Often hooked up with riding groups only to be dropped or struggled to keep up with the pace that they were keeping. Forming up a group with the purpose of riding at the paces that "the rest of us" can keep up with. Organize and go on rides, trying to help work on fitness levels and prepare for both doing centuries and longer rides.
Expect many to be from or work in the South Tampa and MacDill area and will want to ride in the Tampa, St. Petersburg and relatively close surrounding areas. We currently have members from Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, and Manatee counties. We like "off road biking" especially on scenic paths, and novice to intermediate mountain biking. We schedule events from all these types in all four counties. But mostly we like to get outdoors, have a good time, meet new people, talk, laugh, and just have a good time. We ride in a noncompetitive fashion and except by prior agreement - no one will be left out or left behind. Other general guidelines below.
See "ya on the roads and trails!
The " MISSION STATEMENT
" for this club is to create a fun MeetUps group in a relaxed non-competitive environment where friendly people can enjoy a wide range of social activities centered around cycling in the Tampa Bay area and beyond!FAQs:
DO I NEED A PHOTO ON MY PROFILE?
This is currently an open club and as such everyone can gain membership only by joining themselves, there is no real "approval" process. Any profiles built in here are open unless you restrict it yourself. Our events are also open and can be seen by anyone browsing on by. Still your privacy is somewhat protected by the site, although members can email each other via MeetUp, they will not have your email address unless you directly reply to their email.IS THERE A RELATIONSHIP STATUS IN THIS CLUB?
No. Many are married and/or in relationships, while some may be single, marital status doesn't matter much to the group. We welcome singles and couples alike, just don't expect this to be a place to search for someone. CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN?
Only if they're able to participate in the rides we take or events we do. While we won't directly prohibit it, we enjoy being able to joke around without worrying if "little ears" are listening - particularly since there may be some drinking after some of our events! If you and yours can tolerate adults, have at it.HOW WILL I FIND YOU?
We are usually easy to find! Be sure to look at the 'RSVP' list to view member photos that plan to attend and look for those faces that replied "yes". Although the venue's address are always included in the event, most times the organizer for that ride will include a phone number to all that RSVPd yes/maybe where possible, While we'll try to get good locations that directions can be pulled through MapQuest, Google maps, or Yahoo maps, it's not something that can be 100% guaranteed. You may wish to get your own driving directions from Mapquest, Yahoo or Google maps, or plug the location into your GPS and let it provide directions? Remember Alt-19 and US-19 are several miles apart, so read the directions carefully and be sure to bring any contact phone numbers with you!SHOULD I WORRY ABOUT ANYONE HARASSING ME?
No. This MeetUp has zero tolerance for harassment and will not hesitate to migrate to a private group if needed. Removing and/or report any member for such behavior is recommended. If anyone makes you feel uncomfortable at an event or through the MeetUp website, please contact the organizer at once to discuss it. What's inappropriate? Anything that you're not comfortable with. This blanket policy covers any inappropriate or inconsiderate behavior (including unwarranted business solicitations!) and such misconduct will be dealt with accordingly.HOW WILL I BE NOTIFIED OF EVENTS?
Wednesday is our target date to send out a newsletter/schedule on the calendar for the next 10 days. If an organizer posts an event prior to then, they may send out a separate announcement. We?ll try to minimize or eliminate sending emails - so be sure to check our Calendar frequently! Still, if you RSVP 'Yes' or 'Maybe,' you will get automated emails from MeetUp reminding you of your RSVP for the event. WHAT IS THE RSVP AND "NO SHOW" POLICY?
Your RSVP is taken seriously! When a member does not show up to an event after RSVPing 'Yes', we?ll ask, but until it becomes a problem, there is no real "show/noshow" policy.
If you respond 'Yes' and later find that you cannot join us, please be considerate and update your RSVP as soon as possible! If you RSVP 'Maybe' to a "limited" event, please try to update your status at least a day before the event!
Members who RSVP 'Yes' but do not show (or cancel too late) can be unfair to the venue, but especially to our members who may have wanted to attend a "full" event, and to our organizers who work hard for you! It is difficult to properly plan and host events without an accurate count. Thanks for your understanding and courtesy!ANYTHING ELSE?
Yes. Now that we've got all that out of the way, this MeetUp is all about having fun!! We encourage any suggestions for events as well as offers to guest-host! Please contact the organizer!
Riding RulesABC-QC -
Check your ride - You?re expected to do ABC-QC checks on your bike before coming out for a ride. Questions on this can be found at the League of American Bicyclists
under ABC-QC.Helmets ?
Like them or not, helmets do save lives. Although Florida Law only requires them for kids, please use one on each and every ride you take on a bike. If you come out without one, we can only not consider you part of the ride, and have you go it on your own.Headsets ?
IPODS, MP3 players, and the like. Yes they do provide some pleasant distractions, but they can also prevent you from hearing the traffic or warnings around you. If you must have them, only one ear bud in use at any time.
Be sure to check our calendar
often, and we look forward to meeting you soon at one of our many events!
Formalities - Getting the formalities out of the way and putting the disclaimer right up front. Neither the group, organizer, nor Meetup.com are responsible for decisions you make - if you come along, you are certifying that you are in good enough health to participate, know how to ride a bike and you are responsible for whatever happens to you and you release all others in the group from any and all liability! (Don't you just love lawyers!) The fine print - By participating in this ride, I (myself and any invited participants) understand and agree to absolve ant/all sponsoring organizations, singly and collectively, of all blame for any injury, misadventure, harm, loss or other inconvenience suffered as a result of participating in this bicycle ride, or any of the activities associated with said event.
Yes, even bicycles have legal status
- you can get a traffic ticket or other waring or citation just as a car can.