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1.    Is the Coastal Ride a good choice for new riders?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 1.  Is the Coastal Ride a good choice for new riders?
      The Cycle NC Coastal Ride provides participants (new and veteran riders) and their families with a fun filled weekend full of great routes, lots of entertainment, waterfront camping, mouthwatering cuisine, camaraderie, great memories and southern coastal hospitality.  Off the bike activities include, but not limited to kayaking, boat rides, historic walking tours, trips to the beach, shopping, local entertainment, beautiful sunsets and much more.  
     
     The ride is perfect for newbies and veterans as it offers puts you in charge of how much or how little you want to ride.  Choose to ride 1, 2 or 3 days.  It's up to you and what fits best with your busy schedule.  Each day offers you the option to ride a variety of route distances varying anywhere form a short 5 mile stroll around town to a full 100 miles (Century Club!).  If you want to ride 20 miles in the morning, have lunch at camp and then go back out for another 30 mile ride, then perfect!  If you just want to ride in the morning and explore the town in the afternoon, then that's fine too.  It's a great event because you get to control what you want to do.  
     
     The routes are fully supported, meaning, we have SAG vans patrolling the routes in case you break down or need assistance. Rest stops are set up approximately 10-20 miles apart to offer refreshments, snacks and a chance to rest.  Bike mechanics are ready to repair and get you back on the road to finish out the day.  Routes are signed and marked for easy navigation from start to finish.
     
     The Coastal Ride is a perfect weekend get-a-way for those looking for a good balance of Coastal Cycling, local entertainment and family fun.  The ride does sell out so make sure you get your registration in early!  The rider limit for this ride is 1400 and in 2016, it sold out in January.  
   
  

2.  What does my registration fee include?
      Your registration fee includes indoor and outdoor camping facilities, an event shirt, access to electronic cue sheets, maps and gps downloads, signed and marked routes, SAG support, bicycle mechanical support provided by Cycling Spoken Here, evening entertainment, local activities, discounts, beverage gardens each night, portable restrooms at camp and along the routes, shower facilities each day and night, CNC socials on Friday and Saturday with beverage gardens and even a catered meal (Saturday only), Rest Stops (aid stations) with Powerade, water, fresh fruit and assorted snacks, the Cycle NC App (IOS and Google Play) and not to mention, a really great time!


3.  Do I need to reserve indoor/outdoor camping space?
     No reservation is necessary for indoor or outdoor camping.  Space is based on a first-come, first-served basis.  Indoor camping is typically in a gymnasium where you provide your own sleeping bag and pad.  Outdoor camping can be done on your own where you bring your tent, sleeping bag, etc. and set it up for the weekend.  For more information regarding the campsites, click HERE.  

 4.  What if I plan to bring an RV, trailer or pop-up camper?
      If you are planning on brining your personal camper, trailer or RV, you must indicate that when registering AND notify Cycle NC.  You will need to email your arrival date, type of RV, size, and who will be camping with you.  This helps us in determining how much space we need to accommodate everyone.  Water, sewer and electricity is not provided so you must come self-contained.  You may use a generator during the hours of 7am to 10pm.  All generators must be off from 10pm to 6:59am. Parking details will be provided one month from the event start date and included in Part II of the participant guide.     
 

5.  What food does CNC provide at the Rest Stops?
     CNC rest stops are spaced out approximately 10 to 20 miles and feature a variety of snacks and drinks.  For sanitary reasons, most snack items are prepackaged.  Below is a list of typical items you will find at our rest stops.
 
     Water (dispensers and bottled)
     Powerade (dispensers and bottled if available)
     Fruit (apples & bananas)
     ClifBars (assorted flavors)
     Pickle Cups
     Fig Bars
     Sodas (coke, diet coke, fanta and sprite)
     Granola bars
     Peanut Butter Crackers
     Nutty Bars
     Sweet and Salty trail mix
     Cookies
     PB&J
 sandwiches (at select stops)
   
 

6.  What time do the routes open each day?
     There is not a mass start for this event so you can access the routes at any time during the stated route hours below.  If you leave before the routes open or you are still on the routes after they have closed, we cannot provide you with support services (rest stops, SAG or directional signage).  The first rest stop on the routes will open approximately 15 minutes after the rotues officially open.  Refer to your route cue sheets and maps for the open/close hours of each rests stop.  All route cue sheets and maps will be emailed to all participants no later than the Monday before the ride starts.  GPS downloads will also be available at that time.       

     CNC Route Hours:

     Friday:  9am to 4:30pm
     Saturday: 8am to 4:30pm
     Sunday: 8am to 3:00pm  
 
  

7.  Do I have to finish riding by a certain time each day?
   
 The routes have a closing time each day.  At that time, all services including rest stops, directional signage and SAG support will end. If you are on the routes past the closing time and need assistance, you can call Rider Services and a staff member will be more than happy to help you. 
 

8.  What is there to do when I'm not riding?
       At the Cycle NC Coastal Ride, we plan just as many off the bike events as we do on the bike events.  Each day offers a wide range of activities or entertainment options that will keep you busy.  Local activities may include kayaking, Stand Up Paddle board rentals, local boat rides, historic walking tours, corn hole, shopping, trips to the beach (some near and far), beer gardens and live musical entertainment each night.  In addition to the local activities, both Friday and Saturday night will feature a CNC Social with a beverage garden and live music.  On Saturday night, we'll have a catered meal for all registered participants.  

     To see a sample itinerary from our Coastal Ride in Edenton last year,
CLICK HERE.  

9.  Are pets allowed?
     No, in an effort to respect the space of other participants, pets are not permitted in any of the following Cycle NC areas:  indoor camping, outdoor camping, RV lots or at the Rider Services.     
  

10.  My Bike
     
The Coastal Ride is a perfect match for any style of bike.  In recent years, we have seen tandems, trikes, Bike Friday's, recumbents, road bikes, touring bikes, triathlon specific bikes, mountain bikes and even hand cyclists.  With the flat roads, there's no real need to get too fancy on your gear ratios.  Just pedal and go!  
     
     Make sure your bike is tuned up and ready before arriving to the ride.  Visit your local bike shop to have your bike looked at.  If you are in the local Raleigh-Durham area, we recommend Cycling Spoken Here Bike Shop in Cary, NC.  
     
     Bike Rentals:  If you would like to rent a bike for the weekend then contact Cycling Spoken Here bicycle shop in Cary, NC.  Just mention Cycle NC and any staff member will be glad to assist you and get you fitted for a bike.  For additional details on pricing, bike types, available sizes and contact information, Click Here.  
   

11.   What Safety Tips, Videos and/or Articles can you suggest for cycling in NC?
       Below are a few links to resources such as our CNC Safety Tips, WalkBikeNC videos and articles on how to be a courteous cyclists.  

   
 Cycle NC Safety Tips
   
Watch For Me NC Safety Resources
   
Cyclist  Safety In NC - Part I
   
Cyclist Safety In NC - Part II
   
Cyclist Safety In NC - Part III 
     Ten Tips for Successful Cycling
     What is a courteous Cyclists?

12.  Can a non-rider come with me on the ride?
       Yes, family members and friends are welcome to the ride.  Anyone wishing to spend the weekend with you camping and using the CNC Services (showers, portable restrooms, beverage gardens, socials, etc.) MUST be registered as a non-rider.  This is a discounted fee that includes all the benefits of a full registration minus access to the routes.  We also encourage all non-riders to help assists CNC by volunteering. For more information about volunteering, see question 16.    
 

13.  Will I have phone/email access during the ride?  Will there be a way for me to charge electronic devices?
      Cell service at camp and in town is good so you should not have any trouble with phone calls or accessing your emails.  In most locations along the routes (depending on your carrier) cell service is good, but in some of the very remote locations, cell service may be limited.  Charging stations will be available throughout the weekend near the Rider Services area should you need to give your phone, tablet or electronic device a boost.  This service is free to all registered riders and items left will be at your own risk.   
  

14.  What if someone needs to reach me in case of an emergency?
      Should someone need to reach you in case of an emergency, they may call the Rider Services number at 919-724-0299 (not active until Thursday before the ride).  Bear in mind that it may take several hours to locate a rider and relay a message.  Additional emergency numbers will be listed on your route cue sheets and on the route maps.  
 

15.  How do I cancel my registration?
 
       If you wish to cancel your registration, you must submit a written request through email at cyclenc@ncsports.org. Depending on when you registered, you may be able to receive a refund or credit.  There will be a 20% ($50 max) processing fee applied to all refunds or credits.  For more detailed information regarding the Cycle NC Cancellation & Refund policy, click HERE.  
  

16.  How can I volunteer?
     
Cycle NC can always use volunteers.  We encourage all family members, guests and locals to volunteer during the ride.  We are always looking for enthusiastic individuals or groups to help assists us at our Rest Stops.  If you are interested in volunteering, know someone that is willing to volunteer, needs community service hours or know a local group that might be willing to help, please contact the Cycle NC office at cyclenc@ncsports.org or click on the following link to fill out the online CNC Volunteer Form.    
 
 

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