About The Ride
The first Cycle North Carolina Mountains to Coast Ride was held in 1999. The inaugural ride was a two-week tour covering terrain from Murphy to Manteo. In the twenty-one years since, the Mountains to Coast Ride has traversed the state using a different week-long route each year. The ride has stopped overnight in more than 100 North Carolina towns and passed through over 800 North Carolina communities. The Mountains to Coast Ride is not a race, but a recreational trek across the state using scenic back roads. The ride is designed to promote physical fitness, good health and the scenic beauty of North Carolina.
CLICK HERE for the Mountains to Coast Ride route history.
Routes & Format
The Cycle North Carolina Mountains to Coast Ride is a 7-day, fully supported bicycle tour traveling along scenic back roads that showcase rural North Carolina. The Mountains to Coast tour is a point-to-point ride, not a loop ride. Transportation options are available at the beginning and end of the ride to allow each cyclist to get back to a designated parking location if needed. Eight towns have been selected to serve as overnight hosts as the event moves across the state. Each day, cyclists can expect to ride an average of 50-60 miles between overnight towns. Only one route is offered each day (with the exception of one century option day) and all routes feature fully stocked rest stops, SAG support and mechanical support. Each route features turn-by-turn instructional cue sheets, Ride with GPS navigation, road markings and signage at every turn.
CLICK HERE for more information on the routes, including tentative daily mileages and elevation.
What Does My Registration Fee Include?
- Commemorative 2023 Mountains to Coast Ride Performance Blend T-Shirt
- Access to spacious outdoor camping at each overnight stop
- Campsite luggage transport to each town
- Law enforcement support throughout the route
- Clear route markings at every turn
- SAG (Support & Gear) support while on the route
- Portable restrooms at Rest Stops and Campsites
- Local shuttles to transport participants to dining options, shopping and hotels
- Ride with GPS Routes featuring voice commands and GPS download files
- Daily and nightly activities in each overnight town
- Convenient, clean and hot showers at each campsite
- Bike technicians at camp and various rest stops
- Fully background checked staff and vendors
- Finish line celebration at the BEACH!
- Daily Recovery Zone sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC
- Onsite vendors (tent & porter, massage, coffee, food trucks, etc.) available each day (additional costs may apply for some vendors)
- An amazing vacation with 1,000 friends!
Daily Schedule of Events
The 2023 daily schedule will be released closer to the event. Check out the 2022 Daily Schedule for an idea of what to expect.
The easiest way to understand the flow of the event is to review the daily schedule. The schedule features information on route hours, campsite logistics, campsite vendors, town amenities, food options, accommodations and special events. Each overnight stop provides unique entertainment and features downtown shopping, delicious restaurant options, live musicians, beverage gardens and more. Shuttles are provided to transport participants into town at each stop.
What if I don't Ride A Bike or Don't Want To Ride Every Day?
If you don't ride, you are still welcome to come along to enjoy this adventure with your spouse or friend! Just sign up for the Cycle NC Excursions by Visit NC for a great way to explore the state during this year's Mountains to Coast Ride. If you want a rest day or two, the Excursions by Visit NC are available to riders as well! In the past, the excursions have visited Grandfather Mountain, Charlotte Motor Speedway, the NC Museum of Art, the NC Seafood Festival and the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, just to name a few. And of course, the excursions visit many wineries, breweries and restaurants across the state as well.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the Cycle NC Excursions by Visit NC.
About the Organizers
The Mountains to Coast Ride is organized by North Carolina Amateur Sports (NCAS), a 501c3 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 Transportation in 1999. In addition to the Cycle North Carolina Mountains to Coast Ride, NCAS organizes the Cycle North Carolina Mountain Ride, the Cycle North Carolina Coastal Ride and the BODYARMOR State Games annually.