REMINDER: The Catrike rally Withlacoochee Trail ride on Sunday will start from Hamptons Edge Bike Shop in Floral City and go to River Ratz in Nobleton for a 18 mile out and back total with lunch between. Tortoises (slower riders will leave at 11:00 am hares (faster riders 11:15 am.) or just try to get yourself to Ratz by at least 12:00. They're expecting lots of people, so don't be in a hurry, relax and enjoy the view of the river, have a beer. We will have coffee and snacks here at the shop starting at 9 am. Parking is behind the library, Ferris Groves field, Capital City bank parking lot. The veterinarian's lot must be kept clear for emergency horse trailer use.
There will be some new trikes arriving soon at Hampton's Edge Trailside Bicycles one being the Greenspeed Magnum, with adjustable seat back and forth and up and down. Will not fold but will break down easily with QRs. The other addition will be a new brand for us, another German recumbent bike and trike builder, HP Velotechnik. The first order will consist of 3 Gekko FX foldable trikes and one Gekko non foldable . The folding model can be folded in about 7 seconds without removal of the seat. We're excited to get our hands on these new additions and trying them out. The Scorpion is of interest to me especially in the full suspension model but that will have to wait for next months credit card. Stop in and check these out and give me a chance to practice folding the Gekko FX. I want to do it as fast as the guy on the HP Velo vedio on you tube. Lets not forget to come on down to downtown Floral City for the kick-off of the Strawberry Festival and the brew & bbq Friday night March 2. Beer tent, 2 bands, and town merchants specials abound. We will have libations and maybe even a free gift for those who wander through our door. There will be buses running between Floral City town center to the festival on Sat. and Sun. and the trail will be lit up with luminaria from Ferris Groves parking to town center on Friday night. So hope to see you there. On Sunday there is also the Catrike rally ride from our shop to River Ratz in Nobleton. We leave at 11:15 to be there by 12:00. Slower people should expect to leave at 11:00. It's about a 9 mile ride to Ratz. Please RSVP if you haven't already.
Get ready for some big happenings in Floral City. Friday March 2 from 6-9pm there will be a kickoff party for the 25th annual Floral City Strawberry Festival in the Town Center located in front of the library. There will be live music, food and even beer. The Shops will be opened for people to stroll through. Saturday the gates will open in Floral Park for the Festival where there will be Farm fresh Strawberries and lots of vendors. Saturday is also the 1st Day of the 8th annual Catrike Rally in Winter Garden, FL. See Catrike.com for details and to sign up. Sunday March 4 is our day to host the Rally. We will open at 9 am and have some coffee and treats (maybe even some strawberries) for our guests. We will start the line-up for the @8mile ride to River Ratz Cafe in Nobleton at 10:30 so we can all take our pictures. The Restaurant is expecting us at 12n so those who would like a leisurely ride should leave at 10:45. The people who have seen it all before can leave a little later.
We are very excited to be going South on the Trail this time. In the past we have always gone North. We are shaking things up this time and hope we have a beautiful day to have lunch on the Withlacoochee River. Everyone who plans to attend the Sunday Ride will need to RSVP to us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can let the restaurant know how many to expect.
We will post any updates on the blog. Looking forward to seeing old and new faces!