Thursday, October 22, 2009

Lots Of Bicycle Fun In The Tampa Area Tonight

You wouldn't know it from the dearth of bike lanes in Tampa, but Tampa has a growing bicycle scene with no less than THREE bicycle events happening tonight. The bad news was that I could attend only one.

The St. Pete Times Forum hosted an environmentally-friendly "Green Night" at tonight's Lightning-San Jose Sharks and invited bicyclists to pedal to the game and get in for free.

Then there was a movie about a mountain-bike race in the high-mountain area of Leadville in Colorado showing at Citrus Park. The movie, Race Across The Sky, included Lance Armstrong.

I normally would have attended at least one, if not both, of these events.

But I was off to Carrollwood Bicycle Emporium -- a founding SWFBUD member store -- for its annual customer appreciation night to man a SWFBUD table at the gathering.

Here's CBE owner Brian Eckman, a terrific bicycle advocate who sits on the Hillsborough Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee. In attendance tonight was Tina Russo, chair of the BPAC and CBE customer and friends from the Seminole Heights Bicycle Club.

Manny drew a crowd of bicyclists interested in getting tips on fixing flats.

There's Ellen of the internationally-reknown and Tampa-based American Classic wheel manufacturing company enjoying a hearty chuckle with CBE's Brian G. on the right and friend.

Doug and Doreen from Seminole Heights enjoy the night. Doreen bought her first road bike tonight.


Donny said...

I would've loved to have gone to the CBE event! Where do I find out about these things *before* they happen?

GhostRider said...

I had to go to the Seminole Elementary "Fall Festival", but would have gone to CBE tonight otherwise...

Congratulations Doreen! You're gonna be flying now!!!

Beth said...

There is an encore presentation of the Leadville 100 flick in November. raceacrosstheskydotcom