Bicyclists to take 102-mile route through Polk May 16

Published 12:16 pm Friday, May 6, 2022

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Drivers taking kids to school or heading out early to work on Monday, May 16, may encounter delays in the Green Creek area of Polk County from about 800 bicyclists passing through.

The 45th Assault on Mount Mitchell, a 102.7-mile ride that starts in downtown Spartanburg, S.C., travels through Polk County and ends atop Mt. Mitchell State Park in North Carolina, will wind its way through Polk County early in the day. Riders leave Spartanburg at 6:30 a.m., and will enter Polk County around 7 a.m.

The route will take cyclists on Chesnee Rd., Hwy. 9, Coxe Rd., Pea Ridge Rd., Hwy. 108, Big Level Rd., Rock Spring Rd., Rock Spring Church Rd., to Hwy 64/74 and out of the county, to Marion, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and on to Mt. Mitchell. 

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Riders should be out of Polk County by noon. 

The annual ride has a total vertical ascent of more than 10,000 feet. There are 10 rest stops along the way. Riders must cross the finish line at Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak in the East, by 5:30 p.m.