DURHAM, N.C. (April 18, 2019) – The 16th Annual Cycle North Carolina (CNC) Coastal Ride will kick-off Friday, April 26th, in Edenton, NC.  The 2019 participants represent thirty-six different states (AK, AL, AZ, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV), the District of Columbia and Ontario, Canada.   The CNC Coastal Ride was last hosted in Edenton in 2016, with 1,705 cyclists participating.  Edenton also hosted the Coastal Ride in 2013, 2010, 2007 and the inaugural event in 2004.

In all, this will be the sixth time Edenton has hosted the Cycle North Carolina Coastal Ride, the most of any town.  The fun-filled weekend will offer three days of cycling and feature some great Coastal Carolina food, music and historical sites.  Cyclists will have many daily route options, ranging from 5-75+ miles, plus a century route to tackle on Saturday.  The CNC Coastal Ride will also include many off-the-bike recreational activities in the Edenton area. Paddle boarding, kayaking, bird watching, boat rides, and beautiful sunsets will fill time away from the bike and provide a taste of spring in Coastal North Carolina. Riders can also take advantage of guided trolley tours, walking tours throughout historic Edenton, cruises on the Edenton Bay, and a live spring concert at John A. Holmes High School.

The Cycle North Carolina Coastal Ride is a fully supported bicycle event with support vehicles available to aid cyclists who experience physical or mechanical breakdowns.  Rest stops will be set up every 10-20 miles along each route for riders to get off their bikes and explore, while quenching their hunger and thirst. Indoor and outdoor camping areas with amenities will be provided in Edenton at John A. Holmes High School and along the waterfront at Colonial Park on Edenton Bay. Participants will also fill the hotels, Bed and Breakfast Inns and vacation homes in Edenton and the neighboring towns. Cycling routes will pass by and include attractions such as the Sycamore Arabian Horse Farm, Downtown Hertford, Woodard’s Pharmacy, Rocky Hock Playhouse, Nicholson House Restaurant, Historic Capehart Baptist Church, Scotch Hall Plantation, Cashie River Tree House Village, Livermon Park and Zoo, Leggett’s Diner, Waterside Resort, Volunteer Fire Department in Creswell, Historic Somerset Plantation, Bull’s Bay, the Eastern 4-H Center, Downtown Columbia, Pocosin Art School and the Scuppernong River to name a few. Riders will be crossing the US-17 Bridge over the Chowan River on Saturday and the Soundside (Highway 32) bridge over the Albemarle Sound on Sunday. Cyclists will also have the option to utilize the historic San Souci Cable Ferry, one of the last remaining cable ferries in North Carolina.

Evening entertainment will be provided both nights for participants in Edenton. Friday night is the Coastal Ride Kick-Off Social for all participants, featuring free beer courtesy of Tarboro Brewing Company and live music from the Justin Holland Band.  In addition to patronizing the local area restaurants, there will be a food truck alley which will provide cyclists with additional dining options throughout the weekend. Saturday night is the official CNC Coastal Ride Dinner where all participants can enjoy free beer from Tarboro Brewing Company and a complimentary catered meal from Leon Nixon’s.  During the meal, cyclists can enjoy the music of Ocean Breeze Band from Virginia Beach, VA.  Dinner, music and beer will set the scene so that cyclists can relax and unwind in Edenton’s historic downtown while they catch up with friends and socialize with other riders.

The Cycle North Carolina Coastal Ride is presented by Retire North Carolina. Partner organizations of Cycle North Carolina include: Powerade, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Blue Cross BlueShield of NC, Harris Teeter, BB&T, the N.C. Department of Transportation, NC by Train, and Trek of Greensboro.