A dozen years! It seems like only yesterday that Greg Wilcox conceived the idea of a century ride in the mountains that everyone could ride. He was on to something as the ride has grown from 132 to 1,000. One thousand riders was our cap for the ride and we sold out. Our youngest rider was eight and our oldest 84, further proof that anyone could do the Flyer. Our reputation of beautiful mountain scenery without long mountain climbs is spreading as we had riders from 20 states.
Thanks to the high response from our rider survey we were able to improve the after ride meal service and the route markings. Mayberry’s, our new caterer, not only delivered great BBQ but did so without the long waits of the previous year. No food lines in 2015!
John Tracey, our team captain for route markings, came up with a unique symbol to make it easier to follow the Flyer routes. We also increased the number of signs on the road. This year’s routes, as with the previous 11 Flyers, would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Ralph Draves.
Although two years does not make a tradition, the root beer floats is on its way to becoming a tradition of the Flyer due to your positive response. A winning combination-Earth Fare vanilla ice cream and Oskar Blues’ root beer. A second tradition is designating local charities to share in the profits. This year’s charities were Muddy Sneakers and Trips for Kids, WNC. The remainder of the profits go toward bicycle advocacy in WNC.
For the first time we had a ride sponsor and we were officially known as The Hunter-Subaru Fletcher Flyer. Thank you Hunter-Subaru and all our sponsors.
As a result of the hard work of our 130 volunteers, we were voted the Best Road Bike Event for 2015 by Mountain Xpress. Thanks to our 1,000 riders, our volunteers and our business sponsors who made the Flyer possible.