The Phantom Riders of Polk County
New Bicycle Safety Laws in North
Several new laws were
passed to increase the safety of bicyclist in North Carolina.
1. A motorist my now
legally pass a bicyclist in a no-passing zone if the bicyclist is
2. A bicyclist may now signal to make a right
turn by pointing to the right with the right
must now have a LIGHTED LAMP (IE: flashing blinking light) on the
Bicycle Tours and Challenges
None of these events are considered to be Races.
Below are the one day events
The Fabulous 4th of July 100k Tour
The web page states that this is a RACE. It is not a race !
It is a century "TOUR"
There is NO Racing elements in this tour. You may ride it as fast
as you wish but you have approx. 8 hours to finish the Tour in.
This Tour has about 6000 feet of climbing.
The Assault on
Mt. Mitchell and Marion Challenge.
102 miles with about 11,000 total vertical feet of climbing bicycle challenge.
The first 2/3rd is about 72 miles with about 6,000 feet of climbing.
The last part has about 26 miles with another 5000 feet of climbing!
This site also is a tribute page to John Bryan ~ Founder of this challenge.
A Fall Color Ride in the Mountains
Note - This tour is suspended until further notice.
A tour with 2 tour routes and 1 kids ride.
Main route is 68 miles with over 7,000 feet of climbing.
Second route is 45 miles with about 4,000 feet of climbing.
A kids ride of 1 mile and is last to start.
Hincapie Fall Tour and Challenge main page
80 miles challenge with 3 major and very steep climbs.
50 miles challenge with 1 major steep climb.
NC State Games - Cycling.
BMX using USABMX Rules.
Mountain Bike Courses.
These are yearly events.
Please check the state website for the current listing of events.
Full Information may be found on the WWW.NCSPORTS.ORG web site.
Early Registration is also available and there are discounts that
may be applied to your application. Check the web site for more information.
Additional Rides will be posted here as I get word
of the ride and the links to the event pages.
|All maps listed below are in PDF and have been either Zipped or put in RAR files.|
Several Counties in North Carolina have
local bicycle maps.
note that all of these maps are big files
Multi-Day Self Guided Bicycle Tours
These tours are through the state of North Carolina. There are 9 different routes to choose from. These tours are well marked with state bike route signs indicating the correct route to follow. Two of the routes cross the state from east to west. It is recommended that you start on the west end and work east! The rest are shorter route that run in all directions. All require either overnight camping or a place to stay while riding the tours.
These bike routes are for the most part back roads so that traffic is normally not a problem. Some of the tours in the mountains are not easy rides. These roads can be very steep and curvy. It is also recommended that you have a Bright Red Blinker Light on the back of you bicycle as a warning to cars so that you are as visible as possible to the drivers behind you. While on the Blue Ridge Parkway you are required by US park regulations to have a warning light facing the rear and a head light facing forward while in the tunnels as some are totally dark and quite long on the western end of the parkway.
The routes are drawn in black on the maps below.
All maps listed below are in PDF and have been either Zipped or put in RAR files.
Designated as a portion of US Bike Route 1, which runs from Maine to Florida, this route covers almost 200 miles of rolling terrain north-south through central North Carolina. San-Lee Park, Umstead State Park, and Kerr Lake State Recreation Area lie along this route, providing an opportunity to incorporate activities such as swimming, fishing, hiking, and nature study into the trip. Other points of interest include the Indian Museum of the Carolinas, Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve, House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site, and the numerous historic sites and museums of the Raleigh/Capital City area.
From Murphy in the mountains to Manteo on the coast, this 700+ mile route traverses the state from west to east. On the way, you'll pass the loftiest peaks east of the Mississippi, traverse portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway, then drop 2,000 feet from the Blue Ridge escarpment to the rolling foothills of the Piedmont. Quiet rural lanes take you through lush farm country to most of the major cities in the state. Once past Raleigh, the flat land of the coastal plain makes the ride to the coast seem easy. Several miles from the end of the route, you have the choice of taking the ferry to Ocracoke and the Outer Banks or continuing to Manteo. Either way, wide Atlantic beaches are your reward at the end of the trip. It is highly recommended that you rider this route from West to East. Expect a lot of climbing on the western 1/3rd of this route. Once you drop down the going is much easier.
Ports of Call
North Carolina's coast is long and varied, with two major sounds—the Pamlico and the Albemarle—and a series of barrier islands known as the Outer Banks. The 300-mile route from South Carolina to Virginia takes you to all the major ports of the colonial era—Southport, Wilmington, New Bern, Bath, and Edenton. Take the time to relax on the wide, sandy beaches, explore the charming historic towns, and enjoy the excellent seafood. Other points of interest along this route include Fort Fisher State Historic Site, Carolina Beach State Park, the Croatan National Forest Recreation Areas, Tryon Palace, Goose Creek State Park and Merchants Millpond State Park.
Running east-west just south of the Virginia border all the way from the mountains to the coast, this 400-mile route gives you access to six state parks and several other recreation areas. You'll be able to explore areas such as Stone Mountain, Pilot Mountain and Hanging Rock State Parks, Hyco Reservoir, Kerr Lake and Lake Gaston Recreation Areas, Merchants Millpond State Park, and the Dismal Swamp and Currituck Sound areas. Campgrounds are spaced up to 75 miles apart and motels are scarce, so be prepared for some long days.
Cape Fear Run
This 160-mile route roughly parallels the course of the Cape Fear River through the southeast coastal plain to the sea. Rolling hills soon give way to flat land in the swamps and Carolina bays typical of this region of the state. Notable points of interest include Jones Lake State Park, Moore's Creek National Military Park, the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial, Brunswick Town State Historic Site, Carolina Beach State Park, and Fort Fisher State Historic Site.
Use this 200-mile route as a southern alternate to the Piedmont portion of the Mountains to Sea route or combine the two to create a Piedmont Loop, a perfect 7- to 10-day trip. Abundant recreational opportunities exist at places like Lake Norman, Morrow Mountain State Park, the Uwharrie National Forest and the North Carolina Zoological Park. Other points of interest along the route include the Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site and the Seagrove Potters Museum.
From its western terminus along the Mountains to Sea Route near Wilson, this 170-mile route winds its way through the coastal plain to the Cedar Island Ferry over to Ocracoke. Along the way, points of interest such as Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, the New Bern and Beaufort historic districts, and the Cedar Island Wildlife Refuge provide a glimpse of the natural and cultural diversity of the state.
This 120-mile route begins with an exhilarating 15-mile plunge down the Blue Ridge escarpment—a drop of 2,400 feet— followed 25 miles later by another 1,000 foot drop down the 4-mile Saluda grade. Waterfalls, trout streams, hiking trails and idyllic picnic spots abound. Take time to explore the charming mountain towns of Brevard, Flat Rock, Saluda, and Tryon in Polk County. Or stop at one of the many points of interest along the way—the Cradle of Forestry, Sliding Rock, Davidson River Recreation Area, the Carl Sandburg National Historic Site, Flatrock Playhouse, and Holmes Educational State Forest. Leaving the highlands behind, the remainder of the route rolls through the foothills past dense forests and settled farmlands to join up with the Piedmont Spur Route #6 near Lincolnton, NC.
From the Pee Dee River to the Cape Fear, this route traverses 125 miles of Sandhills terrain. Rolling hills rise from 500 to 700 feet above sea level and longleaf pine forests line the quiet roads through this region. Major points of interest include the Uwharrie National Forest, Town Creek Indian Mound, and Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve.
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