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.
Road Ride Route 1
Very nice rolling route using some of the most popular roads in the area. 1192 feet of climbing. Saturday morning rides for this route include 3/18, 4/29, 6/10, 7/22, 9/1, 10/14. Download the .gpx file and view the route map here.
Route mileage: 24.01
Road Ride Route 2
A nice rolling ride down to Lake Norman State Park and back through Troutman. 1180 feet of climbing. Saturday morning rides for this route include 3/25, 5/6, 6/17, 7/29, 9/9, 10/21. Download the .gpx file and view the route map here.
Route mileage: 25.17
Road Ride Route 3
S. Chipley, Jane Sowers and Bell Farm are just some of the great roads on this route that has. 1198 feet of climbing. Saturday morning rides for this route include 4/1, 5/13, 6/24, 8/5, 9/16, 10/28. Download the .gpx file and view the route map here.
Route mileage: 24.95
Road Ride Route 4
This one is always a favorite. A few good climbs but mostly rolling 24.1 mile route with 1,160 feet gain. Saturday morning rides for this route include 4/8, 5/20, 7/1, 8/12, 9/23. Download the .gpx file and view the route map here.
Route mileage: 24.16
Road Ride Route 5
Warm up quick because Amity Hill Road comes up quick with its moderate hills. The route has 1,203 feet gain. Saturday morning rides for this route include 4/15, 5/27, 7/8, 8/19, 9/30. Download the .gpx file and view the route map here.
Route mileage: 23.21
Road Ride Route 6
Out by the airport and back in Island Ford Rd with 1,200 feet gain. This one has a little bit of everything. Saturday morning rides for this route include 4/22, 6/3, 7/15, 8/26, 10/7. Download the .gpx file and view the route map here.
Route mileage: 24.01
Weekly mountain bike ride: Meet at First Flight Bicycles, during the Spring/Summer months, we try to do a 35-40 mile road ride once the days are long enough. Average 18-19 mph for a quick fitness paced ride. During the Fall/Winter months we have a 12-17 mile mountain bike ride to Signal Hill for a couple laps and back. All Tuesday rides leave at 6PM and figure on a 1.5 - 2 hour ride. . Call First Flight Bicycles for updates on the ride, (704)878-9683.
Weekly mountain bike ride: For the months of May, June, July, August, September and October we will be riding the Itusi Trail if it is open. November through April we usually ride the Signal Hill Trail. Typical ride distance will be 12-17 miles with a duation of about 1.5 - 2 hours. If trails are closed, we often do indoor trainer rides. Load up the trainer and c'mon by. Any questions, call (704)878-9683 for ride details.
Weekly road bike ride: Road ride will start in March 2017, please check above for dates for each route. Leave from the shop at 8:00am sharp. Over the years, the focus of the Saturday morning ride has always been to offer a fun, casual, no drop ride. Last year, we saw a much wider range of riders showing up so we want to offer rides for all skills levels so we will have two options with both groups doing the same route. The faster group (18-19 mph average) will be a friendly ride but we will not wait at every intersection. If a rider falls too far behind they will have to finish by themselves, with others who drop or wait for the slower group. We would like to emphasize that this is NOT A RACE GROUP. The slower group (15-16 mph average) will be volunteer led and follow the same route as the faster group. This will be a no-drop group so it is perfect for beginners. If you would like to volunteer to help lead, please let us know. We will alternate through 6 different routes above with the dates for that route.