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New Additions:
Thursday Merchant's Crossing ride added!

Tuesday Sanibel ride added!
Sunday Welcome Ride expanded!

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 conduct 2 loops; the first will be from 15 to 20 miles on the pathways near the shop including the John Yarbrough Linear Park. Routes will vary from week to week as we sometimes head to Lakes Park, Gateway, JetBlue Park, or loop through the old airport.

This first loop is open to all experience levels and all types of bikes from hybrids to fitness and road bikes.  Pace will be 13 to 15 mph and this is a “no drop”, no rider left behind ride.


After returning to the TREK store, new and experienced road cyclists will regroup to head out on a second loop; routes vary and will range from 1
5 to 20 more miles. The pace will increase to 16 to 18 mph and pace line etiquette/riding style will be practiced as we ride on the bike lanes and paved shoulders in the Treeline Corridor. The main purpose for this loop is to introduce new road riders to group riding; however, if there are sufficient ride leaders present a faster paced group could break away from the main group.  

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, 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.

 

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.


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 more information on the A group, contact Gerry Venema at bgvenema@gmail.com  For the B group, please contact Keith Dennis at keithddennis@yahoo.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.


 

San-Cap Ride

The San-Cap Ride is an intermediate level ride starting promptly at 8:00am every Tuesday from the Publix parking lot at 20321 Summerlin Road in Fort Myers, across from the Tanger/Sanibel Outlet shops. Pace is 15-18mph. Ride proceeds over causeway, through Sanibel, and out to Captiva Island for a break at a local coffee shop. Total distance just over 40 miles. There is no fee for bicycles riding over the causeway. 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. 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.


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 more information on the A group, contact Gerry Venema at bgvenema@gmail.com  For the B group, please contact Keith Dennis at keithddennis@yahoo.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 the old Sears by Applebee's on the Rt. 41 side.) The ride covers about 30 miles in the Northeast and Northwest Cape, and starts at 8:00am. 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 start time 0730

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. There may be a sprint or two added in, but this is a "no-drop" ride,  and the group will re-form as needed. Contact Oscar Rattenborg at 239-220-9052
 
Ride Relaxed
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 start time 0800

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.