News and Announcements
(2019 – July 14th)
Ride-A-Bike Bicycle Shop
benefiting Gaston County Senior Centers
Time: 8:00 am mass start (7:00-7:45a onsite registration).
Come out and enjoy another great ride, supported by the Gaston County Senior Center and Ride-A-Bike Bicycle Shop. All proceeds will benefit senior programs and equipment at the Gaston County Senior Center. The Gaston County Cyclists and the Gaston County Senior Center will work together for the third year to make this a very enjoyable ride, with great support along the route and at the aid stations. We are looking forward to another great ride this year. Please come out and enjoy the morning! Rolling hills and back country roads with long stretches of scenic rural Gaston County! A great Sunday ride to cap off the weekend with some nice straights, good climbs, and a lot of cyclist friends to share it with. Come see why a lot of people are heading “over the bridge” to Gaston County for their riding joy!
Distances: 25 or 46 or 63 mile options. Route HERE on MapMyRide (Dog Days of Dallas 2014 – route will be slightly different to avoid busy roads on last part of the return)
Elevation: ~2600ft (for the 63 mile option)
Rest stops: Yes, 2 or 3 depending on the route
Cost: $25 prior (via bikereg), $30 day of
Food: Yes, pizza/subs afterward and food at rest stops
100% of Proceeds go to Gaston County Senior Centers
Parking: At the Gaston County Senior Center (plenty of free parking)
Important Time Notes:
Course support ends at 1:00 p.m. All riders should complete their rides by 1:00 p.m.
Location: Dallas Senior Center. 1303 Dallas Cherryville Hwy, Dallas, NC 28034 (approximately 25 minutes from downtown Charlotte) Link: HERE Approximately two miles North of Gastonia, N.C. on US321. Exit onto Hwy 279 W (Dallas / Cherryville exit) toward Cherryville. The Senior Center is on the left just beyond the fast food restaurants (appx 20 min from Charlotte).
Gaston County Cyclists is a 501c3 non-profit, 100% volunteerism!
*On May 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM we will participate in our 14th consecutive observation of the Ride of Silence.
Meet at the Gaston County Courthouse at 630. Following a brief program, those gathered will roll down Long/Ozark Avenue to New Hope Road, to Gaston Memorial Hospital, and return to the Courthouse via Cox Road/Aberdeen and Franklin Boulevard. *
All are welcome to attend and participate.
Distance 8.5 miles, avg. speed no more than 12 mph
NO ORGANIZED RIDE FROM FOREST VIEW HS.WHY DOES THIS ORGANIZATION EXIST?
•To HONOR those who have been injured or killed
•To RAISE AWARENESS that we are here
•To ask that we all SHARE THE ROAD
THE RIDE OF SILENCE WILL NOT BE QUIET
On May 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will traverse and unite the globe as nothing before it. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.
In 2003,Chris Phelan organized the first Ride of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed. (Read the full history here…)
The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride. There are no registration fees. The ride, which is held during National Bike Month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured.
After the ride, we will meet at Ride-A-Bike on Main Street.
*As we start the new year we have a few organize rides and tours in our area coming up soon, which go toward great causes and some of us are already participating in a few of them. *
- I’m posting a few of the upcoming rides and you can always visit. https://weeklyrides.com/*
GCC Sunday Charlotte Tour Ride. To be determined.
GCC Murray’s Mill Ride. To be determined.
Assault on Morrow Mountain Series. Several dates throughout the year.
Check weekly ride for information.
Meals on Wheels April 27
Ride of Silence May 15
Cannonballs’ Metric Century June 1
Blood Sweat & Gear June 22
Dog Days of Dallas To be determined.
24 hours of Booty July 26
Tour De Turns August 24
Charlotte Tour de Cure September 14.
1-Follow the law.
We have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers.
2- Be Predictable.
Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road.
3- Be Conspicuous.
Ride where people can see you, wear bright clothing, and always use hand signals.
Anticipate what a driver will do next, look out for debris, potholes and other road hazards.
5- Ride Ready.
Check your tires.
Use front light, red rear lights.
Pump, spare tube, basic tools, Co2 cartridges.
Water or sports drink