Spoke cards - US charity ride combines cycling with poker
Participants draw cards at bike shops on route in hope of getting winning hand

Seminole County, Florida, will later this month host a charity bike ride with a difference – one in which participants will pick up playing cards en route with the aim of achieving the best poker hand by the time the ride finishes.

The 2nd Annual Seminole Cyclists Poker Run
takes place on Saturday 28 August and aims to raise funds for the Young Survival Coalition (YSC), a charity that supports women under 40 who suffer from breast cancer.

During the ride, cyclists will ride between bike shops on a specified route of 30, 65 or 75 miles, and will be dealt a playing card at each one, with prizes being awarded to the cyclists with the best poker hands at the end.

Following the ride, which costs cyclists $50 to enter, food and drink will be laid on as well as live music.

With poker and cycling both being fast-growing leisure pursuits, it seems a great idea to us to combine the two for a fun ride in support of a good cause. So let’s throw it open to you – what other games or pursuits could you (or do you already) incorporate into a ride to add a bit of spice and competition?

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.


wild man [297 posts] 5 years ago

I quite like the idea, but it's not really poker if you can't fold a bad hand early.

Cervelo_Rider [13 posts] 5 years ago

"Poker Rides" aren't anything new around the States. For example, CORBA's Fat Tire Fest has been doing it for a number of years.