Organized by JOM of the Gravel Cyclist crew, the Heartbreaker Cycling Invitational is an event that traverses some of Gainesville’s most beautiful roads. Live Oak canopies adorned with Spanish moss, dirt, limerock and paved roads, this ride has it all. For those wondering, Justin Pfaff took the fastest time, even though the Heartbreaker isn’t really a race.
Some Heartbreaker History
Originally started as a lark some eight years ago, the Heartbreaker took its humble beginnings as a Facebook event. The ride was named as a homage to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (RIP Tom) who began their musical careers in Gainesville, Florida. Technically, the original Tom Petty band was Mudcrutch (I have another event dedicated to that name) but either way, I thought the Heartbreaker name lent itself well to my idea of a challenging mixed-surface ride. The ride has seen various formats during the past eight years. It’s been a charity ride hosted at a brewery, a charity ride hosted at a cafe, and a ride starting and ending at a gas / petrol station (classy).
Catch the 2019 Heartbreaker ride report, HERE.