Hop on: The 2016 National Bike Challenge has started!

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!

Across the USA by Bicycle

by Jim Mann


Cycling Tallahassee
Carl, Jim and Dennis at Yorktown


Having completed an east coast route from Key West to Bar Harbor, ME during 2011-12, Dennis Wirth and I began planning a tour across the country. Like our East Coast route, we decided to divide our trip into three sections. One of the advantages of trip division is being able to avoid most extreme weather.  On April 19, 2014 having hitched a ride with our buddy, Larry Kokesh, to Carbondale, IL, we headed east through hills and woodlands toward Yorktown, VA.  Soon we were being ferried across the Ohio River from Cave-in-Rock to eastern Kentucky.  While spending Sunday night at a church in Sebree, we were invited to join a Bible study group.  Guessing this would last maybe 30 minutes we accepted.  For the next two hours those folks ran chapter and verse circles around us.  

Waiting for lunch at the Old (1790) Talbott Tavern
Waiting for lunch at the Old (1790) Talbott Tavern

We made it through several dry counties before hitting a wet one in Bardstown. Over all, both cycling and weather were very nice as we rambled across this beautiful section of Kentucky. Twenty-five miles east of Berea, a speed bump left me sprawled over my bike in the middle of the road, followed by the screeching of brakes behind me.  The lady was able to stop a few feet short of hitting me.   I thanked her for her offered ride to a hospital but completely forgot to thank her for not running me over.  I was pretty banged up from the accident and with at least a week of mountains ahead, we decided to return home, having ridden 404 miles, and made plans to return come fall.

Cresting Lolo Pass
Cresting Lolo Pass

In early October Carl Vinson joined us as we returned to Kentucky. Starting in Berea we were headed into the Appalachian Mountains.  For most of the trip we had very nice fall weather and scenic views. Getting into the mountains the climbs became more difficult. Dennis decided to mail home ten pounds of his gear which really helped him on later climbs. Since Carl was taking two weeks off work, we decided to try to cover the whole distance to Yorktown in that time frame, so we never took a day off. Riding through coal mining country we ran into lots of coal trucks as well as pro-coal signs. Four days of riding got us to Breaks State Park at the Virginia state line. The following night we camped next to the railroad tracks which ran beside the Rosedale Fire Dept. and listened to passing trains throughout the night. Our route soon ran  parallel to I-81 as, we headed up the Shenandoah Valley.  Gertie’s country store in Vesuvius, VA supplied a great lunch and our names joined many other cyclists on the restaurant walls. Shortly after leaving Charlottesville the mountains surrendered to the piedmont which extended nearly to Yorktown.  It took us sixteen days to ride 739 miles. My wife, Jane Ann met us with the van as we ended our tour and were able to get Carl home by the end of his deadline.


We were finishing up breakfast on September 5, 2014 in Astoria WA, as we began Part 2 of our tour. Going out to our bikes we met a cyclist who months later spent the night at my house. The whole area of western Oregon were beautiful green forests and dark blue waters. We rode through Portland, which was very bike friendly, spending the night with Dennis’ kin. The next morning, Jeremy, a good friend of our hosts, rode the first 30 miles out of Portland with us, ending at an  over look, high above the Columbia River.  Later that day we rode beside  the river, soon arriving  in Rainier. Two days later we met Bruce, a retired attorney from Scotland whom was beginning a ride to the Mexican border. His Bike Friday featured an internal gear hub and belt drive in place of a chain. Bruce mentioned his cure for a squeaky belt drive; he just squirted a little water on the belt.  As we left the Cascade Mts. the color of the landscape turned from green to brown. Even after crossing the Columbia into the state of Washington, we could still see Mt. Hood over 100 miles to our rear. Heading further East we saw amber waves of grain, wheat fields which completely covered high rolling hills.  About ten miles east of Walla Walla, while stopping for a snack, a car pulled over and a lady got out to talk with us. Turns out Alison was a doctor, who along with her family had done a bike ride across the country. She invited us to spend the night with them. They were a delightful couple, her husband, Dan, made very good beer, which went well with a wonderful evening meal on the back porch. Two days later we arrived in Lewiston, Idaho where we took a couple days off. Lewiston was a nice city and on our second day there we rented a car to go up into the Palouse area N to NW of the city. The Palouse is a very fertile farming area with large rolling hills. If we had the time, we’d have spent a few days cycling the Palouse. Heading east on a hot afternoon we did a long, tough climb up to the town of Winchester. Towards the end of the next day we made a long descent into Kamish, which was thick with smoke from forest fires. The smoke was so heavy we got a local resident with a truck to drive us past the fire area to a National Forest campground.   We tried to pay him for his help but he refused.  The campground was closed but we found a place to camp and had enough water to fix breakfast the next morning and ride another 40 miles to a resort camp where we camped while eating our meals at the lodge. The following day we climbed Lolo Pass, crossing over into Montana spending the night in Lolo.  The next morning was a short ride into Missoula. We ended this trip with 663 miles of riding.  Dennis had caught pneumonia prior to starting our trip, delaying  us a week. This delay resulted in us not having enough time to cycle on to Billings for our flight home.  So, we stayed a few days enjoying Missoula, which is a great place for cycling and huckleberry ice cream. While visiting the Adventure Cycling office there we met Joff Summerfield and his self-made penny-farthing bike, who was on his second trip round the world. After shipping our bikes home we spent our last evening in Missoula at the Iron Horse restaurant. We told our waiter, who had served us the night before, we’d be driving to Billings in the morning to catch a flight back to Tallahassee. He responded by saying it was also his last night since he was leaving in the morning.  I asked him where he was off to and he answered “Paris.”  

Our Warm Springs lodging

Early August 2015 found us busy making final preparations for the third and last section, Missoula, MT to Carbondale, Il. We used bikeflights.com to ship our bikes and gear out to Missoula which reduced the shipping cost by nearly 50%.  On August 16 we left for Carbondale, Il, where we left my van with a Warm Showers host. Renting a car, we drove to Chicago in time to catch our flight on Frontier to Denver. However, due to weather the Frontier flight left two hours late and we missed our transfer to Missoula.  We had to cool heels at a motel near Denver for two days. On our arrival in Missoula our friend, Linc Clay, met us at the airport and put us up for two nights. The next day we picked up our bikes, gear and got ready to leave the morning of August 22. For the prior two sections we’d primarily followed Adventure Cycling routes using their maps. On this trip we were plotting our own route using state road maps and a GPS. On the second day out, we left from Lincoln on a dirt and gravel forest road which took us up and over Stemple Pass, 6367 feet.  Half the distance to Helena that day was unpaved. On our way to Townsend the following day we crossed over the Missouri very close to its source.  Hwy 12 through a National Forest was a very scenic route except for the construction going on. At one point we were transported by truck for two miles, being informed there was no place to get off the road for truck traffic. Afterward we wished we had ridden this section since it was not nearly as bad as they said it would be.

Grocery owner assists Dennis
Grocery owner assists Dennis

That evening we soaked in the hot springs connected to our motel in White Sulfur Springs. While eating supper that evening we met a group of horse women. It turned out one worked at Mass General in Boston and knew both my first cousin and Dennis’ daughter, both of whom were also employed there; small world.  Two days later we arrived in Ryegate where David and Patti, our Warm Shower (a home hospitality organization for touring cyclists) hosts fed us and let us do our laundry. We slept in their full size tepee that night. The Billings Quality Inn provided impeccable service the following day with the manager coming to pick us up at the edge of town so we didn’t have to try find our way through Billings to the motel. After a rest day we headed south towards Wyoming. Just before hitting the state line a truck passed us and pulled over to the side of the road. An old man got out and presented us with boxed lunches. He’d seen us pass his home earlier and figured we must be hungry. No one had ever done that for us and we thanked him profusely for his kindness.  On our way down to Sheridan and Buffalo on I-25 we skirted the Bighorn Mts. but still had several climbs and descents. The ride over to Gillette was long and hard with rolling hills and strong side winds.  That evening we had a great Bison sirloin steak but the restaurant had the AC set well below our comfort zone. We headed south for over one hundred miles through an area where you could see for miles. Only two small towns of Wright and Bill provided food and shelter. At last we arrived in Douglas at the North Platte River which we followed southeast. In Glendo we ran into a cycle touring couple. They offered Dennis a used tire which was much better than his worn rear tire. We all rode together for a couple hours before parting ways. Soon afterward Dennis’ worn out tire went flat and it was good he had a replacement. On September 8th we reached Scotts Bluff, Nebraska, a state we had been told was flat. The next day riding 50 miles south to Kimball, we did many climbs in that flat state.  Turning east on Hwy 30, the old Lincoln Hwy, we arrived in North Platte a few days later. There we loaded up on spare tubes since goat heads (like large sandspurs) and shards from radial tires had flattened several   tubes. A dog breeder friend of Dennis’ joined us for supper that night. Headed towards Lexington we got on I-80 with plans to get off at an exit 12 miles to the east. We’d gone about six miles when a highway patrolman busted us for riding on I-80. In many western states it’s legal to ride interstate highways but not so in the Midwest. The officer was going to take us back to North Platte but on the way to the next exit we talked with him and he decide to let us off at the location where we had planned to get off. Our Warm Showers host, Bryan showed us around Lexington and took us to a real Mexican restaurant. Two days later we rode into Grand Island and our last Warm Shower hosts. Steve and Sherry were not home from work but they left us some snacks and bottles of cold Gator Ade. Over supper that evening we talked about touring, they had done shorter trips since they were still employed. We made York the next day and had lunch at Chances Are, a restaurant with a good reputation beyond state borders. We had planned to leave in the morning but hard rain was forecast so we stayed another day and watched the rain and hail storm from our motel window. Over the next two days we covered over 150 miles ending in Falls City. On September 21st, after nearly 600 miles we left NE, did about 20 miles in Kansas and ended up in St. Joseph Missouri. That day we met a second cycling touring couple on their way home to North Platte. This couple shortly before didn’t have bikes and were just talking about touring. Then one day the wife came home with a bike rack which started the ball rolling. With Missouri, came woods and hills and only short level sections. Four days later, not aware of the bike path on the far side of the bridge, we crossed the Missouri river on a six lane bridge in a lot more traffic than we desired.  Surviving the bridge crossing we entered Jefferson City and found very steep climbs between us and our motel. The traveling Viet Nam monument panels were on the state Capital grounds and I found the names of two West Point grads I’d known in high school. We left a very pretty downtown area and this time took the bike bridge across the river and rode down a square round about which slowly took us down to ground level where a path led out to the Katy trail. Arriving in Herman, with both our bikes and us very dusty, we cleaned our bikes and bags outside the B&B before entering. Moving on, we left the Katy and returned to the hills of Missouri.  As we crossed the Mississippi River into Chester Il, we knew the next day would end our tour. Most of Illinois is flat but not the very southern part. Going south on Hwy 159 for twenty miles we met a constant line of coal trucks both fore and aft.  Just past the coal truck armada area, a young Englishman, just out of the service, pulled up on his touring bike. We followed his route to Murphysboro where the Brit continued on and we started searching for lunch. A little old lady on Main St. told us of a good restaurant and it was indeed. The last ten miles to Carbondale were flat and we had a bit of tail wind, which was a great way to end the tour, having covered 1,934 miles. We got the van out of the garage and drove over to see Jack, our Warm Showers host. After a shower and a lot of conversation about the trip, we took Jack out to a very good vegetarian restaurant for supper after which we began the drive home.  On the way home we experienced more rain than we had during our whole tour. The tour was a good one but it was great to get home; there is no place like it.

Headed towards the Katy Trail
Headed towards the Katy Trail



Cycling couple on a 1 year tour
Cycling couple on a 1 year tour



Cave-in-Rock beside Ohio River
Cave-in-Rock beside Ohio River


Passing through western Virginia
Passing through western Virginia


Bike path above the Columbia River
Bike path above the Columbia River


A great way to get back to ground level
A great way to get back to ground level


Amber waves of grain
Amber waves of grain

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 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

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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:  http://www.naitalcor.com/

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: https://register.cyclingsavvy.org/findaclass

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 amann@infinonline.net 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 amann@infinonline.net 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:  michael.yaun@gmail.com or CCC President Zach Finn at: zach@cccyclists.org 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. 


Have an event you want to include on our calendar?  
Email paul@cccyclists.org with the details and we’ll get it in our next newsletter.  
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Bike Week – May 3 – 10, 2014

Bike Week Events

May 3rd – 10th 2014




May 3 -10 2014 has been designated as Tallahassee-Leon County Bike Week – an opportunity to celebrate bicycling and the numerous reasons to ride. Whether you bike to work or school to save money or time, to preserve your health or the environment; to explore your community or get to your destination, Bike Week is a perfect time to experience how cycling benefits you and your community.

There are lots of great events and rides planned:

Planned Events During Bike Week::

  • Helmet Giveaway
  • Cycle Savvy Courses
  • Bike to School and Bike to Work Days
  • Tallahassee Bike Festival at Cascades Park

For complete details visit Commuter Service of North Florida’s Website: http://www.commuterservices.org/commuters/tallahassee-bike-week2014/


CCC Rides During Bike Week

The Capital City Cyclists are sponsoring several beginner rides during the week and we hope you’ll take advantage of them.  We are hosting both paved and off road rides that are great for people who want to try out a group ride for the first time or more experienced cyclists who want to bring a friend.


Sunday May 4   Bring a Friend Group ride.

Location: Carriage gate shopping center (Trader Joe’s).

Meet at 7:45 am. Ride starts at 8 am.

A group ride for beginners who would like to be introduced to group rides. The pace will be relaxed typically between 12-15 mph, and the length will be determined at the start depending on the participants. Helmets are required.

Contact: Jim Mann(jim@cccylists.org)


Tuesday May 6       Bike Commuter Train (Mass Ride)

 Location: Kerry Forest Parkway to Kleeman plaza, or hop on anywhere on the route.

 Start time 7:00 am, estimated arrival 8:15 am

 Return:  5:45 pm at Kleeman Plaza to Kerry Forest Parkway.

This is a ride led by experienced bike commuters from the Four Oaks Center at the intersection of Kerry Forest Parkway and Shannon Lakes Dr, to downtown (Kleeman Plaza, City Hall and FSU campus). Helmet are required.  People can hop on or off  anywhere they like.

The route will be Shannon Lakes, Shamrock, Killearney Way, Limerick, Delaney, Killearn Center Boulevard, Capital Circle, Lonnblahd Rd, Hermitage Blvd, Goose Pond Trail, Noble Dr., Armistead, Trescott, Mitchell, Miccosukee, Hillcrest, Terrace , Franklin, Call St and Adams St. About 11 miles total.

Contact: Hans van Tol  (hans@cccyclists.org)

Thursday May 8      HG Beginners Mountain Bike Ride

Location: Higher Ground Bicycle Company, 1410 Market street in the Pavilions shopping center.

Time: 5 pm. Duration 1-1.5 hr

Ride from the shop. Beginner ride focused on getting to know the trails, basic technique, and bikes.

Contact: Roger Hawkes (roger@hgbikes.net)

Friday May 9    Friday Night Social Ride.

        Location: St Marks Trail trailhead, Woodville Highway.

Start at 6 pm.   A Ride down the St Marks trail. All riders, all ability levels welcome. St. Marks Bike Trail, starting at the trail head. Ride as far as you wish at your own speed. Plan to be back at the trail head parking lot before dark. Dinner will follow at a place to be determined by the group.

Contact: Dick Rogers (rlr0846@gmail.com)

Saturday May 10.  Neighborhood rides from the Bike festival.

Start at 11 a.m. and at 1 p.m. from Cascade Park. Short neighborhood and downtown rides for beginners. Helmet required.

Contact: Hans van Tol (hans@cccyclists.org)


Help us spread the word about these events and encourage your friends to join!


CCC local host for 2014 National Bike Challenge: Sign Up !

The 2014 National Bike Challenge is about to kick off on May 1st. This fun program is organized by the League of American bicyclists 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.

The simple fact of getting more bikes on the road increases rider safety, and cities like Portland and Davis with many cyclists have very few cyclist fatalities. 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. In last year’s challenge the Gainesville Cycling Club won the award for the best team, nationally. We should give them some competition this year! Just go to www.nationalbikechallenge.org and sign up. When you do, you can search for and join the Capital City Cyclist team. You can of course also join other teams that will be set up by participants in the coming weeks, 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, or moves. 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. The web interface is brand new, and the League had to rush to get it set up in time. You’re bound to have some questions, but you can post these easily in the comment section on the website and get these answered.

While the challenge itself starts May 1st , you can sign up already during the “warmup” period and get used to it. May 1st all counters will be set to zero.

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!


League Bike Challenge Logo
National Bike Challenge Logo 2014

TMBA Trail Building with Jesse and Lori

TMBA Trail bldg

TMBA Trail Care Crew Visit


The Tallahassee Mountain Bike Association (TMBA) just wrapped up a very busy 4 day visit from the International Mountain Bike Association’s current Trail Care Crew – Jesse and Lori. You can find more general info about the Trail Care Crew in general here: https://www.imba.com/tcc

The Tallahassee visit’s main event was a free, one-day Trail Building School, during which Jesse and Lori taught sustainable trail building.  TMBA scheduled the Trail Building School for Saturday, March 1st. The event consisted of morning classroom training held in the city’s Meyers Park Community room, free lunch donated by Dave’s Pizza Garage, and an afternoon of on the ground training in Tom Brown Park. We had great turnout with a mix of TMBA members, locals, a handful of people from out of town, and staff from local and state land managers. Organizing this couldn’t have happened without all the hard work from the Tallahassee Parks and Recreation staff Chuck Goodheart and Craig Brickser.

The Tallahassee Trail Building School project reestablished a portion of the Magnolia trail in Tom Brown Park that was removed during the construction of joint city/county public safety complex and the Red Cross center on Weems Road.

The participants of the Trail Building School bench cut a beautiful piece of singletrack between the new buildings and the adjacent retention pond. This trail will be connected with the existing Magnolia Trail in a follow-up TMBA workday on Saturday, March 15th.

In addition to the Trail Building School, TMBA scheduled an afternoon Land Manager Training session where Jesse and Lori talked with our local trail land mangers about the practice of designing, building and maintaining sustainable trails.

TMBA also managed to squeeze in participation in the Thursday evening event – Speed Date Local Leaders. Mike Yaun and Matt Wilson from the TMBA board; a few TMBA members -Sarah Wilson, Neil Dimacali, Joseph Petty, and Craig Brickser; and Jesse from the Trail Care Crew talked with County and City Commissioners, Leon County Administrator Vince Long, TPD Chief Michael DeLeo, and Tallahassee Director of Parks and Recreation Dee Crumpler.   The event was a great opportunity to discuss with local leaders the importance of biking for the Tallahassee area.

Finally TMBA held several great social events related to the visit. Friday night included a social ride and meal with several kegs of beer brewed by TMBA Event Coordinator and brewmaster Joseph Petty; the Friday night meal was hosted by Higher Ground Bicycle Company. Saturday night was a post Trail Building School celebration at Juicy Blue Tapas Bar & Bistro in the Four Points by Sheraton, which had been gracious enough to donate a free room for Jesse and Lori’s stay in Tallahassee.

Last, but not least, Matt Wilson lead a Sunday morning social ride that starting at Tom Brown Park that included trying out the new section of Magnolia Trail and was a great send off for Jesse and Lori.


written by Mike Yuan

Speed Dating Your Local Leaders



Recently The Village Square hosted an event called “Speed Date Your Local Leaders” that was attended by several CCC members.  Here is a summary of their experience, written by Joe Barnett:

Village Square’s “Speed Dating”  
by Joe Barnett

Several Capital City Cyclists members attended the event including Neil Dimacali,  Mike Yaun, Joe Barnett and probably others.

The list of local officials was impressive.  City Commissioners Scott Maddox, Nancy Miller, Gil Ziffer were there along with County Commissioners Kristin Dozier, Mary Ann Lindley, and Nick Maddox.  Also in attendance were the County Administrator Vince Long and Supervisor of Elections Ian Sancho.  There were also representative from Leon County Schools like Jackie Pons and Forrest Van Camp.

About 30 tables were set up at St John’s Church.  Local leaders had about 7 minutes to sit at each table and discuss any issues table members brought up.  And we got to eat free pizza!

At my table I asked the new chief of police, Michael DeLeo,  about safety.  He said our narrow roads are dangerous. I wasn’t sure if he  was talking about canopy roads or wanting to widen other roads. So I mentioned that in Killearn Lakes our roads were narrowed and now the cars have slowed from about 43MPH to about 33 MPH making it safer. We also have bike lanes.

I asked about every commissioner if the 200-300 million of the sales tax dollars would go to more 6 lane roads or not. They told me how there will be a LOT of sidewalks and completion of the bike network.

I mentioned I am worried that if we keep making 6 lane or bigger roads it will be dangerous and ugly sprawl like Atlanta, Orlando, L.A…..    I told them how Greenville, Duluth Minnesota, Sarasota, Thomasville,  have very busy downtowns and ALL have two lanes with street parking.  Most liked that idea, and are supportive of Bike -Ped issues, but all felt we need a Capital City “outerbelt”…. just like other sprawl cities…

The event was a great opportunity see speak one on one with our local officials. Tallahassee is a relatively small community and even a small group like the CCC can have a big impact if we can regularly have a presence at these types of events.


What is The Village Square?

“The Village Square is a non-partisan public educational forum on matters of local, state and national importance. We are dedicated to maintaining factual accuracy in civic and political debate by growing civil dialog on divisive issues, and recalling the history and principles at the foundation of our democracy.” 

Here’s a talk at TEDxFSU by Liz Joyner, Executive Director of To The Village Square: