Bike of the Irish 2020 Cancelled
The health of our community is foundational to AoB’s mission and values and therefore we’ve made the decision to cancel this year’s Bike of the Irish to help restrict the spread of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) throughout our community. We encourage our members and participants to follow the guidance of the Center for Disease Control, North Carolina Health and Human Services and Buncombe County Health Department. We look forward to riding again with you once we’ve overcome this pandemic.
Asheville on Bikes was planning to host the 14th annual Bike of the Irish at Wedge at Foundation (5 Foundy St, Asheville, NC 28801) on Saturday, March 21. We cancelled this ride out of an abundance of caution, in an effort to help limit the spread of Coronavirus.
Bike of the Irish is AoB’s annual spring ride, featuring hundreds of green-bedecked riders and routes that showcase the best of Asheville’s bike infrastructure and greenways. AoB community rides are free and open to the public. We do ask that participants consider supporting our work and events by either activating their AoB membership and/or making a donation.
3 Routes to Choose From
There are 3 routes from which to choose! Gather at Wedge at 1:00PM. All rides roll out at 1:30PM. Here are your ride options:
- RAD Route (2.5 miles): a flat tour of the River Arts District and French Broad Greenway
- Main Route (5.1 miles): rolls through River Arts District, climbs Clingman, tours Coxe Ave before heading back to Wedge at Foundation.
- Natural Surface Route* (9.8 miles): rolls through River Arts District, climbs Clingman, continues on Hilliard to connect with College St and climbs to the top of Windswept to feature the Beaucatcher Greenway’s natural surface improvements presented by Asheville on Bikes, Pisgah Area SORBA, and the City of Asheville. *This route includes a natural service unimproved section of greenway. Participants can expect mountain bike conditions on this section of the ride. Participants can always opt to hike a bike this section, too. The views are beautiful but the rail is an unimproved natural condition.
Preview the routes here on AoB’s Ride with GPS event page, and select the one that works best for you and your crew.
AoB members: download your route for free!
Asheville on Bikes 2020 members can download their preferred route to their device and enjoy on route turn by turn direction. Not a member yet? Join or renew your annual membership online, and AoB will send you directions on how to activate your AoB Ride with GPS account.
Want to volunteer? We’d love that!
AoB welcomes Bike of the Irish volunteers. Review the volunteer options and pick the one the works best for you.