Picturing the Past - Long History of Biking In The Mountains


Last updated 9/22/2021 at 3:32pm

Eugene C. Sawyer and friends on July 4, 1893.

There has been a long history of biking in the mountains of Transylvania County that goes well beyond that of the mountain biking that we think of today. Looking back, we can see examples of groups getting together for a social ride as early as the 1890s, such as the scene in the photograph that is part of the N.C. Room collection depicting Eugene C. Sawyer and friends. The inscription on the back of the photo gives some information. The photo was taken on July 4, 1893, at Carrier Track (presumably in Asheville, as Eugene was a resident of Buncombe County). Sawyer's half-mile time is listed...

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