What we're about

Like cycling? Want to meet other local Cyclists? You should join if you're looking to meet a bunch of friendly non hard-core cyclists. Not the high speed semi-pro cyclists that flash on by, but cycling & touring for the rest of us. Group will mostly just gather for weekend rides, occasional weekday rides as well as some gear talk, training tips, etc, and a few fun charity rides and other activities that are mostly cycling centric.

Other functions we'll try to do is to:
Maintain a Calendar of Tour de Cure Events
Training Rides
Recruiting Events
Volunteer Opportunities
Maintain Information
Promote Discussions Among Members

We hope that you will join us to Help STOP DIABETES!

For the necessary documentation....

The MacDill Freewheelers is a bicycling group dedicated to fun and safe road cycling. There are no dues, officers or by-laws. We are a rather eclectic group represented by many nationalities, men and women, young and tenured with ages from 16-75, basically all sharing a joy in cycling and seek out Fun, Friendship and Philanthropy opportunities

We ride in groups based on speeds typically ranging from 12 mph to 24 mph. If a ride is designated for a particular speed, the ride leaders are expected to keep it within the stated parameters. If a ride is noted "no-drop" attention will be paid that nobody falls too far behind and will regroup as needed.

Safety is for both you and others riding with you.
Take a minute to read the safety notes below so you and other will enjoy your riding!

Important Notes for Bicycle Saftey:
Start means ready to roll/ride time.Cycling safely is our number one goal.Bike Helmets are required.Do not overlap wheels.

Communicate what you are doing to other and being a courteous is important:
Make sure that the rides you are with know what you are doing and where you are.
Call “rider up” and “rider back” to increase overall awareness.
Let people know when you are passing them with either “on your left” or “Good morning”.
Let the people you are riding with know if you are slowing.
If you are leading/pulling signal when you are going to the back of the line.
If you are the last one in line and the leader is rotating to the back let them know that you are the last wheel by calling out “last wheel”.
When entering an intersection let the other riders know if the intersection is clear or yell “stop”, “car left”, “car right”, or whatever might be appropriate.
Make sure that other know what you are doing if you are going out of the pace line. Communicate!
Trust is good, control is better, just because someone said clear, doesn't mean you can ride without looking for yourself.

* Speed: We ride from 13 to 24+ mph depending on lots of factors but "no drop" or “no one left behind” means just that, you don’t leave anyone out there straggling.

Speed Groups: D 13-15; C 15-18; B 18-20; B+ 20-22 average while riding in the group. I doubt we’ll have any A or A+ rides, but they’re A 22-25; A+ 26 and up.
* Remember to bring enough water.
* Think about warm up and cool down.
* Think about stretching before and after your ride.
* You burn about 600 calories an hour and need to have enough food to replenish or bonk.
* We are a social riding group who is dedicated to riding and friendship. We are not a club, there are no members, no dues and rides are open all.
* You are riding at your own risk.

PLEASE NOTE: Participation in any MacDill Freewheeler event implies that you have read, understand, and agree with the group’s policies. Whether you are a new member, or have been with us from the beginning, you need to take a moment and read that information.

By taking part in any MacDill Freewheeler event, you acknowledge that you realize bicycling has inherent dangers and that you assume responsibility for yourself by participating. This means you recognize and accept responsibility for your actions and understand the potential for injury and even death. We expect new riders to choose a category ride appropriate for their skills.

Per the Electronic Records and Signatures in Commerce Act, if you join this group, you agree to ALL of those terms listed and agree to abide by them.

Come Join us!!!

Drew :-)

Looking for support for Tour de Cure 2018

Supporting or joining Team RED (http://diabetes.org/tourteamred) appreciated

Upcoming events (5+)

The 2019 Tour De Parks

Venice Train Depot- Public Boat Ramp

6:30AM - - - - - - - - - Registration opens 6:30-8:30 - - - - - - - Breakfast by First Watch 11:00AM-2:00PM- - Lunch by Mattison's Rides Start at: >> 07:30 - 62 Miles >> 08:30 - 35 Miles >> 09:30 - 21 Miles Ride Ends: 2:00PM Registration for the 2019 Tour de Parks bicycle ride is now open. The ride will be held on Sunday March 24. Routes are 21, 35 and 62-Mile Scenic and Fun Rides – 12 Beautiful Parks! Click Here >> https://www.active.com/venice-fl/cycling/races/tour-de-parks-2019? Entry Fees: >>> $40 through Feb 27th >>> $45 Feb 28th - Mar 20th >>> $50 After March 20th + Credit card fees / No Rain Date / No Refunds (Note: Active.com charges a service fee of $3.95 for a $40 registration if you are not a member of Active.com. The service charge will be slightly higher for the $45 and $50 entry fees.) To Register by mail, please download and print the application from https://www.friendsofthelegacytrail.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/TdP2019BrochureFINAL.pdf and send to the address at the top of the application, along with your check. Thanks! Route maps for the 2019 ride have not been finalized at this time. For information, here are the route maps for the 2018 ride. There may be some changes this year. Click Here for Route Maps, Descriptions, and GPX file downloads for the 2018 ride.

Dean's Ride 2018

HCC Plant City Campus

Let's get out and just do this... Dean's Ride | 30 March 2019 | Plant City, FL A CAAM Tour Series Event http://caamtourseries.com/ Details and Registration ✅ www.RegisterDeansRide.com Route Options ✅ 64 miles - Metric Century ✅ 37 miles - Half-Metric Century ✅ 19 miles - Quarter Century Route Maps ✅ https://ridewithgps.com/events/56919-dean-s-ride Registration Fees 💲 $40 - thru 30 Dec 2018 💲 $45 - thru 17 Mar 2019 💲 $50 - thru 29 Mar 2019 💲 $55 - 30 Mar 2019 | Event Day NO registration processing fees on CAAM Tour Series events! ✅ Event Description: This annual event consists of 3 cycling distances: 62-Mile Metric Century; 38-Mile; and 18-Mile rides. Additionally, there will be a Mountain Bike Ride at the Alafia State Park, plus a 10-mile outdoor spinning ride. The start/finish of this event will be at the Hillsborough Community College Trinkle Center at 1206 Park Rd in Plant City. Pre-ride snacks and refreshments will be available. Post-ride lunch, music and craft beer will also be available. ✅ Become a Perks Package Member! Save 10% on your registration fees for this event and all the events in the CAAM Tour Series! http://www.CAAMPerksPackage.com/ Check in and day of ride registration for all ride segments begins at 6:30 a.m. on March 30 at the HCC Trinkle Center. Staggered ride start scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m.

Lake Nona Tour de Cure

Lake Nona Town Center

2019 Tour de Cure Lake Nona

2019 SWFL Tour de Cure

Williams Park

Please push this link out to your friends and get them to join Team Red Greater Tampabay by clicking on it - http://bit.ly/JoinTeamRed-Tampabay and then click on "Join our Team", it's about that easy. Last year Team Red was able to raise close to $30,000 and had 35 riders. For the 2019 Tour de Cure we’ve set our goal at… Where we want to get to - / - where we’re at: 25 / 21 Riders Raise $25,000.00 / * $6,532.00 to Stop Diabetes Register. Ask a Friend. Start a Team. Stop Diabetes. When: April 14th, 2019 Where: Albert Whitted Park Address: 480 Bayshore Dr. SE · Saint Petersburg, FL Registration Fee: $30 Fundraising Minimum: $200 Route Distances: 10, 25, 40, 62 miles $25 – January 10 – April 11 (online registration closes on April 11) $35 – April 14 - Event Day Please note: registration fees do not count towards the fundraising minimum. Contact your event manager, Marc Bourret [masked] |[masked] x 3028 If you run into ANY issues please give a shout to me or Marc. This ride is what created the MacDill Freewheelers - a way to get some training rides in for those that weren't hammering it too hard. Some of the members have rejoined again this year, many others not yet - Make it worth keeping the group active ... - Ride in the Tour! - Ride with Team Red SWFL / Team Red Tampa Bay! :-) i knew i had forgotten something

Past events (1,015)

2019 Clean Air Ride

Trailhead

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