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1,200 bikes riding through town Sunday

They're not your usual Sunday drivers.


 About 1,200 riders will kick off the annual 430-mile "Mountains to the Coast" ride in Brevard on Sunday, reaching Hendersonville about 9 a.m. Four Hendersonville riders led by A.J. Ball are participating in the ride to raise money for Bruce Drysdale Elementary School.
BDES AJBallAJ Ball"We begin our trek on Sept. 30th leaving Brevard and our journey will end on Oct 7th at Carolina Beach," Ball, a retired Army colonel and a Bruce Drusdale supporters, said in an email. "We will camp overnight in Lake Lure, Shelby, Matthews, Rockingham, Lumberton, White Lake and finally arrive in Carolina Beach after 7 long days on the road. I plan to average about 62 miles per day."
On Sunday, cyclists will ride into town via Laurel Park and ride down Laurel Park Hwy onto Fifth Avenue. They will turn onto Main Street and stop at the Visitors Center for a rest stop. Riders should start coming into town around 9:15 to 9:30.
From downtown riders will go out Substation Road, pass the airport and then take country roads through Tracy Grove and Dana to the Justice Academy, where another rest stop is set. From there they pedal to Lake Lure, where they spend their first overnight.