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TC1200k Starts
Oct 6th 2017 4am Friday
SLEEP INN AIRPORT 7 Sharps Airpark Court, Greensboro, NC, 27409
click for hotel site


Taste Carolina 1200k

Sanctioned by the Randonneurs Mondiaux (RM) RM info link

Click here to go to 2017 pre-reg form

2017 ==>> Oct 6th 2017
Friday – start time 4 am

SLEEP INN AIRPORT click for hotel site

Columbus Day weekend

Info will be posted as it develops for the 2017 TC 1200

There will be a bit of climbing for 2017 with about 26,500 ft total climbing.
Will post details later when route is closer to being finalized.

This is a new route and area for riders to explore in 2017!

General TC1200 info

Taste Carolina 1200 routes have been designed so that participants will get to see a variety of terrain and scenery while riding in North Carolina and maybe some surrounding states

There will be considerable changes to the route for 2017 but may be similar to 2011 and 2012.

Taste Carolina 1200 is just before Columbus Day 2017 and it will be at least a good event.
Packet pickup will be Wednesday afternoon/early-evening

The start will be Friday morning. We're still working on the details and fine tuning route. The start will be near the central part of NC

There will be a section into the hills of NC and VA, then to Coastal plains of NC

For 2017 we plan to have some rooms for riders at the planned 3 overnight controls.
There is NO 2017 Jersey planned and is not included unless there are enough request for one

Thanks for your interest in the 2017 TC 1200k

Prelim map • 2017 TC 1200

The map is posted below for the preliminary map for the 2017 TC 1200 route. The route may change slightly to accommodate construction, which is still changing, poor road conditions, etc. and will be updated in the RWGps link as it is changed.

Taste means several things, so for 2017 you'll have an opportunity to taste the foothills and hills of NC and VA as well as the coastal plains of NC on your ride

Climbing on the 2017 route will be mostly in the first third,

2017 TC 1200 Prelim map is posted below

2017 Prelim Route

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To pre-register for the TC1200, please use our online application info form. Fill in all blanks and submit the form which will temporarily hold your spot. Your TC1200 spot will be held if your application is approved and when we receive payment in full for the event. An email will be sent to applicants updating them on their slot status. You will be required to sign the waivers on Thursday October 5th 2017 at packet pickup.

Pre - Registration is will open in Sep 2017

Pre-registration will close before Sep 30 2017

Rider slots will be filled based on payment in full date. Lists of your TC1200 spot status will be posted on the website and riders will be listed according to their payment status (no amounts will be listed, just partial or full payment may be indicated). Mail in applications will be available upon request only. In the event more applications are received than available ride spots, the spots will be filled according to payment in full date.
Payment in FULL must be received to get a ride spot.

In the event that you meet the application requirements and a ride spot is not available, you will be notified that you have been placed on a waiting list.

Bicycle for Life and Taste Carolina reserves the right to refuse any application, entry or participation of any person in any of our events without explanation for refusal!

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Click here to go to pre-reg form

1200k Riders - Pre-reg'd

Full Payment must be received in full prior to the start

  1. Hamid Akbarian
  2. Luis Bernhardt
  3. Rick Blacker
  4. Jan Dembinski
  5. Larry Graham
  6. Gil Lebron
  7. Jeff Lippincott
  8. Vincent Muoneke
  9. Bill Olsen
  10. Christopher Slocum
  11. Georgi Stoychev
  12. Mark Thomas
  13. Metin Uz
  14. Aleksey Vishnyakov

1200k Riders - checks received

If you paid by check, your name will be moved up
after the check is deposited and clears.

  1. Jeff Lipincott
  2. Aleksey Vishnyakov

TC1200k interested List

We may be posting a list of those that are interested in riding the TC1200k
so you will know that your interest has been noted!
Thanks for letting us know!

Once a rider has officially registered, or has indicated that they will not be able to ride, their name will be removed from the below list

Riders interested in 1200k

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Drop Bags

For riders that are doing the TC1200
Up to 3 small individual drop bags may be used and can be taken to the main intermediate overnight controls along the route for you, more details later.

The drop bags are planned to be taken to the official overnight Main hotel/controls only for you. The bags will be picked up at or before the control closing time / near the time when the last rider leaves the control and we will bring the bags to the finish control near the end of the 1200k time limit.

Please do not put anything in your drop bag that you cannot do without for a few days just in case we miss you or don't get them to you at the finish for some reason.

Important !!! Note:
If you do not wait at the finish for your drop bags, they can be shipped to you at your expense, BFL will not pay for shipping of items to you.

We will not be responsible for your drop bags or items in your drop bags.

Drop bags can taken to the Main Controls

Remember -

  • MAX 3 bags - 1 bag per chosen MC's

    No Wheels, bike frames, large items, etc.
    No laptops, iPads, or similar electronics/computers
    No fluid in bottles such as water, gatorade, pre-mixed drinks, sodas, etc.
    Only small bags : RUSA style, small-med duffle, small back packs
    No paper or thin plastic bags
    All bags must be well labeled/tagged with riders name on outside
    (we will have some labels for riders to apply)


    also have name & contact info inside each bag
    The bags most likely will not be shuttled forward,
    so once a control is closed most drop bags will most likely be taken to the finish.

With the new route - map below - these are planned to be the main controls *subject to change as needed*

7 Sharps Airpark Court, Greensboro, NC, 27409

click for hotel site

- MC1 - Super8 South Boston VA –
SLEEP Stop 1 –

- MC2 – Quality Inn Havelock NC –
SLEEP Stop 2 –

- MC3 – Days Inn Benson NC –
SLEEP Stop 3 –

- MC-Finish – Greensboro NC –
Finish –

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Control Card samples

Images will be posted later

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Since there are many styles and riding habits of riders that will be participating in the event, if you need to sleep some other place than a main control where TC1200 has rooms reserved for a rider. Riders must decide where they plan to sleep so we can plan for that.

For the 2017 TC1200
riders will need to reserve and pay for their own rooms

  1. at the start / finish
  2. if you need to sleep some other place than a main control where TC1200 has rooms reserved for a rider. Rider must decide where they plan to sleep so we can plan for that.

There are a few towns that have reasonable accommodation available for many different tastes or habits of the riders.

We are working with Hotels at the start/finish and hopefully will set aside a block of rooms which will allow riders to reserve/book a place to stay as needed at a good reduced rate.

So please make your Wednesday and finish nights reservations soon.
TC1200 will have a staff room at start/finish and a storage room for the weekend at the start/finish hotel. We will also be using the staff room on Wednesday night for packet pickup if it is raining or you are late arriving.

For Wednesday we will have food arrangements planned, etc. either in the parking lot or a nearby restaurant.


Starts will be from a parking lot across close to host hotel

Please do not park at the host hotel unless you have a room there all weekend


Thursday Oct 5 – Sunday Oct 8 – Monday Oct 9

  • SLEEP INN AIRPORT -- 7 Sharps Airpark Court, Greensboro, NC, 27409, US

Friday Oct 6

  • Super 8 South Boston VA -- 1040 Bill Tuck Highway, South Boston, VA, 24592

Saturday Oct 7

  • QUALITY INN -- 400 US Hwy 70 West, Havelock, NC, 28532, US

Sunday Oct 8

  • Days Inn Benson -- 202 North Honeycutt Street Benson, North Carolina 27504


Local Diner or Cookout style Meal for riders

There may be a cookout or arrangements for a rider meal on Thursday 16:00 with food, snacks and drinks early Thursday afternoon / evening. Everyone has really liked that for TC1200

Some food or snacks and liquid will be available at the TC1200 staffed main controls

We will have a small variety of food and drinks in the main control rooms we'll use

Riders must buy, get or carry their own food along the route. There are many stores at reasonable intervals along much of the routes and many will be open when most riders are traveling on route.

If you plan to ride straight through quickly and not stop for much sleep on the TC1200, there may be some long sections at night where there are not any stores open, so please plan accordingly.

Meals along the route are the responsibility of each rider. Many controls are stores and stores may be available between controls, many of which that will be indicated on the cue sheets when posted.

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The TC1200 ride fee amount will be dependent on when you pay in full for your spot in the event!
Please plan ahead!
Cost is subject to change if the economy has a drastic swing in the cost of holding/hosting the event.

Please pay in US dollars only!

Full Payment Sept 350
No jersey
Full Payment Before Oct 5 400
No jersey
Payments should be made payable to
Bicycle for Life
If you are mailing payment please send it to

Bicycle for Life
Tony Goodnight
1935 Barringer Rd
Salisbury NC 28147

Please pay in US dollars only!

Credit Cards are only accepted online through PayPal
Please add a note along with your payment indicating what it is for!

Pay now with your PayPal account

Click below to make a payment now!

Payment may be made using PayPal, a good check, money order or in person with cash given to High Point RBA
Payment time will be determined as follows:
PayPal = date:time paid
Check or Money Order = date:time post marked if mailed or date:time given to RBA
Cash = date:time given to RBA

Cancellation & Refunds-

* There will be NO REFUNDS for 2017 TC1200 *

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You may apply before qualifying. If you have not yet qualified, note this on your application,
and give us the details when you do complete qualifying.
If you have not qualified by Sep 30th, your spot for the event may be lost
and may only be refunded according to our Cancellation & Refund statements.

All entrants to the TC1200 should meet the following the following qualifications:

  • * Successful completion of a 200, 300, 400, and 600 kilometer brevet series
    in either calendar year 2016 or 2017 prior to the start of the TC1200
    or completed a 1200k within the previous 2 years or a 1000k within the last year.
    Qualifying events may be a mix of ACP brevets or RUSA brevets.
    Longer brevets may be substituted for shorter events if necessary.
    In limited circumstances, the rider may apply to the RBA for other substitutions.
  • * All riders must agree to and sign Bicycle for Life & RUSA liability waivers prior to the start of the ride.
  • * All riders should be members of Bicycle for Life if you want extra insurance while participating in the events we organize
  • * All riders must pass a bike inspection the evening before the ride.
    See the schedule page for the time and location of this inspection.
  • * All riders should be physically and mentally fit enough to complete the event entered
    and have no current health issues that would prevent finishing
    or that may harm the rider by participating in the event.

To look up your past results for RUSA use this link and enter your RUSA number.

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There is NO 2017 jersey design but may be a similar color scheme if enough people want one, but with slight changes in design elements,

The TC1200 Jersey will not be included for 2017 TC1200 event

If you get a jersey, it should be in your packet provided your payment is received soon enough to get it printed. Otherwise it will be shipped to the TC1200 participants after it is printed.

Additional jerseys may be ordered, if order is placed early enough. All jerseys ordered after July 1 may be delayed considerably! Orders for the jersey may be placed before and after event. A link for sizing will be posted and size will be confirmed prior placing the jersey order.

We may have matching items such as shorts, vest, arm warmers, etc. More info later.

The basic price of an extra short sleeve jersey is unknown plus shipping(as needed). A full price list for all items, including options may be posted later.

Orders may not be available after the event is done and we have gone home!

The approximate design for the 2017 jersey will be posted when finished

Below was the design for the 2014 jersey

Below was design for the 2013 jersey

Below was the 2012 design

Below was the 2011 design

Size chart

These are general fit guidelines to help you determine your sizing.

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Routes to be posted when complete

2017 TC1200k cue sheets

You will get a paper copy of cue sheets at packet pickup, but you may want to look these over prior to the ride

1200 cue.pdf

1200 cue.xls

TC1200 GPS links 1200k GPS full route active map ~ mile 0 to 749

GPS sections of the route for smaller files and faster calculation

TC2017-1 GPS links 1200k GPS route active map ~ mile 0 to 234
TC2017-2 GPS links 1200k GPS route active map ~ mile 234 to 467
TC2017-3 GPS links 1200k GPS route active map ~ mile 467 to 633
TC2017-4 GPS links 1200k GPS route active map ~ mile 633 to 749
TC2017-4-detour option GPS links 1200k GPS route active map ~ mile 633 to approx759

2017 - TC1200 General map

2017 Prelim Route

More info will be posted, if you are interested in riding the TC1200k please use our Contact form or and you will be put on our contact list and will be in the first group to be allowed to register.

Rider limit

It is very important if you are interested in participating in the TC1200 that you take time to to send a dedicated email to BFL, with the the subject "TC1200k info" or similar, stating that you want more info about the TC1200k in the body of your email. You may also use the contact form online with the info request in the comment section.

To be fair, since the event may fill-up, those who send in a request for info will be in the first group (based on the email/contact date) to be notified with more details. They also will be in the first group who will be allowed to pre-reg or register for the TC1200k once registration opens up. Those in that first group will have 7 to 10 days from the date registration notification is sent out to claim a spot, then registration will be open to the next group and then it will be open to all others

The event may fill-up,
so let us know if you are interested in riding!!!!!!

If the rider limit is reached, there will be a waiting list, so let us know.

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