Posts Tagged ‘biking’

Blue Ridge Brutal by Our Blue Ridge Lodging

Monday, August 3rd, 2009
Bike the Blue Ridge Brutal

Bike the Blue Ridge Brutal

August 15, 2009, will be the 20th annual Blue Ridge Brutal near our Blue Ridge Parkway Lodging. Starting at 8am, riders will ride 100 miles of challenging, varied terrain. This century ride begins and ends at the foot of Mount Jefferson in West Jefferson, North Carolina, just about ten miles from our pet friendly cabins in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  A 75-mile option and a 50-mile option are also available, for those who prefer not to tackle the entire 100 miles (read, those who love and respect their knees!). Of course, you are welcome to start pedaling at your cabin, as well.

The ride began as a fundraiser for the Ashe Civic Center, and it continues today both to raise funds and because it is so much fun. Today, funds go towards local schools and arts organizations. We are happy to support these fine local organizations.

Bring the whole family and make a weekend of it (after all, you’ll need a day to recover from the Blue Ridge Brutal, no matter how fit you are). Our Blue Ridge Mountains pet friendly cabins are the perfect spot to spend a few days or a few weeks. There is so much to do in the area, including but not limited to biking, that you won’t want to leave after the Blue Ridge Brutal. Imagine that good, exhausted feeling that comes only after exercising for many hours; then picture yourself seated with friends and family around a campfire, gazing at stars as you let that exhausted feeling wash over you. Let your friends do the cooking and the cleaning. You just sit back and talk about the ride and feel happy to have finished it.

Yes, you can bike the Blue Ridge Brutal.

Biking the Blue Ridge

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Every year, cyclists descend upon the Blue Ridge Mountains to ride in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. We look forward to hosting cyclists and fans at our Blue Ridge Mountains lodging.  Come with your family or friends and bring your bike; our North Carolina inn is located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway — a great venue for cycling. If you are really serious about biking, perhaps you will want to participate in one of three organized rides that take place each year: Blood Sweat and Gears in June, the Blue Ridge Brutal ride in August, and the Bridge to Bridge ride in September.

It is almost time for Blood Sweat and Gears, a 100-mile loop bicycle ride around the Blue Ridge Parkway. The century long ride begins at 7:30 AM on June 26 at an elementary school south of Boone; it circles into the heart of North Carolina’s High Country before ending up back in Boone. These are hilly, curvy miles; the ride is ranked from challenging to strenuous. Bikers may expect to climb over 13,000 feet in elevation, culminating at the gap at Snake Mountain (milepost 63).

For folks who love to ride but don’t feel up to completing the entire century, there is a half century option. This route also begins and ends south of Boone, but otherwise follows a separate route, with a cumulative elevation gain of 5,800 feet

Don’t let the name of the ride scare you away. You may cycle this route any time, but during Blood Sweat and Gears there will be 6 aide stations (2 on the Half Century route) to help you along, complete with food, beverages and toilets; in addition, there will be support vehicles circling the route. You will sweat, but there is no reason for blood to be shed.

After the ride, come back to your Blue Ridge NC cabins and soak in the hot tub for a really long time. If you don’t fall right to sleep, stretch out by a campfire, gaze at the stars, and swap tales of the ride with fellow cyclists.

Blood Sweat and Gears

Blood Sweat and Gears