Wilmington NC rides
I just moved to Wilmington from Colorado and am awaiting the arrival of our furniture (and my bikes) in the next few days. I've been scoping out roads to ride on for months now online, and having driven many of them over the past few days, I can emphatically state that Wilmington is no Denver when it comes to bicycle infrastructure. Anyone out there from Eastern NC have any "must do" rides in the 50-75 mile range? I'm already planning to ride to Surf City and back, and eyeballing a ride to Raleigh at some point in the future. Any other routes I should consider? Thanks!
Check out the Wilmington cycling club: Cape Fear Cyclists (I don't know the website link).
I understand that they do club rides several days of the week.
A couple of randonneuring friends that live IN Wilmington, were trying to figure out a reasonable RUSA Permanent course that started and ended IN Wilmington, but given where they live, the main roads, the FEW bridges, etc., they may have given up on developing a 200k route that would be safe leaving and returning. (Well, I decided to check the RUSA db & it appears that they came up with a 211k route that starts & ends in Wilmington; but I don't know where "in" Wilmington the route starts -- join RUSA and find out .)
There is also a RUSA 200k Permanent route that starts & ends in Southport.
Thanks for all the info! I actually joined RUSA a while back, hadn't thought to look there for routes. I just checked and saw both perm routes you mentioned, they look like great rides. Time to get my legs in shape enough to handle 200K!
Originally Posted by skiffrun
Hope you're feeling more at home in Wilmington, now, MustRide. I've been here for 7 years & feel like I've learned a thing or 2, commuting almost every day from home in Pine Valley to downtown.
I guess my favorite ride is going down River Road from Shipyard Blvd to Carolina Beach. Of course, though, with the killing of that father & son last year River Rd has gotten a very bad reputation. Another scenic ride is to go up North Kerr Rd to Highway 210, then West to 421, & back down to town. Those are shorter rides than what you're looking for, but maybe they're a start. I generally stay away from Wrightsville Beach, on account of the crowds.