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Thousands of cyclists gather in Washington for Cycle NC

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) -- "I've biked along the Danube River from Munch Germany to Austria for 10 days," said Richard Ostrowski, a cyclist from Detroit, Michigan.

Richard Ostrowski is from Michigan and has biked around the world, but this weekend it’s time to discover eastern North Carolina.

"It’s just the adventure of exploring new towns,” said Ostrowski.

Cycle NC is drawing 2000 cyclists from 35 states to little Washington.

"We're just very excited to be able to show off Beaufort County and its treasures to visitors from all over the country,” said Lynn Davis, director for Washington Tourism.

There are bike routes mapped out starting at 5 miles all the way to 100 miles.

"Some of the routes will take them through Bath, Belhaven, and Acre Station Farm,” said Chip Hofler, director of marketing for Cycle NC. “They're going to go to Ayden, Grifton."

A lot of cyclers are drawn in just to have a good time!

"I have an electric assist bicycle and it’s wonderful!” said Ronald Hafer, cyclist from Newport News, Virginia.

While some take it a little more seriously.

"Once you get on a bicycle, you have one task,” said Rick Richardson, cyclist from Charlotte. “To get from point A to point B."

This is just one area where the cyclists will be camping out for the weekend. All of the rides begin here at the waterfront.

 "The cyclists are excited to be in our community,” said Davis. “They immerse themselves here. You're going to see them in the shops, see them in the restaurants. They really want to take in the local culture and really see what we have to experience here in Beaufort County."

Cycle NC starts today and wraps up on Sunday.


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