The Burnsville Metric is a fully-supported metric century bike ride open to riders of all ages. This ride is not a race, but is a beautiful spring ride, suitable for riders of all levels above beginner. A timer will be running for the curious.
The ride is organized by The Yancey County Chamber of Commerce along with a small group of volunteers who want to promote bicycling and our beautiful mountain countryside, as well as support a long list of nonprofits. In the last six years, the Burnsville Metric Bicycle Ride has raised almost $30,000 for our local Volunteer Fire Departments, Rescue Squad, Hospice, Toe River Valley Watch, Short Bus Studio, Graham Children’s Health Services, Mountain Heritage Eco Club and others.
Annually held on the last Saturday of April, the Burnsville Metric is a great way to start off your cycling season. It is casual but well-supported and comprises some of the most scenic roads in Yancey and Mitchell counties. Burnsville’s Town Square makes a dramatic location for the registration/start/finish/meal proceedings and is also the highest elevation of the ride, a modest 2,821 feet.
For the first 36 miles the Burnsville Metric route is mostly flat and follows the Cane River through the small communities of Higgins, Lewisburg, Egypt and Ramseytown with picturesque vistas of the river and the surrounding mountains. Then, proceeding upstream beside the wide Toe River, the route passes Huntdale, Pigeon Roost and Green Mountain. There are moderate hills to climb between miles 36 and 52, providing stunning views of Mt. Mitchell, Roan Mountain and other nearby peaks. Of course there is the final climb back up to the town square. Not much to do about that but ride it.
NEW THIS YEAR!
We have added an alternative 43.2 mile, shorter ride for riders that feel a metric century is a little more than they care to attempt. The alternate/shortened course starts with the Metric riders and follows the same course until intersecting with Jacks Creek Rd, and returns to 19E, and back to the Burnsville Town Square - 43.2 miles and 1,890 ft. of ascent.
Feel the support provided by 3 well-supplied Rest Stops, roving SAG vehicles and ham radio communication by MARC (Mayland Amateur Radio Club).
Take advantage of an inexpensive early Spring Ride. This is our second year we're adding food and beverages after the ride that are included in the ride fee. We are alos celebration the completion of the new Hwy 19E, local business representation, and new giveaways.
The historic Nu Wray Inn is the venue for the after ride meal and celebration on their beautiful outside dining deck (if the weather doesn’t cooperate, they also have a lovely inside dining room). The meal is included in the registration fee ($12 for additional plates), and consists of a BBQ plate (pulled pork, bread, potato salad, coleslaw, & baked beans), and a drink of your choice soda, tea, water or beer provided by local brewery Blind Squirrel.
The Inn is situated on the South side of the town square, directly across from the Burnsville Town Center, where registration and packet pickup are housed. Riders who pre-register are guaranteed a plate. When you pre-register you can order extra plates for family or friends who accompany you to the ride. Please provide that information on your registration form.
Late registrants are taking a chance. The Inn keepers will be guessing at how many of you folks just couldn’t make you minds up in time to pre-register. In other words, there’s no guarantee the food will hold out for you, so PRE-REGISTER!
Stay tuned here or on our Facebook page for additional details.
Event details and schedule
Helmets are required. All riders must sign a waiver; riders under 18 must have a parent co-sign the waiver. All riders must obey rules of the road – we are sharing these roads with motorists. Cyclists under 14 must be accompanied on the ride by a parent or guardian for the entire ride.
This year with your registration you will receive a custom Burnsville Metric water bottle. These will be available for the first 400 registrants picking up their packets on the day of the ride - first come, first served.
Early registration fees last until April 15th. After that date the fee for everyone is $55.00
Online registration ends April 25 at midnight to allow for registered riders' packet preparation.
On-Site Registration/packet pick-up at Burnsville Town Center 7:15am – 8:45am
Ride begins promptly at 9 a.m.
Food and beverage service is from noon until 3:00pm
Toe Valley Velo Club