Dozens of tents waved in the gentle autumn breeze as the 19th Mountains to Coast bicycle tour set up camp for the night. Hundreds of cyclists from multiple states, two Canadian Provinces and as far away as Germany have gathered together to explore North Carolina.
Cyclists will bike through North Carolina until Oct. 8. They stopped in Chapel Hill on Tuesday night and left the following morning.
“We are encouraging them to see the state as we go from the mountains to the coast, stop at local restaurants in the towns they go through, shop at local shops, take their time enjoying the scenery, all while pedaling across the state,” said Chip Hofler, a director at North Carolina Amateur Sports.
NCAS planned a path that begins in Jefferson and ends in Swansboro, and partnered with Visit N.C. to coordinate the over 300 mile-long ride.
“We’re really trying to promote tourism and cyclist tourism as we go across the state and have big impacts for small towns that we travel through — and even for the bigger towns like Chapel Hill that we come to,” Hofler said.