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Bike/Walk Central Florida Newsletter #33 — Aug. 5, 2011

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Bike/Walk Central Florida


Come out and ride with us this evening! 

First Friday, August 5th, 6 p.m., departing from Loch Haven Park near the Orlando Museum of Art and the Orlando Science Center.  Wear your helmet – easy does it – this is a slow ride of about 10 – 15 miles.  Great fun for the whole family.  We ride in the street, but not in a storm, so watch the skies.

Stay Out of Hoogerland

Avid cyclist and advocate Hal Downing writes about this year’s Tour de France:  “I will never get out of my mind the scene in Stage 9 when a media car clipped Juan Antonio Flecha and sent Johnnie Hoogerland into a barbed-wire fence -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szSw74rXegw.  That Johnnie not only finished the stage but finished the Tour will seal his place in cycling history.  It also has resulted in his name becoming synonymous with any painful but non-lethal cycling accident.  Go over your handlebars, suffer broken bones or lacerated skin or chipped teeth, whenever you’re in a world-of-hurt, you’re in “Hoogerland.”

Here’s Something Really Different

Velodrome racing!  In what is being billed as the world’s shortest indoor track, -> http://www.firestonelive.net/v1046/admin/files/events/gwp_110115_4391.jpg , the Red Bull Mini Drome will make its first US appearance in Orlando on August 25th. Go here -> http://tinyurl.com/4l5qe46. If you want “in” on the action, sign up quick!  Dan Kinnee at RetroCity says, “Time trial starts at 7:30 pm, race starts at 9 pm.  See you there!  Register for the event here>http://tinyurl.com/3f2u49m.

Speaking of Short …

Let us know if you can find a bike lane shorter than this one:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1263069/Britains-shortest-cycle-lane-opened-Cardiff–just-8ft-long.html


Cycling Savvy

For information, including directions, as well as dates and times of future classes, or to sign up, go to:  http://www.cyclingsavvy.com/.


The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Cycle for Life Event 

October 9 departing from Lake Sylvan Park in Seminole County.  Contact Lisa Murphy at [email protected] or call Lisa at 407 339 2978!

Recurring Rides

(The next First Friday ride is TONIGHT – August 5th)

First Fridays: Take it to the streets bike ride to promote civility: 6 p.m. on the First Friday of each month. Check our Facebook Fan page for start locations.

UCF Bike Bus: Downtown Orlando to UCF, then UCF to Downtown Orlando. Follow bike bus in real time via GPS at http://commuteorlando.com/bikebus/

Ride With Steve: Beginner ride. Meet at Winter Garden Wheel Works in Downtown Winter Garden, 8 a.m., Saturdays. – Sponsored by Winter Garden Wheel Works  .

See our Calendar for other family rides:



S-Cargo farmers market rides featuring utility bikes and trailers

Ice Cream Socials: night rides through Downtown Orlando


Unless specifically designated as a trail ride, our rides take place on public streets. Headlights and red rear flashers are required for night rides. Helmets are encouraged, and are required for children under 16.

We observe all traffic laws and traffic signals.

Our rides are typically 10 to 15 miles, roundtrip, and average 10 miles an hour, a comfortable pace for most adults and teens. May be too fast for younger children and adults with health issues.


These rides are social in nature.

For longer, more aggressive group rides, subscribe to Hal Downing’s group ride newsletter by emailing [email protected] .

If you prefer a slow ride bike group, try the Backpack Bikers, on Saturdays at 11 am outside by the bike rack at the 24-hour fitness club by Super Target near the corner of Orange Avenue and Michgan Street in the Crystal Lake Subdivision.  Contact Cynthia Morrison at cmorrison0414@gmail.com .

If you have a social ride you would like us to help promote, please email me at the address below.


Brad Kuhn

Executive Director

[email protected]