Cycle to Farm® is a popular series of organized group rides that encourage and promote local food, local farms and agritourism by bicycle in the South.
In 2015, the experience will be offered only in Black Mountain NC on Saturday, July 18. And we are very excited to announce that we have a new sponsor. This year, Cycle to Farm is Presented by Ingles Markets and they have some extra special treats lined up for the riders and volunteers.
Riders will experience a beautiful (and challenging) metric century route, sample tasty food at “Farm Stops” hosted by local farms, and enjoy the opportunity to purchase products at each Farm.
Cycle to Farm® staff collect the purchases for riders, and transport them by vehicle back to the Start/Finish. Everyone enjoys a delicious farm-to-table meal with the community, back at the Fabulous After Party at the Finish.
Cycle to Farm® has a non-profit partner, Black Mountain Greenways, which receives most of the net profits of the event. Of course, the local farms benefit substantially from the chance to meet riders face-to-face, sell product, and show off their beautiful acreage.
We also view the involvement of volunteers and sponsors as an opportunity to build community among foodies, athletes, and local farmers. We encourage them all to join us at the Fabulous After Party.
Cycle to Farm® was created by Velo Girl Rides.
Day 1 – Friday July 17
Spend the weekend in Black Mountain and create a mini-vacation filled with all the best things that this town has to offer.
But, don’t delay…rooms are reserved quickly, especially at event headquarters, The Monte Vista Hotel.
Packet pick-up will be held at the Monte Vista Hotel on Friday afternoon. 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. Or take a stroll through town and sample the many possibilities for dining, local craft beer, and live music.
Day 2 – Saturday July 18
The Cycle To Farm Metric Century begins at 8:00 AM at Recreation Park in Black Mountain. Be sure to show up much earlier if you need your packet, and to enjoy coffee by Dynamite Roasting and other amusements offered while you’re getting ready to roll!
This challenging route will take you to five local farms where culinary treats will await, along with products for sale.
At the end of your ride, enjoy the Fabulous After Party featuring New Belgium brews, live music, and a farm-to-table meal. You can meet more of the CTF community — we invite volunteers, first responders, and sponsors to join us at the Fabulous After Party.
Day 3 – Sunday July 19
You’ve earned the chance to sleep in today. When you arise, visit Dynamite Roasting for the best, freshly roasted coffee. Breakfast can be found at Louise’s or The Artisan Gourmet Market. Take advantage of the hiking trails in Montreat or visit downtown Asheville for an elcetic shopping experience.
Whatever you chose to do, don’t rush through the day. Enjoy your Black Mountain adventure.