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Tarwheels Bikefest 35/62/100 miles Scenic rural vistas along quiet country road

Description of the Tour routes.  The tour begins at the Superior Courthouse in downtown Hillsborough [map to Hillsborough][BikeFest parking map], and offers a choice of several rides: a 35-mile half metric, a 62-mile metric century, and a 100-mile English century. The 35 and 62 routes will have 2 rest stops while the 100 mile route has 4 rest stops. All 3 will have a water, soda, and cookies stop 10 miles before the end.

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  There is no onsite registration and number of riders is limited to 850

The 100 and 62-mile routes leave at the same time and direction, winding thru rural Orange County, and briefly into Alamance County. The first 25 miles is mostly rolling countryside. After the rest stop these 2 routes split in different directions.

The 62-mile loop, continues straight through northern Orange County and into Person County. This loop is flat to rolling countryside on roads with very little traffic.

The 100-mile loop turns left from the rest stop and proceeds into Alamance, Caswell, Person and back to Orange Counties. This loop is more challenging than the 62 mile route with numerous hills, however most of the climbs are less than 1 mile long. Estimated climbing is ~5000'. You will also ride on some of the best roads around, paceline riding at its best. There are two additional rest stops on this loop.

Just before rest stop 2 (the 4th stop for the 100 mile loop), the 62 and 100-mile routes re-unite and continue back to Hillsborough, with the 35 mile route joining for the last 17 miles over some very scenic flat to rolling countryside. There will be one final climb 2 miles from the end.

The 35 mile loop riders leave Hillsborough roughly 30 minutes after the 100 & 62 mile riders and travel though Hillsborough and out to Orange County on flat to rolling hills visiting 2 rest stops. After the first stop at mile 15, the 35 joins the 62 briefly and then rejoins both the 100 and 62 routes to the rest stop at mile 26. After this last rest stop, the route loops back into town for the last 9 miles which includes some hills near the end.

Free, family-oriented Historic District Fun Ride For those who want a much shorter ride, there is the Free Fun Ride, a seven mile tour of historic sites in and around Hillsborough. All riders will be provided with directions, and can ride the route at their own pace.  While there is no fee for the Fun Ride, all riders must still register.


This is a fully-supported ride with rest stops, refreshments, and restrooms.  Routes are clearly marked and patrolled by SAG vehicles.  Mechanical support (i.e. repairs) is provided on a cost-of-parts-only basis. 

Please bring your helmet, water bottle, spare tubes and any nutrition needed to make this a pleasant day


      Pre-registration only until the earlier of Aug 1st or when 850 cap is reached.  No on-site registration!

In order to maintain the superior quality of BikeFest, maintain our reputation for putting on the best one day ride in the state, and allow parking for our participants, we are again limiting the number of registrants for BikeFest to 850 riders.

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  • Damaris

    Hello Everyone, I want to thank everyone that helped me during my accident especially, Pat, Dana, Gary and the Duke medical team. I couldn't have asked to be in better hand. All of you are a blessing to me. Pat, Dana and Gary thank you for taking the time out of your day to spend it with me in the hospital and making sure I got home safe. I don't know how to thank you enough for your kind spirit. Team on Draft you are truly a great team!! I am blessed and honor to be part of a team that treat each other as family. As for me, I am more tired then sore. As Pat mentioned, I am pretty bruised up around my ribs, left shoulder and right shoulder blades. Other then those bruises, I am in good spirit. Thank you again. Looking forward to riding with Team on Draft soon. Sincerely,

    2 · August 12, 2013

    • Dana R

      It was my pleasure.

      August 12, 2013

    • Gary W.

      Damaris, I'm glad to hear you are not too sore. I hope you are able to ride again soon.

      August 12, 2013

  • Pat J.

    As many of you may know Demaris was riding with us today and was involved in an accident. She is home with some pretty bad bruises, cuts, etc., and will be very sore and stiff for several days. The other rider involved may have a dislocated or broken jaw, a very nasty cut on her chin and a concussion...along with a number of bumps and bruises. Best wishes and prayers to both........Big thanks to the Duke Emergency Medical Doc's and nurses that just happened to be riding behind Demaris, their immediate assistance was invaluable and a big thanks to the ride organizers who did a great job of coordinating rides and bikes to make sure we were able to get Demaris in the hospital quickly.


    1 · August 10, 2013

    • Dana R

      And many thanks to the drafters on the scene that assisted with transport, concern and endless details that make this team truly remarkable...

      1 · August 10, 2013

  • Lou

    Great ride with exceptional support. Many thanks to Dana for organizing it, and to the volunterrs who kept me nourished, hydrated, and rolling.

    1 · August 10, 2013

  • Ron

    So tonight I decided to ride. Too Late to sign up - just like Tony!

    August 8, 2013

    • Dana R

      Ron. Check with Joe Hutson. He can't go. Not sure if he was already registered.

      1 · August 8, 2013

    • Chris B.

      Ron, did you come? Lots of unused registrations here at the check-in table.

      August 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really disappointed that there isn't any "day of" registration. I definitely would have paid an extra fee if I could have done 35 with some awesome folks instead of yet another solo ride.

    1 · August 9, 2013

  • Tony

    Looks like I waited too long to register. Yaw have fun!

    August 6, 2013

    • Tony

      Thanks Ann!

      August 9, 2013

  • Ann M

    soccer games on Saturday. Tony's riding in my spot. Make sure he doesn't embarass me!

    August 9, 2013

    • Tony

      Ann, I'm right here...I can hear you!

      August 9, 2013

  • Natalie

    Will be at the beach...

    August 4, 2013

  • Lou

    Going to challenge myself and do the 62.

    July 28, 2013

  • Chris B.

    Volunteering. I may also do the shortest route.

    1 · July 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will be doing the 62 again

    July 23, 2013

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