Ride into summer fun with the Collier Lilly Ride

Ride into summer fun with the Collier Lilly Ride

Enjoy a picturesque 50-mile OR 12-mile ride on May 25th through the country-side and foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


The Annual NCOBS Collier Lilly Ride is on Saturday, May 25, 2018 at 8:30am at Wedge at Foundation in Asheville, NC




In 2019, North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS) is hosting a brand new twelve mile fun ride and the annual half century bike ride in honor of Collier Lilly. The NCOBS Collier Lilly 12 Mile Ride, begins at the Wedge at Foundation, and flows primarily along the French Broad River. The route follows Amboy Road to Carrier Park and Hominy Park on various paved roads and greenways and off-road packed dirt greenways and side-roads. This route is for the casual cyclist that enjoys riding bikes for the joyful experience and is comfortable riding on paved and off-road dirt packed surfaces.


New for 2019! Order your Jersey today!








New for 2019! Commemorate your ride with the NCOBS custom-designed jersey by Voler. Deadline to order is March 24th. Men’s and Women’s fitted styles available for $85, when you order online during registration. Jerseys will be available for pick up at the ride.

Learn more about the 2019 NCOBS Collier Lilly Ride!

NCOBS Collier Lilly Ride

The NCOBS Collier Lilly Ride is an annual ride to benefit the North Carolina Outward Bound School in honor of Collier Lilly, a rising junior at Davidson College when he was killed in an automobile accident in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he was employed for the summer. Collier completed an NC Outward Bound course as a recent high school graduate in 1985. The experience ignited in him a deep appreciation for the outdoors and a passion for outdoor adventure. NCOBS challenged Collier in unexpected ways, inspiring him to reach for bigger goal than he had ever imagined. 

In memory of Collier, the proceeds from the Collier Lilly Ride for NC Outward Bound School will be given to North Carolina Outward Bound School. Since 1967, North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS) has delivered challenging wilderness adventures that teach more than just outdoor skills. Upholding the same ideals and goals as the first Outward Bound School established in 1941 in Britain, every NCOBS course is built around a progression that delivers powerful life lessons by encouraging participants to safely and confidently step outside their comfort zones and travel in spectacular wilderness areas. 


Registration may be found at: 


Get Ready To Ride! 2016 NCOBS Collier Lilly Ride is Happening this Sunday

Get Ready To Ride! 2016 NCOBS Collier Lilly Ride is Happening this Sunday



Sunday, May 29, 2016

In partnership with the Mountain Sports Festival

*NEW FOR 2016*

All riders who complete the NCOBS Ride, will receive a finisher award made locally in Asheville!

The first 100 participants are guaranteed a ride shirt and pair of DeFeet Cycling Socks.

Get ready to enjoy a picturesque 50-mile ride through the country-side and foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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A Reason to Ride

Thank you for supporting  The North Carolina Outward Bound School half century bike ride in honor of Collier Lilly. The ride offers a beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain route, the 50 mile half century with 3,600 feet of climbing, that will start and end at Carrier Park in Asheville. In keeping with Outward Bound’s bedrock principles of “challenge and discovery,” the Collier Lilly Ride for NCOBS will take riders over challenging mountain passes and allow them to discover scenic roads for the first time. This exciting event is held on Memorial Day Weekend in conjunction with the ever popular Mountain Sports Festival.

Since 2003 thousands of riders have participated in the Collier Lilly Ride, an annual recreational bike ride honoring the memory of Collier Cobb Lilly, a graduate of the North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS). In 2015 the ride moved from the “flat country” surrounding Davidson, NC to the rugged mountains around Asheville, where NCOBS is based. For the first time, proceeds from this year’s event will fund scholarships for Western North Carolina youth to attend a life-changing NCOBS wilderness course. North Carolina Outward Bound School is the leading provider of experiential and outdoor education programs for youth and adults. Outward Bound has helped people discover strength of character, an ability to lead, and desire to serve.

Packet Pick Up and Ride Day Registration

Packet Pick up and Ride Day Registration will take place at the Pavilion in Carrier Park from 6:30am-7:30am on Race day. Wheels will roll at 7:45am sharp!

Ride Route and Turn by Turn Course Info

Interested in the previewing the route including elevation gains and mile markers? Check out the course HERE

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Owen High School is supporting the ride at the food station and water station on the course. Give them big high fives as you pass by!



How to Safely Cross Railroad tracks

There are a few railroad crossings n this route. Here is some helpful information on how to correctly ride over the tracks:


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If you are not comfortable crossing the tracks, no problem! Please dismount your bike and move out of the way of the other cyclists who may wish to ride across the tracks. There are few tricky ones out there!



Enter into our raffle for great prizes! 100% of proceeds will go towards WNC Youth Scholarships to attend an NCOBS course. You can purchase raffle tickets the morning of the ride at the registration table.

This year’s prizes include:

  • Osprey Aether 60 in medium red backpack, retail $260 
  • Osprey Ariel 55 in small brown backpack, $260 
  • Industry 9 turquoise hubset, retail value of $575 
  • $25 gift certificate to Green Sage Cafe
  • 3 chances to win a pair of Navitat zipline passes
  • 5 chances to win a $75 Mountain Khaki gift certificate
  • 5 chances to win a $40 Second Gear gift certificate
  • An item from the Diamond Brand store
Buy 1 for $5 or 5 for $20!


As with any event, volunteers are the key for a successful and safe ride. If you would like to support North Carolina Outward Bound School by volunteering at the Collier Lilly Ride ride, please contact Carrie Myers. We will need help at registration, rest stops, sag support, set up and breakdown.

Contact Carrie Myers at cmyers@ncobs.org for more info on how to become a volunteer!



GIRLS GONE OUTDOORS reports Young cyclist wins Mountain Sports Festival 50-miler

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.


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.

For more on the Mountain Sports Festival, visit www.mountainsportsfestival.com or www.citizen-times.com/outdoors for more updates and photos.