All Project Hero rides are done with a mix of riders (veterans and non-veterans). The rides are structured to help injured veterans and first responders rehabilitate and recover through cycling. However, all riders benefit from the therapeutic aspects of cycling. Injuries of our veterans include visible and non-visible (PTSD and TBI) challenges. Each ride allows participants to get to know each other and help one another. Anyone is welcome to ride, including students.
Riders can bring their own bike or call ahead and make arrangements for a loaner bike from the Cycling Center. The Center also conducts periodical spin classes inside its spaces using computerized resistance trainers with a video simulator.
Monday Ride: Starts at SPC Clearwater Campus (2465 Drew St – Bldg SS) at 4pm; 25 miles on the Rheem Trail and Courtney Campbell Causeway (bike path); Moderate to Fast Pace (15-20mph) – However, anyone is welcome to ride at their own pace;
Thursday Ride: Starts at Seminole City Park (7464 Ridge Rd) at 5:30pm; 16 miles on the Pinellas Trail; Moderate Pace (12-15 mph); The group rides 2 by 2; All levels are welcome – no one is left behind;
Saturday Ride: Starts at SPC Clearwater Campus (2465 Drew St – Bldg SS) at 8am; 25 miles on the Rheem Trail and Courtney Campbell Causeway (bike path); Moderate Pace (12-15 mph); The group rides 2 by 2; All levels are welcome – no one is left behind;
Ad Hoc Rides: Project Hero Hub Pinellas has its own Facebook page (Project Hero Pinellas). Anyone is welcome to join as a member – simply request on Facebook. Each week various ad hoc rides are arranged by Project Hero Hub Pinellas members. Keep a look out for postings during the week.
The Project Hero Cycling Center offers free labor for all bike repairs and maintenance. Anyone in the community is welcome to have their bike repaired or serviced. Veterans are provided free parts (if available), while non-veterans are asked to pay for the part or bring the part to the center. Repairs and service are performed by student veterans who volunteer time in the Project Hero Cycling Center as fulfillment of their scholarship requirements. Donations are accepted to help keep the center stocked with parts and materials. Also, the Raytheon Scholarship accepts donations to help fund scholarships for SPC student veterans. Students apply on-line to the SPC Foundation. Veterans may receive a scholarship in addition to their VA benefits.
If interested in donating funds to help purchase bicycle parts or to help fund the Raytheon Scholarship, please contact Mitch Lee at MrMitchLee@gmail.com or 727-415-1485. Mitch is the Project Hero Hub Pinellas Representative and is responsible for the Cycling Center at the college (SPC Clearwater Campus Building SS, Room 105). He also administers the Project Hero Hub Pinellas Facebook page.