Hello Havana!

Before the floodgates completely open, get to Cuba! It was the 1959 revolution that put Fidel Castro in power and changed everything, but now things are looking somewhat different as the separation between the US and Cuba begins to give way. Changes are already happening and the Schiller Bike Team is preparing for an epic ride this coming fall from Havana to Key West.

Havana is still a place where you can find chrome-shined Chevy Bel Air’s and long finned Pontiacs cruising the older sections of town where the glamour of “days gone by” is evident in the faded pastels of buildings. Here are just a few things to do while you’re there:

Havana’s 8 km long sea drive, El Malecón, is considered one of the city’s romantic boulevards. Go for an evening walk, sit on the sea wall with the many locals and listen to the musicians playing their instruments. Maybe you’ll get the serenade you’ve always wished for.

Museo Napoleónico, in downtown Havana, is considered one of Havana’s favorite attractions and it’s not hard to see why. The building, opened in 1961, holds over 7000 artifacts associated with the life of Napoleon Bonaparte and includes several Napoleonic death masks made by his personal physician, just days after the emperor’s death. Set over four floors, this collection is a must-see for history buffs.

Fabrica de Arte Cubano, an art gallery/pub/concert venue is a fantastic (and fairly new) addition to the Habana art, music and culture social scene. Located in a converted peanut oil factory in Vedado, this project, by famous Cuban musician Alfonso, attracts a hip and local crowd.

Looking for some beach time? There are more than 60 miles of beaches stretching along the Playas del Este and only 20 minutes away from the city. The most popular of Havana’s east beaches include Bacuranao, Mégano, Santa María, Boca Ciega and Guanabo, each with their own distinct flavor. While not completely unspoiled or quiet, these white sand beaches have a lively rhythm in the summer, with vendors hawking food and beverages, as eclectic Cuban musicians set up impromptu jams along the beach.

Did you know that Schiller Team is planning a ride of a lifetime? Havana to Key West on the S1. Pretty amazing. With only two spots open, this will be a historic first with 100 miles of open water to pedal. Support the S1 and sign up for this epic ride on Kickstarter. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/274228172/schiller-s1-the-ultimate-...