Melbourne, FL, RUSA Permanents

These events are official RUSA permanents that are 200 km (125 miles) or longer. You can ride them and get credit toward RUSA awards such as the R-12 award and UMCA awards such as the "Year Rounder". All of the rides start at Panera Bread at Wickham and Post roads, in Melbourne, Florida.

I developed these routes over the last 20 years of cycling in Brevard County to provided you the best possible cycling experience on the Space Coast. Each ride has a cue sheet, GPS file, and ride card (to record your arrival at each checkpoint). All of the ride materials are free, however, to receive credit toward RUSA awards or UMCA "Organized Century" there is a charge of $10 for insurance and results processing. Your welcome to do any of these rides on your own unofficially (please, note that FLAcyclist assumes no liability in this case - see the disclaimer below).

Each rider package zip file contains a cue sheet as an Excel spreedsheet, and two GPS files. The gdb file is for Garmin MapSource users and the GPX file for Garmin and all other GPS software that can import GPX files and transfer them to your GPS device.

If you want RUSA credit for one of these events do the following:

 

For questions and entry submissions just write to me Tom Jordan (tom 'at' flacyclist.com)

 

Melbourne 5-Bridges, 200 km
Traverses five popular tall bridges in Brevard County: Eau Gallie Cswy, Sebastian Inlet, Wabasso Cswy, Melbourne Cswy, and 520 Cswy. Techically the route takes you over a 6th you'll cross tiny Mathers Bridge at the extremes southern end of the Banana River, but it is not included in the tally due to its diminuative size.

This southern portion of the route touches Indian River County in Wabasso and Fellsmere then swings north through Malabar Park and onto the Boundary Canal Trail. Then you'll make an eastern crossing over the Indian River to Melbourne Beach, India Harbor Beach, and Cocoa Village. Be warned of a surprisingly steep hill just before the northern turnaround at the Sharpes control. The route then heads south again to the start taking full advantage of the great river views along Indian River and Rockledge Drives.

Rider Package (cue sheet and GPS files)
updated 5/18/2014 - clarified cue-sheet.
waiver

Cape Explorer, 200 km
This route explores Cape Canveral to the maximum extent possible without a NASA ID card. It crosses 520, then follows Tropical Trail north to the Nasa Cswy, through Titusville. Then over the Max Brewer Cswy, to a beautiful and desolate 22-mile section through the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge enroute to the nothern turn-around checkpoint at Oak Hill. The route then returns to the start through Titusville, Sharpes, back to the start including the entire length of Rt 515 with its stunning Indian River views along the western shore.

Rider Package (cue sheet and GPS files)
updated 07/10/2014 - Changed checkpoint 3 to Dollar General, minor updates to cue sheet.
waiver

Melbourne to Mt Dora, 207 km
This is a point-to-point route. The first half of this route is the same as "Cape Explorer, 200 km", but after the Oak Hill turn-around check point you head west to Mt Dora instead of south to the start.

Rider Package (cue sheet and GPS files)
updated 5/25/2014 - minor update to cue sheet
waiver

Mt Dora to Melbourne, 201 km
This is the essentally the reverse route of the "Melbourne to Mt Dora" ride. Now you can ride these two point-to-point permanents in the same weekend.

Rider Package (cue sheet and GPS files)
updated 05/2/2014 - minor update to cue sheet
waiver

 

 

Start Location for all rides (except "Mt Dora to Melbourne") is Panera Bread in the Post Commons Shopping Center, Wickham and Post Rd., Melbourne, FL; Open Hours are 6:30 AM to 9:30 PM Monday thru Saturday. The "Mt Dora to Melbourne" ride ends at this Panera Bread restaurant.

 

Disclaimers, Warnings and Cautions

The routes provided here are intended for use by experienced cyclists. Bicyclists using any of these routes assume all risks for their own safety. The routes indicated are regular roads used by automobiles and trucks, and they have no special provisions for bicycling. You should possess adequate cycling skills and be knowledgeable of vehicular laws before attempting to ride on any public roadway.

These routes were created by rider(s) like you. FLAcyclist no representations as to the accuracy of the cue sheets or the ridability of these routes as the road conditions may have changed since the cue sheets and GPS files were created - road signs disappear or become turned, counties rename or remove roads, road conditions improve or deteriorate, roads are made one-way, construction closes some roads, food stores close, new roads and developments appear, etc.

The neither FLAcyclist nor the author(s) of these cue sheets and GPS files can guarantee the safety of cyclists on these routes, and assume no legal liability for injury or damage which may occur.

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