Mark your calendars! Feb. 10 AND 11, 2018 is the 30th Annual SPBC Classic!
|Schedule at a glance:
Sat, 8:30 AM, club rides @ Northshore Pool
Sat, 9 AM, Good Life Games (50+), Ft. Desoto Park
Sat, 5-6:30, PM, Social with Phi Gaimon, The Bikery
Sun, 7 AM, SPBC Classic rides, Manatee Fairgrounds, Palmetto, FL
The St. Pete Bike Club is EXPANDING to a FULL WEEKEND of fun, with events around town, a former PRO RIDER as special guest, and, of course, at least FOUR different length rides just south of St. Pete through mostly rural areas of Manatee County, including some of the PRETTIEST riding in the area.
On Saturday morning, Classic registrants can join us for our club rides that feature various speeds (16 mph - 26+ mph), including a 45-mile ride to Fort De Soto, with its 20 miles of interrupted riding.
Part of the the Classic weekend this year are the Good Life Games road races held Saturday morning, Feb. 10, at Ft. De Soto. Riders 50 and older will compete in 25K and 55K races that are qualifying races for the state Senior Games. You can register for the GLG here.
This year, we have added new 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 are honored to have a great group of sponsors this year, including our lead sponsor for the third year in a row--PSCU
Other sponsors include:
*Aeropro Coaching & Performance (SPBC member Pat Jennings)
*AllCare Physical Therapy (SPBC member Russ Clifford)
*Alternative Therapy Center (SPBC member Gina Hubany)
*Crown Auto Group
*C.S. Shaw Inc. (SPBC club members Charlie & Mary Shaw)
*The Harrington Law Group (SPBC member Brian Harrington)
*Middleton Auto Care (SPBC member Jacqueline Middleton)
*St. Pete Bicycle & Fitness (SPBC member Mark Yeager)
And we're offering an SPBC Classic jersey. To order one, click here. Password is sc18.
Some of the proceeds for The Classic will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
Advanced registration will be online ONLY. No processing fee. No mail-in registrations.
If you need accommodations for the weekend, check airbnb.com, trivago.com or similar online reservation services.
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.
And register for the Good Life Games!
Preliminary Route Maps, Cue Sheets & GPX/TCX files