Cycle North Carolina route revealed

Published 2:24 pm Monday, January 15, 2024

Wit Tuttell, the executive director of Visit NC, announced the 2024 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Route in a pre-recorded video that was posted to the Cycle NC social media channels on Wednesday.

To view the video of the “Mountains to Coast” Tour announcement, simply click the link below:

https://youtu.be/hLfKXBzQIw8

The 25th annual ride is scheduled for a Spruce Pine to Ocean Isle Beach route, from Oct. 6-12.  With 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 Oct. 6 in Spruce Pine (Oct. 5 is a travel and check-in day), and will arrive at Ocean Isle Beach on Oct. 12, with 900 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 Lenoir, Statesville, Thomasville, Pittsboro, Benson and Elizabethtown.

The Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Tour is the state’s only cross-state, fully-supported ride created in 1999 with the N.C. Division of Tourism (now Visit NC), Capitol 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 the state. During the past 24 years, Cycle North Carolina has stopped overnight in more than 100 North Carolina towns and visited more than 800 North Carolina communities.

Online registration is open at www.ncsports.org and 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 Washington, NC, April 26-28. Cycle North Carolina will also host its 10th annual Mountain Ride in Murphy Aug. 2-4. Registration for both rides is open at www.ncsports.org.