COMMISSIONER MIKE GELIN WELCOMES CYCLISTS TO TAMARAC FOR INAUGURAL BIKE WITH MIKE WEEKEND
Tamarac, Fla. (May 4, 2021) – Tamarac City Commissioner Mike Gelin invites pro, semi-pro and leisure cyclists from the local community and throughout the nation to the inaugural Bike With Mike Weekend, taking place Saturday, May 22 - Sunday, May 23. Hosted in partnership with the Level Up Cycling Movement, this weekend of events features both competitive and noncompetitive rides through Tamarac, designed to highlight the skills, sportsmanship, safety and camaraderie of cycling. Additionally, through sponsorship by the Broward Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Trust Fund, Gelin will donate 50 new bicycles and helmets to local youth in need to introduce the ongoing outreach and mentorship component of Bike With Mike, while also promoting the sport of cycling.
Day one of the Bike With Mike weekend consists of three events, beginning at Tamarac City Hall, located at 7525 NW 88th Ave. The first is the Tropical Breeze Fondo, which takes place at 7 a.m. This 60-mile timed ride comes with cash prizes totaling $1,000 for the top three cyclists. Plus, 10X National Cycling Champion, Rahsaan Bahati, will join the ride, along with other local and regional professional cyclists. An awards presentation will occur after the ride.
The second Saturday event, a 35-mile ride through Tamarac and neighboring cities, begins at 7:10 a.m. It’s for amateur and noncompetitive riders.
The third event on Saturday is the Tamarac Community Ride, which meets at 9:45 a.m. This 5-mile mass ride through Tamarac will travel at a slower pace designed for cyclists at all levels. It’s a family-friendly party on pedals, emceed by avid cyclist and local radio show host Papa Keith. The event will also feature music trucks to keep the excitement rolling along the route. Riders ages eight and older are invited. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The Final Bike With Mike event meets at 6:20 a.m., Sunday, May 23rd, at the Tamarac Sports Complex, where Level Up Cycling Movement will host ChocLit Pedals, a 50K ride just for women. Seventy-five to 100 cyclists are expected to join the ride, which is focused on increasing participation in cycling among women, along with health and fitness benefits of the sport. A portion of the funds raised through this charity ride will benefit both Women in Distress of Broward County, Inc. and the Level Up Cycling Movement. Tamarac Sports Complex is located at 9901 NW 77th St.
To ensure safety, helmets and masks should be worn during each ride. Additionally, BSO-Tamarac District will be on hand throughout the Bike With Mike activities.
Bike With Mike pre-registration forms, fees, routes and other event details are available at www.Tamarac.org/SpecialEvents. For more information, please contact the Office of Commissioner Mike Gelin at 954-913-0299 or Mike.Gelin@Tamarac.org.
ABOUT THE CITY OF TAMARAC
Tamarac, Florida covers a 12-square mile area in western Broward County and is home to more than 65,000 residents and approximately 2,000 businesses. Ideally situated, Tamarac provides easy access to highways, railways, airports and waterways, and a wealth of cultural and sports activities. Tamarac’s median age continues to grow younger and the population more diverse, as people recognize the City as a great place to spend their lives. For more information visit www.Tamarac.org.