After large bicycle festivals across the state cancelled, Mount Dora Bicycle Festival decided to switch it up. This October, instead of the big annual four-day event, festival organizers will kick off Cycletober on October 1. The month-long event will feature groups of smaller, pop-up rides organized by community riders in contrast to the large-scale rides organized by Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce (MDACC) during previous festivals. In addition to road rides, this year’s event will include trail rides for mountain bikes, as well as gravel rides. Cyclists will be recognized for the completion of various rides.
Also new this year, Cycletober will feature a QR Code scavenger hunt at downtown businesses throughout the month to help bring cyclists and visitors into the city’s unique shops.
MDACC President, Rachel O’Ryan, expects October 8 through 11 to be the busiest weekend of Cycletober judging by lodging reservations that have already been made. Interested cyclists can contact MDACC for more information about specific rides and events during the month.
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