Asheville has long been a destination for outdoor adventure. In recent years it is gaining in popularity as a cycling destination, and the city and local businesses are responding! From increased access to greenways and bike corrals to a plethora of cycling outfitters offering group rides, to growing advocacy efforts, cycling is on the rise in Asheville.
Mountain Biking in Western North Carolina
One of the many benefits of living in the Western North Carolina mountains is being able to take advantage of the outdoor adventure opportunities all around us. Just 10 minutes southwest of downtown is Bent Creek Experimental Forest, which has miles of gravel roads and single track.
There are many other world class mountain biking opportunities within a 90 minute drive of Asheville at Tsali Recreational Area, Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Forest.
Get your mountain bike fix right in town at Kolo Bike Park, a mountain bike park with trails designed for progression of skills. They also host bike camps at their location in West Asheville. In 2016 they opened a new location for bike rentals near the greenway trails at the Smoky Park Adventure Center.
Bailey Mountain Bike Park, located near Mars Hill north of Asheville, is a gravity-specific bike park with over 1000 feet of vertical elevation for an incredible downhill experience. This gorgeous piece of land is being developed as a downhill mountain biking destination. Additionally, lots are available in this development and Mosaic Realty is the exclusive real estate partner of Bailey Mountain. More information by emailing Justin at Justin@BaileyMountainWNC.com.
Road Biking in Asheville/ Buncombe County
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a nationally renowned scenic highway that cyclists voyage to for the beautiful mountain vistas from the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Buncombe County roads in Swannanoa, Leicester, Hominy Valley and Mars Hill offer fantastic opportunities for road biking and gorgeous rural mountain scenery. Many group rides from local bicyle shops explore these county roads.
Asheville Area Cycling Organizations
Blue Ridge Bicycle Club seeks to promote fun and healthy lifestyles through cycling in Western North Carolina. They have a comprehensive cycling event calendar on their website.
Ring of Fire races are a 12 race training series on the safe and fast track at Carrier Park every other Wednesday from March until late July. There are free kids races as well!
Asheville Cyclocross hosts free clinics at Bent Creek Community Park and has a strong presence at the annual Mountain Sports Festival at Carrier Park. They also host rides at Oskar Blue’s REEB Ranch in Brevard.
Bicycle Stores in Asheville
There is an incredible array of options when it comes to getting outfitted for your cycling needs in this city! We suggest trying out some of the group rides offered at shops such as Liberty Bikes, Motion Makers, and Beer City Bicycles to get acquainted with some of the fantastic service providers and their cycling wears.
Cycling Advocacy in Asheville
Mosaic Realty is proud to support the 5th annual NC Bike Walk Summit held this year in Asheville. At this event, cycling advocates and experts will gather to address issues surrounding economic benefits of cycling, funding strategies for bicycling and advancing bicycle advocacy in the area. The event is September 16 and 17 this year.
Asheville on Bikes is a bicycle advocacy group that works tirelessly to make this a bikeable community. They have successfully installed bicycle corals in various parts of town among other initiatives. They also host a variety of fun-filled cycling events throughout the year such as the Bike of the Irish and Summer Cycle.
At Mosaic Realty, we aim to connect you with real estate that fits your lifestyle. We have specific knowledge of the areas of Asheville that may appeal to your interests.
For more information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at email@example.com or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.