2nd Annual Toast to Trails - Cycle & Sip


Event Date

Sat, May 16, 2015


Durham, NC

About This Activity

Ride the American Tobacco Trail and enjoy wine tasting and lunch on May 16, 2015 in support of NC Rail-Trails — at Cloer Family Vineyards.

This bicycle ride boasts a 36-mile round trip ride on the American Tobacco Trail (ATT).  The half-way point features a stop at Cloer Family Vineyards for lunch, music, and wine tasting.  Sights along the way include the American Tobacco Campus, 17 miles along the ATT, and the new bike-ped bridge over I-40.  And if 18-miles is enough for you, there will be a shuttle available to return you and your bike to your car (see below).

This exclusive event is 95% off-road and is limited to 200 riders.  Proceeds will benefit North Carolina Rail-Trails, the statewide nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving rail corridors and creating rail-trails for public use.

NC Rail-Trails thanks you for registering for the 2nd Annual Toast to Trails!  We're excited you're joining us for this festive event - we've waited a long time for all of the pieces to come together to make this event possible.  Trail + vineyard + bridge over I-40 = Toast to Trails!

Here are a few tips to keep in mind to help your day go smoothly..


• Please exercise caution at all times and follow bike traffic rules and regulations.       http://www.ncdot.gov/bikeped/download/bikeped_laws_guidebook-full.pdf

• The ride is 95% on the ATT and 5% on road.  We will be crossing at several intersections however.  Please plan to stop at intersections and proceed with caution.

• We will have an experienced lead bike as well as 2 experienced sweepers on bikes.  There will be directional signs along the route.

• You will receive a Road ID bib at check-in.  Emergency contact information will be located on the bib in case you get lost or break-down.

• There will be limited supplies/equipment for repairs.

Check-in and Walk-On Registration

• Saturday, May 16 @ the American Tobacco Trail (ATT) trailhead, corner of Blackwell St and Morehead Ave. in Durham, NC 8:30 am - 9:30 am.

• Walk-on registration $65.  Credit cards accepted.

Start/Finish Info and Route

• Start/Finish ATT trailhead.

• Ride starts at 9:30 am.

• Cloer Family Vineyard is located at 8624 Castleberry Rd, Apex, NC  27523

• All riders leave Cloer Family Vineyard no later than 1:00pm.  All riders should return to ATT trailhead no later than 2:30pm.

• We'll have your wine glass waiting for you at the finish area.  If you purchase wine, we'll have it waiting for you as well.

• Not up for the ride, but want to enjoy wine and lunch in a beautiful setting to support NC Rail-Trails?  This year we are offering a vineyard-only ticket just for you!


• Free parking available in the American Tobacco Campus South deck near Mellow Mushroom. 705 Willard Street in Durham, 27701.

• Free street parking available on Willard and Blackwell Streets.  If you rack your bike on top of your car please plan to use street parking.

Lunch & Wine Tasting

• Enjoy a lovely lunch of salad, pasta, bread and tea on the beautiful grounds of Cloer Family Vineyards.

• Please bring your ID to enjoy the Cloer Family Vineyard wine tasting.

• Music and a special celebration of NC Rail-Trails 25th Anniversary will round out the festivities

Weather - we don't think this will be an issue...but just in case!

• Toast to Trails will go on rain or shine.  In case of rain, we'll still be serving lunch and hosting the wine tasting at Cloer Family Vineyard from 11 am - 1pm.

• If the ride should be canceled, delayed or postponed for any reason outside the direct control of the Race Director (inclement weather; Local, State, or National emergency; or conditions on the route), refunds will not be given, but arrangements will be made for participants to pick up their wine glasses.

 Other good stuff to know

• Bring a water bottle!  We'll have water available at the start/finish area and at the vineyard.

• Don't forget sunscreen

• You can purchase wine at the vineyard.  Bring some extra cash or credit card, we'll haul it back for you in the "wine wagon"!

• We have partnered with Greenway Transit to provide a shuttle service for you and your bike back to Durham if needed.  The price is $20/person to shuttle. The Greenway Transit folks will be at the vineyard on call for anyone who wants a ride back - no need to preregister for the shuttle.  

 Questions? Please contact Emily Herbert at execdirector@ncrailtrails.org or 919-399-5214

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