Pedal Power: Inaugural NC Cycling Festival coming to Mocksville

Published 12:32 pm Tuesday, January 30, 2024

The inaugural NC Cycling Festival, a three-day event, will be in Davie County April 19-21.

Allyson Sawtelle, cycling enthusiast and former president of the Farmington Community Events Center (FCEC) board, shares the scope of the event.

“The inaugural 2024 NC Cycling Festival will absorb the former NC Cycling Rendezvous and capitalize on its growing popularity by offering a greatly expanded opportunity for cycling enthusiasts, their families, and the residents of Davie and the Piedmont Triad area and beyond,” she said.

“A successful festival of this scope will firmly place Davie County as a destination of choice every spring.”

With the support of the Davie Chamber of Commerce, Mocksville Tourism Development Authority, and Bermuda Run Tourism Development Authority, FCEC has proposed an ambitious vision for attracting enthusiasts, bringing in tourism dollars, and showcasing the county.

Plans include a three-day format of multiple cycling events, a classic bicycle show, children’s activities, industry speakers, swap meet, Veloquest, vendor fair, food trucks, and two nights of live music in downtown Mocksville.

The leadership of Farmington Community Events Center (FCEC) has more than a decade of experience hosting cycling events that showcase every township in the county.

Participants reviewed the spring 2023 NC Cycling Rendezvous with a 9.4 out of 10 rating, citing event hospitality and the beauty of Davie’s country roads as a reason they return each year.

To date, platinum level partners include: Marzano Capital Group and Bermuda Run Tourism Development Authority, each committing $5,000; Skyline Bank of Mocksville with cash and in-kind donation of its parking area for the festival; Davie YMCA, which will provide parking, restrooms, and showers for cyclists; Special Events Services (SES), which will offset costs of stages, sound, and lighting; and Swicegood Group which will provide space for the sound stage for the live music.

“To meet the ambitious budget required to operate an event with multiple venues and activities, FCEC is reaching out to businesses in the county to partner with sponsorships and support, including Davie Chamber members and the county’s cornerstone enterprises,” Sawtelle said.

For information about sponsorship opportunities or to register, visit https://nccyclingfestival.com or contact Sawtelle at 336-655-2700, sawtelle@yadtel.net.