Tito Santiago is the 2014 Spirit of Cycling Award Winner
First presented in 2005, the Spirit of Cycling award is presented each year to a Florida Freewheelers member who displays extraordinary enthusiasm for our sport and the club.
Grand Opening Of The Casselberry Greenway Trail
On November 22, 2014 the Florida Freewheelers were asked to take part in the Grand Opening Ceremonies of the completed Casselberry Trail.
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.
Ride of Silence
The 2014 Ride of Silence will be held worldwide on May 21th at 7 p.m. local time.
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.
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.