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?

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.