SAVE THE DATE! SUNDAY MAY 5, 2019

RIDE FOR THE ARTS GRAN FONDO

JOIN US FOR AN AMAZING EVENT-RAISING FUNDS FOR THE ARTS

Now in its fifth year, the City of Ocala presents the 2019 Ride for the Arts Gran Fondo. There’s a ride for all levels. The 71 mile Gran Fondo, the 43 mile Medio, and the 11 mile Piccolo, an escorted ride for kids, families, and beginners. The Gran Fondo and Medio routes have timed segments and cover beautiful and challenging rolling hills dotted with giant live oak trees draped with Spanish moss. Cyclists will ride through Horse Capital of the World passing majestic horse farms with paddocks full of mommas and their spring babies. Hundreds of cyclists, will leave from Brick City Center for the Arts, Marion Cultural Alliance’s home in downtown Historic Ocala.
The City of Ocala is the Presenting sponsor with Partial Funding by the Ocala/Marion County Tourism and Convention Bureau.

PLATINUM PLUS PRESENTING SPONSOR


WITH PARTIAL FUNDING BY

THE OCALA/MARION COUNTY TOURISM AND CONVENTION BUREAU

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 Friday Nigh 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.

 

A RIDE FOR EVERYONE

NO MATTER YOUR CYCLING EXPERIENCE, RIDE FOR THE ARTS IS A GREAT TIME FOR ALL.

GRAND FONDO

Start Time: 8:00 am
Distance: 71 miles with 3 timed sections.
SAG Stops: YES!

The competitive part of our ride is challenging enough for the highest level racing cyclist or the first time competitive cyclist who wants to give racing a try.

MEDIO RIDE

Start Time: 8:15 am
Distance: 43 miles with 2 timed sections.
SAG Stops: YES!

The competitive part of our ride is challenging enough for the highest level racing cyclist or the first time competitive cyclist who wants to give racing a try.  If 70 miles is more than you want to ride, our Medio ride will be perfect.

PICCOLO RIDE

Start Time: 8:30 am
Distance: 11 miles on flat terrain. 
SAG Stops: NO

The Piccolo Ride is perfect for first timers, children, or those who are looking for a short ride to get back first to the party!  This is a great ride to start your cycling career.

Letter from the RFTA Director

Hello, Cyclists!

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!

Sincerely,

Chris King
2019 Ride for the Arts Director

CONTACT US

  • (352) 369-1500
  • info@mcaocala.com
  • 23 SW Broadway St, Ocala, Florida 34471

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