Asheville Citizen Times, Girls Gone Outdoors Reporter, Karen Chavez shares perspective on the newest event in the iDaph Events calendar, featuring the Collier Lilly Ride to benefit scholarships toward attendance at North Carolina Outward Bound School.
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Young cyclist wins Mountain Sports Festival 50-miler
If you’re still catching up from the Memorial Day weekend and the 15th annual Mountain Sports Festival, here’s some more news: One of the youngest riders in the inaugural Collier Lilly half century bike ride on Sunday, part of the Mountain Sports Festival at Carrier Park in Asheville, was also the first to finish.
North Carolina Outward Bound School hosted the bike ride in honor of Collier Lilly. Nearly 100 riders enjoyed the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain route.
The 50-mile half-century ride started at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, climbing 3,600 feet and ending at Carrier Park with the youngest rider, Colton Brookshire, arriving back 2:32 hours later with the best time.
“We got a six man group out there and it was a super beautiful route and we had a lot of fun,” said Colton Brookshire, 16, who lives in Asheville. His older brother, Grayson Brookshire, 19, finished second.
His father, Alan, and sister, Isabella, 15, also participated in the ride. Asked if he would be back next year, Colton smiled and said, “Yeah.”
Dan Leroy, director of development for NCOBS, said the ride raised more than $5,000 for scholarships.
The ride was part of the Mountain Sports Festival with proceeds to support students with the need to participate in a course at North Carolina Outward Bound School.