Cyclists from across the Southeast are invited to the 22nd annual Tour de Cashiers Mountain Cycling Experience, set for Saturday, May 3, and spanning the scenic byways of Western North Carolina.
Cyclists will follow one of three routes of up to 100 miles across Jackson, Macon and Transylvania Counties riding steep climbs and fast descents over 10,500 feet-plus of elevation changes.
The ride will kick off at 9:00 A.M. at The Village Green Commons in Cashiers. Online registration is open at TourdeCashiers.com. On-site registration and post-event festivities will be held at the Commons pavilion.
Returning riders will be welcomed back at the finish line with a hearty meal, drink and even a hot shower at the nearby Cashiers-Glenville Recreation and Community Centers. Participants also receive a commemorative tee shirt.
Proceeds from the Tour support local community and economic development through the Cashiers Area Chamber according to executive director Stephanie Edwards. Major sponsors this year include the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, The Laurel Magazine, WHLC, Eagle Eye Inspections, McKee Properties and Indian Hills Water, who are joined by many bronze level financial supporters.
Under the leadership of Dick Zacher and Robert Henderson, Support and Gear trackers will follow riders throughout the day to promote their safety and comfort. Dr. Jack Talmadge and a contingent of more than 60 parents, teachers and staff from the Summit Charter School will operate four rest stops along the way. Seventeen-year veteran volunteer Diane Stumm will organize registration onsite with a cadre of faithful assistants. Route guidance and emergency medical services will be provided by regional fire departments, rescue squads and other law enforcement agencies.
“The Tour de Cashiers offers adventurous athletic challenges suitable for the seasoned to beginner rider,” said Tim O’Brien, president and event chair of the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the ride.
by Luke Osteen