North Carolina Mountain Biking: Ride These Routes in the Blue Ridge

Everyday bike rides. Everyday joy. Get some inspiration for biking with this short film, highlighting a group of North Carolina riders and their routes in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Will Fryar and Michael Lowther are just two guys who love to ride bikes. And they especially love doing that in their backyard. “This film was inspired by the camaraderie of good friends, who each have their given skillset, to take a journey into our beautiful state’s wooded backyard,” film director Will Fryar explained.

“This journey wasn’t about the destination. Rather, it was about the many encounters, roads, rivers, and shared times together. Though we are all very different, our love for cycling is what brought us together. And what better way to enjoy this shared love than to travel together across the place we all call home?”

Inspired? Ride Their Routes

man on bike riding through pigsah mountains forest on a dirt trail

Fryar and Lowther tested their mettle traversing “the winding roads and trails that navigate Wilson’s Creek, Linville Gorge, Lake James, and more,” teased the directors in the film release. Like the look of the trails? Check them out for yourself next time you find yourself up in the Blue Ridge.

Day 1: Route in Morganton, NC

  • Paved, unpaved: 55%, 45% of route
  • Max grade: 8.3%
  • Total distance: 35.3 miles
  • Total elevation: 3,553 feet

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Day 2: Route in Avery County, NC

  • Paved, unpaved: 46%, 54% of route
  • Max grade: 7.8%
  • Total distance: 48.6 miles
  • Total elevation: 3,713 feet

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Runtime: 6 minutes

“Masters of None” is a 36 Hours in Kitsbow grant-winning film. It was directed, filmed, and produced by Will Fryar and produced by Michael Lowther. 

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Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.