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Surf & Turf Bike Florida Spring Tour 2016

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Bike Florida’s next Annual Spring Tour is set for April 9-15, 2016.

Take a moment to peruse our New Website to learn more about the great option available for the Surf & Turf Tour, April 9th – 15th, 2016.  Also be among the first to see the video message below from Spring Tour Director Joy Hancock.

And remember, Register now and catch the last great deal of the year!

The Surf-n-Turf Tour will be our first in southwest Florida.  Our week starts inland, exploring the rural roads and rich history of Arcadia, FL in Desoto County.  We will then ride to the towns of Sarasota and Venice, where you can take in Florida’s famed Gulf Coast with its turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and cool sea breezes.  We are so excited to share this wonderful adventure with you!All the details about exact venue locations, routes, itineraries, and registration, will be announced in the next few months.  You can keep up-to-date with the latest news on Bike Florida tours through our website, facebook page, and twitter.

Oakwood Manor Presentation

Friends of The Legacy Trail will be presenting a program on The Legacy Trail at the Oakwood Manor Home Owners Association (map here) at 1 PM on February 13th, 2016.  This presentation should be of particular interest to residents of northern Sarasota County because of the planned extension of The Trail through this area.  Everyone is invited to attend.  Although this is a gated community,  the guard will allow you entry for the presentation.

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As the above map shows, the planned route along the existing railroad right-of-way will pass near the communities of Oakwood Manor and Pinecraft.  In addition, the extension would create the potential for a connecting route to Nathan Benderson Park and the The Meadows trail system using the existing Circus Trail.

Legacy Park Dedication

See Also:
A Jewel Arises Along The Legacy Trail,” by Roger Normand

Press Release

The Dedication Ceremony for Legacy Park will be held on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 10 a.m. The newly constructed Legacy Park is located at 395 E. Venice Avenue, Venice, FL, next to the historic Venice Train Depot. Legacy Park and the restored train are located at the junction of junction of two multi-use paved trails: the 10.6 mile The Legacy Trail and the 10 mile Venetian Waterway Park (5 miles long on each side of the Intracoastal Waterway).

Legacy Park offers multi-use recreational opportunities. A kayak/canoe launch allows access to the wide expanse of the Intracoastal Waterway as well as the more intimate confines of Hatchett Creek. Opting for the latter, paddlers will feel transported back in time as they travel through a dense canopy of native white, red and black mangrove trees and view other natural Florida landscape features. A two station kayak/canoe wash station provides a quick cleanup at journey’s end. There are pervious parking areas for vehicles and boat trailers. The design provides parking spaces while still allowing water infiltration and reducing surface water runoff into the creek.

A wildlife observation platform built next to Hatchett Creek provides up-close viewing opportunities of creek inhabitants and shoreline wetland restoration habitat. Sheltered picnic pavilions are available along with a public restroom and drinking fountain. A handicap-accessible 1/2 mile asphalt nature trail winds through the park with periodic benches along the trail. Stormwater retention ponds are surrounded by native vegetation provide habitat for wading birds and small mammals while improving the water quality flowing into the creek. Visitors are likely to see a diverse mix of birds such as snowy egrets, great egrets, blue heron, tricolored heron and osprey. Picnic pavilions are also available

The city of Venice acquired the ten acre abandoned industrial cement plant site in 2008 for $7.4 million using funds from the voter-approved one-cent sales tax surcharge and a grant from the Florida Communities Trust. The city developed a comprehensive redevelopment plan in coordination with Sarasota County during the intervening years and demolished all the buildings on the site and restoration of the Hatchett Creek shoreline.   Just over $2 million was spent on design, permitting and construction of the new park using funds from Sarasota County, Park impact Fees; Land and Water Conservation Fund, Recreational Trails and Florida Coastal Management Programs. Future plans include a train themed covered playground and additional landscaping. Sarasota County will assume all future operations and maintenance needs for the city owned Legacy Park though an inter-local agreement.

2016 Piggy’s Revenge Video

Piggy’s Revenge – A race sponsored by Sarasota County Off Road Riders (SCOOR) – Jan 10th, 2016

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Once a year the members of SCORR host an endurance race on the trails of the T. Mabry Carlton Reserve.Riders get to choose the 20 or 40 mile mountain bike route or the 60 mile epic endurance race. The race courses have varied terrain, are well marked and the MTB path includes 8+ miles of twisty singletrack. This race takes place during the winter season allowing travelers to escape the cold. All racers receive an event t-shirt. Everyone gets to enjoy homemade bratwurst, snacks and cold drinks

 

2016 Annual Everglades Ride

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For the Benefit of Friends of Fakahatchee and River of Grass Greenway

www.OrchidSwamp.org        www.everglades ROGG.org

Sunday, March 13, 2015

McLeod Park
218 South Copeland Ave
Everglades City

Registration starts at 7:30 am

 

On-Road Bicycle Rides

Opportunity to customize the distance of your ride available

62 Mile starts at 8:00 am

16 Mile starts at 9:00 am

Off-Pavement Bicycle Ride

A combination of paved and gravel roads, this route goes through the beautiful and wild Janes Scenic Drive in Fakahatchee.

27 Mile starts at 8:30 am

Register online at www.caamevents.com/event/everglades-ride/

$40 includes SAG-supported ride, continental breakfast, snacks, and lunch.
ALSO, a visit to the historic Smallword Store & Museum
$5 early registration discount (<March 4); and $5 discount for FOF and FROGG members.
First child 12 & under:  Free with parent;  Additional child 12 & under: $15

Piggy’s Revenge

Piggy’s Revenge – A race sponsored by Sarasota County Off Road Riders (SCOOR) – Jan 10th, 2016

piggys-revengeOnce a year the members of SCORR host an endurance race on the trails of the T. Mabry Carlton Reserve. Riders get to choose the 20 or 40 mile mountain bike route or the 60 mile epic endurance race. The race courses have varied terrain, are well marked and the MTB path includes 8+ miles of twisty singletrack. This race takes place during the winter season allowing travelers to escape the cold. All racers receive an event t-shirt. Everyone gets to enjoy homemade bratwurst, snacks and cold drinks

For more information and registration click here.

Tour de Parks 2016

TdP Announcement

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 62, 35, and 20-mile scenic, fun rides!
Start and finish at the historic Venice Train Depot
303 E Venice Ave., Venice, Florida

CaptureEntry fees:
$35 before 2/20/16
$40 before 3/18/16
$45 3/18/16 and after

 Your entry includes breakfast, lunch, rest-stops, SAG support, and a technical Tee shirt for the first 500 participants.  We are excited to be sponsoring this year’s ride with the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club, along with past sponsors Friends of Sarasota County Parks and Sarasota County Recreation and Natural Resources.  

You may register for the Tour de Parks with one of the following three methods:

Ride Schedule

Registration Opens
6:30 AM
 Breakfast  6:30 – 8:30
Catered Lunch 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Ride Starts 7:30 AM – 62 miles
8:30 AM – 35 miles
9:30 AM – 20 miles
Rides End 2:00 PM

 

Packet Pickup

Friday, March 18th
4:00 to 6:00 PM
Bicycles International (1744 Tamiami Trail S, Venice, FL 34293
 Saturday, March 19th
1:00 to 4:00 PM
 Real Bikes (581 US Highway 41 Bypass N, Venice, FL 34285
Sunday, March 20th
From 6:30 AM
Venice Train Depot

 

Need a Hotel Room the Night Before the Ride?
Bentley’s Hotel is offering Tour de Parks riders a special room rate of $125 for March 19th.  To get the special rate just tell the front desk that you are with Tour de Parks when you make your reservation.

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Custom 2016 Tour de Parks jerseys are available from Bespoke Kits.
Click here for more details.

See also:   Ride Brochure     Map of Routes      Sponsor Agreement Form

National Public Lands Day @ Oscar Scherer Park, 26 Sept

The Friends of The Legacy Trail will sponsor an information booth from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Oscar Scherer Park.  FLT has a special affiliation with this park – the park serves as a direct entry point to the Legacy Trail; and the park hosted the monthly FLT meeting for many years.  FLT will be one of some 30 non-profit groups with booths to talk about their community services mission and volunteer opportunities.   Besides free access to the park, there will be music and many kid friendly activities.  Bike-on down and join in the festivities.  It’s a great way to explore volunteer opportunities that you can join to help keep Sarasota as a great place to live, work, and raise a family.