Raven Rock Ramble 2021

Promoting Organ Donation Awareness and benefitting the UNC Kidney Center

The Raven Rock Ramble is a century (100-mile) bicycle ride that explores the four-county area (Wake, Harnett, Lee, and Chatham) around Raven Rock State Park. Proceeds benefit the UNC Kidney Center for direct patient services.  Since its start in 2002, the Raven Rock Ramble has raised over $365,000 toward kidney health and awareness.

The Raven Rock Ramble endorses cyclist safety and responsibility as promoted by The Peleton Project.

Raven Rock Ramble 2021

Carrie Wendell's photos are available! Check out: https://adobe.ly/3jhzaDg

The 2021 Raven Rock Ramble turned out about as well as it could have. With ~620 riders, there were no real incidents of which I'm aware. While warm, it stayed dry at the park throughout the day and on the routes until late in the afternoon. At the finish, everyone seemed happy and well-fed. And, while I have yet to complete the accounting, I expecting to clear ~$30,000 for the UNC Kidney Center, bringing the 20-year total to a little under $400,000.

You may have heard that I'll be retiring from the Raven Rock Ramble after this year. I feel the ride has achieved what I wanted to accomplish, and there's a whole team in place to pick up the reins and carry on, headed by Bob Oderkirk and Doug Kline.

For now, know that next year's event is planned for Sunday, May 1, and registration to open on Saturday, December 4. As for me, I plan to continue app development and work with additional events in 2022. I'll be riding, too, and I hope I'll see you out on the road.

David Cole

Facts at a glance:

Date: Sunday, August 22, 2021 - rain or shine
Distances: 100 miles, 86 miles, 100K (62 miles), 42 miles, 50K (31 miles), 10 miles. See the Routes page for details.
Registration: Via the RaceReach Registration page. You can view or change your registration choices from the My Registrations page.
You may pick up your registration packet on Friday, August 20 (10:00am -7:00pm), or Saturday, August 21 (10:00am - 5:00 pm) at All-Star Bike shop in Cary (in Salt Box village)
Address:  1241 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, NC 27511 [map].

Registration packets will be available starting at 7:00am the morning of the event (Sunday, August 22 at Harris Lake County Park at the Longleaf shelter.
Time: Park opens at 7:00am. Announcements start promptly at 8:30 on road in front of parking area. 100, 86, 62, and 42 mile rides start after announcements; 31 and 10 mile rides start 5 minutes later.  Anyone wishing a more relaxed start may leave with the second group.  All routes close at 4:30pm.
Place: Harris Lake County Park in southwest Wake County, near the Shearon Harris nuclear plant (see Directions)
Address:  2112 County Park Drive, New Hill, NC 27562
Cost: $50, includes awesome quick-dry tee shirt and copious amounts of food. 
Contact: David Cole, dlcole@nc.rr.com, 919-924-3039 (home - before 9pm, please)
Donations: If you would like to make a donation to the cause (Thank-you!), you can click the Donate button, above, or you can mail a check made out to 'Raven Rock Ramble' to

Raven Rock Ramble
5448 Apex Peakway PMB 189
Apex, NC 27502

Any donation of $50 or more (in addition to the registration fee) will qualify you as a private sponsor - see the Sponsors page (scroll to the bottom).
The Raven Rock Ramble promotes awareness of the importance of organ donation. If you are an organ donor (indicated by a heart on your driver's license) or agree to become one, then we have a special offer for you. See the Special offer for organ donors page for more information. If you're not already an organ donor, you can register here.
Pint Glass: Due to the glass shortage, pint glasses will not be available for 2021.