A Loop Around Lake Okeechobee:
Lake Okeechobee is the second largest lake in the United States. The view is stunning and it’s a great place for a bicycle ride. Event routes are set up for both the beginner and the advanced rider—including chip timing. Choose the ride best suited to your abilities and come on out for a day of fun. Join us on Saturday, February 28, 2015 as we Loop the Lake for Literacy!
When Do We Start?
- 6:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
- 7:00 a.m. Full Loop start time
Full Loop riders are encouraged to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to start time.
- 8:00 a.m. 14-mile, 34-mile, 68-mile ride start time
Riders are asked to arrive by 6:45 a.m. to avoid road closures caused by Full Loop start time.
Where Do We Start?
All rides will begin and end at the Port Mayaca Locks (North Side).
For Google Maps and other GPS mapping devices use: Port Mayaca Locks, 18100 SW Conners Hwy Canal Point, FL 33438, or click here.
The first three rides: the “Sonnet”, the “Short Story” and the “Classic” will take place entirely on the dike without any car traffic. This year the “Epic” Full Loop course will take place almost entirely on open roads. Therefore, those cyclists should be comfortable riding on regular roads with car and truck traffic.
Note: While riding on open roads, cyclists must obey all traffic laws and cannot ride more than two abreast at any time.
- 14 mile “Sonnet” ride: Begins at Port Mayaca and continues north until reaching the 7 mile marker where riders will loop around and return to Port Mayaca. This is a relaxing, fun ride that is appropriate for beginners.
- 34 mile “Short Story” ride: Begins at Port Mayaca. Cyclists will head north until reaching the Nubbin Slough locks (half way point) where an aid station will be setup. Riders will loop around and return to Port Mayaca. This is a route for beginners who want to challenge themselves a bit.
- 68 mile “Classic” ride (The Metric Century Plus): Riders will take the challenge of riding the Medium ride twice. Riders will begin at Port Mayaca, head north reaching Nubbin Slough and return to Port Mayaca. After a quick water stop they will start the challenge again. As with both the Sonnet and the Short Story ride, this ride will take place entirely on the dike, a traffic-free paved course alongside the lake. This route is for intermediate cyclists with faster road bikes or cross-over bikes.
- 115 mile “Epic” ride (Full Loop): Starts and finishes in Port Mayaca and cyclists will loop the lake in a clockwise direction. This route is for experienced cyclists only, those who regularly ride 100 miles per week and are able to spend all day on their bikes with the majority of the time on roads with car and truck traffic. These expert cyclists will be riding well-fitted road bikes in good maintenance or time-trial, tri-bikes and are comfortable drafting and riding in pelotons. Although support vehicles will be available, Full Loop riders are expected to be self-sufficient in terms of water, food, flat repair and basic cycling maintenance. When on the road, Epic Full Loop riders should respect and abide by all traffic rules.
Your participation helps fund the vital programs of the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County!
All routes are subject to change to ensure the safest and most pleasant experience for all riders.
Upon registering, you may select a team, choose to create your team, or simply register as an individual. If creating your own team, you must finish the registration process so that your team name shows up in the team drop down question. Only then future registrants will be able to select your team.
Awards will be presented for the team with the highest number of members and for the team with the highest fundraising.
All participants will receive the following:
- An official Loop the Lake T-shirt
- Finisher’s Medal: Gold for Epic riders, Silver for Sonnet, Short Story, and Classic riders
- Breakfast and Lunch
- Awards for highest Individual and Team fundraisers
- Fully supported rest and water stops, and traveling support for Full Loopers
- Chip timing and ride statistics
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