Cycling Clubs in Tampa Bay
Sure, cycling by yourself will give you alone time to think things through. But if you do that often and are looking for a change in your cycling routine, try group cycling.
Group cycling allows you to practice riding in a group, be more aware of the dynamics of a paceline, practice your drafting skills and conserve your energy so you can go longer and faster. It also allows you to meet individuals that share the same passion as you do - cycling!! There are many local cycling clubs that offer official and unofficial group rides to riders with varying levels of skills. The clubs also hold classes on basic and advance cycling skills which is a essential to safe riding.
St. Petersburg Bicycle Club (SPBC)
The St. Petersburg Bicycle Club, Inc., is a social and recreational club that exists to promote safe, satisfying bicycling opportunities to both club members and the general public, of all ages and skill levels, through planned activities and events. The club offers organized group rides during the week and on weekends. Some members also get together and hold informal rides during the week, both in the mornings and evenings. Their Saturday morning ride from North Shore Pool parking lot is ideal for beginning rides who are looking to gain experience in group riding and able to maintain a 18 - 20 mph pace. This official club ride also has other pace groups ranging from 22mph - 26mph plus. The club also has holiday rides on the major holidays.
Tampa Bay Freewheelers (TBF)
Tampa Bay Freewheelers are people who love to ride their bikes with friends. Founded in 1982, the club has grown from 30 members to hundreds! They ride on low-traffic roads around the Tampa Bay area. TBF is a touring club that promotes safe cycling through planned rides, bike repair clinics, effective cycling classes and communication with the Hillsborough County Commissions agencies regarding bicycle awareness. The club offers a weekday ride on Tuesday in southern Hillsborough county and weekend rides on various destinations. The TBF also organizes the famous Hilly 100 in October.
Suncoast Cycling Club
Suncoast Cycling Club is based in Palm Harbor, Florida, which is approximately 40 minutes from Tampa. The club's mission is to educate good fundamentals to new cyclists, refresh the tactics and skills of veterans and provide a sense of outreach to the community while bringing people together in a common bond -- cycling! The club offers a variety of regular club rides from recreational level through a fast, competitive A level, so there's something here for everyone! Official club ride is on Saturday to various destinations. Certain rides have pace groups that suit various levels of riders. There are also unofficial "show 'n go" rides during the week, both mornings and evenings, and on weekends.
Southwest Association of Mountain Peddlers (SWAMP)
SWAMP Club is an organization of off-road cycling enthusiasts who share in the fun and excitement of Florida mountain biking.
By working with local, state, and national agencies, their goal is to maintain and preserve lands open to mountain biking and promote mountain biking to riders of all levels of experience. The club has official club rides on Tuesdays and on weekends at various locations. It also organizes special events such as the fat tire festival and classes that teach mountain biking skills. The club also has social gatherings.
Team New Tampa Velo Club
Team New Tampa (TNT) is a voluntary association of highly motivated individuals sharing hard to explain, but very real need for the bike. Conceived on an average afternoon in November 2005 as a result of unlikely encounter, innocent question and well-intentioned lie, the group has now close to fifty members and growing faster than official core inflation rate. They also ride very often in San Antonio and participate in many organized rides in Tampa Bay. Almost every day you can meet TNT people in Flatwoods Park.
Seminole Heights Bicycle Club (SHBC)
The SHBC is a relatively new cycling club based in the Seminole Heights area. SHBC regularly plans 3 different ride types: Kid-Friendly Family Rides; Longer, slow-paced rides on local Seminole Heights streets; and faster 15 to 30 mile rides which begin and end in Seminole Heights. We also hold an occasional special bicycle event that celebrates the Seminole Heights community.
Grupetto-USA is a Tampa Bay, FL bicycling group dedicated to fun and safe road cycling. There are no dues, officers or by-laws. We are an eclectic group represented by many nationalities, men and women, young and tenured with ages from 16-70. We ride in groups based on speeds ranging from 15 mph to 24 mph. Please see the "About" page entitled "Speed Group Definitions" to determine which group would suit you best.
Go to http://www.meetup.com/Grupetto-USA/ to see the ride schedule.
Local Bicycle Shops
Local bike shops not only are a great place to purchase your bike and bike gear, they also offer services such as bike tune up, bike fitting or even fixing a flat tire. Bike shops are also keen on promoting bike safety by offering clinics or classes to the cycling community. They also offer bike shipping service in the event you are participating in an out of town event. Bike shop owners and staff are enthusiast cyclists themselves and can often provide great advice. Bike shops also carry a lot of biking accessories such as clothing, bike shoes, helmet, nutrition, hydration systems, and more. Stop by your local bike shops and see what's in store for you.
Chainwheel Drive - Clearwater
1770 Drew St
Clearwater, FL 33755
Mon - Fri 10am - 7pm; Sat 10am - 5pm; Closed Sun
Chainwheel Drive - Palm Harbor
32796 US 19 North
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
Mon - Fri 10am - 7pm, Sat 10am - 5pm, Closed Sun
St. Pete Bicycles and Fitness
1205 4th Street N.
St. Petersburg, FL.
Mon - Sun 10am - 6pm
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2241 Gulf to Bay Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33764
Mon - Fri 10am - 7pm
Sat 10am - 6pm
Sun 10am - 5pm
Oliver's Cycle Sports
18047-A Highwoods Preserve Parkway
Tampa, Florida 33647
Mon - Fri 10am - 7pm, Sat 10am - 6pm, Sun 12pm - 6pm
Kris Greene Cycles
105 W Genesee Street
Tampa, FL 33603
Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm
Sat 12pm - 5pm
Flying Fish Bikes
13016 Race Track Rd. Tampa FL, 33626
Mon - Sat 10am - 7pm Wed 10:30am - 7am Sun 12pm - 5pm
2409 S Mac Dill Ave Tampa, FL 33629
Mon - Sat 10am - 7pm Wed 10:30am - 7am Sun 12pm - 5pm
Trek Bicycle Store of Tampa Bay
530 S. MacDill Ave Tampa, FL 33609
Mon - Fri 10am - 7pm, Sat 10am - 6pm, Sun 11am - 5pm
Popular Cycling Routes in Tampa Bay
The sun is shining and the wind is light. It is time to get off that trainer and head outdoor. The Tampa Bay area has a lot to offer when it comes to finding a great place to cycle, road or mountain. A lot of the cycling routes that we show here on the website were mapped by local cyclists through many years of riding in these areas. We have gathered some of the best places in the Tampa, Clearwater and St. Petersburg area. In addition, check out where organized and informal group rides are taking place in the Tampa Bay area to look for more beautiful places to ride.
Upper Tampa Bay Trail (UTBT)
The UTBT is located in the residential northwest Tampa area. Currently the trails runs along the west shore of Channel A from a hard to find trail head off Memorial Highway, past Waters Avenue, Linebaugh and then due north to Gunn Highway, Ehrlich Road and ending as of late 2004 at Peterson Road Park. The current 8 miles paved trail make up the first three phases of a four-phase project. Eventually the Upper Tampa Bay Trail will extend 7 to 8 more miles connecting to the 41-mile Suncoast Trail at its southern terminus on Lutz-Lake Fern Road. This trail segment is under study to determine the best route and could be built as soon as 2010. Along the trail, there are accesses to restaurants. There are also restrooms facilities, water fountains and nice scenery in suburban Tampa. You will also see runners and walkers frequenting this trail as well. This Upper Tampa Bay Trail map will provide you with the locations of the various amenities the trail has to offer.
The Suncoast Trail is officially designated as part of Florida’s Statewide Greenways and Trails System. This 41 miles non-motorized paved trail begins in northern Hillsborough County and proceeds north through Pasco and Hernando counties, traversing suburban, agricultural and natural areas. Among the trail’s highlights is the segment adjacent to the Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park. This section crosses various rivers and creeks, including the Anclote and Pithlachascotee, and provides views of beautiful natural communities. The Suncoast Trail will eventually serve as a key regional connector, linking to other projects such as the Good Neighbor Trail, the Upper Tampa Bay Trail and the Pinellas Trail. The Suncoast Trail map details the various trail heads for access. There are rest areas, restrooms and water fountains along the trail.
Flatwoods Park is one of the five parks making up the Wilderness Park system. Best known for its 7 miles paved loop road, there are also a 2 mile paved extension connects Bruce B. Downs Boulevard with the loop road and a paved 1 mile connection between Morris Bridge Road and the loop road. In addition, there are also off-road trails that connect to and throughout the Wilderness Park conglomerate. This park is perfect for beginning riders since it is absolutely closed to traffic and a delight to the die-hard mountain bikers. The park is opened daily from sunrise to sunset. There are restrooms, water, pay telephone, cold drinks, bike wash and picnic tables at Flatwoods Visitor Center. There are also four rest shelters with water coolers and paper cups interspersed along loop road. This map of Flatwoods Park will give you an overview of the park area.
Davis Islands is a residential neighborhood in South Tampa just outside of downtown Tampa. It is just a quick ride to Bayshore Blvd. Most riders living nearby usually ride to Davis Islands and connect with other riders for either a tempo ride or a social ride. The residential area along the waters provides a shaded loop of approximately 4 miles which is perfect for warm up before heading out for the long stretch of road on the east side of the island. The main stretch of road provides a 5 mile loop that is perfect for tempo riding or short sprints. There are water fountains along this stretch of road and restroom facility is located inside the Davis Islands Peter 'O Knight airport where parking is available as well. Here is a map of the bike route on Davis Islands.
For those of us that like hills, this is the place to be. Situated approximately 40 minutes northeast of Tampa, this quiet neighborhood has some of the death defying rolling hills in the area. Every day of the week and especially over the weekends, riders congregate at the ball field early in the morning and head out for a hill ride. Along the way, you will pass by farm land, country homes and will even see cows!! The park has restrooms, water fountains and pavillions if you wish to enjoy breakfast or lunch in a shady spot. Parking could get difficult on the weekends so get there early to claim a spot. Along the routes, there are also convenient stores that make for efficient rest stops so you can refuel and rest for a moment. This San Antonio ride map has 40, 50 and 60 miles routes for riders with different levels of ability. You can get to the ball field by taking I-75 north, exit at San Antonio, head right at the fork,then travel until you get Curley. Make a left onto Curley and a left onto Railroad and you will see the ball field on your right.
Alafia River State Park
Located at Lithia, approximately 35 minutes from Tampa, the park has one of the most exciting and challenging mountain bike trails. This park is so supreme for mountain biking that it was selected as the site for the 2012 Olympic mountain biking competition had Tampa been selected to host the games. The park has over 15 miles of single track. Surfaces range from flat and rooted to steep and rocky. Trails are well marked and have a little bit of everything: beginner (green circle), intermediate (blue square) and some that's deservedly expert (black diamond). Great facilities make hanging out after a ride fun! Its centrally located trail head works out wonderfully for taking breaks, fixing your bike or whatever, between trail rides. Great trail design from the beginner's trails to the advanced. The advanced trails all have different personalities, making for a very memorable and diverse ride experience. The Alafia River State Park map has detail of the various trails inside the park.
Clearwater East West Trail (coming soon)
The Clearwater East-West Trail provides important 13-mile regional connection that link Tampa Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. When complete, the trail will connect with two primary north-south trails in Pinellas County, Florida. The trail is designed to take advantage of publicly owned property, easements and rights-of-way to provide a safe, non-motorized, multiple use pathway. After the trail is complete, it will connect many economically diverse neighborhoods and encompass more than 20 parks, recreation and educational facilities. The trail will link two bridges - the Memorial Causeway Bridge and the Mandalay Channel Bridge. The Causeway Bridge has a separate 12-foot non-motorized pathway that will be vertically separated from the motor vehicle lane and will have viewpoints and rest areas. The Channel Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge similar in design to the famous Skyway Bridge south of St. Petersburg, Florida. This Clearwater East West Trail map details locations of amenities located on the trail.
Fort Desoto Park
Fort Desoto Park is the largest park in the Pinellas County Park System. This park consists of 5 interconnected islands. The park has one of the country's best beaches, a camping facility and a boat launch facility. As you head towards the beach, you will travel on a 2 lane road that dead ends at roundabouts at both ends. This road provides a 10 mile loop and is frequent by riders who are riding time trial or tempo ride. Inside the park, there are also stretches of open roads with bike lanes that could easily add 10 miles to the 10 mile loop. A lot of local sprint triathlons are held at this popular location. The beach area has restrooms, shower facilities, water fountains and ample parking. To access the park, take I-275 south and exit at Pinellas Bayway. Follow signs to Ft. Desoto Park and you will dead end onto the beach. Be sure to bring a few dollars for tolls. This Ft Desoto Park map has details of the amenities and their locations.
The 34-mile long Pinellas Trail offers county residents and visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy the outdoors that is close to home, close to work and close to where you want to go. An average of 90,000 persons use the trail each month. You will often see leisure and serious cyclists, runners, joggers, and skaters utilizing the trail. The trail is a unique greenway corridor linking some of Pinellas County’s most picturesque parks, scenic coastal areas and residential neighborhoods. This 34 miles paved trail connects St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs. The construction of eight overpasses allow trail-goers to travel above traffic at busy intersections.
The Trail is patrolled by the Pinellas County Security Task Force which represents law enforcement officers from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and various municipal law enforcement agencies. Pinellas County Park Rangers also regularly patrol the Trail, just as they do any county Park, and the Auxiliary Rangers, a legion of volunteers, function as extra eyes and ears for the regular Park Rangers.
Trail amenities include bike racks and refreshment stops along the way. The Guide to the Pinellas Trail is a convenient, pocket-size flip chart map for navigating the Trail. The guide details rest stops, service stations, restaurants, pay phones, bike shops, park areas and much more along the entire length of the Trail. We have also included a general overview map of the Pinellas Trail.
North Shore Pool/South St. Petersburg
North Shore pool and downtown St. Petersburg is a very active area for runners, cyclists and swimmers. You will find all kinds of activities in all hours of the days. There are formal and informal group rides starting at the North Shore Pool parking lot just about every morning and evening of the week. Cyclists usually ride around the downtown waterfront area and head south. The route goes through some of St. Petersburg scenic neighborhoods such as Coquina Keys, Pinellas Point Drive and St. Petersburg Country Club golf course. Riders ride on open traffic roads and obey all traffic laws. This route will give your approximately 20 miles of urban riding. Here is a map of the South St. Petersburg biking route.
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