Forty-Third Annual Assaults on Mt. Mitchell and Marion Announced

Cycling Event Garners Greenville Health System for a Sophomore Year as Presenting Sponsor

Early Bird Registration Opens October 16

The Freewheelers Cycling Association of Spartanburg is pleased to announce the 2018 Assaults on Mt. Mitchell and Marion presented by Greenville Health System is set for Monday, May 14, 2018. This one-day century ride, known as the Southeast’s Premier Cycling Experience, attracts nearly 1,000 cyclists from around the world each year, with a climb of more than 10,000 vertical feet over the course of the ride. Greenville Health System will act as presenting sponsor again this year for “the Beast of the East,” as the ride has come to be known.

“We are thrilled to have Greenville Health System as The Assault’s presenting sponsor again this year,” Katie Jordan, Ride Director for The Assaults, said. “The Assaults was a major success last year, both as a ride and charity event, thanks to GHS’s tremendous support. We know our forty-third year will be even more spectacular and we look forward to further benefitting the Spartanburg community.”

New for the 2018 Assaults, the ride will have a 5:30 p.m. stop time on Monday, May 14. Additionally, personal SAG vehicles will be prohibited along the course. All ride restrictions will be enforced by police.

A portion of the proceeds from the 2018 Assaults presented by Greenville Health System will support the HUB Cycle Program, a free bicycle lending program in Spartanburg, South Carolina, which provides re-purposed and donated bikes to people of all ages for recreation, exercise, and transportation. Additional organizations supported by the ride include FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway, March of Dimes, Palmetto Cycling Coalition, Partners for Active Living and the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind.

Cyclists can register for the Assault on Mt. Mitchell, a 102.7-mile climb from downtown Spartanburg to the summit of Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi, October 16 through December 31 as an Early Bird participant. The special early bird registration fee for the ride is $125, $10 off the regular fee. The registration fee from January 1 through April 15 is $135 and will increase to $145 from April 16 through Packet Pick-Up on May 13.

Cyclists can register for the Assault on Marion, which is the shorter, 74.2-mile sister ride from downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina, to the Tom Johnson Campground in Marion, North Carolina, starting January 1 for $50 through April 15. The registration fee will increase to $55 for Marion from April 16 through Packet Pick-Up on May 13.

To register, riders may visit The Assaults website – //www.theassaults.com/. Registration closes Saturday, May 12 at noon, however, participants may register in person at Packet Pick-Up on Sunday, May 13.

Call for Sponsors

The caliber of The Assaults as one of the nation’s most beloved public cycling experiences provides incredible exposure opportunities for sponsors and event partners. Together with sponsors, The Freewheelers invests more than $165,000 annually to ensure that The Assaults will be a professional, safe and exciting ride for all.

Nearly 900 cyclists participate in The Assaults each year, 30 percent of whom live within a 100-mile radius of Spartanburg, S.C. Seventy percent of those who participate in The Assaults come from outside this radius, and support the local economy through the hotel, restaurant, and retail patronage.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Katie Jordan by calling 864-918-9772 or visit www.theassaults.com.

About The Assaults

A bucket list ride for serious cyclists, The Assaults is one of the most intense, premier cycling experiences in the Southeast, and draws a full field of nearly 900 cyclists from across the world each spring to ride from Spartanburg, S.C. to either Marion, N.C. (74.2 miles) or the top of Mount Mitchell (102.7 miles). To learn more, register, sponsor or volunteer, visit www.theassaults.com or email director@theassaults.com.

 

About The Freewheelers

The organization behind The Assaults, The Freewheelers Cycling Association, is a Spartanburg, S.C.-based, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit community service organization founded in 1973. The Freewheelers’ mission is to provide education and promotion of bicycle safety and a forum for amateur sports competition and touring. To learn more about The Freewheelers, visit their website at www.freewheelers.info.

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