Reidsville & Rockingham County to Host Cycle North Carolina in October
Reidsville and Rockingham County officials are excited to announce that Lake Reidsville Park has been selected as an overnight stop on the 2020 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” bike ride. This is the fifth time a Rockingham County location has been part of the annual, statewide ride.
“We are thrilled to be hosting the Cycle North Carolina Mountains to Coast Ride again this year with Rockingham County. The last time we hosted was in 2014 at the Penn 4-H Center. This year we will be showcasing Reidsville’s gem, Lake Reidsville,” said Dr. John M. “Jay” Donecker, Mayor of Reidsville. “These types of events take time, recruitment and lots of planning and working together with area agencies to make it happen. It’s basically a mini-city moving in for 24 hours.”
Mayor Donecker adds, “The City and the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority have worked for months planning this event. We are thrilled they will be staying in Reidsville and experiencing our City and all we have to offer. This is a fantastic opportunity for our businesses to be open and welcome these visitors to our area. This is wonderful exposure not only for Lake Reidsville Park but also for our entire community as we put out the welcome mat for over 1,000 cyclists.”
“We are ecstatic that the Cycle North Carolina team selected a Rockingham County community once again as a stop on the beloved Mountains to Coast bike ride. Recruiting this event was a great collaboration between the Tourism Development Authority and the City of Reidsville’s Economic Development Department. We can’t wait to showcase Lake Reidsville Park and welcome visitors to Rockingham County. It’s truly an honor to be part of this wonderful event for a fifth time,” said Mark Richardson, Chairman of the Rockingham County Board of Commissioners.
The 22nd annual ride is scheduled for a Sparta to North Topsail Beach route, from October 3 to October 11, 2020. With beautiful tourist stops along scenic back roads, the “Mountains to Coast” trek is the highlight of the year for many cyclists from across the nation.
Cycle North Carolina will begin its full-service, cross-state ride on October 3rd in Sparta and will arrive at North Topsail Beach on October 11th, with 1,100 bicyclists expected to participate. Over the course of the week, riders will bike an average of 60 miles per day. Additional overnight stays are planned for the towns of Mount Airy, Reidsville, Roxboro, Henderson, Smithfield and Clinton.
The Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Tour is the state’s only cross-state, fully-supported ride created in 1999 with the N.C. Division of Tourism, Capitol Broadcasting Company, the N.C. Department of Transportation and North Carolina Amateur Sports as founding partners.
Cycle North Carolina was developed to promote North Carolina’s scenic beauty, heritage tourism, visitor attractions, historic sites, state parks, fitness, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of bicycling to individuals and our state. During the past 21 years, Cycle North Carolina has stopped overnight in more than 100 North Carolina towns and visited over 700 North Carolina communities. Cyclists come from all over the U.S. to participate.
The City of Reidsville Economic Development Department and the Rockingham County Tourism Development Authority worked together for the last several months on the proposal to host Cycle North Carolina. Officials with each organization, as well as many others, will be partnering in planning the activities and hospitality for the overnight stop at Lake Reidsville Park.
To view the video of the “Mountains to Coast” Tour announcement, click the link below:
Cycle North Carolina is presented by Retire NC. Partner organizations of Cycle North Carolina include: Powerade, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, BB&T, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Harris Teeter, Morningstar Law Group, the N.C. Department of Transportation and Trek of Greensboro.
Online registration is open at www.ncsports.org. Cycle North Carolina will be capping registration at 1,100 riders, so interested riders are encouraged to register early, to avoid missing out on the highlight of the year for bicycling in North Carolina.