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Wilmington FAC Ride - Sunday Jun 13, 2010

(updated: Apr 8, 2012)

Traverse the entire length of New Hanover County on a bike. This is a ride that I am organizing that is based on a similar ride I did last year in August (Ft. Fisher to Bald Head). It was a great ride. This year, however, I am stepping it up huge, by starting the ride at the Food Lion at Porter's Neck, instead of starting at Ft. Fisher, and covering road, trail, and beach in one ride. Where else can you do this?

The ride will either go down Market St. or use the gravel roads behind the Food Lion, depending on traffic and how many riders start from here. We will then hit Military Cutoff, then cut through Mayfaire. There will be several pick up points along the way, so if you don't want to do the entire ride, you can pick a location to start from, even if you just want to do the Ft. Fisher - Bald Head portion. That is perfectly ok. You pick what you want to do according to your ability and fitness level.

After cutting through Mayfaire, we will proceed to UNCW campus where we will hit the campus trails. Then we will proceed all the way down to Carolina Beach by way of Masonboro Loop Rd to Myrtle Grove Rd. to Carolina Beach Rd. After crossing Snow's Cut bridge we will proceed down Dow Rd.

Once we get to Ft. Fisher State Rec area we will deflate the tires and proceed to Bald Head. And yes, you can ride right to Bald is no longer an island. It is connected, and not just at low tide. I get this question all the time.

We will ride around Bald Head, stop at the grocery store for some food, and hang out a bit before heading back. When we get back to Ft. Fisher you may want to arrange for a pickup, or for the truly hardcore, ride all the way back to the Food Lion, or maybe some where in between. The full ride length will be 90 miles. And we're not talking all road so equivalent road miles will be well over 100.

This is a difficult ride, so pick your start/finish points according to your ability. There will be pickup points at the following locations:

Start times have been updated to one hour earlier:

1) 7:00am start: Porter's Neck Port City Java
2) 7:30am: Military Cutoff at Covil Farms Rd.
3) 7:50am: UNCW at Crews Dr. (entrance to campus trails)
4) 9:30am: Carolina Beach Rd. and Myrtle Grove Rd. (gas station)
5) 10:00am Dow Rd. at ball fields
6) 11:00am Ft. Fisher State Rec Area parking lot

These times are approximate. They will likely be adjusted later. It is timed to bracket low tide, which is around 2:30pm.

Link to google map showing route:
Market St. to Ft. Fisher

To sign up, please reply by sending me an email using the link in the footer. Before the ride, I will provide my cell number so that we can coordinate pick up times and account for riders.

You will want a bike with some fat tires with small knobs or smooth tread, like the Schwalbe Big Apples.

Don't forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, lots of water, snacks, an extra tube, a pump, money, and emergency contact info.

I'll post updates as the date gets closer.


Filed Under: Events > North Carolina > Wilmington


1. Robbie Driver said...

Sounds like fun, count me in.

Mar 18, 2010 @ 9:00 AM

2. Brian Lienhop said...

Im in, I cant wait, it will probely be a long ride, but it can be done.

Mar 18, 2010 @ 12:25 PM

3. goofy said...

depending on the day ill be up for a portion of this shounds pretty fun

Mar 18, 2010 @ 4:49 PM

4. Michael said...

My calendar is marked.

Mar 18, 2010 @ 6:35 PM

5. SBA said...

If the weather looks bad that day I'll postpone, but it will be a day before decision, so to ensure you're notified please email your contact info, or at least check the site.

Mar 18, 2010 @ 8:06 PM

6. Davis said...

Hey SBA, do you think this ride could be done on a 'cross bike? The only part I would be concerned with would be the beach ride.

Mar 19, 2010 @ 9:52 PM

7. SBA said...

You're right you would have trouble on the sand with the narrower tires. Even at low tide, the first three miles from Ft. Fisher is tough going.

Mar 21, 2010 @ 9:07 PM

8. Nathan said...

Sounds like a great ride! I'll be there if i can make it. SBA, is there an average speed you're aiming for?

Mar 25, 2010 @ 3:22 PM

9. SBA said...

This is a no drop ride. That said, I'm not going really slow either. I figure around 15 - 18 mph. In a group that should be fine. This ride will take the entire day. I recommend training if you plan on doing the whole enchilada.

Mar 25, 2010 @ 6:18 PM


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