North Carolina | Fondo

FONDO | cedar point, nC

Stay | Emerld Isle Beach House
Ride | Croatan National Forest
Race |  Croatan Buck Fifty 
Duration | 4 days, 3 nights, March 16th-19th
Total Distance | 125-200 miles
Cost | Single $2,950, Double $2,550

papertrail Gravel Travel | FONDO


Curated and thoughtful meals are prepared to provide maximum nutrition to fuel and re-fuel the body. Morning coffee, oatmeal and fresh fruits. Afternoon grain bowl salads, pastries, and trail snacks. Evening dinners made with local ingredients. We welcome vegetarian, gluten free, and vegan guests and will accommodate you!

Rodeo LAbs Flaanimal

We focused on providing the best experience of riding, without compromise. Included in every trip is a Rodeo Labs Flaanimal 5.0 gravel bike for unmatched performance and comfort.
– Redshift Suspension Cockpit
– WTB Tubeless Wheel System
– Nittany Mountain Works Bags
– 1:1 Ratio Gearing

PaperTrail Cycling Kit

We design our cycling jerseys, bibs, shorts and accessories with comfort and safety front of mind. Each rider will receive a PAPERtrail Kit: jersey and bibs or shorts combo. We equip you with quality, lasting gear to wear alongside us, and back home.

  • The “Forbidden” Jersey features PAPERtrail’s signature gravel stripe accent, paper plane bike logo, and folded paper icon with orange gravel stripe on the back to increase visibility.
  • The “Plane” Cargo Bibs are comfortable and functional with quick release straps and two pockets. Black with minimal accents to pair well with any kit.
  • The “Plane” Baggy Shorts are flexible and durable with added storage for single-track minded guests. Black with minimal accents to pair well with any kit.


Day 1: Welcome Home

Welcome to our home base for adventure and exploring. Plan to arrive at 1:00 pm for espresso and cookies before settling into your room. After confirming the fit on your Rodeo Labs Flaanimal we’ll set off for our welcome ride – spinning the legs, with introductions over top tubes. Drinks and dinner will follow.

Day 2: Explore

Good morning! Wake up to a delicious breakfast with oatmeal, fruits, breads, juice and coffee. Our yoga and wellness coach will lead you through a morning stretch to open your body for today’s ride. Your bike is clean, tuned and at the ready with full bottles, like everyday with PAPERtrail’s pro mechanics. Get ready for the ride – kitted up, and pack your pockets. Today’s ride will dabble into the gravel roads of Croatan National Forest, and check in on the pivotal sections for the following day’s race route. We’ll meet our SAG for lunch and, after refilling your pockets and bottles, continue on to the second part of the ride. Arrive back home to relax with recovery flow yoga, and enjoy light snacks and drinks. Dinner to follow.


Good morning! Today will be an adventure, and we’ll be alongside you to support your best race day. Have the confidence to push yourself knowing our pro mechanic and guide is riding along side you, ready to assist you. Today you earn the story of your trip. We’ll have a proper SAG lunch and, after refilling your pockets and bottles, continue for the remainder of the course. We’ll check in on the Croatan Buck Fifty After-party and head back home to relax with recovery flow yoga, and enjoy light snacks and drinks. Dinner to follow.

Day 4: Go Slow…

…After this ride it’s almost over. Wake up to a quick breakfast and coffee, before heading out on our farewell ride. On our return we will have snacks, shakes and a stretch on the deck. We will get cleaned up and packed up as the trip comes to a close. Don’t miss beach bodega on your way off island!


Gravel with us

We are passionate about riding bikes and creating community. 

With all-inclusive “Gravel Travel” the idea is simple: everyone has fun getting dirty riding bikes on gravel.

Our focus is deliberate.

Find and explore quiet backroads forgotten by America. And at every opportunity prioritizing experience over speed.

Explore our destinations