July 01 - Tour of Tampa - Seminole Heights to McKay Bay
We'll take a leisurely ride along shady streets and city bike paths, starting off by following the Hillsborough River as it winds through Seminole Heights and Tampa's oldest shipyard. Then it's on to Ybor City, Palmetto Beach and the McKay Bay bike trail. From there we'll head back to downtown Tampa, via Channelside, Harbor Island and the pedestrian mall. We'll return to our start riding through Tampa Heights and the new Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. There are restrooms midway and at the end of the ride. The Shell station, two blocks north on Florida Avenue, is available at the start of the ride for those needing "necessary" facilities before we begin.
July 08 - Upper Tampa Bay Trail to Upper Tampa Bay Park
July 15 - Tierra Verde/Ft. Desoto Nature Ride
The beaches of Ft. Desoto Park are rated among our Nation's Top Ten. Come and see why as we ride the park's scenic roads and bike trails. We'll visit both the South and the North beaches as well as the historic fort and pier. The park's trail takes us along large areas of restored native plants and beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Once back at our cars we'll walk to breakfast at a local eatery.
July 22 - Hyde Park to Port Tampa and Picnic Island
This ride will explore some of Tampa's oldest neighborhoods such as Old Hyde Park, New Suburb Beautiful, Golfview, Palma Ceia and the "real" South Tampa, including a stop at the Spanish American War Park. The halfway point is bustling Port Tampa and then the quiet serenity of Picnic Island Park, where, on a clear day you can spot Weedon Island, the St. Petersburg skyline and, often, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The ride then winds back through South Tampa, Bayshore Blvd and Hyde Park as we return to our starting location. Restrooms at the start, midway and end of the ride. Breakfast at Zudar's (known for their "famous" desserts) at the end of the ride.
The ride begins in St. Pete this time, starting from the parking lot just south of the Northshore Pool and behind the baseball field. We'll work our way north through St. Pete's laid-back neighborhoods and then up to Weedon Island County Preserve. Then we'll turnaround and return to downtown St. Pete where we'll enjoy breakfast. There are restrooms at the start and mid-way on the ride.
We'll tour waterfront homes, the airport, dog park and seaplane basin as we ride a circuitous route around and then up the middle of Davis Islands. We'll end up at a coffee shop where we can enjoy food and conversation. This is a good ride for new riders because the pace is relaxed, the roads are quiet and traffic is minimal. For those who want to add 10 miles to the ride, there will be a group riding down from Seminole Heights to the start. Call or text Les (813) 598-4944 if you want to join them.
August 12 - South St. Petersburg Parks Tour
August 19 - Trout Creek to Flatwoods Park
From Trout Creek Park we'll ride north on Morris Bridge Road, cross the Hillsborough River and then enter Flatwoods Park. We'll ride the 7-mile Flatwoods paved loop, an extra side loop over a boardwalk and then the 2-mile extension out to Bruce B. Downs. After a brief rest stop we'll retrace our route back to Trout Creek. Look for deer, turkey and other wildlife in the woods. There are long stretches of open pavement for those who like to speed away from the group. We'll breakfast at a local eatery after the ride. There are restrooms and water at the start and halfway into the ride.
August 26 - Safety Harbor to the Clearwater Ream Wilson/East-West Trail
We'll begin near the entrance to Philippe Park and ride along the waters of Upper Tampa Bay, the Safety Harbor Spa and downtown Safety Harbor until we connect with the Clearwater Ream Wilson/East-West Trail. On the Trail we'll enjoy the twists, turns and short "hills" of this scenic bike trail as it winds through several of the area's prettiest parks, across a boardwalk into a wildlife sanctuary, down the middle of a Frisbee golf course and a jaunt past the Phillies Spring Training facility. More mileage is available with an optional out and back down the Duke/Progress Energy spur trail. Following the ride we'll drive to breakfast at a local Safety Harbor restaurant.
October 7 - Annual Withlacoochee State Trail - Rails to Trails Ride
***NOTE Change in Start Time for this ride only***
This is an annual event that we support on the scenic, 46-mile Withlacoochee Trail. It's $40 to ride, but all proceeds go to the Rails to Trails fund. You can register online by October 03 to be entered for a door prize, or register as a walk-up on the day of the ride. The event features 5 sag stops, breakfast, lunch, SAG stops, prize drawings and medals for the century riders. More info and registration information at
Call the ride leader if you plan to ride with us so we can coordinate meeting up and starting together. Right now the plan is to ride together as a group for about 30 miles, but you are free to determine your own distance.