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Florida bike festivals: Bicyclists take to country roads every fall

Last updated on November 13th, 2019 at 01:51 pm

Highlands Bike Festival

Highlands Bike Festival

Florida is a great place to bicycle – in terms of weather and terrain. But Florida lags behind when it comes to creating safe places for bicycling.

Organized bike festivals help fill a gap, by designating routes and raising local motorist awareness, while giving bicyclists beautiful places to explore by bike on longer trips.

These four fall bicycle festivals cover scenic roads and terrain. They all have long histories and hundreds of participants each year:

The Tour of Sebring

Aug. 30- Sept. 2, 2019. It’s an annual Labor Day weekend ride based in the picturesque town of Sebring on the Lake Wales Ridge. Here’s info from the organizers.

We’ve written about it here, where you’ll find details.

Mount Dora Bicycle Festival

Oct. 3-6, 2019.  Mount Dora has been hosting bicyclists for more than 40 years and attracts a thousand bicyclists. Mount Dora is another charming small town. It keeps the visitors coming with a series of big festivals from fall to spring.  Here’s more about the Mount Dora Bicycling Festival.

Gainesville Cycling Festival

Oct. 26-27, 2019. At the end of October, the bicycle action turns to Gainesville, which has been ranked as Florida’s most bike-friendly town. The Gainesville Cycling Festival  has been bringing bicyclists together in Gainesville for more than 30 years.

Highlands Bike Fest

Dec. 6-8, 2019. Then, before the holidays, it’s back to Sebring in Central Florida for the Highlands Bike Fest. (No link available yet, but watch this page for updates.)

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