as a rule adds paved shoulders to state roads when they are up for resurfacing, that does not seem to be the case for county roads like Tram road. If you share my concern about that, please let the CRTPA know.
All comments with respect to the draft lists should be provided soon, preferably before March 21. You can send your comments to Jack Kostrzewa (email@example.com), and I’d appreciate if you copy us on that as well (firstname.lastname@example.org).
9th Annual Ride to Remember March 14th, 2015
The 9th Annual Ride to Remember , which benefits ElderCare of Alachua County and supports Al’z Place, an adult daycare facility for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and severe memory disorders.
- Date: March 14, 2015
- Time: Registration at 8:00am / Bike Ride Begins at 9:00am
- Locations: Gainesville, Boulware Springs Park & Ocala, Flemington Community Park
- Cost: Pre-registration is $40 online or by mail; $50 on the day of the event. Includes meals and T-shirt.
- For more information, please call Register Now. or click here to
Pedal Off Party
Join the Pedal Off celebration on Friday, March 13, 2015 between 5:00pm and 7:30pm located at the Senior Recreation Center (5701 NW 34th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32653).
- Enjoy gourmet snacks, wine & beer
- Pick up your or register for the Ride to Remember event at pre-registration prices!
Questions? Contact: TrainingWithTracy@gmail.com
While you might not be a transportation planner, you are driving, walking and especially riding our local roads. You’re the expert. Now is the time to submit projects that you think could be good improvements to our mobility and safety. You only get that chance once every five years, so it is important to make good use of it. The regional transportation planning agency (CRTPA) has started the new long-range transportation plan, called Connections 2040. Currently they are gathering information and the needs and ideas of the citizens, which will ultimately be compiled in a list of needed projects and prioritized. In order to receive state or federal funding, projects need to be on that list. This time around, a new online tool is being used, Metroquest, and I would strongly urge you to go there (http://connections2040.metroquest.com) and provide your input for the future of transportation in the region.
The Capital City Cyclists aims to present the cyclists during the process, through our representation in the City-County Joint Bicycle Workgroup and the Citizen and Multi-modal advisory committee of the CRTPA, and by attending and speaking at public meetings. Please also let us know (email@example.com) what projects are important to you, so that we can keep track of it in the coming year.
The next public workshops for Connections 2040 are Oct 6 (Gadsden, Jefferson) and Oct 7 (Leon, Wakulla). The Leon county public meeting will be Oct 7 from 6-8pm at the Jack McLean Community Center on 700 Paul Russell Rd. Everybody is encouraged to come and talk to planners and provide input.
More information can be found at connections2040rmp.com.
—Hans van Tol
Riding the St Marks trail one of the July nights, you had a good chance to encounter a lonely cyclist putting in many miles on his tricycle. Dick likes a challenge. Strongly motivated by the National Bike Challenge, he aimed to finish on top in July. And he did. Riding on average close to 100 miles a day, he collected more points than anybody else in Florida, and finished July in third position nationally. An amazing feat. In the first three months of the challenge he put in more than 5000 miles, riding every single day. The only one coming close is … Trish Rogers, with about 2500 miles so far. She finished the month in fifth position among Florida women. Kudos to Dick and Trish!
There are two months left in the National Bike Challenge, and it is not too late to join the fun. You’ll make a chance of winning monthly prizes for August and September, as well as the grand prizes at the end of the challenge. Just go to http://nationalbikechallenge.org and sign up !
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