EVENTS

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Tour de Charlotte 2016

  • The Curtiswood Mansion 4924 Curtiswood dr. Charlotte, NC

Tour De Charlotte 2016
A Mountain Bike Stage Race and Urban Trail Adventure around Charlotte, NC

Join us March 19th at 11am for a day on the bike you will never forget. We will ride as a group on a 30-ish-mile "Party Pace" route around Charlotte. The route will feature urban paths, dirt roads, and even single-track trail. We'll stop along the way at 4 locations, called "Stages" where we will have a mini race. Some races will be Cyclocross style, some Cross-Country MTB, and maybe a few other surprises. The Tour de Charlotte will be a showcase of in-town Charlotte trails, paths, and commuter routes.

About This Year's Event

Join us this year to explore forgotten about trails and properties on the northern side of the city. We are expecting to travel similar mileage as previous years, around 26-28 miles. All participants will ride trail, gravel, and dirt roads in addition to paved city streets and paths. As usual, we highly recommend an off-road bike for this event.

Start/Finish/Afterparty Location

The Curtiswood Mansion
4924 Curtiswood dr. Charlotte, NC 28213

Schedule

Check in (mandatory for all riders and racers): 8:00am
Rider and Racer meeting: 9:30am
Roll out: 10am
Afterparty: 4pm

What if I Can't Keep Up?

We want to make Tour de Charlotte accessible to everyone, but we also want to finish with the group intact before sundown. If and when riders in the group fall behind the 'Sweeper' (an event official that keeps pace at the back of the group), they will be on their own. They can shortcut the event to a later stage, head over to the after-party a little early, or head home. For this reason we must insist that all participants follow these rules:

ALL RIDERS MUST:

1. Be self-sufficient (food, water, tools, cell-phone, navigation, packable rain jacket)
2. Ride with an "Accountabilibro" (a partner who will stay with you if you get "swept")
3. Be relatively fit and capable of riding all day long
4. Ride a bike suitable for trail riding
5. Wear a helmet
6. Bring a front and rear light for your bicycle (just in case)

Participants can race as many stages as they want, or they can just ride along and spectate (Party Pace). The Party Pace route, which everyone will ride, will include challenging trails, gravel roads, and busy urban environments, so be prepared! Awards will be given to the top finishers for each stage, as well as the top finishers overall. We'll even have prizes for the Party Pace Pounders.

Registration

Register here: www.bikereg.com/TDCLT
Pre-registration cost : $25 for party pacers, $35 for racers
Day of registration will be available for $10 extra, cash only.

Parking: 

Ride your bike to the event if you can! If you can't, you can park here: 
5010 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28213 (used to be an Enterprise Rent-a-Car). 
It's walking distance to the venue.

Sponsors:

Bikesource
Rhino Market
Sir Edmond Halley's
Swiftwick Socks
Weldon Weaver Photography
Refresh Technologies

Blue Blaze Brewing
The Trek Bicycle Store 
Backcountry Research
TruckerCo.com
High Brew Coffee