Elevation gain 528m
Rainbow Springs, FL to Lake Kissimmee State Park, FL
Race Format: Team Relay
Surface: 100% tarmac
Transfer: No transfer
Still in the heart of Gator country, Stage 12 starts with one of Florida's premier Rails-to-Trails, the Withlacoochee State Trail, a 74km un-interrupted drag strip of smooth pavement, including some interesting trailside attractions. Some more country roads, and a bit of energy-sucking sand on North Carter Road, it’s on to the James Van Fleet State Trail, a dead-flat segment known as a time trialers training ground. With 128km of designated bike path, stage 12 gives riders a welcome reprieve from sharing the road.