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The 39th Annual Mount Dora Bicycle Festival is almost here!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

September
25
2013

The 39th Annual Mount Dora Bicycle Festival will be held this year over a period three days: Friday, October 11th through Sunday October 13th. This is primarily a roadie event, however people are more than welcome to do any of the rides on a mountain bike (and some do).

I’m registered for all three days, but will probably not be able to show up on Friday. I will definitely be attending the festival on Saturday, and possibly on Sunday.

There are close to a dozen different rides scheduled, with distances ranging from 5 miles all the way up to 100 miles. Because I’m not sure if I’ll be able to attend on Sunday, I decided to go long and do the 100 mile ride on Saturday.

Through my affiliation with the We Must Be Crazy cycling club, I’ll be acting as a Ride Marshal on Saturday’s century ride:

Ride Marshals act as safety ambassadors by sharing cycling advice and encouraging safe cycling behaviors. Ride Marshals may also perform the role of first responders at accident scenes along ride routes and identify unsafe cyclists to ride officials. In addition, Ride Marshals are often asked to provide basic assistance to riders who may experience problems, such as flat tires, along the route.

I figure most of the people doing the 100 mile ride are going to be pretty experienced & safe cyclists, so for the most part I’ll likely just be stopping to help anyone who is having a mechanical.

I picked up my jersey yesterday, it looks fantastic (click to enlarge):

2013 Mount Dora Bike Festival Jersey

2013 Mount Dora Bike Festival Jersey

 

In addition to ride marshals, these rides have radio supported SAG wagons, first aid stations, rest/snack stops every 15-20 miles on most of the medium to long rides and clearly marked routes. Maps are also included in registration packets. This is an extremely well-organized and supported event.

If you’re into cycling at all, this is a wonderful chance to do fun rides with hundreds of your fellow cycling enthusiasts, and to support the local businesses that give back to the cycling community. Hope to see you there!

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