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Event promotes highway harmony

By JESSICA MUNDIE
Published July 4, 2007


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Summer is a great time for cyclists to get involved with the Florida Bicycle Association, whose members are working to help make Florida a bicycle-friendly state.

FBA was the force behind Florida's newly designed Share the Road vehicle tag. Proceeds from tag sales are used by FBA and Bike Florida for education and awareness programs for bicycle safety and motorist safety, with emphasis on sharing the roadway.

Sunday, bicycling enthusiasts will join to make a positive statement about Florida's bicyclists and motorists sharing the roads.

The Share the Road Ride will be held at Northshore Pool Park, 901 Northshore Drive in St. Petersburg, with ride registration starting at 7 a.m. Those driving to the event are advised to arrive early for parking nearby.

A mass-start escorted ride departs at 8 a.m. Properly working bicycles including all types of hybrids, mountain bikes, road bikes and cruisers are required. Cycling helmets are a must.

Rides will be distances of 10, 20, 40 and 60 miles through neighborhood streets.

Each year, families enjoy the chance to mingle with racers and touring cyclists. For bicycle racers and triathletes, the event presents an opportunity to get to know other cyclists, including the riders they see who commute to school and work each day.

"This ride is for everybody who loves cycling, " said St. Petersburg Bicycle Club member John Sinibaldi Jr. "All riders should come out and enjoy the day. You don't have to race to enjoy riding your bike."

For more information, log on to www.sharetheroadride.com or call (727) 582-1910.

FLORIDA BICYCLE SPORTS TIME TRIALS: Team Florida Bicycle Sports racers will play host in Tierra Verde at the fourth annual Time Trial Series, which continues on with a 15-kilometer individual time trial July 12 at 7 p.m.

Last season's time trial points winners included Steven Rusnak (juniors), Patrice Hoffman (women), Daniel Holt (senior men 19-24), Dan Zadrozny (masters 30-39), Charlie Shaw (masters 40-49) and Sinibaldi Jr. (masters 50+).

"We had a great performance out here by a junior rider, " said Team Florida Bicycle Sports mechanic Ted Lee. "Alan Glanz is a junior and he broke Dan Larson's 10-mile course record of 19 minutes, 56 seconds, which Dan set back in early April. On June 7, Alan rode a 9:51 and that record will stand for quite a while. All riders are challenged to try to break Alan's record."

To register or volunteer, call Lee or Hank Campbell at (727) 823-7775 or check out the race schedule and results at www.floridabicyclesports.com.

VOSBURGH WINS TRIPLE GOLD: Carol Jean Vosburgh, 60, of Treasure Island won three individual cycling championship titles at last month's Summer National Senior Games cycling events in Louisville, Ky.

Vosburgh started her gold rush by posting the fastest 10K individual time trial time (16 minutes, 12 seconds), winning the 10K women's road race and the 20K women's road race. In addition, Vosburgh won silver in the 5K individual time trial in 8:49.

Vosburgh's husband, Kip, also is an accomplished cyclist, riding mountains in North Carolina and Des Moines Register's Ride Across Iowa, while struggling back from a serious bicycle encounter with a motorist several years ago in St. Petersburg.

Also among the top Florida cyclists at Summer National Senior Games are Mike Cyr, Tampa; Kurt Eichelman, Spring Hill; Chuck Kleim, St. Petersburg; and Helen Trigg, Seminole.

For more results from the senior games, visit www.seniorgames.org.

TOUR DE FRANCE: Coverage of the 94th Tour de France will begin when the race departs from London on Saturday. This year's Tour is 3, 547 kilometers, with 20 stages, including some dramatic mountaintop finishes throughout France, finishing on July 29. Le Tour 2007 will have 11 flat stages, six mountain stages (with three mountaintop finishes), one medium mountain stage, two individual time trial stages and two rest days.

Times correspondent Jessica Mundie can be reached at sptimescycling@yahoo.com.

[Last modified July 3, 2007, 22:08:05]


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