Durham, NC - Cycle North Carolina is preparing an all-new route for another "Mountains to Coast" tour of scenic North Carolina. The fifteenth-annual ride is scheduled for a Spruce Pine to Atlantic Beach route, from September 28 to October 5, 2013. With beautiful tourist stops along scenic back roads, the "Mountains to Coast" trek is the highlight of the year for many cyclists from across the nation.

Cycle North Carolina will begin its full-service, cross-state ride on September 28th at Spruce Pine Riverside Park, and will arrive at Atlantic Beach on October 5th, with 1,100 bicyclists expected to participate. Over the course of the week, riders will bike an average of 60 miles per day. Additional overnight stays are planned for the cities of Morganton, Troutman, Asheboro, Holly Springs, Goldsboro and New Bern.

In this year's tour, bicyclists will see some of North Carolina's most breathtaking sites: Little Switzerland, Lake James, Lake Norman State Park, Uwharrie Mountains, High Rock Lake, Lake Jordan, Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Historic Downtown New Bern, Intercoastal Waterway, Pine Knoll Shores, several of North Carolina's charming small communities and much more.

Cycle North Carolina is the state's only fully-supported ride. Luggage is transported in vehicles from one overnight host community to the next; rider support vehicles are available to aid cyclists who experience physical or mechanical trouble; indoor and outdoor camping areas with amenities are set-up in overnight host communities; and rest stops will be available every 15-20 miles along the route, with beverages and snacks for all participants. Riders can register for the entire distance, multiple-day options, or single-day options.

Registration brochures will be available soon. Cycle North Carolina will be capping registration at 1,100 riders, so interested riders are encouraged to register early, to avoid missing out on the highlight of the year for bicycling in North Carolina.

Hosted by North Carolina Amateur Sports (NCAS), Cycle North Carolina is a fully supported cross-state recreational bike tour of the Tar Heel State. Formed in 1999, Cycle North Carolina is designed to promote physical fitness and health, and provide economic impact and publicity to rural communities, while showcasing the state's beauty, scenic attractions and cultural diversity.

For more information on Cycle North Carolina, contact NCAS at (919) 361-1133, or visit the Cycle North Carolina Web site at, www.cyclenorthcarolina.org.