In a flash, dozens of cyclists whizzed by displaying a variety of colors equaled only by hot air balloons races when they grace the skies of South Florida. Saturday, March 26th was a special day for the Everglades Bicycle Club as over 370 riders took to the streets of South Dade.
Rider’s chose a 29, 40, 65 or 100-mile ride from a detailed map that included five available rest stops at local businesses. Those stops included Phil’s Berry Farm, Schnebley’s Winery, Aero Jet Road site, Robert Is Here and Bayfront Park.
According to Anthony Denito, chairman of this year’s Snowbird Rally, the EBC was organized in 1976. As traffic increased in Kendall the rallies move south to the Redland, Homestead and Florida City area. “Our rides are not races! Each participant picks their course and sets their own pace. It’s a personal thing based on ones ability that day.
Of course there are challenges along the way such as flat tires, broken chains and occasional leg cramps, all attended to by several road crews. This year added a new emergency---an allergic reaction to a peanut butter snack, but in all it was a great event on a picture perfect day.”
The profits from this year’s Snowbird Event will be donated to a special fund started by Anthony four years ago. The “Denito’s Ride for Kids” (www.denitosrideforkids.com) provides specially designed bicycles to disabled people based on each ones personal need. After an assessment, measurements are gathered with the help of medical consultants. A blueprint of what is needed is created and sent to a specialty shop in the Carolinas where the bike is constructed. Upon arrival the bicycle is delivered at a special presentation.
One story is about a man named Dwayne Hylton who was diagnosed with ALS in 2016. He received a
special chariot that is pulled behind his wife’s bicycle. Check out Dwayne’s story and inspirational messages at www.facebook.com/dwayne.hylton.
In addition the EBC holds a Freedom Ride every other year that raises funds for Disabled Veterans.
At any stage of ability, you can become a member of the Everglades Bicycle Club for only $40.00 per year. For further information contact: (www.evergladesbc.com) All auto drivers can help cyclists by driving with extra care. Put away your cell phone. Eliminate the temptation of texting. Leave a little extra room for cyclist in case they have to swerve around debris in their path. And by all means do not give riders a blast of your horn unless necessary. We are all entitled to a piece of the road so let’s make it safe for everyone.