WELL I am going to miss out on this rally again! This SSI waiting game is a pain in the neck. So you all go and get lots of pictures and videos. If there is an extra shirt laying around – I take a ex large, Onyx and I would love it for sure. I know Onyx and I need the warm weather.
2010 BIG CAT RALLY/FACTORY TOUR
March 6th – 7th This is the 6th year of this event!
Saturday 9:00AM Catrike Rally Lakeview Park 850 Surprise Drive Winter Garden, Florida 34787 12-2PM Free time to get lunch and mingle in Downtown Winter Garden. 2:30PM Big Cat Factory Tour
Big Cat HPV, LLC 720 Business Park Blvd , Unit 22 Winter Garden FL 34787 Phone (407) 905-0626 Sunday March 7TH 11:00 am Ride
Hampton’s Edge, Trailside Bikes 8294 East Orange Ave
Floral City, FL 34436
Phone (352) 799-4979
1PM Meet for lunch at Frankie’s Grill & Bar.
Frankie’s Grill & Bar
1674 Highway 41 North
Inverness, FL 34450
Phone (352) 344-4545
3-5PM Return to Hampton’s Edge.
There will not be any charge for the rally or Factory Tour other than your presence and your smile. Simply e-mail Chaim at firstname.lastname@example.org (with the Subject "Registering for Big Cat Rally") and include your name, year and model if you have a Catrike or what you will be riding and a brief summary of what you want to participate in so we can help with accommodations. We will reply to your email with a confirmation number, please print and bring to the rally. Those emails that are received by February 21, 2010 will receive a free T-shirt so don’t forget to include your shirt size! This Rally/Factory Tour is for all Catrike riders, Catrike enthusiasts and Catrike dealers. This will be a very informal event here in beautiful / historic Winter Garden, Florida.
The weather is normally very pleasant during March, but as many of you know there is a chance for rain so bring some rain gear just in case.
The Big Cat Rally will begin at 9:00am Saturday at Lakeview Park by Lake Apopka. This year the ride on the West Orange Trail will start in Winter Garden and go to the West towards Downtown Clermont and returning to Winter Garden. (There will be support at the Killarney Station). This year the routes will be marked and maps provided. After the ride, there will be free time for lunch in Winter Garden. There are plenty of restaurants in the area along the trail so you will not need to drive your car.
There will be limited parking at the park but there is plenty of parking in the downtown Winter Garden area; there is a public parking lot on the west end of Plant Street next to the New City Hall building.
Mark and Linda Power from Power On Cycling will be here with Catrikes / Catbikes, cool accessories, apparel, custom wheels and all their great knowledge. www.poweroncycling.com
At 2:30pm we will have the Big Cat Factory Tour so you can see how Catbikes are made. We have implemented lots of changes in the Factory and also won Manufacturer of the Year for under 125 employees from the Manufacturers Association of Florida. Those of you who have been here in the past will have more to see and learn. This is the only time visitors are allowed to the factory so make plans to attend. We encourage all Rally riders to ride to the Factory Tour because parking is limited and Sherri, our famous and incredibly talented welder, loves to see all of her handy work.
Pat Franz from Terra Cycle will be here for the Factory Tour. He will have a tent with their accessory mounts, t-shirts, Fastback bags and will provide test rides on a Cargo Monster, as well as a bringing a couple Wind Wrap Fairings that will be installed on some Catrikes. We are looking forward to it and are fortunate to have him here.
Regis Hampton of Hamptons Edge, Trailside Bikes will host a ride from his new shop in Floral City. It is about a 1 hour 20 minute drive from Winter Garden. It will be a round trip to the restaurant for lunch and then return to the shop or ride more of the Withlacoochee Trail. Please let us know if you plan on attending Regis ride also so he can make reservations for lunch.
If you are not planning on riding with us on Sunday, you can stay in Winter Garden and ride more of the West Orange trail you did not see on Saturday or just enjoy the area. Hampton’s Edge, Trailside Bikes 9550 E. Atkinson Ct. Floral City, FL 34436 Phone (352) 799-4979 (Withlacoochee Trail)
Lodging The Edgewater Hotel 99 W. Plant Street Winter Garden, Florida 34787 (407) 654-6921
www.historicedegewater.com This is a Bed and Breakfast style Inn and is in the center of Winter Garden right on the West Orange Trail. (You will receive a 10% discount if you mention the Catrike Rally) Red Roof Inn Orlando West
11241 W. Colonia Drive
Ocoee, Florida 34761
(407) 347-0140 (Rooms starting at $54.99 + tax if you mention the Catrike Rally)
Best Western Turnpike West 10945 W. Colonial Drive Ocoee, Florida 34761 (407) 656-5050
Courtyard Orlando Ocoee
10971 W. Colonia Drive
Ocoee, Florida 34761
Lunch and dining options in Downtown Winter Garden
Sweet Traditions French Bakery & Cafe
Moon Cricket Grill
Thai Blossom Restaurant
Chef’s Table at the Edgewater (Dinner)
Flavours of Europe Delicatessen
Scoops Old Fashion Ice Cream
Attic Door Coffee House and Wine Bar
Winter Garden Pizza
Other Information Among some of the attractions along the trail is the Oakland Nature Preserve with foot trails leading down to Lake Apopka (the second largest lake in Florida). Winter Garden has a very nice community park along the shores of Lake Apopka, which would be ideal for picnics and just relaxing in the sun. We can’t wait to see you. Come on down and enjoy the sunshine! Big Cat HPV, LLC 720 Business Park Blvd , Unit 22 Winter Garden , FL 34787 Phone (407) 905-0626 Fax (407) 905-0820