Cyclists spend day in the Matthews area

October 10, 2012 by  

Close to 1,000 bicyclists travelled through Matthews, North Carolina on October 3 as part of Cycle North Carolina – an annual event that takes place during the first week in October.

Cycle North Carolina most likely used flyer printing and poster printing as part of its publicity campaign and mission statement. The goal of the organization is to promote health and physical fitness while showcasing the beauty, cultural diversity, and scenic attractions of the state, as well as to increase awareness of the rural communities of the state and provide economic impact.

While in Matthews last week, the cyclists travelled through South Trade Street to Pleasant Plains Road and then turned north on Stallings Road. Then they followed U.S. 74 until they reached Stevens Mill Road and headed in an eastward direction into Union County. They traveled a total distance of 74 miles as they crossed Union and Anson counties with the plan to spend the night in Rockingham.

Cycle North Carolina held its first event in the fall of 1999 after a coalition of the North Carolina Division of Tourism, North Carolina Amateur Sports, Capitol Broadcasting Company, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation came up with an idea to have a bicycle tour across the state that would be fully supported. The fall ride known as ‘Mountains to Coast’ starts in Brevard and ends in Carolina Beach and, through the years, has attracted riders from all of the 50 United States and more than eight countries. The League of American Bicyclists has voted it ‘Best Biking in America’.