70 Miles of Mallory Swamp & North Florida: Sun, Sand, and the Suwanee

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Graham, the man behind Mallory Swamp Classic, Insta @floridabikeadventures

“New for 2024! Starting and ending in Branford, Florida at Hatch Park There is a 70 mile full loop and 47 mile short loop” – Part of the North Florida Freeride Gravel Series – https://www.facebook.com/norflafreeridegravelseries

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Great crowd at the 2024 Mallory Swamp Classic!

“Mallory Swamp Wildlife Management Area (WMA) includes more than 31,318 acres in southeastern Lafayette County, southwest of Branford. The cypress swamps, titi swamp, peat bogs and uplands are recovering from a severe wildfire that swept through the area in 2001. This fire, in combination with restoration of natural water levels, should result in accelerated recovery of the area’s native vegetation. Recreational opportunities include hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, hiking, and cycling.” – https://myfwc.com/recreation/cooperative/mallory-swamp/

Mallory Swamp Classic Video

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In this video, JOM of the Gravel Cyclist crew rides the 70 mile Mallory Swamp loop with a fun group of cyclists who made the trip from near and far!

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Lovely tree-lined roads in places along the course

Reminder: ALWAYS BE A STEWARD FOR GRAVEL CYCLING: Respect the roads, respect the locals, respect the land, respect your fellow cyclists.

Additional Photos

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Just a *few* sandy spots along the course
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Entering Lafayette Forest
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Helping a Gopher Tortoise safely cross the road
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Sandy roads were a *bit* of a factor in the 2024 edition
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Sandy roads split the group to pieces

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