10th Annual Tour de North Port, Sunday, October 20.
Registration – now open for this annual fun, organized, on-road scenic bicycle ride with routes of 15, 35, or 65 miles. Travel through some of North Port’s most beautiful, natural settings: Florida pine flatwoods & parks that border the Myakkahatchee Creek –each route has its own color-coded road markings. Sponsored by People for Trees. More info and registration here.
Join Us — Commissioners, Staff, and Friends of The Legacy Trail — as we Celebrate the Purchase of the Trail Extension Corridor into Downtown Sarasota and Begin the “RACE TO COMPLETION” of The Trail!
- Where: East side of Payne Park (map)
- When: This Friday June 28 | 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
**Wear Your “Extend the Trail” Yellow Shirt to Show Your Support.**
Coffee and snacks will be available.
It’s Been a Long Road to Get to This Milestone. Let’s Celebrate!!
Sharky’s Ride the Beaches Celebrates 17 Years
SCENIC BIKE RIDE WITH A HUGE HEART
Sunday, April 28, Venice, Florida
Cyclists from near and far will be traveling to Sharky’s in Venice
on 28th to be a part of THE bike event of the season – Sharky’s Ride the Beaches. Celebrating it’s 16 th year, Ride the Beaches has a rich history of giving back to the community. This year the ride
will support three charities:
- Team Tony, a local Sarasota based foundation helping, hands on those going though cancer treatment and their families.
- Friends of the Legacy Trail, dedicated to the maintenance and expansion of Sarasota County’s best cycling asset, the Legacy Trail Park.
- Livestrong Foundation, helping people nationwide finding the resources and strength to fight cancer.
In 2018 Ride the Beaches hosted 1,300 cyclists and raised over $37,000 for charity. Over the past 16 years, Ride the Beaches has donated $292,000 to charity. The owners and employees of Sharky’s, as well as community members, donate their time to this event. Every penny over cost is donated
All riders will start the day with complimentary breakfast on the beach at Sharky’s consisting of fresh fruit, juice, bagels, fruit bread, and coffee. All rest stops will be stocked with water, sports drink, fresh fruit, snacks and/or sandwiches. After riders work up a sweat, they will be able to sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch complete with beer, smack dab on the beach at Sharky’s
Riders will have the choice of three scenic bike rides – 15, 35 or 70 mile rides. The 15 mile ride stays on the island of Venice, with an optional extra 4 miles that goes off the island, on the Venetian Waterway Trail. This ride is suitable for almost anyone with a bike and a desire to see some of the most beautiful spots on the Island of Venice. You will ride to Casperson Beach and access the Waterway trail. After riding the trail to the north side of Venice you will ride low traffic roads to the Venice Yacht Club for a rest stop. From there you will meander through residential side streets back to Sharky’s. The 35 mile ride will take you over the Intercostal waterway to the neighborhood streets of south Venice. You will cross the intercostal waterway again, and have your first rest stop. Now ride down beautiful Manasota Key. In some places you will be so close to the beach, you have to watch for sand in the road. After returning on the key you will hit the rest stop again and head back to Venice, this time using the Venetian Waterway
Trail part of the way.
The 70 mile ride will follow the 35 milers for the first half. After Manasota Key the ride will head east through horse farm country. There will be a rest stop along the Myakka River. From there we head west again and will pick up The Legacy Trail. We will ride the trail up to the next rest stop sponsored by The Friends of The Legacy Trail and then to Casey Key for more riding along the beach, ending at Sharky’s for lunch.
Online registration is available at www.registersharkysride.com. The cost to participate is $45. Sharky’s on the Pier, Smack Dab on the Gulf, is located at 1600 Harbor Dr. South in Venice (1.4 miles south of Venice Avenue). Call (941) 488-1456 or visit their website for more information at www.sharkysonthepier.com.
by Roger Normand
They gathered in the predawn Florida cold (60 degrees Fahrenheit) darkness at the Historic Venice Train Depot. Vehicles guided by volunteers to designated parking areas. Bicycles dismounted from their carrier. Final ABC safety check: “A” for Air in tires, OK; “B” for Brakes, OK. “C” for Cranks and Chains, OK. A quick healthy bit of fuel consisting of yogurt, muffins, fruit, OJ and coffee graciously provided by sponsor First Watch restaurant. A final potty call.
Event Director Bud Gaunce called out “Ride safely, ride courteously, and enjoy the ride.”
And as the sun peaked over the horizon, bringing the light and warmth of day, the first wave of 62 milers on the 2019 Tour de Parks launched north on the Legacy Trail. The 35 and 21 milers followed later in the morn.
950 riders signed up for the event, shattering last’s year’s record of 750! It all went very smoothly, thanks to detailed planning efforts and dedicated volunteers before, during, and cleanup after the ride.
True to its name, riders traversed parks along the Legacy Trail, venturing to Urfer, Rothenbach Parks. Rowers could be seen honing their skills as riders circled Benderson Park, site of international rowing competitions. Ocean vistas and dream homes line the newly paved route along Casey Key.
The Tour de Parks is a key fund raising event by both the Friends of the Legacy Trail and the Sarasota-Manatee Bicycle Club. About 100 volunteers help support the ride, along with area bicycle shops providing SAG support for mechanical issues. This year’s ride, like most previous year’s, was graced with light winds, low humidity, mostly blue sky, near perfect low 80s temperature. Perfect for hesitant riders trying their first cycling event, to seasoned cyclist using this as a first of the season’s long distance rides. A hearty lunch provided by Mattison’s greeted those at the finish line.
Sponsored by Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead (FOJT), a community garage sale is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the park. All proceeds will go toward the Visitor Center Project, a partnership with the Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department. It is designed to improve the structure in the park for public use
Donations sought for event, with proceeds going toward Visitor Center Project. The FJOT is accepting donated items for the sale. Items may be dropped off on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to noon at the house in the park.
Please join us for our monthly membership meeting. The meeting will be held in the Edson Keith Mansion at Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. The social time begins at 6:00 and there will be appetizers, desserts and drinks (coffee, sparkling and still water). The meeting begins at 6:30.
This month’s meeting will feature recognition of our many volunteers who have helped promote The Legacy Trail.
Ages 1 – 18
When: Saturday, April 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Child must be present. Helmets will be fit to child. Parent / legal guardian must register to receive helmet. Limit one per child — while supplies last.
Where: Osprey Junction Trailhead Park next to The Legacy Trail – 939 East Bay Street, Osprey, FL 3422
Co-sponsored by Friends of The Legacy Trail and Friends of Osprey Junction Trailhead.
Ribbon Cutting for the Laurel Overpass will be Wednesday January 9 at 3 PM. FLT will have an info table there offering Shirts, Memberships & Square Feet. SRQ County Requests: Please BIKE or WALK to the overpass. There will be NO parking available at Laurel Park. Please be respectful of local businesses — do not park in their lots. Thank You!
The bridge will be temporarily closed for about one hour during the event.
Registration for the 2019 Tour de Parks bicycle ride is now open. The ride will be held on Sunday March 24. Click here for more info and registration.