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Railroad Crossings

There are 3 types of railroad crossings; DANGEROUS, VERY DANGEROUS and EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.

I still see and hear about bicycle crashes when crossing railroad tracks .... a closer look ....

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Nancy Matteson wins the 2015 Spirit of Cycling Award

Since 2005, the Spirit of Cycling award has been presented each year to a Florida Freewheelers member who displays extraordinary enthusiasm for our sport and the club.

Some of the past recipients have been club members who were with the club since it was formed in the 70’s, some are longtime members that have consistently supported the club through the years by volunteering frequently to lead rides and help with events, while others are recent members that have enthusiastically brought something new to the club.

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Squirrels are Squishy (and other things that Bicycling magazine didn’t teach you about riding in a paceline)

Since I moved to Orlando in 1979 and started riding with the Florida Freewheelers, I have watched the club grow from one ride on Sunday morning to multiple rides all week long and the Horrible Hundred grow from 10 riders meeting in the Clermont Publix parking lot to 2300 people enjoying a fabulous cycling event at Waterfront Park. One thing that has not changed is the skill and etiquette needed to ride a safe and enjoyable paceline and group ride. Here are a few tips and suggestions to make your ride with the Club better.

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Limited Edition Florida Freewheelers Jersey Available

Our last reorder of traditional club jerseys from Louis Garneau had the design altered during the production phase.   The fade process was changed and this created a pronounced green band between the yellow and blue sections of the jersey. LG has discounted these jerseys to us because of their mistake and we are selling them as a “Limited Edition” at a discounted price of $40. When they are gone we will not reorder them.

That being said, several club members have expressed their opinion that these jerseys are more attractive than the current jerseys. Take a look and decide for yourself. If you want a Limited Edition jersey, don’t delay in ordering it. We have plenty in some sizes and very few in others. The cut and sizing are the same as the current LG jerseys.

You can order on-line from our web site by selecting LG Club Apparel under the Apparel tab or click [here].

Our Clothing Director Nancy Matteson plans to bring the remaining stock to the August picnic rides so you can get one there if we still have your size.



Building Your Cycling Base like a Pro

Years ago, when I was an aspiring amateur bicycle racer, I attended several one week pro bicycle training camps sponsored by several European pro bicycle teams. All aspects of professional bicycle racing were covered. One of the topics was that of preseason “base building” and its purpose that I had not heard of up until that time.


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2015 Tour de Cure

As usual the 2015 Freewheelers For A Cure, Tour de Cure team, did not disappoint. On March 15th, twenty nine riders took to the roads around Lake Nona, St Cloud, Kissimmee and Davenport as the sun was just starting to come up.

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Celebrate July 4th with a Ride & Picnic


We will hold our Annual July 4th Picnic ride on Monday, July 4th!!!


The park opens at 8 AM and we will dispatch the A group promptly at 8:30 AM followed by the other groups every five minutes afterwards until everyone is out on an excellent ride. We will have ride leaders for the A, B, C, D, S & T groups. The A & B rides will use the Dogs & Soda Firecracker Ride map while the other groups will use the Shorter Dogs & Soda Firecracker Ride map.

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CF Cycle for Life 2014

Once again this year, the Florida Freewheelers are supporting our members that participate in the CF Cycle for Life ride on October 5th by sponsoring a team in this year’s ride. CF Cycle For Life is a one-day tour where hundreds of men and women will come together to participate in an event to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.

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Wild Wild West


The inaugural expedition into the Wild Wild West was held this past Memorial Day weekend.

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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