Homestead-Miami Speedway gears up for the racing season with a different type of race this Sunday, October 19. The Everglades Bicycle Club will hold its 12th annual Freedom Ride benefitting the Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, a branch of Achilles International, at Homestead-Miami Speedway, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

The Freedom Team of handcyclists, accompanied by sponsoring cyclist-buddies, will be leading the group of bicyclists on the ride, beginning with a lap around the 1.5-mile track that hosts NASCAR’s Championships in November. The event hosts several different courses, ranging from 10 to 100 miles through rural South Miami-Dade County and Key Largo. The Honda Gold Wing motorcycle club will serve as Freedom Team escorts and will ensure safe passage of all riders on heavily-trafficked or narrow roads. Support will be available on all courses for mechanical and flat tire assistance, as well as transportation for cyclists suffering from fatigue. Rest stops along each route will be stocked with water, sports drinks and energy snacks. Lunch will be provided for all bicyclists participating in the ride at the Speedway upon return.

Current Everglades Bicycle Club members can register for the event for $55. Team members with a discount code can register for $60, and non-Everglades Bicycle Club members can register for $65. Event jerseys can also be purchased for $65. Early packet pickup and walk-up registration is available on Thursday (October 16) from 5-7 p.m., and Saturday (October 18) from noon-5 p.m. at Mack Cycle & Fitness, located at 5995 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33143. Packet pickup is also available the morning of the ride, beginning at 6 a.m. at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Several routes are available for bicyclists of all types. Beginner level riders can experience a 3-mile, one-of-a-kind ride around the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway oval. Beginner and Freedom Team members can ride a short distance of 10 miles, beginning with a lap around the Speedway track. There are also 25-mile and 41-mile rides, as well as a 62-mile Metric Century Key Largo ride down to Key Largo and back to Homestead-Miami Speedway. The last and longest ride is the 100-mile Century Key Largo ride, looping from Homestead-Miami Speedway to Key Largo, and back through southern rural Miami-Dade County.

A Family Festival awaits the riders at Homestead-Miami Speedway once they have completed their ride, where riders and their family members can enjoy music and entertainment, while visiting sponsor booths which will have information on how to lead a healthy lifestyle. Children’s activities will include an obstacle course, Bike Rodeo to teach children how to ride a bike correctly using proper hand signals and coordination, as well as a bicycle helmet fitting. Lunch will be available for purchase at the event site for all non-riders.

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