2016 Ride Schedule

January 3 - Tour of Tampa via Palmetto Beach - Cancelled
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM,  (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: The Independent Beer Pub and Cafe, 5016 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, 33603 - two blocks south of Hillsborough Ave. (Park on the North side of the Pub (Florida and Wilder behind Family Dollar) or in the lot behind the Pub)
  • Distance: 19 miles 
  • Speed: 10-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119
We'll take a leisurely ride along shady streets and city bike paths, including sections of Tampa's Riverwalk and Greenways connector trails, as we tour Seminole Heights, Ybor City, Channelside, Harbor Island, the Convention Center, Cotanchobee Park, the Amalie Arena and downtown Tampa sights. On arriving in Ybor City we'll take a loop south to explore Palmetto Beach and the McKay Bay bike trail, then turn towards downtown Tampa. We'll return through Tampa Heights and Robles Park. Restrooms midway and at the end of the ride. The Shell station, two blocks north on Florida Avenue, will be open at the start of the ride for those needing "necessary" facilities before we begin.

January 10 - Tierra Verde/Ft. Desoto Nature Ride

  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Downtown Tierra Verde Center, 1120 Pinellas Bayway, St.Petersburg, Florida 33715
  • Directions from I-275 going South: Take exit 17 toward the Pinellas Bayway for 1.1 miles; merge onto 54th Ave. South/Pinellas Bayway/SR 682 - bring 75 cents for toll and go 1.9 miles; turn left at Pinellas Bayway South/SR 679 and follow for 2.7 miles. The Center will be on your right.
  • Distance: 20 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Earl (727) 415-8993
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 (makes a great photo backdrop to send to all your friends up North who are probably shoveling snow!). Once back at our cars we'll walk to breakfast at a local eatery.

January 17 *** New Ride *** Withlacoochee State Trail, Ridge Manor to Floral City and back - Cancelled
  • Meeting Time: 8:30 AM, leave promptly at 8:45 AM
  • Meeting Location: Ridge Manor Trailhead, Withlacoochee State Trail, Brooksville, FL 34602. Directions: From Interstate 75 heading north, take Exit 61 (new exit 301) to US 98/50. Head east on US 98/50, approximately one mile to Croom Rital Road. Take a left and proceed to the trailhead on the right (note, if you pass under the trail bridge on US 98/50 you've missed the turn at Croom Rital Road).
  • Distance: 30 miles
  • Speed: 12 - 14 mph
  • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047
Starting from the Ridge Manor trailhead we'll ride the trail north for about 15 miles and then return to our start. We'll eat breakfast in Floral City midway through the ride. This trail is basically flat and straight for those of you who like to power ahead. For those who prefer to chat and enjoy the scenery, the trail winds through a typical and beautiful central Florida hardwood forest.

January 24 - Pinellas Trail South
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM, (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location:  Parking lot behind Dunedin Historical Museum/Old Train Depot, 349 Main Street, Dunedin 34698 - the lot is just beyond Douglas and Main Streets and the intersection with the Pinellas Trail
  • Distance: 
  • ~30 miles 
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Will and Sandra (859-948-4684)
Starting at the Dunedin Trailhead we'll ride south on the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail for about 15 miles, then turn around and return. We'll ride through the industrial outskirts of Clearwater and then hit the quiet and shady residential areas of Bellaire, Largo and Seminole. Just before our turnaround point at Tyrone Square in north St. Pete we'll cycle the Cross Bayou bridge over peaceful Boca Ciega Bay, one of the last sections of the trail to be completed. This is a unique and popular urban trail. There are many road crossings, some with bridges over the most heavily travelled highways. The entire ride will be on the trail. If you don't want to do the full distance, feel free to start with us and then turn around whenever you wish. You can ride back on your own, or wait and we'll pick you up on our return ride back. After the ride we'll walk to breakfast at a local Dunedin restaurant.

January 31 - Davis Islands Ride
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: HCC Tennis Courts Parking Lot, 59 Columbia Drive, Tampa 33606 (next to Tampa General Hospital)
  • Distance: 14-18 miles
  • Speed: 10-12 mph
  • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944

We'll tour waterfront homes, the airport, dog park and seaplane basin as we ride a circuitous route around and up the middle of Davis Islands. We'll end up at a coffee shop on the Islands where we can enjoy food and conversation. This is a good ride for the novice rider 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 starting location. Call Les (813) 598-4944 if you want to join up with them.
Note: Restrooms along the route, but NONE at the start.

February 7 - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg - Cancelled
  • Distance 26 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center parking lot, 1800 Weedon Dr. NE, St. Petersburg 33702 (Gandy Blvd west, turn at San Martin and follow the signs)
  • Ride Leader: Don (813) 964-9193
The ride begins at the Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center at the end of Pinellas County's Weedon Island Park. We'll wend our way to downtown St. Petersburg via roads that feature the mansions of Snell Isle, Old Northeast and Coffee Pot Bayou. After cycling along the waterfront via the North Bay Trail we'll circle the Dali Museum and the Mahaffey Theater complex as we ride into downtown St. Pete and our breakfast stop, midway through the ride. After breakfast we'll ride by the Pier and then return to Weedon Island. Restrooms and water are available at the kayak launch near the starting location if the museum is closed.

February 14 - *** Two Rides to choose from - one long and one short

Long Ride: Pinellas Trail to Tarpon Springs and Fred Howard Beach
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Parking lot behind Dunedin Historical Museum/Old Train Depot, 349 Main Street, Dunedin 34698 - the lot is just beyond Douglas and Main Streets and the intersection with the Pinellas Trail
  • Distance: 29 miles 
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Wayne Green (801) 520-0350
From the Old Train Depot in Dunedin we will ride north on the Pinellas Trail through Ozona, Palm Harbor and Crystal Beach to Tarpon Springs and then out to beautiful Fred Howard Park and Beach. The Pinellas Trail is considered by many to be Florida's premier trail, and this section its prettiest. The route is scenic and shady, with one biking bridge over Alternate 19 to add a small challenge. We leave the trail in Tarpon Springs to ride past the sponge docks and Spring Bayou (where the traditional Epiphany cross is thrown). Then it's out over the causeway to the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico at Fred Howard Beach. We'll return to Dunedin via the trail and walk to breakfast at a bike-friendly café after the ride. Restrooms at the train depot and at the beach.

Short Ride: Little Sights of Seminole Heights/Sunday Morning Market
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Memorial Middle School, 4702 N. Central Avenue, Tampa 33603 (corner of Central and Osborne - park on the OSBORNE side of the school, across from the Hillsborough High School track). Note: restrooms will be open at the Hillsborough High School gym at the far end of the track
  • Distance: 13 miles
  • Speed: 10 -12 mph
  • Ride Leader: Margaret (813) 254-8882
Come join us as we make a circuit around and through different sections of Seminole Heights, one of Tampa's largest neighborhoods. Discover historic houses, lovely yards and pocket parks sprinkled along the Hillsborough River, as we avoid busy streets by taking less traveled connector roads. We'll return in time to enjoy the food, fun and other offerings at the Sunday Morning Market, located on the front lawn of Hillsborough High School, across the street from our starting spot. Secure, complimentary bicycle parking is provided at the Market by volunteers from the Seminole Heights Bicycle Club. This is a great ride for novice riders or for those wanting to tour a lovely, old neighborhood at a slow and leisurely pace.

February 21 - The Hills of Temple Terrace
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: The Independent Beer Pub and Cafe, 5016 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, 33603 - two blocks south of Hillsborough (Park on the North side of the Pub (Florida and Wilder behind Family Dollar) or in the lot behind the Pub)
  • Distance: 34 miles
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119
Come and enjoy this shady, but surprisingly rolling, route as we follow the meandering course of the Hillsborough River from Seminole Heights to Temple Terrace and back. Discover the quiet, hidden neighborhoods that line the river, while challenging yourself to some short, invigorating climbs. There are lots of twists and turns on this ride before we open up to some longer rolling stretches in Temple Terrace. We'll enjoy breakfast after the ride at the Independent Café.

February 28 - The Suburbs of Wesley Chapel
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Publix parking lot at The Shoppes of New Tampa, 1920 County Road 581, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 (corner of Highway 56 and Bruce B. Downs) 
  • Distance: ~25 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leaders: Will and Sandra (859-948-4684) 
We'll start from the NW end of the Publix parking lot at The Shoppes of New Tampa and tour an area of southern Pasco and northern Hillsborough counties near County Line Road. The route is flat and contains wide roads with good bike lanes and/or a parallel bike trail. If you haven't kept up with the pace of development on these former ranch lands you'll be amazed by the changes. We'll pass open pastures and new subdivisions and maybe see hot air balloons, egrets, sand hill cranes or possibly an alligator or black snake out for the morning sun. Restrooms and water at the start and midway through the ride and breakfast at the end. If you enjoy long straight pavements on which to stretch your riding legs, then this is the ride for you.

March 6 *** New Ride *** Withlacoochee State Trail, Ridge Manor to Floral City and back *** Note special time for this ride ***
  • Meeting Time: 8:30 AM, leave promptly at 8:45 AM
  • Meeting Location: Ridge Manor Trailhead, Withlacoochee State Trail, Brooksville, FL 34602. Directions: From Interstate 75 heading north, take Exit 61 (new exit 301) to US 98/50. Head east on US 98/50, approximately one mile to Croom Rital Road. Take a left and proceed to the trailhead on the right (note, if you pass under the trail bridge on US 98/50 you've missed the turn at Croom Rital Road).
  • Distance: 30 miles
  • Speed: 12 - 14 mph
  • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047
Starting from the Ridge Manor trailhead we'll ride the trail north for about 15 miles and then return to our start. We'll eat breakfast in Floral City midway through the ride. This trail is basically flat and straight for those of you who like to power ahead. For those who prefer to chat and enjoy the scenery, the trail winds through a typical and beautiful central Florida hardwood forest.

March 13 - Oldsmar Discovery (Note Daylight Savings Time Beings)


  • Meeting Time: 8:00AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Shelter #5, Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Parkway, Safety Harbor, FL 34695 (first parking lot/pavilion to the right of the park entrance)
  • Distance: 25 miles
  • Speed: Minimum 12, Maximum 16
  • Ride Leader: Earl (727) 415-8993
Beginning with an uphill, "warm-up" loop through Philippe Park we will ride around the northern-most shores of Tampa Bay to discover the hidden parks and trails of Oldsmar. Expect one bridge to climb, along with some spectacular waterfront views of Upper Tampa Bay. Oldsmar was named for R.E. Olds, an early automotive pioneer and founder of the REO Motor Car Company, and R.E. Olds Park on the shores of upper Tampa Bay is one of the first areas we'll pass through. Our journey next takes us to Mobbly Beach Park, then to Mobbly Bayou along the Oldsmar Trail, continuing with a loop through Hillsborough County's Upper Tampa Bay Park before we work our way back to our cars. Restrooms at the start and at Upper Tampa Bay Park, our midway point. We'll drive to breakfast after the ride.

March 20 - North Tampa Ride to Odessa 

  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: West Village Commons Parking lot (5356-5368 Ehrlich Road, Tampa 33624) - park on the east side of the parking lot, next to W. Village Road 
  • Distance: 20-25 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Will and Sandra (859-948-4684)
We will ride from lovely Carrollwood Village neighborhoods and north Tampa subdivisions to the rural lanes and lakes of Odessa, and then return back along the same route. If you're lucky you might even get to meet Gus, the llama! Enjoy breakfast at a nearby restaurant following the ride.

March 27 - Davis Islands Ride 

  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: HCC Tennis Courts Parking Lot, 59 Columbia Drive, Tampa 33606 (next to Tampa General Hospital)
  • Distance: 14-18 miles
  • Speed: 10-12 mph
  • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944
We'll tour waterfront homes, the airport, dog park and seaplane basin as we ride a circuitous route around and up the middle of Davis Islands. We'll end up at a coffee shop on the Islands where we can enjoy food and conversation. This is a good ride for the novice rider 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 starting location. Call Les (813) 598-4944 if you want to join up with them.
Note: Restrooms along the route, but NONE at the start.

April 3 - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg

  • Distance 26 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center parking lot, 1800 Weedon Dr. NE, St. Petersburg 33702 (Gandy Blvd west, turn at San Martin and follow the signs)
  • Ride Leader: Don (813) 964-9193
The ride begins at the Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center at the end of Pinellas County's Weedon Island Park. We'll wend our way to downtown St. Petersburg via roads that feature the mansions of Snell Isle, Old Northeast and Coffee Pot Bayou. After cycling along the waterfront via the North Bay Trail we'll circle the Dali Museum and the Mahaffey Theater complex as we ride into downtown St. Pete and our breakfast stop, midway through the ride. After breakfast we'll ride by the Pier and then return to Weedon Island. Restrooms and water are available at the kayak launch near the starting location if the museum is closed.

April 10 - *** Two Rides to choose from - one long and one short

Long Ride: Safety Harbor to the Clearwater Ream Wilson East/West Trail
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Shelter #5, Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Park, Safety Harbor 33625
  • Distance: 24 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944
We begin near the entrance to Philippe Park and ride next to 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 bicycle pathway 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. Following the ride we'll have breakfast in downtown Safety Harbor.

Short Ride: Little Sights of Seminole Heights/Sunday Morning Market
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Memorial Middle School, 4702 N. Central Avenue, Tampa 33603 (corner of Central and Osborne - park on the OSBORNE side of the school, across from the Hillsborough High School track). Note: restrooms will be open at the Hillsborough High School gym at the far end of the track
  • Distance: 13 miles
  • Speed: 10 -12 mph
  • Ride Leader: Margaret (813) 254-8882
Come join us as we make a circuit around and through different sections of Seminole Heights, one of Tampa's largest neighborhoods. Discover historic houses, lovely yards and pocket parks sprinkled along the Hillsborough River, as we avoid busy streets by taking less traveled connector roads. We'll return in time to enjoy the food, fun and other offerings at the Sunday Morning Market, located on the front lawn of Hillsborough High School, across the street from our starting spot. Secure, complimentary bicycle parking is provided at the Market by volunteers from the Seminole Heights Bicycle Club. This is a great ride for novice riders or for those wanting to tour a lovely, old neighborhood at a slow and leisurely pace.

April 17 - Tour of Tampa via Palmetto Beach

  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM,  (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: The Independent Beer Pub and Cafe, 5016 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, 33603 - two blocks south of Hillsborough Ave. (Park on the North side of the Pub (Florida and Wilder behind Family Dollar) or in the lot behind the Pub)
  • Distance: 19 miles 
  • Speed: 10-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119
We'll take a leisurely ride along shady streets and city bike paths, including sections of Tampa's Riverwalk and Greenways connector trails, as we tour Seminole Heights, Ybor City, Channelside, Harbor Island, the Convention Center, Cotanchobee Park, the Amalie Arena and downtown Tampa sights. On arriving in Ybor City we'll take a loop south to explore Palmetto Beach and the McKay Bay bike trail, then turn towards downtown Tampa. We'll return through Tampa Heights and Robles Park. Restrooms midway and at the end of the ride. The Shell station, two blocks north on Florida Avenue, will be open at the start of the ride for those needing "necessary" facilities before we begin.

April 24 - Pinellas Trail to Tarpon Springs and Fred Howard Beach
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Parking lot behind Dunedin Historical Museum/Old Train Depot, 349 Main Street, Dunedin 34698 - the lot is just beyond Douglas and Main Streets and the intersection with the Pinellas Trail
  • Distance: 29 miles 
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Wayne Green (801) 520-0350
From the Old Train Depot in Dunedin we will ride north on the Pinellas Trail through Ozona, Palm Harbor and Crystal Beach to Tarpon Springs and then out to beautiful Fred Howard Park and Beach. The Pinellas Trail is considered by many to be Florida's premier trail, and this section its prettiest. The route is scenic and shady, with one biking bridge over Alternate 19 to add a small challenge. We leave the trail in Tarpon Springs to ride past the sponge docks and Spring Bayou (where the traditional Epiphany cross is thrown). Then it's out over the causeway to the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico at Fred Howard Beach. We'll return to Dunedin via the trail and walk to breakfast at a bike-friendly café after the ride. Restrooms at the train depot and at the beach.

***New***New***New***New**
May 1 - Ride the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail AND the new Safety Harbor Bayshore Trail

  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Skyway Park parking lot, near the restroom building, 3901 George Rd., Tampa 33634
  • Distance: 29 miles
  • Speed: 12 -14 mph
  • Ride Leaders: Joe C. (813) 300-5584 and Margaret (813) 254-8882
We’ll ride from Skyway Park in the Town and Country area of Tampa to the south side of the Courtney Campbell Trail, continuing to its western end in Pinellas County, and then head north into Safety Harbor on the new trail extension that runs along Bayshore Dr. Once in downtown Safety Harbor we'll stop for breakfast at a local restaurant.

After breakfast the return ride will split into two groups:

Group 1 will be lead by Margaret, and it will return along the Bayshore and Courtney Campbell trails, reversing the course we came out on. This keeps the majority of the ride on bike trails.

Group 2 will be lead by Joe, and it is only for those who are very adventurous and experienced riders. Joe will head north from Safety Harbor to traverse the northern side of Old Tampa Bay. He'll ride through Phillipe Park and various neighborhoods in Oldsmar and Tampa's Town and Country area, crossing both Hillsborough Avenue and Memorial Highway twice before returning to Skyway Park. This part of the ride will be entirely on roads, some of which are busy.

The Courtney Campbell trail is truly spectacular - and it's great fun to ride. If you like cycling with lots of water views, this ride is for you. Not much shade, though, so bring sunscreen and water. Restrooms are located at the park and midway at the restaurant.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Town and Country area, here are driving directions to the start:

  • From Hillsborough Ave. go south on George Road, cross Independence Blvd., then turn left into Skyway Park.
  • From south of Tampa International Airport or when coming from Pinellas County take Eisenhower Blvd. northbound (there is no need to get on the Veterans Expressway, but follow signs to Exit 3), turn left onto Memorial Highway, left onto George Road, cross Independence Blvd, then turn left into Skyway Park.


**Note Change to Starting Time for remainder of Rides**


***Summer Starting Times (meet at 7:30 am, leave at 7:45 am) are now in effect****

May 8 - Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB 
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: The Independent Beer Pub and Cafe, 5016 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, 33603 - two blocks south of Hillsborough (Park on the North side of the Pub at Florida and Wilder behind Family Dollar or in the lot behind the Pub)
  • Distance: 26 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Earl (727) 415-8993


Ride from The Independent Beer Pub in Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB and back via portions of the downtown Riverwalk, Bayshore Blvd and the Gadsden Park Bike Trail. We'll ride along the new Riverwalk, passing Ulele Springs, Kiley Gardens, the University of Tampa's Plant Park and the stately mansions that line Bayshore Blvd. We'll stop to take in the waterfront views of Downtown Tampa at Ballast Point Park on the way back, then return through Hyde Park and along the winding streets that line the Hillsborough River. Enjoy Sunday brunch, pastries and gourmet coffee back at the Independent after the ride.

May 15 - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg
  • Distance 26 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center parking lot, 1800 Weedon Dr. NE, St. Petersburg 33702 (Gandy Blvd west, turn at San Martin and follow the signs)
  • Ride Leader: Don (813) 964-9193
The ride begins at the Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center at the end of Pinellas County's Weedon Island Park. We'll wend our way to downtown St. Petersburg via roads that feature the mansions of Snell Isle, Old Northeast and Coffee Pot Bayou. After cycling along the waterfront via the North Bay Trail we'll circle the Dali Museum and the Mahaffey Theater complex as we ride into downtown St. Pete and our breakfast stop, midway through the ride. After breakfast we'll ride by the Pier and then return to Weedon Island. Restrooms and water are available at the kayak launch near the starting location if the museum is closed.

May 22 - Davis Islands Ride 

  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: HCC Tennis Courts Parking Lot, 59 Columbia Drive, Tampa 33606 (next to Tampa General Hospital)
  • Distance: 14-18 miles
  • Speed: 10-12 mph
  • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944
We'll tour waterfront homes, the airport, dog park and seaplane basin as we ride a circuitous route around and up the middle of Davis Islands. We'll end up at a coffee shop on the Islands where we can enjoy food and conversation. This is a good ride for the novice rider 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 starting location. Call Les (813) 598-4944 if you want to join up with them.
Note: Restrooms along the route, but NONE at the start.

May 29 - Trout Creek to Flatwoods Park
  • Distance: 26 miles
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Trout Creek Wilderness Park parking lot, 12550 Morris Bridge Road, Thonotosassa 33592 (Fletcher Ave. becomes Morris Bridge Rd. just east of I-75, park is on the north side)  NOTE: Bring $2 for parking in the county park
  • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047
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, and the 2 mile extension out to Bruce B. Downs. Then we will retrace our route back to Trout Creek. Look for deer and other wildlife in the woods. Lots of long, open pavement for those riders who like to breakaway from the group. Breakfast at a local eatery after the ride. Restrooms and water at the start and halfway into the ride.

June 5 - Hyde Park to Picnic Island

  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Zudar's Deli Cafe, 201 W. Platt St., Tampa, FL 33606 (parking lot is on the west side of the restaurant) - do NOT park at Publix - they will tow!!
  • Distance: 24 miles
  • Speed: 12 - 16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119
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.

June 12 - Tierra Verde/Ft. Desoto Nature Ride

  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Downtown Tierra Verde Center, 1120 Pinellas Bayway, St.PetersburgFlorida 33715
  • Directions from I-275 going South: Take exit 17 toward the Pinellas Bayway for 1.1 miles; merge onto 54th Ave. South/Pinellas Bayway/SR 682 - bring 75 cents for toll and go 1.9 miles; turn left at Pinellas Bayway South/SR 679 and follow for 2.7 miles. The Center will be on your right.
  • Distance: 20 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Earl (727) 415-8993
    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.

    June 19 - Tour de Forest Hills

    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45)
    • Meeting Location: Gino's Italian Restaurant, 10006 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa, 33612 (park behind the restaurant)
    • Distance: 20-24 miles
    • Speed: 12 -14 mph
    • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047
    Come explore the winding streets and picturesque lakes of north Tampa and Forest Hills. The ride begins and ends at Gino's Italian Restaurant, with restoom stops available at the start and along the route. The route will take us through neighborhoods that surround the Babe Zaharis Golf Course, turn north and continue beyond the Tampa city limits, and then return through Forest Hills and "old" Carrollwood. Breakfast will be after the ride at Mamas Kitchen III Family Restaurant at 9312 N Florida Ave/Bus. U.S. 41 , Tampa, 33612

    June 26 - Safety Harbor to the Clearwater Ream Wilson East/West Trail

    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location: Shelter #5, Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Park, Safety Harbor 33625
    • Distance: 24 miles
    • Speed: 12-14 mph
    • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944
    We begin near the entrance to Philippe Park and ride next to 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 bicycle pathway 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. Following the ride we'll have breakfast in downtown Safety Harbor.

    July 3 - North Tampa Ride to Odessa 
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location: West Village Commons Parking lot (5356-5368 Ehrlich Road, Tampa 33624) - park on the east side of the parking lot, next to W. Village Road 
    • Distance: 20-25 miles
    • Speed: 12-14 mph
    • Ride Leader: Don (859-964-9193)
    We will ride from lovely Carrollwood Village neighborhoods and north Tampa subdivisions to the rural lanes and lakes of Odessa, and then return back along the same route. If you're lucky you might even get to meet Gus, the llama! Enjoy breakfast at a nearby restaurant following the ride.

    July 10 - ***New Ride (well, sort of!!)***Urban Bicycle Trails of Tampa

    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM,  (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location: The Independent Beer Pub and Cafe, 5016 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, 33603 - two blocks south of Hillsborough Ave. Note: Park across the street (Florida Ave.) in the warehouse lot (SHIP- Center for Women). Do NOT park behind the Dollar Tree Store or you will be towed.
    • Distance: 21 miles 
    • Speed: 10-14 mph
    • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119




    Now that the newest section of Tampa's Riverwalk is officially open let's explore some of the amazing bike trails the city has developed. From our start in Seminole Heights we'll catch the Hillsborough River Greenways trail, then ride south to Water Works Park where we pick up the spectacular Riverwalk. We'll ride the Riverwalk in its entirety, then turn north along the Channelside Trail where we'll pick up the Selmon Express trail. The Selmon ends at the beginning of a loop we'll take to explore Palmetto Beach where we'll find the beautiful McKay Bay Trail hidden behind Tampa's Waste-to-Energy facility. Our rest stop is just off the DeSoto Park trail sitting at the edge of McKay Bay. We'll ride back to Tampa via Ybor City, Channelside, Cotanchobee Park and then, do the entire Riverwalk one more time. Our last trail is the Tampa Heights Greenway Trail as we work our way back to our cars. Much of this ride is on bike trails, though we do cross several major highways. Our non-trail riding is on quiet and shady streets where traffic is minimal. No facilities at the start as the Independent usually opens after we've departed. The Shell station, two blocks north on Florida Avenue, is your closest comfort stop before the start of the ride.

    July 17 - Davis Islands Ride



    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location: HCC Tennis Courts Parking Lot, 59 Columbia Drive, Tampa 33606 (next to Tampa General Hospital)
    • Distance: 14-18 miles
    • Speed: 10-12 mph
    • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944
    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 starting location. Call Les (813) 598-4944 if you want to join up with them.
    Note: Restrooms along the route, but NONE at the start.


    July 24 - Oldsmar Discovery


    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location: Shelter #5, Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Parkway, Safety Harbor, FL 34695 (first parking lot/pavilion to the right of the park entrance)
    • Distance: 25 miles
    • Speed: Minimum 12, Maximum 16
    • Ride Leader: Earl (727) 415-8993
    Beginning with an uphill, "warm-up" loop through Philippe Park we will ride around the northern-most shores of Tampa Bay to discover the hidden parks and trails of Oldsmar. Expect one bridge to climb, along with some spectacular waterfront views of Upper Tampa Bay. Oldsmar was named for R.E. Olds, an early automotive pioneer and founder of the REO Motor Car Company, and R.E. Olds Park on the shores of upper Tampa Bay is one of the first areas we'll pass through. Our journey next takes us to Mobbly Beach Park, then to Mobbly Bayou along the Oldsmar Trail, continuing with a loop through Hillsborough County's Upper Tampa Bay Park before we work our way back to our cars. Restrooms at the start and at Upper Tampa Bay Park, our midway point. We'll drive to breakfast after the ride..

    July 31 - Upper Tampa Bay Trail


    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location: Peterson Road Park, 8203 Peterson Road, Odessa, Florida 33556
    • Distance: 20 miles
    • Speed: 10-14 mph
    • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047
    We'll start at the northern-most trailhead and ride south and then southwest to experience the entire trail. This includes going up and over Gunn Highway on the pedestrian/bike bridge as well as looping down and under Linebaugh Avenue before we cross the rustic wooden bridge over Rocky Creek. Part of the trail follows an old railbed, another section circles a now closed landfill, and the southwestern-most section (no shade here, i.e., hot, hot, hot!) follows Channel A as it flows down to Upper Tampa Bay. We'll leave the trail to explore some of the nearby subdivisions, and then repeat the trail ride to cycle back to our cars. Restrooms and water at the start and midway along the route. This is a really pretty trail with lots of variety (sun, shade, twists, tight turns, straight-aways, bridges, water views, etc.) and thus a very popular one. We'll drive to breakfast after the ride. 

    RIDE CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN
    August 7 - Ride the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail and the Bayshore Trail to Safety Harbor and back
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location: Skyway Park parking lot, near the restroom building, 3901 George Rd., Tampa 33634
    • Distance: 27 miles
    • Speed: 12 -16 mph
    • Ride Leader: Joe C. (813) 300-5584
    We’ll ride from Skyway Park in the Town and Country area of Tampa to the south side of the Courtney Campbell Trail, continuing to its western end in Pinellas County, and then head north into Safety Harbor on the new trail extension that runs along Bayshore Dr. Once in downtown Safety Harbor we'll stop for breakfast at a local restaurant. After breakfast we'll ride back to Skyway Park reversing the course we came out on, thus the majority of the ride is on bike trails.

    The Courtney Campbell trail is truly spectacular - and it's great fun to ride. If you like cycling with lots of water views, this ride is for you. Not much shade, though, so bring sunscreen and lots of water. Restrooms are located at the park and midway at the restaurant.

    August 14 - Pinellas Trail to Tarpon Springs and Fred Howard Beach
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location: Parking lot behind Dunedin Historical Museum/Old Train Depot, 349 Main Street, Dunedin 34698 - the lot is just beyond Douglas and Main Streets and the intersection with the Pinellas Trail
    • Distance: 29 miles 
    • Speed: 12-16 mph
    • Ride Leader: Wayne Green (801) 520-0350
    From the Old Train Depot in Dunedin we will ride north on the Pinellas Trail through Ozona, Palm Harbor and Crystal Beach to Tarpon Springs and then out to beautiful Fred Howard Park and Beach. The Pinellas Trail is considered by many to be Florida's premier trail, and this section its prettiest. The route is scenic and shady, with one biking bridge over Alternate 19 to add a small challenge. We leave the trail in Tarpon Springs to ride past the sponge docks and Spring Bayou (where the traditional Epiphany cross is thrown). Then it's out over the causeway to the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico at Fred Howard Beach. We'll return to Dunedin via the trail and walk to breakfast at a bike-friendly café after the ride. Restrooms at the train depot and at the beach.


    August 21 - Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB 
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location: The Independent Beer Pub and Cafe, 5016 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, 33603 - two blocks south of Hillsborough, Note: Park across the street (Florida Ave.) in the warehouse lot (SHIP- Center for Women - you can use the fenced lot also). Do NOT park behind the Dollar Tree Store or you will be towed.
    • Distance: 26 miles
    • Speed: 12-14 mph
    • Ride Leader: Earl (727) 415-8993

    Ride from The Independent Beer Pub in Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB and back via portions of the downtown Riverwalk, Bayshore Blvd and the Gadsden Park Bike Trail. We'll pass through Ulele Springs, Kiley Gardens, the University of Tampa's Plant Park and the stately mansions that line Bayshore Blvd. We'll stop to take in the waterfront views of Downtown Tampa at Ballast Point Park on the way back, then return through Hyde Park and along the winding streets that line the Hillsborough River. Enjoy brunch, pastries and gourmet coffee back at the Independent Cafe's outdoor patio after the ride.

    August 28 - Safety Harbor to the Clearwater Ream Wilson East/West Trail
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location: Shelter #5, Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Park, Safety Harbor 33625
    • Distance: 24 miles
    • Speed: 12-14 mph
    • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944
    We begin near the entrance to Philippe Park and ride next to 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 bicycle pathway 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. Following the ride we'll have breakfast in downtown Safety Harbor.

    September 4 - Suncoast Parkway and Starkey Park Loop - !!!!!New Trailhead - New Starting Location!!!!

    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location: 7020 Lutz Lake Fern Road, Odessa, FL 33556 (you will need $2 to park)
    • Distance: up to 34 miles (this depends upon how much of Starkey Park we ride)
    • Speed 12-16 mph
    • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047
    We'll start at the recently completed new trailhead for the Upper Tampa Bay Trail on Lutz-Lake Fern road and ride east along the new trail on the south side of the road until we connect with the former trailhead for the Suncoast Bike Trail just before the Parkway overpass. From there we'll ride north to Pasco County (7 miles) and the entrance into Starkey Park. We'll ride west into the park and enjoy this wilderness area which contains palmetto thickets, cool pine forests, deer, wild hogs and the headwaters of the Anclote and Pithlachascotee Rivers, and then reverse our route back to our cars. We ride in every direction of the compass on this route, so if there's a wind (and there always seems to be one on this trail), we'll catch it! However, there are many long straight sections for those of you who want to sprint ahead. We'll drive to breakfast after the ride. Note: There are restrooms and water at the start, but little in-between.


    September 11 - Ride the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail and the Bayshore Trail to Safety Harbor and back
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location: Skyway Park parking lot, near the restroom building, 3901 George Rd., Tampa 33634
    • Distance: 27 miles
    • Speed: 12 -16 mph
    • Ride Leader: Joe C. (813) 300-5584
    Rescheduled from an August rainout, let's hope the weather cooperates this time! We’ll ride from Skyway Park in the Town and Country area of Tampa to the south side of the Courtney Campbell Trail, continuing to its western end in Pinellas County, and then head north into Safety Harbor on the new trail extension that runs along Bayshore Dr. Once in downtown Safety Harbor we'll stop for breakfast at a local restaurant. After breakfast we'll ride back to Skyway Park reversing the course we came out on; thus, the majority of the ride is on bike trails.
    The Courtney Campbell trail is truly spectacular - and it's great fun to ride. If you like cycling with lots of water views, this ride is for you. Not much shade, though, so bring sunscreen and lots of water. Restrooms are located at the park and midway at the restaurant.

    September 18 - Davis Islands Ride
    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location: HCC Tennis Courts Parking Lot, 59 Columbia Drive, Tampa 33606 (next to Tampa General Hospital)
    • Distance: 14-18 miles
    • Speed: 10-12 mph
    • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944 (call or text)
    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 starting location. Call Les (813) 598-4944 if you want to join them.
    Note: Restrooms along the route, but NONE at the start.

    September 25 - Pinellas Trail South

    • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM, (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
    • Meeting Location:  Parking lot behind Dunedin Historical Museum/Old Train Depot, 349 Main Street, Dunedin 34698 - the lot is just beyond Douglas and Main Streets and the intersection with the Pinellas Trail
    • Distance: 
    • ~30 miles 
    • Speed: 12-16 mph
    • Ride Leader: Wayne (801) 520-0350

    Starting at the Dunedin Trailhead we'll ride south on the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail for about 15 miles to Seminole's City Park, then turn around and return. We'll ride through the industrial outskirts of Clearwater and then hit the quiet and shady residential areas of Bellaire, Largo and Seminole. This is a unique and popular urban trail. There are many road crossings, some with bridges over the most heavily traveled highways. The entire ride will be on the trail. If you don't want to do the full distance, feel free to start with us and then turn around whenever you wish. You can ride back on your own, or wait and we'll pick you up on our return ride back. After the ride we'll breakfast at a local Dunedin restaurant.

    October 2 - Withlacoochee State Trail - Rails to Trails Ride ***NOTE Change in Start Time for this ride only*** 
    • Meeting Time: 8:30 AM, leave promptly at 8:45 AM
    • Meeting Location: North Apopka Avenue Trail Crossing, 315 N Apopka Ave., Inverness, 34451, in front of the Red Caboose
    • Distance: Your choice of 14, 30, 48, 62 or 100 miles (or any other distance you prefer)
    • Speed: 12 - 14 mph
    • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047
    Ride with us for this annual event on the scenic 46-mile Withlacoochee Trail. All proceeds go to the Rails to Trails fund. You must register by September 11th to be guaranteed a tee shirt. The event features 5 sag stops, breakfast, lunch snacks and prize drawings. More info and registration information at 
    www.rttwst.org/annual-ride-registration-form.php
    (you can register in advance or as a walk-up). 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.

    ***NOTE Change in Start Time for all ongoing rides (you get to sleep a bit later!!!)*** 
    October 9 - The Hills of Temple Terrace
    • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
    • Meeting Location: The Independent Beer Pub and Cafe, 5016 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, 33603 - two blocks south of Hillsborough (Park on the North side of the Pub (Florida and Wilder behind Family Dollar) or in the lot behind the Pub)
    • Distance: 34 miles
    • Speed: 12-16 mph
    • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119
    Come and enjoy this shady, but surprisingly rolling, route as we follow the meandering course of the Hillsborough River from Seminole Heights to Temple Terrace and back. Discover the quiet, hidden neighborhoods that line the river, while challenging yourself to some short, invigorating climbs. There are lots of twists and turns on this ride before we open up to some longer rolling stretches in Temple Terrace. We'll enjoy breakfast after the ride at the Independent Café.

    October 16 - Oldsmar Discovery 

    • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
    • Meeting Location: Shelter #5, Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Parkway, Safety Harbor, FL 34695 (first parking lot/pavilion to the right of the park entrance)
    • Distance: 25 miles
    • Speed: Minimum 12, Maximum 16
    • Ride Leader: Earl (727) 415-8993 (call or text)
    Beginning with an uphill, "warm-up" loop through Philippe Park we will ride around the northern-most shores of Tampa Bay to discover the hidden parks and trails of Oldsmar. Expect one bridge to climb, along with some spectacular waterfront views of Upper Tampa Bay. Oldsmar was named for R.E. Olds, an early automotive pioneer and founder of the REO Motor Car Company, and R.E. Olds Park on the shores of upper Tampa Bay is one of the first areas we'll pass through. Our journey next takes us to Mobbly Beach Park, then to Mobbly Bayou along the Oldsmar Trail, continuing with a loop through Hillsborough County's Upper Tampa Bay Park before we work our way back to our cars. Restrooms at the start and at Upper Tampa Bay Park, our midway point. We'll drive to breakfast after the ride.

    October 23 - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg
    • Distance 26 miles
    • Speed: 12-14 mph
    • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
    • Meeting Location: Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center parking lot, 1800 Weedon Dr. NE, St. Petersburg 33702 (Gandy Blvd west, turn at San Martin and follow the signs)
    • Ride Leader: Don (813) 964-9193
    The ride begins at the Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center at the end of Pinellas County's Weedon Island Park. We'll wend our way to downtown St. Petersburg via roads that feature the mansions of Snell Isle, Old Northeast and Coffee Pot Bayou. After cycling along the waterfront via the North Bay Trail we'll circle the Dali Museum and the Mahaffey Theater complex as we ride into downtown St. Pete and our breakfast stop, midway through the ride. After breakfast we'll ride by the Pier and then return to Weedon Island. Restrooms and water are available at the kayak launch near the starting location if the museum is closed.

    October 30 - Safety Harbor to the Clearwater Ream Wilson East/West Trail
    • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
    • Meeting Location: Shelter #5, Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Park, Safety Harbor 33625
    • Distance: 24 miles
    • Speed: 12-14 mph
    • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944 (call or text)
    We begin near the entrance to Philippe Park and ride next to 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 bicycle pathway 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. Following the ride we'll have breakfast in downtown Safety Harbor.

    November 6 - Them Thar Hills around San Antonio
    • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (depart promptly at 8:15 AM)
    • Meeting Location: San Antonio Railroad Depot Museum, 32627 Railroad Ave, San Antonio, FL 33576.
    • Distance: 22 miles with an optional, very hilly 5-mile loop at the ride's end, depending upon group's wishes
    • Speed: 12-14 mph
    • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047
    Note: We will start at the San Antonio Railroad Depot Museum and head south beyond San Antonio for our first climb up Prospect Hill. Most of our ride will take us north to northeast of San Antonio and then back. About one quarter to one third of the ride is actually flat to gently rolling, although there are some hills with good grades including Happy Hill Road and "The Three Sisters". If you have a standard compact double front crank you can do the ride. You just spin your way up. There is no shame in walking part-way (or all the way) up, either! We'll enjoy breakfast after the ride in San Antonio. Note: We will be in the "country" for this ride, so be sure you come prepared with TWO bottle of water. There are restrooms at the ballfield, across the street from our meeting location, but no facilities on the ride route.

    November 13 - *** Two Rides to choose from - one longer and more challenging, and one shorter and more relaxed


    Long Ride:
    Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB 
    • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (depart promptly at 8:15 AM)
    • Meeting Location: The Independent Beer Pub and Cafe, 5016 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, 33603 - two blocks south of Hillsborough, Note: Park across the street (Florida Ave.) in the warehouse lot (SHIP- Center for Women - you can use the fenced lot also). Do NOT park behind the Dollar Tree Store or you will be towed.
    • Distance: 26 miles
    • Speed: 12-14 mph
    • Ride Leader: Earl (727) 415-8993
    Ride from The Independent Beer Pub in Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB and back via portions of the downtown Riverwalk, Bayshore Blvd and the Gadsden Park Bike Trail. We'll pass through Ulele Springs, Kiley Gardens, the University of Tampa's Plant Park and the stately mansions that line Bayshore Blvd. We'll stop to take in the waterfront views of Downtown Tampa at Ballast Point Park on the way back, then return through Hyde Park and along the winding streets that line the Hillsborough River. Enjoy brunch, pastries and gourmet coffee back at the Independent Cafe's outdoor patio after the ride.


    Short Ride: Little Sights of Seminole Heights/Sunday Morning Market
    • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (prompt departure at 8:15 AM)
    • Meeting Location: Memorial Middle School, 4702 N. Central Avenue, Tampa 33603 (corner of Central and Osborne - park on the OSBORNE side of the school, across from the Hillsborough High School track). Note: restrooms will be open at the Hillsborough High School gym at the far end of the track
    • Distance: 13 miles
    • Speed: 10 -12 mph
    • Ride Leader: Margaret (813) 254-8882

    Come join us as we make a circuit around and through different sections of Seminole Heights, one of Tampa's largest neighborhoods. Discover historic houses, lovely yards and pocket parks sprinkled along the Hillsborough River, as we avoid busy streets by taking less traveled connector roads. We'll return in time to enjoy the food, fun and other offerings at the Sunday Morning Market, located on the front lawn of Hillsborough High School, across the street from our starting spot.
    Secure, complimentary bicycle parking is provided at the Market by volunteers from the Seminole Heights Bicycle Club. This is a great ride for novice riders or for those wanting to tour a lovely, old neighborhood at a slow and leisurely pace.

    November 20 - Thonotosassa Circuit
    • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (prompt departure at 8:15 AM)
    • Meeting Location: John B. Sergeant's Park, 12702 US Highway 301, Thonotosassa, FL 33592 (bring $2 parking fee)
    • Distance: 33 miles
    • Speed: 12-16 mph
    • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119
    This is a scenic ride along the rolling hills and rural farmlands surrounding Lake Thonotosassa. We'll cycle south from the park, around the lake and then up, down and around the peaceful roads and country lanes of eastern Hillsborough County. We'll end up on the short Ft. King bike trail as we return to the park. Keep an eye out for hawks, vultures, sandhill cranes and strawberries in the fields. There are several rolling hills near the start of the ride, some more after the half-way point. Restrooms and water at the start; none on the ride.

    November 27 - Davis Islands Ride
    • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (prompt departure at 8:15 AM)
    • Meeting Location: Sandra Freedman Tennis Complex Parking Lot, 59 Columbia Drive, Tampa 33606 (next to Tampa General Hospital)
    • Distance: 14-18 miles
    • Speed: 10-12 mph
    • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944 (call or text)
    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 Les (813) 598-4944 if you want to join them. 

    December 04 - Pinellas Trail to Tarpon Springs and Fred Howard Beach

    • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
    • Meeting Location: Parking lot behind Dunedin Historical Museum/Old Train Depot, 349 Main Street, Dunedin 34698 - the lot is just beyond Douglas and Main Streets and the intersection with the Pinellas Trail
    • Distance: 29 miles 
    • Speed: 12-16 mph
    • Ride Leader: Wayne Green (801) 520-0350
    From the Old Train Depot in Dunedin we will ride north on the Pinellas Trail through Ozona, Palm Harbor and Crystal Beach to Tarpon Springs and then out to beautiful Fred Howard Park and Beach. The Pinellas Trail is considered by many to be Florida's premier trail, and this section its prettiest. The route is scenic and shady, with one pedestrian bridge over Alternate 19 to add a small challenge for your legs. We leave the trail in Tarpon Springs to ride past the sponge docks and Spring Bayou (where the traditional Epiphany cross is thrown). Then we're out over the causeway to the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico at Fred Howard Beach. We'll return to Dunedin via the trail and walk to breakfast at a bike-friendly café after the ride. Restrooms at the train depot and at the beach.


    December 11 - Trout Creek to Flatwoods Park
    • Distance: 26 miles
    • Speed: 12-16 mph
    • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (prompt departure at 8:15 AM)
    • Meeting Location: Trout Creek Wilderness Park parking lot, 12550 Morris Bridge Road, Thonotosassa 33592 (Fletcher Ave. becomes Morris Bridge Rd. just east of I-75, park is on the north side)  NOTE: Bring $2 for parking in the county park
    • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047
    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, and the 2-mile extension out to Bruce B. Downs. Then we will retrace our route back to Trout Creek. Look for deer and other wildlife in the woods. Lots of long, open pavement for those riders who like to breakaway from the group. Breakfast at a local eatery after the ride. Restrooms and water at the start and halfway into the ride.

    December 18 - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg
    • Distance 26 miles
    • Speed: 12-14 mph
    • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (prompt departure at 8:15 AM)
    • Meeting Location: Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center parking lot, 1800 Weedon Dr. NE, St. Petersburg 33702 (Gandy Blvd west, turn at San Martin and follow the signs)
    • Ride Leader: Don (813) 964-9193
    The ride begins at the Weedon Island Cultural and Natural History Center at the end of Pinellas County's Weedon Island Park. We'll wend our way to downtown St. Petersburg via roads that feature the mansions of Snell Isle, Old Northeast and Coffee Pot Bayou. After cycling along the waterfront via the North Bay Trail we'll circle the Dali Museum and the Mahaffey Theater complex as we ride into downtown St. Pete and our breakfast stop, midway through the ride. After breakfast we'll ride by the Pier and then return to Weedon Island. Restrooms and water are available at the kayak launch near the starting location if the museum is closed.

    December 25 - Christmas Day, No Ride Scheduled

    January 1 - General James A. Van Fleet Trail ** Note changed departure time in honor of New Year's Day!**
    • Distance ~30 miles
    • Speed: 12-14 mph
    • Meeting Time: 8:45 AM (prompt departure at 9:00 AM)
    • Meeting Location: Polk City Trailhead, 7683 Berkley Road, Polk City, FL 33968 – GPS Coordinates N28⁰ 10.867 W081⁰49.662 (Going east on Interstate 4 (towards Orlando), take Exit 38/Polk City and follow Route 33 North to Polk City. The trailhead is at the intersection of Route 33 and Route 655/Berkley Road)
    • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119 - morning of the ride call or text Earl, (727) 415-8993
    Named after General James A. Van Fleet, a distinguised combat commander in both World Wars and the Korean War, the Van Fleet Trail is considered the most remote trail in Florida. It runs 29.2 miles north from Polk City to Mabel (off Highway 50), with an additional, new section, the Teco Trail, 10 miles south to Auburndale. Because it is a former Seaboard railroad line, the path is straight and flat (i.e., no hills), with just one gentle curve. We will ride about 15 miles north in search of that one curve, and then turn around and return to our start. The majority of the trail runs through the Green Swamp, headwaters for four major rivers: the Hillsborough, Peace, Withlachoochee and the Oklawaha. You won't see many people. You will see cattle ranches, lush forests and wetlands. Depending upon the season of the year you could see wildflowers, birds, butterflies, alligators, turkey, deer, bobcats, gopher tortoises, rabbits, the rare Sherman's squirrel, snakes of every variety, and even alpaca on a farm near Polk City. Restrooms and water a mile from the start, and along the trail. We'll eat after the ride, depending upon what's open along I-4.





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