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
So I must open by apologizing as it has been TOO long since my last Presidents Paceline entry. I could discuss all the club has been up to (which is a lot) but I thought it would be more fun to get back in the swing of things by geeking out on cool bikes – that IS why we all ride after all 🙂
With that mindset I thought I would share a recently found favorite of mine – the Vintage MTB Workshop (www.vintagemtbworkshop.com.) For some this will be a look at early off-road bikes and for others it will be a trip down memory lane allowing you to reminisce how these bikes (or ones similar) from two decades agos “felt” as we turned each pedal stroke.
For me I cannot help but remember lusting over the early 90s Klien Attitude. I never personally got to own one myself however, working in a bike shop, I did get to ride a few in my time. Along with Cannondale, Klien was one of the first companies to popularize the use of thin-walled oversized aluminum tubes which are commonplace today. Before the use of this once “radical” tube design aluminum bikes were flexy (anyone else recall watching the slow motion replay of Sean Kelly’s sprint victories atop his Vitus and how the front and back wheel went almost sideways?) Klien was famous for their consistent smooth welds and unyielding strong stout frames along with their garishly fantastic multi-toned paint jobs. They also where one of the first to use the now common double oversized pressed-in headset designs to allow for a light-weight steering assembly that still tracked strait as well as press-fit bottom brackets and unified handlebar and stem. This integrated “frameset” design (frame, fork, headset, stem, seatpost, and BB) allowed Klien to be on of the first to push the limits of endurance and lightweight design which is now the standard for all high-end bicycles.
The Klien Attitude also fit the mold of the quintessential MTB race bike of the early 90s era. Stiff frame, low handlebars, crazy paint, and built for speed. These bikes where not comfortable but they where fast with every push of the pedals propelling you forward and a frame geometry that allowed you to instantly change your line. It was this design that I first fell in love with in the world of bikes and still gets my heart racing today…
What was your first bike love?
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/.
The 2013 Bastille Day Event
- Sunday, July 14th at the Piney-Z clubhouse
- Rides start at 8:00am
- Picnic start at 10:30am – bring a side dish, salad or dessert
Festivities will begin at 8:00 AM with a recreational road ride (click here to view the classic 25 miles Bastille Day route). Maps will be provided for those who wish to ride the longer route (35 miles). Note too, that the Piney Z area offers incredible off-road options including the Magnolia Trail, Cadillac Trail, Heritage Trail, and even 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 are 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: michael.yaun
Directions to the Piney Z Clubhouse
Rides will start at the Piney-Z clubhouse located in the Piney-Z subdivision east of Conner Boulevard.
The Piney-Z subdivision is located between the Lincoln High walk-bridge that crosses Conner Boulevard and Apalachee Pakkway (Highway 27).
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!
There are three entrances into Piney-Z from Conner Boulevard. Turn at the second entrance. This is Heritage Park Boulevard.
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.
The monthly board meeting for Capital City Cyclists monthly meeting for April 2013 has been moved from the second Thursday of the month to Thursday April 4th. The change was made to accommodate prep time for this years TOSRV starting on April 20th.
Location is still scheduled to be MoMo’s north.
A Red Big trail workday is planned for this Saturday 2/2/2013 meeting at around 8:30am adjacent to the baseball fields at the trail head. Look for Ed with Trail Dynamics when you get there.
What’s happening to the Redbug Trail?
By: Chuck Goodheart
Photo Credit: John Kalin (aka Trail Gnome)
The Redbug Trail rehabilitation and enhancement project is set to begin this January. It is clear that many riders wish to increase the mileage and maintain much of the existing character of Redbug, it is the focus of this project to make the trail more sustainable yet challenging.
The goals are to increase the distance to at least 5 miles and retain the challenging character of the trail as Tallahassee’s established technical trail. The intention is to add technical difficulty by constructing advanced trail features using natural materials and design where possible. The signature “fall-line” and rooty sections will be preserved when possible by sustainable practices along with intermediate ride-a-round options where advanced level sections are added.
The rehabilitation and expansion project is set to begin during the week of January 14th. Once an exact time is scheduled it will be advertised. The project will take place over a two week period. The Trail Dynamics crew will manage the work on the Redbug. Some of the additional 2 miles of trail will be bench cut into sloped areas and some flat sections will be “rake and ride”. The bench cut will be constructed primarily by the TD team and volunteers. Flat sections will not be undertaken by the TD crew and will be the responsibility of city staff and volunteers to complete.
Many of the signature challenging features on Redbug will remain in place. Almost all of these sections have become much wider over time as a result of riders cutting corners to avoid technical lines, this in combination with environmental factors has caused significant erosion. These sections are scheduled for some treatment to add sustainability but retain or increase the challenge. The TD team has just finished some very technical trail construction in Harrisonburg, VA and the Rocky Knob Trail, in Boone NC, techniques used on these trails will be employed to maintain difficulty and character.
Now it is up to the local community to help by attending workdays and contributing time and labor. This trail belongs to the community and with everyone’s help the Redbug will remain the go to trail for challenging singletrack far into the future.