~ PLEASE NOTE ~

This is “not” a ride for the beginner or unseasoned rider.  Only those who are in top physical shape and are not intimidated by sharing the road with motor vehicles should register.  Previous long-distance riding and training is strongly advised.

This ride is an extremely arduous three-day journey. Only very experienced riders are encouraged to participate. The route is along traveled highways with moderate vehicular traffic. Riders will be riding on the shoulder of the roads for the entire length of the tour, so only persons who feel comfortable riding in these conditions are encouraged to ride.  A handlebar or helmet mirror is highly recommended for better visibility of traffic and safety.

The first day will be a grueling 120 miles long. Be prepared to ride from dawn to sunset with appropriate lighting. Riders are encouraged to have completed at least a full Century (100-mile ride) prior to this tour. Prospective riders should complete two back-to-back long rides in preparation. It is on this training ride that fuel/electrolytes of choice should be tried and tested…and proven.

Although we have SAG support, you should only sign up for this ride if you feel you are physically capable of finishing each and every day of the event. The SAG vehicle is there in case of mechanical and/or medical emergencies and not to be considered your own personal taxi.

Below is a checklist of both required and suggested items for each rider:

Items to pack/Checklist: 

-          Photo Identification – REQUIRED!

-          Bright Safety Lights for front and back of bike- REQUIRED!

-          Patch kit, four (4) spare tubes, four (4) CO2 cartridges –        REQUIRED!

-          Bike pump (We will have pumps to share but feel fee to bring your own)

-          Padded bike shorts and a light-weight shirt or jersey

-          Cycling gloves, socks and shoes

-          Sunglasses

-          Sunscreen & protective lip balm

-          Emergency cash and credit card

-          Water bottles or hydration pack (Insulated water bottles recommended)

-          Energy snacks (We will have on hand but feel free to bring ones of your choice)

-          Camera (& charger)

-          Rain gear or poncho (We hope we won’t need it!)

-          Route Map  (Available at the start line)

-          Cell Phone (& charger)

-          SAG Support Contact Info (provided to you)

Pack In Your Overnight Bag:   Bag Requirements: Medium sized and soft-sided only please

-         Change of clothes

-          Shoes/flip flops (max 1 pair per person)

-          Extra Riding clothes

-          Toiletries, i.e. soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrush

-          Travel Alarm Clock

-          Bug Repellent

-          Hotel reservation information

-          Medications

Nov 3rd – 5th, 2017

Registration begins May 1st, 2017


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Testimonials

For someone who hadn’t yet explored southern Florida, this was an amazing and unique way to go about it – biking through the Everglades, next to the ocean, over long bridges, and ending in magical Key West! What an adventure! Even training for the ride was interesting. And to top it all off, I got to spend time with some great people.
Eric- St. Petersburg, FL
Kevin and Joanna are great even organizers. Their attention to detail made the ride even better than I could have ever expected. There is not a doubt in my mind that this ride will be on my calendar each year moving forward.
Leslie- Orlando, FL
The 72 hours to Key West ride is one of the best organized rides I have ridden. It was very well organized with SAG support and was a great opportunity to meet fellow cyclists. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and cannot wait to do it again next year.
Craig- Naples, FL
Amazing experience, great course, and great finish into Key West.. Kevin and Joanna are awesome people and organizers. We made friends and had a chance for a great accomplishment.
Emily- Orlando, FL
Thank you for an awesome trip!!!! Highly recommend this bike tour; Kevin and Joanna are the best ride leaders!!!!
Katie- St. Petersburg
Amazingly fun, well organized tour ride through spectacular vistas of the glades and the ocean with a great group of riders and organizers. Do not leave this opportunity unchecked on your bucket list!
Ron- Palm Harbour, FL
This is the ride for those that want to push themselves just a little bit, enjoy great vistas, water, some of the best folks around and a weekend of fun.
Court- Ft. Myers, FL
I drove 10 hours south looking for a new cycling challenge and instead had the ride of my life. A true bucket list experience! I can’t wait to go again next year!
John- Atlanta, GA
This event is fun because it’s not too hard and not too easy – nicely balanced for both the serious or semi-serious rider (I wouldn’t recommend for casual riders). Day 1 is quite challenging because of distance, potential heat and winds, with a pleasant start but a rugged finish that sets you up for days 2 and 3, which gradually become more beautiful and enthralling. The last 50 miles into Key West are scenically delightful, the 7-mile bridge being a particular highlight, and are an excellent preparation for your entry to Key West, and a well-deserved evening of celebrations!
Eric- Iowa
I was a bit skeptical and concerned about safety on Tamiami Trail and Krome Ave at first. However, the road conditions were not that bad, Tamiami Trail was one of the mst scenic rides I’ve ever done. The group was great and no one was ever dropped, everyone was looking out for each other and the experience as a whole exceeded my expectations.
Tod Landess- Miami