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27th Annual TarWheel Cycling Event

TarWheel Cycling along the riverfront in Elizabeth City, NC



***Due to logistical problems related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 TarWheel event has been cancelled. Please join us in 2022!***


Gear up and get ready to ride; the new date for the 27th Annual TarWheel Cycling Event is April 10, 2021! We're excited to be able to welcome cyclists back to Elizabeth City while keeping health and safety top priority.

Explore our scenic, flat, countryside course as you travel through the beautiful northeastern NC counties of Pasquotank, Perquimans and Chowan. You have the option of 33, 62, or 100 mile rides, and/or shorter 1 mile to 5 mile Fun Rides.  The rides start on the waterfront in downtown Elizabeth City. You'll cycle by multiple waterfront areas and the majestic countryside, passing farmlands, pastures, barns, and historic homes. You'll pedal by horses, cows, birds, turtles, and other wildlife. Our countryside skylines are amazing! Depending on the route length you choose, some of you will pedal through the quaint little town of Hertford.  



bicyclists in TarWheel Cycling EventThe 27th Annual TarWheel Cycling Event, April 10, 2021 will Start and Finish at the Mid-Atlantic Christian University Waterfront and the routes will take you through the beautiful, flat countryside and along the waterfronts of Pasquotank, Perquimans, and Chowan Counties.

Ride options are 33, 62, or 100 mile rides.  For the kids and riders who want to enjoy shorter neighborhood routes, 1-mile to 5-mile Fun Rides have been added.

There will be coffee, water, juice, and light snacks before the ride - including our newly famous "Balls, Bacon, Banana & Brew"; plus our usual great SAG stops during the ride with the famous deviled eggs, banana bread, smoothies, sweet potato biscuits; "sweet cycling crack," PB & Js, and more! Enjoy hot dogs and drinks post-ride. 

REQUIRED: Signed waivers; Helmets; Adult permission and ride supervision for any young adult or kid under the age of 16

April 10, 2021
7:00 am Registration/check-in opens
7:45 am Riders Meeting
8:00 am Century (100) start time
8:10 am Third Century (33) and Metric Century (62) start time
9:00 am Fun Rides
5:00 pm Ride Support closes 

Registration & Check-in: Mid-Atlantic Christian University Downtown Elizabeth City, 715 North Poindexter Street, Elizabeth City (use this area for dropping off bikes/gear and walk up check-in).


Click here for downloadable 2020 TarWheel route sheets:
Will be updated closer to event.

2020 STRAVA TarWheel maps:
Will be updated closer to event

2020 RideWithGPS TarWheel maps:
Will be updated closer to event.



outdoor dining Pailin's AlleyWe invite you to "Make a Weekend of it in Elizabeth City!" Enjoy our downtown restaurants, pubs, and brewpub. Or stay over for optional (on your own) rides.  We will be providing you with a list of restaurants, and other events and activities happening that weekend.

For those of you arriving on Friday, we will be hosting a packet pickup event Friday evening, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Pailin's Alley, 606 B. East Colonial Avenue - right by Ghost Harbor Brewing Company so stick around for some satisfying craft beer. 



elizabeth city riverfront and boat docksStay and relax in Elizabeth City! We boast a wide variety of accommodations and friendly, welcoming hosts. We have name-brand hotels and quaint, historic inns to choose from. Our innkeepers are great sources for information on the best dining, shopping, and fun so you can make the most of your visit!

If you are looking for a unique stay in our riverfront city, check out our vacation rentals: you can stay on a house boat, in a newly renovated historic downtown apartment, or even rent an entire house to spread out with your family! 

We look forward to welcoming you and sharing our beautiful city!



Registration information coming soon. Please check back!



Come early on Friday evening, for the Early Packet Pick-up and Social at our local brewery, Ghost Harbor Brewing Company.   We invite you to "Make a Weekend of it in Elizabeth City" and stay through Sunday to enjoy our charming little town and some optional (non-supported) rides.  Take a look at our Events page and see what else is going on while you're here.


2020 TarWheel Event Partners

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