We welcomed a larger group of riders than originally anticipated on Saturday at Falling Creek for the first Annual Gear Grinder 6-Hour Endurance Mountain Bike Race. All proceeds benefit the Henderson County Young Leaders Program. Camp provides unique opportunities for building character, leadership, and resourcefulness in young people. For Henderson County children who would otherwise lack such opportunity, the Henderson County Young Leaders Program provides a progression of residential camp, mentoring, and monthly education experiences. Many thanks to Pardee Hospital, Sycamore Cycles, and Foxworth Advisors for their primary sponsorship of the event. We also want to thank all of the riders and volunteers who made the event outstanding!
Marcus Jones, Director of Engineering for Henderson County, and Terry Foxworth, of Foxworth Advisors served as race directors. Diane Jacober, executive Director of the Henderson County Young Leaders Program, and Marisa Pharr, HCYLP Board member and Falling Creek Camp Director, were key organizers of the event. Will Hendricks, HCYLP Board chair, was among many who volunteered for this event. Many thanks to everyone who made it happen.
Todd Branham took time out of his busy schedule to come out and race. Todd is the chief designer/builder of the Falling Creek Camp trail system through Long Cane Trails, and race director for Blue Ridge Adventures, organizer of some of the best mountain bike races in the country. Todd mentioned that it was nice to be able to race today and enjoy the event that Marcus and Terry organized so well. A quick plug: The Carolina Youth Mountain Bike League – CYMBL races have also been hosted at Falling Creek for several years now. The next race in the series is next weekend, May 5, at Camp Greer in Old Fort, NC, so plan to come out and ride and support.
Hubba Hubba Smokehouse served up their famously delicious BBQ and cuisine. What a way to top off a fantastic day indeed! If you missed it, it’s worth a day’s drive to travel to Flat Rock, NC to enjoy this amazing food, venue, and the people who make it happen.