12th Annual Cycling for Autism Event:
A Tampa Midtown Rotary Initiative
The 12th Annual Cycling For Autism event is October 21, 2023! UPDATE – the ride will be going east from Whiskey Joe’s and run to and along the Veterans Memorial Trail to Cypress Point Park, with the start and end points at Whiskey Joes (this is due to trail closures on the Courtney Campbell Trail). Registration, lunch, and activities will take place on their beach. Rides will be 28, 21, 14, and 7 miles.
This year there will be a rider registration fee of $50.00 and includes pre-race snack, water, shirt, buffet lunch, raffle ticket and complimentary parking with shuttle service. Beneficiaries of this year’s event are the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD), Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) master’s and PhD programs, and the Tampa Midtown Rotary Foundation.
NEW for 2023! TEAM CATEGORY
Now you will be able to sign up and raise money for our beneficiaries as a team. Companies, cycling groups, organizations and families can sign up and have people support you and the team with donations.
To sign up, have the team coordinator create the team on the Cycling for Autism event page. Once the team is created, anyone can join and encourage co-workers, friends and family to support you and your team.
Course mileage will be well marked and attendants on-site will have directions on the trail to Cypress Point Park. Cypress Point Park will be our main turnaround and will have a tented resting area with water and refreshments available. The 7-mile ride will include one roundtrip from Whiskey Joes to Cypress Point Park and back. Two roundtrips will equal the 14-mile course, three roundtrips for 21 miles and four round trips for 28 miles.
Registration and breakfast begin at 8:00 AM. Check-in, provide your waiver, get your rider number, shirt and wrist band for lunch.
8:30 AM: 28 miles
9:00 AM: 21miles
9:30 AM: 14miles
9:30 AM: 7 miles
- Lunch service will begin at approximately 11:00 AM. Riders and volunteers will be provided lunch at no cost. There will be a charge of $20.00 for attending friends and family to eat.
- “If registering a child under 12, simply select “Pay by Check” and mail a check for $10/child to cover the child’s lunch only.”
- Bar service will be available at the Barefoot Bar.
- Games for adults and children will begin at 1 PM.
- A raffle will be held during lunch for registered attendees. Drawing for the raffle will be held at the end of the event. You do not have to be present to win.
What is it? How does it work? These are a variety of ways you can help:
Virtual Rider: Two ways to help the cause:
One: Pepe Pinata has agreed again to be our Virtual Rider for this event. If you can’t ride, or do not have someone you can sponsor, you can still help!! Just go to Sponsor a Rider and scroll down to Pepe, and sponsor him. Your donation will be much appreciated and Pepe will thank you!
Two: Can’t ride with us on Saturday, October 21st? No problem! You can ride anywhere, anytime! Invite your family, friends, knitting circle, classmates, co-workers and gym buddies to cycle together! You can ride around the block, cycle a trail in your town, or even log your miles in spin class. Cover the distance all at once or split it up and ride a few miles here and there (you can definitely log 50 miles, right?)
How do I register? Register at Rider Registration and select Virtual Rider under Riding Distance. Now you’re ready to gather donations and share with your friends and family. It’s easy to ask for support for these 2 great organizations impacting individuals with an autism spectrum disorder.
How do I raise money for this great cause? That’s the really easy part (the pedaling is the hard part!). Once you register as a Virtual Rider, we’ll send you an email that you can share with your supporters to ask them to donate.
We’ll add your name to our Virtual Rider ‘course’ on the day of the event so you’ll be riding with us in spirit! Please share photos so we can see you ‘riding in style’.