Tour de Cashiers

A Mountain Adventure

The Tour de Cashiers has a rich heritage... more than 20 years ago organizer Clark Moore gathered a small group of enthusiasts in front of the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce and set off on an 11-mile route across the area's scenic mountain byways.

For 2014, the Tour offers the same great routes used in 2013, 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 mountainous route features stunning scenery and challenging ascents with total elevation gains of up to 10,500 feet. The century 100-mile and the metric 50-mile rides include long climbs and fast descents. The quarter century 25-mile route is a great introduction to cycling along the Blue Ridge. All three routes provide challenge and inspiration for those wanting to test their conditioning on an all-day supported ride.

The Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce presents this annual tradition with the support of the more than 200 community volunteers including local emergency fire departments, rescue squads and other law enforcement agencies. Proceeds are directed to business, economic and tourism developments in the communities of Cashiers, Glenville, Sapphire and Toxaway.

In addition to the exhilarating experience of this mountain adventure, participants receive a commemorative t-shirt and a post ride meal. Massage services and shower facilities are also available.

Content courtesy Cashiers Chamber of Commerce and the Tour de Cashiers