• Hundreds of bicycle riders surge through the Cashers crossroads during a previous Tour De Cashiers. They roll beneath Cashiers-Glenville Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Randy Dillard’s giant American flag. (File photo.)
    Hundreds of bicycle riders surge through the Cashers crossroads during a previous Tour De Cashiers. They roll beneath Cashiers-Glenville Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Randy Dillard’s giant American flag. (File photo.)

Registration now open for Tour de Cashiers

Annual bicycle event moved from May to September, now includes a 5K foot race through Cashiers village

CASHIERS -- The 26th annual Tour de Cashiers mountain cycling experience, with the support of sponsor Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, is planned for Saturday, Sept. 15 across the sky-high, scenic mountain byways of western North Carolina. It will be the inaugural September Tour de Cashiers, which in previous years was in May.

Also new this year, runners can participate in the fun with an added 5K race in Cashiers village.  The 3.1-mile route begins at Cashiers-Glenville Recreation Center, where cyclists also will depart earlier, and follows Frank Allen Road, Valley and Cashiers School roads and Mitten Lane to a turnaround at Summit Charter School and return to the recreation center. 

This popular athletic event shifted its traditional spring schedule to the fall to accommodate an expanded activities schedule and take advantage of pre-autumn weather conditions. Added activities include a pre-event registration and social at Whiteside Brewing Company, the 5K run and an after-party for all participants and their families at the Baldaroo Music Festival.

Under the direction of Tony Hammett, USAT Certified race director of Peak Racing Events, Atlanta, Georgia, the event is expected to attract participants from across the southeast, many returning every year to one of the state’s prime tourist destinations.

“This is a beautiful area and we are thrilled to help grow the events for both the participants and Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to this exciting partnership,” said Hammett.

Tour de Cashiers cyclists will follow one of three traditional routes – 25, 62 and 100 miles -- across Jackson, Macon and Transylvania counties. They will ride steep climbs and fast descents at 3,500 feet plus above sea level with more than 10,500 feet of elevation changes and cross through the mountain communities of Cashiers, Sapphire, Glenville, Cullowhee, Lake Toxaway, Highlands and more.

Proceeds from the tour support southern Jackson County community and economic development efforts by the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce. “This fundraiser supports our economic and community development efforts, including strategic initiatives on workforce development (recruitment, housing, training and retention), broadband connectivity, pedestrian mobility and community engagement,” Chamber Executive Director Stephanie Edwards told the Chronicle via email.

The entry fee -- $35 for the 5K and $55 for the bike tour -- includes a T-shirt with the event logo and sponsors. A commemorative cycling jersey is expected to be available for purchase.

Registration is open for both the rides and 5K run online at www.TourdeCashiers.com, which also has route information. There is also additional information at www.PeakRacingEvents.com.

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