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

The ride covers from 15 to 75 miles of challenging and beautiful rolling hills filled with huge live oak trees covered with Spanish moss and majestic horse farms in to more than 500 cyclists, all leaving from MCA Brick City Center for the Arts, then heading out throughout the amazing horse farms and hills.

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The Gran Fondo features three timed segments and 2,000 in cash prizes distributed across the top ten places, men and women.  The cash award is paid 10 places back; as follows: 1st place: $300.00, 2nd place: $200.00, 3rd place: $150.00, 4th place: $125.00, 5th place: $100.00, 6th place: $50.00, 7th place: $25.00, 8th place: $20.00, 9th place: $15.00, 10th place: $15.00.


A winner’s jersey is presented to the first place male and female cyclists. 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 ride features a Friday night packet pick-up party, and on Saturdays police escort, snacks, SAG stops, mechanical support, lunch, Tee shirts and custom designed kits are available for purchase.

The goal of this event is to raise funds to promote and support art in Ocala / Marion County, Florida. The secondary goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle and enjoyment of cycling.

Marion Cultural Alliance

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Founded in 2001, MCA’s mission is to be the catalyst and advocate of increased cultural impact in the community, thereby enriching the lives of people through service to member organizations and the general public. MCA supports activities relating to the arts, fine arts, historical and scientific museums, and specific education through grants, advocacy, fundraising and partnerships.