Professional Cyclists and Athletes Confirmed to Participate in The Assault on Mt. Mitchell

Among the nearly 850 cyclists attempting to complete the 42nd Annual Assaults presented by Greenville Health System on May 15 are a host of returning and new professional cyclists and professional athletes. Returning to ride The Assault on Mt. Mitchell is George Hincapie, one of the most recognized riders in the world, and record-tying seven-time NASCAR Champion, Jimmie Johnson. Riding The Assault on Mt. Mitchell for the first time are Bobby Julich, Matt Kenseth, and Jamie McMurray.


A professional cyclist until his retirement in 2008, Bobby Julich finished third in the 1998 Tour de France (becoming only the second American to finish on the podium) and won the silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Individual Time Trial. On the heels of a successful professional career, Julich runs Julich Coaching & Consulting, to help top-level cyclists reach their goals.


Matt Kenseth has driven in the NASCAR Cup Series for 19 years. Winning the Cup Championship in 2003, Kenseth also holds an International Race of Champions (IROC) title, and has qualified for the playoffs in 11 of his 12 seasons. He has 38 Cup Series victories, 171 top-five finishes, 309 top-10 finishes and 18 pole awards. Kenseth is also one of only 11 drivers in the history of NASCAR who have won the Daytona 500 more than once.


Bursting onto NASCAR’s scene in 2002, Jamie McMurray won his first race on his second start in the Sprint Cup series, as a substitute for Sterling Marlin. In 2003, McMurray was named Rookie of the Year, and in 2006, he established himself as one of the top drivers for Ford Racing, scoring two of his biggest career wins at Daytona and Talladega. In 2010, under Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, McMurray swept NASCAR’s two biggest races, the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400. He made the playoffs in both 2015 and 2016.

The 42nd Annual Assaults presented by Greenville Health System is set for Mon., May 15, 2017. This one-day century ride, known as the Southeast’s Premier Cycling Experience, attracts nearly 850 cyclists from around the world each year. The only cycling event allowed to reach the peak of Mt. Mitchell – the highest mountaintop in the Southeastern United States – the ride is also known as “the Beast of the East.”


A portion of the proceeds from the 2017 Assaults presented by the Greenville Health System will support HUB Cycle, a program of Partners for Active Living. This program increases the availability of and access to bicycles for those using bicycles as a primary means of transportation in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Additional organizations supported by the ride include FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Palmetto Cycling Coalition, the Spartanburg Humane Society and the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind.


To register, riders may visit The Assaults website, Registration closes Sat., May 13, at noon. Volunteers are still needed! To volunteer, please contact Briana Carr by emailing, or by calling (864) 672-8600.


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 Mt. Mitchell (102.7 miles). To learn more, register, sponsor or volunteer, visit or email


About The Freewheelers

The organization behind The Assaults, The Freewheelers Cycling Association, is a Spartanburg, South Carolina 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


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