Wit Tuttell, the Executive Director of Visit NC, announced the 2020 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Route with the help of town representatives in a pre-recorded video released at the Cycle North Carolina Route Announcement Party, held at Tobacco Road Sports Café & Brewery in Downtown Raleigh on February 11.
Cycle North Carolina will begin its full-service, cross-state ride on October 4th in Sparta – October 3rd is a travel and check-in day – and will arrive at North Topsail Beach on October 10th, 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 Mount Airy, Reidsville, Roxboro, Henderson, Smithfield and Clinton. 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.
To view the video of the “Mountains to Coast” Tour announcement, simply click the link: https://youtu.be/ATsqVaOo5M0.
The 2019 Cycle North Carolina route took cyclists through Clayton, NC and the Johnston County Visitors Bureau (JCVB) is excited that the organization is returning, “We are pleased that a JoCo town was selected two years in a row,” said JCVB Executive Director Donna Bailey-Taylor. “Both Clayton and now Smithfield have recreation facilities conducive to being an over-night stop for this event, and their downtown areas offer cyclist a place to relax and have fun as they rest from the road.”
Smithfield’s overnight stop with be set-up at the Smithfield Community Park and Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center. Buses will take interested participants to Downtown Smithfield for exploring, shopping, dining, and more. The JCVB works with Cycle NC, and in partnership with local town officials, to submit towns for consideration each year as a stop along the route.
Online registration is open at www.ncsports.org. 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.
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.