The North Florida Bicycle Club brings you a classic one-day bicycle event designed for all road cyclists, the 26th Annual Endless Summer Watermelon Ride.
Enjoy a wonderful bike ride on scenic Amelia Island through historic, tree lined Fernandina Beach, along the ocean and south to the Talbot Island State Parks. Come check out the League of American Bicyclists’ 2013 Bronze Level award winner, Fernandina Beach. Take your pick of five routes: 21, 32, 55, 75 and 100 miles.
We'll provide pre-ride snacks, rest stops stocked with food, water and Gatorade, marked routes, maps, mechanical support, SAGs, motorcycle safety escorts and a post-ride lunch.
Come for the ride, stay for the watermelon!
Make your ride a vacation destination. Check below for details and prices for hotel packages.
RIDE RULES - WE WANT THIS TO BE A FUN, FAMILY EVENT!
This will be a monitored ride. Wrist bands and bibs will be issued and required to be worn during this ride.
Helmets are required. Each bicycle must be equipped with at least one brake that meets the requirement of FS 316.2065(14). Headphones are prohibited by Florida State Law, per FS 316.304. No use of aerobars while riding in a paceline.
To maintain a safe, fun, family oriented ride for everyone, we expect that riders will obey all traffic regulations and police officers. Riders must follow standard, well-accepted safe cycling practices which will be emphasized in the pre-ride safety briefings. Ride marshals will be on the route to monitor compliance and provide assistance pending the arrival of SAGs or emergency personnel, as appropriate.
CANCELLATION POLICY - Sorry, but there is no rain date and we cannot offer refunds. The event takes place, rain or shine. If for some reason you cannot attend the ride after registering, you can have someone pick up your T-shirt for you at the ride or you can pick it up at the next scheduled NFBC club meeting. Otherwise, it becomes the property of the club.
NFBC Pedaling for Safety Campaign
|| A portion of your registration fee will go to support our Pedaling for Safety Campaign. There is no additional fundraising required for this event. We want you to enjoy the ride and have great day! Please consider making an additional contribution to support this worthy cause. Just click on Donation when you register.
ENDLESS SUMMER WATERMELON RIDE JERSEY
Order directly from Shift Cycle Wear before August 2nd
to guarantee delivery to you when you pick up your registration packet at the Atlantic Recreation Center. Orders after August 2nd will be shipped to your home but delivery before ride is not guaranteed.
Regular on-line registration at $40 for Club members and $55 for non-members + 7% sales tax The included T-shirt ended on September 1st. Note that non-member registration is also subject to a $3.00 Technology Convenience Fee paid to our website host.
Last day for on-line registration (no T-shirt included) is September 9th.
Onsite registration at Atlantic Recreation Center on Saturday, September 12th from 12:30 – 4:00 PM and on the day of the ride, Sunday, September 13th, beginning at 6:30 AM for $65 + 7% sales tax. Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.
JOIN THE NFBC OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP AND SAVE WHEN YOU REGISTER!
For a $25 individual membership fee and a $30.00 family membership, you receive up to $50 of value or more with a $15.00 discount on each of our twice yearly major rides, ESWR and Tour de Forts, and free picnic rides. Benefits, in addition to becoming a member of the largest recreational bicycle club in northeast Florida, include no technology convenience fees when registering for Club events, our award winning, monthly online newsletter, Wheelspeak, discounts on accessories at participating bike shops including shipping case rentals, free classified ads in Wheelspeak and on our website and periodic email notices about club rides and events. To become a member, click the Join NFBC! button on the upper left of your screen and follow the prompts.
IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS:
To start registering as a member, click the Register Now! button at the upper right of this page and sign in using your unique user name and password. For non-members wishing to receive the membership registration fee, you must first become a member of NFBC by clicking the Join NFBC! button on the upper left of the screen first, then completing the registration process by clicking the Register Now! button on the upper right.
In addition to registering yourself, you may register other family members or friends except for registration of a minor child which can only be done by mail or in person at the Atlantic Recreation Center on September 12-13, 2015. Every registrant will be required to sign their own "hard" (printed) copy of the ride waiver at packet pick-up before the ride.
Registration of a minor child (under the age of 18) can only be made by mail or by a parent or guardian in person at the Atlantic Recreation Center on Saturday, September 12th from 12:30 to 4 PM, and on the day of the ride, September 13th, beginning at 6:30 AM. Click here to download the minor child registration form and waiver of liability. Mail the application with a check made out to NFBC for payment of the registration fee to the address listed on the bottom of the form. Please note that a parent or legal guardian must accompany the a minor child below the age of 16 on the ride.
The success of undertakings like Endless Summer Watermelon Ride requires the assistance of many volunteers. If you are not planning to ride ESWR or have a family member, friend or co-worker who would be willing to help out, click on the Volunteer! button on the upper right of the screen just below the Register Now! button. Listed on the Volunteer page are the open positions. Check back periodically as the list will be updated as we get closer to ESWR.
For questions about registering, contact the Membership Director at Membership@nfbc.us.
Link for Bicycle Maps for all routes
Bicycle GPS Files (TCX)
Bicycle GPS File (GPX)
Endless Summer Watermelon Ride Tour Book – Slow down and enjoy the ride!
Our Ride Director, Jonathan Tomassetti, has put together a fun and informative ESWR Tour Book for riders on the 20, 32 and 55 mile routes. Download the PDF to your smart phone and stop along the way to enjoy the history and scenery of Fernandina Beach, Amelia, Big and LittleTalbot and Fort George Islands. Please do not use your phone while riding. Note the mileage cues provided in the tour book at the start of the ride, at rest stops and at the designated scenic points. We hope you enjoy riding the ESWR.
RIDE PACKET PICK-UP AND EVENT SCHEDULE
Every registrant will be required to sign a "hard" (printed) copy of the ride waiver before receiving a ride packet. Copies will be available at the registration desk. If you are picking up a ride packet for someone else, they should click here to download the waiver, sign it and give it to you to bring when you pick up their ride packet. NO EXCEPTIONS. NO SIGNED WAIVER. NO PACKET.
Day before the Ride – Saturday, September 12, 2015
12:30 PM to 4:00 PM - Early pickup of ride packet including wristband ID, map and T-shirt and in-person registration at Atlantic Recreation Center.
Day of Ride- Sunday, September 13, 2015
6:30 AM - Doors open for ride packet pick up including wristband ID, map and T-shirt and day-of-ride registration.
7:30 AM - 100 mile route departs
7:40 AM - 75 mile route departs
7:50 AM - 55 mile route departs
8:15 AM - 32 mile route departs
8:15 AM - 21 mile route departs
*Riders may be released in controlled groups at the start for safety and to prevent congestion.
11:00 AM to 4:30 PM - Lunch served
4:30 PM - All services end.
There are great hotels on Amelia Island. The following have agreed to offer special rates to ESWR riders on September 11-13. Contact the hotel directly to make reservations.
Amelia Hotel at the Beach, 1997 South Fletcher Avenue Amelia Island, FL 32034 For reservations call the hotel directly at 904-206-5200 and ask for the “Watermelon Rate” special of $109 per night.
The Hoyt House, 804 Atlantic Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034; (904) 277-4300 Special rates of $179 & $199 per night. To register, click here and use code QN179 or KG199;
Residence Inn - Amelia Island, 2301 Sadler Road Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 866-245-6099 Click here to register for special rates starting at $119. Must book by 8/11/2015.
Ritz Carlton Amelia Island, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway Amelia Island, FL 32034 904-277-1100. Click here to register. Use PRO under corporate/promotional code to obtain special rate for stays beginning 9/12/2015.
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