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- 02 October 2014 /
FLORIDA KEYS — Bicyclists are to explore the Florida Keys and pedal one of America's most scenic roadways during the seven-night, 200-mile BubbaFest Bike Tour set for Saturday through Saturday, Nov. 1-8.
Led by retired police sergeant and biking enthusiast Bubba Barron, the fully supported adventure takes cycling fans from Key Largo to Key West and back along the Overseas Highway (U.S. Highway 1) that connects the Keys with each other and the Florida mainland.
Incorporating 42 bridges and long vistas of breathtaking open water, the highway was designated an All-American Road in 2009, the highest recognition possible under the National Scenic Byways program.
Riders proceed at their own pace each day, enjoying their favorite sport while discovering the Keys' environment and attractions. Among the noncycling options available are swimming with dolphins, visiting eco-attractions, snorkeling, sunning and exploring galleries and boutiques. The schedule features a layover day at Marathon in the Middle Keys and two layover days in Key West.
Attractions include manageable mileage averaging 45 miles per day, a mostly flat route suited to riders of virtually all abilities, warm subtropical temperatures and accommodations at waterfront campgrounds. Support vehicles are available to transport anyone who wants a break from cycling, and a bike mechanic and licensed massage therapist travel with the group.
BubbaFest begins in Key Largo Saturday, Nov. 1, with registration at the Holiday Inn Key Largo, 99701 Overseas Highway, followed by a welcome reception and dinner.
The fee of $735 per participant includes six nights at beachside campgrounds, six breakfasts and five dinners, a private open-air trolley tour of Key West, a farewell dinner dance and services of a baggage truck and support vehicle. Motel lodging and "pampering" service are available for an additional fee.
Posted On: October 2, 2014