Eddy Stevens-Torrealba runs miamibikereport.com. We threatened to pop his tires if he didn’t include the Miami Bike Hunt on this list.
1. Loose Cannons On The Run, March 3
Kick-off Florida Bicycle Month with Miami’s longest-running monthly bike race. This time the race leaves from Green Street Café in Coconut Grove. There will be a photo shoot prior to the race. So dress to impress. Aside from the usual prizes, the first female racer gets a bunch of drink tickets and even the DFL (Dead F*cking Last) gets treated to a free drink.
2. Miami Bike Hunt, March 5
Join Beached Miami and Emerge Miami for the inaugural Miami Bike Hunt. Cyclists will fan out throughout Miami Beach in teams (2 – 4 members) wracking up points by completing challenges. At the end of the ride, the teams with the most points will earn prizes. Prizes will be awarded that night at ANR’s CD release party at Eve downtown.
3. Southeast Florida Tour de Cure, March 6
The Tour de Cure is an event held in 43 states around the country organized by the American Diabetes Association. This event raises funds for the work of the ADA in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. A very modest fundraising minimum of $150, the flexibility to ride anywhere between 10 to 100 miles, and knowing that every dollar and every mile helps millions of Americans suffering from this disease makes this a perfect ride to accomplish a physical challenge and a good deed.
4. 62 Sundays, March 6
Join the Miami Bike Scene/MIA Fixed team on their weekly training ride for the MS150 Bicycle Charity Ride. This is the perfect opportunity to train for the MS ride or any other long distance ride. It’s a metric century (62 miles/100km) at an average pace of between 16 to 18 mph and includes one stop. This is a recurring ride taking place every Sunday through mid-May.
5. Emerge Miami Critical Mass, March 12
Join Emerge Miami, the group behind February’s “Tour de Tacos”, for their monthly Saturday Critical Mass ride. This month the ride will depart from the Government Center Metrorail Station. Stayed tuned as more details about this ride will likely emerge (ahem) as the date approaches.
6. Bicycle Film Festival, March 17-20
The Bicycle Film Festival comes back to Miami on its 10th anniversary to present an impressive program of events — a full series of film screenings, after parties, a criterium race with amazing prizes, and two group rides — to celebrate bicycles during Florida Bicycle Month. The $25 “BFF Miami Festival Pass” gives you access to all the film screenings. Bike Valet will be provided by Green Mobility Network.
7. Florida Bike Summit, March 24
The third Florida Bike Summit is in Tallahassee, but what happens there affects the state as a whole. Miami cannot be indifferent. The goal this year is to send a message to legislators about stiffer penalties for violations that cause injury or death, the repeal of the mandatory bike lane law (316.2065(5) aka HB971), and anti-texting legislation.
8. Miami Critical Mass, March 25
Miami Critical Mass returns to the streets on the last Friday of the month. This is a group ride and a celebration of bicycles for cyclists of all levels. It is not a race. Meet at Government Center at 6:30 p.m. Keep an eye on the Miami Bike Scene and the Miami Critical Mass Facebook group for more details (route, guidelines, et cetera).
9. Coral Gables Tweed Ride, March 26
The Coral Gables Tweed Ride, organized by Green Mobility Network, returns for its second anniversary! FIU architecture professor David Rifkind will again narrate the history of Coral Gables’ landmarks on the tour. Awards will be presented to the best-dressed chap, best-dressed lady, best mustache, best female bike, and best male bike. (Watch video from last year’s Tweed Ride.)
10. Roland Mazzotti Snowbird Century, March 27
Presented by the Everglades Bicycle Club, this ride will raise funds for the Daniela Izquierdo Injured Cyclist Fund and accommodate cyclists of all levels with four different rides (25 miles, 41 miles, 62 miles/100km, 100 miles). This is a fully supported ride with rest stops.