SPARTANBURG, S.C.—The 43rd annual Assaults on Mt. Mitchell & Marion presented by the Greenville Health System saw the ascent of approximately 887 cyclists on Mt. Michell and 157 on Marion on Monday, May 15. The 102.7-mile journey is one of the most intense, premier cycling experiences in the Southeast, known as “the Beast of the East”.
“The Freewheelers Association is excited and grateful for another successful year of The Assaults, even in spite of this year’s record highs at the summit,” Karl Johnson, Freewheelers Association President, said. “We are honored to put on a ride that fosters camaraderie and promotes healthy, active lifestyles while also benefitting the Upstate and Western North Carolina communities. A big thank you is due to our incredible sponsors, partners and volunteers who made The 43rd annual Assaults possible.”
Despite record heat on Mt. Mitchell, Greenville, S.C.’s Corey Davis was the fastest rider this year, completing The Assault on Mt. Mitchell with a 05:09:46 time, which is about 12 minutes faster than the fastest time in 2017.
Jenny Leiser, from Charlotte, N.C., held this year’s fastest female time at 05:51:43 and was also the fastest female rider in 2017.
Other notable participants included: Matt Kenseth (06:02:40), George Hincapie (06:03:21), Jimmie Johnson (06:03:21) and Jamie McMurray (06:28:49). Chester Triplett, a Para-Olympic Cycling Team member, finished with a 07:37:07 time.
Participants began in downtown Spartanburg, S. C., and rode to either Marion, N.C., (74.2 miles) or the Mt. Mitchell summit (102.7 miles). Thanks to ride sponsors and participants, the Freewheelers Cycling Association, ride host, gave $9,200 this year to organizations in and around the Upstate and Western North Carolina.
A portion of the proceeds from the 2018 Assaults will support Bridge Bikes and GlobalBike. Bridge Bikes provides re-purposed and donated bikes to people of all ages for recreation, exercise and transportation. GlobalBike is a nonprofit organization supporting women-owned bike rental and repair programs in rural areas of Tanzania.
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.
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 around 1,000 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.