Gainesville Cycling Festival
The Gainesville Cycling Festival is the major event produced by the Gainesville Cycling Club each fall. Relatively unique among such events, it is two full-blown century rides on back-to-back days. It is usually scheduled in October on a weekend the Gators are not playing a home game (so that our guests can find motel accommodations). A small group of members get together to do the up-front planning and are augmented by many other club members on the event weekend to make the rides a success.
The weekend kicks off on Saturday with the Santa Fe Century, which showcases the best roads to the north of Gainesville.
On Sunday, the Horse Farm Hundred is one of the longest running of the Florida centuries, first run in 1981. The ride is known for its outstanding scenery, especially in the areas of northern Marion county that are crammed with horse farms.
Both rides are known for having the best on-the-road feed of any century that we know of.
Net proceeds from the weekend allow us to make a generous contribution to the Boys and Girls Club, and to augment our club dues.