Endless Summer Watermelon Ride
09 September 2018

The North Florida Bicycle Club brings you a classic one-day bicycle event designed for all road cyclists, the 29th Annual Endless Summer Watermelon Ride.

Enjoy a wonderful bike ride on scenic Amelia Island through historic, tree lined Fernandina Beach, along the ocean and south to the Talbot Island State Parks. Come check out the League of American Bicyclists’ 2013 Bronze Level award winner, Fernandina Beach. Take your pick of five routes: 20, 30, 55, 75 and 101 miles. 

We'll provide pre-ride snacks, rest stops stocked with food, water and Gatorade, marked routes, maps, mechanical support, SAGs, motorcycle safety escorts in Fernandina Beach, and a post-ride lunch.

Register by August 21st 
to guarantee your official event t-shirt!

Registration fees

Century

Price changes in 3 days 16 hours
  • 101 miles | Yellow Arrows

    1. $55.00

      Early Pricing

      Now registering Mar 31 – May 27
      Register
    2. $60.00

      Regular Pricing

      May 28 – Aug 26
    3. $65.00

      Late Pricing

      Aug 27 – Sep 8
    4. $70.00

      Event Day Pricing

      Sep 9 – Sep 9

Metric Century Plus

Price changes in 3 days 16 hours
  • 75 miles | Blue Arrows

    1. $55.00

      Early Pricing

      Now registering Mar 31 – May 27
      Register
    2. $60.00

      Regular Pricing

      May 28 – Aug 26
    3. $65.00

      Late Pricing

      Aug 27 – Sep 8
    4. $70.00

      Event Day Pricing

      Sep 9 – Sep 9

Metric Century

Price changes in 3 days 16 hours
  • 55 miles | Orange Arrows

    1. $55.00

      Early Pricing

      Now registering Mar 31 – May 27
      Register
    2. $60.00

      Regular Pricing

      May 28 – Aug 26
    3. $65.00

      Late Pricing

      Aug 27 – Sep 8
    4. $70.00

      Event Day Pricing

      Sep 9 – Sep 9

Half-Metric Century

Price changes in 3 days 16 hours
  • 30 miles | Green Arrows

    1. $55.00

      Early Pricing

      Now registering Mar 31 – May 27
      Register
    2. $60.00

      Regular Pricing

      May 28 – Aug 26
    3. $65.00

      Late Pricing

      Aug 27 – Sep 8
    4. $70.00

      Event Day Pricing

      Sep 9 – Sep 9

Quarter Century

Price changes in 3 days 16 hours
  • 20 miles | Red Arrows

    1. $55.00

      Early Pricing

      Now registering Mar 31 – May 27
      Register
    2. $60.00

      Regular Pricing

      May 28 – Aug 26
    3. $65.00

      Late Pricing

      Aug 27 – Sep 8
    4. $70.00

      Event Day Pricing

      Sep 9 – Sep 9

Endless Summer Watermelon Ride SM Video

Endless Summer Watermelon Ride video

Coming soon!

North Florida Bicycle Club Members

North Florida Bicycle Members
Save $10 on your registration fee
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Route Options-Preliminary, similar to 2017

   Start Times Routes Distances PDF Maps
   7:30 a.m. Century 100 miles PDF Map | GPX TCX
   7:30 a.m. Metric Century Plus  75 miles PDF Map GPX TCX
   7:30 a.m. Metric Century  55 miles  PDF Map | GPX TCX
   7:30 a.m. Half-Metric Century  30 miles  PDF Map | GPX TCX
   7:30 a.m. Quarter Century 20 miles  PDF Map | GPX TCX

Endless Summer Watermelon Ride Jersey

Endless Summer Watermelon Ride Jersey

Coming soon!

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. 

Packet Pickup

Day(s) Start Time End Time Location
Sat, Sep 8, 2018 12:30 pm  4:00 pm Fernandina Beach Recreation
2500 Atlantic Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Sun, Sep 9, 2018  6:30 am 8:15 am  Fernandina Beach Recreation
2500 Atlantic Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
 


Parking

Parking is available behind the Atlantic Recreation Center, at Main Beach and along Atlantic Ave. Do not park or attempt to drive through the start/finish area in the lot in front of the Recreation Center or on the west side of the Center. Follow the directions of the volunteers who will direct you to the lots. Do not park in the church lot just east of the Recreation Center.

 

Click here for map of parking areas.

Day-of-Event Schedule

Start time   

End time    

        Description

6:15 am                 
  • Parking lots open
6:30 am  
  • Doors open for ride packet pick up at Atlantic Recreation Center including:
    • Day-of-ride registration
    • Wristband ID
    • T-shirt
    • Jersey
    • Maps
7:30 am 7:50 am
  • Riders (100, 75, 55 & 30 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  
  • 20 mile riders released.
8:15 am  
  • All riders should have started. Sweeps released.
10:30 am 4:30 pm
  • Lunch served in cafeteria.
4:30 pm  
  • All services end.

 

Rider release plan 

All 30, 55, 75 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 20 mile riders as a group after longer distance riders have left.

Cut-off times

To make sure everyone gets to the finish in a safe and timely way, The Endless Summer Watermelon Ride has cut-off times. All riders should be off the road and finished by 4:30 PM as all support services end then.  

100-mile (yellow) route-must leave Rest Stop #4-Berlin at 43-mile mark by 11:30 AM or return to finish via the 75-mile (blue) route.

75-mile (blue) route-must leave Rest Stop #3 (Ribault) at the 30-mile mark by 10:35 AM or return to finish via the 55-mile (orange) route

55-mile (orange) route-must leave Rest Stop #2 (Bridge West) at the 17.7-mile mark by 9:45 AM or return to finish via the 30-mile (green) route.

30-mile (green) route-must leave Rest Stop #1 (SuperCorsa Bike Shop) at the 13-mile mark by 9:45 AM or return to finish via the 20-mile (red) route.

Any rider behind the bicycle sweep for a specific route after the cut-off time, will no longer be a part of the ride and will not be supported.

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, not a race.

Endless Summer Watermelon Ride 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

Where present, Florida law requires you to ride in the bike lane, except to pass another rider or avoid an obstruction.

Do not ride more than two abreast. Ride single file if by riding two abreast, you would impede traffic.

The roads in both Fort Clinch and the Ribault Club are narrow and open to normal traffic including large RVs. Keep to the right and do not cross the centerline.  

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. 

In pacelines with unfamiliar riders, be cautious and give yourself extra room.

Pass other cyclists on the left, calling out “On your left” before you overtake another cyclist.

Cross railroad tracks at a 90 degree angle.

Do not wear headphones use cell phones or text while bicycling

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) 515-3275 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 unless cancelled by NFBC for severe weather conditions.
  • 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.

Start Location

Weather Cancellation Policies

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

The safety of our participants and volunteers is our most important concern 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.

When you register for the ride, you will have the opportunity to purchase a Protection Policy in the event the ride is cancelled for weather or you are unable to attend for other covered reasons.

Event Schedule

  • September 8 12:30 PM EDT - Early Packet Pickup - 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm - Fernandina Beach Recreation Center

  • September 9 6:30 AM EDT - Day of Event Check-in/Registration Opens

  • September 9 7:30 AM EDT - Ride start - Century (100 miles)

  • September 9 7:30 AM EDT - Ride start - Metric Century Plus (75 miles)

  • September 9 7:30 AM EDT - Ride start - Metric Century (55 miles)

  • September 9 7:30 AM EDT - Ride start - Half-Metric Century (30 miles)

  • September 9 8:00 AM EDT - Ride start - Quarter Centuy (20 miles)

Contact Information

Event Location

Fernandina Beach Recreation Center, Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, FL, United States

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