After setting them up with bikes, Truly Spokin’s Mark Woolson often receives questions from new bike owners as to what local clubs are around and organizing group rides. “Once they get the bike, they then try to find a safe place to ride, people to ride with, and so forth, to make their riding experience more enjoyable.”
If you are looking to join a group of fellow cycling enthusiasts, there are several options in the Pensacola area.
West Florida Wheelmen
Founded in the early 1990s, this club—don’t be fooled by the name!—welcomes men and women cyclists to join their regular group rides. Wednesday evenings the group meets at the WSRE parking lot at Pensacola State College. Sunday morning rides depart from Bagelhead’s on Gregory Street.
Pensacola Off-Road Cyclists (PORC)
This group of trail riders meets regularly on Wednesday evenings at UWF or Blackwater trails. Check out the website to join their forum and receive additional information about group rides, local trails and PORC’s trail maintenance efforts.
The Firestone and Summit Cycling Group
An offshoot of West Florida Wheelmen, this group meets for rides at Firestone and Summit, or in East Hill. Regular rides take place on Sunday afternoons, Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Pace and distance are set according to the day, with Sundays suggested for those just getting started.
Blackwater Cyclists meet behind Truly Spokin’s Milton store at 7:30 a.m. on Saturdays. There are short and long distance routes each week. Though they depart from near the Blackwater Trailhead, this club sticks strictly to the roads of Santa Rosa County.