Each year, bicycle shops, clubs, and other organizations host a variety of bicycle events across the state. For the past 20 years, the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation has compiled a calendar listing these major bicycle tours, races, century rides, mountain bike events, bi-and triathlons and other events.
The calendar lists almost 200 major events, offering exciting experiences for every type of rider. Listings include contact information and websites, where available. The month-by-month listing is updated regularly whenever new events are submitted.
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2013 Events Calendar
Cycle North Carolina (CNC) is a week-long bicycle tour that takes place in mid-October when the air is cool and the colors make every scene picturesque. Each year nearly a thousand participants pedal their way from the foothills of the Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains to the coast taking in the best of North Carolina's historic sites, state and national parks, museums, and points of interest. In addition to all there is to see, several communities selected for overnight stays, host evening entertainment and showcase their unique and diverse cultures. The promotion of good health and fitness, while providing economic benefit to rural communities and a natural presentation of this state's scenic beauty, has been the objective of this successful bicycling event, since 1999.
The inaugural CNC “Mountains to the Coast” tour encompassed the Blue Ridge Mountains in Murphy, passing through piedmont North Carolina, to the coastal town of Manteo. It set the standard for routes that highlight NC’s scenic beauty and historic sites, while sampling the food, shopping and entertainment, in the communities along the way. Since 1999, the CNC has attracted bicyclists from all over the USA and from abroad—registering an average of 1,000 participants each year. The League of American Bicyclists has named the tour one of the “Best Biking in America”. The CNC has been hosted overnight by over 88 communities and has passed through more than 600 towns covering more than 4,500 miles since its inception.
The CNC became a reality through the efforts of the North Carolina Amateur Sports and the sponsorship of the NC Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development, the NC Department of Transportation and Capitol Broadcasting Company. No longer an official sponsor, the NCDOT, Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation will always support Cycle North Carolina and wishes to congratulate North Carolina Amateur Sports for providing more than ten years of successful bicycle tours that have benefited all of North Carolina.