Gearing up for Cycle NC 2024 Coastal Ride

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, March 20, 2024

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Washington, North Carolina is preparing to welcome an influx of cycling enthusiasts as the Cycle NC 2024 Coastal Ride sets its route through town next month. From April 26th to April 28th, the city expects to welcome around 1,500 cyclists, along with their families. Known for its scenic pathways and community engagement, the Coastal Ride is not just a sporting event but a significant economic booster.

“Lodging in Washington is booked solid, with overflow into neighboring areas such as Bath and Greenville,” said Paula Stephenson, the Tourism Development Director for the City of Washington, emphasizing the significant impact this event has had on local tourism and the economy in previous years. “Every time we host this event, our occupancy taxes for April are off the charts.”

From innkeepers to merchants and restaurants, the event promises a bustling weekend, potentially the best many have seen in years.

“These are great guests,” remarked Jeff Furst, owner of When Pigs Fly Inn, based on his experience with past cycle events. “They’re typically professionals, easy to host, low maintenance and they take care of your place like they would their own.”

In addition to bolstering the local economy, the event fosters a sense of community and showcases Washington’s rich history and scenic beauty to visitors. Stephenson encouraged locals to “put your welcome hat on” and support the event by offering accommodations or simply by being mindful of cyclists on the road.

The Coastal Ride is part of a larger effort organized by North Carolina Amateur Sports to promote physical fitness and health across different skill levels and age groups. Cyclists can choose from a variety of daily routes ranging from a leisurely five miles up to a challenging 100 miles.

With the city’s accommodations already at capacity, local residents are encouraged to consider renting out a room or property to support the attendance at this event. Those interested in doing so are advised to contact Stephenson directly at (252) 975-9316 to coordinate with Cycle NC.