LAKE LURE, N.C. (August 29, 2013): Lake Lure was selected last week as the location of a new Cycle North Carolina weekend “Mountain Ride” slated for August 1-3, 2014. The town hosted the first stop on Cycle North Carolina’s 2012 “Mountains to Coast Fall Ride” bringing 1,100 cyclists from 38 states, the District of Columbia, and five foreign countries to the area.
Click here to see photos from the 2012 event.
Positive reviews from participants and organizers alike motivated Cycle North Carolina to host its new weekend “Mountain Ride” in Lake Lure. Last year, cyclists and their guests were treated to a full-day festival complete with live music, beer and wine garden, food vendors and shuttle transportation to various attractions in Lake Lure and Chimney Rock Village, like Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park.
From the welcoming spirit of the area, to the entertaining festival, which was produced by The McConnell Group Public Relations in partnership with the Town of Lake Lure and Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority, Cycle North Carolina was impressed by what Lake Lure was able to provide as a first-time host town.
“From the moment we arrived in Lake Lure, we knew it was a perfect stop for our participants during the Mountains to Coast tour,” said Cycle NC Ride Director Ragan Williams. “The hospitality, entertainment, multitude of lodging options, exquisite camping area, friendliness of the locals, wonderful attractions and the scenic beauty put Lake Lure at the top of our list when considering adding an additional event. Our cyclists loved the experience and can’t wait to return for an extended stay.”
The Town of Lake Lure is excited for another opportunity to host Cycle North Carolina and its riders.
“We're thrilled that Cycle NC will be returning to Lake Lure as a base camp for their new Mountain Ride,” said Town Manager Chris Braund. “Cycle NC participants have a wonderful, positive spirit and an enjoyment of the outdoors that is infectious. We welcome them back to stay a little longer in our area to explore the surrounding mountains, farm valleys and hospitality of the Hickory Nut Gorge.”
For more information on the 2014 Cycle North Carolina Mountain Ride on August 1-3, 2014 in Lake Lure, N.C., visit www.ncsports.org.
Hosted by North Carolina Amateur Sports (NCAS), Cycle North Carolina is designed to promote physical fitness and health, and provide economic impact and publicity to rural communities, while showcasing the state’s beauty, scenic attractions and cultural diversity. Cycle North Carolina was created in 1999 by the N.C. Division of Tourism, the Department of Transportation and Capitol Broadcasting Company.