2013 Ride Schedule

January 06 - Carrollwood to Lake Park
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Sub-World in Carrollwood Village, 10051 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa 33618
  • Distance: 25 miles
  • Speed: 10 -14 mph
  • Ride Leader: John (813) 935-1497
The ride begins and ends at Sub World (not SubWay!), with restroom stops available at the start and along the route. We'll head north through Forest Hills to the Northdale Trail, and then into Lake Park. After touring the park we'll return through Forest Hills and "old" Carrollwood. Breakfast will be at Sub World (a locally owned restaurant with awesome food) after the ride.

January 13 - Tour of Tampa from Sabroso's
***Note new Starting Location***
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Sabroso's Restaurant, 5214 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, 33603 (lots of parking behind the restaurant - take the turn at Giddens off of Nebraska)
  • Distance: 16-18 miles
  • Speed: 10-12 mph
  • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119
We will ride leisurely along shady streets, and city bike paths, including the newest sections of the Riverwalk, as we tour Seminole Heights, Ybor City, Channelside, Harbor Island, downtown Tampa's Riverwalk and the Convention Center. Our return will follow the Hillsborough River through Riverside Heights, Tampa Heights and South Seminole Heights. Breakfast after the ride is at a new local restaurant, Sabroso's, featuring American and traditional Spanish cuisine. This is a great ride for novice riders or those new to Tampa.  Restrooms at Sabroso's before and after the ride.

January 20 - 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 33603 (next to Tampa General Hospital)
  • Distance: 14-18 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944
We'll tour waterfront homes (including Derek Jeter's mansion), the airport, dog park and boat basin as we ride a circuitous route around Davis Islands. We'll end up at a coffee shop on the Islands where we can enjoy coffee and pastries. 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 or Susie (813-236-8119) if you want to join up with them. Note: Restrooms along the route, but NONE at the start.

January 27 - 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, Florida33715
  • Directions from I-275 going South: Take exit 17 toward the Pinellas Bayway/SR 682/Ft. DeSoto Park - bring 75 cents for toll and go 1.9 miles; turn left at Pinellas Bayway South/SR 679/Ft. DeSoto 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. 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 Tierra Verde Center we'll enjoy an authentic "old world" breakfast at a German crepes restaurant. Note: Restrooms usually NOT available at the ride start, so plan accordingly.

February 03 - Scenic Secrets of the Causeway
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Cypress Point Park, 5620 W. Cypress Avenue, Tampa 33607 (from North West Shore Blvd. turn west on Cypress until you reach the Bay and the park)
  • Distance: 25 - 27 miles
  • Speed: 12 -14 mph
  • Ride Leaders: Joe (813) 753-0770 and Margaret (813) 254-8882
Ride from Tampa's undiscovered Cypress Point Beach along a surprise bike trail that runs along Tampa International Airport. Then we'll pass through Skyway Park and other neighborhoods on Tampa's northwestern side before reaching Courtney Campbell Causeway. We'll ride the bike trail on both sides of the Causeway and then return to Cypress Point. Restrooms at the start and breakfast at the end (at Village Inn on W. Hillsborough Ave.) with lots of water views in-between.

February 10 - 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: John (813) 935-1497
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 across the street from our starting spot at Hillsborough High. 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 leisurely pace.

February 17 - RIDE CANCELLED

February 24 - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg

  • Distance 20-25 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) - Do NOT park at the boat ramp
  • Ride Leader: Don (813) 964-9193
We begin 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, touring waterfront mansions and "Old Northeast" on our way. Our breakfast stop is at a local cafe in downtown St. Pete before returning directly to Weedon Island. Restrooms and water are available at the kayak launch near the starting location.

March 3 - Philippe Park to the Clearwater East/West Trail

  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Shelter #5, Philippe Park, 2525 Phillippe Park, Safety Harbor 33625
  • Distance: 24 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Les Berty, (813) 598-4944
We begin near the entrance to Philippe Park and ride along the waters of Upper Tampa Bay until we connect with the Clearwater East/West Trail. Enjoy the twists, turns and short "hills" of this scenic bike trail as it winds through several of the area's prettiest parks, including a ride by the Phillies Spring Training grounds. Following the ride we'll have breakfast in downtown Safety Harbor.

March 10 - Carrollwood to Lake Park

  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Sub-World in Carrollwood Village, 10051 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa 33618
  • Distance: 25 miles
  • Speed: 10 -14 mph
  • Ride Leader: John (813) 935-1497
The ride begins and ends at Sub World (not SubWay!), with restroom stops available at the start and along the route. We'll head north through Forest Hills to the Northdale Trail, and then into Lake Park. After touring the park we'll return through Forest Hills and "old" Carrollwood. Breakfast will be at Sub World (a locally owned restaurant with awesome food) after the ride.

March 17 - Suncoast Parkway and Starkey Park

  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Southern Terminus of the Bike Trail on Lutz-Lake Fern Road (From Tampa, take Dale Mabry Highway (CR 597) north to Lutz Lake Fern Road. Turn left (west) and continue for about 3 miles until you pass under the Suncoast Parkway. Trailhead is on the right. Address would be "about" 5850 Lutz-Lake Fern Road). Bring $2.00 for parking fee.
  • Distance: 28 miles
  • Speed 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119
From the southernmost trailhead of this linear bike trail we'll ride north to Pasco County for almost 7 miles to the entrance to Starkey Park. We'll ride west into the park and enjoy a 14+ mile loop trail through this wilderness area which contains palmetto thickets, cool pine forests, deer, wild hogs and the headwaters of the Anclote and Pithlachascotee Rivers. After a "natural" break near the park's entrance we'll wend our way eastward out of the park and then turn south back to the Suncoast Trail and our starting location. As you can see, we ride in every direction, so if there's a wind (and there always seems to be on this trail), we'll catch it! However, there are nice, long straight section for those of you who want to sprint ahead. We'll drive to breakfast on North Dale Mabry after the ride. Note: there are VERY limited facilities (aka, a "well used" porta potty) at the trailhead. Bring your own water.

March 24 - North Tampa Ride to Odessa

  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: NE corner of the parking lot formerly used by Sweetbay, 5320 Erhlich Road, Tampa 33625 (corner of Erhlich and Turner Roads - between Dale Mabry and the Veteran's Expressway)
  • Distance: 25 - 30 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Don (813) 964-9193
Ride from lovely Carrollwood Village neighborhoods to the rural lanes and lakes of Odessa, returning the same way we rode out. If you're lucky you might even see a llama! Enjoy bagels in Carrollwood following the ride.
March 31 - Scenic Secrets of the Causeway
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Cypress Point Park, 5620 W. Cypress Avenue, Tampa 33607 (from North West Shore Blvd. turn west on Cypress until you reach the Bay and the park)
  • Distance: 25 - 27 miles
  • Speed: 12 -14 mph
  • Ride Leaders: Joe (813) 753-0770 and Margaret (813) 254-8882
Ride from Tampa's undiscovered Cypress Point Beach along a surprise bike trail that runs along Tampa International Airport. Then we'll pass through Skyway Park and other neighborhoods on Tampa's northwestern side before reaching Courtney Campbell Causeway. We'll ride the bike trail on both sides of the Causeway and then return to Cypress Point. Restrooms at the start and breakfast at the end (at Village Inn on W. Hillsborough Ave.) with lots of water views in-between.

April 7 - Independent Pub to MacDill


  • 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) or in the lot behind the Pub)
  • Distance: 24 miles
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Earl (727) 415-8993
Ride from The Independent Beer Pub in Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB and back via the new downtown Riverwalk, Bayshore Blvd and the Gadsden Park Bike Trail. Stop to take in the waterfront views of Downtown Tampa at Ballast Point 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 Cafe's outdoor "patio" after the ride.

April 14 - 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 33603 (next to Tampa General Hospital)
  • Distance: 14-18 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944
We'll tour waterfront homes (including Derek Jeter's mansion), the airport, dog park and boat basin as we ride a circuitous route around Davis Islands. We'll end up at a coffee shop on the Islands where we can enjoy coffee and pastries. 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 or Susie (813-236-8119) if you want to join up with them. Note: Restrooms along the route, but NONE at the start.
 

April 21 - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg

  • Distance 20-25 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) - Do NOT park at the boat ramp
  • Ride Leader: Don (813) 964-9193
We begin 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, touring waterfront mansions and "Old Northeast" on our way. Our breakfast stop is at a local cafe in downtown St. Pete before returning directly to Weedon Island. Restrooms and water are available at the kayak launch near the starting location. 
April 28 - Oldsmar Discovery
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Shelter #5, Phillippe Park, 2525 Phillippe Parkway, Safety Harbor, FL 34695 (first parking lot/pavillion to the right of the park entrance)
  • Distance: 25 miles
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Earl (727) 415-8993
Beginning with a loop through Phillippe Park we will ride around the northern-most shores of Tampa Bay to discover the hidden secrets of Oldsmar. 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 new 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 parking lot and at all of the parks along the route. Breakfast after the ride.

NOTE: STARTING TIME WILL BE 30 MINUTES EARLIER FOR ALL SUMMER RIDES

May 5 - The Hills of Temple Terrace
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Sabroso's Restaurant, 5214 N. Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, 33603 (lots of parking behind the restaurant - take the turn at Giddens off of Nebraska)
  • Distance: 30 miles
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119
Come and enjoy this surprisingly shady, but 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. Enjoy breakfast after the ride is at a new local restaurant, Sabroso's, featuring American and traditional Spanish cuisine. Restrooms at Sabroso's before and after the ride.

May 12 - Little Sights of Seminole Heights/Sunday Morning Market

  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 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 Last Sunday Morning Market of the season, across the street from our starting spot at Hillsborough High. 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 leisurely pace.

May 19 - Carrollwood to Lake Park
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Sub-World in Carrollwood Village, 10051 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa 33618
  • Distance: 25 miles
  • Speed: 10 -14 mph
  • Ride Leader: John (813) 935-1497
The ride begins and ends at Sub World (not SubWay!), with restroom stops available at the start and along the route. We'll head north through Forest Hills to the Northdale Trail, and then into Lake Park. After touring the park we'll return through Forest Hills and "old" Carrollwood. Breakfast will be at Sub World (a locally owned restaurant with awesome food) after the ride.

May 26 - Farewell to the Pier - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg
  • Distance 20-25 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) - Do NOT park at the boat ramp
  • Ride Leader: Don (813) 964-9193
Demolition of the St. Petersburg Pier is scheduled for the end of this month. Join us for one last "Farewell Loop" around this St. Pete icon. 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, touring the waterfront mansions of Snell Isle and "Old Northeast" on our way. Our breakfast stop is at a local cafe in downtown St. Pete before looping the Pier one last time and then returning to Weedon Island. Restrooms and water are available at the kayak launch near the starting location.

June 2 - 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 33603 (next to Tampa General Hospital)
  • Distance: 14-18 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944
We'll tour waterfront homes (including Derek Jeter's mansion), the airport, dog park and boat basin as we ride a circuitous route around Davis Islands. We'll end up at a coffee shop on the Islands where we can enjoy coffee and pastries. 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 or Susie (813-236-8119) if you want to join up with them. Note: Restrooms along the route, but NONE at the start.

June 9 - Trout Creek to Flatwoods
  • 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: Susie (813) 236-8119
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 (the Bagel Nazi anyone?) after the ride. Restrooms and water at the start and halfway points of the ride.

June 16 - !!**NEW RIDE**!! Phantom Suburbs of Wesley Chapel
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 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)
Come help us inaugurate a new ride and new ride leaders. We'll start from the far 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 cow pastures and abandoned (aka "phantom") subdivisions and maybe see hot air balloons, egrets, sand hill cranes or possibly an alligator or black snake out for the morning sun, in addition to loads of new houses. Restrooms and water at the start and midway through the ride and breakfast at the end at bustling CafĂ© Fresco. If you enjoy long straight pavements on which to stretch your riding legs, then this is the ride for you. Shade is sparse, however, so plan on lots of sun screen and two bottles of water. 

June 23 - Oldsmar Discovery
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Shelter #5, Phillippe Park, 2525 Phillippe Parkway, Safety Harbor, FL 34695 (first parking lot/pavillion to the right of the park entrance)
  • Distance: 25 miles
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Earl (727) 415-8993
Beginning with a loop through Phillippe Park we will ride around the northern-most shores of Tampa Bay to discover the hidden secrets of Oldsmar. 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 new 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. Breakfast after the ride.

 June 30 - North Tampa Ride to Odessa
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: NE corner of the parking lot formerly used by Sweetbay, 5320 Erhlich Road, Tampa 33625 (corner of Erhlich and Turner Roads - between Dale Mabry and the Veteran's Expressway)
  • Distance: 30 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Don (813) 964-9193
Ride from lovely Carrollwood Village neighborhoods to the rural lanes and lakes of Odessa, returning the same way we rode out. If you're lucky you might even see a llama! Enjoy bagels in Carrollwood following the ride. Restrooms at the start and end of the ride.

July 7 - 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 33603 (next to Tampa General Hospital)
  • Distance: 14-18 miles
  • Speed: 10-12 mph
  • Ride Leader: Les (813) 598-4944
We'll tour waterfront homes (including Derek Jeter's mansion), the airport, dog park and boat basin as we ride a circuitous route around Davis Islands. We'll end up at a coffee shop on the Islands where we can enjoy coffee and pastries. 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 or Susie (813-236-8119) if you want to join up with them.
Note: Restrooms along the route, but NONE at the start.

July 14 - Pinellas Trail North - Dunedin to Tarpon Springs

  • 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: 25-30 miles depending on group 
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119
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 return. 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 the highway to add just a tiny challenge. Optional loops include riding through Anclote River Nature Park, Wall Springs Park and across the Intracoastal Waterway to Honeymoon Island and back. Restrooms at the train depot and at parks along the way. Breakfast in Dunedin after the ride.

July 21 - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg
  • Distance 20-25 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) - Do NOT park at the boat ramp
  • 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, touring the waterfront mansions of Snell Isle and "Old Northeast" on our way. Our breakfast stop is at a local cafe in downtown St. Pete and then returning to Weedon Island. Restrooms and water are available at the kayak launch near the starting location.

July 28 - Tour de Forest Hills
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Sub-World in Carrollwood Village, 10051 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33618
  • Distance: 23 miles
  • Speed: 10 -14 mph
  • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047
The ride begins and ends in Carrollwood, with restroom stops available at the start and along the route. We'll head north to explore the shady and bike-friendly, neighborhoods in and around Forest Hills and scenic, "old" Carrollwood. We'll cycle past peaceful lakes, along tree-lined streets and even circle around parts of the Forest Hills Golf Course. We'll eat at Sub World (a locally owned restaurant with awesome breakfasts!) after the ride.

August 4 - Philippe Park to the Clearwater East/West Trail

  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Shelter #5, Philippe Park, 2525 Phillippe Park, Safety Harbor 33625
  • Distance: 24 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Les Berty, (813) 598-4944
We begin near the entrance to Philippe Park and ride along the waters of Upper Tampa Bay until we connect with the Clearwater East/West Trail. Enjoy the twists, turns and short "hills" of this scenic bicycle trail as it winds through several of the area's prettiest parks, including a jaunt along the Phillies Spring Training facility. Following the ride we'll have breakfast in downtown Safety Harbor.

August 11 - Independent Pub to MacDill

  • 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 (Florida and Wilder) or in the lot behind the Pub)
  • Distance: 25 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 the new downtown Riverwalk, Bayshore Blvd and the Gadsden Park Bike Trail. Stop to take in the waterfront views of Downtown Tampa at Ballast Point 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 Cafe's outdoor "patio" after the ride.

August 18 - Tour of Tampa from Lowry Park
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Lowry Park, 1101 W. Sligh Avene, Tampa 33604  (parking lot on the corner of North Blvd and Sligh Ave. - restrooms at boat ramp across the street)
  • Distance: 18 miles 
  • Speed: 10-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119
We will ride leisurely along shady streets and city bike paths, including the newest sections of Tampa's Riverwalk, as we tour Seminole Heights, Ybor City, Channelside, Harbor Island and downtown Tampa. Our return will follow the Hillsborough River through Riverside Heights, Tampa Heights and South Seminole Heights. Breakfast at a Seminole Heights cafe near the end of the ride. This is a great ride for novice riders or those new to Tampa.

August 25 - North Tampa Ride to Odessa
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: NE corner of the parking lot formerly used by Sweetbay, 5320 Erhlich Road, Tampa 33625 (corner of Erhlich and Turner Roads - between Dale Mabry and the Veteran's Expressway)
  • Distance: 25 - 30 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Don (813) 964-9193
Ride from lovely Carrollwood Village neighborhoods to the rural lanes and lakes of Odessa, returning the same way we rode out. If you're lucky you might even see a llama! Enjoy bagels in Carrollwood following the ride.

September 1 - SweetBay to Picnic Island
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: SweetBay Supermarket at the SW corner of Howard Avenue and W. Swann Avenue (2100 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, FL 33606)
  • Distance: 20-24 miles
  • Speed: 10 - 14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Eddie (813) 690-8148
A return of an old favorite, 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. The halfway point is bustling Port Tampa and then the quiet serenity of Picnic Island Park. Breakfast will be at the American Legion Post overlooking the waters of Tampa Bay where, on a clear day you can spot the St. Petersburg skyline and, often, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The ride then winds back through South Tampa to the starting location. Restrooms at the start, midway and end of the ride.

September 8 - 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/pavillion to the right of the park entrance)
  • Distance: 25 miles
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Earl (727) 415-8993
Beginning with a 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 new 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. Breakfast after the ride.

September 15 - Pinellas Trail North - Dunedin to Tarpon Springs
  • 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: 25-30 miles depending on group 
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leaders: Will and Sandra (859-948-4684)
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 return. 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 the highway to add just a tiny challenge. Optional loops might include the new extension leg, riding through Anclote River Nature Park, Wall Springs Park or across the Intracoastal Waterway to Honeymoon Island and back. Restrooms at the train depot and at parks along the way. Breakfast in Dunedin after the ride.

September 22 - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg
  • Distance 20-25 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) - Do NOT park at the boat ramp
  • 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, touring the waterfront mansions of Snell Isle and "Old Northeast" on our way. Our breakfast stop is at a local cafe in downtown St. Pete before the return trip back to Weedon Island. Restrooms and water are available at the kayak launch near the starting location.

September 29 - Carrollwood to Lake Park
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Sub-World in Carrollwood Village, 10051 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa 33618
  • Distance: 25 miles
  • Speed: 10 -14 mph
  • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047
The ride begins and ends at Sub World (not SubWay!), with restroom stops available at the start and along the route. We'll head north through Forest Hills to Northdale and its short, but scenic Northdale Trail. Next we enter Lake Park, circling its shaded lakefronts and stopping for a break. After touring the park we'll return through Forest Hills and "old" Carrollwood. Breakfast will be at Sub World (a locally owned restaurant with awesome food) after the ride.

October 6 - Withlachoochee State Trail
  • Meeting Time: 8:15 AM - be ready to ride at 8:30 AM
  • Meeting Location: North Apopka Avenue Trail Crossing, 315 N Apopka Ave., Inverness, 34451, near the Registration Tent
  • Distance: Your choice of 14, 32, 48, 60 or 100 miles
  • Speed: 12 - 14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119
Ride with us for this annual event on the scenic 46-mile Withlachoochee Trail. All proceeds go to the Rails to Trails fund. You must register by September 14th to be guaranteed a tee shirt. The event features 5 sag stops, breakfast, lunch snacks, plus prize drawings. Last year they even had a (free!) beer truck! More info and registration at http://www.railstotrailsonline.com/registration-form.html
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 the northern section which is a 32-mile round trip.


***** Note NEW RIDE START TIME for Remaining Fall Rides ****

October 13 - 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.

October 20 - 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 (including Derek Jeter's mansion), the airport, dog park and boat basin as we ride a circuitous route around Davis Islands. We'll end up at a coffee shop on the Islands where we can enjoy coffee and pastries. 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 or Susie (813-236-8119) if you want to join up with them. Note: Restrooms along the route, but NONE at the start.

October 27 - North Tampa Ride to Odessa
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: NE corner of the parking lot formerly used by Sweetbay, 5320 Erhlich Road, Tampa 33625 (corner of Erhlich and Turner Roads - between Dale Mabry and the Veteran's Expressway)
  • Distance: 25 - 30 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Don (813) 964-9193
Ride from lovely Carrollwood Village neighborhoods and north Tampa subdivisions to the rural lanes and lakes of Odessa, and then returning back along the same route If you're lucky you might even see a llama! Enjoy bagels in Carrollwood following the ride.

November 3 - Ride the New Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Cypress Point Park, 5620 W. Cypress Avenue, Tampa 33607 (from North West Shore Blvd. turn west on Cypress until you reach the Bay and the park)
  • Distance: 24 miles
  • Speed: 12 -15 mph
  • Ride Leader: Joe (813)884-5575 Home, or Cell number morning of the ride (813)753-0770
Ride from Tampa's undiscovered Cypress Point Beach along a surprise bike trail that runs along Tampa International Airport. Then we'll pass through Skyway Park and orbit Rocky Point Golf Course before heading to the Courtney Campbell Causeway and its new pedestrian trail. We'll ride the trail to its western end, and then start our return to Cypress Point. Restrooms at the start and breakfast at the end (at Village Inn on W. Hillsborough Ave.) with lots of water views in-between. Not much shade on this ride, so bring sunscreen.

November 10 - Philippe Park to the Clearwater East/West Trail
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Shelter #5, Philippe Park, 2525 Phillippe Park, Safety Harbor 33625
  • Distance: 24 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Les Berty, (813) 598-4944
We begin near the entrance to Philippe Park and ride along the waters of Upper Tampa Bay until we connect with the Clearwater East/West Trail. Enjoy the twists, turns and short "hills" of this scenic bicycle trail as it winds through several of the area's prettiest parks, including a jaunt along the Phillies Spring Training facility. Following the ride we'll have breakfast in downtown Safety Harbor.

November 17 - Phantom 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 abandoned (aka "phantom") subdivisions and maybe see hot air balloons, egrets, sand hill cranes or possibly an alligator or black snake out for the morning sun, in addition to loads of new houses. 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. Shade is sparse, however, so plan on lots of sun screen and two bottles of water.

November 24 - Independent Pub to MacDill
  • 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: 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 the new downtown Riverwalk, Bayshore Blvd and the Gadsden Park Bike Trail. Stop to take in the waterfront views of Downtown Tampa at Ballast Point 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 Cafe's outdoor "patio" after the ride.

December 1 - Carrollwood to Lake Park
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Sub-World in Carrollwood Village, 10051 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa 33618
  • Distance: 25 miles
  • Speed: 10 -14 mph
  • Ride Leader: John (813) 613-6047
The ride begins and ends at Sub World (not SubWay!), with restroom stops available at the start and along the route. We'll head north through Forest Hills to Northdale and its short, but scenic Northdale Trail. Next we enter Lake Park, circling its shaded lakefronts and stopping for a break. After touring the park we'll return through Forest Hills and "old" Carrollwood. Breakfast will be at Sub World (a locally owned restaurant with awesome food) after the ride.

December 8 - 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 (including Derek Jeter's mansion), the airport, dog park and boat basin as we ride a circuitous route around Davis Islands. We'll end up at a coffee shop on the Islands where we can enjoy coffee and pastries. 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 or Susie (813-236-8119) if you want to join up with them. Note: Restrooms along the route, but NONE at the start.

December 15 - The Hills of Temple Terrace
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Parking lot at the SE corner of Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Avenue, Tampa, 33604 (corner of Sligh Avenue and North Blvd)
  • Distance: 30 miles
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119
Come and enjoy this surprisingly shady, but 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 rolling stretches in Temple Terrace. We'll drive to breakfast after the ride. Restrooms at the boat launch across the street before and after the ride.

December 22 - SweetBay to Picnic Island
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: SweetBay Supermarket at the SW corner of Howard Avenue and W. Swann Avenue (2100 W. Swann Ave., Tampa, FL 33606)
  • Distance: 20-24 miles
  • Speed: 10 - 14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Eddie (813) 690-8148
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. The halfway point is bustling Port Tampa and then the quiet serenity of Picnic Island Park. Breakfast will be at the American Legion Post overlooking the waters of Tampa Bay where, on a clear day you can spot the St. Petersburg skyline and, often, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The ride then winds back through South Tampa to the starting location. Restrooms at the start, midway and end of the ride.

December 29 - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg
  • Distance 20-25 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) - Do NOT park at the boat ramp
  • 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, touring the waterfront mansions of Snell Isle and "Old Northeast" on our way. Our breakfast stop is at a local cafe in downtown St. Pete before the return trip back to Weedon Island. Restrooms and water are available at the kayak launch near the starting location.

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