Gear Up Florida

Orientation and Kick-Off Events

Orientation offers a chance for team members to interact, learn about people with disabilities and participate in skills assessments, training rides, and safety training to prepare them for the life-changing events ahead.

Included in the training will be team building, crew systems training, cycling safety sessions and equipment preparation for the road. The team will also visit with some people with disabilities during orientation and share in some fun activities together. There is no greater way to learn about people with disabilities than sitting down and talking and enjoying each others company.

Family and friends are more than welcome to come down to Miami for the kick-off; however, orientation will be an extremely busy time. It is important that any family or friends planning on coming to Miami understands that orientation is very busy and team members have meetings and training taking up a large portion of time. Most parents take this time to see some of the different sites in Miami. In fact, many team members and their families arrive early to sight-see.

If you have any questions about the kick-off events in Miami, please contact Chelsea Ball via email or at (980) 318-5395.

Crew Travel Information

Crew members on Gear Up Florida that will fly into Charlotte must have flights arrive at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) by 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2019. If driving or being dropped off, Crew must arrive at the Kelley A. Bergstrom Leadership Center of Pi Kappa Phi (2015 Ayrsley Town Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273) by 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

Cyclist Travel Information

Cyclists on Gear Up Florida must have flights arrive at the Miami International Airport (MIA) by 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Cyclists being dropped off must arrive at the Orientation site by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

Bike Transportation

 If you plan on flying to Orientation, you’ll take your bike on the plane with you. Ask local bike stores if they have an empty bike box for you. You’ll want to watch this video for tips on 

Gear Up Florida Kick-Off Dinner

The 2019 Gear Up Florida Kick-Off Dinner will be hosted by The Ability Experience on the evening of Saturday, May 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at La Carreta (10633 NW 12th St) in Miami. Dinner will be a celebration of the journey that is about to begin as well as a detailed explanation of the next morning’s schedule of events. Cost is $20 per person. Click here to purchase tickets to the Kickoff dinner.

Gear Up Florida Kick-Off

The 2019 Gear Up Florida team will depart for Clewiston on Sunday, May 12, 2019. Following a kick-off breakfast (location TBD), the team will be departing promptly at 7:00 a.m. If you are interested in joining us for breakfast, please arrive at 6:00 a.m. to allow plenty of time to eat and take photos prior to the team’s departure.

Sites to See

Miami is a wonderful place full of history and things to do. Below are some local attractions in Miami and its surrounding areas:

Bayfront Park
Key Biscayne
Coral Castle
Zoo Miami
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Wynwood Walls

Hotel Accommodations

Parents and family members are responsible for booking their own accommodations while in Miami.