Save the dates Feb. 10 AND 11, 2018, for the 30th Annual SPBC Classic!
We’re EXPANDING to offer a WEEKEND of fun with events around town, a former PRO RIDER as special guest, and, of course, at least FOUR different length rides through mostly rural areas of Manatee County, including some of the PRETTIEST riding in the area.
This year, we have added activities and events. Former pro racer PHIL GAIMON retired from the Cannondale-Drapac team last year and will regale us with his adventures not only in the pro peloton but in what he calls “the worst retirement ever.” He’s funny, entertaining and definitely has a lot to say about our sport. Check out his website, www.philthethrill.net.
Phil will meet and greet members and talk about anything and everything cycling related at The Bikery in ST. PETERSBURG on Saturday, Feb 10, and we’ll have other opportunities to mingle with Phil and get in the spirit of our annual ride.
Phil will join us for our Sunday rides, which are NOT races. You’ll have the chance to experience some of the finest riding in Florida with new and old friends. Riders will often break into groups of matching abilities, with some riders employing the “smell the roses” approach and others challenging themselves with more spirited efforts. Our goal is to enjoy the surroundings and cherish the company. It’s all about FUN.
Rides are 20, 36, 60 and 100 miles. We'll have plenty of rest stops with food, drinks and port-a-potties. Support vehicles will be dispatched to anyone needing assistance during the ride. The Classic is open to both SPBC members and non-members alike.
Phil will be riding the century, so you’ll have an opportunity to “ride with a pro”!
Staged in February, The Classic takes advantage of usually PERFECT WEATHER (avg. high 70 degrees) and allows more of our “snow bird” friends to join in the fun!)
We'll leave from the Manatee River Fairgrounds after a light BREAKFAST and COFFEE. After the rides, enjoy a catered LUNCH, along with artisan craft BEER, compliments of the award-winning Pinellas Ale Works, as well as music and other festivities.
The Classic is our main club fundraiser. We’ll soon be announcing this year’s sponsors as well as the organization(s) to which we’ll donate part of the proceeds.
Advanced registration will be online ONLY. No processing fee. No mail-in registrations.
Event day registration is available at a higher price. And we’ll have a special discount that includes the ride registration and new club membership. Start times, etc. are coming soon.
So mark Feb. 10 AND 11, 2018 on your calendars for THE SPBC CLASSIC weekend.
Preliminary Route Maps, Cue Sheets & GPX/TCX files