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Old 07-07-09, 06:13 AM
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Well, I'm an old skool S. Miami/Coral Gables brat myself, and my trip down was to visit close friends for the annual 4th of July party..

The information I was looking for was on the group ride that leaves from Pinecrest Elementary every Saturday morning. Here's the summary from my experience this past Saturday that I posted in the 33..

Originally Posted by kensuf
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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