deCycles Gulf Coast 2020

YOU ARE INVITED: The Most Amazing deCycles 2020 Trip Ever!  June 13 - July 7

The Gulf of Mexico has some of the finest beaches in the world and the cities along the shoreline are vibrant and exciting.  Many Americans never get a chance to travel to any of these spectacular gems.  A visit can be expensive, time consuming, and just plain out-of-reach.  But this is YOUR lucky day.  You are being offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride a bike from beach to beach for an entire 3-weeks, inexpensively, and with a bunch of cool people all traveling in a very unique way ... by bicycle!   

1500-miles in 3-weeks from San Antonio, Texas to Ft. Myers Beach, Florida by bicycle?  Pedaling the entire Gulf Coast of America?  Impossible?   Well ... it's up to YOU to decide!  Yes, most people don't do something like this. But this epic adventure is asking you to BE DIFFERENT!  You can do it ... it's been done before and it is FUN!

This coastal deCycles trip will be much different than the past 5-trips.  It all gets started in San Antonio after visiting the Alamo and famous Riverwalk in this gorgeous soiuthern city.  The cyclists will pedal east to Houston, the 4th largest city in America and the largest by geographical size.  From there, the deCycles will head straight for the Gulf of Mexico at Galveston Beach & Pier.  The first week will include shoreline and inland bayou riding along the Mississippi River at Lafayette and Baton Rouge, the capitol of Louisiana.  Riding through southern plantations and streets lined with spaghnum moss covered trees will be enchanting.  The riders will enjoy a well deserved rest with a weekend in New Orleans and visiting the French Quarter and other various points of interest in Cajun country.    

So far so good?  This is just the beginning.  The entire second week will have the deCycles hugging the coastline and visiting beaches in Gulfport, Biloxi, Gulf Shores, Destin, Seaside, Pensacola, and a rest day in Panama City Beach.  Wow, if you like the ocean and beaches, this second week will be absolutely amazing.  The final week the deCycles will continue south along the west coast of Florida with a daylong side trip excursion to Disney World or Universal Studios.  The riders will vote for which theme park to collectively visit.  Then the final stretch will have the deCycles riding south to Clearwater Beach, Siesta Key Beach, Venice, and to the final destination in Ft. Myers Beach.  The riders will celebrate on the beach and then get ready for the road trip back to Indiana.  A bicycle trip or any trip at this price just doesn't get any better than this. 

How will you get to the start point in San Antonio?  The deCycles is offering a FREE airline flight from IND-San Antonio on June 12 to the first 25 student-riders who apply and are accepted.  The remaining riders can secure transportation to San Antonio with the deCycles support vehicles that will depart Bloomington 1-2 days before the trip begins.  Or ... any student-rider or adult-rider can purchase their own individual airline ticket to San Antonio with arrival no later than noon on June 13.  

How will you return to Bloomington from Ft. Myers Beach?  The deCycles will transport everyone back to Bloomington by 15-passenger vans. Riders can fly back on their own if desired and at your own expense.

Beginner and adult cyclists on all levels are welcome.  Register early because the roster fills quickly.  This is the best deal you'll ever find on any 3-week summer adventure in a far-away land.  You can send the completed registration form and trip fee by mail, or hand deliver to Norm & Cricket's Bloomington residence at 4165 Judee Drive or clinic at 2501 E. Third Street.  Hope you can join us.

The Details

Route: San Antonio, TX, to Ft. Myers Beach, FL.  Approximately 1500-miles in 3-weeks.

Dates: June 13 - July 7

Experience: All levels of cyclists. Beginners are welcome.

Cost: See Bicycle Trip Fee below.

Roster: 40 student-applications will be accepted. The roster fills quickly and others will be placed on the waitlist.

Adult Riders: Adult-rider applications are welcome.

Adult Volunteers: Please contact us if interested in being a support vehicle driver.

There is no trip fee for full or part time support vehicle drivers.

Trip includes: Overnight accommodations, most meals, food breaks, transport of luggage and bike, laundry, sag support,

deCycles riding jersey, road tolls and minor repairs.

Trip excludes: Road bike & parts, riding attire, health & accident insurance, any medical expenses,

sightseeing, optional excursions & personal expenses.

Registration

Bike Trip Fee

$450: One full payment with registration

- OR -

$550: Two-step payment plan. Minimum $200 deposit with registration. $350 balance due April 1, 2020.

$200: Add to above fee if you are not a full time student or are an adult or a student 23-years and over.

-- No trip fee or ground transportation costs for adult volunteer SAG drivers --

Transportation Options

$145: deCycles One-way Group Airline Flight: IND - San Antonio (departing June 12 at 7:30pm)

- OR -

I will arrange my own transportation to San Antonio on June 12 - 13.

Student Airfare Scholarship

- First 25-student applications (1-25) received & accepted before April 1, 2020 receive FREE airfare to San Antonio.

- Student applicants must be 13-22 and currently enrolled full time in MS, HS, or college to qualify for airfare scholarship.

- Student & adult applicants not qualifying for airfare promotion can contact deCycles for transportation options.

- Trip fee must be paid in full with trip application to qualify for airfare promotion..

- When application and trip fee is received & accepted, you will be notified regarding your student airfare status.

- Students awarded airfare scholarship agree to refund deCycles the full airfare price if unused or not completing the trip for any reason.

- All trip and airline payments are due in full on or before April 1, 2020.

- The above trip fee includes return ground transportation from Ft. Myers to Bloomington at the end of the trip on July 6 - 7.