Collier Lilly Ride for NCOBS

Sunday, May 24
The Gran: 83 mile ride @ 7:45am
The Medio: 46 mile ride @ 7:45am
Kids ride @ 1:00pm


North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS) is hosting a Gran Fondo style, timed bike ride in honor of Collier Lilly. The ride offers two beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain routes, the 83 mile Gran route with 8,600 feet of climbing and the 46 mile Medio 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. Modeled after Europe’s popular Gran Fondos, the Collier Lilly Ride for NCOBS will feature timed King of the Mountain (KOM) segments for the long ride, including prizes for the fastest riders up each climb (only on the Gran route). This exciting event is being held on Memorial Day Weekend and 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). 2015 also marks the ride’s move 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.