The Southern Most AIDS/HIV Ride. Starting location is MorningStar Renewal Center in Miami Florida. The SMART Ride is a 2 Day 165 Mile ride from Miami to Key West. In it′s 6th year this event leaves Miami and travels the picturesque bridges and waterways that wind down through the Florida Keys and ends up at the AIDS Memorial on the White Street Pier in Key West. The event is fully supported and travels with SAG Vehicles, Medical Team, Full Pit Stops and meals. Overnight accommodations in the Middle Keys are at Hawks Cay Resort which is covered by the registration fee. Riders commit to raise funds and 100% of that is guaranteed to go to the six benefiting agencies in the State of Florida. Riders range in age from 18 to 72 and all levels of experience welcome. For more information please call 1-866-696-7701 or visit TheSMARTRide.org.
Registration is $85 and you must raise a minimum of $1,250
100% of what you raise goes to charity.
Saturday, January 2nd 2010
12249 South Dixie Hwy
Miami, FL. 33156
Century group ride starting from Elite Cycling. For those unfamiliar a century is a 100 mile bike ride. This is intended to be a fun ride, not a race. Average speed 20 mph. A few of the folks that rsvp'ed have never done a century so if you've been trying to get 100 miles in on one day join them. Bring water, snacks, tools, & spare tube(s). Nobody likes to wait on the ill-prepared.
"This is the route from Elite: ride out to Key Biscayne (the back way through Pinecrest to Red Road, then to Sunset Drive, then through Coconut Grove on Main Highway and then Bayshore to the Key), turn around at La Caretta (no break), do a loop of Virginia Key, ride back to Coconut Grove for a colada break at the cuban place on Main Highway, then down to Black Point and back to Elite via the busway/S. Dade Trail for the second break, then the same loop again for a grand total of 112.4 miles." - Mike C
Loose Cannons 2 Year Anniversary Race
Thursday, January 7th 2010
Revolution Bicycle Services
3444 Main HWY #16
Miami, FL 33133
This race is 9 miles.
Winner gets $50 bar tab.
$2 beers for all cyclists.
Prize will be split between 1st road bike & 1st fixed gear bike. If overall 1st is fixed gear they win full $50 bar tab.
*Lights & helmets encouraged.
Saturday, January 9th
6161 NW 9th Avenue
Miami, FL 33127
You have two options on this ride. You can either meet up at TACOLCY Center or at the MLK Metrorail Station and ride with Emerge Miami to the TACOLCY Center.
"This is a joint ride with City of Miami's Bike Miami Rides, Emerge's Critical Mass, and the TACOLCY Bike Club. We'll be meeting at 10am at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza (MLK Metrorail Station) and riding to the TACOLCY Center from there the bike groups will ride together.
The ride will take us through Liberty City, Little Haiti, Buena Vista areas, Design District and the Upper East Side. It'll be fun, lots of kids too."
Thanks to estimated 150 cyclists who came out on Christmas Day for the last Miami Critical Mass ride of 2009. That's a lot of participants for a ride taking place on a holiday. I think most were surprised with the large turnout, a few folks told me "wow, doesn't anyone have families anymore".
The ride was fairly short, just 12 miles round trip. There wasn't much traffic due to the holiday which was nice. We rode though Downtown Miami, Coral Gables (Miracle Mile) and Little Havana. Miracle Mile turned out to be a great area to ride in, there were lots of festive decorations and people out and about. We ended the ride by the large xmas tree at Bayfront Park for a group photo. Unfortunately most folks left just before the photo was taken.
Here's a video from the ride. It's quite shaky & poorly edited but better than nothing. I didn't have much footage and just used what I could.
Tips for Critical Mass in 2010
TARDINESS! Critical Mass meets up at 6:30pm and is scheduled to leave at 7:00pm. Why people still show up at 7:15pm is beyond me. Get there before 7 o'clock. It's not that difficult. Also the tentative route is posted online at least a week in advance, if you think you might be arriving late, print out the route map and catch up to the group.
LIGHTS! If you're going to be riding at night get some lights for your bike. It's the law!
More tips & guidelines about the Friday night ride can be found here. I strongly encourage participants to peruse through them.
The Emerge Miami group organizes the 2nd Saturday of the month Critical Mass ride and help with the Bike Miami Days / Rides events. Below is an informative video with Emerge Miami concerning environmental awareness and what their group is doing to help make the city bicycle friendly.
Emerge Miami's next ride is Saturday, January 9th at 10am. More details here.
Christmas Eve Pub Crawl Benefiting Michael Brewer
Thursday, December 24th
9339 A1A #1
Lake Park, FL 33403
$5 w/ helmet
$10 w/o helmet
A freak bike will be raffled & the bars will have drink specials.
Sunday December 20th
Brew Urban Cafe
638 N. Federal Hwy
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304
"So, I am not going to be having the FTL Monthly Bicycle Ride this month. Between a busy schedule at work and travels for the holiday I had to skip a month. BUT! Instead, I am going to have a little group ride this Sunday December 20. Meet up at 5pm at Brew Urban Cafe at 5pm. We will ride out at 6pm on a 10 mile route. And end at BBQ Beach in Fort Lauderdale. We will stop at Moes, and Total Wine for some refreshments, then proceed to the beach for some relaxing fun... So come out!!" - Justin
Saturday, January 09, 2010 & Sunday, January 10, 2010
Oleta River State Park
3400 NE 163rd Street
North Miami, FL 33160
3rd Annual Miami Cyclocross! Sat and Sun Miami Vice style! 20 min from South Beach, with all the glamour, mud and waffles we can muster. Races start at $20 while complete 2 day all you can race is only $60! Includes Sat BBQ and Sunday waffles. First timers, mt bikers, and cross fanatics welcome! Payouts for Cat 1-2. Questions? email@example.com
A good description is a bike race mixed with steeplechase. In cyclocross, course usually features pavement, dirt, woods, some steep hills and for good measure, some obstacles thrown in that require riders to dismount, work their way through and then get back on and ride some more.
Here's a nice video of a cyclocross race.
Bike Miami Rides
Sunday, December 20th
Mary Brickell Village
901 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33131
Before the ride begins we will go over basic bicycle safety information, and make sure everyone’s bike is road ready with the ABC quick check. The ride will meet at 8:30 and we will ride promptly at 9am.
The ride will travel through Brickell, Downtown, Little Havana, and Coconut Grove. 14 miles total.
1st Annual Toy Ride Drive
Saturday, December 19th 2009
"We will meet at the South Miami Metrorail Station. First stopping at Mack Cycles where riders can purchase a child related cycling item or cycling book. Then we will then make our way up the M-Path to Merrick Park. There you can go up to the Borders book store to purchase a child’s book or game. From Merrick Park we will proceed to Miami Rescue Mission (2233 NW 1st Ct) where we will drop our gifts off for donation. From there a casual ride back or if you feel the need you can always catch the Metrorail back to South Miami. We will be stopping on the ride back for a snack or light lunch."
If you have any questions email Gary Mendenhall
Uphill Battle Series 2.0
Sunday, January 3rd 2010
Key Biscayne / Virginia Key
These will be 1-on-1 sprint races on the Rickenbacker Causeway to the top of the William Powell Bridge
Meet by the entrance of the old bridge parallel to the big bridge.
It doesn't matter how fast you descend, it's all about who reaches the top first. You will be judged on climbing skills hence the red polka dot jersey theme.
Participants will receive one red dot per win. The one with the most dots at the end of the series is the overall winner.
All bikes welcomed.
"The Latin Builders Association donated 100 bicycles to Voices for Children. However, the bikes come unassembled and we need volunteers to build them. Any amount of time that you can volunteer will be greatly appreciated! Here are the details of the event(s):
Two separate locations on the same date
Saturday, December 19th
782 NW 42nd Avenue (Ocean Bank Building by the pavilion)
46 NW 36 Street (Design District)
If you cannot volunteer for the entire time, any amount of time you can donate would be a great help. Please help us to brighten the Christmas day of these children."
*Bring your own tools
36 registered racers, 6 checkpoints, 21.5 miles, 6 bridges & brutal winds.
Some riders were stopped by the drawbridge in downtown, the fearless decided not to wait and used I-95 as an alternative route. Fortunately Lucas Brunelle was there to capture it all on video.
The alleycat was very well documented. We had a camera at the the start (me), 1st checkpoint (Tony), throughout the race (Lucas) and at the finish (Jordan). Unfortunately all this footage will not be made available here as it belongs to Lucas Brunelle. Hopefully his BFF Miami Alleycat video is ready in time for the 2010 Bicycle Film Festival.
I think the majority of participants were pleased with this race, making them go to Jimbo's is something I had been wanting to do for a while. To the folks who got lost, pay better attention to me at the start of the race and use your maps next time. If you participated in the race and did not receive a spoke card let me know.
Below is a video from the Le Mans start & of the winner at the end of the race. Thanks to Gabe (sideways footage) and Jen for taking these clips.
1st - Ferny (overall + fixed)
2nd - Eric Z
3rd - Ariel
2nd Fixed - Stephan (4th overall)
1st Female - Kathy (16th overall)
2nd Female - Karla (22nd overall)
1st MTB - Seth (7th overall)
1st Out Of Towner - BT (6th overall , 3rd fixed)
DFL - Arthur
Thanks to all the volunteers at the checkpoints: Gary, Tony & Amber, Gabe, Mooj, Ivan, Tiffany & Keirin Cycles.
Great attendance for the BFF special edition Loose Cannons this past Thursday night. Lucas Brunelle was in town & filmed the race, we'll hopefully be seeing footage from this & the BFF alleycat at next year's Bicycle Film Festival. I can probably say I've attended more Loose Cannons than anyone else in S. Florida (missing only 2 out of 24, both because I was out out town) and feel the first 5 minutes of this particular race were my favorite. The energy & endurance of this Loose Cannons was special as can be attested by it's participants.
3rd Alex F
Photos by Joel Meinholz
SATURDAY DECEMBER 12
2pm - BFF MIAMI ALLEYCAT (more info)
3pm - Race
101 NW First Street
Miami, FL 33128
1040 Lincoln Road (Lenox/Lincoln)
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Lucas Brunelle will be in Miami to film the alleycat. Check out his intense videos if you're not familiar with his work.
Prizes for the alleycat winners will be awarded inside the Colony Theater.
5pm | PROGRAM 1 - Tour des Legendes
7pm | PROGRAM 2 - Where Are You Go
9pm | PROGRAM 3 - Urban Bike Shorts
Admission price per program is $10.00.
Order your tickets online before they sell out!
You can save a few dollars by purchasing a BFF Miami Festival Pass which will admit you to all 3 Bicycle Film Festival screenings.
FREE bicycle valet at screenings by Green Mobility Network
Group ride to party leaves after the last screening
Presented by POPLIFE
10pm - Electric Pickle - 2826 North Miami Avenue
DJ Treasure Fingers
Admission FREE for BFF attendees
FRIDAY DECEMBER 11
7pm - RECEPTION with projections at Keirin Cycles
235 A 9th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Keirin Cycles will be screening The Revival @ 8pm
9pm - GROUP RIDE from reception to Goldsprints Party
10pm - GOLDSPRINTS PARTY
The American Legion
6445 NE 7th Avenue (1 block east of Biscayne Blvd)
Miami, FL 33138
Brought to you by Keirin Cycles
DJ El Capitan
Performance by BFGF
All events on Friday are FREE.
THURSDAY DECEMBER 10
10pm - SPRINT RACE : Loose Cannons BFF Edition!
Race Starts at SOFLO Skate & Bike Shop
3301 Grand Avenue (Coconut Grove)
Race ends at BFF Opening Party
The News Lounge
5580 NE 4th Court
Winner gets $50 bar tab.
$2 beers for all cyclists.
Bicycle Film Festival programs / posters have been dropped off at a few South Florida bike shops.
You can pick them up at these locations:
A1 Scoot, Skate & Bike
Bell's Bicycles & Repair
Bikes To Go
Coral Way Bicycle Shop
Cuba Bicycle Shop
Elite Cycling & Fitness
Enrique's Bicycle Shop
Fritz's Skate Bike & Surf
High Gear Cycling
JB Bike Shop
Knight Bikes at Southland Mall
Miami Beach Bicycle Center
MIA Skate Shop
SOFLO Skateboard & Bicycle Shop
Team Iguana Sports
Victor's Bicycles & Supply
Don't forget the Bicycle Film Festival is this week Dec 10 - 12. Support the BFF so that it returns next year with more programs, events & the Joyride Art Show.
Art Basel is finally upon us so expect heavy traffic in Miami Beach, Wynwood, Downtown & the Design District for the next couple of days. Traffic and parking will be a mess as already witnessed by those who got an early start last night in the Design District & Midtown Miami.
It's obvious cycling is the quickest & most convenient way to get around Miami during Basel. Parking is free, easy to find & you don't get stuck in gridlock. Below are a few tips for those planning on attending Art Basel events by bicycle.
If you're riding at night, you should absolutely use a red rear light and a front headlight. Flashing mode is recommended since it makes it difficult for motorists not to see you when your bike looks like an emergency vehicle.
Also, don't forget to lock up your bike properly! There's no point in saving time by going on bike if you're going to have to walk home crying sans steed.
Be wary of drunk drivers & jay walkers in search of the posh party with free booze. Don't forget we live in Florida where more than likely the driver of the vehicle will flee the scene if they struck a cyclist and/or pedestrian. Be safe!
Here's a few Art Basel/cycling related events..
Loose Cannons Poker Run
Ride Ur Bike! - Ryan Doyle Freak Bike Exhibit
Dec 3 - 6
Lance Armstrong x Nike : STAGES
Dec 4 - 6
Tour de France 7 Town Shoe Collection : Logan Real
"You're invited to ride an installation from freak bike culture. Experience Ryan Doyle's three part bike exhibition featuring the Hell-a-Copter, the Regurgitator and Tall Bike Jousting"
December 3 - 6
150 NW 24th Street
Miami, FL 33127
About 25 cyclists rode to Sweat Records earlier tonight for the Borscht Film Festival / Miami Bike Scene screening of Melancholy For Medicine.
Bike valet courtesy of ingenuity.
Thanks to Borscht, Sweat Records, and Barry Jenkins.. can't forget "CCCV" Jupiña & Rum
Next year it would be great to try this bike-in movie idea outdoors how Borscht originally intended.