News, Events & Highlights
Next Club Meeting:
Monday, March 14, 2016, 7 PM
Meeting Minutes - Posted on
Future Club Meetings: (7 PM the 2nd Monday of each month)
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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The Village Bicycle Club sponsors a Club ride everyday but main rides are Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday (see the "Club Ride Schedule" below for details. The Club is a resident only club, which meets at 7pm 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
Dear Members and Guests:
As we enter a new bicycling season, I am excited as to what lies ahead for The Village Bicycle Club. So far this year, we have 28 new members! Our numbers should exceed 150 riders. What is also encouraging is the number of riders that continue to ride on a consistent basis increases.
What is really evident to me is the camaraderie that is shown by our club. This is not only reflected during our rides, but afterwards when we meet afterwards for our social hour. It is also shown by how many of you have purchased club jerseys and are now wearing them. I believe that each one of us wearing our club jerseys on the first Saturday of the month will also increase visibility and membership in our club.
With the many charity rides coming up in the next several months, I encourage you to take advantage of riding outside of The Villages. Not only does your participation go to support worthwhile causes, but it gives us an opportunity to meet new riders as well as further develop friendships within our club. One ride in particular that deserves our fullest support is WE BIKE FOR KIDS on April 2nd. This is the 5th year that we have sponsored this ride. I look for us having a great turnout for this event.
Our club is also planning at least one ride a month outside of The Villages. I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity. If you have any suggestions as to how we may make our club even better, please let us know. I know our Board of Directors has this goal in mind. This is a team effort.
Thank you, and Ride Safe.
President, The Village Bicycle Club
February 21, Sunday
Tour Latino - Clermont, FL
Tour Latino™ is the only Latin-themed cycling fundraising event in Central Florida. The annual fundraising event benefits the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Florida (HBIF).
February 27 & 28, Saturday & Sunday
Pam Powell volunteered to attend mandatory meeting on Feb 17th.
The event is at La Hacienda Recreation Center.
Saturday 9 AM to 3 PM
Sunday 10 AM to 3 PM
Volunteers needed to man the tables. See Dr. Phil
March 26, Saturday
CLEAN AIR RIDE on the Withlacoochee Trail
Where: Inverness Trail Head, 270 N Apopka Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450
When: Saturday, March 26, 2016 with kickoff 7.00 a.m. - 9.00 a.m.
Rain or Shine. No Mass Start. Continental Breakfast for all Entrants
Entry Fees: $30 by January 31, $35 by March 23, Day of Ride: $40
April 2, Saturday
WE BIKE FOR KIDS (WBFK)
Fifth Annual Charity Bicycle Ride hosted by The Village Bicycle Club
April 9, Saturday
Hospice of Marion County invites you to take a ride through the Heart of Horse Country and enjoy fully SAGʼd routes of 80, 65, or 30 miles.
April 17, Sunday
SPBC Spring Classic
Join us for the 100, 60, 40 & 20-mile family ride on Manatee Co. roads - little traffic and great scenery. Well marked routes, Great SAG stops, SAG wagons for repairs and rescues, Guaranteed T-shirt if registered by April 3, 2016, Post-ride party and lunch.
Location: Palmetto High School, 1200 17th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221
Entry fee: Before April 3rd (includes T-shirt) $45 for non-club members
After April 3rd (No- T-shirt) $50, No refunds after April 3rd
April 30, Saturday
Take an idyllic bicycle ride from Ocala’s historic downtown through the scenic country of Ocala, Marion County. The ride covers 65 miles or 38 miles of challenging and beautiful rolling hills filled with majestic horse farms on canopied streets. Saturday, April 30, 2016 • 8:00 am REGISTRATION IS OPEN www.active.com $40 - After April 15th $45.
Nov. 11 , Friday
Villages Cycling Expo
Nov. 12, Saturday
Hearts for Our Hospital Event Ride
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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
All visitors are welcome but you must be 18 or older. Check out the "Club Ride Schedule" then download 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 recommended. BRING your Village ID or Guest ID card. If you don't have a Village ID or Guest ID card, then write "none" on the form for Village ID #. You can still ride with us and use any of the restrooms but not the other ammenities nor recreation centers.