Cycle To Farm Black Mountain 2015

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Recreation Park (Ballfields) Recreation Park Drive Black MountainNC  28711
Saturday, July 18, 2015
Recreation Park (Ballfields) Recreation Park Drive Black MountainNC  28711

About This Activity

The Black Mountain ride was the location for the first Cycle to Farm® event, establishing the features now offered at all events:  a tour of local farms by bicycle, stunning scenery of a beautiful area, tasty food samples crafted by the farms, and products for sale at every farm.  And, of course, the Fabulous After Party.  Specifically:

Fully Supported

In addition to the great Farm Stops, we’re going to take care of you, so you can challenge your abilities and stay safe.

This is what you can expect:

  • Free locally-roasted coffee  (Thanks Dynamite Coffee!)
  • Samples of Threshold Provisions yummy food bars
  • Bike mechanic support at the Start (Thanks Liberty Bikes!)
  • SAG (Support and Gear) Vehicles on course (to help you out, and give you a ride back if necessary)
  • Fire/EMS personnel on the course (motorcycles, vehicles)
  • Event Ambassadors, riding with you to offer help and keep you on course
  • Well-marked route and detailed cue sheet

Cool Swag

  • NEW for 2015 - each registered rider will receive a handmade bowl crafted by Matt Jones and Dean Pieranunzi of Jones Pottery.
  • Various goodies from Sponsors
  • Coupons for discounts and freebies from Sponsors

Awesome Route

Metric Century - Approximately 63 miles through beautiful country on (mostly) low-traffic roads

  • Challenging route with plenty of climbing (cross the Eastern Continental Divide three times!)
  • Approximate total elevation gain 5,300 feet
  • Route link on RideWithGPS. This is the same route as 2013 & 2014.
  • Almost all rural farmland

Innovative Farm Stops

What you know of as a conventional "Rest Stop" has been transformed into a Farm Stop:

  • Located every 10-15 miles
  • Tasty samples crafted by the farmers (no charge – these are included in Registration Fee)
  • Great bike food too (fruit, bananas, PB&J, etc) provided by Presenting Sponsor Ingles Markets
  • Farmers available to answer your questions about their products and their Farm
  • Buy anything you like on the spot; it will be delivered to you at the Finish (no delivery charge)

Fabulous After Party

Cycle to Farm events are renowned for the yummy  farm-to-table meal at the Finish.  You'll be joined by the volunteers, as well as some of the Farmers and sponsors, in celebration not only of your ride, but of the community that provides us with local food and a great event.

  • FRESH Wood Fired Pizza will provide a locally-sourced and produced farm-to-table meal  (no charge – these are included in Registration Fee)
  • Laura Blackley & Friends are back to treat us to live musical entertainment
  • New Belgium Beer available for purchase
  • Delicious locally made dessert created by our good friend Tricia of Foothills and The Hop Ice Cream
  • Meals for spouses/family/friends are available — $14 adults / $7 kids (12 and under)
  • Massage available ($1/minute)
  • More swag offered by sponsors
  • Representatives from Black Mountain Greenways to answer your questions about their work (they receive the net profits from this event)

Keepin' It Small

  • No more than 300 riders
  • Safety improved with a smaller number of riders on the roads
  • Taste your samples without excessive crowds at the Farm Stops
  • Ensures that the smaller farms have enough product inventory for sale

And keeps the Fabulous After Party community-sized, instead of a zoo!


NOTE All non-rider meals must be purchased before July 10, 2015.  No meals will be sold at the party.

Event details and schedule

Friday, July 17, 2015 – PACKET PICK UP

Monte Vista Hotel

Located at 308 West State Street Black Mountain.

5:00 PM until 7:00 PM

Stop by to get your bib number and your rider goodie bag; avoid the lines on Saturday morning.

Stay to enjoy live music, dinner and drinks in this lovingly restored landmark of Black Mountain.

NOTE Registration for this event will close when all 300 spots are sold or on July 8, 2015, whichever comes first. All non-rider meals must be purchased before July 8, 2015.  No meals will be sold at the party.

Saturday, July 18, 2015 – START/FINISH

Black Mountain Recreation Park

715 Blue Ridge Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711.

7:00 AM Get Ready

Get there early so that you can enjoy all the fun activities at the Start!

  • Packet Pick-up (no on-site registration)
  • Free locally-roasted coffee compliments of Dynamite Roasting Company
  • Mechanical support for last-minute bike issues provided by Liberty Bikes

8:00 AM Ride Start

Fun for Non-Riders – After seeing your cyclist off, head out (by car) to Hickory Nut Gap Farm for farm tours, and to meet your riders when they reach this Farm Stop (we'll provide driving directions that avoid the bicycle route).


12:00 Noon until 5:00 PM Fabulous After Party

A farm-to-table meal is provided to all riders and volunteers at the Fabulous After Party.  You must bring your bib number to enter the party.

Sponsors, farmers, and family members are also welcome (meals must be ordered in advance - see below)

The Fabulous After Party also offers:

  • New Belgium beer (available for purchase)
  • Musical entertainment
  • Massage ($1 per minute)
  • Pick up your farm purchases

NOTE All non-rider meals must be purchased before July 10, 2015.  No meals will be sold at the party.

Farm-to-table meal costs: $14 per person.

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Recreation Park (Ballfields) Recreation Park Drive Black MountainNC  28711
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