The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club is a bicycling advocacy group that has been active in the greater Pisgah area for many years. BRBC is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit that provides organization and funding for a variety of cycling projects in western North Carolina. The club promotes education, healthy living and cycling related safety for all user groups, from new riders to experienced athletes.
The group’s only fundraiser, the Hunter Subaru WNC Flyer, has been ongoing for 16 years. Scheduled this year on Sunday, June 2, this picturesque ride begins at Oskar Blues Brewery and allows riders to enjoy the beautiful scenery and rolling hills of the French Broad River valley without long mountain climbs.
The ride is capped at 1,000 riders for safety reasons, and participants may choose between a full century, metric century, half century and half metric. The event concludes at the brewery with BBQ, music and beer (first brew compliments of Oskar Blues). The WNC Flyer has been named the best ride in WNC by the Asheville independent weekly Mountain Express.
Funds raised from the event have allowed the group to contribute more than $300,000 to bicycle advocacy, including greenway expansion projects and funding for studies, grants to support cycling projects and providing a series of rides for beginner riders.
In 2015, BRBC gave $10,000 to Henderson and Transylvania counties for the promotion of the Ecusta Trail (see separate story on page 121), and has committed $25,000 to help Hendersonville, Laurel Park, Flat Rock and Transylvania County develop bicycle plans. BRBC also donated a Bike Fixit station outside Oskar Blues Brewery, and a park bench to the city of Brevard.
Visit www.blueridgebicycleclub.org to learn more about BRBC. For more information and to register for the 17th Annual WNC Flyer, visit www.wncflyer.com.