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Old 12-29-18, 06:15 PM
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Anyone Planning to Ride in Bike Florida March/April 2019?

I enjoy doing week long supported tours. Itís fun riding in different areas of the US, eating at different restaurants and meeting like minded cyclists. I have all the camping gear and like sleeping outdoors.

Iím thinking that back to back days of riding might be good hip therapy even though itís pretty flat. Who knows, maybe there will be time spent suffering in some wind.

Anyone riding or familiar with the Brooksville and Inverness areas?

https://bikeflorida.org/spring-tour/
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That ride looks like it would be quite a bit of fun. The area around there is mostly flat. The Withlacoochee Trail has a ride and the trail is nice and well taken care of. It's halfway point is at the trailhead in Inverness and you go South going by Brooksville. From Inverness to the end and back is right at 64 miles. Have done it twice. The only climb is the overpass going over SR 50 in Brooksville. Not bad at all. That time of year, it should not be too hot .
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Planning to travel there in late Feb/early March to do some gravel riding, one or two organized rides - there are quite a few around that time - and some trails. Withlacoochee looks good. What about Gen’l Van Fleet and Flagler trails?

I’d also be tent camping and doing day rides. Wondering if it’s worth going all the way down to the Everglades to camp and ride - if anyone has any experience or thoughts on that. I try to steer clear of campgrounds that are mostly designed for RVs.
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First off we would welcome you to the sunshine state. The riding around here Is great..... I don't know if you guys know that the Good Neighbor Trail is completed to the Withlacoochee. It was finished the fall and connects around the Croom Road area so it you can ride right into Brooksville ending at the old train station downtown. Also there is a new trail out of Ocala, Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway (Santos Trailhead to CR 200) is about 15 miles long has a few hills and very enjoyable during the week (stay off on weekends though). For gravel riding Santos out of Ocala offers some of the best single track riding in the country. The Van Fleet is really rural, flat and straight with one turn about half way. My wife and I enjoy it but it's not for everyone. Come on down you won't be disappointed.
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Thanks for the heads up. I didn't realize it was near where I live. Be prepared for FLAT riding. I'll keep it in mind.
If I ride I'll be riding the Lynskey in the slow group with the other 74 y/o and older folks.
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Planning to ride the Withlacoochee Trail in late March during the Clean Air Ride. The ride is just days before my 65th birthday, so if I'm injured, maybe it'll be covered by Medicare!! :-)
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I was looking at the routes for the Inverness segments and at least one day is spent on SR44 for about 5 miles. I won't be doing that . The speed limit on that road is 60mph. I rode all over Atlanta for 12 years and never got hit. Two years after I moved to FL I got T-boned by someone in a convertible who claimed to be a cyclist. So now I stick to the bike trails.
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Planning to ride the Withlacoochee Trail in late March during the Clean Air Ride. The ride is just days before my 65th birthday, so if I'm injured, maybe it'll be covered by Medicare!! :-)
Is this your first Clean Air ride? If so you can expect 500-800 riders depending on the weather.
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Is this your first Clean Air ride? If so you can expect 500-800 riders depending on the weather.
It will be my first Clean Air ride. I had no idea that many riders would participate -- that's gonna be a crowded rail trail!! I ride the West Orange Trail in Winter Garden a lot and can't imagine that volume of riders. I'm looking forward to it.
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Fortunately it isn't a mass start. The riders head out between about 7AM and 8:30AM. Have fun.
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Is this your first Clean Air ride? If so you can expect 500-800 riders depending on the weather.
Wow, I had no idea it was that big. My wife and I are signed up to do the 100, and itís our first century ride.
We usually start at Ridge Manor and go north, and love the Withlacoochee trail!
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the Van Fleet trail is rail trail and it's nice, I ride it
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Someone posted on FB that they typically have about 600 riders doing Bike Florida. That's a nice number. I've done tours with groups 300-2000+ riders. The lines are shorter with fewer people!!!
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