Tour de Melon
3 June 2017

RIDE INFORMATION

  • Choose from either a Road Route or multiple paved Trail Routes
  • Terrain is flat.
  • Well-marked rural highways.
  • Route maps will be available at the registration table.
  • Approximate rides of 20, 40, 60 miles on Rails-to-Trails paved Trail and 50, 100 mile road routes!
  • 100 mile ride is a great “starter” ride for anyone wanting to do their first Century ride.
  • Rest/snack stops provided on all routes.
  • Message board will be provided.  Family and friends may post messages.
  • SAG service provided.Helmets are required. This also includes children riding in bike seats and/or buggies. Cyclists must obey all traffic rules.

This is a ride, not a race. Plan on riding at a rate appropriate to your training.

After your ride, swing by downtown Chiefland and
visit the 61st Annual Chiefland Watermelon Festival:

Watermelon festival image

Join us after your ride!

Be sure to check out our local restaurants and vendors for lunch and dinner options.

Registration Fees

Century

Road - 100 Miles | Yellow Arrows

Price Increase in 8 days
May 22 - Jun 2 Current Price $55.00
Jun 3 - Jun 3 $60.00

Half-Century

Road - 50 Miles | Orange Arrows

Price Increase in 8 days
May 22 - Jun 2 Current Price $55.00
Jun 3 - Jun 3 $60.00

58 Miles - Trail

Nature Coast Trail - To Cross City and Trenton

Price Increase in 8 days
May 22 - Jun 2 Current Price $55.00
Jun 3 - Jun 3 $60.00

43 Miles - Trail

Nature Coast Trail - To Cross City

Price Increase in 8 days
May 22 - Jun 2 Current Price $55.00
Jun 3 - Jun 3 $60.00

32 Miles - Trail

Nature Coast Trail - To Trenton

Price Increase in 8 days
May 22 - Jun 2 Current Price $55.00
Jun 3 - Jun 3 $60.00

20 Miles - Trail

Nature Coast Trail - To Suwannee River Trestle Bridge

Price Increase in 8 days
May 22 - Jun 2 Current Price $55.00
Jun 3 - Jun 3 $60.00

Packet Pickup

Day(s) Start Time End Time Location
Fri, Jun 2, 2017 6:00 pm 8:00 pm Beef 'O' Brady's
7050 NW 140th St, Chiefland, FL 32626
Sat, Jun 3, 2017 6:30 am 7:30 pm Charles Strickland Recreational Park
2340 Old Fannin Rd, Chiefland, FL 32626
 
 
 
 

Route Maps

  Start Times Routes Distances Maps
  7:30 a.m. Road - Century 100 miles - Road Map
  7:30 a.m. Road - Half-Century 50 miles - Road Map
  7:30 a.m. Trail - Cross City and Trenton 58 miles - Trail Map
  7:30 a.m. Trail - Cross City 43 miles - Trail Map
  7:30 a.m. Trail - Trenton 32 miles - Trail Map
  7:30 a.m. Trail - Suwannee River Trestle Bridge 20 miles - Trail Map
 

Misc

Your Registration Includes:

  • Event T-Shirt
  • A great goodie bag
  • A terrific lunch

Tour de Melon Jersey

Order your official Tour de Melon jersey during checkout!

Limited Quantities Per Size.
Order Today Before They Are Sold Out and to Recieve by Event Day

Backup order will be placed after the event with expected delivery approx 8 weeks later. 

Manufacturer: Primal Wear
Price: $65
Gender(s): Unisex
Cut: Sport Cut
Details:
Elastic Option - SleeveSleeve - Elastic
Elastic Option - WaistWaist - Elastic
Fabric OptionSpeedPro
Pocket Option3 Rear Straight Pockets
Stitch OptionTraditional Stitch
Zipper OptionYKK Full Hidden
Delivery:
At event check-in
Order Cutoff Date:
Until sold out

Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

Friday, June 2, 2017

  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
      • Meet n’ Greet at Beef O’Brady’s
        • Packet Pickup
        • Number Bibs
        • T-Shirt

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Before the Ride

  • 6:30 a.m. – 7:15 a.m. – Strickland Park
    • Check-in opens
    • On-site registration
    • Packet-pickup
  • 7:20 a.m. – Greeting and National Anthem
  • 7:30 a.m. – Mass Ride Start – All distances
    • Century and half-century riders upfront
    • Trail riders behind century and half-century riders

After the Ride

  • BBQ meal provided
  • Beer Garden – 1 free beer per rider
  • Water Mister
  • Music
  • Mingling

Beef O’Brady’s
7050 NW 140th St, Chiefland, FL  32626


Where to Stay

Where to Stay

Levy County, Florida, is a great place for that romantic weekend getaway you’ve been meaning to plan. Whether to celebrate a holiday like Valentine’s Day or another special occasion, these five hotels in Cedar Key, Inglis and Williston will help you get the ultimate couples’ experience.

 

  • Island Hotel and Restaurant, Cedar Key
    In Levy County, Cedar Key’s Island Hotel is full of history. It dates from the mid-1800s and has seen the Great Depression, two hurricanes, a handful of ownership changes and a number of visits from Jimmy Buffett.

     

    The quaint property has 10 individually decorated rooms, none of which have phones or TVs, which preserves the romantic atmosphere. At twilight, head to a rocking chair on the balcony to watch the sunset or cozy up on the hotel’s double swing, which has been the setting for a number of proposals.

    Book a table at the on-site restaurant for surf-and-turf (or just surf—Cedar Key sits out in the Gulf of Mexico, after all), and finish the night with cocktails at Neptune Lounge. If you can handle a spooky twist, book room 27 or 28—both are said to be haunted.

 

  • Beach Front Motel and Inn, Cedar Key
    The bright pink exterior of the Beach Front Motel and Inn in Cedar Key, Florida, will get your attention, and you’ll find lots of good stuff when you check in, starting with the best sunset view in Cedar Key. The 27-room inn is a great spot for a tranquil getaway in Levy County because the inn observes quiet hours 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. And don’t worry about missing your furry friends: Dogs are permitted to stay in first-floor rooms.

     

    If you’re looking for a little activity, dive into the large swimming pool and enjoy its panoramic view of the Gulf of Mexico, or go on a couples bike ride around this charming island. Additionally, shore fishing is available right across the street. Its location is perfect for nights out—it’s walking distance to some of Cedar Key’s top restaurants, including Tony’s Seafood (with its award-winning clam chowder), Seabreeze, Island Room and Steamers Clam Bar & Grill.

  • Pine Lodge Bed and Breakfast, Inglis
    If you want your romantic getaway to be more of a hideaway, consider staying at Pine Lodge Bed and Breakfastin Inglis, Florida. The tucked-away property in Levy County has four rooms and six cottages. Be sure to take in the many nearby natural features to explore, such as the Withlacoochee River, Waccasassa Bay Preserve State Park and Goethe State Forest.

     

    The friendly Brazilian owners are known for treating their guests like family. They provide delicious breakfasts and delightful conversation. The cozy surroundings will ensure you’ll feel at home.

 

  • Devil’s Den Resort and Springs, Williston
    If you want to mix romance with adventure, Devil’s Den is where you want to book. It takes care of two of the most important parts of a vacation: lodging and activities. Whether you’re looking for full amenities in the cabins or DIY accommodations in the campground, you’ll find plenty of places to make memories. The real highlight of a stay at Devil’s Den is the underground spring found inside a dry cave. Divers enjoy year-round 72-degree water temperature, especially those visiting from chillier climates. Make a reservation at nearby Ivy House Restaurant when you’re ready for a romantic dinner.

 

  • Low-Key Hideaway, Cedar Key
    Low-Key Hideaway is touted as a “couples retreat.” With only five rooms, your serenity and tranquility are almost guaranteed. Four of the rooms have bay-view patios, where couples can relax while taking in the Cedar Key ocean breezes.

     

    The Hideaway is within walking distance of many popular Cedar Key restaurants and attractions, but don’t be tempted to go too far: Many guests and locals love to hang out at the adjoining tiki bar. The view from the bar or dock makes it a prime location for gazing at romantic sunsets and starry nights.

 

Chiefland

Trip Advisor – Chiefland Hotels


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Hotels

Chiefland Days Inn
809 NW 21st Avenue
(352) 493-9400 or (877) 933-2974
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Quality Inn
1125 North Young Boulevard
(352) 493-0663
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RV Parks & Campgrounds

Breezy Acres Campground
10050 NE 20th Avenue, Corner of Alternate 27 and 3
(352) 493-7602
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Manatee Springs State Park
11650 NW 115th Street
(352) 493-6072
92 campsites with water and electric.
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Start Location

Weather Cancellation Policy

This is a Rain or Shine event.  No refunds or transfers.

Safety is the most important thing and if any of the threatening weather conditions are present the day of the event (tornado warning, tornado watch, thunderstorm, heavy rain or a hurricane decides to visit), the event may be delayed or canceled. When weather conditions or other physical conditions present a danger to participants, such conditions fall under the label “acts of mother nature,” it will not result in refunding of any event entry fees or future event credits, since funds were already spent in preparation for your event day.

Top Donors

# Name Amount
1 Brian Bacon $50.00
2 Soren Brockdorf $25.00
3 Marion Korzec $25.00

Top Teams

1

Team CAAM

Raised: $50.00

2

North Florida Bicycle Club

Raised: $25.00

Top Fundraisers

1

Brian Bacon

Raised: $50.00

2

Anthony Bouton

Raised: $25.00

3

Soren Brockdorf

Raised: $25.00

Event Schedule

  • June 2 06:00 PM EDT - Meet n Greet - Packet Pickup - Beef O' Brady's - Cheifland

  • June 3 06:30 AM EDT - Day-of-Event Registration Opens - 6:30 am

  • June 3 07:20 AM EDT - Greeting and National Anthem

  • June 3 07:30 AM EDT - Ride Start - All Distances

Contact Information

Event Location

Charles Strickland Recreational Park, 2340 Old Fannin Road, Chiefland, FL, United States

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