Here are the routes that Amelia Island Cycling rides follow. Current rides may follow slightly different routes than described below while still preferring less traveled roads and roads with bicycle lanes or shoulders. Ride with us and learn how to sign up for our group e-mail list that announces the specifics of each ride, or view our group e-mail web page to see our current ride announcements and post-ride reports e-mails.
These rides are led by Don Eipert and other local ride leaders in conjunction with the North Florida Bicycle Club www.nfbc.us. These rides are listed regularly in the Fernandina Beach News Leader newspaper and the North Florida Bicycle Club website event calendar and monthly Wheelspeak newsletter. These rides are a great way to meet fellow bicycle enthusiasts and improve your bicycling skills.
Bicycle helmets are mandatory as well as a bicycle in good working condition. See the NFBC Safety Tips for our ride rules.
Bicycle safety is an absolute must and will be repeated as a constant reminder before the start of all rides.
Our organized bicycle rides every Thursday,starting at 9 AM, and every Saturday, starting at 8:30 AM, start from the Main Beach parking lot, which is located at South Fletcher Av. (A1A) and Atlantic Av. This is near the Recreation Center and near the entrance to Fort Clinch State Park. We usually park at the northern end of the Main Beach parking lot near the miniature golf course at 6 North Fletcher Ave., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. This is a multi-class road cyclist ride for all levels of experience.
Our organized ride every Monday is a mulit-class ride for all levels of experience road cyclists, and starts at 9 AM. The location alternates between the Fernandina Beach marina parking lot, and the Yulee Winn Dixie parking lot. The Monday rides have a TBA (to be announced) starting point and distance.
Our organized ride every Tuesday is for more experienced road cyclists, starting at 9:00 AM at SuperCorsa Cycles, located at 4925 First Coast Highway (next to Baxters Restaurant), Fernandina Beach, FL. We ride south to Mayport, catching the 10:45 AM Ferry ($1 fare each way) and then ride a short distance Safe Harbor Sea Food Market and Restaurant for an early lunch. This ride totals about 40 miles with the optional Ribault Club loop on the way back after lunch. Also optional is riding on the completed portions of the Timucuan Trail on the return trip.
Our organized regular Wednesday ride starts at 10 AM (9 AM during the summer) featuring the Amelia Island Trail and is an S ride that leaves the north trail head kiosk in Peters Point Beachfront Park (1974 S. Fletcher Av., Fernandina Beach, 32034) and travels across the George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier State Park. The ride is mostly on scenic paved trail and some lightly-traveled roads and is intended to encourage beginning and recreational riders on all types of bicycles in a safe group environment. This is a recreational paced ride of 9-10 MPH maximum where all riders stay together and no one is left behind. Please note that the trail rules, per county ordinance, now allow all e-bikes, and sets a 10 MPH speed limit for all bicycles on the AIT and ARTS trails.
Our Friday organized ride ("Friday Special") starts in the Baxters parking lot next to Super Corsa bike shop. It is a TBA ride that typically starts at 9:00 AM and travels either north on the island or south along the same route as the Tuesday ride, but without the ferry crossing. This ride is for more experienced A and B cyclists and frequently features practice riding in pace lines.
The NFBC Endless Summer Watermelon ride takes place each September.
This year (2022), the ride was held on Amelia Island on Sunday September 11th. See https://eswr.raceroster.com/ for more information.
The North Florida Bicycle Club was a classic one-day bicycle event designed for all road cyclists, the 33rd Annual Endless Summer Watermelon Ride.
"Enjoy a wonderful bike ride on scenic Amelia Island through historic, tree lined Fernandina Beach, along the ocean and south to the Talbot Island State Parks. We'll provide pre-ride snacks, rest stops stocked with food, water and Gatorade, marked routes, maps, mechanical support, SAGs, motorcycle safety escorts in Fernandina Beach, and a post-ride lunch.
Register by Sunday 14 August 2022 to receive event t-Shirt!"