​​​Next Club Meeting:

Monday,​ September 12, 2016, 7 PM at El Santiago Rec. Ctr.

  • Fall/Winter Ride Schedule
  • Proposed changes to the By-Laws
  • Experiences at RAGBRAI
  • Social Time

Please bring your resident ID or guest pass for entry to the building


Meeting Minutes - Posted on

  the Documents page[Click_Here]



Future Club Meetings: (7 PM, 2nd Monday of each month)

  • Monday, September 12, 2016
  • Monday, October 10, 2016
  • Monday, November 14, 2016
  • Monday, December 12, 2016
  • Monday, January 9, 2017
  • Monday, February 13, 2017
  • Monday, March 13, 2017
  • Monday, April 10, 2017
  • Monday, May 8, 2017
  • Monday, June 12, 2017

Sep. 23, Friday

Cycling Senior Games in Gainesville 


Oct. 1, Saturday 

Ride Start changes to 8:30 AM at El Santiago

The Village Bicycle Club Jersey Day


Oct. 7-9, Friday-Sunday 

Mount Dora Bicycle Festival, 341 Alexander Street, Mount Dora, FL, United States. Join us for a 3-day weekend with multiple routes, festivities, and excitement galore. With fourteen routes to choose from, you are sure to find what you are looking for in beautiful Mount Dora.


Oct. 22, ​Saturday

Sante Fe Century, the north ride

Gainesville Cycling Club Web Site: http://gccfla.org/gcf/

NEW ROUTING FOR 2016!
Saturday Distances: 103, 68, 55, 32, 18 miles
Post Ride Beer!

Oct. 23, ​Sunday

Horse Farm Hundred, the south ride

Gainesville Cycling Club Web Site: http://gccfla.org/gcf/

Sunday Distances: 102, 57, 45, 30, 25 Miles

A free craft beer to all registrants!


Nov. 5, Saturday 

The Village Bicycle Club Jersey Day

Nov. 6, Sunday 

End DST: Move your clocks backward 1 hour, gain an hour of sleep


Nov. 11, Friday 

Villages Cycling Expo


Nov. 12, Saturday 

Hearts for Our Hospital Event Ride

Don't miss out! Go to http://h4hbikeweekend.com to register.


Dec. 2, Friday 

Sheriff’s Bikes for Kids


Dec. 3, Saturday 

The Village Bicycle Club Jersey Day


December 3 - 11 

The 2016 Florida Senior Games will be held in Clearwater FL.


April 8, 2017, Saturday 

We Bike for Kids ride, hosted by The Villages Bicycle Club


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. Club meetings are for residents only and the Club meets at 7 PM on the second 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. Guests of Village residents are welcome to ride with the Club.

The Villages , Florida

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. 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 are required and mirrors are highly recommended. BRING your Visitor Agreement and Village ID or Guest ID card. If you don't have a Village ID or Guest ID card, you can still ride with us and use any of the restrooms but not the other ammenities nor recreation centers. If you forget to bring a form, ask and we usually carry a few blank Visitor Agreement Forms.

Club   Meetings

​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 - Clay Smith 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 $50. Contact Clay Smith 352-396-3137  or e-mail 68gamecock@gmail.com 


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

Upcoming   Events

Click on underlined link for more information about each event

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

Pictures

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

I would like to start off by welcoming back our Snowbird riders. I trust you had a great summer, but you were missed. Emmett, it will be particularly good to see you riding with us again.

One of my goals when I became President of TVBC was to try to make sure we had fun doing a sport we love to do and to do it safely. While we may not spend enough time talking about riding safely, it should be paramount in our minds AT ALL TIMES!

As has been documented, more people get injured pace lining than at any other time in a group ride. It is perhaps the most fun too. This is definitely when one has to be on their "A" game. Spacing is paramount. Fortunately, we have a great group of advanced riders in our club and the number of accidents is relatively low considering how many miles we ride each week. Take a look at our Bike Journal stats. Over 142,000 miles with 40 people reporting. Thank you all that are doing this. We are now #4 in Bike Journal with over 455 clubs reporting.

One other aspect of riding safely is being courteous to other riders and motorists as well. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies. Have you ever been driving your car and seen a group of bicycle riders and just shake your head at what you know are riders not very courteous? I know I have.

When over taking another rider or group of riders, it is courteous to let them know what your intentions are. A simple "On your left" should be sufficient. You might want to inform the leader of the group being overtaken as to how many people are in your group that is passing. NEVER PASS ON THE RIGHT. Once the last rider is passed, make sure there is ample room before pulling back in to your group.

Signaling and calling out your intention to turn or stop is also critical. Pointing out debris in the roadway is also extremely important.

I know we can all add to this list of safety features, and I ask you to do so each time you ride your bike.

Thank you, and Ride Safe

Clay Smith
President, The Village Bicycle Club


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) or myself (68gamecock@gmail.com) to get started.

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.


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


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