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Cycling Holidays in Tampa Bay, Florida and Cycling Training Plan – Week of Nov 23, 2009

November 23, 2009 By: Joel Category: Cycling, Cycling Training

Tampa Bay, Florida…
A Cycling Paradise Destination
For Recreational and Competitive Cyclists
Looking For Exciting and Unforgettable
Cycling Holidays!

Cycling Holidays

Cycling Holidays

For the past 20 years, I’ve been participating in many group rides and competing in cycling races all around the world. After experiencing the many different beautiful places to bike ride, I have found that Tampa Bay, Florida is one of the best places for any cyclist who wants to ride their bike and participate in group rides all year long.

I have chosen to stay here in the Tampa Bay area for the past 10 years because I believe that Tampa Bay is a cycling paradise for any cyclist looking for a variety of safe and enjoyable places to ride their bike. It’s a wonderful place to keep your cycling fitness level up, even during the winter months.

If you are a recreational or competitive cyclist looking for an exciting cycling holiday, then you may consider the Tampa Bay area as a great bike trip destination because you will find beautiful hotels and a variety of places to ride your bike nearby. You can ride your bike along the beaches, through hilly rural areas and on the many safe bicycle trails. Also, around the area, we have many different organized group rides for cyclists of all levels.

If you are considering choosing Tampa Bay for a great week of cycling with personalized training and participation in group rides for your upcoming bike trip, you can visit our Training Camp page to book a 6-day training camp and join us for a fantastic cycling holiday.

To make the best out of your cycling vacation for both you and your family, after your morning training, you can visit the many fun attractions available nearby, such as Busch Gardens, the beautiful beaches, and the best theme parks in the world, such as Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, Animal Kingdom, Sea World and Universal Studios.

We hope that this information has helped you discover the Tampa Bay area as a cycling paradise and will help you make the best choice for your next cycling vacation.

This Week’s Cycling Training Plan:

Note: For those cyclists who are following our training plan and are including a gym workout, remember that the leg press exercise, done at the heaviest weight you can tolerate for 25 repetitions, is a good way to increase leg power and power endurance. And for those whose time is limited, you may customize this training plan to fit your schedule. Following the guidelines below, you can achieve good training results by training at least 1-2 hours 5 days per week. Remember that consistency is the key to staying fit.


  • Off (rest day)


  • Time On Bike: 1-2 hours
  • Gear: 39/17 or 39/16 (small chain ring, easy “spinning” gear)
  • Speed: 18 – 20 mph (30 – 35 km/h)
  • 30-45 minute gym workout


  • Time On Bike: 3 hours
  • Gear: 53/17
  • Speed: 18 – 20 mph (30 – 35 km/h)
  • or do a group ride


  • Time On Bike: 2-3 hours
  • Speed: 18 – 20 mph (30 – 35 km/h)
  • Gear: 53/17 ,16, or 15
  • 30-45 minute gym workout


  • Time on Bike: 1 hour
  • Speed: 18 – 20 mph (30 – 35 km/h)
  • Gear: 39/17 ,16, or 15
  • Optional 30-45 minute gym workout


  • Time On Bike: 3.5 hours
  • Find a group ride
  • will be doing the St. Pete ride on Saturday.


  • Time On Bike: 3.5 hours
  • Find a group ride
  • will be doing the San Antonio, Florida ride on Sunday.