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That’s the Way They Roll

by Mary Jane McCall

The 27th annual Tour de Cashiers Mountain Cycling Event rolls through these mountains on Saturday, September 7, beginning at 8:00 A.M. from The Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center on Frank Allen Road.

More than 300 cyclists dedicate their day to the challenge of one of several routes: Quarter-Century (25 miles), Metric (62 miles), Century (100 miles). For those who prefer a brisk morning run there will also be a 5k race, which will run out and back from the Recreation Center.

Riders from across the South and beyond make the pilgrimage to Cashiers for this annual event which has earned a reputation as one of the premier events in the southeast. Many riders return year after year.

Matt Cole of Atlanta explains its appeal:

“The Tour de Cashiers is my favorite ride of the year. If you are looking for a scenic, challenging, picturesque ride, this is it. Plus the City of Cashiers and Peak Racing do a fantastic job hosting the event. Bring the whole family, this event is more than just a cycling extravaganza. The 5k around downtown is one the whole family will enjoy.”

Peak Racing Events have once again partnered to direct this event, and they will be providing operational support throughout.

Tony Hammett of Peak Racing Events says they “are excited to again partner with the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce and surrounding areas on the 27th Annual Tour de Cashiers Bike Rides and Second Annual Cashiers 5k Run. Our team looks forward to growing each of these events as we collaborate with Jackson, Macon and Transylvania Counties over the next few months.”

Joining them will be community volunteers and regional fire departments, rescue squads, and local law enforcement agencies who work tirelessly to ensure the safety and comfort of the riders.

For more information on sponsorship or volunteering, contact the Cashiers Area Chamber at (828) 743-5191 or info@CashiersAreaChamber.com.

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