About the Routes
The 2021 Cycle NC Mountain Ride is an epic and challenging 3-day excursion featuring lots of beautiful mountainous scenery, majestic mountain vistas, low traffic counts and back country mountain roads. Multiple route options will be offered each day ranging anywhere from 13 miles 63 miles. Over 300 miles of routes will be available to choose from during the weekend! PLUS, on Friday, August 6th, there will be a warm up ride led by the Cycle NC route developers! The routes are a perfect fit for intermediate to experienced cyclists riding road bikes, most tandems, trikes and hybrids. The best part is, you start and finish from the same location so there's no hassle of moving camp each day.
This year's routes will feature the Thermal Belt Rail Trail that connects five towns in Rutherford County (Forest City, Spindale, Rutherfordton, Ruth and Gilkey). The TBRT will serve as access to the routes each day, keeping the cyclists out of the city traffic as at the beginning and end of each days's ride. The routes will explore the TBRT and many area attractions including the Tryon International Equestrian Center, Washburn General Store, Bechtler Mint Historic Park, Bechtler House & Heritage Center, Overmountain Vineyards, Cherry Bounce Trail and Center for Intercultural Training. Each of these sites will serve as rest stops and give you the chance to get off your bike and explore each of them!
All routes are fully supported with rest stops every 10-20 miles, Support And Gear vehicles (SAG’s), and bike mechanics. The rest stops or aid stations, feature FREE snacks, energy bars (Clif Bars & Kind Bars), assorted drinks, water, pb&j sandwiches, restrooms and an opportunity to dismount, stretch and explore the area.
2021 CNC Mountain Ride Route Schedule
Friday: 3:00pm - optional 17-mile ride led by the route developers
Saturday: Routes Open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Sunday: Routes Open 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Route Details and Features
- Suitable for intermediate to experienced cyclists.
- Perfect match for road bikes, most tandems, trikes and hybrids.
- Routes are loops that start and finish at Summey Park
- Some routes may offer optional gravel sections for enhanced exploration
- Distances range from approximately 12 miles to 70 miles
- SAG support, bike technicians
- Rest stops every 10-20 miles
- Routes offered via Ride With GPS
Friday's RouteSaturday's Routes
"Bostic Lincoln Center" - 15 miles, 934 ft elevation gain, no rest stops
Friday's route will be led by the Cycle NC route developers. The route leaves the campsite at 3pm and is a 17-mile warm up ride that features a stop at the Bostic Lincoln Center. Elevation gain for this route is +1,271 ft and is the perfect way to get warmed up for a great weekend! The route developer will be available for any questions pertaining to the rest of the routes as well.
"Washburn General Store" - 27 miles, 1,905 ft elevation gain, one rest stop
"Thermal Belt Rail Trail" - 46 miles, 2,885 ft elevation gain, three rest stops
"Cherry Bounce Metric" - 63 miles, 4,144 ft elevation gain, four rest stops
"Spindale" - 13 miles, 730 ft elevation gain, no rest stops
"Thermal Belt" - 29 miles, 1,661 ft elevation gain, one rest stop
"Tryon Equestrian" - 46 miles, 2,897 ft elevation gain, two rest stops
"Overmountain" - 59 miles, 3,802 ft elevation gain, three rest stops
The routes are subject to change as they will continue to be adjusted to provide the most scenic and safe roads.
Additional Route Information
Ride With GPS Links:
The Mountain Ride routes are powered by Ride With GPS, an online route software tailored for cycling. The Ride with GPS software offers download options for a variety of Garmin GPS Models (i.e. Garmin Edge 800, 810, 500, 1000, etc.)
An RSVP link will be sent via email no later than the Monday before the ride that will provide you access to all the Mountain Ride routes. You'll also have access to premium member features including turn by turn voice navigation for the mobile app (ios and android), offline maps for the mobile app, export options in a variety of formats (TCX, Garmin Write, GPX, GPX Route, etc.) and the ability to download and print maps, elevation profiles, etc. These features will be available for this event only so you will be able to enjoy the benefits of a premium membership FREE.
Turn by Turn Cue Sheets and Route Maps:
The Mountain Ride route sheets featuring turn by turn instructions and detailed maps will be provided electronically for you to print and download no later than the Monday before the ride. You are encouraged to come with your routes pre-printed, however, we will have a limited number of route sheets available at the Cycle NC Rider Services area.
If you find your bike needs some assistance during the ride, bike mechanics will be at the start/finish and along each days routes.
Support And Gear Vehicles (SAG):
All the routes are fully supported with CNC vehicles to provide assistance to riders in need. Personal SAG's are not allowed on the routes at any time.