Cycle North Carolina’s 2024 Mountain Ride will take place in Murphy, North Carolina, in Cherokee County from August 2–4, returning to the location that was host for the first leg of the inaugural Mountains to Coast Tour 25 years ago.
The Mountain Ride annually attracts more than 350 cyclists to participate in a weekend of cycling along the mountain back roads in the region. Attendees travel from more than 20 states and range in age from 13 to 80. The weekend will offer two days of cycling, plus many off-the-bike activities and opportunities to exploref Murphy and other towns in Cherokee County.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome Cycle North Carolina back to where it all began in 1999,” said Murphy Mayor Tim Radford. “Hosting the 2024 Mountain Ride brings not just hundreds of enthusiastic cyclists, but also their energy, camaraderie, and economic boost to our vibrant mountain town. Seeing Murphy’s streets buzzing with life, showcasing our stunning scenery and Southern hospitality, will be pure joy. We extend a warm Cherokee County welcome to every rider and can’t wait to cheer them on as they explore our hidden gems and experience the magic of Murphy.”
Indoor and outdoor camping areas with amenities will be provided at Konehete Park, on the banks of the Valley River and adjacent to the Murphy Riverwalk. The Cycle North Carolina Mountain Ride provides support vehicles available to aid cyclists who experience physical or mechanical breakdowns. Rest stops will be set up every 10-20 miles along each route for riders to get off their bikes and explore.
“The cyclists who participate in the Weekend Mountain Ride typically hail from over 20 states and love exploring new small mountain towns with unique character,” said Chip Hofler, director of Cycle NC. “Couple that with the 25th anniversary of our Mountains to Coast Tour and the amazing town support and Murphy is the perfect setting for the mountain ride.”