There are no shortages of great mountain biking trail maps for Transylvania County. Yet one thing that has been missing in this cycling-crazed community is a good road cycling map. That is, until now.
Thanks to a partnership between the Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority and Pisgah Map Company, cyclists intent on exploring Transylvania County’s roads and byways will soon have a great guide.
The map, entitled “Ride Transylvania County,” is designed to introduce road cyclists to some of Transylvania County’s most memorable road rides. And because great routes don’t always stay neatly tucked inside county lines, the map includes parts of Henderson, Haywood, and Jackson counties in North Carolina and parts of Upstate South Carolina.
“Whether you’re interested in a 20-mile spin or an epic metric century, this map will have what you’re looking for,” said Wes Dickson, owner of Sycamore Cycles and member of a committee that provided routes and recommendations on the project. The map includes the challenging “Assault on the Carolinas” course, as well as the “Walnut Hollow & East Fork River Valley” route, a local favorite.
In a nod to the increasing popularity of gravel riding, the map includes two hybrid routes that feature a mix of pavement and gravel. The “Looking Glass Loop” circumnavigates its namesake on gravel forest service roads stitched together with some short stretches of pavement. The “Little River Roundabout” is equal parts pavement and gravel and introduces riders to the beauty of DuPont State Recreational Forest.
Other routes include “Tour de Transylvania,” which takes in a scenic stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the “Tanasee Gap Loop” and “Headwaters Loop,” which explore some of the most exciting and scenic tarmac the county has to offer.
In addition to a highly detailed map, the reverse side features detailed descriptions of the routes, elevation profiles and turn-by-turn directions. The map is also made of a tear-resistant, water-resistant material and is the perfect size for tucking into a jersey pocket.
The map was created by noted cartographer Pete Kennedy, owner of Pisgah Map Company, who has produced a number of best-selling hiking and mountain biking maps for the local market.
“A road cycling map is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said Kennedy, “so we were stoked about this opportunity. We loved being a part of the team and look forward to developing more road cycling maps.”
The map will be available in late May and sold in a variety of retail outlets, including bike shops, outdoor outfitters, and at the Brevard/Transylvania County Visitor Center.
“We’re excited to offer this map as another great way for people to explore our county,” said Clark Lovelace, executive director of the Transylvania County Tourism Development Authority (TCTDA).