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Busy day: ride, route marking, work; Mount Dora Bike Festival is here!

Friday, October 10, 2014 by  
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I woke up a little before 4:00 AM, and my mind was instantly racing with all the things I have to accomplish today. It’s going to be tough to squeeze everything in, but I’ll manage. In addition to all of the below stuff, I’ve got about 7-8 hours of work I need to get done before I go to bed.

After I finish writing this blog and eat breakfast, I’m going to break out my helmet LED lights and do a quick and easy pre-dawn spin on the bike. After my ride I’ve got to do my usual weekly bike tune-up and get her all ready for another big weekend of riding: the Mount Dora Bike Festival kicks off today!

In addition to marshaling the Century ride on Saturday and the Assault on Sugarloaf ride on Sunday, I’ve also volunteered for route marking duties. My friend William and I will be marking the Assault on Sugarloaf route this morning:

Mount Dora Bike Festival route marking supplies.

Mount Dora Bike Festival route marking supplies.


I’m glad I’ve got a partner, as my terrible sense of direction is infamous ’round these here parts. Even with a cue sheet, a compass, a car GPS and my Garmin Edge 810, I’d still find a way to screw things up if I were doing the marking solo.

My friend Jeff Stevens marked the century (100 mile) route, and that was a HUGE job (William and I are getting off comparatively light with a 39 mile route). Painting that long route took Jeff 19 cans of paint, and I won’t even hazard a guess as to how many hours. Extra special thanks for your efforts there, Riddler.

When online registration for the festival closed there were over 1,000 people registered for rides. I was picking up my paint supplies and Marshal kit at the Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce yesterday, and while I was there I was chatting with Tracy Draper (who has worked tirelessly on this year’s event). I was told that 300+ walk-up registrations would not be unusual–especially because the weather will be nice. The current festival record is 1,301 registered riders, so this could very well be the biggest Mount Dora Bike Festival in its 40-year history!

THANK YOU! to all of the hard-working volunteers that put this year’s celebration of cycling and the great city of Mount Dora together. There were a lot of changes this year, and it took a massive group effort to pull it off.

I’m super excited about the festival, and I hope to see a bunch of you there this weekend!

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