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2018 Tour of the Conch Republic

Escape to the Keys

Friday, Nov 30th - Sunday, Dec 2






EBC has partnered with "Escape to the Keys Bicycle Festival" for one fun, "PARTY", 3 day bike ride to the beautiful Keys & Key West…

Miami to Key West – (November 29-30)



Come join the Ride Miami Cycling Club and Everglades Bicycle Club for an adventurous cycling weekend from Miami to Key West!  Starting at the Homestead Motor Speedway you will ride through scenic Card Sound Road and merge onto historic AIA. 


Enjoy beautiful ocean views and camaraderie of fellow cyclists on this very memorable trip.  Pool side receptions greet participants both nights where you will have a chance to share all sorts of cycling tales with other riders, SAGs, and new friends.


The cost is a only $150.  You are encouraged to sign up now to reserve your spot and to contact the designated hotels for a room. Chill out on a charter bus ride home for only $25 more.  Or get a ride back with family and friends.  If your friends want to tag along the way, $50 meal tickets are available.


DAY 1: FRIDAY 

7:30 AM at the Miami Homestead Speedway. For those cyclists who are staying at the Best Western, your luggage will be picked up at the hotel, so you can ride to the start (about 4 miles). If you are driving to the Speedway, there is secured parking overnight. The luggage truck will be parked at the Speedway, and will swing by the Best Western to pick up luggage before heading down to the Keys. There will be a meet/greet on Thursday night in the Best Western lobby to answer any questions for our out of town riders. Our first rest stop on Friday is at the Bayside Inn, in Key Largo, MM99, which is a lovely, beachside resort, a true Kodak moment rest stop. Our second rest stop will be at Robbies in Islamorada, MM77, bayside, where you can enjoy feeding the tarpon and seeing some Florida wildlife. Our last stop is at Hawks Cay, where we will stay overnight. Hawks Cay is located just 17 miles south of Robbies, on the ocean side. Hotel registration will be set up outside, so you can get signed into your room, and enjoy your lunch all at the same time. Dinner Friday night can be enjoyed, on your own, or with some new cycling buddies, at any of the restaurants that Hawks Cay has to offer.


Address

Homestead-Miami Speedway

1 Speedway Boulevard, Homestead, FL
Homestead, FL 33032

  • Rest stops including Bayside Resort in Key Largo, right on the beach and Robbies Marina (where you feed the tarpons)
  • SAG support
  • Riders are responsible for making their own reservations at Hawks Cay.  Register first and you will be given a promo code to make your reservation.


DAY 2: SATURDAY 

7:30 AM Start from Hawks Cay Resort to Key West (61 miles or so)

  • Breakfast at the start. Rest Stop, including Baby's Coffee at Mile Marker 15
  • SAG Support
  • Final Stop at mile marker 4, in the park at Stock Island
  • On entering Key West we will be receiving a police escort welcome into downtown Key West.
  • Pool side reception, buffet lunch and happy hour at Dantes Raw Bar, where you can enjoy some yummy food, cold beverages, and music, before heading off to your hotel for the evening - YES!  The buffet includes one free beer + burgers with all the fixings and chicken and fish for tacos with tortillas and taco fixings plus French fries and potato salad.  SWEET!
  • Participants are required to make your own reservations for hotel in Key West. 24 North Hotel is the host hotel where the luggage truck will be parked. Please reserve a room nearby as the truck will not be able to deliver luggage around Key West.

Rise and shine, hop on those bikes and pedal, pedal, pedal, all the way to Key West. Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience of riding your bicycle over the 7 mile bridge! Yes, 7 miles on a bridge! Rest stop after the bridge. Final rest stop at mile marker 15, at Baby's coffee, where you can enjoy hot or cold beverages, before your final stop at mile marker 4, in the park at Stock Island. We will gather there together and be led by Key West's finest into downtown Key West, our very own bicycle parade! Dante's Raw Bar for lunch, (included in the registration price) cerveza, swimming (if you dare) and music, before we depart for our various Key West hotels for the night. Host hotels this year include

  • The Gates (305-320-0930)
  • The Fairfield Inn and Suites (305-320-0910). 
  • Participants are required to make your own reservations for hotel in Key West.
  • Dine in Key West at any of the many places to choose from. Party down, and whatever happens in Key West, stays in Key West!Oh by the way...Saturday night will be the annual children's Holiday Parade through downtown, so bring holiday spirit with you!


DAY 3: SUNDAY - December 3 rd

Sunday is a day to explore Key West on your own. RELAX...Ride the bike, walk through town, take a trolley, sightsee, or shop....maybe just sleep in. Transportation home will be at 2pm at Explore Key West on your own...by bike, by foot, or cab. The tour bus home will depart at 2pm sharp from the Southwinds hotel. Be prompt!  Bikes will be taken in a separate vehicle. Riders will be bused home on a travel bus for an additional fee - only $25 per person.   Please be sure to reserve your ride home, if needed.


General Information

What does registration fee include? Fully stocked rest stops, lunch and dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Luggage transport and SAG support along the route


  • Thursday night: Best Western, Florida City, FL  There will be a meet/greet on Thursday evening at 7:30pm for those staying in the hotel.  305-246-5100.


Please contact Rafa by email at prepur@bellsouth.net or call him at 305-613-0858 for more information or if you would like to volunteer for this fun and memorable ride.


Return Trip Arrangements

Transportation home from Key West is available for only $25. Bikes go in separate vehicles (truck). OR get a lift home with your spouses, friends and significant other who decided to drive down for the party instead of bike!


There will be a luggage truck available at the Speedway for your luggage. People staying at the Best Western, Florida City, will have pick up in the morning and transport to the Speedway. Please bring only one (1) bag. Lunch and dinner will be provided on Friday. Breakfast and buffet lunch (at Dantes Raw Bar in Key West) is provided on Saturday.  The luggage truck will be parked at 24 North Hotel in Key West, so if you are not staying there, keep in mind that you will have to transfer your luggage to your hotel on your own.
 

Rooms in Key West are hard to come by, so if you find a hotel online that has a 2 night minimum, call them directly. We have found that they will release rooms if for a one night stay if you call directly. Any problems finding rooms, please let us know and we will assist!  If you have a hotel and for some reason need to cancel, please let the organizers know.   They will try to help get someone who is still trying to get a hotel to take over your reservation.


PLEASE NOTE! THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS FOR CANCELLATIONS OR INCLEMENT WEATHER. REGISTRATIONS CAN BE TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER CYCLIST. 


Hey you've read the itinerary...you heard from your buddies how awesome it was last year...Don't wait!








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