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Southern Bicycle League Mission Statement:
Through fun, fitness and friendship, the Southern Bicycle League’s mission is to link the bicycle community together and inspire more people to ride bicycles more often.
The purpose of our mission is to facilitate the building of bicycle friendly communities and greater health and fitness through bicycling.
We achieve our goals and objectives with our members, our SBL Chapters, SBL Affiliations, bikeSBL.org website, SBL E-Newsletter, SBL Magazine, the publication of the Southern Bicycle League, SBL Ride Calendar and many fun Events, including the Wilson 100 and the Covington Century Ride.
In addition, by joining the bicycle community together, we become a tremendous positive voice for legislators, constituents and sponsors to consider, when making decisions which affect the bicycling community.
The Southern Bicycle League provides a range of activities and benefits that help cyclists of all levels to learn and get more enjoyment out of the sport. Volunteer members organize and lead over 1,000 rides over the course of the year in the area. In addition, monthly club socials allow new and old friends to meet in a casual atmosphere to exchange stories and participate in a program to help increase their bicycling knowledge. All members receive the SBL's monthly magazine, FreeWheelin', which features an extensive calendar of rides, along with articles and information on safety, advocacy, touring, and riding technique.
The SBL also conducts the annual Scott Wilson Century in Fayetteville every August/September. The course covers lightly travelled rural terrain and is fairly flat, so it's a great chance to do your first hundred miler. As with other SBL rides, shorter options are also available. Scott Wilson, in addition to being a prolific writer, was a well loved and respected member who served as club president and editor of our Magazine formally know as FreeWheelin'. He died in 1986 of cancer, and the ride is now a fundraiser for cycling causes as well as a tribute to Scott.
If cycling is already an important part of your life, or if you're just getting started and want to learn more, you are encouraged to join the SBL and get involved. There are rides and activities available for all levels of cyclists, from beginner to advanced. You'll learn more about cycling, get a monthly magazine with an extensive listing of rides and tours, have fun, and make some great friends.
Each year the SBL hosts a regular series of premier rides, tours and events. Here is the typical schedule. Please check our ride calendar for exact dates and details as the year progresses.
Holiday Ride in the Hampton