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Cycle Western North Carolina

For cycling enthusiasts across the region, warmer weather means one thing — time to start pedaling. With a variety of organized rides underway in the mountains, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the roads and trails with other pedalers. 

Franklin

Sylva

  • A no-drop relaxed road ride will roll 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through the end of October from Motion Makers Bicycle Shop. Routes vary and are open to cyclists of all levels. Organized by Motion Makers, 828.586.6925.
  • A group road ride will leave at 6 p.m. Tuesdays through the end of October from Motion Makers Bicycle Shop to tackle a 40-mile “race” to the Balsam Post Office. Organized by Motion Makers, 828.586.6925.

Cullowhee

  • A ride exploring the Western Carolina University mountain bike trails will be offered at 6 p.m. every other Thursday, with the next ride planned for April 5. Participants will meet at the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching and divide into a beginner group and a non-beginner group, with 60 to 90 minutes on the trail each time. Organized by the Nantahala Area Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association, with an event page at www.facebook.com/NantahalaAreaSORBA/. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cherokee

Haywood County

  • A ride for cyclists at the intermediate level and above will be offered at 6 p.m. on Thursdays, with starting points alternating between the Waynesville Recreation Center and the Canton Recreation Park. Cyclists regroup as necessary and typically cover about 20 miles over the course of an hour and a half. Bob Clark, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Asheville

  • A pair of ladies-only mountain bike rides will be offered at 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 31 from the Ledford Branch Trailhead at Bent Creek. A beginner-friendly, recovery pace social ride will cover 5 to 8 miles, with all skill levels encouraged to attend. Simultaneously, a training ride for ladies who know how to handle a bike and want to increase their speed will cover 8 to 12 miles on Bent Creek’s more technical trails. Organized by Motion Makers Bicycle Shop. 828.633.2227

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