Cyclists make climb in assault on Mt. Mitchell, Marion - FOX Carolina 21

Cyclists make climb in assault on Mt. Mitchell, Marion

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The cyclists ready at the starting line in front of Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. (May 19, 2014/FOX Carolina) The cyclists ready at the starting line in front of Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. (May 19, 2014/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A scenic route for any cyclist riding from Spartanburg to Yancey County, NC, Monday's iconic race will challenge riders as they soar into the mountains for the 39th annual Assault on Mt. Mitchell and Marion.

The race began at 6:30 a.m. in downtown Spartanburg and will travel a total of 102 miles, first to Mount Marion where some racers will finish at Tom Johnson campground.

Many will ride on to Mount Mitchell, battling a more than 10,000-feet climb, riding along the Blue Ridge at the top of Mt. Mitchell State Park.

The race began in 1975 when John Bryan decided to ride from Spartanburg, SC, to the highest point east of the Mississippi River with a group of friends.

The entire race is more than a 11,000-feet high climb and includes several rest stops along the way for riders.

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