Tryon Announced as Mountain Ride Location

TRYON, N.C. (January 18, 2018) – Cycle North Carolina announced that Tryon, NC and Polk County have been selected to host the fifth annual Cycle North Carolina weekend “Mountain Ride” slated for August 4-5, 2018. Registration is now open at www.ncsports.org.

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. Lake Lure, Brevard and Bryson City have all hosted the event in the past. The cyclists typically hail from over 20 states and range in age from 13 years old to over 80 years old. The fun-filled weekend will offer two days of cycling, plus many off-the-bike activities and opportunities to explore the equestrian heritage and scenic mountain towns in Polk County.

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 Harmon Field, a little over a mile from downtown Tryon. Participants will also fill the hotels, Bed and Breakfast Inns and vacation homes in Tryon and Polk County.

Cycling routes will feature two other beautiful Polk County towns, Columbus and Saluda, as well. Routes of varying distances, from 10 to 70 miles well be offered to cater to cyclists of all ages and abilities. Cyclists will be able to visit attractions on and off the bike, such as the Tryon International Equestrian Center, Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, Overmountain Vineyards, Parker-Binns Winery, numerous mountain waterfalls, Mountain Brook Vineyards, the Russian Chapel Hills Winery and many downtown artisan shops in Saluda, Tryon and Columbus. Polk County offers many off-the-bike activities as well, including zip lining at the Gorge, kayaking, white water rafting, trout fishing, mountain climbing, horseback trail riding, hiking, and tubing.

The Cycle North Carolina Mountain Ride is presented by Visit North Carolina. Partner organizations of Cycle North Carolina include: Powerade, BB&T, 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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