PILOT MOUNTAIN — Hundreds of cyclists are expected to take part in the 16th annual 3 Mountain Madness bike ride today to support the Armfield Civic Center and other local charities.
Last year’s ride brought out 543 riders, according to organizers.
While many people pre-registered, the event also plans to have on-site registration this morning at 7 a.m. before the riders depart at 8 a.m.
Those who pre-registered receive a free T-shirt, while the first 250 registrants also get a goody bag.
Depending on a cyclist’s level of fitness, the ride has three different lengths. The shortest is a 41-mile rolling loop, then there is the 75-mile course visiting three mountains: Pilot, Hanging Rock and Sauratown.
The century loop is 95 miles long with some mountainous climbs. Riders can skip one or more of the climbs. For example, the 75-mile loop without any climbs is reduced to 63 miles total.
The shortest ride will include two rest stops, while the 75- and 95-mile loops will have five rest stops. These will include fluids and light snacks.
Additionally, volunteers on motorcycles will patrol the routes. For those who can’t continue, help will be provided.
Afterward, all riders will receive a free lunch and have a chance to shower off inside the civic center.
Last year, Joe and Jacob Cooke were the first locals to cross the finish line on the century loop. They finished in 5 hours, 30 minutes and 20 seconds.
Richard Bailey, Chapel Hill, was the first person to finish. The 43-year-old crossed the line in just under 4 hours, 53 minutes.