The 2014 Escape to the Keys Bicycle Festival is a 3 day, fun filled road cycling adventure for those that want to get away from the cold, dreary weather up north and join us for an exciting ride from Miami to Key West. We stop along the way to enjoy the sites/food and scenery of Florida in December with an overnight stay at the famous Hawks Cay Resort and on day 2, in Key West, where we enjoy the insanity of Key West. Bus transport is available on Sunday back to Miami. Approximate mileage is 148 miles (day one is 88) and cyclists must be able to ride an average of 15mph.
Event details and schedule
Day 1: Friday, Dec 5. We start at 7:30am at the Miami Homestead Speedway. Our first rest stop is only 6 miles into the ride, but we cannot pass up the 'sticky buns' made at the Knaus Berry Farms. Another rest stop in Key Largo at the Bayside Resort, puts us right on the beach for some refreshments and scenery. Next stop, Robbies, to feed the tarpon, then onto to Hawks Cay, where we enjoy some lunch while checking into the resort for the night. Options abound at Hawks Cay for dinner, relaxation, shopping and our very own beachside party after dinner, beginning at 8pm, with music and dancing. Riders are responsible for making their own reservations at Hawks Cay Use promo code : BIKE for discounted rates.
Day 2: Rise and shine, hop on those bikes and pedal, pedal, pedal, all the way to Key West. Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience of riding your bicycle over the 7 mile bridge! Yes, 7 miles on a bridge! Rest stop after the bridge. Final rest stop at mile marker 15, at Baby's coffee, where you can enjoy hot or cold beverages, before your final stop at mile marker 4, in the park at Stock Island. We will gather there together and be led by Key West's finest into downtown Key West, our very own bicycle parade! Dante's Raw Bar for lunch, cerveza, swimming (if you dare) and music, before we depart for our various Key West hotels for the night. The annual Key West Holiday parade takes place this evening, so line the streets and enjoy the parade. Participants are required to make your own reservations for hotel in Key West. Spanish Gardens is the host hotel where the luggage truck will be parked. Please reserve a room nearby as the truck will not be able to deliver luggage around Key West.
Day 3: Explore Key West on your own...by bike, by foot, or cab. The tour bus home will depart at 2pm from the Spanish Gardens hotel. Be prompt!
If you are coming from out of town, there are overnight hotels in Homestead that are reasonably priced: Ramada Inn 305-247-8833 is just 4.5 miles away from the Speedway. There will be a meet/greet on Thursday evening at 7:30pm for those staying in the hotel.
There will be a luggage truck available at the Speedway for your luggage. People staying at the hotel will have pick up in the morning and transport to the Speedway. Please bring only one (1) bag. Breakfast (sticky buns) and lunch will be provided on Friday. Breakfast will be provided on Saturday, and the rest of the meals are on your own. Hawk's Cay is giving us a special rate on their buffet dinner Friday night, or you can choose to dine in one of their other restaurants, ranging from burgers to fine dining. The luggage truck will be parked at Spanish Gardens in Key West, so if you are not staying there, keep in mind that you will have to transfer your luggage to your hotel on your own. A back pack or small bag that you can carry on your bike is best.
This ride provides full SAG support along the route as well as well-stocked rest stops.
PLEASE be advised that regular rooms at Hawks Cay for Friday night, Dec 5 are SOLD OUT. However, we have availability in the 2 bed/2 bath villas, so if you are registering for the ride, please call Hawks Cay and use promo code BIKE to reserve a villa. Then email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and ask Rafael to hook you up with a roomate to share the villa.
Rooms in Key West are getting scarce now too, so if you find a hotel online that has a 2 night minimum, call them directly. We have found that they will release rooms if for a one night stay if you call directly. Any problems finding rooms, please let us know and we will assist!
Everglades Bicycle Club