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Since 2003 thousands of riders have participated in the Collier Lilly Ride, an annual recreational bike ride honoring the memory of Collier Cobb Lilly, a graduate of the North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS). 2015 marked the ride’s move from the “flat country” surrounding Davidson, NC to the rugged mountains around Asheville, where NCOBS is based. The proceeds from this year’s event will fund scholarships for Western North Carolina youth to attend a life-changing NCOBS wilderness course. North Carolina Outward Bound School is the leading provider of experiential and outdoor education programs for youth and adults. Outward Bound has helped people discover strength of character, an ability to lead, and desire to serve.
50 MILE CENTURY RIDE
The 50 mile ride offers a beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain route, with 3,600 feet of climbing, that will start and end at the Wedge at Foundation in Asheville. In keeping with Outward Bound’s bedrock principles of “challenge and discovery,” the Collier Lilly Ride for NCOBS will take riders over challenging mountain passes and allow them to discover scenic roads for the first time. This exciting event is being held on Memorial Day Weekend. Cue Sheet and Map
If you have any questions about this ride, click the button below.Questions?
We will have super comfortable shirts again for this year! They'll be included in your registration for free until May 10th at midnight. After that, they will be available for purchase or $10 online or at the ride in limited sizes and quantities.
We've got great prizes to be raffled away again this year! Raffle tickets can be purchased in varying quantities during registration - don't miss out!
Rules of the Ride: The Collier Lilly Ride for NCOBS is an open-road mountain ride. Please obey all North Carolina traffic laws and pay attention to vehicular traffic at all times. Bicycle helmets are required for this ride at all times. Do not discard anything from your bike during the ride and the use of earbuds are prohibited.
Route Control / Markings: The ride route is marked with signs only. Many of the turns will have local fire or police personnel to keep you on course.
Aid Stations: The rides are fully supported with one aide station midpoint on the route with food, beverage and a port-o-john. See the ride Map or Route Directions for their specific locations.
SAG Support: The SAG volunteers’ goal during the Collier Lilly Ride for NCOBS event is to provide assistance for riders. Not all of our SAG volunteers have experienced working on bicycles. Our SAG vehicles will carry a cell phone, tubes, air and minor first aid kits. Please remember, you're in the NC mountains and cell phone service may be spotty in areas.
What if I have problems with my bike? There is a SAG vehicles on the course and there will be a bike mechanic at the start/finish for minor repairs.
What if it rains or the weather becomes hazardous? As cyclists are a hardy bunch, the ride will be held rain or shine. However, if severe weather occurs the Event Coordinator may cancel the ride in consideration of rider or public safety. There will be no refunds if this unlikely event occurs.
50 MILE HALF CENTURY RIDE
Ride distance: 47.35 Miles
The COURSE IS MARKED IN GREEN PAINT
NEUTRAL START UNTIL Riverside Drive/Broadway intersection
Riders must follow all rules of the road and traffic laws. The roads are open to traffic
Start at the Wedge at Foundation
0.08 Turn RIGHT on Lyman St
0.55 Veer to the right (By the old 12 Bones)
0.57 Turn Left on Riverside Dr (By the old 12 Bones)
1.0 go straight through intersection at light
1.33 Watch for railroad tracks
2.9 turn left at light to stay on Riverside Rd
5.1 turn left on Old Leicester Rd
5.30 Cross bridge, veer right to stay on Old Leicester Rd
5.9 Cross over Olivette, continue straight to stay on Old Leicester Rd
6.5 Turn right on Old Leicester Hwy
8.27 Stay to the left to stay on Old Leicester Hwy
9.3 Turn Right on Sluder Branch Rd
11.9 Turn Left on Alexander Rd
12.13 Turn Right on Short Sluder Branch Rd
12.55 Turn right on Martin Branch Rd
13.15 Turn Left on Gibbs Rd
14.31 Turn left on Turkey Creek Rd
14.6 Turn Right on Icenhower Rd
16.2 Turn Left on New Leicester Hwy
17.0 Turn Right on N Turkey Creek Rd
18.4 Veer to the right to Earlys Mountain Rd
20.54 Turn Right on Sandy Mush Creek Rd
23.12 Turn right on New Leicester Hwy
23.2 REST STOP – REEVES GROCERY – (toilets) New Leicester Hwy
25.7 Turn left on Don Felmet Rd
27.65 Turn left on Turkey Creek Rd
28.8 Turn left on Bear Creek Rd
29.68 Turn right on Jarrett Farm Rd
30.0 Turn right on Marshall Rd
32.2 Water Station
32.9 Merge onto Cedar Hill Rd
32.95 LEFT on Fletcher Martin Rd
Stay to the right to stay on Fletcher Martin Rd
35.7 Turn right on Old Marshall Hwy (Riding along the river all the way to Carrier Park)
41.34 Stay straight, road becomes Riverside Dr
44.3 Stay to the right to stay on Riverside Dr
46.72 Turn right on Lyman St
47.2 Turn LEFT onto Old Lyman Street/Wedge at Foundation
47.35 Finish at Wedge Foundation