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Race Highlights The Biking Opportunities In Eastern Sarasota

Sarasota Cycle Fest Forest Rest Stop Brian Wood
In what has become an annual event, the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club included a rest stop at The Forest during its recent 2015 Cyclefest. The event is one of the club's biggest of the year and includes 20, 35, 62 and 100 mile routes. This year there were hundreds of riders out to enjoy the fantastic biking opportunities east of I-75 in Sarasota.

The Forest was a key rest stop for riders along the 100 mile route (see a map of the route) toward the end of the beautiful but challenging ride. Hi Hat Ranch and The Forest have sponsored several rest stops for the club but managing partner Tom Dabney says the Fall Cyclefest is a favorite time at the community.

"The weather was warmer than usual this year but the fountain grasses were still in full color," said Dabney. "It's really just a beautiful setting and seeing all the participants biking through the community makes for a special day here."

Dabney also said he was looking forward to welcoming club event organizer David Hodgkinson as the newest resident at The Forest. Todd Johnston Homes is making the final touches on a new custom estate for Hodgkinson and his wife in the community.

"It's been my pleasure to work with David and his committee for the past several years and I am excited to have him making The Forest a permanent stop."

Race organizers say eastern Sarasota County offers cyclists a wealth of excellent biking opportunities. The Forest is a mecca for cyclists with its location on Clark Road between I-75 and Myakka River State Park. The roadway includes bike lanes for the entire distance. Myakka also has miles of bike trails.

Scott and Marcia Corbett, other new residents moving to The Forest later this fall, are also avid bikers. They would often load their bikes and drive from Siesta Key to ride in the area.

"Myakka is very close so that's a really big plus for us moving to The Forest," says Marcia.