This is the fourth annual Ride for the Arts to benefit Marion Cultural Alliance supporting the arts in Ocala / Marion County, Florida.

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The 2018 Ride for the Arts Gran Fondo offers 3 rides

The Gran Fondo (70 miles), the Medio (40 miles) and the Piccolo

Now in its fourth year, 2018 Ride for the Arts Gran Fondo offers a ride for all levels. The 70 mile Gran Fondo, the 40 mile Medio, and the 15 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.

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.

Marion Cultural Alliance

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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 their website at www.MCAOcala.com.