April 18, 2020

TarWheel Cycling Event 2020 -- POSTPONED

April 18, 2020 Mid-Atlantic Christian University (MACU) • 715 N. Poindexter Street Elizabeth CityNC  27909 View Map Organized by Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc.


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About this event

April 18, 2020

Mid-Atlantic Christian University (MACU)

715 N. Poindexter Street Elizabeth CityNC  27909
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***Special Notice of Postponement -- Date to Be Determined***

(Posted 3-20-2020)

Following a meeting of the Emergency Management group for Camden and Pasquotank Counties, the City of Elizabeth City declared a State of Emergency for our community beginning at 8:00 am on Tuesday, March 17. As part of that declaration, and in following the Governor of NC's Executive Order, as well as the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations, the City is limiting large public events and mass gatherings for at least eight (8) weeks. The official directive from the City is that all large-scale special events should not be held at least through May 31st. Any previously approved Special Event Permits through that date will have their approvals rescinded.


This affects multiple events and activities hosted and coordinated by Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc. (ECDI), including the TarWheel Cycling Event.

Although The TarWheel Cycling event is a smaller event where cyclists are dispersed and can more easily maintain appropriate social distance, at least half of the registered riders travel to Elizabeth City from areas across the Mid-Atlantic region. The number of cyclists gathered at any one rest stop could potentially exceed the recommended numbers.

It might be considered overly-cautious to take this action in the case of the TarWheel, but we don’t want to put even one person at risk, whether it is a cyclist or a volunteer, and we certainly do want to respect the decisions being made by our local officials.

The TarWheel is one of our larger annual fundraisers and community events, so it’s going to hurt from a fun as well as a financial perspective; however, the health and well-being of our community and visiting cyclists is priority. We’re hoping our sponsors, supporters, volunteers and cyclists will still be on board for the rescheduled event when a date is chosen. Our hearts go out to our small businesses and community. 2020 is going to be a tough year for all of us.

We are hoping to be able to announce a reschedule date soon. As you may imagine, choosing a spring/early summer date is risky as we don't know how long the restrictions will be in place. It seems everyone is trying to reschedule their events for the fall, so we're having to work to avoid conflicts during that time frame. We are not a cycling organization, we are a downtown Main Street revitalization organization, so our attentions have been a bit scattered in the last few weeks. We apologize for that.

We hope you will continue to be patient with us while we work to find the best date for this event. 

ECDI will announce the rescheduled events and details as soon as new dates are secured. 

For more information contact Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc. at 252-338-4104 or elizabethcitydowntown@embarqmail.com.

    COVID-19 UPDATE (Posted 3-15-2020)

We know everyone is wondering the plan of action for this year's TarWheel Cycling Event scheduled for April 18. 

Our Governor's most recent recommendation (Saturday, March 14) is that all events with 100 or more attendees being held in the next two weeks be cancelled or rescheduled. Since the TarWheel falls outside that window, we were hoping to hold out a week or so to see if the situation in our state and across the nation improves.  We don't want to jump the gun to cancel, but we also want to be as cautious as possible, especially as it relates to the health and well-being of attendees, volunteers, and our community. 

We do anticipate an announcement from our local governmental and emergency officials on Monday, March 16, and will follow their recommendations for events being held in our area.

We ask for your patience for a few more days while we consider all options. We know some of you have to make travel plans, so we promise we will be making a decision very soon.  

We are open to your feedback and thoughts -- cancel outright, reschedule, keep it rolling, etc. Feel free to send us an email.  Thank you.

The 27th Annual TarWheel Cycling Event takes place on Saturday, April 18, 2020, on a scenic, flat, countryside course through the beautiful northeastern NC counties of Pasquotank, Perquimans and Chowan. You have the option of 33, 62, or 100 mile rides, and/or shorter 1 mile to 5 mile Fun Rides.  The rides start on the waterfront in downtown Elizabeth City. You'll cycle by multiple waterfront areas and the majestic countryside, passing farmlands, pastures, barns, and historic homes. You'll pedal by horses, cows, birds, turtles, and other wildlife. Our countryside skylines are amazing! Some of you will pedal through the quaint little town of Hertford.   *We've added 1 mile to 5 mile fun rides for the kids and riders who want to enjoy shorter neighborhood routes.    There will be coffee, water, juice, and light snacks before the ride (we'll be bringing back our famous Balls, Bacon, Bananas, and Brews); and our usual great SAG stops during the ride with the famous devilled eggs, banana bread, smoothies, sweet potato biscuits; "sweet cycling crack," PBandJs, and more! Enjoy hot dogs and drinks post-ride.     Come early on Friday evening, April 17th for the Early Packet Pick-up and Social at our local brewery and get a ticket for a free craft brew. Stay through Sunday and enjoy our charming little town and some optional (non-supported) rides.   www.Tarwheel.com    

Event details and schedule


The Annual Tarwheel Cycling Event -- April 18, 2020! POSTPONED -- Reschedule Date to Be Determined 

We invite you to "Make a Weekend of it in Elizabeth City!" Arrive on Friday evening, April 17, and enjoy our downtown restaurants, pubs, and brewpub in downtown. Or stay over for optional (on your own) rides on Sunday, April 19.  We will be providing you with a list of restaurants, events and activities happening that weekend.  

For those of you arriving on Friday, we will be hosting a packet pickup event on Friday evening in Pailin's Alley in downtown near Ghost Harbor Brewing Company at 606 E. Colonial Avenue. If you pick up your packet on Friday evening, you will get a ticket for a free craft beer at Ghost Harbor to use that night or over the weekend, along with some other goodies! Details will be sent to those who register.  

Start and Finish will be at Mid-Atlantic Christian University, 715 N. Poindexter Street. The routes will take you through the beautiful, flat countryside and along the waterfronts of Pasquotank, Perquimans, and Chowan Counties. 

Important ride information to know/remember:

T-shirt and/or t-shirt size not guaranteed for registrations received after March 30. 




REQUIRED: Signed Waivers; Helmets; Adult permission and ride supervision for any young adult or kid under the age of 16

7:00 am Registration/check-in opens

7:45 am Riders Meeting

8:00 am Century (100) start time

8:10 am Third Centuray (33) and Metric Century (62) start time

9:00 am Fun Rides

5:00 pm Ride Support closes 

Registration & Check-in: Mid-Atlantic Christian University (MACU) at 715 N. Poindexter Street, Elizabeth City. A parking lot is available and there is plenty of street parking available. 

Friday Night Reception/Packet Pick-up: Pailin's Alley, 606 East Colonial Avenue, Elizabeth City.  

Accommodations: Visit www.visitelizabethcity.com or www.airbnb.com for a full listing of local accommodations. 


HERE'S a link to the Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc. Facebook Events page. It's an ongoing list of events and activities happening in downtown, and is constantly being updated.

*Dress for the weather. The event is rain or shine. (No Refunds)

For more information contact Deborah at 252-338-4104 or elizabethcitydowntown@embarqmail.com


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