Cycle NC announces Oxford stop in Annual Ride

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CYCLE NC ANNOUNCES ANNUAL MOUNTAINS TO COAST BIKE RIDE
Over 1,100 participants to stay overnight in historic Downtown Oxford, September 30th

Oxford, NC, March 25, 2014– North Carolina Secretary of Commerce, Sharon Decker announced the 2014 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” bike tour with the help of town representatives at the NC Division of Tourism Offices in Raleigh on Monday. To view the video announcement, visit: http://cnc.ncsports.org/fallCNCRide/

The sixteenth-annual ride is schedule for Sparta to Hatteras Village, from September 27th to October 4th, 2014. With beautiful tourist stops along scenic back roads, the “Mountains to Coast” trek is the highlight of the year for many cyclists from across the nation. Cycle North Carolina will begin its full-service, cross state ride on September 27th at Alleghany High School in Sparta and will arrive at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras Village on October 4th with 1,100 bicyclists expected to participate. Over the course of the week, riders will bike an average of 60 miles per day. Additional overnight stays are planned for Mt Airy, Reidsville, Roanoke Rapids, Edenton and Manteo. The Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to Coast” Tour is the state’s only fully-supported ride created in 1999 with the N.C. Division of Tourism, Capital Broadcasting Company, the N.C. Department of Transportation and North Carolina Amateur Sports as founding partners. Cycle North Carolina was developed to promote North Carolina’s scenic beauty, heritage tourism, visitor attractions, historic sites, state parks, fitness and healthy lifestyles. During the past 16 years, Cycle North Carolina has stopped overnight in more than 100 North Carolina towns and visited more the 650 North Carolina communities and many of these towns noting record sales days during their visit.

Oxford will host visitors Downtown on Tuesday, September 30th. Participants will camp at Hix Field and Gym with activities taking place all around town and downtown with the Chamber of Commerce’s Alive After 5 featuring live entertainment by Steve Owen and the Summertime Band. Comfort Inn Oxford and the Oxford Bed and Breakfast are listed as official accommodations for visitors with many more occupying other facilities in the area. Director, Susan Ball of the Granville County Development Tourism Authority is excited to use this event to really showcase what the City of Oxford has to offer visitors and hopes it will encourage repeat visits. “This will be a group effort with partnership from area businesses and community members to really ‘WOW’ our guest and keep them coming back.” Oxford and Granville County expects to see a positive impact on local small business that will result in a significant economic impact from visitor spending. Locals are also encouraged to come out and join in on the activities and show off that Granville County hospitality!

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If you would like more information about this topic, sponsorship opportunities or to simply volunteer, please contact Susan Ball at 919.693.6125 or email at Susan.ball@granvillecounty.org.