East Carolina Velo Cycling Club will host the 2019 Cotton Country Century Ride this Saturday at 8 a.m. and will offer Greenville locals the opportunity to witness the “idyllic country roads” of Eastern North Carolina.
The East Carolina Velo Cycling Club, also known as ECVelo, is a club based in Greenville that was formed by members who have a common interest in bicycling according to ECVelo president, Matthew Long.
“It was founded just like any other club, you kind of just want to form a tribe of people with a common interest,” Long said. “And that common interest is bicycling.”
The Cotton Country Century Ride is an annual cycling event ECVelo hosts where people pay to participate in the event, according to Long. There will be 3 routes at the event: 30 miles, 62 miles, and 100 miles. The event will start and end at Pitt Street Brewing Company. The course will include four rest stops in between each route for the riders to take a break.
ECVelo was not able to host their cycling event last year due to the event falling on the weekend of Hurricane Florence, according to Long. Instead, ECVelo donated $500 to the Children’s Miracle Network.
“We had to reschedule it, but what we did was allowed about 50 cyclists who could not ride the event last year participate for free this year that couldn't attend our makeup weekend,” Long said.
Mike Fox, owner of Blackbeard Coffee, said they have been partnering with ECVelo and helped out with the Century Ride for a few years now and have offered coffee to the runners and helps out with the cycling community every way they can.
“It’s pretty cool, the whole concept that they're (ECVelo) riding through cotton country,” Fox said. “A lot of people don’t realize that being in Greenville is close to some cool scenery and farms.”
Pitt Street Brewing Company will be another participating local business that will help with the Cotton Country Century Ride. Brianna Long, general manager of Pitt Street Brewing Company, said the brewery will offer their space for staging and registration in their backyard at 7 a.m. and will open their bar open for riders at 10 a.m.
“We have the fortune of hosting the Cotton Country Century Ride this year,” Long said. “We will have our back bar open for riders beginning at 10 a.m. and the rest of the brewery will open at 12 p.m. like normal. We are excited to be a part of the event this year and wish all of the riders the best of luck.”
The entry fee for the Cotton Country Century Ride is $50 for participates to ride in the event until this evening. Those interested who are unable to sign up before the ride takes place, can sign up the day of on Saturday morning. For more information visit ECVelo's website.