When it comes to Miami bike events, Miami Bike Scene blogger Rydel Deed is basically The Word. He was kind enough to compile the following list, which has something for everyone from the beach cruiser to the charity rider to the hard-core fixedster.
11/04 – Race Across the Sky 2010
A special screening of a documentary about Race Across The Sky, the grueling tour that starts in the mining town of Leadville, Colorado, and ends on top of Columbine Mine, 12,570 feet above sea level. Click HERE to view a list of participating South Florida movie theaters.
11/04 – Loose Cannons
This seven-mile, unsanctioned race will start at the University Metrorail station, across from the University of Miami, and end downtown at BAR (formerly PS14). The first-place road bike and fixed-gear will split a $50 bar tab, unless first place overall goes to a fixed gear, in which case he/she gets the Ulysses all alone. All cyclists get $2 beers at the bar.
Organized by Green Mobility as part of AIA/Miami’s month-long celebration of design, this bike tour of Coral Gables’ historic themed villages will meet on the north plaza of the Douglas Road Metrorail station at 1 p.m.
11/13 – Stone Crab 160
This 160-mile ride from Miami to Marco Island and back departs at 2 p.m. from Miccosukee Resort & Gaming. “Cyclists will ride across scenic Tamiami Trail, bordering the Everglades and Big Cypress National Preserve, before arriving on the west coast in Marco Island. Participants and guests can then take part in a special STONE CRAB cookout.” Registration costs $75, with proceeds benefitting children in foster care.
11/13 – Miami Beach Community Ride
This free ride starts at 9 a.m. in front of the Miami Beach Bicycle Center. With a police escort, it is a safe and leisurely ride around the Beach.
This tour of Wynwood‘s graffiti murals will school you on local artists and crews and “the rules by which they respect tags, bombs, throw-ups, and pieces.” Taking off from the Allapattah Metrorail station at 10 am, the tour will trace the artistic development of graffiti from tags to commissioned public work.
11/14 – Bike Miami Days
A ciclovia between Bayfront Park and Mary Brickell Village from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. This is a free, family-friendly event for walking, cycling, skating, and enjoying Downtown Miami.
11/18 – The Smart Ride 7
This is a two-day, 165-mile ride from Miami to Key West. There is an $85 registration fee and all riders must raise at least $1250 to participate. Proceeds go to several Florida charities fighting AIDS and HIV.
Getting underway at 2 p.m. at Government Center downtown, this is a 17-mile race in which riders stop in at five different grocery store checkpoints to purchase canned goods for Camillus House. Bring your Thanksgiving spirit and, more importantly, at least $10 to buy the goods.
11/26 – Miami Critical Mass
This leisurely, communal ride takes off from Government Center downtown at around 7 p.m. The exact route is TBA, but the ride is usually between 12 and 20 miles long. Expect 200 or so of Miami’s biking faithful.
Bonus: 11/20 – Dolphins Cycling Challenge
This is a two-day tri-county charity event to raise money for the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Coordinated by the Miami Dolphins Foundation, there is a hefty $150 registration fee and various levels of fundraising requirements.
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