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Posted Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Research Triangle PArk, NC – Cycle North Carolina is preparing an all-new route for another “Mountains to the Coast” tour of the Tar Heel State. This year’s version of the eighth-annual ride is planning a Banner Elk to Emerald Isle trek, from September 30- October 7, 2006. With wonderful tourist stops scheduled along scenic back-roads, this year’s Cycle North Carolina fall ride promises to be the highlight of the year for cyclists throughout the region.
Cycle North Carolina will begin its full-service, cross-state ride on September 30th in Banner Elk, and will arrive in Emerald Isle on October 7th, with 1,200 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 cities of Wilkesboro, Clemmons, Burlington, Holly Springs, Smithfield, Kinston, and Emerald Isle.
In this year’s tour, bicyclists will see some of North Carolina’s most breathtaking sites, several of NC’s charming small communities and more.
Cycle North Carolina is the state’s only fully-supported ride. Luggage is transported in vehicles from one overnight host community to the next; rider support vehicles are available to aid cyclists who experience physical or mechanical trouble; indoor and outdoor camping areas with amenities are set-up in overnight host communities; and rest stops will be available every 15-18 miles along the route, with beverages and snacks for all participants. Riders can register for the entire distance, multiple-day options, or single-day options.
Registration brochures will be available in April. Cycle North Carolina will be capping registration at 1,200 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 traditional fall ride, Cycle North Carolina is hosting the third-annual Cycle Spring Retreat, April 21-23, 2006 in Asheboro, N.C. This weekend event will offer three days of cycling, music, food, and fun for the entire family, including the North Carolina Zoo and many museums.
Cycle North Carolina 2006 partners include the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development and the North Carolina News Network, a division of Capitol Broadcasting Company. Other sponsors include Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, Ryder Transportation, REI and Verizon Wireless.
Hosted by North Carolina Amateur Sports (NCAS), Cycle North Carolina is a fully-supported cross-state recreational bike tour of the Tar Heel State. Formed in 1999, Cycle North Carolina is designed to promote physical fitness and health, and provide economic impact and publicity to rural communities, while showcasing the state’s beauty, scenic attractions and cultural diversity.
North Carolina Amateur Sports, host of the State Games of North Carolina and Cycle North Carolina, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1983. 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.
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