Friends of Lake Apopka to Host Third Annual “Connect the Trails” Bike Ride


Friends of Lake Apopka (FOLA) is proud to host their third annual “Connect the Trails” bike ride in support of the restoration efforts of historic Lake Apopka. “Connect the Trails”, formerly “FOLA 40”, will take place on Sunday, November 10, and will include four distance options for participating riders. 


The annual bike ride’s name is derived from the need to connect the two major trail systems surrounding Lake Apopka called West Orange/South Lake and Lake Apopka Loop. “Connect the Trails” attracts riders from across the state of Florida, as well as the country. Joe Dunn, president of FOLA, believes out-of-town and out-of-state cycling visitors promote ecotourism and bring revenue to local hotels, restaurants and shops. 

Registered riders can choose from 8, 16, 36 and 40 mile rides. There will be marked rest stops along the trail in which riders will be able to stop for water and energy bars. “Connect the Trails” is sponsored by Crooked Can Brewing Company and Winter Garden Wheel Works. All registrants are invited to enjoy a complimentary adult beverage provided by Crooked Can after they complete their ride. Official T-shirts will be given to the first 150 registrants after the ride at Crooked Can, and all other registrants can pick up their T-shirt from Winter Garden Wheel Works after November 25. FOLA is partnering with American Legion Post 63 to honor our Veterans on Veterans Day weekend. Donations can be made to the American Legion at both start and finish locations. 


The 40 mile ride starts at downtown historic Winter Garden’s City Pavilion at 104 S. Lakeview Ave, Winter Garden, FL 34787. The 8, 16 and 36 mile rides start at Magnolia Park at 2929 S Binion Rd, Apopka, FL 32703. A hybrid, mountain or cyclocross-style bike is strongly recommended for all distances. All ride distances start at 8:30 a.m. The registration fee is $45 per person. To register and to view a full list of event details and requirements, please visit and search “Connect the Trails”. All proceeds from “Connect the Trails” go directly back to FOLA’s mission to continue to improve the historic Lake Apopka and surrounding trails.