The Assault on Mt. Mitchell and Marion
The Assault on Mt. Mitchell began in 1975, when a group of friends led by John Bryan decided to ride from Spartanburg, SC to the top of Mt. Mitchell – the highest point east of the Mississippi River. From that casual beginning, the annual event has become one of the best known centuries in the country.
Part of the ride is along the Blue Ridge Parkway and it ends at the top of Mt. Mitchell State Park, where the number of riders is limited by both the National Park Service and the Mt. Mitchell State Park rules. Therefore, the Assault on Mt. Mitchell has been limited to 800 finishers for a number of years.
The 74.2 mile Assault on Marion began in 1994 to allow more cyclists to participate with those riding to Mt. Mitchell. Although it does not include the 28 mile trek to the top of the mountain, this event is as enjoyable and engaging as any around with its rolling hills, multiple climbs, and compelling North Carolina scenery.
Visit the website for the Assaults at www.theassaults.com