Past Meetup

Cycle for Hope - Metric Century / Half Metric / 12 Mile Rides

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Register HERE:

Registration is $35.00

About the routes:

The metric and half-metric leave the Hope Center at Pullen, cutting through Dorothea Dix and Centennial Campus and crossing Lake Wheeler before leaving Raleigh. After leaving Rest Stop 1 at Middle Creek Community Center, the half-metric splits off, turning back northward and then west along Penny Road. The metric continues south, dipping into Fuquay-Varina, and then crossing long stretches of rural scenery before reaching Rest Stop 2 at Harris Lake County park. The ride then continues west and then north, back towards Holly Springs, before rejoining the half-metric route. Cyclists will ride the wide lanes of Kildaire Farms Road into Cary, passing Hemlock Bluffs Park, then taking a shady ride on the bike lanes in Lochmere. After returning to Raleigh, both rides end with a drop down Avent Ferry Road and crossing Lake Johnson before finishing back at the Hope Center at Pullen.

Metric: Map (, Cue Sheet (, TCX (, GPX (

Updated – August 10, 2013

Half-metric: Map (, Cue sheet (, TCX (, GPX (
Start times for metric and half-metric:

Registration and packet pickup: 7:30Ride start: 8:30

The 12 mile route passes by Pullen Park and then turns onto the Rocky Branch greenway, crossing the NC State University campus and then heading south on Varsity Drive. After crossing Avent Ferry Road, riders will be challenged with a climb up Trailwood Drive, turning left onto Centennial Campus. The ride on Main Campus drive is a casual coast for close to a mile, and then cyclists will return to the greenway, passing by Lake Raleigh. After leaving Centennial campus, riders will cross over to the campus of Dorothea Dix, with a scenic tour of historic buildings, open space, and an incredible view of the downtown Raleigh skyline. The ride finishes going once again by Pullen Park before returning to the Hope Center at Pullen.

12 mile: Map (, Cue sheet (
Start time for 12-mile:

Registration and packet pickup: 7:30Ride start: 9:30

Riders, please read –
All routes depart from and return to a downtown location. This means that the routes include some roads with considerable motor traffic. Registered riders must:

Wear a helmetKnow how to navigate with motor trafficFollow the rules of the roadRefrain from all electronic distractions (ear phones, mobile phones) during the ride

Also, be aware – this area has plenty of hills. Elevation gain for each ride is provided below: