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Posted Friday, August 27, 2004
Time is running Out to Register for the Annual Mountains to the Coast Trek
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, August 27, 2004 – With registration for the sixth annual Cycle North Carolina filling up fast, time is running out to make plans to participate in this year’s ride. The 2004 ride will take riders on a back-roads tour of North Carolina, starting in Sparta and ending in Oriental. Cycle North Carolina, which takes place October 2-9, boasts one of its most spectacular seven-day bicycle routes yet. Since its inception in 1999, Cycle North Carolina has established itself as the highlight of the year for bicycling in North Carolina and around the country. Cycle North Carolina is again limiting participation to 1,200 cyclists.
Overnight communities of Sparta, Mount Airy, Eden, Mebane, Henderson, Rocky Mount, Washington and Oriental will welcome Cycle North Carolina 2004 participants with open arms to share in some of their unique culture. Each community will host evening entertainment including the "Sunset in the Park" festival hosted by the Old North State Winery in Mount Airy. The winery will offer samples of North Carolina Wines, hold a grape stomping and sell their wines. The evening will also include a variety of musical entertainment, with four different bands. In Mebane, there will be a beverage garden and beach music provided by the official band of Cycle North Carolina, The Coastline Band. In Eden, there will be afternoon tours of the Karastan Rug Factory and the Miller Brewery, followed by famous local Jazz and Blues by Malcolm Allan and the Posse. In Rocky Mount, there will be another beverage garden for cyclists and a renewal of the CNC Talent Show, first seen on the inaugural CNC in 1999.
On this year’s tour, cyclists will also enjoy some of the best sites North Carolina has to offer, including the Blue Ridge Mountains, Fisher River, Shelton Vineyards, Sauratown Mountains, Dan River, Hanging Rock State Park, Stoneville, Historic Hillsborough, Kerr Lake, Medoc Mountain State Park, the Tar River, the Pamlico River and Historic Bath. The tour will culminate with a ride on the Bayview Ferry to Oriental, the Sailing Capital of North Carolina. There will be an end-of -the ride party free for all participants in Oriental.
Riders will bike approximately 450-550 miles on this fully supported weeklong cycling tour. Total mileage will depend on how many optional routes are selected by each individual rider. Cycle North Carolina will provide luggage transportation, indoor and outdoor camping, official ride T-shirts, evening entertainment, free mechanical support, rest stop food and beverages, hot showers, SAG vehicles and much more. There are options for full week, three-day, two-day, single day and weekend rides.
Cycle North Carolina 2004 Partners include NC Department of Commerce’s Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development, the NC Department of Transportation, 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, Lowes Foods, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, and REI.
For more information on Cycle North Carolina, or to receive a registration brochure, contact NCAS at (800) 277-8763 or (919) 361-1133 or visit the Cycle North Carolina Web site.
Hosted by North Carolina Amateur Sports (NCAS), Cycle North Carolina is a fully supported cross-state recreational bike tour of the Tarheel state. Formed in 1999, Cycle North Carolina is designed to promote physical fitness and health, provide economic impact and publicity to rural communities across the state 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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