March 24-25, 2017
Punta Gorda, FL

Event Details

Event Details

Here are the details on the 2017 Pedal and Play events:  where it started, what was included, how to register, and when it all happened.  If you need more, go here for contact information.  We'll be happy to help you.  

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Our two-day event began and ended at Laishley Park Pavilions on picturesque Charlotte Harbor, 100 Nesbit Street in historic Punta Gorda, Florida.  See our Maps page for details.  There were several parking venues throughout Punta Gorda, but we requested that riders not park all day in the Laishley Marina/Crabhouse parking lot as this will preclude customer access to these businesses.

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Friday Kick-Off   

After picking up the registration packet (which included beer sampling tickets for local establishments), many riders enjoyed our special evening kick-off events.  Friday events were free for anyone who registered for a Saturday bike tour.  For those not taking one of the Saturday bike tours, we offered a registration for Friday ONLY, which included a t-shirt and the following events.


  • City Manager's Tour.  The City Manager lead an informative tour of Punta Gorda giving  the latest behind-the-scenes information about what’s going on in Punta Gorda.  This was s a leisurely bike ride with many stops.  
  • Sunset Tiki Party with free appetizers, sunset yoga, and a surprise bagpipe band flash mob. 

Saturday Bicycle Tours

  • 62-Mile "Metric Century" Tour
  • 30-Mile Tour
  • 15-Mile Tour
  • Mystery Tour  😯

All Saturday rides featured breakfast, ride support, snacks and drinks, lunch, bathroom facilities, and phone numbers in case of an emergency.  Rest stops were open until 12:30 (or until the food was gone).  Riders then returned to Laishley Park for FREE massages,  a delicious lunch (vegetarian or non-vegetarian), FREE BEER, free ice cream, and entertainment.  All was included with the ride registration.  

The 15- mile route went through Punta Gorda neighborhoods and along the Peace River.  The 30 and 62-mile routes included ten miles along Webb Lake in the Babcock-Webb Wildlife Management Area.  The 8-10 mile Mystery Ride made several stops around the city.  There was something for everyone!

Final route maps and other details were e-mailed to registrants before the event.  Maps and cue sheets were sent in PDF format and also in a format for use on your cell phone.  On event day, paper maps and cue sheets were provided.

Those registering by March 12th were guaranteed a free cotton Pedal and Play T-shirt in their chosen size and gender.  A supply of free cotton T-shirts was also on hand for those registering later or at the event.

For just $22, many riders upgraded from a free cotton T-shirt to a cool moisture wicking fabric T-shirt.  

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We encouraged riders to use the on-line method to register for any of the events, but we also offered a paper registration form that could be delivered, mailed in or filled out on-site.  Go to our Register & Fundraise page to get more information.  

Registration TypeRegistration Fee
Pre-Registration (on-line or paper form) received by midnight, March 12, 2017  $40 
Registration (on-line or paper form) received from March 13 to March 23  $45 
On-Site Registration (March 24 or 25)  $50
Friday ONLY  $25 



March 12 midnight Pre-Registration Deadline AND the deadline for registering to be guaranteed a T-shirt. 
March 22 6:00 pm On-line Registration closed.
March 23 midnight Regular Registration deadline.
March 24 Noon-6:00 pm Registration Packet Pickup and also On-Site Registration for Friday and/or Saturday events at Laishley Park South Pavillion
5:00-6:30 pm City Manager's Tour departed from Laishley Park South Pavillion
6:30-10:00 pm Tiki Party at T.T. Tiki Bar
March 25 7:00-9:30 am On-Site Registration and Sign-In for Saturday events at Laishley Park South Pavilion
7:00-9:30 am Breakfast at the North Pavilion
8:00 am Rest Stops opened
7:45-8:15 am 62-Mile Riders departed
8:15-8:30 am 30-Mile Riders departed
8:45-9:00 am 15-Mile Riders departed
8:30-9:30 am 😯 Mystery Tour Riders departed
8:00 am-1:00 pm Vendor Row opened
11:00 am-1:30 pm Lunch
10:30 am Free Massages
11:00 am-1:00 pmEntertainment
Noon Door prizes and Mystery Ride winners were announced  at Pavilions center
12:30 Rest Stops closed