Club   Meetings

Pictures

Ride Start Time Changes: 

Oct. 1 - Nov. 30, rides start @ 8:30 AM at El Santiago

Dec. 1 - Mar. 31, rides start @ 9:00 AM at El Santiago

Apr. 1, rides start @ 8:00 AM at El Santiago



Dec. 1, Thursday

Ride Start Time Changes to 30 minutes later: 
Dec. 1 - Mar. 31, rides start @ 9:00 AM at El Santiago


Dec. 2, Friday 

Sheriff’s Bikes for Kids

Contacts: Ed Hankwitz and Ron Robitaille


Dec. 3, Saturday 

The Village Bicycle Club Jersey Day


Dec. 3 - 11 

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


Dec. 12, 2016, Monday

The Village Bicycle Club Christmas Party -

Click here for details & to see who volunteered to help set-up
When: 6 PM
Where: El Santiago Rec Center
Cost: $7 per person or $14 a couple -- BYOB

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


Mar. 18-24, 2017

Gullah Geechee Bike Tour 2017


Apr. 1, 2017, Saturday

Ride Start Time Changes to 1 hour earlier
Apr 1 - Oct 1, rides start @ 8:00 AM at El Santiago


Apr. 8, 2017, Saturday 

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


Apr. 22, 2017, Saturday

Ride For The Arts Gran Fondo, Ocala, FL

Upcoming   Events

Click on underlined link for more information about each event

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.


BikeJournal.com Update 2016.11.13
Click the link above for an update including who has posted the most miles for this week and for the entire year.

​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) 

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.


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.

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

     As we enter peak season in The Villages, this subject merits discussion because many more people gather for the club rides. The goal for the Village Bicycle Club is groups of less than 12 riders. Note that the Sumter Landing Bicycle Club has set the goal of groups of no more than 8 riders. There are a number of good reasons for this.
     It's well known that there are several common complaints about bicyclists in The Villages: they ride in big packs; they take over the road; and they blow through stop signs. While there are some motorists who have a visceral dislike of cyclists, even reasonable motorists have a legitimate concern that big groups of bicyclists, in many situations, make passing and other driving situations difficult and unpredictable. Over the years, we have worked hard to get out the word that it is legal and appropriate for cyclists to ride on any road in The Villages. It does us no good, as we share the road, to ignore the concerns of motorists.
     There are a lot of other reasons why smaller groups are safer. The larger the group, the greater the disparity in ability between the stronger and weaker riders. This means that the stronger riders often have to slow down and the weaker riders may be riding beyond their ability. Neither gets the type of ride they would like. The hillier the route, the more this disparity shows up. Sometimes the slower riders choose to use unsafe tactics, like riding past the line of cyclists at a stop, so that they maintain some momentum and conserve their effort when the group starts back up.
     Another problem is riding through intersections and roundabouts. The group is not a train. Each cyclist must decide whether it is safe and legal to proceed through an intersection. This often results in splits, or the riders in the back making the wrong decision to proceed through a red light, or in front of cars that have shown up in the roundabout. The larger the group, the bigger the problem.
     In a smaller group it is easier for every rider to keep track of what is going on from front to back. The leader has an easier time knowing if there is a split or if a car is approaching, and the back riders have a better view of hazards in the road and the intersection ahead. Communication in the group is much easier.
     Finally, there is no stigma for riding with less than the fastest group. Our goals should be to have a safe, enjoyable ride. Let's do that in reasonable sized groups, and let's respect the concerns of the motorists we share the roads with.

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

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.

​​​​​Next Club Meeting:

Monday,​ December 12, 2016, 6 PM at El Santiago Rec. Ctr.​​

Annual Christmas Party, come celebrate with your friends!

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
















Meeting Minutes - Posted on

  the Documents page[Click_Here]


Save the date for future Club Meetings:

          (7 PM, 2nd Monday of each month)

  • Monday, January 9, 2017 (Tim Simpson, WBFK)
  • Monday, February 13, 2017
  • Monday, March 13, 2017 (Spring Picnic)
  • Monday, April 10, 2017
  • Monday, May 8, 2017
  • Monday, June 12, 2017
  • No club meetings in July or August