Assault on Marion offers alternative to sold out Mount Mitchell ride

Special to Black Mountain News
Hundreds of cyclists took on the 102.7-mile self-paced ride called the Assault on Mount Mitchell last year. The 44th annual ride is sold out, but space remains in the 74.2-mile Assault on Marion.

A popular and grueling bike ride from Spartanburg, South Carolina to the top of the highest peak east of the Mississippi River, is sold out.

A shorter alternative to the self-paced 102.7-mile ride, which is set for Monday, May 20, is still available. 

The Freewheelers Cycling Association of Spartanburg is offering a special for Assault on Marion riders—all 2019 Marion registrants will have the opportunity to register early, before general registration opens, for the Assault on Mt. Mitchell in 2020.

The Assault on Marion is the Assault on Mt. Mitchell’s shorter, 74.2-mile sister ride from downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina, to the Tom Johnson Campground in Marion, North Carolina.

Now through March 31, the registration fee is $55, but it will increase to $60 from April 1 through May 17.

To secure an early registration spot for the 2020 Assault on Mt. Mitchell, riders can visit Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 17, however, participants may register in person at Packet Pick-Up on Sunday, May 19.

About The Assaults

A bucket list ride for serious cyclists, The Assaults is one of the most intense, premier cycling experiences in the Southeast with cyclists participating from across the nation and world each spring to ride from Spartanburg, S.C. to either Marion, N.C. (74.2 miles) or the top of Mount Mitchell (102.7 miles). To learn more, register, sponsor or volunteer, visit or email

About The Freewheelers

The organization behind The Assaults, The Freewheelers Cycling Association, is a Spartanburg, S.C.-based, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit community service organization founded in 1973. The Freewheelers’ mission is to provide education and promotion of bicycle safety and a forum for amateur sports competition and touring. To learn more about The Freewheelers, visit their website at