MCA WILL HOST A VENDOR VILLAGE, LUNCH, MASSAGES, ART, AND ENTERTAINMENT AT ITS HOME BRICK CITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN OCALA.
The event features a festive welcome at the Saturday Packet Pick-Up Party, and on Saturday begins with a ceremonial welcome, safety instructions and takes off with a police escort. Other event features include snacks, SAG stops, mechanical support, post event lunch and tee shirts. Custom designed kites available for purchase.
Ride for the Arts raises funds for Marion Cultural Alliance whose mission is to champion, convene, and create opportunities for arts and arts organizations. In addition, the event promotes a healthy lifestyle and enjoyment of the sport of cycling.
YOUR HOSTS FOR RIDE FOR THE ARTS GRAN FONDO
Founded in 2001, Marion Cultural Alliance’s (MCA) mission is to champion, convene, and create opportunities for arts and artists. MCA supports activities relating to the arts, fine arts, historical and scientific museums, and specific education through grants, advocacy, fundraising and partnerships. For more information about MCA, visit www.MCAOcala.com.
Letter from the RFTA Director
As this year’s Ride for the Arts Director, I invite you to join us for Marion Cultural Alliance’s 5th annual Ride for the Arts Gran Fondo! Our ride, after 4 years of consecutive growth, is again gearing up for another record breaking year. As in prior years, the combination of a dynamic host city, an amazingly scenic route, and competitive timed segments rewarded with cash and other prizes presents an irresistible combination to cyclists both within the state, and even international attendees. Just as we’ve had in prior years, we have routes that will appeal to all levels of cyclists: the full 70 mile Gran Fondo, the 40 mile Medio, and the 11 mile Piccolo, which is perfect for beginner riders.
The routes for our ride were chosen specifically to highlight all of the beauty of Ocala and Marion County. While all routes leave from downtown, the longer routes head straight into horse country, presenting both challenging rolling hills and beautiful horse farms for cyclists to enjoy. For these Gran Fondo and Medio riders, Top View Sports will again be handling the timing for those who wish to challenge themselves and others through the timed segments of the ride. Meanwhile, the shorter Piccolo route roams through Historic Ocala and passes Ft. King, offering even beginner riders classic Ocala scenery to enjoy along the way. We received amazing feedback on our routes last year and we plan to continue that trend again for 2019. Upon return from each route, riders will be greeted by a busy vendor expo, live entertainment, and great door prizes upon completion of their respective rides.
Because we’ve been able to showcase the best of Ocala and Marion County, the Ride for the Arts has quickly become one of the premiere rides in the state and a destination for both casual and competitive cyclists alike. Your registration not only provides you with a great cycling experience, it also helps to further the goal of MCA in promoting culture and the arts within our community.
I look forward to seeing you at this year’s Ride for the Arts!
2019 Ride for the Arts Director