Cycling club combines fitness, friendship, community service

Cycling club combines fitness, friendship, community service
Focus Cycling Club is one of the most comprehensive and organized clubs of its type in South Florida.

Focus Cycling Club — founded in 2018 by competitive South Florida cycling and triathlon enthusiasts Leo Torcat, Karin Steegmayer and Reyneiro Gonzalez — has grown faster than any other cycling club since then.

According to Steegmayer, Focus Cycling Club exists for everyone from recreational cyclists to active competitors of cycling, triathlon, duathlon and aquabike. The club meets 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Doral Central Park. Long distance and social rides begin at 7 a.m. on Saturdays (South West) and Sundays (West Kendall Toyota and Key Biscayne).

Focus Cycling Club is one of the most comprehensive and organized clubs in South Florida.

Its coaches have impressive records of state championships and numerous certifications in a wide range of sports and disciplines. Club members participate in most of the sporting events involving cycling in South Florida and a number of the club’s riders have won awards at multiple levels of competition. The club has an active interest in educating the community about the issues of pedestrian, driver and cyclist safety and members promote the “Share the Road” philosophy.

“Focus Cycling is a family of committed, responsible individuals who are passionate about cycling and healthy living in general,” Steegmayer said. “We strive to be responsible and cautious riders and productive members of our community, for we want to be an example to those who are curious about cycling and thinking about joining us.”

Born in Belgium and raised in the Andes Mountains of Venezuela, Steegmayer is known as a dedicated coach, teammate and competitor with a passion for cycling, swimming and running. She also is a Hydrorider instructor at Waterbike Studio in Coral Gables and a spinning and Zumba instructor as well.

On top of her athletic endeavors, Steegmayer and the organization are heavily involved in supporting cycling events and training for children afflicted with autism. Along these lines,

she has created a program titled “I can ride,” designed to teach children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to ride a conventional bike without training wheels.

The club also has a competitive racing team led by co-founder and head coach Leo Torcat, a 25-year veteran of competitive cycling who holds more than 36 podiums statewide and is the current State of Florida Champion Critirium Cat. 3 (2018-19). Under Torcat’s leadership, Focus Cycling team members participate in most South Florida events and even some outside of the state.

Both Steegmayer and Torcat work hard and expect the same from their teammates. Their training philosophy revolves around mutual respect, safety, proper technique, discipline and old-fashioned hard work.

For more information about Focus Cycling Club, visit or call 786-554-0690.

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