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Old 07-01-09, 02:26 PM   #1
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Miami Pinecrest Ride

OK, what's the poop on the Saturday morning Pinecrest ride?
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Old 07-01-09, 02:43 PM   #2
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I know the Sheridan ride used to be a good draw.
The computer rarely showed anything under 50kph.
Don't know about these days.
Regular Sat's had 100+ riders.
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I know the Sheridan ride used to be a good draw.
The computer rarely showed anything under 50kph.
Don't know about these days.
Regular Sat's had 100+ riders.
Damn. We're doing good if we have 30-35 roll out up here on the local club rides these days.

Pinecrest is the one that's most convenient as I'm staying 2 miles from the start. I just want to make sure it's still around and make sure of the time it rolls out. Worse case scenario, I'll stop by Mack's on Friday afternoon to get the d/l.
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wish i knew. i am a bit north!
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OK, here's the scoop.

The ride rolls out from Pinecrest Elementary, the corner of Red Road and S.W. 104th Street, at 7:30AM sharp. There is a scooter with neutral wheel support that works as the "official". Someone announced the primes list and how many laps (Saturday there was 3 laps worth $400, $50 for lap 1, $100 for lap 2, and $250 for the final lap), and the ride takes off.

The route winds through the heart of South Miami, to Coral Gables, through Coconut Grove down South Bayshore to Key Biscayne. Once we hit Sunset on our way to the Gables the pace picked up to ~30 and never went below until we got onto the key.

When the ride hits the key, it becomes a circuit race doing laps between Bill Baggs and the toll booth; the primes are given out at the sprint point at the bottom of the Rickenbacker on the way back to the toll.

Probably 150-200 people were on the ride. I sat in until we hit the bridge heading south, then worked my way to the front and attacked. I got a solid gap with one guy on my wheel, then we worked together for 3 or 4 minutes before two other guys bridged up to us (one was wearing a state champion jersey), and we stayed away until Bill Baggs. Since I had promised my wife I'd be back by 9 (I thought the ride was going to be just one lap, I didn't know about the circuit race), I bailed after one lap through the key.

Definitely a fun ride, but also definitely filled with the "South Florida Flair," if you know what I mean. But where else can you go for a ride and win money without having to pay an entrance fee?
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OK, here's the scoop.

The ride rolls out from Pinecrest Elementary, the corner of Red Road and S.W. 104th Street, at 7:30AM sharp. There is a scooter with neutral wheel support that works as the "official". Someone announced the primes list and how many laps (Saturday there was 3 laps worth $400, $50 for lap 1, $100 for lap 2, and $250 for the final lap), and the ride takes off.

The route winds through the heart of South Miami, to Coral Gables, through Coconut Grove down South Bayshore to Key Biscayne. Once we hit Sunset on our way to the Gables the pace picked up to ~30 and never went below until we got onto the key.

When the ride hits the key, it becomes a circuit race doing laps between Bill Baggs and the toll booth; the primes are given out at the sprint point at the bottom of the Rickenbacker on the way back to the toll.

Probably 150-200 people were on the ride. I sat in until we hit the bridge heading south, then worked my way to the front and attacked. I got a solid gap with one guy on my wheel, then we worked together for 3 or 4 minutes before two other guys bridged up to us (one was wearing a state champion jersey), and we stayed away until Bill Baggs. Since I had promised my wife I'd be back by 9 (I thought the ride was going to be just one lap, I didn't know about the circuit race), I bailed after one lap through the key.

Definitely a fun ride, but also definitely filled with the "South Florida Flair," if you know what I mean. But where else can you go for a ride and win money without having to pay an entrance fee?
I was there on Saturday, but fell off the back when I got caught behind a rat-f@ck at the second bridge where the County had close off a lane creating a huge gridlock. Still, its a great ride.

What do you mean by "South Florida Flair", the trash talking Cubans in the peloton? (I can say that because I'm Cuban)
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I was there on Saturday, but fell off the back when I got caught behind a rat-f@ck at the second bridge where the County had close off a lane creating a huge gridlock. Still, its a great ride.

What do you mean by "South Florida Flair", the trash talking Cubans in the peloton? (I can say that because I'm Cuban)
I mean nothing bad.. I'm a south miami/coral gables brat myself.

What I mean is the whole atmosphere -- lots of bling bling bikes, $400 in prize money on a group ride, the scooter providing neutral wheel support, hogging Ingraham and Main highway, etc. These things would have surprised me in anyplace but Miami.

But I had a blast, I'll have to make it a point to do that ride again next time I'm down visiting.

(BTW -- I was incognito riding in an assos "holstein" jersey).
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sounds wild !

how do they treat lights and stop signs? lol
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sounds wild !

how do they treat lights and stop signs? lol
Just like the Westin ride.
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how do they treat lights and stop signs? lol
What stop lights?
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I mean nothing bad.. I'm a south miami/coral gables brat myself.

What I mean is the whole atmosphere -- lots of bling bling bikes, $400 in prize money on a group ride, the scooter providing neutral wheel support, hogging Ingraham and Main highway, etc. These things would have surprised me in anyplace but Miami.

But I had a blast, I'll have to make it a point to do that ride again next time I'm down visiting.

(BTW -- I was incognito riding in an assos "holstein" jersey).
No offense taken! I get a kick out of watching the show, but yes, its a completely different world down here.

But I really can't complain. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday are essentially training races, and Tuesday,Thursdays are (supposedly) tempo days, but its great to be able to ride in a big group over the same course that many times a week. And there are some great pro/1/2 riders here. Ivan Dominguez used to live in MIami and did that Saturday ride for years. Still shows up every once in while.

However, weekends are especially bad because you get a lot of the weekend warriors with too much money, wearing full kit from pro teams they don't race for, and not having the greatest riding skills.
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Sounds fun. Who funds the scooter / prizes?
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