Cycle NC uses St. Andrews as base camp
Laurinburg, N.C. – The Cycle North Carolina fall ride from the mountains to the beach used St. Andrews Presbyterian College for a base camp overnight on Thursday.
The ride began at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville on Sept. 25 and will end on Saturday at Ocean Isle.
“We had come through in 2005 and there was a tropical storm that made it a less than ideal experience,” said Cycle North Carolina Director Ragan Williams. “We wanted to redeem ourselves by coming back through.”
The tour included 1,100 pre-registered riders, although only an estimated 400 spent the night in the St. Andrews Physical Education Center and tents on the campus. The remainder spent the night at local hotels.
“We dodged a bullet this time with the storm systems,” said Smith. “The ground was too wet for us to really dig in but the school was able to set aside space and work with us. Stevan Hernandez (of St. Andrews) has been really helpful in getting things coordinated. And Corey Hughes (with Scotland County Tourism) has been great with overall planning and coordination to make sure we all know what is happening and there is no lack of communication.”
Hernandez was pleased with the way the base camp worked at the College.
“Once things got started it went really well,” he said. “We had great cooperation with everyone at Cycle North Carolina throughout. I’m hopeful that the cyclists felt that the stay was enjoyable and that we will remain a site for future base camps.”
About St. Andrews Presbyterian College
An innovative and bold academic venture, the distinctive character of St. Andrews has been marked by an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews ONLINE.
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