A longstanding tradition in Cashiers brings cycling enthusiasts from across the southeast to test their mettle against mountain terrain during the 23rd annual Tour de Cashiers on Saturday, May 2, 2015. This event is one of the great outdoor experiences our area offers to athletes and outdoor enthusiasts. The Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce and a cadre of dedicated volunteers and sponsors join together to make this annual tradition more successful each year. Our Blue Ridge Mountains offer a unique combination of challenging terrain and spectacular scenery which make this race one of a kind.
This event offers something for everyone. Serious athletes can tackle the Century ride featuring steep climbs, extreme elevation gains and fast descents that challenge even the most experienced rider. Less experienced riders can find their comfort zone and still experience the thrill of participation with one of the shorter routes. It’s a great opportunity to get the family out, enjoy a day in the great outdoors and be part of a long-standing tradition. It’s inspiring to take part in something that has grown from the modest inaugural event in 1992 that had only 13 riders to the successful event it is today.
Volunteer gear support personnel follow riders throughout the day to ensure participants comfort and safety, and provide assistance if needed. Summit Charter School students and parents come out in force to operate rest stops along the route. Route guidance and emergency medical services are provided by area fire departments, rescue squads and law enforcement agencies.
Returning riders will be welcomed back to the finish line by cheering fans and provided a hearty meal. Make your plans now to visit the Plateau on the first weekend in May and be part of the excitement. It’s our very own alternative to the Tour de France and you don’t even need to dust your passport off to join in the fun!