Cyclists wheel into town

Published 12:20 am Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Residents of Plymouth were abuzz Thursday as Cycle North Carolina’s Mountains to the Coast event came to town.

“It is still growing,” said Ragan Williams, ride director for Cycle North Carolina. “People are still registering, but it’s about 930 or 940 participants. Our goal is to hit the smaller towns of North Carolina and bring people from all over the nation to come see North Carolina. The Division of Tourism is our biggest sponsor of this ride.”

Williams noted the ride started in Elkin and was to end in Corolla. The final stop was to include music and meals for all the riders.

Cycle North Carolina data show that Mountains to the Coast events generate an estimated economic impact of $200,000 to $500,000 for host communities.

“The way it helps our area is just by bringing extra visitors in,” said Jennifer Arnold, executive director of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce.

Arnold helped promote, organize and plan the event.

Cyclists spread out across the lawn of the Port O’Plymouth museum Thursday night. Riders were spotted as far back as Williamston as the night drew on.

The event coincided with a publicized tour of historic homes and gardens in Plymouth, hosted by the Washington County Historical Society.