For more than 20 years, cyclists from across the South have come to Burnsville, NC on the last Saturday in April to ride in the Burnsville Metric, a 60.7 trek through the scenic backroads and byways of Yancey County, home of Mount Mitchell State Park and five of the 10 highest mountains East of the Mississippi River.
This year’s Burnsville Metric will be held on Saturday, April 28th.
For some riders, it’s competition they seek. They want to prove themselves against other cyclists. They charge hard out of the gate and never let up. Others take a different approach. For them, it’s about challenging themselves and enjoying the weekend’s fun and camaraderie.
Burnsville, North Carolina is a charming small town 40 minutes northeast of Asheville. Located between Mt. Mitchell, Grandfather, and the Roan — all legendary mountains in North Carolina — Burnsville is right in the sweet spot. It’s why so many travelers exploring the region between Asheville and Boone or Blowing Rock visit this area.
The Burnsville Metric course is a friendly, flat route that winds its way along the rivers and through the rolling countryside. The scenery includes swinging footbridges spanning the river, and hilltop churches with centuries-old cemeteries.
The Metric route was chosen for its scenic beauty, but race organizers also wanted the event to be inviting to riders of all levels. There’s also a second, shorter course that’s only 40 miles long. And both routes have well-supplied rest stops with bathrooms, and roving SAG support.
Visit YanceyChamber.com to see pictures of the Burnsville Metric, register for the race, make lodging reservations, and read about the town. Burnsville and Yancey County are home to big mountains, clear rivers, a thriving arts community and friendly people. Highest mountains, small town charm! Visit this spring and see for yourself.
Last modified: April 30, 2018