Online Originals: Pitt Co. hosts overnight stop on NC Mountains to Coast Bike Ride

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PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WNCT)– This morning, the cyclists packed up their tents and departed Greenville’s Town Common for another day of riding.

Today’s leg will take the cyclists on a just over 60-mile ride to New Bern, NC.

Among the hundreds of cyclists is retired NASA astronaut Bill McArthur.

This is McArthur’s sixth year participating in the NC Mountains to Coast Bike Ride.

He and several of his family members are doing the ride together all sporting matching jerseys, the tartan for the McArthur family.

“It’s a family event,” said McArthur. “I live in Texas so it’s nice to spend some time with my brother, sister-in-law, cousins and friends.”

He says it’s great to be in North Carolina.

Other cyclists, Sean Turner and Dan Shurkus, say they’re feeling good and ready for the day.

“It’s well supported,” said Turner. “Cycle NC does a great job and we love the ride.”

“I had not done this ride in thirteen years and it went through my home town, Hickory, North Carolina, so I decided to repeat the adventure,” said Shurkus. “We’re making some turns and we hope we don’t get any flats!”

October 5th is the final day of the ride.

Cyclists will be traveling 71 miles from New Bern to Atlantic Beach.

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September 28th kicks off the annual state-wide “Mountains to Coast” bike ride put on by North Carolina’s Amateur Sports and Department of Transportation.

During the ride, participants will pedal from the mountains of western Carolina to the coast on the east.

En route, riders will make stops along the way at towns and businesses as part of their tourist commute.

Riders will make their way into Pitt County between 11:30 – 4:30 p.m. on October 3rd.

No roads will be closed. Bicyclists will be using the roads as motor vehicles, they will be obeying the rules of the road… So, use a little extra caution.

Paul Sheehan, Assistant Director of Sports Development.

New this year, Greenville will host an overnight camp spot for the riders to rest.

Pitt County is expecting nearly 1,500 cyclists and additional people to accompany those riders.

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This morning, the cyclists packed up their tents and departed Greenville’s Town Common for another day of riding.

Today’s leg will take the cyclists on a just over 60-mile ride to New Bern, NC.

Among the hundreds of cyclists is retired NASA astronaut Bill McArthur.

This is McArthur’s sixth year participating in the NC Mountains to Coast Bike Ride.

He and several of his family members are doing the ride together all sporting matching jerseys, the tartan for the McArthur family.

“It’s a family event,” said McArthur. “I live in Texas so it’s nice to spend some time with my brother, sister-in-law, cousins and friends.”

He says it’s great to be in North Carolina.

Other cyclists, Sean Turner and Dan Shurkus, say they’re feeling good and ready for the day.

“It’s well supported,” said Turner. “Cycle NC does a great job and we love the ride.”

“I had not done this ride in thirteen years and it went through my home town, Hickory, North Carolina, so I decided to repeat the adventure,” said Shurkus. “We’re making some turns and we hope we don’t get any flats!”

October 5th is the final day of the ride.

Cyclists will be traveling 71 miles from New Bern to Atlantic Beach.

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