Monday Beginners Ride with Sycamore Cycles (March-October)
This ride is ideal for those who are just getting into mountain biking or who have just moved to the area and are looking to meet fellow riders and learn new trails. The ride leaders like to mix up the route, but they always head for DuPont. Refer to the Sycamore Cycles Facebook page each week for route and trail head information. Sycamore Cycles offers a special group ride rate for rental bikes. This ride rolls out at 6 p.m. sharp.
Tuesday Night Worlds
Jokingly referred to as Tuesday Night Worlds, due to the “world-class” pace set by the faster cyclists, this road ride usually splits into more than one group, with the fastest riders splitting off and social and new riders filling the pack. The route is relatively flat, so riders can get in leg–speed workouts and draft off each other to achieve training goals. The “A” group route is about 35 miles. The more casual paced groups have a lead rider who ensures no one gets lost or left behind. The ride meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Ingles grocery store in Etowah, which is about a 15-minute drive from Brevard toward Hendersonville on U.S. 64. The ride rolls promptly at 6 p.m. rain or shine.
Wednesday Climb to the Parkway
This might be the longest standing group road ride in the county. Some of these guys have been doing this social hill climb for 20 years. The ride meets Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Black Mountain trailhead next to the Ranger Station. This is an informal group ride with no set pace which may split into more than one group. The descent is all business; some of these guys can hit 60-plus miles per hour coming down past Pink Beds.
Wednesday Squatch Bikes Ride
This no-drop ride leaves from Squatch Bikes & Brews in downtown Brevard. Sometimes the ride heads toward Bracken Mountain, sometimes it heads into Pisgah. Check their Facebook page to stay updated with the Squatch crew. REEB
Thirsty Thursday Ride
Every Thursday the REEB Thirsty Thursday Ride rolls out from the Oskar Blues Brewery on the bike path to the front range Pisgah trails. This no-drop ride only lasts a couple of hours and runs year round, requiring lights during the colder months. Riders can order a burger from the food truck at the brewery and it will be waiting for them when they get back. Check the REEB Ranch Facebook page for updates and rain cancellations.
Thursday Ride with Sycamore Cycles
This mountain bike ride is typically in Pisgah, but once a month it’s held in DuPont. Refer to the Sycamore Cycles Facebook page each week for updates. While this is a no–drop group mountain bike ride, it is an advanced ride and riders should come prepared with water, spare tube and tool. This ride rolls year-round from Sycamore Cycles at 6 p.m. sharp.
Thursday/Sunday Ladies Rides
This ladies-only mountain bike ride rolls every Thursday evening throughout the summer and the third Sunday of every month. This no-drop ride is a casual pace and meets at different trailheads weekly. Check the Sycamore Cycles Facebook page for more information or contact Charisma Arbogast at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday Spin and Grin
The Saturday morning Spin and Grin is a social ride that usually breaks off into two groups. The ride often heads out toward the western end of Transylvania County, so riders will get a tour of the less-traveled backcountry roads. Riders leave at 9 a.m. from the Farmer’s Market on East Main Street.
Saturday with Squatch Bikes
This Saturday morning social ride usually heads to DuPont for a no-drop ride. Check their Facebook page for weekly updates and weather cancellations.
Sycamore Sunday Social
The Sunday social mountain bike ride is open to everyone and it is a no-drop ride. Kids, adults, new riders and experienced racers gather for a casual, social-paced ride. Check the Sycamore Cycles Facebook page for updated times and locations.