2014 Ride Schedule

January 5 - 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 (if it's not too crowded!). Note: Restrooms usually NOT available at the ride start, so plan accordingly.

January 12 -
The Hills of Temple Terrace OR Little Sights of Seminole Heights/Sunday Morning Market - We have two rides for you to choose from this Sunday: our shortest and one of our longest.

For 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) - Note: this is the parking lot directly opposite the traffic light. Your GPS will want to take you to the main Zoo parking which is the wrong parking lot.
  • 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, possibly hooking up with the riders from the Seminole Heights ride at the Sunday Market. Restrooms at the boat launch across the street before and after the ride. This one was rained out in December, so let's hope for a dryer day this Sunday.

For the Seminole Heights/Sunday Morning Market Ride:
  • 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.

January 19 - 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.

January 26 - 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.

February 2 - North Tampa Ride to Odessa
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location:  Parking lot behind the Shell Gas Station, 5368 Ehrlich Rd., Tampa 33624 (corner of Erhlich and Lynn 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.

February 9 - 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.

February 16 - 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.

February 23 - Thonotosassa Circuit
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: John B. Sergeant's Park, 12702 US Highway 301, Thonotosassa, FL 33592 (bring $2 parking fee - they DO check!)
  • 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 oh too 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. Restrooms at the park. There are lots of long straight country roads here, with minimal traffic, for those of you who like to race ahead. WARNING: NO water (i.e., no stores) on this route, so make sure you start with two bottles of liquid. Unless we chance by the odd porta-potty, any necessary stops will be true "natural breaks." Breakfast after the ride.

March 2 - 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/pavillion to the right of the park entrance)
  • Distance: 25 miles
  • Speed: 12-16 mph
  • 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 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.

March 9 - Tour of Tampa from Lowry Park - Don't forget Daylight Savings Time begins this morning - set your clocks ahead 1 hour - ride time will not change
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM, DST (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) - **Note: this is the parking lot directly opposite the traffic light. Your GPS will want to take you to the main Zoo parking which is the wrong lot.
  • Distance: 18 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 the newest sections of Tampa's Riverwalk, as we tour Seminole Heights, Ybor City, Channelside, Harbor Island, the Convention Center, Cotanchobee Park and downtown Tampa sights. We'll return, following the Hillsborough River through Riverside Heights, Tampa Heights and South Seminole Heights, and stop for breakfast at a new Seminole Heights café before we return to our cars. This is a great ride for novice riders or those new to Tampa. Expect lots of twists and turns, stop signs and stop lights (which we'll obey) as we cycle through Tampa's downtown areas.

March 16 - 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.

March 23 - Return to the St. Pete Pier
  • 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 we circle the Pier and then return to Weedon Island. Restrooms and water are available at the kayak launch near the starting location.

March 30 - 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.

April 6 - Seminole Heights to MacDill AFB
  • 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. We'll pass by 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 Cafe's outdoor "patio" after the ride.

April 13 - Short Ride or Long - Your Choice this Week

We have two rides for you to choose from this Sunday: our shortest and one of our longest.

    Short Ride: 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 and most scenic neighborhoods. Discover historic houses, lovely yards, shady tree-lined streets and pocket parks sprinkled along the Hillsborough River. We'll tour along shady, tree-lined side streets, avoiding busy roads and traffic. 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, historic neighborhood at a slow and leisurely pace.

    Long Ride: Suncoast Parkway and Starkey Park Loop
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Southern Terminus of the Suncoast 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 West Lutz-Lake Fern Road, Lutz 33558). 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 just under 7 miles to the entrance into 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 many long straight sections 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.

April 20 - Safety Harbor 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 Philippe Park, Safety Harbor 33625
  • Distance: 24 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Will and Sandra (859-948-4684) and Margaret (813) 254-8882
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 East/West Trail. On the Trail we'll enjoy the twists, turns and short "hills" of this scenic bicycle 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.

April 27 - NEW TIME!!! Carrollwood to Lake Park
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: (former) 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 the former Sub-World parking lot in Carrollwood. 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. We'll drive to breakfast after the ride as Sub-World is not longer in business.

May 4 - 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: Margaret (813) 254-8882
We'll 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 circle Rocky Point Golf Course before heading to the Courtney Campbell Causeway and its new pedestrian trail (where fisherpeople are NOT allowed!!). We'll ride the trail to its western end and then start our return to Cypress Point. We'll drive to breakfast after the ride (Village Inn on W. Hillsborough Ave.) If you like cycling with lots of water views, this ride is for you. Not much shade, though, so bring sunscreen.

May 4 - 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: Margaret (813) 254-8882
We'll 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 circle Rocky Point Golf Course before heading to the Courtney Campbell Causeway and its new pedestrian trail (where "fisherpeople" are NOT allowed!!). We'll ride the trail to its western end and then start our return to Cypress Point. We'll drive to breakfast after the ride. If you like cycling with lots of water views, this ride is for you. Not much shade, though, so bring sunscreen.
 
NOTE: ALL REMAINING RIDES WILL NOW START 30 MINUTES EARLIER FOR THE ENTIRE SUMMER!!!

May 11 - 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 behind the Shell Gas Station, SW corner of Erhlich and Turner Roads - between N. 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 breakfast in Carrollwood following the ride.

May 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
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.

!!!NEW RIDE - NEW LEADER - NEW RIDE!!!
May 25 - 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 the highway to add a tiny 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 view the Gulf of Mexico at Fred Howard Beach. We'll return to the 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.

June 1 - 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
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 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 8 - 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 in the middle of the ride, at a local cafe in downtown St. Pete. After breakfast we'll circle 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.

June 15 - Tour de Forest Hills

  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Jersey Mike's Subs 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 drive to eat after the ride.

June 22 - The Hills of Temple Terrace:
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: The Independent Bar and Café, 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 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. Breakfast after the ride. Restrooms at the start and on the ride.

June 29 - Safety Harbor 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 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 East/West Trail. On the Trail we'll enjoy the twists, turns and short "hills" of this scenic bicycle 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 6 - 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 in the middle of the ride, at a local cafe in downtown St. Pete. After breakfast we'll circle 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.

July 13 - 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 (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.

July 20 - 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 (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. We'll pass by 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 Cafe's outdoor "patio" after the ride.

 July 27 - 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 behind the Shell Gas Station, SW corner of Erhlich and Turner Roads - between N. Dale Mabry and the Veteran's Expressway)
  • Distance: 20-25 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Will and Sandra (859-948-4684)
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 breakfast at a nearby restaurant following the ride.
 
August 3 - Tour of Tampa and Free Bike Clinic
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM,  (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Velo Champ Bicycle Shop, 6112 N. Central Ave., Tampa, 33604 (park on the east/Church side of Central if possible)
  • Distance: ~20 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 the newest sections of Tampa's Riverwalk and Greenways connector trails, as we tour Seminole Heights, Ybor City, Channelside, Harbor Island, the Convention Center, Cotanchobee Park and downtown Tampa sights. On arriving in Ybor City we'll take a loop south to explore Palmetto Beach and the McKay Bay bike trails, then turn towards downtown Tampa. We'll return through Tampa Heights and Robles Park. Once back at Velo Champ, Jordan Miller will give us a short demonstration on how to change a flat tire, measure your chain and other tips on easy bike maintenance. We can order food from Mikey's café next door and they will deliver it to the bike shop while we listen to Jordan. This is a great ride for novice riders or those new to Tampa, as well as a wonderful opportunity to pick up some tips and tricks on taking care of our bikes. Restrooms midway and at the end of the ride. Starbucks, four blocks south on Central Avenue, will be open at the start of the ride
 
!!!NEW RIDE - NEW LEADER - NEW RIDE!!!
August 10 - 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 the highway to add a tiny 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 view 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 17 - 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
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.
 
August 24 - Tour de Forest Hills - New Starting Location!
  • Meeting Time: 7:30 AM (riders leave promptly at 7:45 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Babe Zaharis Golf Course Clubhouse, 11412 Forest Hills Drive, Tampa, FL, 33612 (Please park in the dirt overflow parking area just south of the paved area that the golfers would use)
  • 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 the historic Clubhouse after the ride - prices are supposed to be very inexpensive.
 
***Another New Ride***
August 31 - 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: Susie (813) 236-8119

Starting at the Dunedin Trailhead we'll ride south on the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail for about 15 miles, then turnaround and return. We'll ride through the industrial outskirts of Clearwater on a newly recycled "bicycle boulevard", and then hit the quiet and shady residential areas of Bellaire, Largo and Seminole. Just before our turnaround point at Tyrone Square in northern 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 entire distance, feel free to start with us and then turnaround 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.

September 7 - Safety Harbor 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 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 East/West Trail. On the Trail we'll enjoy the twists, turns and short "hills" of this scenic bicycle 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.
 
September 14 - 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 (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. We'll pass by 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 Cafe's outdoor patio after the ride.

September 21 - 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 stop of the ride.

September 28 - 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 (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 if you want to join up with them.

Note: Restrooms along the route, but NONE at the start.

!!!NOTE NEW MEETING TIME FOR THIS RIDE!!!
October 5 - Withlacoochee State Trail
  • Meeting Time: 8:30 AM - be ready to ride at 8:45 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: 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 12th 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.php
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: ALL RIDES WILL NOW START 30 MINUTES LATER - MEET AT 8:00 AM, RIDE AT 8:15


For October 12th - two rides to choose from: Ride Short or Ride Long!!

Long Ride, October 12 - 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 the highway to add a tiny 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 view 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, October 12 - 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 First 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.

October 19 - 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)
  • 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 in the middle of the ride, at a local cafe in downtown St. Pete. After breakfast we'll circle 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 26 - 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 2 - Ride the Courtney
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: Cypress Point Park, 5620 W. Cypress Avenue, Tampa 33607 (from N Westshore Blvd. turn west on Cypress, go until you reach the dead-end, turn left and enter the park)
  • Distance: 24 miles
  • Speed: 12-14 mph
  • Ride Leader: Joe (813) 884-5574, Morning of ride only (813) 753-0770)
We'll ride from Tampa's undiscovered Cypress Point Park and Beach along the Cypress Point Bike Trail, visiting the Cypress Point Office Park area and skirting the border of Tampa International Airport. Then we'll pass through Skyway Park and circle Rocky Point Golf Course before heading to the Courtney Campbell Causeway and its new pedestrian trail. We'll ride the trail to its current western end (construction to take the trail into Pinellas County is currently in progress), and then start our return to Cypress Point. Breakfast will be at scenic Hogan's Beach shortly before the end of the ride. If you like cycling with lots of water views, this ride is for you. Not much shade, though, so bring sunscreen.

November 09 - 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 behind the Shell Gas Station, SW corner of Erhlich and Turner Roads - between N. 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 return back along the same route If you're lucky you might even see a llama! Enjoy breakfast in Carrollwood following the ride.

November 16 - 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. Once back at our cars we'll enjoy an authentic "old world" breakfast at a German crepes restaurant or another, local eatery.

November 23 - 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 extra sun screen and water.

November 30 - Thonotosassa Circuit
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly 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. WARNING: NO water (i.e., no stores) on this route, so make sure you start with two bottles of liquid. Also, this is one of our longer and more rural rides. There are no easy short-cuts back to the start once we've left the lake. There are restrooms at the park, but none on the ride. Unless we chance by the odd porta-potty, any necessary stops will be true "natural breaks."  We'll drive to breakfast after the ride.

December 7 - Them Thar Hills around San Antonio
  • Meeting Time: 8:00 AM (riders leave promptly at 8:15 AM)
  • Meeting Location: San Antonio Railroad Depot Museum, 32627 Railroad Ave, San Antonio, FL 33576.
  • Distance: 22 miles with the addition of a very hilly 5-mile loop at the end of the ride, 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 Road. Most of our riding 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 at a new restaurant 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 none on the ride route. (Note:

Basic directions from Tampa: take I-75 north to Exit 285 onto FL- 52 E towards San Antonio/Dade City. Turn left onto Curley Rd/Co Rd 577 for .08 miles and turn left onto Railroad Ave. The railroad depot museum will be on the left. Look for railroad cars and a depot.)

December 14 - 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)
  • 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 circle 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 21 - 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 if you want to join up with them.
Note: Restrooms along the route, but NONE at the start.

December 28 - 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 on a newly recycled "bicycle boulevard", and then hit the quiet and shady residential areas of Bellaire, Largo and Seminole. Just before our turnaround point at Tyrone Square in northern 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 entire 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.
 

1 comment:

  1. Re Lowry Park ride parking: looks like there's houses on the southeast corner of Sligh Avenue and North Blvd, is the parking on the northeast corner by a boat ramp?

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