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Old 03-24-11, 08:16 PM   #1
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Banner Elk or Asheville

I'm looking to head to WNC from Ohio at the end of April and have Banner Elk and Asheville as my final two choices. I've been to both, but which do the locals think is the better destination for 2 full days of riding?
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Old 03-26-11, 04:08 PM   #2
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Both are nice but, I would focus on Asheville or better yet the Sylva/Franklin area. There are some great routes in this area and, the Parkway between Waterrock and Richland is probably the most scenic of its entire length. And then you have many other mountainous and valley routes that are near ideal for cycling. The Tour de Cashiers event is on the 30th of April and, its a defining mountain event. But to answer your question, my pick would be Asheville as it offers all venues of cycling routes as well as things to do and see outside cycling. Its a big city. Too big actually.
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Old 03-26-11, 05:11 PM   #3
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Road riding? The last Sat. of April is the Tour de Cashiers metric/century. If you want a taste of some of the best mountain riding in the area take a bite of this ride! lol Be ready for some real climbing though.

http://www.tourdecashiers.com/
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My vote is Banner Elk. I use to live there for a while and it was great.
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