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

Cycling Event Set for May 2016 Opens Registration, New Website Unveiled

 SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Today, the Freewheelers Cycling Association opened public registration for the 2016 Assaults on Mt. Mitchell and Marion, which is set for Monday, May 16, 2016. This one-day century ride, known as the Southeast’s Premier Cycling Experience, attracts nearly 1,000 cyclists from around the world each year.

Cyclists can register for the Assault on Marion, which is a shorter, 74.2-mile ride from downtown Spartanburg, S.C. to Tom Johnson Campground in Marion, N.C., or 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. Registration fees for the rides are $40 and $135, respectively.

To register, riders can visit the new 2016 Assaults website – www.theassualts.com. The website also provides more information about the history of The Assaults, ride details and an online store. Registration will close Saturday, May 14, 2016 at noon.

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 invest more than $165,000 annually to ensure that The Assaults will be professional, safe and exciting ride for all.

Nearly 1,000 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 hotel, restaurant and retail patronage.

Proceeds from the 2016 Assaults will support HUB Cycle, a program of Partners for Active Living. This program seeks to increase the availability of and access to bicycles for those relying on bicycles as a primary means of transportation in Spartanburg, S.C.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Jamie Prince by calling (864) 248-0255 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 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 Mt. Mitchell (102.7 miles). To learn more, register, sponsor or volunteer, visit www.theassaults.com or email director@theassaults.com.

About The Freewheelers Cycling Association

The organization behind The Assaults, The Freewheelers 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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