November 25, 8:00 a.m. – After Thanksgiving Ride and Picnic @ Northwest Recreation Complex
December 3, 6:30 p.m. – Board of Directors Meeting @ Perkins in Winter Park
December 16, 6:00 p.m. - Christmas Holiday Lights Ride @ Blue Jacket Park
The iCan Bike Camp kicks off at the Orange County Convention Center on July 30th. Sponsored by the Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida, iCan Bike (formerly known as Lose the Training Wheels) is a week-long camp designed to help participants develop the skills and confidence needed to ride a bike independently. By the end of the week, most riders are riding a standard bike....without training wheels!
The mission of this camp is to teach individuals with Down syndrome and other disabilities to ride a conventional two wheel bicycle and become lifelong independent riders. For many people, it’s a seemingly impossible task to master but with this program 80% of the participants usually do it in less than a week’s time. Within days of learning to ride, many individuals begin exhibiting independent behaviors at home. This achievement, in turn, creates a gateway of opportunity, helping them gain assurance and self-reliance in many other aspects of their lives.
Club members who have volunteered in the past have said that it is a life changing experience for them as well. This year, the event takes place from July 30th - August 4th at the Orange County Convention Center at 9800 International Drive. Volunteers are being sought to walk or run alongside bicyclists, help with check-in, distribute helmets & snacks, and meet & greet riders. You may volunteer for one or more sessions for one or more days. Sessions are: 8:30, 10:05, 11:40, 2:00 and 3:35 each day.
Years ago, when I was an aspiring amateur bicycle racer, I attended several one week pro bicycle training camps sponsored by several European pro bicycle teams. All aspects of professional bicycle racing were covered. One of the topics was that of preseason “base building” and its purpose that I had not heard of up until that time.
"THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THE BASE BUILDING PHASE IS TO DEVELOP THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM BY DILATION AND ADDING CAPILLARY DENSITY.”
First presented in 2005, the Spirit of Cycling award is presented each year to a Florida Freewheelers member who displays extraordinary enthusiasm for our sport and the club.
Once again this year, the Florida Freewheelers are supporting our members that participate in the CF Cycle for Life ride on October 5th by sponsoring a team in this year’s ride. CF Cycle For Life is a one-day tour where hundreds of men and women will come together to participate in an event to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.
Do you belong to a health club? YMCA? Other fitness club? If so, you may want to look into one of the 6 new recreation centers built by the Orlando Magic in return for their new arena. Our taxes pay for the running of these so we may as well take advantage. Judy and I had the opportunity to tour the center that is on the Cady Way Trail near Goldenrod as part of the Goldenrod Community Alliance. The Board of Directors recently approved us being a member of this group. The FFW Club belongs to many cycling related groups which is our way of giving back to the community and bicycling.
The Freewheelers have a Thursday morning ride from Home Depot (at the corner Red Bug Lake Road and Aloma) at 8 am every Thursday. We ride past this Recreation Center every week. The Goldenrod Alliance is helping to rid the area of graffiti on the buildings along the Cady Way Trail from SR 436 to Hall Road.
There are 6 recreation centers around Orlando that were built at a cost to the Magic of about $5 million each. These are well maintained and offer inexpensive membership to use their facilities of about $100 a year ($75 for seniors over 55). The center had full basketball facilities (naturally) and also had a good weight room with free weights and machines (ellipticals, bikes, treadmills, etc.). It also had a game room with a few pool tables and other games. Judy takes Yoga classes at the facility on the south side off Narcoossee. The classes charge a minimum fee. We noticed Karate, Zumba and other classes cost from $2-5. The teachers split their fee with the county to help pay for overhead. The average electric bill alone is about $5,000 a month! The center also has the capacity to hold meetings (at a fee) and can hold about 130 people complete with a kitchen to serve light fare. More info is available at www.orlandomagicocflgyms.net.