Tour de Forts Classic

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The North Florida Bicycle Club brings you a one-day bicycle event designed for all road cyclists,
the 27th Annual Tour de Forts Classic. 

Come ride with us in the footsteps of history on coastal roads past the Castillo de San Marcos to Fort Matanzas. On the longer routes ride through farmlands, on the Palatka-to-St. Augustine State Trail and along the St. Johns River. 

Take your pick of five routes: 25, 37, 56, 70 and 100 miles. 

We'll provide pre-ride snacks, rest stops stocked with food, water and Gatorade, marked routes, maps, mechanical support, SAGs, motorcycle safety escorts and a post-ride lunch.
 
Arrive on Friday or Saturday and make your ride a weekend getaway. 

Spend Saturday visiting Florida's Historic First Coast and exploring the ancient City of St. Augustine, named the #1 domestic-travel destination by Money Magazine.

Average temperatures in late April range from the 60s to the 80s for perfect biking and sightseeing weather. 

Register by April 11th to receive your
Tour de Forts Classic t-shirt!

T-shirts will not be provided for registrations after April 11, 2018

Click Here for T-Shirt Sizing Chart


Early-bird registration expires November 30th!

$5 discount


North Florida Bicycle Club Members
Save $10 on your registration fee
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Registration Fees

Century

100 miles | Yellow Arrows

Metric Century Plus

70 miles | Blue Arrows

Metric Century

56 miles | Orange Arrows

Half-Metric Century

37 miles | Green Arrows

Quarter Century

25 miles | Red Arrows

Route Info-Tentative

Start Times / Routes / Distances / Ride with GPS Maps
Start TimesRoutesDistancesPDFMaps
7:30 a.m.Century100 milesPDFMap GPXTCX
7:30 a.m.Metric Century Plus70 milesPDFMap GPX TCX
7:30 a.m.Metric Century56 milesPDFMap GPX TCX
7:30 a.m.Half-Metric Century37 milesPDFMap GPX TCX
8:00 a.m.Quarter Century25 milesPDFMap GPX | TCX

Packet Pickup

DateStartEndLocation
Sat, April 28, 20181:00 pm4:00 pmSt Augustine High School
3205 Varella Ave, St Augustine, FL 32084
 Sun, April 29, 20186:30 am St Augustine High School
3205 Varella Ave, St Augustine, FL 32084

 

Every registrant will be required to sign a "hard" (printed) copy of the ride waiver before receiving a ride packet.

Copies will be available at the registration desk. If you are picking up a ride packet for someone else, they should download the waive, sign it and give it to you to bring when you pick up their ride packet. 

Click here to download the adult waiver

Click here to download the  minor waiver

NO EXCEPTIONS. NO SIGNED WAIVER. NO PACKET.

Day-of-Event Schedule

StartEndDescription
6:15 am 
  • Parking lots open
6:30 am 
  • Doors open for ride packet pick up at St. Augustine High School cafeteria including:
    • Day-of-ride registration
    • Wristband ID
    • T-shirt
    • Jersey
    • Maps
7:30 am8:00 am
  • Riders (100, 70, 56 and 37 milers) will be released in groups of 40-50 by pace
    • 23 mph+
    • 21-23 mph
    • 18-21 mph,
    • 14-17 mph
    • 12-14 mph
8:00 am 
  • 25 mile riders released
8:15 am 
  • All riders should have started. Sweeps released.
10:30 am4:30 pm
  • Lunch served in cafeteria.
4:30 pm 
  • All services end.

 

Rider release plan 

All 37, 56, 70 and 100 mile riders should line up according to the pace they expect to ride, with faster cyclists (23+ mph pace) up front and slower cyclists (12-14 mph) toward the back. Cyclists will be released at short intervals in groups of about fifty. Teams and groups of friends should be side-by-side at the start and request that the rope handlers keep you together.

To divide riders into groups, we will have two sets of rope handlers. When it is safe to go, the front rope will be dropped and the back rope moved to the front as riders in the front group depart. The ropes will be passed over your heads to form the next group. Please assist the rope handlers so the release goes smoothly and efficiently.

We will release 25 mile riders as a group after longer distance riders have left.

Safety Instructions

SAFETY IS THE TOP PRIORITY AT NORTH FLORIDA BICYCLE CLUB EVENTS

Your behavior on the ride will affect not only your personal safety but also the safety of those around you. The success of this event depends on every one of us behaving responsibly and taking care of ourselves and one another.

Please download and review the following safety information before the ride:

3-minute audio safety briefing

Safety Not Speed-presentation with pictures that highlight various cautions and hazards along the routes. Be informed before riding!  

This is a ride and not a race.

  • Tour de Forts Classic is an open course on public roads. Be cautious at all road crossings and obey all traffic signs and signals and police officers. Ride defensively. Don't assume motorists or other cyclists will do the right thing.
  • Be courteous to other riders and motorists.
  • All riders must wear helmets.
  • Ride predictably.
  • Obey all traffic laws including all traffic signals and signs. Bicycles on public roadways in Florida are considered vehicles and must follow all the traffic rules common to all drivers.
  • Call out and use Florida-approved hand signals when turning left or right, slowing or stopping
  • Do not ride more than two abreast. Ride single file if by riding two abreast, you would impede traffic.
  • Call out hazard & dangers to other cyclists.
  • Do not overlap wheels. Ride no closer than a bicycle wheel-length to the rider in front of you. Think feet, not inches between bikes. 
  • Be cautious about joining a paceline with riders you are unfamiliar with.
  • Pass other cyclists on the left, calling out “On your left” before you overtake another cyclist.
  • Do not wear headphone while bicycling or text or answer cell phones.
  • Do not use aerobars while riding in a paceline.
  • Follow directions from all ride support personnel including police, SAG drivers and ride marshals.
  • Eat before you’re hungry and drink before you’re thirsty, especially on the longer routes. Avail yourself of our well-stocked rest stops.

 In case of injury or other situations: 

  • Call 911 immediately in case of significant injury.
  • If it is safe, move a downed rider off the road or out of the bike lane. If not, direct traffic around them.
  • Call (904) 291-8664 for SAG support and less urgent situations.
  • Get off the road or out of the bike lane to attend to mechanical issues such as a flat tire.

 Weather advisory

  • The ride will proceed rain or shine.
  • We are hopeful for a beautiful day but weather can change quickly in Florida.
  • In case of thunderstorms take cover until the storm passes. If no cover is readily available, get off your bike and crouch as low as possible. Avoid sheltering under tall trees.
  • Get off the road during heavy rain as bicycles are not clearly visible to traffic under these conditions.

Parking

Please approach the school from Lewis Speedway, turning onto Varella. Follow the directions of the volunteers who will direct you to the lots. 

Parking is available at the north and south ends of the High School and on either side of the circle in the front of the school. You may also park on the grass on Varella Ave in front of the school and on School House Road. On Varella the grass is wide enough that you should be able to park head in. 

Volunteers should park in the south lot. There is also parking available in the strip mall just north of Varella on Lewis Speedway. 

Do not park in the church lot at the corner of Varella and Del Monte. 

Please be considerate of your fellow cyclists; parking will be sufficient but tight. 

Click here for map of parking areas.

Tour de Forts Jersey

Coming Soon

Accomodations

There are many great options for overnight and weekend stays in and around St. Augustine including hotels, motels, B&Bs and campgrounds.

Check back periodically for special ride discounts.


Hotel Name / Address
Price
Group Code
Best Western St. Augustine Beach
St Augustine, FL 32080
$179.00
N/A



Best Western Historical
St Augustine, FL 32084
$139.00
N/A





Hampton Inn Historic
St Augustine, FL 32084
$189.00
NFB




     Campgrounds-No special rates available
     Anastasia State Park
     300 Anastasia Park Road
     (904) 461-2033
     St. Augustine 32080
 
 
     North Beach Camp Resort
     4125 Coastal Highway (A1A)
     (904)-824-1806
     St. Augustine 32084
 
 
     St. Augustine Beach KOA
     525 West Pope Road 
     (800) 562-4022
     St Augustine 32080

NFBC Pedaling for Safety Campaign

A portion of your registration fee will go to support our Pedaling for Safety Campaign. There is no additional fundraising required for this event. 

Pedaling for Safety's mission is to promote safety for people who bicycle along Florida's First Coast. Our vision is zero fatalities or serious injuries from bicycling in our region.

Please consider making an additional contribution to support our efforts as you complete the registration process.

Cancellation Policy

Sorry, but there is no rain date and we cannot offer refunds. The event takes place, rain or shine. If for some reason you cannot attend the ride after registering, you can have someone pick up your T-shirt for you at the ride or you can pick it up at the next scheduled NFBC club meeting. Otherwise, it becomes the property of the club.

Start Location

Event Schedule

  • April 28 1:00 PM EDT - Packet Pickup -St. Augustine High School (1 pm to 4 pm)

  • April 29 6:30 AM EDT - Day of Event Registration Opens

  • April 29 7:30 AM EDT - Ride start - Century (100 miles)

  • April 29 7:30 AM EDT - Ride start - Metric Century (70 miles)

  • April 29 7:30 AM EDT - Ride start - Metric Century Plus (56 miles)

  • April 29 7:30 AM EDT - Ride start - Half-Metric Century (37 miles)

  • April 29 8:00 AM EDT - Ride start - Quarter Century (25 miles)

Contact Information

Event Location

St Augustine High School, 3205 Varella Avenue, St. Augustine, FL 32084, United States

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