The allure of the mountains’ changing leaves keep Asheville area Bed & Breakfasts popular throughout the summer and autumn months. Another form of natural sightseeing just as spectacular yet not as well known as driving the Parkway is the cycling scene. The Gran Fondo National Championship Series will be in Asheville September 7, 2014 Start Time: 8:00 AM.
Race Event details:
Gran Route (100 mi), Medio Route (60 mi), Piccolo Route (30 mi)
Here is an excerpt from GFNCS site:
Take a Sunday drive on two wheels and see the Smoky Mountains from a whole new perspective during the Asheville Gran Fondo on September 7, 2014. Together with Friends of the Smokies, the Gran Fondo National Championship Series® (GFNCS) brings a seventh event to Asheville, NC and the surrounding mountains. The Gran Fondo Asheville will start and finish in the heart of Asheville, in Pack Square Park. Riders will be welcomed to the finish line by the annual Organicfest where they can join in the celebration of everything organic, green, healthy & sustainable. Riders are provide a first serving of healthy organic food when they finish and can enjoy the music, body-workers, vendors, family fun, and even more great food at Organicfest. Asheville not only offers amazing riding but an all-around great time! Come join us to kick off the next great cycling event in America and help Friends of the Smokies preserve and protect the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds and public awareness, and providing volunteers for needed projects.
The finish celebration is integrated with Organicfest in Downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park. Bring Show up with the family and enjoy downtown Asheville before you head back to your favorite Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association Inn.