Tour of the Conch Republic

Escape to the Keys - December 2-4, 2016

Hold the first weekend of December 2017 for next years ride!  Info to come




The EBC "Tour of the Conch Republic" 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 – Everglades Bicycle Club Tour of the Conch Republic 2014
(December 2nd, 3rd, 4th)



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 measly $100.  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 $35.  Or get a ride back with family and friends.  If your friends want to tag along the way, $25 meal tickets are available.


DAY 1: FRIDAY - December 2 nd

7:30 AM Start from Homestead Motor Speedway to Hawks Cay (80 miles or so)


Address

Homestead-Miami Speedway

1 Speedway Boulevard, Homestead, FL
Homestead, FL 33032

  • Enjoy a breakfast of the world famous Knaus Berry Farms sticky buns at Roberts was Here, only six miles into the ride
  • Rest stops including Bayside Resort in Key Largo, right on the beach and Robbies Marina (where you feed the tarpons)
  • SAG support
  • Lunch will be provided at the ride finish at Hawks Cay (Hotel pool side reception)
  • Dinner - 5 restaurants to choose from at Hawks Cay, ranging from a burger/bar dinner to an elegant restaurant.
  • After dinner Party (approx 8pm) - riders will gather poolside for some music, dancing and general camaraderie.
  • Riders are responsible for making their own reservations at Hawks Cay Use promo code : RIDEMIAMI16 for discounted rates.

Hawks Cay Resort

Friday's ride will end at Hawks Cay. Two types of rooms have been blocked off for our ride and discounts are available using code "RIDEMIAMI16" when reserving. All rooms must pay an additional resort fee. The best bargain is to reserve a 2 bed/2 bath villa which sleeps 6, and share the costs!


DAY 2: SATURDAY - December 3rd

7:30 AM Start from Hawks Cay to Key West (60 miles or so)

  • Rest Stops 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! This year a buffet and one free beer is include in your ride fee!  The buffet includes 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. Spanish Gardens 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.

Oh by the way...Saturday night will be the annual childrens Holiday Parade through downtown, so bring holiday spirit with you!


DAY 3: SUNDAY - December 4 th

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 Spanish Gardens. Bikes will be taken in a separate vehicle. Riders will be bussed 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? Breakfast stop on Friday morning (the world famous Knaus Berry Farms sticky buns). SAG support both days. Lunch/drinks upon arrival at Hawks Cay. Breakfast Saturday morning. 


Hotel Information

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.

Friday night: Hawks Cay Resort,

Saturday night: Spanish Gardens, or any hotel of your choosing in Key West.  In Key West, Spanish Gardens is the location of luggage drop off on Saturday and the bus pick up on Sunday.


Support and Gear (SAG)

This ride is fully supported with inner tubes, air pumps, tires, drinks and snacks. 

Rider spouses, friends, and significant others are encouraged to participate.  We would love to have them join in support and gear activities. 


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. Breakfast (sticky buns) and lunch will be provided on Friday. Breakfast will be provided on Saturday, and (new this year) is a buffet lunch at Dantes Raw Bar in Key West.  No more waiting for food! Hawk's Cay is giving us a special rate on their buffet dinner Friday night, or you can choose to dine in one of their other restaurants, ranging from burgers to fine dining. The luggage truck will be parked at Spanish Gardens 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. A back pack or small bag that you can carry on your bike is best.


This ride provides full SAG support along the route as well as well-stocked rest stops.

 

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. 


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