Greenville prepares for Cycle NC Mountains to the Coast Ride

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - Thousands of cyclists will ride across our state this fall for the Cycle NC Mountains to the Coast Ride.

For the first time, the ride will pass through Greenville as riders head to Atlantic Beach. Thousands of cyclists will stop in the city overnight on October 3.

Mayor P.J. Connelly, Visit Greenville, and other city staff members rode the Greenville portion of the route Wednesday morning in preparation for the event.

Cycling advocates showed the group some of the challenges they encounter when riding in the city,

"Well, it's a great opportunity for us to have a first impression on several cyclists that may be coming here for the first time," said Mayor P.J. Connelly. "It's going to be a big economic boost for our community as well. So we're really excited to be able to welcome so many cyclists here."

The Cycle NC ride will be Greenville's largest cycling event in city history. Many of the cyclists will camp out at the Town Common, while others will fill up local hotels.

The ride will also make an overnight stop the next day in New Bern before the six-day event ends at the coast.