About the Event

Event Starts In

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Various loop route options offered daily of varying mileages

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August 2-4, 2024

Where //

Murphy, NC

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       Come join us in Murphy, NC, where Cycle North Carolina started its inaugural Mountains to Coast Ride 25 years ago! Since 1999, Cycle NC has visited more than 800 communities in North Carolina and now hosts three bicycle rides annually. Cycle NC events continue to be bucket list rides for many cyclists all across the nation. We are excited to be returning to Murphy where it all began so many years ago, and we hope you to see you there!

About the Mountain Ride
The Cycle North Carolina Mountain Ride is a perfect weekend getaway for any outdoor enthusiast and their family. Enjoy a 3-day cycling festival featuring a variety of route options each day that focus on showcasing the beautiful landscapes that Western North Carolina has to offer. The campsite is located right along the banks of the Valley River in Murphy, NC. Indoor camping and RVs are welcome on the ride plus there are multiple hotel and rental property options as well.  For more information about the campsite, CLICK HERE.

What Does My Registration Fee Include?
- Official Mountain Ride participant shirt
- Indoor and outdoor camping facilities
- Electronic cue sheets & route maps
- Access to Ride with GPS premium membership features including voice commands and GPS downloads
- Rest Stops with a variety of snacks & beverages including bottled water, BODYARMOR Sports Drink, apples, bananas, Clif Bars, Kind Bars, pickle cups, fig bars, sodas, Sweet 'N Salty trail mix and Peanut Butter & Jelly sandwiches
- Clearly marked routes
- SAG (Support and Gear) Support
- Catered meal at the Mountain Ride Social
- Beverage gardens and local entertainment & activities
- Portable restrooms at rest stops and at camp
- Shower facilities at camp
- Mechanical support at rest stops and camp
- Access to the Cycle NC mobile app

CLICK HERE for more FAQs!
Routes & Format
The Mountain Ride is a loop ride event, with routes beginning and ending at the campsite in Murphy.  The event begins on Friday afternoon with a 15-20 mile warm up ride that is available from 1pm-5pm.  Once your legs are warmed up, you'll be all set to spend Saturday and Sunday meandering along the valleys and/or climbing the mountains on one of our various route options ranging from 10 miles to 62 miles.  The best part is that the routes begin and end from the same location, so there's no hassle of moving camp each day!  The beautiful thing about Murphy and Cherokee County is the expansive valley between the mountains. It is unlike any other part of our great state. This valley will allow us to offer flat routes this year but don't worry, we will have plenty of climbing options avaialble as well. We encourage you to come experience this unique location from the seat of your bicycle!

For more information on the routes, CLICK HERE.  

About Murphy
Murphy is the county seat of Cherokee County, located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. Murphy is an old town with its origins dating back to the 1830s. Downtown is beautiful with flower lined streets and several historic buildings. Murphy has restaurants, unique shopes and other interesting establishments all within walking distance in the heart of town. Nearby Hiwassee Lake is considered one of the most beautiful in the state. If you are looking for a charming small town in the mountains, look no further. Murphy, with its population of 1700, resembles a Norman Rockwell painting. It is indeed small town life at the very best!

For more about the area, CLICK HERE.

About the Organizers
The Mountain Ride is organized by North Carolina Amateur Sports (NCAS), a 5
01c3 non-profit organization founded in 1983.  NCAS created Cycle North Carolina in partnership with Visit North Carolina, Capitol Broadcasting Company and the N.C. Department of Transporation in 1999.  In addition to the Cycle North Carolina Mountain Ride, NCAS organizes the Cycle North Carolina Mountains to Coast Ride, the Cycle North Carolina Coastal Ride and the BODYARMOR State Games annually.