​​​​​​​Next Club Meeting:

Monday, Dec 11, 2017​ (6 PM, El Santiago Rec. Center)

Christmas Party - ​Members, spouses, and guests are welcome but please bring your resident ID or guest pass for entry to the building. Advance payment required. Bring your check to the ride start or mail it. Cost:

  • $7 per person or $14 a couple before Friday 12/1/17
  • $10 per person or $20 a couple starting Friday 12/1/17

For all the details [LINK]


Save the date for future Club Meetings:

          (7 PM, 2nd Monday of each month)

​          El Santiago Rec. Center

  • Jan 8, 2018 Monday, 7 PM
  • Feb 12 Monday, 7 PM
  • Mar 12, Monday, 7 PM
  • Apr 9, Monday, 6 PM (Club Picnic for Members & Associates)
  • May 14, Monday, 7 PM
  • No meetings June - September
  • Oct 8, Monday, 7 PM
  • Nov 12, Monday, 7 PM​


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

​​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

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.


Dec 1, Fri

Details for the annual Sheriff’s Bikes for Kids are available.  You and your friends can get rid of that old bike in the garage.  Volunteers are again needed for the day of the event.  More Info


Dec 1, Fri
Micanopy Away Ride & Tour
SLBC & TVBC, Limit 20 riders, signup required [LINK]
32 Miles—16/17 mph
Florida as it used to be.


Dec 1, Fri

Rides start @ 9:00 AM at El Santiago


Dec 2, Sat  - 1st Saturday of the month

Wear your club jersey day


Dec 11, Mon

TVBC Christmas Party, 6PM at El Santiago Rec. Center

Advance payment required.  Please bring your resident ID or guest pass for entry to the building. For all the details [LINK]


Jan 6, 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


​Apr 14 - 19, 2018, Sat - Thu

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



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.

      Click Here to see what has already been submitted.

The Villages, Florida

When:          Monday December 11, 2017 at 6 PM
Where:         El Santiago Rec Center
Cost:            $7 per person or $14 a couple before Friday 12/1/17
                    $10 per person or $20 a couple starting Friday 12/1/17


Members, spouses, significant others, and guests are welcome.

     Please bring your resident ID or guest pass for entry to the Rec Center. 
Provided by the Club (Sharon Bennett):

  • Homemade meat lasagna, vegetarian lasagna, and turkey (open buffet).
  • Also bread/butter, dressing, plates, cups, silverware, salt, & pepper.


Bring your own drinks and people whose last name is:

  • A-G please bring a dessert to share
  • H-N please bring an appetizer to share
  • O-Z please bring a salad to share


*Couples bring enough to share with 8, singles bring enough to share with 4, and bring a serving utensil if needed for your dish.

Submit your name(s) and check/cash to or Sharon Bennett or Pam Powell before December. Checks are preferred and can be made payable to “The Village Bicycle Club,” if paying by cash please bring exact change. Bring it to the ride start or mail it to Sharon Bennett, 521 Cammarano Place, The Villages, FL 32162.  For Questions: Sharon Bennett 630-336-7614, sbennettrdh@yahoo.com.

THANKS to Sharon Bennett & Pam Powell and also to the following for volunteering to help plan and setup for the party. Many hands make light work:
 Bob Gribble, Paul and Sue Ratliff, Ed and Anne Hankwitz, Linda Schmalz and Mike Rose, Cecile Kraus, Lyn Smith, & Dr. Phil




Cycling Trip to France


We are going cycling in 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 a group of 20 can go, 6 spots are already taken, and I have the 14 remaining spots available to both bicycle clubs.

The main trip is 
May 9-18, 2018 and we are also taking the optional pre-trip to Paris starting Monday, May 7, 2018.  The trip is with VBT and you can review the full tour itinerary, accommodations, photos, and more, on this Link.  Let me know ASAP if you have questions about the trip, air fare, discounts, or how to reserve your spot.  Hope you can join us for this fun time. 

Thanks
Chris Schmidt
937-684-6930

See photos & lots more information on the website Link.

Club   Logo   Clothing

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Pictures

​March 2017 Club Picnic

Upcoming   Events

Click on underlined link for more information about each event

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


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.

​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) 

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.