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New:
Check starting location for RumRunners on Tues/Thurs. (posted 11/21/18)
Saturday Wheeler route updated slightly, link to new map below. (Posted 8/9/18)
Sunday Welcome Ride description updated (Posted 8/6/18)

Sunday

 
Welcome Ride - Fort Myers

The Sunday Welcome Ride starts in the parking lot at the TREK Bicycle Store in Ft. Myers (8291 Dani Drive, SE corner of Colonial and Six Mile Cypress) at 7:30am.  

 

We welcome just about any type of bicycle - comfort, hybrid, fitness, mountain, road, etc - but the rider should be able to maintain our pace of 13 to 15 mph for an hour and a half. We ride mostly on the path system surrounding the store and vary the route each week - sometimes to Lakes Park, John Yarbrough Linear Park, Gateway, old Airport, Red Sox stadium - and the distances will range from 18 to 25 miles. On the first Sunday of each month we will ride to Page Field and attend the Experimental Aircraft Association's Pancake Breakfast ($6 each) - always a great time!  After other rides, we'll gather at Dunkin Donuts or head to First Watch for coffee, etc. The rides are considered "no drop", so we'll make sure you get back to the shop!

 

Helmets are required!  Contact Steve Rodgers at 239-931-6690 (TREK) or email at srodgers@trekbikesflorida.com for more info and watch for postings and weather updates on Face Book at CRBC Ride Group


Country Loop - Fort Myers

Sunday 50 mile "Country Loop" group ride. Leaves at 7:30 a.m. from Buckingham Park. You MUST be able to maintain the pace. Your average speed when finished will be between 21 and 24mph for the entire ride. 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 8:00am. The route in Cape Coral can vary from 26 to 30 miles and pace is between 16 and 20 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 or Oscar Rattenborg at 239-220-9052


Tuesday

 

Rumrunners - Cape Coral

Marked in white with the letter “R”

The A Group ride still 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. This is a drop ride at 17-24mph. Please contact Larry Epting at larryepting@gmail.com View the interactive map.

Note: Some of the faster 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.

Jane Emborsky will be leading a second group for 35 miles at 16-18mph. Contact her at (585)330-5126. This group starts and ends at the Bagel Factory, with a mid-ride stop at the Golf Course
View the alternate ride map.



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

Wednesday

 

Pink Ride - Fort Myers

During the summer months while we wait for the return of our northern CRBC riding friends, let's all enjoy a Wednesday group ride.  Come join the morning "PINK" group ride starting from Buckingham Park at 7:30a.m. to the Alva convenience store on HWY 80. This is a drop ride at 19+mph for 39 miles. Contact Pam Allen 239-995-4222. Visit the interactive map.

Minions Plus - Fort Myers
The Minions Plus ride is the evolution of the weekly Monday Minions ride.  The Minions Plus ride is longer, faster and develops skills to the next level.  We will ride protected bike ways and some roadways with shoulders for 17-20 miles at a pace of 14-16 mph.  The paceline will be tighter and corners rolled at speed.  We will learn how to evaluate riding conditions on the fly and how to effectively communicate within a tight group.  We will even learn how to eat and drink (WATER) while riding.  While this is a NO DROP ride, it is expected that riders can maintain a minimum of 14 mph pace for the duration of the ride.

The Minions Plus ride will roll at 6:30 PM on the first and third Wednesday of each month.  Meet at the Ft Myers Cyclery at 3630 Cleveland Av, Ft Myers (formerly Ft Myers Schwinn). Equipment required: Helmets, water bottles, strong front and rear lights and a desire to learn and have fun.  Road bikes are recommended since this is a longer and faster ride. For information, contact: Oscar Rattenborg (239-220-9052,) Diane Holm (239-841-3407,) or Mike Holm 239-939-2899.
Visit the interactive map.


Thursday


Eagle's Landing - North Fort Myers

The ride starts at 7:30 a.m. from Publix on Bayshore Rd. 6700 Bayshore Rd, North Fort Myers, FL 33917. It's a quick 22 miles (approx one hour ride) at 19/22 mph pace group ride.  It's a short and quick workout ride prior to starting our work day. For more information please contact Pam Allen 239-995-4222. Visit the interactive map.


Rumrunners - Cape Coral

The A Group ride still 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. This is a drop ride at 17-24mph. Please contact Larry Epting at larryepting@gmail.com View the interactive map.

Note: Some of the faster 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.

Jane Emborsky will be leading a second group for 35 miles at 16-18mph. Contact her at (585)330-5126. This group starts and ends at the Bagel Factory, with a mid-ride stop at the Golf Course
View the alternate ride map.


Thursday Therapy - Fort Myers

There will be two separate routes and pace groups (similar to Taco Tuesday with modified routes). The 30 mile "A" group will leave right after 7PM: pace is 21-23 mph with sprint zones predetermined and regroup after each. The 20 mile "B" group leaves by 7:15PM or whenever we can get the shop closed: 16-18 mph pace, airport speed zone and regroup, finish on the Daniels and 6 Mile Cypress paths. Both rides conclude at Applebee's (next door to TREK) where half priced appetizers and drink specials will be offered to us on the patio. Helmets and GREAT front and rear lights are REQUIRED! Weather updates or more info?  Contact Tony Prater or Steve Rodgers at TREK: 239-931-6690.

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
 
 

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 letter  “W”

A 45 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 20 - 25 mph and 25+ mph or above depending on skill level. This ride is NOT a “no drop” ride and is not for beginners. For information contact ride leaders Pam Allen at 239-995-4222 or David Sloan. Steve Rodgers will be leading a group at 18mph max, which also starts at 8:00am. Visit the interactive map.

 

2.) Old Milwaukee

Marked in white with the letter “OM”

A 43 mile route through Lehigh Acres with a rest stop at mile 25, begins at 8:00am. Ride pace varies from 20 - 25 mph and 25+ mph or above depending on skill level. This ride is NOT a “no drop” ride and is not for beginners. For information contact ride leaders Pam Allen at 239-995-4222 or David Sloan. Steve Rodgers will be leading a group at 18mph max, which also starts at 8:00amVisit the interactive map.

 

3.) Alva

Marked in blue with the letters “AL”

A 43 mile bike ride through Lehigh Acres with a rest stop at mile 19.  Begins at 8:00am in Buckingham Community Park. Ride pace varies from 20 - 25 mph and 25+ mph or above depending on skill level. This ride is NOT a “no drop” ride and is not for beginners. For information contact ride leaders Pam Allen at 239-995-4222 or David Sloan. Steve Rodgers will be leading a group at 18mph max, which also starts at 8:00am Visit the interactive map.

 

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

Marked in red with the letter  "R”

45 miles with a rest stop at mile 25. The ride begins at 8:00am and proceeds in a counter- clockwise direction through Lehigh Acres. Ride pace varies from 20 - 25 mph and 25+ mph or above depending on skill level. This ride is NOT a “no drop” ride and is not for beginners. For information contact ride leaders Pam Allen at 239-995-4222 or David Sloan. Steve Rodgers will be leading a group at 18mph max, which also starts at 8:00am  Visit the interactive map.


5.) Greenbriar

Marked in green with the letters “GB”

A 43 mile route across Orange River Blvd and Lehigh Acres with a rest stop at mile 26. Ride starts promptly at 8:00am in Buckingham Community Park. Ride pace varies from 20 - 25 mph and 25+ mph or above depending on skill level. This ride is NOT a “no drop” ride and is not for beginners. For information contact ride leaders Pam Allen at 239-995-4222 or David Sloan. Steve Rodgers will be leading a group at 18mph max, which also starts at 8:00am  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.