Burnsville Metric 2016

Metric Century

Event Date

Sat, Apr 30, 2016


Burnsville, NC


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Metric Century - Open Registration

$40 $40 Closed

Metric Century - Student

$30 $50 Closed

About This Activity

The Burnsville Metric is a fully-supported metric century bike ride open to riders of all ages. This ride is not a race, but is a beautiful spring ride, suitable for riders of all levels above beginner. A timer will be running for the curious.

The ride is organized by a small group of volunteers who want to promote bicycling and our beautiful mountain counties, as well as support a long list of nonprofits. In the last five years, the Burnsville Metric Bicycle Ride has raised over $24,000 for our local Volunteer Fire Departments, Rescue Squad, Hospice, Toe River Valley Watch, Short Bus Studio, Graham Children’s Health Services, Mountain Heritage Eco Club and others.

Annually held on the last Saturday of April, the Burnsville Metric is a great way to start off your cycling season. It is casual but well-supported and comprises some of the most scenic roads in Yancey and Mitchell counties. Burnsville’s Town Square makes a dramatic location for the registration/start/finish/meal proceedings and is also the highest elevation of the ride, a modest 2,821 feet.

For the first 36 miles the Burnsville Metric route is mostly flat and follows the Cane River through the small communities of Higgins, Lewisburg, Egypt and Ramseytown with picturesque vistas of the river and the surrounding mountains. Then, proceeding upstream beside the wide Toe River, the route passes Huntdale, Pigeon Roost and Green Mountain. There are moderate hills to climb between miles 36 and 52, providing stunning views of Mt. Mitchell, Roan Mountain and other nearby peaks. Of course there is the final climb back up to the town square. Not much to do about that but ride it.

Feel the support provided by 3 well-supplied Rest Stops, roving SAG vehicles and ham radio communication by MARC (Mayland Amateur Radio Club).

Take advantage of an inexpensive early Spring Ride. This year we're adding food and beverages after the ride that are included in the ride fee. Next year's prices will increase in celebration of the completion of the new Hwy 19E, local business representation, and new give aways.

Event details and schedule

Helmets are required. All riders must sign the waiver; riders under 18 must have a parent co-sign the waiver. All riders must obey rules of the road – we are sharing these roads with motorists. Cyclists under 14 must be accompanied on the ride by a parent or guardian for the entire ride.

This year with your registration you will receive your choice of a pair of Custom Burnsville Metric Arm Warmers by Defeet, a pair of Burnsville Metric Merino wool cycling socks by Cold Mountain Sock Co. or a pair of Merino wool cycling socks without the Burnsville Metric branding. These will be available for the first 400 registrants picking up their packets on the day of the ride - first come, first served.

Early registration fees last until April 20th. After that date the fee for everyone is $50.00

Online registration ends April 27 at midnight to allow for registered riders' packet preparation.

On-Site Registration/packet pick-up at Burnsville Town Center 7:15am – 8:45am

Ride begins promptly at 9 a.m.

Food and beverage service is from noon until 3:00pm

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