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TarWheel Cycling along the riverfront in Elizabeth City, NC


Gear up and get ready to ride; the new date for the 27th Annual TarWheel Cycling Event is April 9, 2022! 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 and Perquimans. You have the option of 33, 62, or 100 mile 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! 

This year's ride will be in memory of Mark A. Turner, who passed away recently. Mark was instrumental in the growth of cycling in the Elizabeth City area and was part of the development and success of the TarWheel Cycling Event for years.  

**If you registered and paid for the 2020 or 2021 rides and haven't received a refund, your registration is still valid.**



bicyclists in TarWheel Cycling EventThe 27th Annual TarWheel Cycling Event, April 9, 2022will Start and Finish at downtown Elizabeth City's Dog Corner Park and the routes will take you through the beautiful, flat countryside and along the waterfronts of Pasquotank and Perquimans counties.

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 a "hot dog bar" with lots of add-ons (including bacon) and drinks post-ride. 

Signed waivers; Helmets; Adult permission and ride supervision for any young adult or child under the age of 16.

Friday, April 8, 2022, 4:00-7:00 pm, Pailin's Alley, 606 E. Colonial Ave, Elizabeth City, NC 27909.
Early Pack Pick-up and Social at Ghost Harbor Brewery. *Free Craft Beer Voucher for those picking up packets on Friday evening!*

Saturday, April 9, 2022, 7:00-9:00 am, Dog Corner Park, 600 Southern Ave., Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Park in surrounding parks: Waterfront Park (508 S. Water Street) and Dog Corner Park (600 Southern Avenue). Other downtown parking can be found at large public lot between E. Ehringhaus Street and E. Church Street off S. Water Street. 

SATURDAY, April 9, 2022:
7:00 am Registration/check-in opens
7:45 am Riders Meeting / Honoring Mark A. Turner
8:00 am Century (100) start time
8:10 am Third Century (33) and Metric Century (62) start time
5:00 pm Ride Support closes 

2022 TarWheel routes:
Third Century (33)
Metric Century (62)
Century (100)

2022 RideWithGPS TarWheel maps:
Third Century (33)
Metric Century (62)
Century (100)


outdoor dining Pailin's AlleyWe invite you to "Make a Weekend of it in Elizabeth City!" Enjoy our downtown restaurants, pubs, and breweries. 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!

Come early on Friday evening, April 8th for the Early Packet Pick-up and Social at our local brewery, Ghost Harbor, and get a ticket for a free craft brew at one of our downtown breweries/draught houses. Stay through Sunday and enjoy our charming little town.

Also check out the Elizabeth City Downtown, Inc. Facebook Events page. It's an ongoing list of events and activities happening in downtown and the many shops and restaurants that downtown boasts.



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!



Click Here to Register
Pricing on or before March 8 -  $40
March 9 through April 4 - $45
April 5 day-of registration - $50

***Online registration ends April 7th … After that, you may register by walk-up on Friday evening at the Packet Pickup (602 E. Colonial Avenue) or on Saturday morning at the Ride Start (600 Southern Avenue).

Price includes registration; pre-ride coffee, snacks, water; SAG stops; post-ride hot dogs/drinks; and event t-shirt (if registered by March 31st). No refunds or rider exchanges.

T-shirt and/or t-shirt size not guaranteed for registrations received after March 31.

If you registered and paid for the 2020 or 2021 rides and haven't received a refund, your registration is still valid.

Dress for the weather. The event is rain or shine.

For more information contact Deborah at 252-338-4104 or


We can't wait to see you!

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.


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