Fletcher Flyer- Year Twelve

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 … [Read more...]

Fletcher Flyer – Year Eleven

After 10 years of starting and finishing at Fletcher Park, the ride's start/finish was moved to Oskar Blue's Brewery in Brevard. The Fletcher Flyer Director, Ben Elderd, searching for a convenient and safe rest stop, stopped in at Oskar Blues to see if it was possible to use their facilities for this purpose.  Oskar Blue's personnel, Anne and Aaron, said, "Why not start and finish here?"  The decision was a difficult one.  Added to the extra work of developing new routes and finding new rest … [Read more...]

Fletcher Flyer – Year Ten

The first Fletcher Flyer was held in 2003 and attracted 216 riders.  In 2013 we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Fletcher Flyer and had over 800 registrants.  For the first time we had ride jerseys designed specifically for the Fletcher Flyer by Free Spirit Wear.  Also for the first time we hired an Event Manager, Jen Billstrom of Velo Girl Rides.  Jen's husband, David Billstrom, volunteered to be the first Safety Director of the Fletcher Flyer and wrote our safety plan.  Jen and David did … [Read more...]