​​​​​​​Next Club Meeting:

Monday, Oct 9, 2017​ (7 PM, El Santiago Rec. Center)


Meeting Minutes - Posted on

  the Documents page[Click_Here]


Save the date for future Club Meetings:

          (7 PM, 2nd Monday of each month)

​          El Santiago Rec. Center

  • Monday, Nov 13, 2017​
  • Monday, Dec 11, 2017 (Christmas Party)

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.

Upcoming   Events

Click on underlined link for more information about each event

​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 $50.

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) 

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. 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.

The Villages, Florida

Results of the Merger Committee 7/24/2017

New Item

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

Club   Meetings

Pictures

​March 2017 Club Picnic

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.


On Monday, July 24, 2017 the Joint Merger Study Committee of the Sumter Landing Bicycle Club and The Village Bicycle Club convened for a third time and decided that most important goals of a merger could be met without the significant effort and potential divisiveness of an actual merger. 

The Committee was responding to comments and surveys from club members who strongly preferred the culture of their current clubs, and the findings of the five subcommittees it had appointed to study the implications of a merger on bylaws and structure, naming, ride rules, ride locations and schedules and finance and budget.

Based on the subcommittees’ findings, the two clubs would NOT need to merge to address these key goals:

1) Standard safety rules
2) Joint ride leader / sweep training
3) Joint meetings
4) Joint Saturday rides
5) Joint ride paperwork elimination 
6) Joint ride vocabulary  

The Committee was headed by Presidents John Komoroske (SLBC) and Chris Schmidt (TVBC) and included Dave Taylor, Dave Lawrence and Kay Carver of the SLBC and Bob Kraus, Paul Ratliff, and Pam Powell of the TVBC.  All of them gave generously of their time and met as many times as the Committee and their subcommittees required to fulfil their duty to their club’s members to study a potential merger in depth and give their best recommendation of how to proceed on their issues. 


​Presidents John Komoroske (SLBC) and Chris Schmidt (TVBC)

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

Ride Start Time Changes: 

Apr. 1 - Sept. 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


September 16-17, Saturday & Sunday
Flagler Fondo, Palm Coast, FL
Price Increase on September 4th. Use Promo Code ORMOND and Save 10% through September 3rd!  See 
Link.


​Sept. 21-27, Thursday - Wednesday

TVBC Fiddles-Cycles-Tar Heels Cycling Event

Informational Flyer <== Follow the instructions in the flyer.

Once you have your reservations, then follow this link below to officially signup for the trip. Reservations MUST be completed before signing up for the trip!  Signup Sheet Link.


Oct. 1, Sunday
Ride Start Times shift to 8:30 AM at El Santiago Rec. Center


Oct. 1, Sunday (DELAYED)

Annual Ride for Rails to Trails of the Withlacoochee, Inc. (RTW)

Sad news, cyclists. Extensive damage from Hurricane Irma is forcing us to delay the Annual Rails to Trails Bike Ride on the Withlacoochee State Trail. No matter how hard we work, the trail will not be safe for at least several weeks.  See Link

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Oct. 5-8, Thursday - Sunday

The 43rd Annual Mount Dora Bicycle Festival

​Every registration includes a specially designed Hincapie festival   jersey. Optional events are available on our website (wine pairing dinners, Lake Dora tour).  See Link

Oct. 7, Saturday (1st Saturday of the month)
Wear your club jersey day


Oct. 7, Saturday

Think Pink Breast Cancer Ride in Winter Garden on the West Orange Trail. See Link for additional details.


Oct. 9, Monday
TVBC Member Meeting 

7:00 - 8:15 PM at El Santiago Rec. Ctr.


​Oct. 13-14, Friday & Saturday

Warrior Grind Cycling Challenge

​The Trident Fitness WARRIOR GRIND: Cycling 250 Miles in 36 hours! Raising money and awareness for Veteran-Centered organizations through SEAL Swim Charities!  Please contact Kay Carver with questions if you would like to participate, donate, volunteer or sponsor this effort. If you want to sponsor Kay Carver then goto https://www.gofundme.com/warrior-grind-2017.


Oct. 19, Thursday

SLBC & TVBC Leader/Sweep Meeting

3PM, Eisenhower Rec Center.

For SLBC & TVBC members


YSC Tour de Pink (TdP) 

WEST COAST | October 27-29, 2017


Nov. 10 - 11, Friday & Saturday

H4H Big Bike Weekend

Use this Link 


Nov. 12, Sunday H4H RideAll participants in the 2017 Hearts for Our Hospital Bicycle Challenge are invited to join the Sumter Landing Bicycle Club for a special club ride.  The ride will leave from the La Hacienda Recreation Center at 8:00 AM.  All ride levels are welcome.  These are "no drop" rides.  Ride duration is 2 1/2 - 3 hours including a break at the halfway point.  What to bring?  Helmet, hydration and a small snack.  Sign-up Link.

More Information Link.


Nov. 13, Monday

TVBC Member Meeting

7:00 - 8:15 PM at El Santiago Rec. Ctr.


Nov. 18 - 19, Saturday & Sunday

The Florida Freewheelers will be hosting the "Horrible Hundred" for an astounding 38th time. The "Horrible Hundred" takes place over two eventful days in November.  See Link


Dec. 1, Friday

Sumter County Sheriff's Department youth bicycle collection is scheduled for Friday, December 1st, at Lake Miona Rec Center.

Dec. 2, Saturday (1st Saturday of the month)
Wear your club jersey day


Dec. 11, Monday

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

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


​April 14 - 19, 2018, Saturday - Thursday

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.


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