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Team Red to hold Community Bike Ride February 12

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30 Jan 2017 06:54 #217 by Admin Leslee
The public is invited to a free community bike ride on Sunday, Feb 12, in Auburndale. The ride, sponsored by Team Red, one of the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure teams, will be on the Auburndale-TECO Trail and Gen. James A. Van Fleet State Trail, paved bike trails, so it is appropriate for cyclists of all ages and ability levels. You may ride any distance from 1 to 70 miles.

The ride will be out of the Lake Myrtle Sports Park, 905 Lake Myrtle Park Road, Auburndale. Parking is free.

Team Red asks that people arrive around 12:30 pm to sign in, get a free bike maintenance check, learn about cycling safety, and learn about the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure, which will be held March 26 in Orlando. The Tour de Cure is the ADA’s signature fundraising event, held in cities across the nation, with routes from 10 to 100 miles long.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Department will be on hand with information about bike safety. A bike mechanic from the Lakeland store of David’s World Cycles will be available to do maintenance checks. Team Red will offer peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, homemade cookies (suitable for both those with and without diabetes), and water at the start/finish. There will be no mass start. Leave and return at your leisure.

Cyclists who ride the entire Van Fleet up and back, then add on the 5 miles from the TECO Auburndale Trail, will be able to complete a metric century (62 miles). Participants may, of course, turn around at any point on this out-and-back route. You may ride as far as you wish, at any speed you wish. This is not a race; it is just a pleasant afternoon on your bike.

Some areas of the Van Fleet State Trail are quite remote and isolated, so those planning to ride a long distance should carry sufficient water to stay hydrated! Water will be available at the start/finish, and at fountains at some trailheads along the way. Cyclists are urged to refill their water bottles every chance they get. All participants must sign a waiver. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED!

ID, spare tube, water bottle and bike lock/cable are highly recommended. The ride will be held rain or shine, hot or cold: dress accordingly. However, in the event of hazardous weather the Community Bike Ride will be cancelled.

For more information, contact Heather Nagy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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