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Event offers scenic start to cycling season

staff report • Apr 4, 2013 at 7:33 AM

BURNSVILLE, N.C. --Cyclists of all levels can jump start the cycling season with the 19th annual Burnsville Metric.

The metric century ride takes place Saturday, April 27, on a 62-mile course which begins and ends in downtown Burnsville. This event navigates a scenic route blending flat stretches with challenging climb

"This is a great low-key ride to get the year started," says event organizer Kathy Hogan. "You're riding along the Cane River nearly the whole way. You have scenery and vistas and it's the beginning of spring when everything starts to bloom. It's beautiful."The untimed, casual ride is well-supported with three aid stations and roving SAG vehicles. The field size has grown each year, attracting upwards of 300 participants in 2012.Entry fee is $30 through April 12 and $37 afterward. Full-time students may register for $25 through April 12 and $30 afterward."It's the first ride of the season for many people. It attracts competitive and laid back riders," Hogan said. "Our course is the really big draw. It's challenging enough that people love to come here to ride it."The start and finish point is The Square on Main Street in the center of Burnsville. Solstice Cyclese, a local cycling shop, provides a mechanic stand at The Square. Riders are encouraged to have lunch or shop in downtown Burnsville after the event.Registration takes place that morning from 7:15 p.m. through 8:45 a.m. and the ride begins promptly at 9 a.m. Helmets are required for all participants.For more information call (828) 675-5132.

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