Date: Sunday, April 7th
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Difficulty: Moderate (6 on a scale of 10) — 16.6 miles roundtrip, elevation gain: 1,109′
Total ride time is estimated to be 2-2.5 hours, not including stops.
Cost: FREE for all participants, but registration required and space is limited
Join us and special guest Daniel White “The Blackalachian” on a special countryside bicycle ride exploring farmland conservation and rural black history. This loop rolls over gentle hills through the Alexander/Leicester area with views of open farmland valleys and breathtaking vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The ride will begin at the SAHC Community Farm and then proceed to the historic Alexander Chapel Baptist Church, site of an historic African American church and cemetery. At this stop, riders will be joined by Annette Coleman, whose family was from this area. Annette will share information about the history of the church and preservation efforts to care for the site. Annette is one of the members of ASCORE – the Asheville Student Committee on Racial Equity – which desegregated public spaces in Asheville in the 1960s.
The ride will then continue to another stop to learn about one of SAHC’s recent farmland conservation projects in the area. We will end by looping back to the SAHC Community Farm.
This ride is FREE and open to the public, but some road cycling experience and proper safety equipment is needed. Helmets are required, and we recommend water bottles as well as a snack for emergency energy. You may want to consider bringing a spare tube and pump.
Less experienced riders should feel comfortable on this route, however, riding in this region always involves some hill climbing and this route is no exception. There are three climbs with a 1-2% grade that will require low gears and moderate to high effort. We will be riding on rural roads with no bike lanes alongside some vehicle traffic. This is a no-drop ride, so nobody will be left behind!
There is limited space available, so please register in advance.
Held in conjunction with our “It’s Your Backyard: On the Doorstep of Paradise” event on Saturday, April 6, this outing is supported by the Conservation Trust for North Carolina, and is made possible with funding from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. CTNC, in partnership with local land trusts, seeks to build deeper connections with communities to ensure all North Carolinians enjoy the benefits provided by land and water conservation.
This event is part of WNC for the Planet! Western North Carolina is celebrating Earth Day throughout the entire month of April by coming together to act locally and think globally. This year, local community and environmental groups are teaming up to offer a myriad of service days, workshops and educational events and celebrations. #WNCfortheplanet