The largest organized road tour in Polk County, this is an on-road cycling tour along the scenic back roads of southern Polk County. Gently rolling roads take the cyclists across the Peace River Basin through expansive citrus groves and around the old Florida backwoods. Additionally, this is a cycling event that sets Bartow apart by providing great cycling support via fully stocked rest stops with friendly volunteers, Sheriff Deputy escorts, trailing vehicles for assistance and aid, course photographer, and great food provided by some of Bartow’s finest restaurants.
This is also the only ride that gives the opportunity to one of the participating cyclists the chance to be the featured poster cyclist via an Artistic Motion Drawing through the registrations pulled the day of the ride. The winner is photographed on the course at some point and has a logo designed by LillyCat Design Studio, with his or her image, which then becomes the next year’s ride logo on all print media and the ride shirt. The cyclist also receives a wall hanging with the featured logo.
This year’s ride will feature a 62 and 35 mile road tour and a 17 mile family fun ride. The staging area for the ride will be at Fort Blount Park, at the corner of Main Street and Broadway Avenue in Bartow. Parking is behind the SunTrust parking lot across from the park.