Cashiers bike race just around the corner

The Tour de Cashiers, one of the region’s most well-known bike races, will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, starting at the Village Green in Cashiers.

There are three races, a 25 mile, 62 mile and 100 mile. The routes take in spectacular vistas of springtime in the mountains along quiet mountain back roads. With rides ranging from moderate to strenuous climbs,  beginners to experienced bicyclists are welcome. The event for some is a lifetime challenge and for the hardcore, a great training ride.

Early registration fee is $40, the cost is $45 the day of the race. The entry fee includes a t-shirt, light breakfast and a hearty post-ride lunch, as well as on-road support and well-stocked rest stops.

The Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Foundation is sponsoring the event, now in its 20th year.

As in previous years, the Tour will be partnering in the Blue Ridge Double with a similar ride in Walhalla, S.C., “Issaqueena’s Last Ride.” The events will be on consecutive weekends. Riders receive a $10 discount on the combined registration fees.  

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