Tryon Set to Host Mountain Ride

TRYON, N.C. (July 26, 2018) – Tryon is preparing to host the fifth annual Cycle North Carolina weekend “Mountain Ride” slated for August 4-5, 2018. The Mountain Ride annually brings in over 300 cyclists to participate in a fully supported weekend of summer cycling along the scenic mountain back roads in the region. The 2018 Mountain Ride participants represent 14 states (CO, CT, FL, GA, MD, MI, NC, NJ, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV) and England. The oldest registered participant is 77 years old and the youngest is 11 years old.

Cycle North Carolina is partnering with Our Carolina Foothills on the fun-filled weekend, which will offer two days of cycling, plus many off-the-bike activities and opportunities to explore the beautiful mountain towns of Tryon, Saluda and Columbus. Arts & crafts shows, farmers markets, zip lining, tours of horse country, wine tastings and plenty of live music are all scheduled to give participants a wonderfully unique experience. Participants will enjoy meals in downtown Tryon, including the 10 North Trade Café & Bakery, Buck’s Pizza, Caro-Mi Dining Room, El Sureno Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, Harper Eatery & Pub, Huckleberry’s Restaurant, Katie D’s Y Bagel and Deli, Lavender Bistro, McGourty’s Pub, Mr. Juan’s Mexican Restaurant, Nana’s Kitchen, Side Street Pizza & Pasta, TJ’s Café and Tryon Coffeehouse Co-op.

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, less than two miles from downtown Tryon. Participants will also fill the hotels, Bed and Breakfast Inns and vacation homes in Tryon. Cycling routes will pass through attractions and small towns such as Arrowhead Farm, Overmountain Vineyards, Tryon International Equestrian Center, Caitlyn Farms, downtown Saluda, downtown Columbus, Sky Top Orchard and Orchard Lake.

Evening entertainment will be provided both nights for participants in Tryon. Friday night is the Cycle NC Mountain Ride Welcome Reception & Wine Tasting at Rogers Park, hosted by Our Carolina Foothills. Appetizers and a wine tasting will be provided by The Tryon Bottle. After the Welcome Event, participants can enjoy a free outdoor concert at Rogers Park featuring a local band. Saturday night is the official CNC Mountain Ride Social, held at the Harmon Field Cabin. All participants will be treated to a local farm-to-table meal of marinated kale salad, zoodles zucchini salad, summer succotash salad, slow braised pork with chimichurri sauce, corn bread and old fashion bourbon bread pudding. The local food will be provided by Stone Soup Market & Café, Southside Smokehouse & Grille and Cinda Austin Twisted Fork Catering. During the meal, cyclists can enjoy the music of Noah Proudfoot and a free beverage garden along the banks of the Pacolet River.

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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