Seminole Cyclists Cycling Club raffling gravel bike at bike swap meet

By Justinian Hatfield
Seminole Cyclists Cycling club

The Seminole Cyclists Cycling Club is hosting a bike swap meet and raffle on June 10. One lucky cyclist will take home a carbon fiber Foundry Valmont cyclocross/gravel bike.

Raffle tickets are $10 each with proceeds benefitting the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home. The home, which was established in 1908 in Enterprise, Florida was originally known as the Florida Methodist Orphanage and is now a diverse ministry that includes residential care, therapeutic group care, foster care, emergency shelter care, independent living assistance, and community child care center.

The idea to support the children’s home came from the club’s regular rides, which pass the building. According to club president Tony Dominguez, members have donated to the organization in the past, but this year they upped the ante and hope to raise $5,000.

“During its 20 years since it was founded, Seminole Cyclists Cycling Club has had the mission to give back to the community as we ride together in groups in a safe and organized manner, making friendships and building strong riders,” Dominguez said. “We have fundraised for the American Diabetes Association, Camp Boggy Creek, New Hope For Kids, Champions Ride for Charity, Cycle for Life, to name a few charities.”

The bike swap meet will begin at 11 a.m. after the Club’s Saturday morning ride. While the swap meet is open to the public, cyclists must be members of the Seminole Cyclists Cycling Club to participate in the ride.

So far, Trek Bicycle Lake Mary, Bearded Bike Doctor, Bicikleta Bike Shop, Safetti, Soxy Socks, Jay Connors Photography, and five others have signed up to sell or trade at the bike swap meet. Club members have also donated jerseys, bike parts, wheels, tires, bike case, rollers, and a bike frame to the swap meet. Proceeds of those sales will go directly to the children’s home.

While this is the first year of the event, the club is hoping to make it an annual tradition.

“With luck, this event will be a success,” Dominguez said. “And next time we can promote it even more, so it is bigger, and in return we can fundraise more for the children’s home, and even other charities that need a little bit of help.”

The raffle bike was donated by club sponsor The Mel Bernstein Real Estate Team. It’s a 53.5 cm, which Foundry classifies this as a small, and it will fit any rider between 5’6″ and 5’10”, according to Dominguez.

Raffle tickets can be purchased in person or online and winners do not need to be present to win. Each ticket is $10.

The winner of the raffle will be announced at 2 p.m. Both the swap meet and raffle will take place at Tin & Taco, 1117 International Pkwy #1701 Lake Mary, FL 32746.

For more information, or to purchase raffle tickets, or become a member of the Seminole Cycling Club, visit:

“We appreciate the support of the entire cycling community, our sponsors, and all our club members, for helping us give back to others that are less fortunate, and we welcome everyone to have a fun time during the Bike Swap Meet with Seminole Cyclists.” Dominguez said.