To increase the cycling amenities in Mount Dora, a pump track and an 18-jump flow trail are currently being added to the Forres Park side of the existing mountain bike trails.
A pump track is a loop that, when designed and ridden properly, does not require pedaling. Instead, riders rely on an up-and-down “pumping” action done along a series of rollers (gentle hills), banked turns and other features that allows them to gain or maintain forward momentum.
Similarly, a flow trail has terrain with jumps and berms which allows riders to mostly pump and flow, rather than pedal. The surface of a flow trail is smoother than the more rough and rugged mountain bike trails, making it suitable for various levels of riders. Mount Dora’s new trails will be funded and maintained by the Ocala Mountain Bike Association and were designed by Natural Trail Building.
The goal is for the top section of Mount Dora’s new trail, including the kids’ trail, to be open by June 1. The longer section is anticipated to be finished by fall, 2022.
Currently, Mount Dora Mountain Bike Trail features eleven trails ranging from easy to difficult. Riders enter the year-round trails at Lincoln Avenue Park just east of the dog park area. The next-closest mountain bike trails are the 290-miles of the Santos Trails which are located near Ocala.
The new flow trails are adjacent to Forres Park located at 1550 E 9th Avenue in Mount Dora. The entrance to the older section of Mount Dora Mountain Bike Trail at Lincoln Community Park is located at 1550 E 11th Avenue.