Life Inside one of the World’s Top Bike Tour Operators

Monday, October 21, 2019 at Hickory Tavern

Join us this month for a very special presentation – a peek inside one of the top bicycle touring companies from Kathy DeBlasio,a Trek Travel Guide.  A longtime manager at UNC Wellness Centers in Meadowmont and NW Cary, Kathy decided to shake things up and joined Trek Travel!  Come hear her tales about a day in the life with one of the world’s top bike tour outfilts.

About Kathy:  Kathy enjoys adventures with husband Joe, being in nature, and connecting with people and helping them achieve things they thought impossible.  Her favorite ride is the mountain bike trails of Bend, Oregon with its breathtaking views of Mount Bachelor, Three Sisters, and the Tumalo Falls.

Dinner at 6, Presentation at 7:  We meet at 6:00 PM to eat, and the meeting will begin promptly at 7:00. NCBC meetings are open to the public.

Please Note Our Dinner Location!   Our meetings are held at the Hickory Tavern, located in the Parkside Town Common, 1156 Parkside Main Street in Cary.  

Time: Registration open at 9:00am, all rides start at 10:00am

Online Registration

Cost: $30 for NCBC members
$35 for non-NCBC members

If you’re not already an NCBC member you can join now at or complete the membership form and bring it with you along with your check made out to NCBC.

Routes: 68/52/35 Miles

Notes: We’ll have a big cook-out after the ride, and CBC will provide their tasty liquids. The 72-mile route is quite hilly; the other routes are relatively flat.

A Preview of 3 Great Cycling Tours

Monday, September 16, 2019 at Hickory Tavern

Join our fellow NCBC members David Cole, Scott Chilcote & Esther Lumsdon, and Kevin & Freiderike Jayes for a peek into some of the best rides in America – all family friendly and easily accessible from the Triangle. All of these would make for great weekend cycling adventures.

Tour de Chesapeake – Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival – Festivelo

From Virginia to South Carolina – we’ve got you covered. Come and stoke the fantasies of your next dream ride!

Dinner at 6, Presentation at 7: We meet at 6:00 PM to eat, and the meeting will begin promptly at 7:00. NCBC meetings are open to the public.

Please Note Our Dinner Location!
Our meetings are held at the Hickory Tavern, located in the Parkside Town Common, 1156 Parkside Main Street in Cary.

Advanced RideWithGPS

Tips and tricks to make the most out of NCBC’s RideWithGPS club account

Monday, August 19, 2019 at Hickory Tavern

You may have used RideWithGPS on occasion to view a map or even create a route, but there’s SO MUCH MORE you can do, especially if you have a Garmin or similar GPS bike computer.  For our August meeting, NCBC’s own David Cole will explain how to make highly usable routes on RideWithGPS, and how to use those routes on the web site, printed cue sheets, RideWithGPS app, Garmin devices, and Strava. There’s more to know here than you might expect, so plan to attend and make yourself a RideWithGPS expert!

Dinner at 6, Presentation at 7:  We meet at 6:00 PM to eat, and the meeting will begin promptly at 7:00. NCBC meetings are open to the public.

Please Note Our Dinner Location!   Our meetings are held at the Hickory Tavern, located in the Parkside Town Common, 1156 Parkside Main Street in Cary.  

It’s coming soon! Ride details are below.

Volunteers are needed! Please see the sign-up form and help if you can.

Date: Sunday, July 14th, 2019 – rain or shine

Distances: 64 miles, 41 miles, 23 miles

Registration: Ride is free to NCBC members. If you’re not an NCBC member, you can “preregister” via the online NCBC membership form, or you can bring a completed copy of thepaper membership form with you along with your check made out to NCBC for $15. 

If you are not joining with a paper membership form, then please print, read, and complete the Rally Waiver Form and bring it with you. 

Registration is in the picnic area in front of the Shearon Harris Visitors’ Center. Parking is behind the center.

Time: Registration opens at 7:00am, all rides start at 8:00am

Place: Harris Energy Environmental Center, 3932 New Hill Holleman Road, New Hill, NC 27562 [map] Registration is in the picnic are in front; parking is behind the building.

Cost: FREE!!! for NCBC members. If you’re not a member, it costs just $15 to join, for either individual or family.

Maps: (64 mile)(41 mile)(23 mile)

Cue Sheets: (64 mile)(41 mile)(23 mile)


Volunteer: Want to help? Please check out the Sign-up Form to see where help is needed.

Contact: David Cole
919-924-3039 (before 9pm, please)

Notes: The 64-mile route is purposefully challenging, with three difficult climbs. The 41 mile and 23 mile routes are relatively flat. We’ll have water, Gatorade, and snacks at the rest stops and at the start/finish.

Monday, May 13, 2019, 6:30 PM at Hickory Tavern, Cary

Join us for an exciting presentation by Bruce Northcutt as he recounts his spectacular 28-day tour of four of Germany’s major rivers: Main, Rhine, Mosel, and the Elbe.

Don’t miss this entertaining and engaging presentation!

About Bruce:  Bruce is an Engineer who should have been a history major. His goal when he grows up is to be a bicycle touring docent.   He has cycled in Europe 14 times since 1998, covering nearly 10,000 miles in 8 countries.  He speaks two languages, English, Eurobonics, and Pig Latin.  Rumour has it that Bruce is currently on Interpol ‘s Wanted Persons list but they can’t find him since most of the time he doesn’t know where he is either!  Expert in doing everything wrong when touring, yet has lived to tell the tale.

Dinner at 6, Presentation at 7:  We meet at 6:00 PM to eat, and the meeting will begin promptly at 7:00. NCBC meetings are open to the public.

Please Note Our Dinner Location!  

Our meetings are held at the Hickory Tavern, located in the Parkside Town Common, 1156 Parkside Main Street in Cary.  

Due to the upcoming NCBC Spring Rally, Monday night’s meeting is hereby postponed.  Please join us at our May 13 meeting for a wonderful Germany Tour presentation by Bruce Northcutt.

See you at the NCBC Spring Rally on April 14!

Spring has arrived – mark your calendar! Our 2019 Spring Rally is coming up April 14 and we’re looking for riders and volunteers. (Hey – If you haven’t helped with a ride before, please consider doing so – give back to your cycling community!)  The sign-up sheet  shows the slots available and the time commitments.  (Some positions allow you to ride, and MS credits are available.) 

If you’re riding, the pre-registration link is valid until noon Saturday, April 13. 

Date: Sunday, April 14th, 2018 – rain or shine
Distances: 61 miles, 36 miles, 20 miles
Registration: Via (open until noon Saturday, April 13), or
day of event (complete registration form and bring with your check)  
Time: 8:00am  Registration opens 9:00am  61 mile ride starts 9:30am  36 mile and 20 mile rides start    
Place: Brüeprint Brewery, 1229 Perry Road, Apex NC 
Cost: $25 for NCBC members, $30 for non-members
Maps & Cue Sheets:
Contact: Please call (785) 550-6550
Volunteer: Want to help? Please check out the Sign-up Form to see where help is needed. 
Notes: The registration includes stocked rest stops and SAG support.  Post-ride, there will food trucks on site where you can purchase a delicious lunch, with 10% of proceeds going to the National MS Society.  The Brüeprint Brewery Taproom will be open, dispensing their tasty liquids. with $1 per pint going to MS.  Eat, drink, be merry, and help #StopMS.  

Parking is available at Brüeprint (some spaces reserved), Bland Landscaping, and along Perry Road.

See you there!

Monday, March 11, 6:30 PM at Trek Bicycle Raleigh Holly Park

NCBC is pleased to present a special evening with Karen Giamber and Trek Travel.  Please join us as we discover the joy of luxury cycling vacations from one of the world’s leading cycle touring companies, voted a 2018 Travel+Leisure “World’s Best Tour Operator.”  Dream about it, then start planning your cycling vacation of a lifetime – starting tonight!

Featured Tour – Andalucia: Sun-drenched Sevilla to Historic Antequera, September 29 – October 4, 2019   

If you’ve dreamed of Spain, you’ve dreamed of Andalucia. This is quintessential Spain. Andalucia is limestone peaks, mountain passes and spectacular views. It is exquisite tapas, rich olive oils, classic Spanish wines and the special Jamon Ibérico. But most of all, Andalucia is the birthplace of Spanish romance, where flamenco and a vibrant history combine to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Picasso called this place his home. You’ll call it amazing. Ernest Hemingway was enchanted with this region of Spain. You, too, will fall under its spell.

There will be Discount Coupons available for this tour.
Light refreshments will be served.
Bring a friend!

Trek Holly Park is located behind Trader Joes at 3020 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh.

Dinner ‘OnYour Own’:  Please patronize one of the several fine restaurants in close proximity to Trek Bicycles at Holly Park, and join us at the store.  Earlier start time – the meeting will begin promptly at 6:30 followed by our feature presentation.

NCDOT’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Program promotes physical and environmental health, supports tourism and local economies

Monday, February 11, 2019 at Hickory Tavern

Hanna Cockburn, Director of NCDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Division, joins us for an overview and update of North Carolina’s bicycle program, Established in 1974 and the first of its kind in the nation, the NCDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Division:

  • Integrates bicycle and pedestrian safety as well as mobility and accessibility into North Carolina’s overall transportation system
  • Maintains a network of more than 3,000 miles of state and regional bicycle routes
  • Educates citizens of all ages through statewide safety campaigns, such as Watch for Me NC, and promotes biking and walking to and from school through Safe Routes to Schools

Come hear the latest!

We meet at 6:00 to eat, and the meeting will start around 7:00. NCBC meetings are open to the public.

About Hanna Cockburn:   Hanna has practiced transportation and land use planning in the public sector in North Carolina since 1998.  She joined NCDOT in February 2018 as the Director of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Division.  Last month, Hanna was appointed Interim Director of the Public Transportation Division..  Hanna holds a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell College and a Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from Minnesota State University. She is a member of the American Planning Association, the American Institute of Certified Planners and a 2015 Local Government Fellow. She serves as the Vice President for Professional Development for the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association and serves on both the AASHTO Council on Active Transportation and Technical Committee on Non-Motorized Transportation.