With the 7th Annual Brooksville Cycling Classic around the corner on April 1st 2017, it’s this time of year cyclists start to feel the need for speed.
Cycling is much more than just getting on a bike and pedaling. Yes, that’s the first step in doing so, but cycling means that it’s just the bike, the pavement, the group you’re riding with, or maybe just you. You’re sitting there in the saddle, clipped in, mind focused, eyes sharp, legs spinning, adrenaline pumping, and free from all outside distraction. It’s a great sport to do with friends, alone, inside, outside, competitively, or just for fun. With a couple of great local bicycle shops, you’re sure to find the right bike and gear you need to be able to one day lead the peloton yourself.
The 7th Annual Brooksville Cycling Classic is a great way to see the beautiful area of Brooksville on two wheels. The 64 miles of the Metric Century takes riders through Downtown Brooksville, the Croom Tract of Withlacoochee State Forest, and north to the lake country of Citrus County. There is also a 22-mile ride starting in downtown Brooksville, from the end of Good Neighbor Trail to Lake Lindsey Road. Both routes are sure to please biking enthusiasts of all skill levels. After your ride, come back to town to enjoy the healthy, fun activities and food the whole family can enjoy at the Main Street Fitness Festival.
If you have never heard of the Coast to Coast Connector, then hang on and let’s go for a ride.
The Coast-to-Coast Connector will run from the Gulf of Mexico, to the Atlantic Ocean. The Connector will link communities between St. Petersburg and Titusville, providing a multi-use trail allowing residents and visitors to explore Central Florida by bicycle and on foot. That’s over 270 miles of bikeable trail connecting both sides of Florida. Two hundred miles of trail already exist, leaving seventy-five miles of gaps between those trails that still need to be filled in. The project will be connecting 14 existing trails to make it complete. This connector will be the first of its kind in Florida. The C2C is a major priority within the Florida Greenways and Trails System Plan developed by the Office of Greenways and Trails. Cyclists from around the country are awaiting this grand trail!
The Sunshine State is the flattest state in America, which means Florida is a cyclers paradise. With more local and regional cycling events, like the 7th Annual Brooksville Classic and others, our local and state economy can’t help but grow. The more people that get on a bike and see just how fun and rewarding it can be, the more people will understand what it means to be a cyclist.