Fenner Ride - Santa Rosa County

Thank you to everyone who came out to Fenner Ride 2021! It was a beautiful day for cycling!

Stay tuned for the announcement of 2022's date and time!


Fenner Ride History

A bike ride takes cyclists from the historic city of Milton, all the way to the woodlands of the Blackwater Forest, and back again. Along the way, the winding course gives a unique chance to experience Northwest Florida’s native wildlife, natural environments, and beautiful scenery. A ride for all cycling levels, you choose 18, 42, 62, or 100 miles. All routes are the same peaceful nature experience and is part of the Beaches to Woodlands Tour that occurs in Santa Rosa County, Florida each year.

This cycling event is dedicated to the memory of Fenner McConnell and Matt Wantz. Both men were avid cyclists and former members of the West Florida Wheelmen. Dr. Fenner McConnell, a medical examiner for a four-county district in the Panhandle, was killed in 1998 by a hit-and-run driver as he rode his bicycle across the Bob Sikes Bridge, which connects Pensacola to Santa Rosa Island. Matt was tragically killed while working in a local bike shop.

About the blackwater heritage trail

The more than nine miles of paved trail offer an enjoyable trip through a quaint North Florida town and out into the countryside where wooden bridges cross several creeks and native wildflowers dot the landscape.

Designated as a National Recreation Trail and part of Florida's State Greenways and Trails System, this paved trail is the perfect venue for biking, running, walking and skating, along with picnicking and bird-watching activities.

bicycle across the Bob Sikes Bridge, which connects Pensacola to Santa Rosa Island. The trail extends eight miles north to join the U.S. Navy's 1.5-mile Military Heritage Trail, which ends at the Naval Air Station Whiting Field.

To read more about the fascinating history surrounding the Blackwater Heritage Trail, click HERE.

Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors

Course Directional Sign Sponsor

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Thank you to all of the participants, sponsors, volunteers, and community members who make this event successful each year!

Fenner Ride 2021