Register Now for 2013 Bike Florida Spring Tour: Explore Polk County

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Bike Festival will be based in Polk County.

It may be early, but that gives you time to train. I just wanted to give you a heads up about the 2013 Bike Florida Spring Tour (March 22-29, 2013) – the ‘Orange Blossom Express.’

For the first time in the ride’s nearly 20-year history, wonderful, wide open Polk County is the site for the event. Nearly 1,000 cyclists from across the U.S. and Canada are expected to be here to wear out their pedals, while local merchants, restaurateurs and visiting vendors, such as Sun Cycle (rentals) and Rosie the Towel Lady, will be peddling their wares.

If you love to ride, Polk County is a great place to do it, with its quiet two-lane country roads, citrus groves and challenging hills, and cool communities such as Lakeland, Lake Wales and neighboring Lake County. And there'll even be other places that don’t have ‘lake’ in their name, places like Bartow, Mulberry, Polk City, Dundee, Haines City, Frostproof, Fort Meade and even Spook Hill.

Don't worry if you’re not ready for the Tour de France — this ‘Tour de Polk’ is designed for riders of all levels with various distances for various levels of skill. All in all, this is a jim-dandy way to experience real Florida and get to know the region.

Organizers expect a sell-out so register early. You can get all the details; maps, routes, costs, destinations, registration, etc. at www.bikeflorida.org.

If you have more questions, check with ride director Becky Afonso (becky@bikeflorida.org, 352/224-8601) or assistant ride director Ken Foster (Ken@bikeflorida.org, 352/224-8602).

And if anyone wants to ride tandem, give me a call.

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