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Amelia Islander

Organized Bike Rides Bring Cyclists Together

Feb 05, 2016 02:00AM
Amelia Island Cycling and the North Florida Bicycle Club hold organized bicycle rides every Thursday beginning at 9 a.m. and every Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m., which starts from Main Beach, located at South Fletcher and Atlantic Avenues. This is near the Recreation Center and near the entrance to Fort Clinch State Park.

Cyclists of all abilities are welcome. Typically there might be a faster group and a slower group, consisting of A (18-21 mph), B (14-17 mph), C (up to 14 mph), and S (social ride, the speed of the slowest rider in the group). The ride is around 30 miles with rest stops along the way that have restrooms and water. The ride loops back to the starting point at around 10 miles before continuing on the remaining 20 miles of the route. Anyone who joins the group will not be left behind. After the ride the group stop to have an optional lunch at a restaurant on the beach with a view of the ocean.

There is also a ride every Wednesday at 10 a.m., featuring the Amelia Island Trail, leaving the north trail head kiosk in Peters Point Beachfront Park at 1974 S. Fletcher Avenue and traveling across the George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park. The ride is mostly on scenic paved trail and some lightly-traveled roads, and is intended to encourage beginning riders in a safe environment. This is a slower paced ride of 9 to 10 mph where all riders stay close together.

There is also a regular ride every Monday for more experienced road cyclists starting at 9 a.m. at various locations in Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, or eastern Nassau County. The Monday rides have a TBA (to be announced) starting point and distance. Interested persons can log onto the following web sites for more information: www.ameliaislandcycling.com or www.nfbc.us.

Bicycle helmets are mandatory as well as a bicycle in good working condition. Bicycle safety is an absolute must and will be repeated as a constant reminder before the start of all rides.

These rides are led by Don Eipert with four other local ride leaders in conjunction with the North Florida Bicycle Club, a great way to meet fellow bicycle enthusiasts and improve your bicycling skills.