Conscious Party: 50 miles in memory

The Mini Bike Race was one of the additional activities at the 2012 Collier Lilly Half-Century Ride 4 Life, in addition to the main event: a 50-mile cycle race through a scenic landscape Photo courtesy of Davidson College

WHAT: Collier Lilly Half-Century Ride 4 Life

WHEN: Sunday, May 24, 7:45 a.m.

WHERE: 220 Amboy Road, Asheville

WHY: The N.C. Outward Bound School is holding a half-century bike ride in memory of Collier Cobb Lilly, a graduate of the NCOBS, to raise awareness of bike safety, organ donation and advocacy. Originally held in Davidson, this 50-mile ride has been moved to Asheville this year as part of the Mountain Sports Festival. Traversing mountain passes and the scenic backroads of Buncombe County, riders will be fully supported with a rest stop and support vehicles.

In addition to the 50-miler, a kids ride will take place at 1 p.m. at Carrier Park’s velodrome. Associated with Trips for Kids, a cycling nonprofit that uses bicycles as vehicles for life lessons, this ride will help raise money for kids in the community to participate in outdoor events. “We want to raise money for scholarships in WNC to increase the number of students who attend [NCOBS] from this area,” explains NCOBS associate director of development Carrie Myers. After their rides, participants can enjoy the fun and music of the Mountain Sports Festival.

Registration for the half-century ride is $40, and all proceeds will be used to raise scholarship money for area NCOBS students. To register, visit For more information, email Myers at Photo of NCOBS students courtesy of NCOBS. Michael McDonald

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