Tour de Florida

Friday, December 27th, 2019 – Monday, January 6th, 2020

The idea for the Tour de Florida came from FCBA Alumni, Kert and Mark, when they cycled the Keys in early 2016. Kert, being from Philadelphia, highly endorsed the ride as a great way to escape the cold and enjoying time riding with friends. Mark, who lives in Orlando, saw the potential for the ride to serve his local Central Florida Fuller Center for Housing, in addition to cycling in the sun. We are excited to combine all of the great aspects of riding in Florida, and working to serve those in need of affordable housing!

This week-long ride begins with living out the mission of the Fuller Center. We will lend a helping hand to a like-minded Central Florida non-profit on Saturday, December 28th. After orientation and church service on the 29th, we will strike out east to hit the Atlantic Ocean  in Cocoa Beach. The rest of the route follows the gorgeous Atlantic Coastline for before hitting a dead-end in Key West. We will have an off day there to bask in the glory of the great ride, and take a sunset ferry back to the mainland. An early morning drive will bring us back to Orlando for a Monday morning departure. There is a lot to love on the Bike Adventure’s Tour de Florida!

What to expect on the Tour de Florida:

  • Build day with Central Florida FCH
  • Seven riding days, 61 miles per day
  • High temperatures in the 70’s
  • Ocean views from your bike seat
  • Wonderfully hospitable hosts

Tour de Florida

Friday, December 27th, 2019 – Monday, January 6th, 2020

The idea for the Tour de Florida came from FCBA Alumni, Kert and Mark, when they cycled the Keys in early 2016. Kert, being from Philadelphia, highly endorsed the ride as a great way to escape the cold and enjoying time riding with friends. Mark, who lives in Orlando, saw the potential for the ride to serve his local Central Florida Fuller Center for Housing, in addition to cycling in the sun. We are excited to combine all of the great aspects of riding in Florida, and working to serve those in need of affordable housing!

This week-long ride begins with living out the mission of the Fuller Center. We will build with the Central Florida Fuller Center for Housing on Saturday, December 28th. After orientation and church service on the 29th, we will strike out east to hit the Atlantic Ocean  in Cocoa Beach. The rest of the route follows the gorgeous Atlantic Coastline for before hitting a dead-end in Key West. We will have an off day there to bask in the glory of the great ride, and take a sunset ferry back to the mainland. An early morning drive will bring us back to Orlando for a Monday morning departure. There is a lot to love on the Bike Adventure’s Tour de Florida!

What to expect on the Tour de Florida:

  • Service day for local poverty housing non-profit
  • Seven riding days, 61 miles per day
  • High temperatures in the 70’s
  • Ocean views from your bike seat
  • Wonderfully hospitable hosts

The Perfect Winter Ride

The Tour de Florida gives you a convenient opportunity to visit warmer weather during the cold winter months. In addition to great riding, it has all the components of a perfect Fuller Center ride…great routes, great church hosts, and a great build day!

Schedule

4:00 – 9:00 PM: Riders arrive at church host in Orlando

If you would like to drive to Orlando and leave a car at our church host, you are welcome to do so. The Bike Adventure arranges transportation from Key West back to Orlando on the evening of Sunday off-day and morning of the Monday departure day. Your Trip Leader will be in touch with how you can reserve a spot on that shuttle.

For folks taking other forms of transportation to the ride’s start, the ride’s support vehicle will be shuttling people from transportation hubs to the church in Orlando on Friday night. 

Dinner is not provided this evening, but there are plenty of local restaurants to choose from!

9:00 PM: A brief introduction with the group all together for the first time

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

7:00 AM – Breakfast

8:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Service Day

Evening – Showers, dinner, and the start of orientation

RIDE DAY 1 – TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

7:30 AM – Breakfast 

8:00 AM – Orientation

9:30 AM – Church service

 10:30 AM – Change clothes and pack trailer

11:30 AM – Circle-up then ride!

60 mile ride to Cocoa Beach (route TBD)

After the ride -Showers, free time and dinner

RIDE DAY 2 – TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

7:30 AM: Circle-up and Ride

55 mile ride to Vero Beach (route TBD)

After the ride: Showers, free time and dinner

RIDE DAY 3 – TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

7:30 AM: Circle-up and Ride

75 mile ride to West Palm Beach (route TBD)

After the ride: Showers, free time and dinner

Ride Day 4 – TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

10:00 AM: Circle-up and ride (late start to accommodate New Year’s Eve festivities)

40 mile ride to Pompano Beach (route TBD)

After the ride: Showers, free time and dinner

RIDE DAY 5 – TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

7:30 AM: Circle-up and Ride

71 mile ride to Homestead (route TBD)

After the ride: Showers, free time and dinner

RIDE DAY 6 – TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

7:30 AM: Circle-up and Ride

After the ride: Showers, free time and dinner

RIDE DAY 7 – TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

7:30 AM: Circle-up and Ride

After the ride: Showers, free time and dinner on our own…check out sunset at Mallory Square!

This will be a very relaxing end to our week of riding. We will enjoy a church service, and then free time to explore Key West as we wish. 

For those who do not wish to use the sunset ferry out of Key West, we will load up vans at 1:00 PM to make the trip up to Fort Myers. All bikes and luggage will be taken via van shuttle at this time. 

At 5:00 PM, those who choose to use the ferry will board for the 3.5 hour ride to Fort Myers. 

Everyone will end up at the host church in Fort Myers on Sunday night.

We will shuttle riders back to Orlando on Monday morning. 

Detailed information about all transportation logistics will be emailed to riders as the ride draws nearer. With any questions ahead of time, contact us at [email protected]

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