Tour de Cure 2014
Once again The Florida Freewheelers are proud to announce their involvement in the Tour De Cure. The 2014 event will take place on March 16, 2014 at The UCF College of Medicine, 6850 Lake Nona Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827.
CF Cycle for Life
The Florida Freewheelers team was everywhere at the October 6th Aptalis Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life ride. 60 club members participated in one of four different rides that left from Lake Mary and made their way though Seminole and Volusia Counties.
40th Anniversary Party
The Florida Freewheelers celebrated its 40th anniversary with a party on September 14th.
Wild Wild West
The inaugural expedition into the Wild Wild West was held this past Memorial Day weekend.
Ride of Silence
The 2013 Ride of Silence was held worldwide on May 15th . The Ride of Silence is a silent and slow-paced ride in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.
The 2013 Florida Bicycle Safari ended with another successful run.
Tour de Cure
The Florida Freewheelers made a great showing this year at the Tour de Cure event held on March 17th to raise donations to cure and stop diabetes. Julia Corbin led our FFW team of 26 members raising over $12,000.
Leslee Mitchell Nabs 2012 Spirit of Cycling Award
Leslee Mitchell was named the recipient of the 2012 Spirit of Cycling Award at the Florida Freewheelers annual meeting on January 9th. Leslee spent 2012 giving and giving to new and experienced cyclists alike.
Holiday Lights Ride
Club members gathered the evening of Dec 16th at Blue Jacket Park in Baldwin Park for our Holiday Lights ride throughout Baldwin Park, Winter Park, Windsong and adjacent festively decorated communities. Our group had 75 cyclists, many with extra lights beside the required front and rear bicycle lights.
The 2012 Horrible Hundred was bigger and better this year. We had almost 2200 paid riders that came from all over Florida as well as other states and countries.
Riders Return from the Outer Limits
Thirty riders (some looking like aliens) and a three member support crew accompanied Leslee Mitchell on her second Outer Limits ride over the weekend of October 13th and 14th.
Ride 4 Ronald is a Success
The Ride4Ronald was a huge success this past Sunday, September 23rd. The weather was perfect and the charity had a great turnout with an estimated 600+ riders.
C2C Team Nears Goal
In December of last year the club clothing director Leslee Mitchell brought the club Board of Directors an idea to form a newbie cycling team. This team would bring together beginning riders and ones that were unsure of their abilities to focus on a common goal, to complete a 100 mile ride.
The 2012 Florida Bicycle Safari is in the books. This is the 20th year that the club has sponsored the Safari and they keep getting better and better. Safari Director Mike Gladwin produced a great event with the help of over 60 volunteers. New musical entertainment and a Safari event jersey added some changes to the ride from previous years. As the ride ended on Thursday, April 26th several long time Safari riders were commenting that they hadn’t left yet and they were already suffering withdrawal and waiting for next year’s ride.
The Story of Thornby
The Story of Thornby is Now Available
Volusia County club member, author and activist Sandy Walters has written a book about how she and others in the tiny community of Enterprise rallied to save their historic heritage in the face of overwhelming odds. On the north shore of Lake Monroe sits 40 acres of pristine "Old Florida," now the site of a playground for disabled children and the City of Deltona 's Thornby Park . Eleven years ago, however, the future of this historic property was on the chopping block. Annexed into the city of Deltona after County officials turned down a land use change to multi-family housing, the property was first slated for strip shopping, then apartments, then hundreds of condominiums. At stake: Acres of wetlands; a historic home; an old railroad spur; archeological sites; a bald eagles' nest and, possibly, Fort Kingsbury, a Seminole War fort.
Orlando Magic Gyms
Do you belong to a health club? YMCA? Other fitness club? If so, you may want to look into one of the 6 new recreation centers built by the Orlando Magic in return for their new arena. Our taxes pay for the running of these so we may as well take advantage. Judy and I had the opportunity to tour the center that is on the Cady Way Trail near Goldenrod as part of the Goldenrod Community Alliance. The Board of Directors recently approved us being a member of this group. The FFW Club belongs to many cycling related groups which is our way of giving back to the community and bicycling.
The Freewheelers have a Thursday morning ride from Home Depot (at the corner Red Bug Lake Road and Aloma) at 8 am every Thursday. We ride past this Recreation Center every week. The Goldenrod Alliance is helping to rid the area of graffiti on the buildings along the Cady Way Trail from SR 436 to Hall Road.
There are 6 recreation centers around Orlando that were built at a cost to the Magic of about $5 million each. These are well maintained and offer inexpensive membership to use their facilities of about $100 a year ($75 for seniors over 55). The center had full basketball facilities (naturally) and also had a good weight room with free weights and machines (ellipticals, bikes, treadmills, etc.). It also had a game room with a few pool tables and other games. Judy takes Yoga classes at the facility on the south side off Narcoossee. The classes charge a minimum fee. We noticed Karate, Zumba and other classes cost from $2-5. The teachers split their fee with the county to help pay for overhead. The average electric bill alone is about $5,000 a month! The center also has the capacity to hold meetings (at a fee) and can hold about 130 people complete with a kitchen to serve light fare. More info is available at www.orlandomagicocflgyms.net.