Even if you are one of the lucky ones who hasn’t experienced COVID-19 firsthand, you may be dealing with what has become known as the COVID Nineteen.

Because of COVID restrictions, a lot of people got out of their normal exercise routines.  Fewer opportunities to exercise and more opportunities to eat has resulted in people having to deal with the COVID Nineteen and Cycle North Carolina has a solution – the 2022 Cycle NC Mountains to the Coast.

It isn’t a race, but a recreational ride from Lake Junaluska to Holden Beach, and if you aren’t up for the whole ride you have the opportunity to join the trip for one day, two days or three days.

And perhaps even better news is you have plenty of time to get ready for the ride, since it is scheduled for the week of Oct. 1 through Oct. 8, 2022.

Cycle North Carolina Mountains to Coast Ride is a fully supported bicycle tour traveling along scenic back roads that showcase rural North Carolina.  It is a point-to-point ride and not a loop ride.  Transportation options are available at the beginning and end of the ride to allow cyclists to get back to a designated parking location if needed.

Eight towns have been selected to serve as overnight hosts as the event moves across the state.  Each day, cyclists can expect to ride an average of 60 to 70 miles and all routes feature fully stocked rest stops with SAG (support and gear) support and mechanical support.

Each stop provides access to spacious outdoor camping with clean hot showers. Campsite luggage is transported to each town.  Local shuttles are available at each site to transport participants to dining options, shopping and hotels.

The first mountains to the coast ride was a two week trip from Murphy to Manteo in 1999. In the 21 years since then the Mountains to the Coast Ride has traversed the state using a different week-long route each year.  So far the ride has stopped overnight in more than 100 North Carolina towns and passed through over 700 North Carolina communities.

For more information go to https://ncsports.org/event/cyclenc_mountainstocoast_ride/details/