Landmark Realty Group has been a proud sponsor of the annual Tour de Cashiers fundraising event since 2004. Continuing for 2012 and our 9th time sponsoring the event, we are excited to announce the details for this year’s ride.
2012 Tour de Cashiers
Saturday, May 5th
Departing from The Village Green at 9:00am
Registration Desks Open at 7:30am for those who are registering the day of.
Riders should be assembled at 8:45
For 2012, we offer the same great routes we have used in 2011, including the very scenic re-route of the Full Century. Last year’s riders will remember its mountain lakes and views of rugged gorges, and that it no longer includes the tough Charley Creek climbs.
Early Spring in our mountains is a time of cool mornings, warm afternoons, wild flowers and flowering shrubs, and dramatic differences in leafing at different elevations – which our riders will experience along their courses. Summer residents begin returning, and the stores and restaurants are reopened. But the pace (and traffic) are at a lower level than in mid-Summer. In short, an ideal time for a solid, supported bike ride in the mountains, and for any non-riding family members to come visit also.
The Blue Ridge Double- We are again cooperating with the Issaqueena’s Last Ride, to present The Blue Ridge Double. The ILR will be held one week before the Tour de Cashiers, April 28th, from Walhalla, SC – our neighbor down the mountain. It explores the Blue Ridge foothills in each of its rides – 32, 61 and 100 miles. The two century rides also take on the Blue Ridge Escarpment, which rises sharply from the Piedmont outside Walhalla. All rides are through low-traffic rural and mountain landscapes. While at lower elevations and with a little less climbing, these are serious bike rides, and should be a great preparation for the Tour de Cashiers and its exploration of the Heart of the Blue Ridge.
Together, the Tour de Cashiers and ILR provide two weekends of mountain immersion – great training for whatever else may be in your season’s riding plans, or just a wonderful time enjoying Spring in the mountains, up close on a bicycle.
If you register for The Blue Ridge Double, you save $5 off the cost of each ride individually (total savings of $10).
You can register for The Blue Ridge Double (that is, both the TdeC and the ILR) with one Active.com transaction.
About the Tour de Cashiers
The Tour de Cashiers was started as a community ride by Clark Moore in 1992. There was one 11-mile route, and folks met in front of the Chamber of Commerce. It stayed this way for a couple of years. Then over the years, with the help of several local cyclists, the Tour was expanded to include multiple and longer rides, and post-ride food and entertainment. In 2001, a 75-miler was added to bring new challenges and to appeal to riders looking for something more.
The full 100-mile Century was added in 2004, and in 2006 the 50 and 75-mile rides were combined into a new Metric Century. The two century rides provide challenge and inspiration for riders wanting to tour the mountains and test their conditioning on an all-day supported ride.
The Tour de Cashiers is a non-profit now operating under the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Foundation. We put all net proceeds back into the community through donations to our local hospital and to such organizations as the Cashiers/Glenville Volunteer Fire Department, the Glenville/Cashiers Rescue Squad, The Village Green and other area fire and rescue departments and local schools.
The Jackson and Macon County Sheriff Departments help with leading or protecting the ride, and fire and EMS units from three counties are either on the course or on call. Many volunteers run the rest stops and keep riders stocked with fruit, bars, energy drinks and water.
As part of the ride, participants receive a T-shirt and a post-ride meal ticket.