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Thousands of Bicyclists Headed to Clayton!

09/30/2019

LOOK OUT! A THOUSAND BICYCLISTS ARE HEADED TO CLAYTON TODAY!

Cycle North Carolina, a cross-state bicycle trek, is about to leave their overnight stop in Siler City around 7 a.m. this morning and start biking to the Town of Clayton for the next overnight stop in in their journey from the NC Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean.

Cyclists from all over the country (37 states and Canada), ages 6 to 82 years old, are riding the entire state – 450+ miles in seven days straight – averaging 65 miles a day! They started in Blowing Rock last Saturday and chose Clayton as one of their six special stops to get some rest and have a sleepover. So we’re rolling out the red carpet and tonight hosting a huge free concert in Town Square with food, drink and music from the great folk, Americana, bluegrass band Mountain Heart.

Escorted by Clayton Police and State Highway Patrol, they’ll start cruising into town around noon on Wednesday. They’ll be coming in from Guy Road to Amelia Church Road…not US70. We’re closing the Community Center at 11 a.m. so the tired cyclists can freshen up and set up camp for the night. Can’t wait to see the massive tent city at our center.

This evening we’re inviting them to explore Clayton  – shuttles will take them to places to eat, shop, and have fun in Downtown Clayton!

We’ll wave goodbye to those 1,000+ wheeled visitors on Thursday morning between 7 and 9 a.m. – they’ll ride the bike path from the Community Center down to Lombard Street, onto Main Street, to Front Street, NC42 East and then onto Glen Laurel Road – heading to their next rest stop, Greenville. They hope to hit the ocean in Atlantic Beach on Saturday, Oct. 5th! WOW, what a ride!

Please note: The Clayton Parks & Recreation After-School program has been moved to the Clayton Library for the day and all other programs and open gym times at the Clayton Community Center have been canceled for Wednesday, Oct. 2nd. We’ll re-open the center at 12 p.m. on Thursday. If you have questions about a program that you’re enrolled in, please contact the Clayton Community Center at 919-553-1550.

This is the 21st annual ride for the 2019 “Mountains to the Coast” Cycle North Carolina tour. With beautiful tourist stops along scenic back roads, the “Mountains to Coast” route is the highlight of the year for many cyclists from across the nation. It 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; outdoor camping areas with amenities are set-up in overnight host communities; and rest stops will be available every 15-20 miles along the route, with beverages and snacks for all participants. Riders can register for the entire distance, three-day options, or first-day & last-day only options.

The cyclists represent 37 states (AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV), the District of Columbia, and both Ottawa & Toronto, Canada. 

Additional overnight stays are planned in Hickory, Spencer, Siler City, Clayton, Greenville, and New Bern. The route heads southeast from Siler City through Moncure, Holly Springs, Micro, Farmville, Fountain, Ayden, Vanceboro, and through Bridgeton. Riders will pass through Brices Creek, Pollocksville, Maysville, Swansboro, Cedar Point, Emerald Isle, Indian Beach, & finally Pine Knoll Shores as they make their way to the finish.

In this year’s tour, bicyclists will experience numerous instances of North Carolina’s unique topography including ample farmland, several creeks, winding rivers, and much more. The route will pass near interesting sites in the state such as The Blowing Rock, Governor Charles B. Aycock’s Birthplace, and the Croatan National Forest. Several water features are along the route including; the Tar River, Neuse River, Yadkin River & Valley, Lake Hickory, Lake Norman, High Rock Lake (and Hydroelectric Power Plant), Haw River, Bass Lake, Lake Benson, Deep River, Trent River, Brice Creek, Bogue Sound, and the Atlantic Ocean!

Three to five rest stops are scheduled daily to break up the ride and allow riders an opportunity to take a break from pedaling. Some of the featured rest stops which are planned for the ride include the Patterson School in Lenoir, Troutman Depot Shelter with nearby Randy’s BBQ & Southern Sweets, Bicentennial Park in downtown Asheboro, New Hope Valley Railway in Bonsal, the “GlaStation” in Farmville, Yoder’s Dutch Pantry in Grifton, & the Pugliese Pavilion in Swansboro.

Hosted by North Carolina Amateur Sports (NCAS), 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 20 years, Cycle North Carolina has stopped overnight in more than 100 North Carolina towns and visited over 700 North Carolina communities.

Cycle North Carolina is presented by Retire NC. Partner organizations of Cycle North Carolina include: Powerade, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, BB&T, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Harris Teeter, Sheetz, Morningstar Law Group, the N.C. Department of Transportation, NC By Train, and Trek of Greensboro.

For more information on Cycle North Carolina, contact NCAS at (919) 361-1133, or visit the Cycle North Carolina Web site at, www.cyclenorthcarolina.org.

North Carolina Amateur Sports is a 501(c)(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 www.ncsports.org.

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