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New Additions:
Monday: Monday Minions ride added!
Sunday: Country Loop ride added!
Tuesday: San-Cap - back on the schedule for season
Wednesday: Larry's Choice

Sunday

 
Welcome Ride - Fort Myers

The Welcome Ride starts most Sundays at 7:30am from the parking lot in front of the TREK store at 8291 Dani Drive (SE corner of Six Mile Cypress and Colonial Blvd).

 

We’ll usually plan a “no drop” route of 15-18-20 or 25 miles at a conversational pace of 13 to 15 mph.  We’ll stay on the paths as much as we can for these basic routes. Routes will vary from week to week as we sometimes head to Lakes Park, Gateway, JetBlue Park, or loop through the old airport. These basic loops are open to all experience levels and all types of bikes from hybrids to fitness and road bikes. 


Lately, we have been adding a “ride within the ride” for our faster, more seasoned riders, which allows them to pick up the pace and go for an additional distance beyond the basic loop.  Typical pace increase is to 18 to 20 mph, and their routes may be 25, 30, or 35 miles in total. Pace line etiquette/riding style will be practiced as we ride on the bike lanes and paved shoulders, like those found in the Treeline Corridor.

Contact Steve Rodgers at the TREK store, 239-931-6690, or at Srodgers@trekbikestoreusa.com for more information or up-to-the-minute ride details.

 
Winn Dixie - Sunday - Fort Myers
There are two groups from this location, (10580 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33913 (on the corner of Colonial Blvd. & Treeline,) both starting at 0730. Each proceeds down Treeline Ave to Estero Parkway, crossing over Rt. 75.

The first group turns right on Three Oaks, returning to Treeline after a coffee stop at the McDonald's in the Gulf Coast Town Center. This ride is 27 miles with a pace of 20-22mph. This NOT a "no drop" ride. Contact: Gerry Venema. Visit the interactive map.

The second group turns left onto Three Oaks and heads south towards Naples before returning, a ride of about 52 miles. Pace of this ride is 22-24, and is also NOT a "no drop" ride. There is no ride leader for this group at this time.

Country Loop - Fort Myers

Sunday 50 mile "Country Loop" group ride. Leaves at 7:30 a.m. from Winn Dixie 10580 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33913 (on the corner of Colonial Blvd. & Treeline.) You MUST be able to maintain a group pace of 19-21mph depending on the wind for the entire ride. Again, this is a GROUP ride, please follow the posted speed. The rest stop is at approximately 30 miles into the ride, at the 7-11 on Joel Blvd. Contact Pam Allen 239-995-4222. Visit the interactive map.

 

Pelican Park - Cape Coral

Meet at Pelican Park on Pelican Blvd, North of Cape Coral Parkway, for the ride start at 8:00 am. The route in Cape Coral can vary from 28 to 32 miles and pace is between 14 and 16 mph. There is no contact or Ride Leader at this time. Vist the interactive map.


Monday


Monday Minions - Fort Myers

The Minions ride leaves from Ft Myers Schwinn, 3630 Cleveland avenue, at 6 pm every Monday.  We average 12-13 mph for 15 miles along city streets and the Winkler Canal Multi use path. This is a No Drop ride with a couple of safe places for people to test their fitness by rolling out. Think of this ride as a bridge between Critical Mass and our well established weekly rides. Working bikes, helmets, front and rear lights and a sense of fun required. We normally gather for dinner afterwards. Contact Mike or Diane Holm at FM Schwinn, 239-939-2899.



Tuesday

 

Rumrunners - Cape Coral

Marked in white with the letter “R”

This ride meets in the parking lot north of Rum Runners restaurant on the southern end of Chiquita Boulevard in Cape Coral.  The ride starts at 8:00am and proceeds to Coral Oaks Golf Course for a short break and then returns. The route is well marked and covers about 35 miles. The ride usually breaks into at least two paced groups: 16 to 18 mph and 20 mph plus. The slower group is a no drop ride as someone will stay with slower riders. For the B group, please contact Larry Epting at larryepting@gmail.com    View the interactive map.
 

Note: Some of the faster A group riders do not stop at the Golf Course, but continue north on El Dorado Blvd, going east on Jacaranda Pkwy, continuing south on Chiquita Blvd and riding east on Wilmington Pkwy until near the end and return towards El Dorado continuing back to Rum Runners. This additional section is approximately nine miles. The average speed for the additional route is 23 - 25 MPH.


Taco Tuesday - Fort Myers

Meet at 7pm at the TREK Bicycle Store in Ft. Myers, 8291 Dani Drive, for a 20+ mile ride that finishes at Tijuana Flats. Pace is 16 to 18 mph and we ride in the bike lanes on Treeline/Gateway - through the old airport - then finish on the bike paths along Daniels and Six Mile Cypress.  Helmets and LIGHTS, front and rear, are ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED - we do finish after dark!  Watch for posts and weather updates on FB in "CRBC Ride Group" and "SWFL Critical Mass".  Need info?  Contact Steve Rodgers at the TREK store: 239-931-6690


San-Cap Ride - Sanibel

The San-Cap Ride is a 15-18mph paced ride starting promptly at 8:00am every Tuesday November through May from the Bike Bistro and Publix parking lot at 20321 Summerlin Road in Fort Myers, across from the Sanibel Outlet shops. We cap our speed at 18 mph. If you prefer to ride faster, consider a different group ride. Total distance just over 40 miles. Ride proceeds over causeway, through Sanibel, and out to Captiva Island for a short break at a local coffee shop. There is no fee for bicycles riding over the causeway. Bike Bistro opens early for us in case we need anything before our ride. For more information contact Karen at (239) 765-4594. Sample map here (with bypass through Ding Darling)

 

Wednesday

 

Panera - Fort Myers

Wednesdays at the Northeast corner of the Winn-Dixie parking lot on Colonial and Treeline Roads, 8am. This group is generally 20mph + but may break into a second group, sub 20mph. Both groups use the same route, 36 miles. The ride includes a stop at Panera Bread in the Coconut Point Mall. NOTE: Please use extreme caution when riding north on Treeline/Ben Hill Griffin near the intersection of terminal access road. there are line-of-sight concerns with vehicles leaving the airport, as well as traffic light timing issues for bicycles. Visit the interactive map.

Larry's Choice - Fort Myers

Wednesday at Coastline Cyclery at corner of Colonial and Treeline.  Ride will leave 9:00 AM with various routes at total of 40-45 miles at speed of 18-20. This is a drop ride so you must be able to maintain the published speed of 18-20 with mostly the 20mph. Most popular destination will be Panera but at ride leader option can head to other destinations for the stop. Helmets are mandatory and lights (both front and rear) are HIGHLY suggested. Routes are not marked. For further information contact ride leader Larry Hickey at LHwksc@aol.com or 270-994-7799 


Thursday

 

Rumrunners - Cape Coral

Marked in white with the letter “R”

This ride meets in the parking lot north of Rum Runners restaurant on the southern end of Chiquita Boulevard in Cape Coral.  The ride starts at 8:00am and proceeds to Coral Oaks Golf Course for a short break and then returns. The route is well marked and covers about 35 miles. The ride usually breaks into at least two paced groups: 16 to 18 mph and 20 mph plus. The slower group is a no drop ride as someone will stay with slower riders. For the B group, please contact Larry Epting at larryepting@gmail.com    View the interactive map.


Note: Some of the faster A group riders do not stop at the Golf Course, but continue north on El Dorado Blvd, going east on Jacaranda Pkwy, continuing south on Chiquita Blvd and riding east on Wilmington Pkwy until near the end and return towards El Dorado continuing back to Rum Runners. This additional section is approximately nine miles. The average speed for the additional route is 23 - 25 MPH.


Merchant's Crossing - Cape Coral New!
Marked in green
This ride starts at the Merchant's Crossing shopping center at 41 and Pine Island Rd. Meet in front of Beall's Department Store across from McDonalds in front of Home Depot (not the Beall's Outlet.) The ride covers about 30 miles in the Northeast and Northwest Cape, and starts at 7:30am. Pace is 20+, averaging 18-19 for the ride. For more information contact Soloane Jackson Hofmann at 239-770-2910. Visit the interactive map.


Saturday

 

Treeline & Colonial - Fort Myers

This ride starts at 0730 at Coastline Cyclery on the corner of Treeline & Colonial. Coastline will be open early for the use of the facilities and for any last-minute items. The ride is 40-45 miles and is well-regulated at a pace of 18-20mph. This is a "no-drop" ride,  and the group will re-form as needed. Contact Oscar Rattenborg at 239-220-9052
 
Ride Relaxed - Fort Myers
This will be a weekly ride leaving from Coastline Cyclery, in conjunction with the regular Saturday ride out of Coastline. A relaxed paced ride for those who are already riding a road bike but need to brush up on skills or gain group riding knowledge and confidence. We will practice riding in a pace line, drafting and group ride safety and etiquette. Approximately 30 miles to start, progressing to longer and faster riding as the weeks go by. A fun ride that's also educational, so bike maintenance and flat changing and pedal clipping will also be on the schedule...TBA :)

Ride leaves promptly at 7:30 so arrive early enough to pump your tires and run into Coastline for any last minute supplies. As with all CRBC rides, helmets must be worn.
For more info, search Facebook for "Ride Relaxed." Some weeks will have special guests or pre-ride education.
 

Buckingham Park

There are five Saturday rides that rotate in the order listed. Check the ride calendar for this week's ride. All rides start from Buckingham Park.

 

1.) Wheeler

Marked in yellow with the letters “WE”
A 40 mile route with a rest stop at mile 20. Begins at 8:00am and continues East through Lehigh Acres for a clockwise loop. Ride pace varies from 18-20mph to 22-24mph and above. This is NOT a “no drop” ride and is not for beginners.Visit the interactive map.

 

2.) Old Milwaukee

Marked in white with the letters “OM”

A 41 mile route through the Gateway Community and Lehigh Acres with a rest stop at mile 26. Begins at 8:00 am and the ride pace varies from 18-20mph to 22-24mph and above. This is NOT a “no drop” ride and is not for beginners. Contact: Steve Rodgers, 239-839-7926. Visit the interactive map

 

3.) Alva

Marked in blue with the letters “AL”

A 41 mile bike ride through Lehigh Acres with a rest stop in Alva at mile 20.  Begins at 8:00am in Buckingham Community Park. Ride pace varies from 18-20mph to 22-24mph and above. This is NOT a “no drop” ride and is not for beginners. Visit the interactive map.

 

4.) Red Route (Formerly "I Like Ike")

Marked in red with the letters “IKE”

41 miles with a rest stop at mile 21. The ride begins at 8:00am and proceeds in a counter-clockwise direction through Lehigh Acres. Ride pace varies from 18-20mph to 22-24mph and above. This is NOT a “no drop” ride and is not for beginners. Visit the interactive map.

 

5.) Greenbriar

Marked in green with the letters “GB”

A 41 mile route through the pastoral Orange River Loop and Lehigh Acres with a rest stop at mile 25. Ride starts promptly at 8:00 am in Buckingham Community Park. Ride pace varies from 18-20 mph to 22-24 mph and above. This is NOT a “no drop” ride and not for beginners. Contact: Steve Rodgers, 239-839-7926. Visit the interactive map.

 

All rides require participants to wear helmets.

 

It is against the law to wear a headset, headphone, or listening device while riding.  (Florida Statute 316.304)

 

The CRBC discourages the use of aero bars while riding in a pace line.