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Road ride in and around Lakeland Florida(5 posts)

Road ride in and around Lakeland FloridaVelo Man
Jul 15, 2003 7:41 AM
Moving from New York to The Lakeland Florida around the end of Aug. area and was looking for training and group rides etc, etc, I know the Tampa area is pretty hot but it's about 45 min. away, any info would be great.
re: Road ride in and around Lakeland Floridarussw19
Jul 15, 2003 1:38 PM
You'll be fine.. Lakeland is one of the best areas in Florida to ride. It and Tallahassee are the only places with a substantial amount of hills. Sure, there are no mountains, but there are at least hills where you are going. There are at least 3 cycling clubs in that area.. about 10 bike shops, and a ton of triathletes around there too. I am sure you won't have any problems finding stuff when you get there. Plus, in late August, when you get there, the temp may be down into the rideable 70's. You will be able to ride in that area about 350 days a year too. Trust me, you'll like it. Ask around locally when you get there about the Sugarloaf ride... it's hard, but fun.

Russ
re: Road ride in and around Lakeland FloridaVelo Man
Jul 15, 2003 4:38 PM
Thanks, thats a big help and good info, maybe this wont be so bad after all.
re: Road ride in and around Lakeland Floridaafrican
Jul 15, 2003 5:54 PM
Go to this guys web site http://www.martygaal.com he is a local triathlete that has a discussion board and he lives nearby, he will know the clubs the rides the whole lot. And come to St Pete for a ride some time.
re: Road ride in and around Lakeland FloridaIan
Jul 16, 2003 8:17 AM
I am not sure about the riding in Lakeland, but I'm sure it will be decent, and there is good riding all around central FL. There are multiple clubs in the Tampa / St. Pete area. North of Tampa is a place called San Antonio that many riders go to ride. And in Orlando we have Windermere (100+ riders on Sunday) and Clermont (Sugarloaf, 2nd highest point in the state, 14% grade).

I am not sure what russw19 meant about the temp in the 70's in August. He must have meant at 6:00am, because 70 is going to be the low temp and the high will be around 90. We do have the heat in the summer, but I will take it any day for the 70 degree afternoons we have in January and Febuary.

Check out our local website http://www.windermereroadies.com for info on the Orandlo area.

Ian