Mike Gladwin is the 2013 Spirit of Cycling Award winner
Mike Gladwin was named the recipient of the 2013 Spirit of Cycling Award at the Florida Freewheelers annual meeting on January 8th. Mike has contributed heavily to the Florida Freewheelers and cycling for many, many years.
2014 Club Events
Apr 26 - May 1 – Florida Bicycle Safari @ Live Oak, FL website
May 10, 8 a.m. – Adopt-a-Road Picnic #1 @ Killarney Station on West Orange Trail
Jun 2, 6:30 p.m. – Board of Directors Meeting @ Perkins on University Ave
Jun 8, 7:30 a.m. – Full Picnic #2 @ TBA
Jul 4, 8:30 a.m. – July 4th Picnic Ride @ Trimble Park
Aug 2, 7 a.m. – Adopt-a-Road Picnic #2 @ Killarney Station on the West Orange Trail
The 34th edition of the Florida Bicycle Safari will be held April 26th through May 1st in north Florida. This event is one of the two large rides that the Florida Freewheelers organizes every year. The ride has 3 and 6 day options that bring riders from all over the country together for rides on quiet country roads.
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.
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.