Gate Malfunction, Accident Report, Safety - Please use caution at the gates.  We had another cyclist get hit on Jan 6, 2015 by the exit gate on Enrique Drive.  An incident report has been submitted on the SLBC web site. I believe the cyclist was stationary waiting for the light and  gate came down on him.


Gate Malfunction - Use this form to report an improperly functioning entrance or exit gate. The information collected is forwarded to the appropriate officials.


Cycling Accidents - Use this form to report accidents requiring professional medical care.


Do you have an interesting bicycling news story for The Villages Daily Sun?

      Click Here to submit your info on the form.

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Welcome to The Village Bicycle Club (TVBC)

 

The Village Bicycle Club sponsors a Club ride everyday but main rides are Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday (see the "Club Ride Schedule" below for details. All visitors are welcome to ride with us but you must be 18 or older (see the "Visitor Agreement" below for details. 


Ride Start Time Changes: 

  • Apr 1 - Sep 30, rides start @ 8:00 AM at El Santiago
  • Oct 1 - Nov 30, rides start @ 8:30 AM at El Santiago
  • Dec 1 - Mar 31, rides start @ 9:00 AM at El Santiago

Also, you can start from the Ruby Tuesday parking lot at 30 minutes prior for the warm-up ride to El Santiago Rec Center.


Club meetings are at 7 PM on the 2nd Monday of each month in the El Santiago Recreation Center, 2373 Enrique Drive, The Villages, FL. Bring resident ID or guest pass for entry to the building.

The Villages, Florida

​​​​​​​Next Club Meeting:

Monday, Feb 12, 7 PM El Santiago Rec. Center


Members, spouses, friends, & visitors are all welcome but please bring your Village ID or guest pass for entry into the recreation center


Save the date for future Club Meetings:

          (7 PM, 2nd Monday of each month)

​          El Santiago Rec. Center

  • ​Mar 12, Monday, 7 PM
  • Apr 9, Monday, 6 PM (Club Picnic for Members & Associates)
  • No meetings May - September
  • Oct 8, Monday, 7 PM
  • Nov 12, Monday, 7 PM​


Want to join MVP Athletic Club?

See exclusive pricing on the "Links" Tab for TVBC members & associate members.

​​Club   Meetings

Pictures

​March 2017 Club Picnic

​Click here and check out this video showing why you should never overlap the wheel of the bike in front of your bike.

Club Jerseys - Phil Ruppert periodically places an order for club jerseys and shorts. They are available in both men's and women's CLUB CUT styles with full zipper or 1/4 zipper. Price is approx $65.

Contact Phil Ruppert (352) 391-7625  or e-mail drphil1983@att.net 


Bicycling in The Villages Video -- See The Villages video featuring members of our club and Sumter Landing club  (Click here) 

Police Report a Must for All Cyclists Hit by a Vehicle <=Click on link.
Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws, on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.
Traffic Crash Report is mandatory where a crash between a bicyclist and a motorist involves bodily injury to any party, death, or damage to any vehicle, bicycle or other property of at least $500. …​


FREE app called bikejournal.com.

Step-by-step instructions on how to register for bikejournal.com

If you have any questions, please contact Pam Powell (powellpd@aol.com) to get started.


TVBC (The Village Bicycle Club) has clothing items for sale with TVBC logo.  Many members and associates already have these items.  Wear your LOGO proudly! See price list in the "Links" tab above.  Various jerseys, shorts, tights, jackets and caps.

Cycling The Villages 
This is the bicycle master plan for The Villlages that was prepared by the Bike Friendly Advocacy Group.  We received a Silver award from the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) for 2014-2018 as a Bike-Friendly Community.  We will be re-applying next year and hope to receive a Gold award.  Cycling The Villages is part of this process.  Click on the link to download a PDF file of the document.  Please review it and send any comments, corrections or suggested additions to Diana Mirkin, diana@drmirkin.com

Upcoming   Events

Click on underlined link for more information about each event

Dec 1, Fri

Rides start @ 9:00 AM at El Santiago​. Also, you can start from the Ruby Tuesday parking lot at 8:30AM for the warm-up ride to El Santiago Rec Center.

Feb 23, Fri

Dawn DiNome and Flashback Band Fundraiser

for the Sumter Youth Center. Featuring Dawn DiNome, the Flashback Band, a 50/50 pot containing $1,000 already and a fabulous raffle table with over 60 prizes.  [LINK] recommended by Wally Kurz, Peg Casey and Jen Smith.


Feb 24 & 25, Sat - Sun 

Outdoor Expo at La Hacienda Rec Center

Saturday 9am - 3pm

Sunday 10am - 3pm

The Outdoor Expo is open to everyone and no ID is required.


Mar 3, Sat - 1st Saturday of the month
Wear your club jersey day


Mar 4, Sun
Annual Ride for Rails to Trails of the Withlacoochee, Inc. (RTW) has been rescheduled to Sunday, March 4, 2018. If you're already registered - GREAT! You should have received an email with options if you can't make it March 4. If you haven't signed up yet, head on over to rttwst.org and sign up today. See Link

 

Mar. 11, Sun     Daylight Saving Time starts

Rides continue to start @ 9:00 AM at El Santiago​​

Mar. 12, Mon

Club Meeting, 7PM @ El Santiago Rec. Center

Speaker: Jim Dodson - Bicycle Accident Attorney


Mar 25, Sun

The Friends of the Legacy Trail presents "The 2018 Tour de Parks"

Scenic bike ride through Sarasota

Begin and ends at the Historic Venice Train Depot, 303 E. Venice Ave., Venice, FL
Bicyclists may choose among rides of 20, 35 and 62 miles. Entry fees include breakfast, lunch, a tech T-shirt to the first 650 registrants, SAG support and rest stations with water and snacks.  Rides begin at 7:30 a.m.; breakfast at 6:30 a.m.

For additional information or registration, please use this LINK


Apr 1, Sun

Rides start @ 8:00 AM at El Santiago. Also, you can start from the Ruby Tuesday parking lot at 7:30AM for the warm-up ride to El Santiago Rec Center.


Apr. 9, Mon

Club Picnic: 5PM

ALL Members, Associates, spouses, & guests are welcome, no ID required. More details next month.
Plan to be there since these are the only Club meetings until October. There are no Club meetings during May, June, July, August, nor September.


​Apr 14 - 19, Sat - Thu

Florida Bicycle Safari 2018.  Registration starts 1/1/18​

 

Apr 21, Sat

Ride for the Arts, Ocala, FL, see Link for details.

3 Routes: 70 miles, 40 miles & 14 miles

 

May 7, Mon

Club Cycling Trip to Paris & the Loire Valley
We are going cycling i
n France and you're invited to go with us. The trip (reservation # 276451-Chris Schmidt) is rated “Easy” as we will be site-seeing while casually cycling through the "Garden of France".  Only 2 spots still available to anyone.  [LINK]

  

​​Looking for more in Florida --- Check out Cycling Across America.

Group Riding Training Manuals


For more information and exercises on group riding techniques, refer to the following documents.

Documents courtesy of Jack Logomarsino and the Sumter Landing Bicycle Club

 and League of American Bicyclists

VISITORS: ALL VISITORS ARE WELCOME TO RIDE WITH US but you must be 18 or older. You do not have to be a club member for your first ride. Check out the "Club Ride Schedule" then print the "Visitor Agreement." Complete, sign, and bring it with you on a Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday. Your contact information is NOT shared nor sold. New riders should arrive 10 minutes early so we can get you into the right pace group. Helmets, mirrors, and hydration are required.

Club   Logo   Clothing

The Village Bicycle Club Board of Directors has unanimously approved the following addition and changes to the Club Bylaws and plans to bring it to a vote of the membership. 


Addition to the Bylaws

Section 2.1.5 Club Decorum (March or April Meetings)

     The Villages Bicycle Club is a Villages Lifestyle Club whose mission is to create a safe, secure, and respectful environment to enjoy cycling and other club related activities. Proper decorum amongst club members and associates is essential to promote the clubs mission and create an environment of cooperation and respect between members and associates, as well as the general public.

​     With this goal in mind The Villages Bicycle Club has adopted a zero tolerance policy regarding the display of physical aggression, verbal abuse, profanity, and/ or sexual harassment by club members, associates, and/or visitors during any club ride or other sanctioned activity.

     Individuals observed and reported to be engaging in these type of behaviors risk reprimand or disciplinary action by the Village Bicycle Club Board of Directors. Disciplinary action following appropriate review is at the discretion of the Board of Directors and may include but not be limited to verbal/written reprimand, temporary suspension from club activities, or permanent termination of club membership or association.


Changes to the Bylaws (April Meeting)
Explanation: Some wording in the club bylaws makes voting by the general membership on important issues difficult.  Consequently, it was approved to change the definition of “quorum” to 12 members.  It was also approved to change the required advance notice for voting on important issues from 45 days to 21 days.  Advance notice may be given by providing details of the proposed issue via email, the club newsletter, or posting on the club website.


Section 5.9 A quorum at any regular or special meeting of TVBC shall be not less than 12 active members (currently 30 active members) in good standing.


Section 8.2 After the Board of Directors has approved the proposed change it shall be published via the TVBC website no less than 21 days (currently 45 days) before the date of the designated membership meeting for approving changes. Changes to the bylaws shall require a two-thirds vote by the members attending and voting for approval.

Thanks
Chris Schmidt

President