First Flight Bicycles-Rides

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216 S. Center St.  Statesville, NC   (704)878-9683 


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Northern Iredell County boasts some of the best cycling in the state of North Carolina.  The area is blessed with a system of rural roads that are lightly trafficked with rural scenery that is rapidly disappearing in the southern part of the county.  The local terrain is mostly moderate rolling hills with few truly flat areas.  The further north you ride, the bigger the hills.  If you look hard enough, there are even a handful of dirt roads left for those looking for a little more primitive riding (try finding that in Charlotte!).

While on your ride, there are plenty of interesting sites to check out in and near Iredell County. 

For mountain biking in Statesville, check out the Signal Hill Mountain Bike Trail.  4.25 of challenging singletrack with some interesting structures.  Accessible from the Statesville Greenway.

In the Troutman area, stop for a bottle wine at Daveste Vineyards or take a ride through scenic LakeLano Boundary Sign Norman State Park.   The park is home of the Itusi Mountain Bike Trails which currently has 30.5 miles of singletrack trail . 

A little further north in Statesville, there are more sights to take in.  Most of our ride routes begin at First Flight Bicycles in historic Downtown Statesville.   If you enjoy the history of the bicycle, check out the MOMBAT collection of 450+ bikes which is housed  at First Flight Bicycles.    If you are coming through in October, don't miss the Carolina BallooonFest featuring 50+ hot air balloons.  Heading north of Statesville, take a break at the Fort Dobbs historic site which dates from the French and Indian War.  The next popular stop on the trek northward is the western town of Love Valley.  Several other destinations that lie just outside Iredell County include Murray's Mill and the gem mines of Hiddenite.  If you are feeling especially strong, Brushy Mountain is a challenging destination and makes a nice 80 mile round trip ride from Statesville.

Now available:  Iredell County road ride routes PDF 

Weekly mountain bike ride:
Leave from the shop at 6:00 sharp, ride to the Signal Hill Trail (about 2.5 miles on the road), ride a 4 mile lap or two and return to the shop via the Statesville Greenway or Broad Street.  Round trip is approximately 12.5 miles. With  winter weather, we  try to ride most weeks but it's a good idea to phone ahead especially if the weather has been questionable


Weekly mountain bike ride:

For the months of May, June, July, August, September and October we will be riding at Lake Norman State Park if they are open.  During the winter months we may occasionally ride the Signal Hill Trail. 


Weekly road bike ride: leave from the shop at 8:00AM sharp.  Since we will need to return to open the shop at 10:00, we will ride approximately 1.5 hours. There may be groups who split off to ride longer for those who have a little more time.  Our riding season will roughly start and stop with the time change.   Routes typically run about 25 miles at a 15.5-16.5 mph average.  The are casual beginner-friendly rides so don't be intimidated!  There are plenty of good training races out there so this ride is for the sport level rider.  This ride typically starts and ends with the time change in the spring and in the fall. 

Wes and I both use Strava to track our rides so if you are looking for some good local routes, check out the links below.  Scroll back through the ride history and you can find road rides from 20 to 100 miles. Enjoy the ride!

Piedmont Area Rides

For a list of Charlotte area road and mountain rides, click on the links below.

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Mountain Bike Trails  

For a list of local mountain bike trails, click below.


Love Valley Roubaix

Love Valley Roubaix,  March


The Crossroads/Cackalacky event had a good run.  Check out reports from the previous events.


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