The Tour de Cashiers has a rich heritage. More than 20 years ago organizer Clark Moore gathered a small group of enthusiasts in front of the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce and set off on an 11-mile route across the area’s scenic mountain byways. This annual ride has grown through the years to include multiple routes up to 100 miles and more than 300 riders from across the region.
The mountainous routes feature stunning scenery and challenging ascents with total elevation gains of up to 10,500 feet. The Century 100-mile and the Metric 50-mile rides include long climbs and fast descents. The Quarter Century 25-mile route is a great introduction to cycling along the Blue Ridge. All three routes provide challenge and inspiration for those wanting to test their conditioning on an all-day supported ride.
Friday – 5:00pm-10:00pm – Sign-in and registration open at the Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center.
Saturday – 5:30am-7:30am – Sign-in and registration open.
Saturday – 8:00am – CENTURY ride start.
Saturday – 8:30am – METRIC ride start.
Saturday – 9:00am – QUARTER ride start
Saturday – 12:00PM – ??? – Food and beverages at Ugly Dog Pub
Cyclists follow one of three routes of up to 100 miles across Jackson, Macon and Transylvania Counties riding steep climbs and fast descents over 10,500 feet-plus of elevation changes. The event offers adventurous athletic challenges suitable for the seasoned to beginner rider. And for all, it’s great outdoor recreation amid breathtaking natural scenery featuring granite-faced mountains, flowering valleys and running rivers.
This year, the CENTURY RIDE will kick off at 8:00 a.m. (NOTE: NEW TIME) from the Cashiers/Genville Recreation Center on Frank Allen Road. METRIC RIDERS will depart at 8:30 a.m. and QUARTER CENTURY riders will begin at 9 a.m. sharp.
Returning riders will be welcomed back at the finish line at the Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center.
Riders will then be treated to complementary snacks and beverages at the Ugly Dog Pub right around the corner.
Support and Gear (SAG) trackers will follow riders throughout the day to promote their safety and comfort. There will be four rest stops stocked with food and water along the way. Route guidance and emergency medical services will be provided by regional fire departments, rescue squads and other law enforcement agencies.
Bring your own fan club of family and friends as there’s plenty to do in Cashiers while you’re on the road!