[LATE ENTRY: The original wording paraphrased from a news release indicated that there are "bicycle-only" trails. A wise reader (thanks Randy) indicated the trails were actually multi-use. My husband who does volunteer trail work in Pisgah confirms that there are no trails specifically for bicycles. Bikes are allowed on many of the trails, along with hikers and occasionally horses.]
One of our "Land of the Waterfalls" brochures features bikers with the promise that
"The only pressure out here is in your tires."
Yesterday the January/February issue of Bike Magazine went on sale. This highly-read issue includes their "bible of bike tests." Last October Brevard hosted the staff of Bike Magazine as they spent most of the month testing gears and bikes on our roads and mountain biking trails. The January/February issue features Brevard and surrounding county and proclaims on the cover "Transylvania County: America's best kept secret."
The cover from The Asheville Citizens-Times
Every business in town is eagerly awaiting the result of the spreading knowledge about our bicycle culture. It certainly will stir interest in those bikers who have never heard of our county and town. While Brevard citizens are already accustomed to seeing competitive cyclists in our town we are likely to see even more of them this spring.
I have only one little concern about the bikers. Most of them want to ride the trails in Pisgah National Forest and DuPont State Forest. What's my concern? The road from Pisgah to Dupont goes straight up the nine-miles of steep mountain curves from downtown Brevard to my house. So when I'm going twenty miles/hour behind a bevy of bikers, I simply remind myself that I'm retired and should not be in any hurry. Going downhill is not usually much of a problem since the really experienced bikers will descend as fast as a car.
As the county business owners prepare for the increase in cyclists, I will prepare as well. I will try not to have to go downtown on weekends. I will take my special freezer packs to the grocery store so the foods will stay fresh on my longer drive back up the mountain. I will try to experience the beauty of the surrounding mountains while I drive at a much-reduced speed. And I will be part of the culture that welcomes these bikers. For the most part, the bikers are quite courteous, they do not litter, they respect the land and the trails, they ride single file on the highways. So I say a big "welcome" to bikers who come to enjoy our mountains.
[NOTE: The welcome does not extend to those who ride those super-fast and noisy high-speed motocycles, commonly known around here as "crotch rockets." They take the curves at dangerous speeds often leaning into the oncoming lane. They pass cars in an unsafe manner, make so much noise they disturb the quiet and drive so fast they never appreciate the beauty around them. We can do without them, thank you very much.]