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Mtn to Coast NC State Ride Starts at Thrifty Bill's Workshop

Old 03-11-15, 03:02 PM
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Mtn to Coast NC State Ride Starts at Thrifty Bill's Workshop

OK, it doesn't actually start at thrifty bill's workshop, but it does start about a mile away. If anyone is planning on doing this ride, drop me a note. Plenty of room at the "thrifty inn".

Don't know the route on Day 1, the first night stop is Hendersonville. If they decide to go up over the mountains (the shortest route by distance), that day will be a doozy!! I'm guessing they will go through Canton instead, as the mountain route has pretty heavy traffic that time of year with little to no shoulders or turn offs.

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99.99% certain I'll not be able to join, but I'll certainly dream about it.

It would appear that the scenic route is already booked full. Here is the press statement:

PINEHURST, North Carolina, March 8, 2014 – Wit Tuttell, the Executive Director of Visit NC, announced the 2015 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Route with the help of town representatives at the Governor’s Conference in Pinehurst, NC on Sunday.

To view the video of the “Mountains to Coast” Tour announcement, visit: North Carolina Amateur Sports

The seventeenth annual ride is scheduled for a Waynesville to Oak Island route, from September 26 to October 3, 2015. With beautiful tourist stops along scenic back roads, the “Mountains to Coast” trek is the highlight of the year for many cyclists from across the nation. Cycle North Carolina will begin its full-service, cross-state ride on September 26th at the Waynesville Recreation Center, and will arrive at Middleton Park in Oak Island on October 3rd, with 1,100 bicyclists expected to participate. Over the course of the week, riders will bike an average of 60 miles per day. Additional overnight stays are planned for the towns of Hendersonville, Shelby, Concord, Southern Pines, Lumberton and Whiteville.

The Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Tour is the state’s only fully-supported ride created in 1999 with the N.C. Division of Tourism, Capital Broadcasting Company, the N.C. Department of Transportation and North Carolina Amateur Sports as founding partners. Cycle North Carolina was developed to promote North Carolina’s scenic beauty, heritage tourism, visitor attractions, historic sites, state parks, fitness, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of bicycling to individuals and our state. During the past 17 years, Cycle North Carolina has stopped overnight in more than 100 North Carolina towns and visited nearly 700 North Carolina communities.

Registration brochures are available and online registration is open at North Carolina Amateur Sports. Cycle North Carolina will be capping registration at 1,100 riders, so interested riders are encouraged to register early, to avoid missing out on the highlight of the year for bicycling in North Carolina.

In addition to the “Mountains to Coast” Tour, Cycle North Carolina will host the Coastal Ride in Little Washington, NC, April 17-19, 2015. Cycle North Carolina will also host its second annual Mountain Ride in Lake Lure, NC, August 1-2, 2015. Registration for the Coastal Ride is sold out, but registration for the Mountain Ride is open at North Carolina Amateur Sports.

Cycle North Carolina is presented by Visit North Carolina. Partner organizations of Cycle North Carolina include: Powerade, Capitol Broadcasting Company, 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 North Carolina Amateur Sports.
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I rode the entire Cycle NC last year and have ridden parts of it many times. I seriously doubt if the fall ride is filled up yet, as it usually remains open until at least September. However, the CNC Spring ride in Washington, NC, is already booked full.

CNC is a great ride with a few quirks. The main problem is that the organizers insist on keeping it an end-to-end ride so they can bill it as "mountains to the coast," which causes additional hassles and expenses compared to the loop routes done in most cross-state rides. You either have to work out arrangements for someone to drop you off at the start and pick you up at the end, or park your car at either end or in Raleigh, NC, and take a long bus ride at both ends.

Aside from that, the routes are usually well planned with SAG support, rest stops every 20 miles or so and free camping (included in entrance fee) at every overnight stop. You get to ride through a wide variety of terrain since it starts in the mountains and ends at the coast.

I generally ride the CNC Spring ride every year because it is a hub-and-spoke tour. They base the ride out of a town near the coast, with loop rides every day, with options ranging from 5 miles to 100+. The spring ride lasts from Friday through Sunday, so it's not hard getting time off.
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