Bike The Banks Event – May 7th

We have a busy Spring here on Emerald Isle with lots of events looking for volunteers so I apologize for all the separate posts  advance.  (Sue Stone)

We are looking for both participants in this event as well has volunteers to help with registration and manning the water/snack stations along the way.  If you are interested in participating ( a fun family thing for Mother’s Day Weekend for sure) please follow the information in the note below on how to register.

If you are willing to spend a few hours to help raise some funds to continue to expand and enhance  the Multi-Use Path. It is only a few weeks away and we are short on volunteers (Ken Stone is chair of the Bike and Pedestrian Committee and he really needs our help)

BIKE THE BANKS! Crystal Coast Lighthouse Century

Saturday, May 7, 2016
8:00 AM
203 Leisure Lane, Emerald Isle, NC 28594 (Rec Center)

Century (100) , 50- and 10-mile rides to attract cyclists of all kinds!

The Emerald Isle Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee will host its 2nd annual Bike the Banks-Crystal Coast Lighthouse Century on Saturday, May 7, as part of the committee’s ongoing effort to promote the area as a one of the top bicycle-riding destinations along the North Carolina coast.

The event will feature three rides of varying length, all beginning at the Emerald Isle Community Center, located at 203 Leisure Lane in Emerald Isle. Cyclists can choose from the “10-mile Fun Cycle” along the bicycle and pedestrian path in Emerald Isle; the “Fort Macon 50-miler” a roundtrip ride to Fort Macon along Highway 58; or the “Crystal Coast Century”, a 100-mile roundtrip to Cape Lookout.  The entry fee for the Fun Cycle is $25. Entry fees for the Fort Macon and Century rides are $40 each.

The purpose of the ride is to promote the Path here in Emerald Isle as well as to showcase our wonderful community and county. We continue to hope that this event will help our local businesses as well since so many of the participating riders come in from other areas. Funds raised from this event will be used to continue expansion and improve the Multi Use Path.

Registered riders will depart toward their desired destinations at 8 a.m. Safety will continue to be a major focal point for the Committee, which has worked in conjunction with area law enforcement to ensure that all three routes will be clearly visible to riders and motorists throughout the ride. Cue sheets will be available for download by mid-April. Rest stops will be present along all routes and each ride will have support and gear (SAG) vehicles on site.

Cyclists should bring their own bikes or plan on renting one. The event is not a race. Cyclists can ride at their own pace. The course will remain open until 3 p.m., after which SAG vehicles will no longer be available. Rest stops will close one hour prior to course closure.

Riders can register by visiting  http://www.active.com/emerald-isle-nc/cycling/races/bike-the-banks-crystal-coast-lighthouse-century-2016 .  All pre-registered riders will receive a free t-shirt at check in. Riders can designate their choice of rides on the registration form. Registration will also be available on the day of the event, though pre-registration is encouraged.

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