Love To Ride Tallahassee

Love To Ride Tallahassee
November is Love To Ride Tallahassee Month

November is Love To Ride Tallahassee Month

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

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

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The Big Kahuna

The Big Kahuna

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:

Register before October 10th to receive a free event t-shirt. 

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Capital City Cyclists question new Transportation Plan

You’ll not find any bike lane project in the new draft cost feasible plan. Nothing along the Tennessee St/Mahan Dr corridor in spite of it being a US bicycle route. No bike lane on Olson Rd, a rare connection over the I-10. No uphill bike lane on Woodward Avenue connection College Town to the FSU campus. In a somewhat extraordinary move the Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency (CRTPA) eliminated all 31 proposed bike-lane projects from the needs plan. The reason? It is hard to calculate the costs, as some may need right of way, some may need getting rid of on road parking, some may need stormwater facilities. While some of these arguments have some validity for a few of the projects, many of these projects have their origin in the 2004 Leon County Bike/Ped Master plan, and had a pricetag attached to them all this time. It is certainly no reason to eliminate all 31 bike lane projects from the long range plan. Capital City Cyclists and other local cyclist have made it clear to the commissioners on the CRTPA board that they find this not acceptable. Bike lanes need to stay one of the options in the long range plan.
This is not to say that the plan does not have anything in it for cyclists. There are Blueprint projects, but they are financed by local sales tax. Of the state and federal dollars in the first time period (called Tier 2  2020-2024) the cost feasible plan proposes the Florida Arts trail, a shared-use trail along SR 12 connecting Quincy and Havana. It proposes a shared use trail from the Wakulla Environmental Institute to US 98, part of the Capital To The Sea trails. In Leon County it contains the section of the Goose Pond Trail from Mahan/Fort Knox Boulevard to Weems Rd. Allthough Leon County has 75% of the population of the 4 county area the CRTPA plan proposes less than 20% of the available federal and state dollars  for bike/ped infrastructure to go to Leon county, and nothing to the MultiModal Transportation district. While the FLorida Arts trail and Capital To the Sea Trails are great projects, Tallahassee commuters get short-changed.
The next meeting on this draft transportation plan will be a public meeting April 27 at Jack McLean Community Center at 6 pm -7:30 pm. Please attend if you can.

Joe Barnett addresses the CRTPA board


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Long Range Plan in the Making: Are your priorities addressed?

Long Range Plan in the Making: Are your priorities addressed?

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 (, and I’d appreciate if you copy us on that as well (

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3/14/15: Ride to Remember

3/14/15: Ride to Remember

9th Annual Ride to Remember March 14th, 2015

Event Details

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 352-265-9040 or click here to Register Now.

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!
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Monticello Bike Fest (March 20-21, 2015)

Monticello Bike Fest (March 20-21, 2015)

Event website:


Questions?  Contact:

Event Flyer

Monticello Bike Fest


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Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day!



Saturday, October 4th, 10:00 am at the CCC Warehouse


Unfortunately this event has been cancelled 



email for more info.


 Kids on Bikes

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Add your pet project !

Add your pet project !

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 ( 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 ( 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

Hans van Tol

Dick Rogers rides an amazing July, and leads Florida.



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 and sign up !

Friday Night Social Ride group.

At the start of the 14th Friday Night Social Ride. (Photo Anne Radke)

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Welcome to Our Latest Sponsor! 

About Talcor
TALCOR was founded in 1990 as a real estate brokerage firm specializing exclusively in commercial properties in North Florida. The Brokerage company is staffed with the most experienced and competent professionals in the real estate business.

All services are supported by the NAI Global Network, giving NAI TALCOR the ability to solve your commercial real estate needs around the corner or around the world. NAI Global is the largest network provider of commercial real estate services in the world.

Find out more at:

Talcor has both renewed and increased their sponsorship of CCC Events for 2014 and are now a Titanium Sponsor!  


How to Become A CCC Sponsor and Support Cycling in Tallahassee 


Capital City Cyclists is a 501(c)3 non-profit and we accept sponsors to support bicycle advocacy and education including our Kids on Bikes Program.  Last year the Kids on Bikes program taught over 3,000 kids how to ride safely and introduced dozens of kids from Boys and Girls club and other organizations to the sport of mountain biking. 

Reach Local Customers
With more than 2500 newsletter and FB subscribers and thousands of event attendees the CCC sponsorship program provides an effective way to reach local customers who are passionate about cycling. 

You may become a sponsor one of two ways:  

  1. Offline: Download our sponsorship form and send it to us completed with a check by mail (P.O. Box 4222, Tallahassee, FL 32315), 
  2. Online:  Complete your sponsorship online with a credit card (secure PayPal processing) via the CCC Website. 
Click Here to Become a Sponsor

Tour de France

View and Play at the Fermentation Lounge 

From July 5th with the start of the Tour de France in Leeds to the finish in Paris July 27th, the repeat of the daily stages  will be shown on the big screen at the Fermentation Lounge.

They will also host a competition for the TdF fans: those that correctly predict the stage winner, will get a free beer the night of that stage.

Your predictions have to be recorded the previous evening before midnight. Special prizes will also be awarded at the end of the July to those that correctly predict the most stage winners (yellow) , the most mountain finishes (polka-dot), and the most flat stage finishes (green). 

Follow the Event on Facebook for details: 

National Bike Challenge

CCC’s Performance
Keep Up the Good Work!

  • The CCC Team has logged more than 16,800 miles! (up from 5500 last month)
  • We’re ranked 37th nationally (compared to 39th last month)
  • We currently have 77 riders participating (up from 69 last month)

Dick and Trish Rogers are still leading the charge with 1200 and 1000 miles ridden and are ranked high nationally. Jen Dickinson and Tom Gillis are close behind with 890 and 826 miles.  

Awesome Job Everyone! Our miles ridden have kept
more than 15,000 pounds of CO2 out of the atmosphere! 

You can see the full results on the National Bike Challenge Webiste


Volunteers Needed for Monday Mornings

If you have a free weekday morning and want to have a fun urban ride with both public service and recreational aspects, join Meals on Two Wheels!

Meals on 2 Wheels uses bicycles to deliver meals to elderly or disabled folks. Based on the Meals on (4) Wheels program it is sponsored by Elder Care Services (ECS), a non-profit group. 

Volunteers Needed
To participate, you would need to commit to fairly regular participation one morning per week.  Currently we really need people to assist with Monday morning Deliveries but other times are also available.

How It Works
Meals are delivered by two person teams. A team consists of one cyclist with a trailer (the “trucker”) and one cyclist designated the runner. The team rides together to Elder Care Services, picks up the meals, and then rides a designated route. The trucker hauls the meals, and runners take the meals to the recipients.  

The team meets at a designated location to start the ride and usually ends with a stop at a local coffee shop afterward. 

To Join, or for more info call Chris Lacher (510-5575) 

The Bike Buddy Program
How to Become a Bike Buddy

Step 1: Take the Cyclign Savvy Course:

The Sustainable Tallahassee bike committee has determined that everyone volunteering to be a bike buddy mentor should attend the Cycling Savvy course prior to registering as a Bike Buddy on the Commuter Services website.  It is important that we are all giving new commuters the same safety advice and road cycling instructions.  Chris Lacher, CCC’s representative on the Sustainable Tallahassee Alt Trans committee, highly recommends the course for any cyclist and was impressed knowledge and commitment of the instructors (Karen Lowen is a 100% cyclist now – no car!).
The Cycling Savvy course was developed for the Florida Bicycle Association – see course descriptions below.  Note:  If you sign up for all three classes at once it is only $60.  Please contact Amy Mann at or 850-339-9189 if you have questions or concerns about the course or becoming a Bike Buddy.”

Step 2:  Register as a Bike Buddy.  More info on that is forthcoming.  

for more info contact Amy Mann: at or 850-339-9189

Bastille Day Ride and Picnic

  • Sunday July 13th at the Piney Z Clubhouse Pavillion
  • Ride Starts at 8:00 am, Picnic Starts at 10:30 AM  
  • Bring a side dish, salad or desert

Festivities will begin at 8:00 AM with a recreational road ride (click here to view the classic 25 miles Bastille Day route). Note too, that the area offers incredible off-road options including the Lafayette Heritage Trail, Cadillac Trail, Magnolia Trail, Loblolly Trail, and using the new bridge over the RR tracks 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 is 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 Mike Yaun at: or CCC President Zach Finn at: or 850-545-6406.

The Piney Z Clubhouse pavilion:
The pavilion is behind the Piney Z Clubhouse in the Piney-Z subdivision east of Conner Boulevard; the address is 950 Piney Z Plantation Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32311

The Piney-Z subdivision is located between the Lincoln High walk-bridge that crosses Conner Boulevard and Apalachee Parkway (Highway 27).

There are three entrances into Piney-Z from Conner Boulevard. Turn at the second entrance. This is Heritage Park Boulevard.  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!

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. There is plenty of parking in front of the clubhouse and adjacent to the clubhouse by the pool.

See you there! 

July 13th, 2014

Bastille Day Ride and Picnic

The CCC Bastille Day ride and picnic is coming up this July!  Save the date and we’ll have more details for you in next months newsletter. 


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