July - August, 2017 Rides

July 2 - Weedon Island to St. Petersburg
  • Distance 26 miles 
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45)
  • 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 (this is a landline - do not text!)
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 return to our cars via a different route through St. Pete. Restrooms at the start and midway at our breakfast stop.

July 9 - Safety Harbor to the Clearwater Ream Wilson East/West Trail
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM, riders leave promptly at 7:45
  • 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 along the waters of Upper Tampa Bay, the Safety Harbor Spa and downtown Safety Harbor until we connect with the Clearwater Ream Wilson East/West Trail. On the Trail we'll enjoy the twists, turns and short "hills" of this scenic bike trail as it winds through several of the area's prettiest parks, across a boardwalk into a wildlife sanctuary, down the middle of a Frisbee golf course and a jaunt past the Phillies Spring Training facility. Following the ride we'll have breakfast in downtown Safety Harbor. 

July 16 - Pinellas Trail to Tarpon Springs and Fred Howard Beach
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (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 (Note: there is a small fee for parking - $1.50 for 3 hours. Credit cars are accepted. Or, you can park in the dirt lot across from the trail and depot for free!)
  • Distance: 29 miles 
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Wayne Green (801) 520-0350 (call or text)
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.

July 23 - Tour of Tampa via Palmetto Beach

  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM, riders leave promptly at 7:45
  • Meeting Location: The Independent Beer Pub and Cafe, 5016 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, 33603 - two blocks south of Hillsborough Ave. Note: Park in the vacant lot across the street - you can also use the fenced lot there. Do NOT park behind the Dollar Tree Store or you will be towed.
  • Distance: 19 miles 
  • Speed: 10-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Susie (813) 236-8119 (this is a landline - do not text!)
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. Just outside of Ybor City we'll ride south to explore Palmetto Beach and the McKay Bay bike trail, then head back to 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.

July 30 - 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 (call or text)
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 restroom 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 after the ride.

August 6 - Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB 
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM, riders leave promptly at 7:45 
  • Meeting Location: The Independent Beer Pub and Cafe, 5016 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, 33603 - two blocks south of Hillsborough, Note: Park in the vacant lot across the street - you can also use the fenced lot there. Do NOT park behind the Dollar Tree Store or you will be towed.
  • Distance: 26 miles
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • Ride Leader: Earl (727) 415-8993 (call or text)
Ride from The Independent Beer Pub in Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB and back via sections 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 lining Bayshore Blvd. We'll stop to enjoy the waterfront views of Downtown Tampa at Ballast Point Park on the way back, then return through Hyde Park and along the winding streets along the Hillsborough River. Enjoy brunch, pastries and gourmet coffee back at the Independent Cafe's outdoor patio after the ride.

August 13 - 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.

August 20 - Davis Islands Ride

  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (prompt departure at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Sandra Freedman Tennis Complex Parking Lot, 59 Columbia Drive, Tampa 33606 (next to Tampa General Hospital)
  • Distance: 14-16 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 or text Les (813) 598-4944 if you want to join them.

August 27 - 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: 12-16 mph
  • 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.



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