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Key West to Bloomington on a bicycle? Impossible? Well ... it's up to you to decide! This can be an amazing achievement for any student-aged cyclist. You can do it ... it's been done before and it is FUN!
The route begins in Key West, Florida, the southern-most city of the United States. You will spend your first full day exploring this tropical resort town way out at sea. Then on Day 1, you will travel the Seven Mile Bridge with the Gulf of Mexico on your left and the Atlantic Ocean on your right. Nowhere in the world can you pedal a bicycle in the middle of an ocean. They even have dolphin crossings! The entire first half of the trip will tightly follow the Atlantic coastline and super flat terrain going through Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Cape Canaveral. The deCycles will visit the Kennedy Space Center and spend a day at Disney World. The cyclists will then head up to Daytona Beach, St. Augustine (the oldest city in America), Jacksonville, Savannah, and enjoy an anticipated overnight stay on the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier in Charleston. At this point, the deCycles will pull away from the coast and head for the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville, TN. This area can be even more fun than Disney World. Finally, the deCycles will pedal up through the gorgeous horse farms in Lexington, Frankfort, the KY capitol, and Louisville and on home to the final destination of Bloomington, IN. There is much much more. This trip is loaded with exciting scenery, great biking roads, and lots of off-bike fun.
Why was this route chosen? The deCycles did a similar route in 2003. The student-riders loved it and is still one of our most favorite trips. We had ocean swimming at practically all the rest stops along the coastline. Also, for veterans of the 2012 trip who have pedaled from San Francisco to Bloomington, this route will complete their transcontinental coast to coast achievement. And for those veterans on both the 2012 and 2013 trips, this 2014 trip will complete a coast-to-coast and south-north border to border crisscross cycling achievement. WOW! How many teenagers can say they've criss-crossed the entire nation on a bicycle? And for rookies, you can't get on a better deCycles trip than this one.
Finally, there is free airfare to Florida! But in order to qualify, you have to be between the ages of 13-22 and currently a full time student in MS, HS, or college. In order to secure your spot and free airfare, you need to download the application form (see below). Register as quickly as possible since there are only 50 airfare tickets available. If you experience problems downloading the application, refresh your browser or contact us by email.
Route: Key West, FL to Bloomington, IN (half the distance along the Atlantic Coast)
Dates: June 21 - July 13 (June 19 travel day)
Distance: ~1600-miles, 19-riding days, 4-rest days, 1-travel day
Experience: All levels of cyclists. Beginners are welcome.
Cost: See Bicycle Trip Fee & Transportation Options below.
Roster: 60-student applications will be accepted. The roster fills quickly and others will be placed on the waitlist.
Adult Riders: Adult-rider applications are welcome and will be intitially placed on the waitlist.
Preference is given to student-rider applications.
Adult Volunteers: Please contact us if interested in being a support vehicle driver.
There is no trip fee for full-time support vehicle drivers.
Trip includes: Overnight accommodations, most meals, food breaks, luggage and bike transport, laundry, sag support, riding jersey & T-shirt, minor repairs, road & ferry tolls.
Trip excludes: Road bike & parts, riding attire, health & accident insurance, any medical expenses, sightseeing & personal expenses, major repairs.
Application Information & Form
Registration for deCycles 2014 closed on January 27, 2014.
Contact email@example.com to be added to the waitlist.
Bicycle Trip Fee
[ ] $475: Payment in full with registration form.
[ ] $600: Two-step payment plan. Minimum $250 deposit with registration. $350 balance due April 19, 2014.
[ ] $200: Add to above registration fee if you are not a full-time student or are 23-years old or over.
Adult Volunteers: There is no trip fee for full-time adult volunteers who drive the support vans.
[ ] $200 deCycles Group one-way airline flight: FLL nonstop (departing June 19 at 12:30pm)
[ ] $75 deCycles Ground Transportation: Includes 2-day roadtrip from Bloomington to Key West, Florida.
[ ] You can arrange your own transportation from Bloomington to Key West, Florida. Booking an individual airline flight to Key West is less costly than group flights.
Note: deCycles tranportations fees for both students and adults is due on or before April 20, 2014.
Student Airfare Promotion
All student airfare promotion seats filled as of midnight Tuesday, January 14
- Student applicants & adults not qualifying for airfare promotion can contact deCycles for airfare options.
- First 25-student applicants (1-25) accepted receive FREE airfare. Select airline flight above.
- Next 25-student applicants (26-50) accepted receive 50% DISCOUNT on airfare. Select airline flight above.
- Student applicants must be 13-22 and currently enrolled full time in MS, HS, or college to qualify.
- Trip fee must be paid in full on or before April 19, 2014 to qualify.
- When registration and payment is received & accepted, you will be notified regarding your student airfare status.
- Students awarded airfare promotion will be charged the full airfare price if unused for any reason.
- Any and all transportation payments are due in full on or before April 19, 2014.