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2022 Cycle NC “Mountains to Coast” Route comes to Belmont

Updated: Aug 14, 2023



RALEIGH, North Carolina, January 27, 2022 – Wit Tuttell, the Executive Director of Visit NC, announced the 2022 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Route with the help of town representatives in a pre-recorded video released at 11am on Thursday.

The twenty-third annual ride is scheduled for a Lake Junaluska to Holden Beach route, from October 1 to October 8, 2022. With beautiful tourist stops along scenic back roads, the “Mountains to Coast” trek is the highlight of the year for many cyclists from across the nation.


Cycle North Carolina will begin its full-service, cross-state ride on October 2nd in Lake Junaluska (October 1st is a travel and check-in day), and will arrive at Holden Beach on October 8th, with 1,100 bicyclists expected to participate. Over the course of the week, riders will bike an average of 60 miles per day. Additional overnight stays are planned for the towns of Hendersonville, Tryon, Belmont, Albemarle, Laurinburg and Whiteville.


The Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Tour is the state’s only cross-state, fully-supported ride created in 1999 with the N.C. Division of Tourism (now Visit NC), Capitol Broadcasting Company, the N.C. Department of Transportation and North Carolina Amateur Sports as founding partners. Cycle North Carolina was developed to promote North Carolina’s scenic beauty, heritage tourism, visitor attractions, historic sites, state parks, fitness, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of bicycling to individuals and our state. During the past 21 years, Cycle North Carolina has stopped overnight in more than 100 North Carolina towns and visited over 700 North Carolina communities.


Tentative Daily Mileages

Day 1: Lake Junaluska to Hendersonville - 67 miles (elev. +4316 ft)

Day 2: Hendersonville to Tryon - 48 miles (elev. +3110 ft)

Day 3: Tryon to Belmont - 77 miles (elev. +3712 ft)

Day 4: Belmont to Albemarle - 72 miles (elev. +3485 ft)

Day 5: Albemarle to Laurinburg - 73 or 100 mi. (elev. +3178 ft or 3813 ft)

Day 6: Laurinburg to Whiteville - 68 miles (elev. +874 ft)

Day 7: Whiteville to Holden Beach - 60 miles (elev. +592 ft)

Online Registration

Online registration is open at www.ncsports.org. Cycle North Carolina will be capping registration at 1,100 riders, so interested riders are encouraged to register early, to avoid missing out on the highlight of the year for bicycling in North Carolina.

In addition to the “Mountains to Coast” Tour, Cycle North Carolina will host the Coastal Ride in Edenton, NC, April 22-24, 2022. Cycle North Carolina will also host its eighth annual Mountain Ride in Marshall, NC, August 5-7, 2022. Registration for both rides is open at www.ncsports.org.

Cycle North Carolina is presented by Retire NC. Partner organizations of Cycle North Carolina include: BODYARMOR, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Truist, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Lowes Foods, Morningstar Law Group, the N.C. Department of Transportation and Motion Makers Bike Shop.

 

North Carolina Amateur Sports is a 501c(3) nonprofit charitable organization that annually organizes the BODYARMOR State Games and Cycle North Carolina. NCAS is dedicated to the promotion of the spirit of amateur sports, physical fitness and health to all ages and skill levels through the participation in organized events which enrich the state of North Carolina. For more information on NCAS and its events, please access www.ncsports.org.