May 1st the 2017 National Bike Challenge will kick off. The League of American Bicyclists has taken the lead in the organization again, and the main sponsor is 3M. The goal is to get more people riding and people riding more and more often. Every day on the bike counts for 20 points and each mile adds another point. The platform itself will be somewhat simpler, and is now strongly integrated with Strava. Just goto https://nationalbikechallenge.org and either link your existing Strava account or create a new one. Miles can be entered manually, or synced via the Strava app or linked GPS devices. Each month prizes will be drawn among the participants. Riders from around Tallahassee will automatically be entered in the local advocacy challenge, the Capital City Bike Challenge set up by the Capital City Cyclists. This allows you to keep track of and compare yourself to other local riders. Again you can join different clubs, workplaces, schools etc. You can also create your own groups and ask your friends or colleagues to join. You do that by creating a Strava club, and importing the club into the national bikechallenge as a workplace, school, or club. Just sign up now. It’ll be fun, and it’ll help to show that Tallahassee rides !!
Mark your calendars for the following upcoming rides and events:
- Feb 25 Chaires Classics – CCC Member Ride. Moderate Pace 16-19 mph. Start at 9 am from Chaires Community Center, Chaires Rd. 31 miles.
- Feb 26 Havana Hills Spring Classic – Start 8:30 am in Havana, Florida. Ride 48 or 88 miles, with proceeds going to the Havana Volunteer Fire Fighters. See http://havanahillsride.weebly.com/ for registration info.
- March 1 Cycling not working. CCC Ride. Havana Start and Finish: Parking Lot by Police Station 121 East Seventh Avenue Havana, FL. The usual ride is about 35 miles up to Calvary, GA. Sometimes the ride will be about 40 miles. Visitors Welcome!
- March 4 Chaires Classics – CCC Member Ride. Moderate Pace 16-19 mph. Start at 9 am from Chaires Community Center, Chaires Rd. 31 miles.
- March 4 Leon County EMS Safety Fair. 10 am-1 pm at JC Penny’s parking lot at Governor’s square mall. Great for the kids: Bike Rodeo and free helmet give-away.
- March 5 Sunday Classics – CCC Member Ride. Guest welcome. Start from Panera/Books-a-Million parking at Village Square Drive @ Thomasville Road. Come out for the short (24 miles) or longer (36 miles) rides.
- March 11 Champions Bike Ride. Organized by Science of Speed. Proceeds to a great cause: The Hang Tough Foundation. 67, 28, 7.5 mile rides and free Kids Fun Ride. See our blog and http://championsbikeride.com for registration info.
- March 12 Sunday Classics – All Saints Ride. CCC Member Ride. Start 8 am (Daylight savings !!) across from All Saints Cafe on RailRoad Avenue. 40 mile loop. 16-20 mph typically.
- March 18 Chaires Classics – CCC Member Ride. Moderate Pace 16-19 mph. Start at 9 am from Chaires Community Center, Chaires Rd. 31 miles.
- March 19 Sunday Classics – Midway-Quincy Loop. CCC Member Ride. Start 9 am from Midway City Hall (off US 90). 40 mile loop. 16-20 mph typically.
- March 25 Chaires Classics – CCC Member Ride. Moderate Pace 16-19 mph. Start at 9 am from Chaires Community Center, Chaires Rd. 31 miles.
- March 26 Sunday Classics – Summit East Ride. CCC Member Ride. 11, 20, and 30 mile options. Start 8 am Summit East Tech Center. Take Apex Dr after crossing the I-10 on Mahan Dr and meet at parking lot behind Staybridge Suites.
- April 1 Monticello Bike Fest century rides. See https://monticellojeffersonfl.com/event/monticello-bike-fest/
- October 7, 2017. Spaghetti 100 !!
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If ever you want to ride for a good cause, this is the ride to join. The Champions Bike Ride on March 11 supports the “Hang Tough Foundation”. This wonderful foundation has a vision to take care of an entire family that has a child affected by a chronic or life altering illness or special needs in the Big Bend area. The ride features 67, 28, 7.5 routes as well as a Kids fun ride that start at the Centre of Tallahassee (previously Tallahassee Mall). This ride is co-organized by our past president Brady Irwin and the Science of Speed. Even if you do not ride, consider supporting the Hang Tough Foundation. For more information and to register: www.championsbikeride.com
Spring comes early this year with the Havana Hills Spring Classic Bicycle Ride on Sunday Feb 26. The 88 or 48 mile routes take some of the most scenic and challenging roads in the Tallahassee area. You’ll get treated to lots of hills, and to views of southern mansions, oak trees, farm lands, and pecan orchards. The road is 100% paved and marked with White Arrows at each intersection. Proceeds from the ride will benefit the Havana volunteer Fire Fighters. More information can be found at the Havana Hills Ride website.
October 8 the Spaghetti 100 will take you along some beautiful rolling roads in north Florida and south Georgia. Either by riding or volunteering, you’ll be helping the Kids on Bikes program that is teaching our elementary school kids to ride bikes and ride them safely. For sign up and details see our Spaghetti 100 event page.
The 2016 National Bike Challenge has just kicked off on May 1st. This fun program is organized by the People for Bikes with the goal of getting more people on the bike for both recreation and transportation. As the challenge aims to change our transportation habits, it runs for five whole months from May 1st to September 30th.
You should sign up, but this is also a great opportunity to get your family, friends, and colleaques to sign up to get them on the bike more often.
Getting more people riding in and around Tallahassee is one of the goals of the Capital City Cyclists and we are therefor hosting the local part of the challenge. We’re covering the counties of Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, and Wakulla. It’s free, and there are great prizes to win. It’s also fun to see how you and your workplace or team is doing with respect to the rest of Tallahassee and the rest of the country.
Just go to www.nationalbikechallenge.org and sign up. You can join existing teams, or you can start your own team. Also, look for your workplace and/or school, or consider becoming the coordinator for your school or workplace.
The challenge runs from May to the end of September, and each month there are prizes to win. The rules are simple, 20 point for each day you ride, and one point for each mile you ride. You can log your miles manually, or use your smartphone or Garmin GPS device to upload your rides to endomondo, mapmyride, and also Stava !! The bike challenge website can then sync the rides you enter there. While all rides count towards points, miles, and calories burnt, miles you ride instead or using your car for transportation count towards dollars and CO2 saved, so you can keep track of your savings and your reduced CO2 footprint.
Those that participated last year had great fun with the challenge. It’s a great and free way of contributing to the cause. Give it a try yourself and spread the word among you colleagues and friends! Go to www.nationalbikechallenge.org and sign up!
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.
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