From the Promoter:
The Armed Occupation Act during the 1840s was a draw to the early pioneers settling in Marion County. Joseph Pottle Barco came to Florida from Georiga in 1848. He eventually settled in a community that was named Cotton Plant as a result of farming and cotton growing. The route will pass through several communities including York, Leroy, and Lake Tropicana. Road surfaces include pavement, chip seal, lime rock, dirt roads, and grass roads that will present the impact of Florida’s rainy season.
The course route will be published the week of the ride and will be at least 128 km/80 miles.
Riders assemble at Ocala’s downtown square at 9:00am – Ride departs at 9:15am.
Participants, their friends, and families are invited to hang out and socialize at Jimmy John’s on South Pine Avenue after the ride.
This event is 100% unsupported, you are responsible for your own welfare. Four stores are located on the route.
As is the nature of gravel cycling, these ROUTES ARE NOT MARKED. Please utilize the forthcoming maps for your navigational needs. Cue sheets can be generated from the map links, but they are not always trustworthy.
THE COURSE IS OPEN TO TRAFFIC. PLEASE RESPECT ALL RULES OF THE ROAD.