The annual Bike the Banks ride is back for 2021!
Join us this May for the annual Bike the Banks/Crystal Coast Lighthouse Challenge bicycle ride. This North Carolina cycling event is part of an ongoing effort to promote Carteret County as one of the top bicycle-riding destinations and support the Emerald Isle Bike and Pedestrian Path that runs for 12 miles throughout town.
What riding courses are offered at Bike the Banks?
Cyclists can choose from three rides that vary in length. All bicycle rides start and end at the Emerald Isle Community Center.
- Emerald Isle Run: a 10-mile ride along the bicycle and pedestrian path in Emerald Isle
- Fort Macon: a 50-mile roundtrip ride to Fort Macon State Park along Highway 58
- Crystal Coast Century: a 100-mile roundtrip ride to Cape Lookout Lighthouse (at least as close as you can get on a bicycle)
Bike the Banks Race Schedule:
Cape Lookout (100 miles): 8 am
Fort Macon (50 miles): 8 am
Emerald Isle (10 miles): 8:30 am
Bike the Banks Registration and Entry Fees:
Cape Lookout (100 miles): $40 entry fee
Fort Macon Ride (50 miles): $40 entry fee
Emerald Isle Ride (10 miles): $25 entry fee
Registration Link: www.active.com/emerald-isle-nc/cycling/bike-the-banks-2021.
Pre-register for the ride before April 3rd to ensure you get your Bike the Banks t-shirt!
Registrations will also be accepted on the morning of the ride beginning at 6:30 a.m. at the Emerald Isle Community Center, located at 203 Leisure Lane, near mile post 19 on Emerald Drive (NC 58).
Participants should bring their own bikes or make plans to rent one. Search our list of Emerald Isle bike rental companies to find the perfect bike for your ride.
The ride will comply with all town, state and federal Covid-19 guidelines.