Hosted by the South Florida Bike Club Meetup Group, a Fort Lauderdale-based group of bicyclists who ride every kind of bicycle, the Boca Urban Ride is a weekly urban ride gaining popularity for its mass appeal. Organizer Peter Detore tells me, “The idea is to show people new to the sport that you can ride distance without getting worn out.” Peter has been cycling for years and organizing this ride is one way that he gives back to bicycling and his community.
If you live in Broward and consider yourself a ‘beginner’ when it comes to group rides, join us for the Boca Urban Ride. We’re told that the ride leaders will take us along a basic but beautiful fully on-road (or trail) route of roughly 15-25 miles at a relaxed pace of 10-14mph (be ready to ride for up to 3hours). The group pauses frequently for water breaks and to make sure everyone is enjoying him/herself and staying together. At the end, Peter is known to surprise new riders with cold watermelon so you might want to bring a lawn chair and just hang out with us at the end of the ride.
From the Meetup post: “You are going to have so much fun, and get a great workout at the same time!! While the ride lasts over 2 hours and covers approximately 20 miles, there are many opportunities to rest or reduce the pace (and distance) along the way.“
We’ll ride out from Costco’s south parking lot at 17800 Congress Avenue in Boca Raton. Again, you’re encourage to stick around afterwards, cool down and hang out with the group.
The South Florida Bike Club hosts all kinds of group rides so if you live in the Broward area, be sure to check them out at http://www.meetup.com/soflabikeclub. They have hosted more than 650 rides since 2006 and are known for being welcoming, skilled, fun and safe. Like the South Florida Bike Coalition, this group encourages you to ride safely and legally. Make sure you’ve got working lights on your bike (it’s the law). Be prepared and stay hydrated. Think: wear a helmet and bring a spare tube, just in case. Be respectful: Get there on time for a 7pm ride out. I hope to see you then!