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 !
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.
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.
Also this year the Leaque of American Bicyclists and Kimberley Clark are hostiing the National Bike Challenge, a fun program to get more people on the bike for both recreation and transportation. And as we would like to get more people peddling around Tallahassee, the Capital City Cyclists also have set up their own local website within the challenge. There are nice prices to win, and its great 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 nationalbikechallenge.org and sign up.
The challenge runs from May to the end of September, and each month there are prices 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. 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. The Endomondo sports community is hosting the challenge on their website.
Those that participated last year had great fun with the challenge. Give it a try yourself and spread the word among you colleagues and friends! Go to www.nationalbikechallenge.org and sign up!
Area bicyclists gather and take part in a celebration of cycling. The Blessing of the Bikes is a multi-ministerial event where all faiths are invited to participate. The ceremony is observed so that the bicycles may be blessed for another year of safe riding and a presentation of the “Bike Saints” will be awarded to highlight those who have been highly influential in the local bicycling community.
So come get your bicycle blessed, hang with other cyclists and stay for First Friday.
- It is Free! – Yup, camping at Chehaw Park is included in your TOSRV registration, and your wallet is $80 happier from the money you saved from getting a hotel. Both indoor and outdoor camping is available, and there is plenty of shower options for after the ride.
- Party like an Animal – Chehaw park is the official finish to Day 1 of TOSRV and the start to Day 2. Dinner and drinks will be served here, along with some entertainment. Trust me, this is the place to be after a long adventurous ride with your companions.
- Party with the Animals – The Wild Animal Park boasts over 212 specimens, representing 55 species of wild animals. Exhibits include African black rhino, American bald eagle, lemurs, meerkats, zebras, cheetahs and many more. Enjoy all of the exhibits Chehaw has to offer as you stroll through the scenic boardwalks and cypress swamp.
- More Biking! – Chehaw Park is home to 7.8 miles of singletrack mountain bike trails. Plus they have a NBL certified BMX Racing Track that is open to the public. Trail Maps: http://www.chehaw.org/PDF/ChehawBikeTrails.pdf
- It is for the Kids! – TOSRV is a fundraising event for all the programs that Capital City Cyclists run, including the Kids on Bikes program where we teach over 3,000 elementary kids bicycle safety skills and drills and take over 200 disadvantage kids out mountain biking! Be sure to sign up today at http://www.cccyclists.org/tosrv/
Hammer Down Multisport is proud to present the 17th Annual Tour de Ranch ride through the rolling hills of beautiful Northwest Florida. This year we have four ride distances: the GranFondo Century, MedioFondo Metric Century, the 25 mile PiccoloFondo, and new for 2013 DirtyFondo Metric Century. Rest stops will be fully stocked with plenty of fresh fruit, snacks, PB & J, water and sports drink. SAG support for GranFondo, DirtyFondo and MedioFondo will be provided.
Ride hard and come back hungry! After a fun filled day of riding, participants will enjoy the areas best Pulled Pork BBQ sandwiches and other tasty goodness!!
This event will be timed by Warrior Racing. Compare your time with friends!
New for 2013: Special awards will be given for the Strava King & Queen of the Hill Segment, Overall King & Queen of the GranFondo, and Overall King & Queen of the Dirty Fondo
Event is on March 23rd. Start times are listed below:
GranFondo and DirtyFondo ride will start at 8am CST.
MedioFondo at 8:10am CST.
PiccoloFondo ride at 8:15am CST.
Please arrive by no later than 7:00am CST for timing chip pick-up. Walk-up registration will start at 6:30 am.
FRIDAY NIGHT PACKET PICKUP AND REGISTRATION:
March 22nd, 2013 From 4 PM to 7 PM CST at Freedom SportsAddress Vernon Elementary School – Start and Registration Location 3665 Roche Avenue Vernon, Florida
This Friday, March 8, Ride 2 Recovery, a national veterans organization that sponsors cycling events designed to aid combat-wounded veterans in overcoming the obstacles they face, will be making a brief FSU-campus visit. A group of approximately 200 wounded warriors will be completing their six-day Gulf Coast Challenge at the Unconquered Statue on Langford Green at 2:00 pm.
This will be the final leg of the Ride 2 Recovery “Gulf Coast Challenge”. The riders started out from New Orleans on March 2nd, and are making the final leg of the ride from Panama City to Tallahassee. They are riding in on Pensacola Street, and are supposed to be passing by the FSU campus between 1:30 and 2:30 pm, on their way to the State Capital.
Participants in the “Gulf Coast Challenge” raise funds and awareness for the Ride 2 Recovery mission: “To improve the health and wellness of injured veterans by providing rehabilitation through cycling”.
If your schedule allows, please stop by and congratulate these disabled veterans while photos are being taken at the statue from 2:00 to 2:30. All are invited.
Thank you for your support of all who have sacrificed in service to our country.
By: Joe Barnett
Special for the Chronicle
Sixty cyclists from all directions gathered on the steps of city hall for the 10th annual “Urban Gorilla” Super Bowl Bicycle Ride. Some came to discover new trails. Some came for exercise. Some came for camaraderie. Neil Dimacali said he “concocted” this great ride to show that our network of parks and trails could serve to get people bicycle commuting safely around “Trailahassee”.
The city was beautifully “car free” quite at 9AM. Then someone yelled “It’s time” and our bicycle caravan rolled down oak-tree lined Park Street. We turned left onto Belmont Street and right onto Glenway Drive to beautiful Fern Trail hidden at the end of the street. A thick forest quickly hid the now 70 cyclists as we “single tracked” along a steep banked stream of clear water that passed the last pristine section of Cross Creek, with its cave like stream bed and remnant old growth forest.
First time “Urban Gorilla” riders are always surprised how Fern Trail seems to “pop up” into the Tom Brown Park forest without crossing any streets! One rider said “I’ve lived in Tallahassee a long time but I discovered places I didn’t know existed”. Capital City Cyclist President, Zach Finn, a former mountain bike racer said our trails are as good as anywhere in the USA. Deborah Desilets from Miami was in town to promote her architect book “The Architecture of Joy”. Her comment for the day was “But WOW, What a ride!”
I luckily found myself riding with Chuck Goodheart, the city’s “trail planner”. He answered question after question, until he somehow disappeared and I was lost from the now 85 other cyclists! It turned out they were turning off the trail to “Brent’s house” for a patio party at the 20 mile rest point.
After waiting for the others to catch up we continued our journey through peaceful neighborhoods and bike lanes to the Miccosukee Greenway. A short “street” ride across Capital Circle took us to paved Goose Pond Trail that ended near Thomasville Road. At Market Square we supported “local businesses” for lunch. I learned many cyclists were also eating at Cody’s Original Road House.
After lunch I followed a couple riders behind Higher Ground bike shop to the “power lines” double tract trail leading to Phipps Park. This is a very “casual” bike ride. Cyclists were now scattered all over Tallahassee on trails such as “Magnolia” and “Cadillac” at Tom Brown Park, “Silk” and “Cambodia” at Lake Overstreet, and recently improved “Red Bud” at Forest Meadows.
I miraculously found my car poolers, Randy Baker and Vincent Garcia. They led me through the “Live Oak Plantation Loop” trail, bike lanes, more trails and neighborhoods back to City Hall. Some riders had rested on Fred Dietrich’s front yard but now many were celebrating at downtown Backwoods Bistro. They had proved it was possible to ride 50-60 miles through Tallahassee with almost no street riding!
Tallahassee is quickly becoming a big time bicycling destination. A few years ago a Canadian racing team scouted us out as a possible winter training area. Unfortunately a couple dangerous drivers scared them away. But times are changing. Our commissioners have worked hard to earn the League of American Cyclists “bronze award” for bicycle friendly efforts.
Tallahassee officially has “America’s Best” parks. Bike lanes now extend all over Tallahassee. North of Tallahassee are America’s last best Long Leaf pine forests. Southwest we have over 500,000 acres of Apalachicola national forest. The St Mark’s National Wildlife refuge is Southeast of town. Wakulla Springs is one of the world’s largest! The Nature Conservancy says we are one of America’s five “biologic hot spots”. We live in an outdoor paradise.
The Capital City Cyclists website has nearly 50 bicycle maps and dozens of free group rides listed. We have mountain bike, cyclocross and college racers, the holiday “paraders”, bike commuters, touring cyclists, polo playing cyclists, slow and fast cyclists. For only $15/year you get discounts at bicycle shops and events like the April 20-21 “Tour of Scenic Rural Vistas” and the fall “Spaghetti 100”. These rides support “Kids on Bikes” and other fun efforts to make Tallahassee healthier, happier, and safer!