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Disney World Rides?(4 posts)

Disney World Rides?hicadence
Sep 23, 2002 12:47 AM
I'll be going to DW in october and want to take my bike. I'll be staying on Disney property and want to know if anyone knows of rides on their property or knows of someone who may. I've emailed local clubs/shops but haven't had a lot of luck to this point. gracias
Only tried it once or twice . . .Look381i
Sep 23, 2002 2:59 AM
We usually stay at the Yacht & Beach Club next to Epcot, but as we have driven and taken the transportation around WDW, I've been on the lookout for good riding routes. The one time I took my bike, I rode walkways, parking lots and short access roads because the main WDW highways are too much like interstates for my taste. I haven't seen much that looked good inside the park.

South and west of the park are some country roads and smaller highways that might work. Orlando folks I have met on rides say the riding is good in the country there. Maybe some of them will respond.

Now that I think about it, about fifteen years ago I took my new mountain bike when we stayed at Fort Wilderness. It had a running trail and a lot of winding camp roads that I tried out.
OrlandoIan
Sep 23, 2002 5:22 AM
Well, unfortunately, you are not going to find very good riding on Disney property. The main roads are like interstates, 6 lane divided with 55 mph speed limits. I suppose the back roads could be used, but they all link up with the more major roads. Then add in the fact that 98% of the people on those roads are tourists who don't know where they are and it becomes a bit of a hazard.

Check out these websites;

http://www.windermereroadies.com

http://www.floridafreewheelers.com/

They should be able to help with some info.

The Windermere Roadies started as an unofficial club and we now have our own jerseys and shorts, about 50 "members" and were mentioned in Bicycling this month. We ride out of Windermere Elementary School every Saturday and Sunday. The Saturaday ride will be between 10 and 40 riders. Lately is has been smaller since many of us have been using Satuday as a specific training day to do hill work and have been riding out of Clermont.

But Sunday is the big day and draws riders from all over Florida. On the smallest day there are 40-50 riders and the biggest group counted this year is 142 riders.

There are many different paces out of Windermere and the ride will break up. The really fast guys (we had Ivan Dominguez riding with us earlier this year) will average 23 mph for 56 miles. I will usually do a slightly different route, 50-70 miles and average 18-21 mph, depending on the route and the group.

The Florida Freewheelers will have rides all over Central Florida ranging from 14 mph average, no one gets dropped rides, to rides like the Windermere Ride. Their website should have a schedule of their rides.

Let me know if I can be of any more help.

Ian
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Sep 23, 2002 6:51 AM