There’s a new premier cycling event coming to the High Country. The good folk who bring us the Blood Sweat and Gears ride just announced the inaugural Beech Mountain Metric will be coming next May 17, 2014. Featuring one of the epic climbs of the old Tour DuPont this ride looks like something special, and if Blood Sweat and Gears is any indication it will fill up fast. So don’t delay sign up today, and as always stay at Mountain View Lodge and Cabins while in the High Country.
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It’s that time again. The 12th Annual Blood, Sweat and Gears bike ride is Saturday, June 26, 2010. Hardy, healthy folk mount their bikes to ride 50 or 100 miles and raise money for The Russell Fund, which helps local families displaced by flood, fire or natural disaster.
This ride starts and ends just outside of nearby Boone, NC, near our Blue Ridge Mountains cabins. If you plan to participate, you’ll need to sleep well before and after the race. You’ll also need mounds of food. Our N.C. vacation cabins have fully equipped kitchens where your supporters can easily prepare feasts for you. You, of course, should do nothing but rest and prepare for – or recover from- one of the most beautiful and challenging bike rides in the country.
Register for Blood, Sweat and Gears soon, before all the spots are full.
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.