Bryson City Set to Host 4th Annual CNC Mountain Ride

BRYSON CITY, N.C. (August 1, 2017) – Bryson City is preparing to host the fourth annual Cycle North Carolina weekend “Mountain Ride” slated for August 5-6, 2017.

The Mountain Ride annually brings in over 400 cyclists to participate in a fully supported weekend of summer cycling along the scenic mountain back roads in the region. The 2017 Mountain Ride participants represent 18 states (AL, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, NC, NJ, OH, PA, SC, TN, UT, VA, WV). The oldest registered participant is 78 years old and the youngest is 13 years old. The fun-filled weekend will offer two days of cycling, plus many off-the-bike activities and opportunities to explore the beautiful mountain town of Bryson City. Mountain bike rides at Tsali Recreation Area, Tunes on the Tuck, Cherokee Bonfire and Storytelling, whitewater rafting, fellowship at Nantahala Brewing Company, wine tastings and plenty of live music are all scheduled to give participants a wonderfully unique experience. Participants will enjoy meals throughout Bryson City, including the Filling Station Deli Sub Shop, Everett Street Diner, Jimmy Mac’s Restaurant, Mountain Perks, Soda Pops and Loretta’s Snak Shak to name a few.

The Mountain Ride will offer an experience unlike any other by partnering with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad to allow cyclists to ride the train to Dillsboro and ride their bicycle back to Bryson City on Sunday. The one and a half hour train ride travels along the Tuckasegee River through old railroad towns and scenic meadows offering great views of the Smoky Mountains. Once in Dillsboro, cyclists can choose from three different, fully-supported routes to return to Bryson City.

The Cycle North Carolina Mountain Ride is a fully supported bicycle event with support vehicles available to aid cyclists who experience physical or mechanical breakdowns. Rest stops will be set up every 10-20 miles along each route for riders to get off their bikes and explore, while quenching their hunger and thirst. Indoor and outdoor camping areas with amenities will be provided at Swain County Recreation Park, less than a mile from downtown Bryson City. Participants will also fill the hotels, Bed and Breakfast Inns and vacation homes in Bryson City. Cycling routes will pass through attractions and small towns such as Tuckasegee River, Wilmont, Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Blue Ridge Parkway, Little Tennessee River, Fontana Lake, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Alarka Creek and the Road to Nowhere.

Evening entertainment will be provided both nights for participants in Bryson City. Friday night is the Cycle NC Mountain Ride Welcome Event at the Warehouse at Nantahala Brewing. All participants will receive a free Nantahala Brewing Pint Glass. After the Welcome Event, participants can head over to the Nantahala Brewery and Tap Room to hear Shane Meade & the Sound, who will play soul-infused folk rock from 8pm to 11pm. Saturday night is the official CNC Mountain Ride Social, held at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot. All participants will be treated to a free meal of pulled pork, ribs, chicken, baked beans and cole slaw. During the meal, cyclists can enjoy the hard-driving Old Time music of Frank Lee and Friends. Innovation Brewing out of Sylva, NC will be onsite during the CNC Social for cyclists to enjoy a cold beer while they eat and listen.

The Cycle North Carolina Mountain Ride is presented by Visit North Carolina. Partner organizations of Cycle North Carolina include: Powerade, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Lowe’s Foods, the N.C. Department of Transportation and Cycling Spoken Here.

North Carolina Amateur Sports is a 501c(3) nonprofit charitable organization that annually organizes the Powerade State Games of North Carolina and Cycle North Carolina. NCAS is dedicated to the promotion of the spirit of amateur sports, physical fitness and health to all ages and skill levels through the participation in organized events which enrich the state of North Carolina. For more information on NCAS and its events, please access www.ncsports.org.

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