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!