There are 3 BRB Ride options: 102, 72, or 56 miles. The start and finish point for all Rides is the Ashe Civic Center in West Jefferson (see ride location below). All the Rides are challenging and spend at least 20 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Details of the routes and elevation gains for each Ride can also be found under route maps. While challenging, each of the rides travels through some of the most beautiful scenery in North Carolina.
Entry for this additional 3.4 mile challenge is limited to only 80 riders and is not for the faint hearted. The elevation gain is almost 1,476 feet which, although never classified, makes this ride very comparable to a Category 2 climb. Those who attempt this at the end of completing their main ride will be provided transport back to the Finish point. Riders are not permitted to cycle back down – sorry!!
Registration for 2020 opens on March 1, 2020
Packet pickup will be from 5-8pm on Friday 8/21 and 6-7:45am on Saturday, 8/22.
The Ride is limited to 500 participants, regardless of which ride length you choose.
All rides start at 8am.
There is parking at the Ashe Civic Center and in the parking lot across the street in the far side of the shopping center closest to the road. If using the parking lot opposite, please be mindful this is used by many people for shopping and as a courtesy, please park away from the shops. If you choose to park along the road, please be careful not to block driveways and any public rights of way.
All riders are required to wear a cycle helmet at all times. It is also each rider’s responsibility to ensure their bike is in good working condition and capable of completing whichever Ride they attempt.
All the routes are clearly signed. Where possible there will be volunteers at major turns.
In addition, each Rider will be provided with a map showing all 3 routes and listing all turns with distance between each and cumulative total. See route maps here.
There are 6 Rest Stops and these are marked on the map. For each route there are:
The SAG volunteers will provide assistance as much as they can but they are not trained mechanics. While there may be some, limited, basic spares available (e.g. inner tubes), we can not guarantee they will be where they are needed. As such, we recommend all riders carry whatever they think they might need, especially if you have special requirements (e.g. special chain). Also, please be aware that cell phone service may be sporadic so please come prepared.
All riders are required to obey North Carolina traffic laws and keep a careful watch for motor traffic.
The BRP requires all cyclists to have lights in front and rear. Even in August it is possible for dense fog and it is not unknown for the Park Rangers to implement controls to ensure the safety of everyone. Furthermore, The Blue Ridge Parkway is adamant that Riders should proceed in single file. If you bunch it is possible for a Park Ranger to ticket you or, at least, delay you.
All Riders will be provided with a chip supplied by Start 2 Finish, LLC. These will need to be attached to the bike (details to be provided at registration). The finish times will be published on this website very soon after the ride. Please note that riders exceeding 9 hours will not receive a finish time. E-bikes will be chip timed separately.
Also, if a Rider changes the route cycled from the route registered, they must let a volunteer know when they cross the Finish line.