Cycle North Carolina Mountain Ride
August 7 - August 9$170
The Cycle North Carolina Mountain Ride is a perfect weekend getaway for any outdoor enthusiast and their families. The ride is 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 event kicks off on Friday afternoon with a warm-up ride led by our Cycle North Carolina Route Developers. Once your legs are warmed up, you’ll be all set to spend Saturday and Sunday meandering along the rivers and streams through the Blue Ridge Mountains on one of our various route options ranging from 15 miles to 70 miles.
The 2020 event will be held in beautiful Forest City, North Carolina, and will explore Rutherford County. Forest City is best known for its annual Christmas lights that bring to life a “Hallmark” Christmas movie. Voted by Romantic Asheville.com as the #1 Christmas town in the greater Asheville area, and the #2 place to see Christmas lights in Western North Carolina, Forest City welcomes visitors from near and far each holiday season. The town’s beautifully landscaped median along historic Main Street comes to life each holiday season with Christmas displays.
Forest City boasts the newly constructed Thermal Belt Rail Trail, a 12’-wide, paved 13.5-mile trail that has become the sidewalk for Rutherford County. It begins at Forrest Hunt Elementary School in Forest City and runs through the heart of Rutherford County (the towns of Spindale, Rutherfordton, and Ruth) to the Gilkey community.
Some of the routes will travel along the “Cherry Bounce Trail”. Named after famous moonshiner Amos Owens and his cherry bounce moonshine, the trail features vibrant Main Streets and mountain views, historical markers, and the route of moonshiners from long ago. In June, the Town host the Cherry Bounce Festival, a two-day event that features live bluegrass/Americana music, regional arts and craft vendors, and local food trucks.
Come join us for an unforgettable weekend!