My weekly mileage is going to spike up quite a bit with the upcoming Tour of Sebring over this Labor Day weekend. The Tour, which is celebrating it’s 30th anniversary, is a three day affair located in the agriculturally rich, snowbird mecca of Sebring. The cycling event is held out of the 96 year old Kenilworth Lodge, which is home to four major cycling events including the Sebring Tandem Rally, Spring Brake, Highlands Bike Fest, and of coarse, the Tour of Sebring.
This years tour is highlighted by a metric century (63 miles) on Saturday, a full century on Sunday (105 miles) and finishes with another metric century (62 miles) on Monday. That’s 230 miles of gently rolling hills (well at least hills by Florida standards) of low trafficked roads, citrus groves, cattle ranches, and small towns of rural Central Florida.
Previous tours have attracted sizable turnouts. With this one being the 30th anniversary, I’m sure the town of Sebring will be overrun by my two wheeled, lycra wearing brethren. My cycling club, the Caloosa Riders, will be invading in force, as they have booked up most of the Kenilworth lodge. Lots of pedaling, good times and wild after party’s await!
I’ll squeeze in one more easy 40 miler tomorrow morning with the Duchess and her court…I mean friends just to loosen up the legs, and then rest Friday morning before driving out to Sebring for the three day marathon of pedaling, eating (meals such as carved turkey breast with cranberry sauce & cornbread stuffing, grilled mahi mahi with mango salsa, grilled chicken basques and green beans almandine, plus breakfasts await) and, knowing the gang, quite a bit of drinking…after all, what happens in Sebring, stays in Sebring!
Ride Time: 2:16:11
Stopped Time: 1:35:52
Distance: 38.14 miles
Average: 16.80 mph
Fastest Speed: 31.48 mph
Ascent: 641 feet
Descent: 625 feet