Meet at Holiday Park at 7pm for an 8pm departure. First stop Boomers for fun & games, followed by a visit to the Entrada Motel Cocktail Lounge (voted "Best Near Death Experience" by the New Times).
Expect a night of bikes, friends, games, drinking, and late night shenanigans. 20 miles round trip.
Here's a tentative route to give you an idea of the distance covered.
Race starts @ 10pm
SOFLO Skate & Bike Shop (new location)
3301 Grand Ave
Coconut Grove, Fl. 33133
Get directions to SOFLO Skate & Bike Shop.
Finish @ The News Lounge
55th NE 4th Ct
Miami, FL 33137
Winner gets $50 bar tab
$2 beers for all bike riders
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Deadline August 15th, 2009
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Friday, July 31st @ 6:30pm
101 NW First St
This is possibly our most ambitious ride thus far. As usual the ride begins from Government Center in downtown Miami. We will be traveling north on Biscayne Blvd towards Miami Shores and then east over the Broadway Causeway passing though Bay Harbor Islands and Surfside. We'll head south through Miami Beach & back west into downtown via Venetian Causeway. We will probably take a brief break on the beach for some snacks & drinks. This is going to be a great ride.
Participants are to keep a moderate pace, it's very important that the group stays together. It makes corking easier and the ride much smoother for everyone involved (cyclists/motorists/pedestrians). Also, make sure to arrive on schedule, that's 6:30pm. Bring bicycle lights, it's the law! We usually leave at 7pm sharp but it's recommended to arrive earlier.
Here are some links to the route: Bikely / Map My Ride
Here's a video from the ride a few months ago.
Please add the "last Friday of the month" Miami Critical Mass group on Facebook or Myspace if you have not already done so.
Ventured down to Key West this past weekend to participate in their first alleycat race through the city's historical area, known as "Old Town". The race began on the White Street Pier shortly after 6pm, it was a very nice setting for the start of a race. A diverse group of riders were present.. a few road bikes, fixed-gear conversions, track bikes, conch cruisers, MTBs and even a small penny-farthing styled bike. Interesting enough most folks ride around town wearing sandals and most bicycles have baskets, even some track bikes.
There were 12 checkpoints in total and quite honestly I felt it was really difficult for an out of towner. I hadn't visited Key West in a decade and had no clue what was where even with the help of a few locals while we were glancing over the maps 10 minutes prior to the start-off. The race had a Le Mans start with a slight twist, we were instructed to remove our right sneaker & give them to the person to our right. Then we were told to throw the sneakers as far as possible. This made the start challenging, as soon as I located my shoe I laced it and ran to my bike. Once off the pier and on the road I decided to follow the burliest dude on a Trek carbon road bike. On our way to the first check point I asked him if I could follow and he said he didn't mind. This proved to be a good decision on my part because this dude (RJ) was quick & really knew his way around. This worked great for us as a team because he didn't have a marker/pen and we needed one at a few of the check points, luckily I had my sharpie.
Those on road and/or track bikes were assigned extra tasks at a few check points in order to give the conch cruisers a better chance. One very interesting task was at checkpoint #8. We received a coconut at Fixed Gears bike shop & we're instructed to take it to a residence a few blocks away, exchange it for a mango & then take the mango back to the bike shop in order to get our manifest signed. Only during an alley cat on an island will you be asked to exchange tropical fruits at check points, this was genius! Other check points of interests were finding out the soup of the day at a diner, going to the end of a pier, a school bus graveyard, finding a docked Navy ship, and making a stranger/passerby say "yee-haw".
The final stop was at Cowboy Bills Honky Tonk Saloon. RJ and I came in together. We finished about 15 minutes before anyone else, we actually left the bar since there was nobody there yet and assumed we were possibly in the wrong place. We ended up dashing to the other Cowboy Bill's a few blocks away only to realize we were initially at the correct spot from the get-go. We went back to the first bar and were greeted by the organizer who was just arriving. We walked to the back of the bar and had our manifest checked out. We were declared the winners and got some beers to celebrate when low and behold 'would be 3rd place' arrived. I noticed the local newspaper tucked under his arm, it was one of the requirements on the manifest, one we totally forgot about and were not told we were missing it until he walked in. WHOOPS!
RJ and I had to run out to grab the newspaper, we were then placed 3rd and 4th. I wish we would've been told about the missing requirement when our manifests were initially presented at the finish. We would've had more than enough time and still taken 1st & 2nd place had we been told upon the delivery of our manifest. Oh well, excellent race nonetheless. Congrats to Jonathan for taking first on his conch cruiser & Eddie coming in 2nd. I was 1st place" fixed-gear" and 1st place "out of towner". Props to ChillWill for putting on an interesting race, it was well thought out & fun.
We spent most of the night bar hopping and riding around town with alleycat participants & volunteers.
Hybrid taxi w/ bike rack in Key West. Going green with pink!
The following day was spent with ChillWill (race organizer) & Patrick (owner of Fixed Gears). We rode around the entire island and checked out the bike shop for a bit. The guys at the shop were really friendly, I really liked the old school charm the shop had and would recommend anyone visiting Key West to check it out. We also rode to the "southernmost hockey rink" to check out prospect location for future bike polo games. The rink is huge, maybe too large for bike polo unless there's 5 on 5 teams which can be exciting, open air with a covered roof and lighted with traditional hockey rink lights underneath, regulation size with regular boards and fencing with glass behind both nets. Holiday Park bike polo folk should definitely check it out.
Thanks to ChillWill for organizing the race and letting us stay at his place, Patrick & Ray @ Fixed Gears, RJ for allowing me to follow him, and Patti for making the drive & being the only other Miamian there. This event was well organized and the checkpoints were awesome. I had a great time & the people of Key West were really friendly and hospitable. I'll definitely be back for future races and encourage those in S. Florida to also make the drive down.
Here's some more photos:
from Bike Miami Days
"On July 19, Bike Miami Rides are back, offering Miami residents a free ride towards becoming safer, better, more confident city cyclists. No registration is required and it is completely free.
Volunteers, including Officers from the City of Miami Police Department Bicycle Unit, will be on hand to teach you the basics of riding safe. Meet at 8:30am at Legion Memorial Park on NE 64th & Biscayne Boulevard. We’ll start our day going through the “A-B-C Quick Check”, when you’ll learn how to quickly check your Air, Brakes and Chain and what you need to make your bike road-ready. Then, you’ll learn how to fit your bicycle helmet for optimum safety. We’ll go through the basic Rules, Rights and Responsibilities of Cyclists and Motorists before heading out for a short ride – just under 2 hours long. We’ll stop for water and bathroom breaks and learning opportunities as we explore Miami’s Historic MiMo district, Little Haiti and Buena Vista neighborhoods, the Design District and Edgewater. At the end of the ride, you’re invited to join the City of Miami Bicycle Coordinator, Collin Worth, and other volunteers for lunch. Destination to be determined.
Legion Memorial Park is a beautiful waterfront park in the heart of the Miami Modern (MiMo) Historic District. There is abundant on-street car and bicycle parking in the area. The group will meet in the shaded area just behind the NET office (6599 Biscayne Blvd). Please bring a water bottle, your helmet, your bicycle and your friends! See you on Sunday, July 19 at 8:30am!"
Meet @ the bus station across from Whole Foods
US1 & 117 St (Pinecrest)
1/4 mi sprints will be held on the South-Dade Busway.
Friday , July 24th 2009
Here's a video from the first Busway Sprints in April.
Last Thursday nights OpenSprints at PS14 were lots of fun. The event was hosted by Keirin Cycles and it was the first time the roller races were held at a bar versus outside their bicycle shop on South Beach. The affair went on without a hitch, there were a good amount of participants & spectators, $1 beers specials, and free giveaways throughout the night. A few 'grudge matches' were squeezed in during an intermission which was great, members of the audience were invited to partake in the races w/o having to register. I encourage all cycling aficionados to check out this event the next time it's held, it really is an interesting social gathering.
Thanks to Thomas & Nick @ Keirin Cycles for putting this together, PS14 staff, Ian handling the tech stuff, Scratch for emceeing the event, DJs Benton & Juan (No Brainer Thursdays), Leader, Cinelli, Red Stripe, and of course everyone who came out & supported.
Congrats to Claudio who won the cash purse, Kayo who came in 2nd place and won a Cinelli saddle & t-shirt, and to Cynthia who won some Leader prototype handlebars.
Emerge Miami / Meetup
Saturday July 11th @ 10am
5949 South Dixie Highway
"For our July meetup this Saturday The Miami Critical Mass July Meetup we'll be meeting at South Miami Metro-Rail station. We will be riding through the gables and the grove up to Alice Wainwright park. Then we'll head back through the City, it should be a great ride. This is our 3 year anniversary ride as well so bring your party hat. Snacks will be available at Alice Wainwright park in the Grove. Hope you can make it out and ride." - Collin Worth
This excursion is NOT like the Friday Critical Mass. It is a lot more relaxed and a great ride for novice cyclists and/or those who wish to take it easy. Come out and enjoy a leisurely ride and meet some like-minded individuals this Saturday.
Bring lotion if it's sunny out, you will probably get sunburned if not prepared.
"Meet at 4:15 p.m. at the University Metrorail Station, across from Bank United center at UM. The station has ample parking on the weekends.
We’ll leave at 4:30 p.m. sharp, riding downtown to Mary Brickell Village. There we'll get refreshments and start back south. This is a 14mile ride, and the pace moderate.
You'll see the prettiest parts of the M-Path, a greenway that's ideal for South Miami or Coral Gables residents who commute to downtown jobs. Any novices on the ride will get riding tips and the advice of experienced riders about trail courtesy and staying safe at road crossings.
Want to know more? Write to ride planner Gary Mendenhall at email@example.com
See you on the 12th !"
Photo taken last night while headed east on Las Olas towards A1A for the Forth of July Spectacular on Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Notice everyone stuck in traffic except for the cyclists utilizing the bike lane.
Thursday, July 9th, 2009
28 NE 14th St
Miami, FL 33132
$5 Entry Fee (to race)
$1 Red Stripe beer until 1am & giveaways!
No Brainer Thursdays
DJs Benton & Juan
Brought to you by the folks over @ Keirin Cycles
Get directions to PS14.