We’ve grown accustomed to the phrase “farm to table” dining wherein a concerted effort is made to feature locally sourced foods served in local restaurants.  Its a way to support local farms as well as create a connection between diners and those who produce the food they enjoy.  Well, here’s a twist on that movement: a “Cycle to Farm” bike ride.

July 18th, three hundred cyclists will depart our hometown of Black Mountain for an approximately 63 mile ride through the area, stopping every ten to fifteen miles at local farms.  Over the course of the ride, participants will cross the Continental Divide three times and experience a 5,300′ change in elevation.  (This isn’t for the faint of heart.)

Farms stops have yet to be announced, but may include places such as last year’s participant Cloud 9 Farm which produces local beef, eggs and berries or Looking Glass Creamery which produces artisan cheeses.  Riders will get to sample the produce and learn directly from the farmers about the local agriculture scene.  If anyone wishes to buy a side of beef or a six pound round of cheese, it will be delivered for them at the finish line.  Talk about customer service!

Care has been taken to provide a safe trip for everyone.  EMT’s will be on patrol, SAG (Support and Gear) Vehicles will tag along to make on the spot repairs with the folks from Liberty Bikes being at the starting line and “Ambassadors” will follow along to help ensure everyone stays on the route.  The event is limited to just 300 riders to ensure the safest event for both participants and local motorists.  It will all kick off with gourmet coffee provided by our own Dynamite Roasting Company here in Black Mountain.

The entry fee is $85.00 and reservations must be made by July 10th.  Meals after the event are offered for $14.00 featuring produce from area farms.  All net profits from the event go to support Black Mountain Greenways an initiative of the Town of Black Mountain.  So if you have the gears and guts, go for the glory and hop on board your trusty two-wheeler and go for it!

Samples Creamery Bikers and farm Riders Peppers EMT Barn and riders Map