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    Escape to the Keys Bicycle Festival & The Smart Ride (Miami to Key West)?

    Has anyone done either of these rides in the past? I was searching for great rides in FL, and came up with the Miami to Key West route, and 2 options came up... The SMART Ride, and the Escape to the Keys Bicycle Festival.

    The 2014 Smart Ride will be November 14th and November 15th, 2014, registration is currently open. This is charity based for AIDS and riders are required to obtain $1,250 in donation contributions.

    The 2014 Escape to the Keys Bicycle Festival will be December 05th, 6th and 7th, registration opens in August... Not sure on cost.

    I am considering one of them in the distant future, and was curious if anyone has done either...
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    I never rode a bike to Key West but driven the route many times. Bike riding to Key West gotta be a trip.
    I do ride from Miami to Key Biscayne weekly. There's a new trail ride in Virginia Key too.

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    I'd like to do it at some point. I know there are some rusa routes / south fl randonneurs that go through that region, so I'll probably do one of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBerman View Post
    I'd like to do it at some point. I know there are some rusa routes / south fl randonneurs that go through that region, so I'll probably do one of those.
    Several members of one of my Meetup groups, NOVA-CBG, have done this ride and are doing it again this year. The meetup organizer, Gary, has done the ride three times and has nothing but good things to day about it. You may have to be a member of the meetup to send him a message through meetup.com and ask him about it.

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    Have not participated in these events, but recently (May 2014) rode from Orlando to Key West. The roads from Miami to Key West are great. The area around Key Largo has more traffic and the trails alongside the road were in rough shape. We ended up riding the road more than the trails. This should be a great experience for you. The pictures we took are priceless.

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    Neither my wife nor I have ever been to Key West but we have talked about going there. I'll have to look into this ride.
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