Ride for the Arts
21 April 2018

2018 RIDE FOR THE ARTS GRAN FONDO

There’s a ride for all levels with the 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 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.

For those with a competitive spirit, the Gran and Medio routes offer timed segments and will award $2,000 in total cash prizes for the Gran Fondo route!

All Gran Fondo and Medio Fondo participants will receive a Ride for the Arts finisher medal.


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Registration Fees

Gran Fondo - Non-Competitor

70 Miles - Orange Arrows

    1. $65.00
      Apr 9 - Apr 20
      Register
    2. $70.00
      Apr 21 - Apr 21

Gran Fondo - Competitor

70 miles | Orange Arrows

    1. $105.00
      Apr 2 - Apr 20
      Register
    2. $110.00
      Apr 21 - Apr 21

Medio Ride

40 miles | Green Arrows

    1. $65.00
      Apr 9 - Apr 20
      Register
    2. $70.00
      Apr 21 - Apr 21

Piccolo Ride

15 miles | Pink Arrows

Official Ride for the Arts Jersey

Order your Ride for the Arts jersey by March 1st and wear it on event day!

Orders after March 2nd will be delivered at a date to be determined.

Only $65!

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Gran and Medio Routes Info

New this Year!

The Ride for the Arts Gran Fondo now offers two options for the 70 mile route - Competitor and Non-Competitor

Our exciting Gran Fondo travels through 70 miles of beautiful horse farms dotted on rolling hills with live oak trees and Spanish moss gently swaying in the warm Florida sun. 

With 3 timed sections, 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. 

Don’t care about racing? No problem, the 70 miles is still perfect for anyone who just enjoys helping the arts and promoting cycling.


GRAN FONDO Non-Competitor Info:

ENJOY THE RIDE. The Gran Fondo Non-Competitor option is designed for those that just want to enjoy the scenery and ride at their own pace.  With the event taking you through the Horse Capital of the World, you will be amazed at how many horse farms are in the area!  Be sure to stop along the way and take some pictures.  You may even have a few horses come up and photo bomb you!


GRAN FONDO Competitor Info:

THIS IS A SEGMENT TIMED RACE, NOT A POINT-TO-POINT RACE. 

The Gran Fondo is scored by the lowest amount of time over three timed segments. Any cheating; cutting the course, drafting a vehicle, swapping numbers, etc. will disqualify you and you will not be allowed to ever enter the Ride for the Arts event. Cash awards are for overall women’s and overall men’s Gran Fondo ONLY.  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. All riders MUST complete the Gran Fondo course by 2:00 pm in order to have their times counted for the competition.

TEAM AWARDS: 

Teams must be a minimum of 5.  If you register a Team of five or more, you get 1 free. Teams pay the full amount, one person registers (and pays) for the entire team and lists the members of the team.

All teams MUST WEAR MATCHING JERSEYS

THIS IS A SEGMENT TIMED RACE

  • 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
    • 2nd place: $200
    • 3rd place: $150
    • 4th place: $125
    • 5th place: $100
    • 6th place: $50
    • 7th place: $25
    • 8th place: $20
    • 9th place: $15
    • 10th place: $15

IN ADDITION TO THE OVERALL FOR THE GRAN FONDO; WE ARE AWARDING WINNERS IN THE FOLLOWING AGE GROUPS:

  • 20-29 – Top Male/Top Female
  • 30-39 – Top Male/Top Female
  • 40-49 – Top Male/Top Female
  • 50-59 – Top Male/Top Female
  • 60-69 – Top Male/Top Female
  • 70 plus – Top Male/Top Female

TEAMS:

  • If you register a Team of five, you get 1 free (so you are paying for 4). 
  • Teams pay the full amount, one person registers (and pays) for the entire team and lists the members of the team. 
  • All teams MUST WEAR MATCHING JERSEYS.

TEAM AWARDS

  • Oldest Team
  • Youngest Team
  • Team that came the furthest to compete

WINNER’S JERSEY

  • A winner’s jersey is presented to the first place male and female cyclists for overall only.

MEDIO Competitor Info:

THIS IS SEGMENT TIMED RACE. 

The Medio is scored by the lowest amount of time over two timed segments. Any cheating; cutting the course, drafting a vehicle, swapping numbers, etc. you will be disqualified and will not be allowed to enter future the Ride for the Arts event. 

All riders MUST complete the Medio course by 2:00 pm in order to have their times counted for the competition.

TEAM AWARDS: 

Teams must be a minimum of 5.  If you register a Team of five or more, you get 1 free. Teams pay the full amount, one person registers (and pays) for the entire team and lists the members of the team.

All teams MUST WEAR MATCHING JERSEYS


MEDALS & WINNER’S JERSEY:

All Gran Fondo & Medio finishers receive a “finishing” medal. Only the OVERALL WINNERS receive a winner’s jersey. 

Route Options

Start Times
Routes
Distances
Elev/ft
Maps
8:00 a.m.
Gran Fondo
70 miles
1850
Map
8:15 a.m.
Medio Ride
40 miles
893 Map
8:30 a.m.
Piccolo Ride
15 miles
 

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Packet Pickup

Day(s) Start Time End Time Location
Fri 20 April 2018 4:30 pm 7:30 pm Brick City Center for the Arts
23 SW Broadway Street, Ocala Fl 34471

Start Location

Accomodations

Check out great rates on local accommodations

 Ocala is home to a variety of lodging options and sports a mix of prestigious national chain hotels near the start/finish location.


  Hotel:  Best Western Ocala Park Centre
Address: 3701 SW 38th Ave, Ocala, FL  34474
Rates:  $114 + tax / 2 double beds
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  Hotel: Comfort Suites
Address: 20052 Brooks St, Dunnellon, FL  34432
Rates: $115 + tax
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Hotel: Holiday Inn Express
Address: 5360 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Silver Springs, FL  34488
Rates: $129 + tax / 2 Queen Beds
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Hotel: Howard Johnson
Address: 3951 NW Blitchton Rd, Ocala, FL 34482
Rates: $74 + tax / 2 double beds or king bed
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Ph: 352-629-7021
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Hotel: Sleep Inn Suites Ocala - Belleview
Address: 13600 SW 17th Court, Ocala, FL  34473
Rates: $95 + tax / 2 queen beds
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Ph: 352-347-8383
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Weather Cancellation Policies

This is a Rain or Shine event.  No refunds or transfers.

The safety of our participants and volunteers is our most important concern and if any of the threatening weather conditions are present the day of the event (tornado warning, tornado watch, thunderstorm, heavy rain or a hurricane decides to visit), the event may be delayed or canceled. 

When weather conditions or other physical conditions present a danger to participants, such conditions fall under the label “acts of mother nature,” it will not result in refunding of any event entry fees or future event credits, since funds were already spent in preparation for your event day.

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Event Schedule

  • April 20 5:00 PM EDT - Packet Pickup (5:00 pm to 7:30 pm)

  • April 21 6:00 AM EDT - Day of Event Check-in/Registration Opens

  • April 21 8:00 AM EDT - Ride start - Gran Fondo (70 miles)

  • April 21 8:15 AM EDT - Ride start - Medio Ride (40 miles)

  • April 21 8:30 AM EDT - Ride start - Piccolo Ride (15 miles)

Contact Information

Event Location

23 SW Broadway St, Ocala, FL, United States

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