End the summer with a memorable trip to Wilmington by participating in the second annual Reach the Beach event!
By mid-September, Wilmington temperatures are cooler (average high 84, average low 66) but all the beach town attractions are still in full swing! Start off Saturday with a 100-mile bike ride to downtown, unwind at Waterline Brewing Company, and meet up with other friends to enjoy the rest of the weekend in Wilmington! We encourage our participants to make arrangements to meet friends and family there and spend the night to make the most of this fun weekend! However, for those that must return home, we have a return transportation option that can be purchased.
Basics of the Event
The Second AnnualReach the Beach 100-mile bike event presented by Inside-Out Sports will take place on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The ride will begin at Campbell University in Buies Creek, just 30 miles outside of the Triangle. Riders will depart at 8am and follow roads through rural North Carolina to Wilmington. The route, almost exclusively on 421, will end at Waterline Brewing Company in historic downtown Wilmington.
All riders must complete the 100-mile route and check in at the finish by 5:30 pm (9 hours and 30 minutes after the start). Riders will be able to meet this schedule if they average at least a 14 mph pace and stop for no more than 1 hour and 25 minutes throughout the ride. A support vehicle will remove riders from the course that are unable to complete in the designated time.
Ride participation is limitedso register quickly before the ride sells out!
Event Perks and Swag
The first 150 registrants will receive a pair of "Reach the Beach" custom cycling socks. Socks will be available for purchase ($10 cash only) at the post-event party while supplies last. The first 50 registrants will also recieve a bonus "Reach the Beach" custom water bottle.
Food and refreshments will be provided before the ride, at the midway stop, and at the conclusion of the ride. There will be a post-event party at Waterline Brewing Company with a free beer for all event participants.
A tier pricing structure is offered as follows:
PRICING LEVEL SOLD OUT: $65 - first 30 registrants
PRICING LEVEL SOLD OUT: $75 - second 30 registrants
$85 - all remaining registrants until the event sells out
The registration fee includes the following:
Custom cycling socks for the first 150 participants.
Custom water bottle for the first 50 participants.
Light breakfast, lunch at the midway point, and dinner at the post-event party
Returning to the Start
A maximum of 45 participants may purchase the additional "Return Transportation" option to be transported via charter bus from the ride end point in Wilmington back to the ride start. The transportation package includes return transport of your bike by Inside-Out Sports. The "Return Transportation" option must be purchased in advance either at the time of registration or by signing up here.
Riders not purchasing the transportation option in advance are responsible for their own return trip and for the retrieval of any vehicle left at the ride start. Vehicles parked in Buies Creek can remain until Sunday night. So, participants do not have to rush back!
If the optional charter bus transportation offered by the event doesn't work for you, here are some creative ways Reach-the-Beachers returned in the past:
Call in the support team!
Have your family or friends drop you off at the event start and drive on to the beach. They relax for a few hours and meet you at Waterline Brewing Company for a fun afternoon there. Return that evening or make it a weekend getaway!
Offer to pay a buddy's registration fee if his/her support crew can provide return transportation for both of you!
Uber to the rescue!
Reserve a rental vehicle in Wilmington with enough space to get your bike in the back. Call Uber from Waterline Brewing Company to get you to the rental location.
Bonus: hook up with other Reach-the-Beachers to share the cost of the return ride.
Grab an empty seat from another Reach-the-Beacher's support team!
If your own biggest fans can't make it to Wilmington that day, reach out to other participating cyclists. Very likely there is space on their rack and in their car for another Reach-the-Beacher!
Contact Jill@InsideOutSports.com if you need help lining up a ride.
Bonus: Opportunity to connect with new cycling friends!
Cycle back home!
Make it a double century by refueling at Waterline before setting out to cycle back home. You can make it before dark if you ride fast enough!
OR spend the night at a local hotel in Wilmington and get a fresh start Sunday morning for the century ride home!
Share with us your fun and creative ideas for the return trip!
Free training rides will be offered throughout the summer. Stay tuned for dates, locations, and distances.
This event will occur rain or shine. If the event must be cancelled due to dangerous weather conditions or other situations beyond our control, an alternative date will be established and all registrations will be transferred to the subsequent date. Unfortunately, we can not offer refunds.
Packet Pick-Up and Walk-Up Registration
Friday, September 14, 2pm - 6pm, Inside-Out Sports in Cary (2002 Grisdale Lane, Cary, NC, 27513)
Saturday, September 15, 7am - 7:45 am at the race start at Campbell University (235 Gregory Circle, Lillington, NC, 27546)
NOTE: Only cash or check is accepted for walk-up registration. Credit card processing will not be available.
All riders must check in at the ride start by 7:45 am.