Blood Sweat and Gears
 
2019 BSG 95-Mile Route

Revised for 2019, The BSG long route will be a new 95-mile route that includes all the same epic climbs with a few simple twists. We’ll get your heart pumping with the first climb over Rush Branch and keep it pumping with back to back climbs on Mountaindale Road and Georges Gap. Enjoy amazingly scenic new roads along with the iconic climb over Snake Mountain and the thrill inducing descents that BSG is known for. Epic climbs, thrilling descents and scenic mountain overlooks all mean one thing. This is going to be the best BSG ever!


2019 BSG 45-Mile Route

Revised for 2019, The BSG short route will be a new 45-mile route that shares the same amazing roads and climbs as the long route for the first 33 miles. Your heart will be pumping with the first climb over Rush Branch. The challenge continues with back to back climbs on Mountaindale Road and Georges Gap. You’ll enjoy the amazing scenery as you climb towards Zionville along quite back roads. And when the long route turns right towards Snake Mountain, the short route turns left towards the finish line. Epic climbs, thrilling descents and scenic mountain overlooks all mean one thing. This is going to be the best BSG ever!



All routes are subject to change. Official cue sheets will be available at packet pick up. Printed cue sheets provided by Map My Ride or Ride with GPS may not be accurate and are not endorsed by BSG.

We provide map links from both Map My Ride and Ride with GPS. Mapping programs correct uploaded data differently so discrepancies in certain ride parameters may occur when comparing ride data across dissimilar platforms.

Routes: Updated 6/17/2019

Poor Road Conditions and Unusually Busy Traffic in Todd Force Long Route Change

We have been monitoring the road surface conditions on Railroad Grade Road through Todd, NC for several weeks. The narrow road received a topcoat of very loose gravel without a bonding agent and remains a safety hazard for bicycles. In addition to poor road surface conditions, the Todd General Store, which was sold recently, is holding an auction to sell off its existing inventory. The auction is scheduled for 10am, the same time our first riders would be rolling through Todd. It's expected to draw a large number of outsiders to the area. The combined conditions, poor road surface and greater than normal vehicle traffic, require that we change the long route for the safety of all riders. The route will use Hwy 194 as it has in the past and mileage will remain effectively the same. All maps have been updated to reflect the change.

Routes: Updated 6/13/2019

Bulldog Rd. Paving Project Requires Route Changes for 2019 BSG

The BSG Ride Planning Committee has been monitoring the road surface conditions on Bulldog Rd. after a recent resurfacing project was completed. Based on those observations, the committee concluded the existing conditions on Bulldog Rd. are not acceptable and the expectations that conditions will improve by the 22nd are low.

The decision was made to re-route both rides for safety reasons. Safety is always our priority for all riders and volunteers. Keeping as much of the current route intact while minimizing the impact on our partners and volunteers were also key considerations. With limited connectivity, the distances for both rides have changed. The long route comes in at 95 miles while the short route comes in at 45 miles. Both routes will have less elevation but remain challenging. The Ride Planning Committee remains confident that even with these last-minute changes, riders will enjoy these new routes for 2019.
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