Amelia Island Cycling is an information hub for cyclists of all abilities and disciplines to help enhance cycling in Amelia Island and eastern Nassau County.
Since 2010 (when formed by interested local members of the North Florida Bike Club), AIC has welcomed any and all interested in riding their bicycle with a group outdoors on roads and paved trails. The rides vary in length and ability and start and end at the same place on and nearby Amelia Island. Rides are generally noticed one or two days before and are cancelled when there is severe weather.
Rides are scheduled with the help of the North Florida Bicycle Club, this web site and a group e-mail list. Follow the navigation tabs above to learn about the Area Rides and when and where they occur. Participate in our rides and learn how to join our e-mail list.
AIC is part of the North Florida Bicycle Club and encourages all who ride to join the club and enjoy the benefits of being a NFBC member. Go to www.nfbc.us for more information.
For more info on AIC rides or this web site, contact RideDirector@nfbc.us or AIC Managing ride Leader Don Eipert at firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Eipert moved to here in the spring of 2010 and started riding with an informal group of cyclists riding on Saturday's from the rec center (on Atlantic Ave). This ride was run by the Tomassetti family and Jim Marino, and typically had 8 riders or so when the weather was nice and maybe on 2 on a cold 35 degree January morning, Most of the riders only did the north beach loop by Tarpon and Fort Clinch. This was before of the bicycle lanes and shoulders on Fletcher were built.
In 2011 Don added a Thursday ride from Main Beach to the Saturday ride and made both NFBC announced events. These rides were typically 30 miles with the 0-100 mile option since we qualified them both with the NFBC as 100 mile routes. The Thursday ride only had 2-4 riders for an entire year or so before it started picking up to the typical 15-20 riders that we have now. This small group of 2-4 riders were regular attendees except when rides were cancelled due to weather. Jack Tomassetti set up a google group web site along with the associated e-mail list to replace an e-mail system that was no longer functional. The Saturday group still had the original 8 riders or so but word got around to where we are today with 35-40 riders on a nice Saturday morning. The hill options were added in 2012 by Phillip Bowen. Gus Reinwald later invented the modified hills. We've had various dining options as well that included Sliders and other local restaurants that have changed over the years. We suspended dining indoors during the Covid pandemic, but are now occasionally getting together for lunch after our rides (or during the ride on Tuesday).
The Nassau County Monday ride was developed in 2013 with a variable starting point and variable routes of 0-100 miles. We weren't sure if there would be much interest but this did start out with a consistent group of 5 riders or so. This slowly became more popular to where it is today. We did occasionally cross the Mayport ferry to have lunch at Safe Harbor. When Safe Harbor closed for remodeling, then we lost that option. We did go to Nicole's for breakfast until they closed. Other dining options were tried heading south from Harris Teeter with limited success so we added a 3rd Tuesday Mayport ferry ride to Safe Harbor since Safe Harbor is closed on Mondays.
The lunch rides and Wednesday night rides were added in 2014. Also added in 2014 was the Wednesday AIT ride that remains very popular. See Area Rides for current ride information.