News, Events & Highlights

Bernie Stopper

​From his daughter: My father, Bernie Stopper, went to heaven on June 23, 2015 at 2:30 in the afternoon. He was my hero and the strongest person I've ever known. He had 18 amazing years after being diagnosed with cancer, made the most of life, and made every moment count. We are grateful for the wonderful memories and thankful to all that made them happen. His family farm in Pennsylvania will be his final resting place and a private family service is planned. He was involved in many charities and was constantly giving. Donations can be made to his favorite charities:

Leesburg Humane Society
41250 Emeralda Island Road
Leesburg, FL 34788

We Bike for Kids 
P.O. Box 2166
Lady Lake, FL. 32158


Saturday 2015.05.30. Bernie has been fighting prostate cancer for 18 years and is now on chemo. “The Chemo and cancer does have me a bit “down” and very weak. I can’t thank you both enough for arranging the visit and all those that showed up. To say the least you all made my day.” 

Next Club Meeting:

  • Monday, September 14th at 7PM, La Hacienda Recreation Center, 1200 Avenida Central, The Villages, FL 32159.
  • 1) Member Patti Saxby - Cycling across the USA
  • 2) Member Bob Kraus - to give a report on the meeting he attended with Bill Elliott, Division Chief of Community Watch.
  • 3) New member Bob Burns - His experience winning two gold medals at the 2015 National Senior Games
  • Please bring resident or guest pass for entry to the building.


Meeting Minutes - Posted on the Documents page[Click_Here]. Note that Dr. Gabe Mirkin presented at the May meeting and here is his presentation if you missed it:  How to be a Better Cyclist.pptx


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

  • Monday, October 12, 2015 - 6PM Carry-In Pot Luck dinner to Welcome Back the Snowbirds (in the A/C at La Hacienda)
  • Monday, November 9, 2015 - Member Steve Agronick - (1) The new Sun Cycle Center / Wildwood Cyclery, (2) The new Trek Precision Bike Fit System. (3) His experience from the National Mountain Bike Championships in July in California. 
  • Monday, December 14, 2015 6PM Christmas Dinner at La Hacienda 
  • Monday, January 11, 2016
  • Monday, February 8, 2016
  • Monday, March 14, 2016
  • Monday, April 11, 2016
  • Monday, May 9, 2016
  • Monday, June 13, 2016

Club Meetings

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.

Welcome to the Village Bicycle Club!

 

The Village Bicycle Club is a resident only club, which meets at 7pm on the second Monday of each month in the Julio Iglesias Room in the La Hacienda Recreation Center, 1200 Avenida Central, 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

Click here and check out this video showing why you should never overlap the wheel of the bike in front of your bike.
Do you think that riding single file would have reduced the number of riders that fell? Note that the riders behind the first bike that went down could not swerve to their right because there was a bike beside them.

From The President - Clay Smith

Pictures of the Day

Club Jerseys - Clay Smith will be placing an order for club jerseys and shorts in the near future. 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).


​​​​2016 GROUP BICYCLE TRIP (Reference group #250407)
TVBC is sponsoring a Group Bicycle Trip to Costa Brava Spain, June 9-June 18, 2016 and you are invited. We are planning to get the best deal by bringing 16 - 20 people total. Our bicycle trip will then be exclusive for our group and we will get 2 trips free. This equates to a 10% discount shared with ALL group travelers. [Click­_Here] for details about the trip. Anyone who would like to join the group just call VBT at 1-800-245-3868, #1 to speak with a tour consultant and make a deposit of $350. Reference group #250407. Or call Chris Schmidt (937)684-6930 with questions.


September 5, 6, & 7 (Saturday, Sunday, & Monday)
33rd TOUR OF SEABRING

Address: Kenilworth Lodge, 1610 Lakeview Drive, Sebring, FL

Here’s a link to their website http://tourofsebring.com/


October 4 (Sunday)

CF Cycle for Life

Sunday, October 4, 2015, starting in beautiful Lake Mary, FL (just north of Orlando). You'll travel through scenic terrain in Seminole and Volusia Counties with well-stocked SAG stops every 10-12 miles, great food on the route and Tijuana Flats at the end, entertainment and more! Choose from 32, 65 or 100 miles, cycle at your own pace and enjoy the ride! Click here for more information and to register.


October 9, 10, & 11 (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday)

41st ANNUAL MOUNT DORA BICYCLE FESTIVAL

A 3-day weekend with multiple routes, festivities, and excitement galore. From a friendly ghost ride to crushing hill climbs, and fourteen routes to choose from, you are sure to find what you are looking for in beautiful Mount Dora. For more details on participation in the bicycle events, here’s a link to their website http://mountdorabicyclefestival.com/ 


October 10 (Saturday)

Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off

Registration is now open for the 2015 Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off --a charity bike ride in Gainesville, Florida, to raise money to support research at the University of Florida on treatment-resistant breast cancers. Go to http://gccfla.org/pppo/ for full information about the ride and access to the Sign Up button. WIN A CUSTOM CYCLING KIT! Become a Pink Pumpkin Pedal-Off VIP by raising $500 for breast cancer research! The first 15 riders to raise $500 earn a custom-designed Pedal-Off cycling kit (jersey and shorts) from Primal Wear and a chance to ride in the VIP Roll-Out on the day of the event!


October 16 (Friday), Cycling Event at 10 AM

15TH ANNUAL GAINESVILLE SENIOR GAMES
The games go from October 3-18, the Cycling is October 16th.

Registration is now open. Must return registration form prior to DEADLINE of One Week Prior to Your First Event.

Location: Gainesville Auto-Plus Raceway
Event Coordinator: Joleen Cacciatore 352-338-9300
Events: Codes: • 5K Time Trial (CY013) • 10K Time Trial  (CY014)
Please click on the link below to view the full registration brochure:
Click Here to View 2015 Senior Games Brochure


November 13 & 14 (Friday & Saturday)

Cycling Expo, Bicycle Challenge, & Health Fair


Friday's Bicycle Expo has been revamped and moved to the La Hacienda recreation center (1200 Avenida Central). La Hacienda is much closer to restaurants, entertainment and the Spanish Springs town square which is only a five minute walk away. In addition to the numerous cycling related exhibits the TVRH is providing health related TED talks.

Saturdays Bicycle Challenge The Villages Regional Hospital's auxiliary is cycling's new, multiyear partner. The hospital's new urgent care's waiting room is the specific beneficiary of this $75,000, multi year relationship.  All cyclists have an interest in helping our community have the best Hospital and  Urgent Care.  Your support of the Bicycle Challenge helps everyone in the Villages. This year all rides begin and end at the Spanish Springs Town Square. In addition to the registration fee (as low as $35 for the earliest registrants) all participants are asked to raise $10 or more in pledges.

Saturday's TVRH Health Fair on Spanish Springs Town Square will provide the entire community with numerous health related screenings and testings. When riders return from the Bicycle Challenge the Health Fair will be up and running.

[Click_Here] for the details or to register for bike ride


[Click_Here] for an informational flyer

November 14 & 15 (Saturday & Sunday)

THE HORRIBLE HUNDRED

Warm up rides on Saturday 11/14 along with packet pickup at Waterfront Park. Enjoy lunch at an assortment of food trucks on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday 11/15, challenge all the hills in Lake County. We will have routes of 35, 70 and 100 miles. Here’s a link to their website [Click_Here]


March 19, 2016 (Saturday)

WE BIKE FOR KIDS


​​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