In order to successfully complete this ride you will need to rely on convenience stores (listed in the cue sheet) for restrooms, extra hydration and food. Our SAG stations are strategically located between points where there are little or no stores to stop at. This means that you should bring some money in case you want to stop at a store to buy supplies, but it also means that you have the option of not carrying as much since you can buy some of those supplies on the route. For 2017, only the SAG at mile 130 has restrooms, but there are public restrooms listed in the cue sheet, so plan ahead your restroom stops. Our roving SAG vans will be roving the route looking for those that need help, but if you find yourself needing assistance please call the number on the cue sheet for faster service. The SAG vans also carry extra drinks. For quick reference, the SAG phone number will be added to all our website pages the day of the ride. For 1-day riders, remember that you can give us a lunch bag to forward to SAG #2, so plan ahead and pack your delicious lunch.
The XFL route starts nice and flat, but at about mile 120 to 150 the hills come out to slap you around, so plan your energy use accordingly. The route is also clearly marked on the road shoulder or bike lanes with the yellow XFL sign and arrows. Note we mark a turn with several marks as far back as we can mark, and then we mark once after the turn. We also mark traffic lights and stop signs regardless if you have to keep going straight or not.
Rides start at Alan Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach. Meet fellow riders after the ride to recount your journey at the catered meal held in Bayport Park. Massages will also available on-site at the park.
Due to safety concerns and our finish location being in a public park all riders must complete the ride before sunset. This will give one-day riders 12.9 hours at a 13.2 mph average to complete the Cross Florida. Our SAG vehicles will be enforcing the following cutoff points and times.
- Saturday: 33 miles (SAG 1 location) – 10:00am (3 hours @ 11mph avg.)
- Saturday: 68 miles (Old Tampa Hwy & OBT) – 2:00pm (7.0 hours @ 9.7mph avg.)
- Sunday: 68 miles (Old Tampa Hwy & OBT) – 11:30am (4.5 hours @ 15.1mph avg.)
- Sunday: 100 miles (Rockridge Rd & US-98) – 2:00pm (7.0 hours @ 14.3mph avg.)
- Sunday: 145 miles (SAG 4 location) – 5:40pm (10.6 hours @ 13.7mph avg.)
- Sunday: 158 miles (Deltona Blvd & Eligin Blvd) – 7:00pm (12 hours @ 13.1mph avg.)
If you are having difficulty and don’t make these cutoffs you may be SAGed to the finish line at the discretion of our SAG drivers.
All SAG support will end at 7:20pm, if you are unable to finish before then you must be SAGed to the finish.
We make the upmost effort to mark the route as much as possible, but we understand that on long rides we can get zoned-out. Note that we mark the turns multiple times before the turn and once after. Here are some turns that people tend to have issues with:
~49 miles – Don’t miss the turn from SR192 to Delaware Ave. There is a traffic light at this intersection.
~50 miles – Right after your turn on Delaware take the one road before the last. Do not go all the way to the end of Delaware.
~61.5 miles – From Clay St you need to make a left at the lightto cross the train tracks then the very next right to Old Tampa Hwy.
~68.7 miles – When you get to Osceola Polk line you will be making the next left BEFORE the train tracks. Old Tampa Hwy is hard to see, so look for the markings and remember that it is before the train tracks.
~76.6 miles – You are going to cross SR27. 2-day XFL riders make a left and head to the hotel area 1 mile south. 1-day riders, well, I don’t blame you if you want a hotel at this point, but keep going straight.
~160.3 miles – Make sure you make this right on Deltona Blvd. A lot of people miss this as they are tired.