Sapphire Valley Resort  North Carolina

... a four seasons, family oriented Blue Ridge Mountains Resort!

About the Tour de Cashiers - Saturday - May 14, 2016

The Tour de Cashiers has a rich heritage...More than 20 years ago organizer Clark Moore gathered a small group of enthusiasts in front of the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce and set off on an 11-mile route across the area's scenic mountain byways.

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 follow one 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. 

Last year's riders will remember its mountain lakes and views of rugged gorges, and that it no longer includes the tough Charley Creek climbs.

Early Spring in our mountains is a time of cool mornings, warm afternoons, wild flowers and flowering shrubs, and dramatic differences in leafing at different elevations – which our riders will experience along their courses. Summer residents begin returning, and the stores and restaurants are reopened. But the pace (and traffic) are at a lower level than in mid-Summer. In short, an ideal time for a solid, supported bike ride in the mountains, and for any non-riding family members to come visit also.
The mountainous route features stunning scenery and challenging ascents with total elevation gains of up to 10,500 feet. The Century 100-mile and the Metric 50-mile rides include long climbs and fast descents. The Quarter Century 25-mile route is a great introduction to cycling along the Blue Ridge. All three routes provide challenge and inspiration for those wanting to test their conditioning on an all-day supported ride.
Online registration for 2016 is now open!

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! .

Content Courtesy Cashiers Chamber of Commerce, Pisgah Productions and the Tour de Cashiers

Tour de Cashiers