Welcome to Bike Inverness. It's our one stop shop for all things on cycling in Inverness. Below is the first-ever 12 Days of Cycling in Inverness, Florida. A series of fun rides in March and April 2019.
Twelve Days of Cycling Inverness Florida
March 23 - April 3, 2019
Kids Bike Safety Day at Inverness Middle
Friday, March 22
Event takes place throughout the day
The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office presents bike safety to students at Inverness Middle School during gym class. Students will get a hands-on experience with safety exercises throughout the day. Event on Facebook.
Clean Air Bike Ride
Saturday, Mach 23
Starts 7 a.m.
Clean Air Ride benefitting the Key Training Center will begin at the Inverness Trailhead with stops at Ridge Manor, Istachatta, and Citrus Springs. The Trail Head is 2/10 mile north of the Old Historic Courthouse in downtown Inverness. Cyclists choose from four distances on this springtime nature ride: 14 miles; 28 miles; 48 miles or 100 miles. Register CleanAirRide.com.
Ride of Silence
Sunday, March 24
Starts 3 p.m.
The Ride of Silence commemorates cyclists killed and supports those who were injured while riding on public roads. This police-escorted one-hour ride on city streets raises awareness among motorists regarding the dangers cyclists face. A free t-shirt will be provided to all those who RSVP by March 8. Register at no cost with name and shirt size to Invernessbicycle@comcast.net. Ride starts at Inverness Visitors Center, 203 E. Dampier Street, Inverness. Event updates and news on Facebook.
Rock the Ridge with Frank D
Monday, March 25
Start 8:00 a.m.
Join City Manager, Frank DiGiovanni as he heads up a unique cycling tour of the Rock Ridge Phosphate Trail. This free ride includes insights on the history of the phosphate mines along the Withlacoochee State Trail. Gather at the Inverness Visitor Center at 8 a.m. 203 East Dampier. RSVP for the free ride at events@inverness-FL.gov with name. Event updates and news on Facebook.
Bike ‘N’ Brew Ride with Cattledog Coffee Roasters
Tuesday, March 26
Your ride begins at 9 a.m. at the Cattle Dog Roasters, 210 Tompkins Street, Inverness. Get a behind the scenes look at Citrus County’s award-winning coffee roaster, restaurant and a demo about the latest craze in coffee. This ride is all about socializing with friends, new and old. The ride is free, but the beverages are on you. Register by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Event on Facebook.
Fitness Challenge Bike Ride with Anytime Fitness
Wednesday, March 27
Start 10 a.m.
Brought to you by Anytime Fitness, this is a fitness ride with intermittent workout challenges along the way. Start/ Finish location: Inverness Visitor Center 203 East Dampier St Inverness, FL. 34450. Register by email email@example.com.
Inverness History Bike Ride // Centennial Celebration
Thursday, March 28
Start 9:00 a.m.
Join Inverness Bicycle and Fitness and the City of Inverness on a tour of Historical sites through the city and beyond. Start and finish location: Inverness Visitor Center 203 East Dampier St. Inverness, FL. 34450. Register by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Event on Facebook.
Sunshine Grand Prix at Citrus Springs
Friday, March 29, 2019
This one-of-a-kind race takes place on a closed-circuit track in Citrus Springs and is the first day of the 3-day Sunshine Grand Prix. It’s a cycling event with over 200 professional and amateur races vying for points and prize money. Professional and amateur racers register at Sunshinegrandprix.com
Sunshine Grand Prix Inverness Criterium
Saturday, March 30
Starts 10 a.m.
The Downtown Inverness Criterium is the highlight of the 3-day Sunshine Grand Prix. The start and finish line is located at Dampier and Apopka Blvd where 200 pro and amateur cyclists will race through the downtown streets of Inverness for points and prize money. “Bicycle Blvd” is party central for the race. Located on Apopka Ave between Dampier and Courthouse Square it will feature live demos, competitions, food and festival vendors, and a live band. For details about this race, parking, timeline, race times, volunteering or other involvement, go to visitinvernessfl.com Interested in racing? sunshinegrandprix.com. Free for spectators.
Sunshine Grand Prix Brooksville Ice Cream Hill Road Race
Saturday, March 31
The Final Day of the Sunshine Grand Prix cycling event, the Ice Cream Hill Road Race is an endurance ride of 16.77 mi Bike Ride in Brooksville, FL. The Bike Ride has a total ascent of 369.61 ft and has a maximum elevation of 269.78 ft.
Bike Florida in Inverness
April 1-3, 2019
Bike Florida is a non-profit, formed in 1994 for fundraising and to help supplement Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education programs. Riders come from all over the world for their Spring Ride. This year’s ride is located in Brooksville and Inverness. Approximately 600 riders will travel to Inverness for this annual ride. They will be headquartered in Whispering Pines City park and will have a several options of road rides each both on and off the Withlacoochee trail. To find out how you may be able to participate as a rider or a volunteer, contact Dave Munday at Springtour@bikeflorida.org. www.Bikeflorida.org
Overview of Bike Inverness
The City of Inverness is an advocate of alternative methods of transportation; not only does it help protect our environment, but it’s also a great way for our citizens to stay healthy and active. Cycling is one of best modes of alternative transportation.
The Withlacoochee State Trail (WST) runs on the northeast edge of Inverness, allowing for safe, easy access to downtown Inverness. You can find more information about the Withlacoochee State Trail on this page.
Because it is part of the state park system, the WST includes safety regulations that make it a perfect place for people of all ages and abilities to cycle with family, with friends, or as part of your personal exercise routine. Along with the rules, you’ll also want to be familiar with riding etiquette.
Cyclists who want to take their riding off the WST will find easy access to downtown with bike lanes on the main roads to accommodate safe travel. Since 2013, Bicycle Boulevard safely allows cyclists access between downtown and the Trail using North Apopka Avenue.
The WST and the Apopka cycling lanes aren’t the only bicycling opportunities in and around Inverness. We invite you to explore what else is in reach with this local Trail Network Map . Speaking of connecting, you can view all Florida Bicycle Trails here . That interactive map will let you zoom in and view details of all of the known Florida bike trails.
One of the key pieces in having a bicycle friendly community is for everyone – cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians – to know and follow the cycling laws.