The rain held off and the scene was set for a lovely Sunday bike ride up A1A – with 750 or so of your closest friends. The 24th Frank Stark Ride, billed as “the hottest ride in Florida,” a reference to July temperatures in South Florida, started at Boca Raton City Hall and headed north for either 30 or 62 hot miles. Some riders turned around at the Boynton Inlet rest stop, the rest pushed on to West Palm Beach.
The ride is named for a former airline pilot and member of the Boca Raton Bicycle Club, who had to retire after two heart attacks and quadruple bypass surgery. Stark celebrated his birthday every year by riding a mile for each year of his age. Friends from the club began to join him. After his death in 1999, the club started the ride, a nonprofit effort that raises money for charity.
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