FLORIDA FREEWHEELERS'
37th Annual
Florida Bicycle Safari 2017

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I register at the Event?

The six day Safari may sell out early, but you can register on site for the first three days of the event. You might not receive a t-shirt or commemorative item, unless they are available, but you will be able to enjoy the three day event and it's food, fun and routes. There is a $25 late fee for registration after March 10th.

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Is there transportation from the airport?

VeloSante will provide airport pickup and return to Jacksonville airport. Air caddy bike shipping (only the front wheel needs to be removed). Please call Charlton at 828-545-1039 for further information.

Can I bring my pet?

No, unfortunately four legged furry children/pets are not allowed at SAFARI unless they are service animals. If you bring a pet you will be asked to leave the Safari. There are local veterinary facilities in the communities that have facilities. Just google Live Oak or Madison Veterinarians to locate one that might work for your family.

Can I rent a tent?

VeloSante will provide tent, chair and towel rentals as long as the resource is available. For further information, call Charlton at 828-545-1039.

Can I bring my RV? Is there electricity? Hookups?

There is a charge for RV's if you want water and electricity. Hook ups are limited so reserve early. There is no charge in Live Oak if you do not need hookups. Space for RV's at Cherry Lake is very limited. Contact us for additional information and space availability. Contact: floridabicyclesafari@floridafreewheelers.com for availability.

What are the RV fees?

RV parking at Live Oak with hookups - $30 (limit 18) - without hook ups - $0.
RV parking at Live Oak with hookups and Cherry Lake - $60 (limit 12).
You will not be able to park an RV at Cherry Lake without a reservation.

What if I am not a camper, are there hotels nearby? Is there transportation to/from?

There will not be transportation provided between hotels and ride headquarters.
Click here for Live Oak area and Cherry Lake area hotels.

Can I take my vehicle to Cherry Lake for the last three days?

No, there is very limited space at Cherry Lake and the support vehicles take up most of those spaces. Your vehicle will be safe at Live Oak with those of the other six day riders. If there is a special reason you may need your vehicle at Cherry Lake, please let us know and we will try to accommodate.

What happens if I have to cancel?

Full refund prior to March 19.
March 19 - March 28 - $100 cancellation fee or carry over to 2018.
March 29- April 7 - no refund but will carry towards 2018 less $100.

Is there support on the biking route?

Safari has SAG (Support And Gear) vehicles that travel the route to assist stranded cyclists. Floor pumps, water, limited food and a first aid kit will be in the vans. You will need to bring your own tubes, tire levers, etc. and be able to change your flat or repair your vehicle on the road yourself. If you have a repair that you cannot complete yourself, we will have mechanics that can assist but you might have to wait to connect with them at a rest stop or back at camp. Labor is free for minor repairs, and you will only be charged for parts. Get your bike tuned up before heading to SAFARI so that you are able to enjoy riding your bike vs walking it due to breakdowns. Safari also has rest stops along the route with drinks, snacks, etc. that are included in your fee and noted on your maps/cue sheets.

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How do I get a cabin at Cherry Lake?

There are a limited number of cabins available on a first come/first served basis. Register for these group facilities on the registration form. There is an air conditioned dorm with room for 14 people. It has showers and bathrooms. It is reserved for men only this year. Cabins are designated as male, female or coed. Contact: floridabicyclesafari@floridafreewheelers.com for availability.

What are the costs?

 
Adult
FFW Club Member
Child(under17)
Non-riding participant
RV Site
3-Day Safari
$200.00 per person
$175.00 per person
$175.00 per person
$125.00 per person
$30.00 (limit 18 RVs in Live Oak)*
 
Adult
FFW Club Member
Child(under17)
Non-riding participant
Cherry Lake Dorm Room
Cherry Lake Cabin
RV Sites (both locations)**
6-Day Safari
$450.00 per person
$425.00 per person
$400.00 per person
$300.00 per person
$30.00 (men only)*
$20.00*
$60.00 (limit 12 RVs in Cherry Lake)*

*Limited availability.
**If you selected an RV at Cherry Lake, you also have one at Live Oak.
Late Fee after March 10, 2017. $25 per person will be added after 3-10-2017. This date also applies to RV space rentals as well.

It's my first Safari. What can I expect?

Everyone's experience is different. You can read a viewpoint from a first time rider in 2015 by clicking here. A video of riders from the 2014 Safari recall their Safari memories is available by clicking here.

How do I volunteer for the event?

Please contact the Safari Volunteer coordinator at volunteer@floridabicyclesafari.com and let them know your qualifications, what position you want to work, three/six day, etc. They will let you know what is available. Some positions are rest stop worker, SAG driver (good driving record/license required), route markers, etc.

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If the six day sells out, can I get on a waiting list in case spots open up?

Yes, email floridabicyclesafari@floridafreewheelers.com to be added to the waiting list.

What is there to do besides ride?

We have a riders meeting on Friday night, entertainment on Sunday and Wednesday nights with corn on the cob, music/dancing and 'other treats'. There is a Herb Farm near Cherry Lake that is interesting. At Cherry Lake, you can use canoes/kayaks, fishing poles, etc. Quitman Georgia is a quaint little town to spend some time.

Reminder: No bikes will be allowed in the buildings. Please plan to bring a lock/cover if you plan to sleep indoors.

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