Outdoor Journal

Go easy on yourself: Cycle North Carolina, the state’s only “fully supported” bike tour, is preparing the route for its “Mountains to the Coast” tour of the Tar Heel state. The ninth-annual ride will set out from West Jefferson on Sept. 29 and arrive in Currituck on Oct. 6. Cyclists will average 65 miles per day, with overnights planned in Elkin, Greensboro, Mebane, Louisburg, Roanoke Rapids and Edenton.

Able servants will cart your Louis Vuitton totes from place to place as you smile and squeeze down one sports gel after another. At night, you’ll stay in camping areas with amenities; support vehicles are available to come to your rescue should your cassette uncouple or your seat-post snap.

Riders can register for the entire distance, multiple-day options, or single-day options. Registration will begin soon and will be capped at 1,200 riders, so visit www.cyclenorthcarolina.org to get the lowdown.

Older, stronger, better: Asheville Parks and Recreation, Buncombe County Parks and Recreation Services, and Black Mountain Recreation and Parks have put out the call to area seniors for the 2007 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games, planned for May 7 through 15 at Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain.

Activities include track and field events, croquet, horseshoes, golf, tennis, basketball, badminton, table tennis, billiards, cycling, bowling and swimming.

The top competitors in each category will be eligible to go to the State Games in Raleigh. No cheating – participants must be a minimum of 55 years old. “Early bird” registration costs only $7 before May 4. For more information and to register, contact Dee Black at 350-2051 or dblack@ashevillenc.gov.

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