Rutherford Housing Partnership Hosts 8th Annual Gears & Gables Ride - NC Blue Ridge

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. (March 16, 2016): Rutherford Housing Partnership(RHP) is hosting its 8th annual Gears & Gables cycling ride on May 7 in conjunction with downtown Rutherfordton’s MayFest celebration. The nonprofit organization provides urgent home repairs for families in need. RHP provides materials; volunteers provide labor.

This year’s ride includes three new routes, including one 24-mile route for those who want to ease back into the ride season. Participants can expect scenic, backcountry roads and three moderately hilly routes – 24, 41 and 62 miles – with at least 13 Strava segments identified and ascents of 1,332 feet, 2,018 feet and 3,576 feet, respectively.

Riders will follow part of the Cherry Bounce Driving Trail, a Prohibition-era moonshine trail that now features more legal, interesting pit stops like Defiant Whisky’s distillery, Washburn General Store and Salem Church Road. Other notable sites will include Camp Bud Schiele Boy Scout Camp, the Bechtler Mint Site and Thermal Belt Rails to Trails. The ride begins at 8 a.m. in downtown Rutherfordton at First Baptist Church and will also end there.

Gears & Gables is a fully-supported ride, with SAG support, on-road marked routes, four rest stops and a post-ride meal.  Riders need bikes that have been recently serviced and are in good working condition. RHP requests riders wear identification, such as Road ID bracelets, if available.

Registration is $30 per person. Sign up before April 27 to receive a free T-shirt.

Click here to register. Riders can find information about the routes and

Funds from this scenic ride will benefit projects of Rutherford Housing Partnership. RHP Executive Director Nell Perry Bovender says the event makes a significant impact on its outreach efforts.

“Rutherford Housing Partnership provided urgently needed repairs for 91 families in 2015, and our waiting list still has 100 families needing help,” said Bovender. “Gears & Gables helps us raise the money to get those needs met.”

Lead sponsoring business is Moose Vending of Forest City.

For more details, visit the Gears & Gables Facebook page at To learn more about RHP and its mission, visit

For questions about the ride, contact Alan Herrick at To sponsor or volunteer, call the RHP office at 828-248-3431 or

About Rutherford Housing Partnership
Rutherford Housing Partnership (RHP) was organized in 1995 by a group of concerned citizens who recognized a growing need among low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners for urgent home repairs to alleviate threats to their health and safety. Statistics tell a sobering story of a low-wealth county in need of safe housing. Rutherford County is a large, rural county of about 67,000 where most recent Census data show that 21.5% of families live below the poverty level. Its most famous volunteers, the Women Roofers, received national attention in People magazine in 2013, and on CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News.