deCycles Southeast America 2022

deCycles Southeast America 2022 Invitation June 16 - July 10

KEY WEST to BLOOMINGTON
You are invited to a summer of FUN, ADVENTURE, THRILLS, FRIENDS, & FITNESS! Riding a bicycle from Key West, Florida to Bloomington, Indiana will be the coolest thing you ever do. Wow, what an achievement! The deCycles did this trip in 2003 and 2014 and has been the top most popular route. Forward this invitation to your friends & relatives. All they need is a bike, helmet, and a desire for a one-of-a-kind a adventure.

You will spend your first day biking around the tropical resort of Key West. Then you’ll pedal across one of the longest bridges in the world with Gulf of Mexico on your left and the Atlantic Ocean on your right. Nowhere else can you pedal a bicycle in the middle of an ocean. The entire first half of this trip will tightly follow the Atlantic coastline for 750-miles of flat terrain. You’ll swim in beaches at Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Daytona Beach and many more. You’ll spend a weekend in St. Augustine, the oldest city in America. You’ll visit the Kennedy Space Center, enjoy a day at Disney World, and stay overnight on the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier at Charleston, SC. The final week will be an awesome rest day at Gatlinburg, TN and exciting climbs and thrilling downhills through the Great Smoky Mountains. You will continue up through the beautiful horse farms of the bluegrass state of Kentucky and onward to a triumphant homecoming in Bloomington. There is so much more. This trip is loaded with world class coastal & mountain scenery, great biking roads, and lots of off-bike fun. By doing this route, veterans of the deCycles 2018 and 2020 trips trip will complete a south to north transcontinental trip of America on a bicycle!! WOW, that is amazing!

The Details

Dates: June 16 - July 10

Transportation: We will book your one-way flight to south Florida and offer a $150 flight voucher for the first 20-signups making your flight cost minimal. Your bikes and luggage will be shipped to Key West.

Requirements: Student riders age 13-22. Beginners welcome. All levels of cycling ability are welcome. Don’t worry if you are 13-14. Hundreds of early teen riders have successfully completed deCycles trips in 29-years. Any young deCycles veteran knows you can do it.

Adult riders: Any age. The oldest rider in deCycles history has been 80.

Equipment: Late model multi-speed road bike, helmet, 2-waterbottles, cycling apparel. We can help you find a bike if you don’t have one. See other pages on this website for equipment requirements.

Training: Upon acceptance of your registration, you will be notified of training requirements. Minimum 600-miles training starting in April.

Cost: Less than $20/day including meals, overnight accommodations, luggage transfer, travel to/from Key West, light mechanical & repairs. The deCycles is the deal of the century. For example, Backroads Vacation bicycle trips are usually $700-800/day. deCycles is absolutely your best value in travel.

Optional Excursions: The cost of optional excursions is the rider’s responsibility. The deCycles will hold fundraising events and car washes for riders to earn money to pay for these excursions.

Pandemic: The deCycles have successfully completed the past 2-trips during the COVID pandemic. There were no Covid cases on either trips due to proper mitigation efforts on the part of all the participants. The deCycles will again be prepared to do what it takes to make the upcoming trip as safe and healthy as possible

Registration

Registration is closed; the 2022 trip has been completed.

Bike Trip Fee

$450: One full payment with registration

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$550: Two-step payment plan. Minimum $200 deposit with registration. $350 balance due April 10, 2022.

$200: Add to above fee if you are not a full time student or if your age is 23 and over.

-- No trip fee or ground transportation costs for adult support van drivers --

PANDEMIC ALERT: In the unlikely event of trip cancellation due to the pandemic, your trip fee will be refunded less $50 service fee.

Key West Transportation Options

deCycles Flight on June 16. Estimated airfare to south Florida is $170. You will be informed when airline payment is due.

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deCycles Ground Transportation: Cost is $50. Two-day road trip to Key West (departing June 14)

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I will arrange my own transportation to Key West, FL.

Student Airfare Promotion

- First 20-student applicants (1-20) accepted receive $150 discount for one-way airfare to south Florida on June 16.

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

- 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 10, 2022 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 10, 2022.