The 2019 Tour de Felasco

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About the Tour

Join the Friends of San Felasco on Saturday, January 12, 2019 for a mountain bicycling event that will challenge each rider with a tour through one of North Florida’s most diverse ecological and geological preserves. Presented by the Friends of San Felasco, Inc., a non-profit volunteer Citizen Support Organization (CSO) dedicated to supporting the trail system and other efforts within the park, this event is the main fundraiser for the CSO.

The Tour is not a race, but it is an endurance event through a challenging series of trails. Many people compare this ride to the difficulty level of a hilly century (100 mile) road bicycle route, and we recommend you prepare accordingly. The Tour route will test your bike skills and endurance with rolling hills, short climbs, sinkholes, creek crossings, and log bridges. Experience areas of the park not usually open to bikes, while supporting the CSO’s efforts to improve this magnificent trail system.

The Tour covers either 50 miles or a metric century of 62 miles (your choice) without crossing a single paved road. There’s a time cutoff for the metric century option. Any rider who meets the cutoff time is invited to extend the ride. Participants who want a shorter tour will be able to exit after lunch, usually around a 25-35 mile ride.

What You Need to Know

    • The park will be closed to the public for the Tour.  Only pre-registered riders will be able to participate.  No day of event registration is available.
    • There are no refunds, however registrations can be transferred to another rider (via Active.com) through 12/31/18.  A 15% transfer fee will be applied.
    • The event will proceed rain or shine. There will be no rain date.
    • Event Size is limited to 600 riders.
    • Helmets are MANDATORY!  No helmet, no ride.
    • Pets are not allowed
    • Park entry fee is included in the registration fee.
    • The Tour is not a race.  It’s an endurance ride, meant for the enjoyment of all.  Everyone is a winner!
    • Be prepared for rolling hills, long distances, creek crossings, and log bridges. Bail-out points will be available throughout the Tour; participants who want a shorter Tour will be able to exit after lunch for a 25-35 mile ride.

RIDER SUPPORT

  • Four sag stops will provide water, sports drink and an assortment of snacks. A delicious lunch from local restaurants will be provided. Save room for pizza and beer at the end of the ride, too.  We’ll have deliveries at 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, and 5:00 as riders complete the tour, and to space out the pizza to allow for differing rider completion times

EARLY CHECK-IN

  • We will have early check-in on FRIDAY, Jan 11th.  Location is TBA…!  We’ll send out information when we have the details nailed down.

Sponsor the Tour

This event is the primary annual fundraising event for the Friends of San Felasco, Inc. The proceeds from the Tour will be used to help us maintain and improve the trails throughout the Park and to provide funding to the Park to help preserve the incredible resource we have in this beautiful place. Last year, in addition to providing regular maintenance of the trail system, we were also able to purchase critical equipment for the park such as chain saws, tools, and utility vehicles. Without your support, we would be unable to provide this much-needed help.

We Need You!

 A great event depends upon great volunteers. Whether you are new to the area or if you are a seasoned veteran, all help is welcomed! Ride marshals will ride the entire event, but must be CSO Members familiar with trails. There is something of interest for everyone. Volunteering is a great way for non-riders or family members to participate in the fun. If you plan on volunteering, please complete the online registration so we can thank you with a t-shirt! **Volunteer t-shirts cannot be guaranteed unless the registration form is filled out!

Support Our Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Citizens State Bank
Critter Creek Farm Sanctuary

Diamond Sponsors

Cypress & Grove

Gold Sponsors

Vets-B-We
Ortho Riders

Silver Sponsors

Gator Cycle
Chain Reaction Bicycles
Goodbike
Super Cool Bike Shop

Bronze Sponsors

Wild Birds Unlimited
Affiliated Engineers
Gainesville Health & Fitness