Mountains to Coast Tour Set to Kick Off!

DURHAM, North Carolina, September 22, 2017 – Cycle North Carolina is preparing an all-new route for another “Mountains to Coast” tour of scenic North Carolina. The nineteenth-annual ride is scheduled for a Jefferson to Swansboro route, from September 30 to October 7. With beautiful tourist stops along scenic back roads, the “Mountains to Coast” trek is the highlight of the year for many cyclists from across the nation. Cycle North Carolina will begin its full-service, cross-state ride on September 30th at Ashe County Recreation Park in Jefferson, and will arrive on the waterfront in downtown Swansboro on October 7th, with 1,000 cyclists in tow. The cyclists represent 39 states (AK, AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV), the District of Columbia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Germany. The youngest cyclist to ride for the entire week is 8 years old, and the oldest is 86 years old. Over the course of the week, riders will bike an average of 60 miles per day. Additional overnight stays are planned for the towns of Elkin, Oak Ridge, Chapel Hill, Knightdale, Wilson and Kinston. The route will also pass through many other towns and small communities along the way, including Nathans Creek, Laurel Springs, McGrady, Abshers, Traphill, Austin, Rockford, Richmond Hill, Smithtown, East Bend, Pine Knolls, Summerfield, Browns Summit, Altamahaw, Glencoe, Hawfields, Blackwood, Durham, Raleigh, Wendell, Zebulon, Spring Hope, Langley Crossroads, Black Creek, Stantonsburg, Farmville, Willow Creek, Trenton and Maysville. In this year’s tour, bicyclists will see some of North Carolina’s most breathtaking and interesting sites: Woody’s Campgroun and General Store, Blue Ridge Parkway, Stone Mountain State Park, Historic Rockford Village, Bethania, Historic Glencoe Mill, Haw River, Maple View Farm, Durham Bulls Athletic Park, American Tobacco Trail, Neuse River Greenway, Five County Stadium, Faithful Stables Farm, Whirligig Park, Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery, Simply Natural Creamery, Mother Earth Brewery, Vine Swamp General Store, Brock Millpond, and many more.

Cycle North Carolina is the state’s only fully-supported ride. Luggage is transported in vehicles from one overnight host community to the next; rider support vehicles are available to aid cyclists who experience physical or mechanical trouble; indoor and outdoor camping areas with amenities are set-up in overnight host communities; and rest stops will be available every 15-20 miles along the route, with beverages and snacks for all participants. Riders can register for the entire distance, multiple-day options, or single-day options.

The Cycle North Carolina 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.

Hosted by North Carolina Amateur Sports (NCAS), Cycle North Carolina is a fully supported cross-state recreational bike tour of the Tar Heel State. Formed in 1999, Cycle North Carolina is designed to promote physical fitness and health, and provide economic impact and publicity to rural communities, while showcasing the state’s beauty, scenic attractions and cultural diversity.

For more information on Cycle North Carolina, contact NCAS at (919) 361-1133, or visit the Cycle North Carolina Web site at, www.cyclenorthcarolina.org.

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