Blood Sweat and Gears

2019 Ride Details

Description: BSG offers two new challenging routes for 2019. You can choose from the epic 95-mile route or the shorter but still challenging 45-mile route. Both routes start and finish at the Valle Crucis Elementary School in Valle Crucis, NC and share the same roads for the first 33 miles before the 95-mile route turns left towards Snake Mountain. Riders on both routes will enjoy a few of the area’s best climbs including Mast Gap, Rush Branch and Georges Gap. More route details including map links and gpx file downloads are HERE.

Packet Pickup
We offer packet pickup on Friday June 21st and on Saturday June 22nd prior to the ride start.

Friday June 21st: 3:00pm – 9:00pm at Watauga High School in Boone. (MAP)
Important: Each rider must present a photo ID in order to pick up his/her own packet. Each rider must sign a waiver.

Saturday June 22nd: 5:45am – 7:00am at Valle Crucis Elementary School in Valle Crucis. (MAP)
Important: Each rider must present a photo ID in order to pick up his/her own packet. Each rider must sign a waiver.

Be aware of traffic delays into Valle Crucis and plan accordingly if you are picking up your packet on Saturday morning.

Walk-up Registration
Did you miss the opportunity to pre-register for BSG? No worries. We're going to open up registration at Packet Pick-ups on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning before the ride. We encourage you to take advantage of this rare opportunity on Friday afternoon if possible. Walk-up registration for either the 45 or the 95 will be $110. Your registration fee includes a post ride meal and live music at the post ride party. Walk-up registrations do not include an event t-shirt.
Start Time
The 95 mile ride starts at 7:30 am and the 45 mile ride starts at 7:45 am at the Valle Crucis Elementary School on Saturday, June 22.

Valle Crucis Elementary School Venue

Please refer to the map located HERE for designated parking areas. Please do not park in undesignated areas as your vehicle may be subject to towing. Parking is limited and we encourage carpooling and early arrival.
Winter Warmer registrants will receive a mirror tag that provides access to preferred parking.

Winter Warmer registrants receive a mirror tag for access to preferred parking. Please refer to the map located HERE for designated parking areas.

Online registration opens on February 1, 2019 at 6:00am. Online registration closes on June 14, 2019 at 5:00pm. Registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable. Transfers may be allowed if the ride sells out. The deadline for transfers is June 1, 2019.

Route Control / Markings: All routes are clearly marked before, at and after each turn. Cue sheets are available at packet pickups. Busy intersections may be controlled by local law enforcement officers and first responders.

Aid Stations: Both routes are fully supported with Aid Stations, SAG support and limited mechanical support. Aid stations will provide water, sports drink, fruit and snacks. Facilities are available at each Aid Station. Aid Station locations are listed on cue sheets and shown on the map links HERE.

SAG Support: SAG (Support and Gear) support is provide for both routes. SAG support does not provide mechanical assistance but will move riders forward to Aid Stations where mechanical support is available. SAG support will only move riders forward on the route and may make several stops before returning any riders to the finish area. All riders should have a bicycle in good working order and carry a spare tube with the correct stem length for the wheels being used.

Safety Rules: BSG does not provide a closed course. All riders should obey North Carolina traffic laws as they apply to cyclists and remain aware of all traffic conditions while riding. Bicycle helmets are required. Earbuds or headphones of any kind are prohibited.

Finish Times: BSG provides timing chips for non-competitive timing purposes. Riders should mount timing chips on their handlebars to ensure correct timing. BSG is not responsible for incorrectly mounted timing chips or timing chip errors of any kind.

Rider goodies: Pre-registered riders will receive a t-shirt, water/food along the route, and a meal at the end of the ride. You may purchase BSG apparel and other goodies on Friday and Saturday at the BSG store.

After the ride: At the finish, there are no showers. We will have a space for you to change if needed and Yoga and stretching areas in the gym. BSG will have a post ride function following the ride Saturday evening at Appalachian Mountain Brewery in Boone. More details will be shared closer to the ride.
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