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

 1.  Is the Mountain Ride a good choice for beginner riders?
      The Mountain Ride provides you with a weekend full of local entertainment, beautiful mountainous landscapes, mouthwatering craft brews, an eclectic variety of cuisines to satisfy your taste buds, camaraderie, great memories and much more.  Not to mention the top notch cycling that the Bryson City area has to offer.  It's a great way to close out the summer with a good balance of mountainous cycling, local entertainment and family fun.  
      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.  Varying distances will be offered for most levels of cyclists.  Routes will range anywhere from an scenic 10 mile stroll around town to a challenging, but satisfying 65 through some of the most picturesque areas of Western NC.

     If you are looking for a great weekend full of route options, great entertainment, great food, drink and friendships, then the Mountain Ride is your go to event.

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!

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.     

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
 sandwiches (at select stops)

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:

     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. 

What is there to do when I'm not riding?
       At the Cycle NC Mountain 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 optional fly fishing trips, zip line opportunities, Brewery Tours, kayak paddling trips, mountain bike trail rides on some of the best trails in America, walking tours, shopping, excurisions to see some epic water falls (some near and far), local beer gardens and live musical entertainment.  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 Mountain
 Ride in Lake Lure last year,

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 Mountain Ride is a perfect match for most styles of bikes.  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.  
     Make sure your bike is tuned up and ready before arriving in town.  Visit your local bike shop to have your bike looked at to make sure it's in good working condition.  Bike mechanics will be available throughout the weekend at camp and along the routes.  There are also a few local bike shops in town if you are looking for something specific.  If you are in the local Raleigh-Durham area, we recommend stopping by Cycling Spoken Here Bike Shop in Cary, NC to have your bike checked out and tuned up.  
     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.  

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?

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.    

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 will 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.   

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.  

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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