Welcome to the Tour de Cashiers
Mountain Cycling Experience
Join us for the annual Tour de Cashiers Mountain Cycling Experience to be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 across scenic mountain byways of western North Carolina. Presented by Pisgah Productions, this popular pedaling event attracts participants from the southeast, many returning every year for the traditional spring ride, and bragging rights for completing one of the most challenging rides in the nation.
Cyclists followone of three routes of up to 100 miles across Jackson, Macon and Transylvania Counties riding steep climbs and fast descents over 10,500 feet-plus of elevation changes. The event offers adventurous athletic challenges suitable for the seasoned to beginner rider. And for all, it's great outdoor recreation amid breathtaking natural scenery featuring granite-faced mountains, flowering valleys and running rivers.
This year, the CENTURY RIDE will kick off at 8:00 a.m. from The Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road. On-site registration and post-event meal be held at the Commons pavilion. METRIC RIDERS will depart at 8:30 a.m. and QUARTER CENTURY riders will begin at 9 a.m. sharp.
Returning riders will be welcomed back at the finish line with a hearty meal, drink and even a hot shower at the nearby Cashiers-Glenville Recreation and Community Centers. Participants also receive a commemorative tee shirt.
Pisgah Productions, under the leadership of owner Eric Wever, 828-242-8250 firstname.lastname@example.org, will be directing all operational and route aspects of the event. Any sponsorship donations will benefit the Cashiers Area Chamber's economic development efforts.
One of many volunteers supporting the ride will be 96-year old, Clark Moore, who gathered a few riders together in front of the Chamber more than two decades ago for the initial ride that would become a yearly tradition. Community volunteer Dick Zacher will coordinate Support and Gear (SAG) trackers to follow riders throughout the day to promote their safety and comfort. Pisgah Productions will operate four rest stops along the way sponsored by Motion Makers Bicycle Shop, Lawn Ranger, Litzy Contractors and a prominent women's cycling team. Route guidance and emergency medical services will be provided by regional fire departments, rescue squads and other law enforcement agencies.
Bring your own fan club of family and friends as there's plenty to do in Cashiers while you're on the road!