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SUNDAY

OCTOBER 6, 2024

Please join us on Sunday, October 6, 2024 ride kickoff at 7AM - 9AM. Rain or Shine. No Mass Start. Continental Breakfast for all Entrants!  Day of ride registration, check-in, and packet pick-up: 6:30AM - 9:00AM at The Depot, 218 N. Apopka Ave.

Our trail is one of the longest paved trails in Florida and listed in National Geographic's Traveler Magazine as one of the top 20 trails in the United States. The World Wildlife Fund says our trail is "One of the coolest places you've NEVER seen".
The Bike ride begins at the Depot with additional SAG stops at Ridge Manor, Nobleton, and Citrus Springs areas. The 47 mile long Withlacoochee State Trail is paved and meanders through Pasco, Hernando and Citrus Counties in West Central Florida. 
Participants choose the distance they want to ride.  For those who want to do 100 miles on the Trail you will need to choose where to make up the additional 6 miles.  

Century and Metric Challenge

Riders who complete The Metric Century (62.13K) or The 100 Mile Century will receive a commemorative finisher award.

Helmets are required.

ENTRY FEE:  NO REFUNDS, TRANSFERS, OR CREDITS

Early Bird: $50 (by May 31)
Pre-Reg: $60 (by July 31)
Late: $70 (by September 30)
Day of Ride Registration: $80 (October 1-Day of Ride)
Youth: (12 and under) $25.00 (May 1 thru October 6)
RIDE WILL OCCUR RAIN OR SHINE
 
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

WHAT YOU GET:
 
  • Super Cool Event participant medal
  • Refreshing Continental Breakfast at the Depot Pavilion
  • Warm fuzzy feeling from knowing your entry proceeds go to Friends of the Withlacoochee State Trail who help to support, maintain, and promote the Trail.
  • Food Truck luncheon at the Depot/Inverness Trail head from 11AM-2PM
  • 6 SAG Stops along the course dedicated for Cycle LaCoochee Riders Only
    • Hydration & Food at 4 SAG Stops
    • Hydration at 2 SAG Stops                                                                                          

SAG Stop-Floral City-7 Miles South: Heading South from the Trailhead enjoy a scenic ride to Historic Floral City that hosts a Hydration Only SAG stop and bathrooms.

SAG Stop:  Nobleton/Istachatta- 14 Miles South: Enjoy a fully supported SAG stop at the small town of Nobleton including a lite mix of food, park, music, and restrooms!

SAG Stop:  Ridge Manor- 24 Miles: This is our most popular distance and the SAG stop is located at Ridge Manor Trailhead (24 miles South) with plenty of food and beverage support and bathrooms.

SAG Stop-Owensboro-Trailhead 30 Miles South: Heading South on the Trailhead you'll find the turnaround point for those doing the Century or Metric Century distance.  This is a Hydration Only SAG stop.

SAG Stop:  Gulf Junction Trailhead- 16 Miles North: Enjoy a fully supported SAG stop at the Gulf Junction Trailhead  including a "Sweet & Salty" variety of food and restrooms.

 

For those completing the Century Ride, you'll go another 1 mile north to the turnaround.

Note to Century Riders-100 Miles: For the more serious riders. Ride the trail from end to end and complete this 94 mile stretch out and back with limited road crossings and plenty of wide open space to spin your wheels.  You will need to do an additional 6 miles to ensure you complete the 100 miles.

 

 

TO REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE, CLICK ON THE BUTTON BELOW.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

 

The Fourth Annual Cake by the Lake 5K and One Mile Cakewalk will take place on Saturday, April 5, 2025 on the Withlacoochee State Trail! Both events start at Liberty Park in Inverness. 5K Runners will take off as the sun rises over the lake, and 1-mile walkers will start moments later. Both routes travel along the beautiful shores of the Tsala Apopka chain of lakes. As all participants return to Liberty Park, they’ll get their finisher’s medals, and enjoy music and festivities, and of course, eat delicious cake by the lake, along with ice cream!  Unique cake plate age-level awards will be three-deep in five-year age increments for the 5K.  This event does NOT have T-shirts, but you'll be delighted with your race swag!  Free photos will be available online.  

This is a flat, straight course destined to help you set a new PR!  

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