Boone Bike & Touring
Boone Bike & Touring • Locally owned & operated by Shaw & Sarah Brown, Boone Bike has been around in some shape or form since the late 1970’s. We love bikes and want to make everyone enjoy riding as much as we do.
In 2004, Shaw Brown took the leap of ownership with around 15 years of bike shop experience already under his belt. Not long after, his wife Sarah Brown, left her middle school classroom to join him full time. Together with the dedication of sales manager Joseph Grimes and service manager Sam Hutchens, the Boone Bike family has been providing passionate & knowledgeable service to high country cyclists for years • Shop|Road Bicycle Rentals|Mountain Bicycle Rentals|Family Friendly Rentals|Repairs
The rides listed below take place during the warmer weather months. Typically starting and end times change regularly – call or check back at www.boonebike.com for more specific starting and ending dates as the season approaches!
Monday Night Bistro Roca Ride • This friendly group of road cyclists invites you to join them for either a 15-mile or 30-mile loop leaving from Blowing Rock, NC at 5:30pm every Monday night. If you’re not riding to the starting point, Bistro Roca (one of our favorite restaurant’s in the High Country), it’s recommended that you park at the parking deck around the corner. For driving directions to the start & turn-by-turn details of the ride… click here!
Boone Bike Tuesday Night Ride • This group ride is more like a group race! Riders meet at the shop every Tuesday at “Closing Time” 6:00pm. This ride is geared towards experienced riders. The route varies week to week, but typically heads to Blowing Rock via Winkler’s Creek road or Hwy 321. Once in Blowing Rock riders follow the Blue Ridge Parkway or Hwy 221 to Holloway Mountain. Road. When daylight increases, the route will be extended to include the entire “Viaduct Loop”. Riders then return to Boone via Hwy 321 or George Hayes Rd., do a loop around downtown Boone and then head back to Boone Bike.
Eastside Rambler’s Tuesday Night Ride • For those of you living on the east side of Watauga County, this group conveniently meets every Tuesday at the Food Lion on HWY 421 (1864 US Highway 421 South). Lead by Wayne King, the High Country’s Host with the Most, you are in good hands! This group meets at 5:30pm to tackle a variety of routes at a 14-16mph pace, over a distance of 30 +/- miles. Questionable weather; call Wayne at 828-773-7399.
Magic Wednesday Night Ride • This road cycling ride is geared towards all levels of riders, regrouping at three spots along the route. Departing from Magic Cycles in downtown Boone at 6:00pm, the ride leaves Boone via George Hayes Rd., regrouping at the top of the climb. Then follow the Blue Ridge Parkway to Green Hill Road, regrouping at the Green Park Inn. The route then goes through Blowing Rock to Hwy 221, connects onto the Pkwy and heads north past the Cone Manor House, and regroups at the Hwy 321 Bridge. After the final regrouping riders then return to Boone via Hwy 321.
Westside Rambler’s Thursday Night Ride • For those of you living on the west side of Watauga County, this group ride leaves from the Valle Crucis Elementary School every Thursday at 5:30pm. Ride leader, Wayne King, makes sure riders ability levels are matched with the route, dividing the group into A, B, & C categories. The shortest route usually rides approximately 20 miles, climbing Mast Gap to the Sugar Grove community, doing an out and back along Old Hwy 421. The longest route can cover closer to 30 miles, climbing Hwy 194, Georges Gap, or Bull Dog Road. For more info or questions regarding weather; call Wayne 828-773-7399.
Watauga Leisure Biking • If “biking for the fun of it” sounds like your personal motto, then this may be the group you’ve been looking for! During the warm weather months this group of cyclists meets 2 to 3 times per week and welcomes new riders of any age or ability level. Stop by to pick up a copy of their book, Biking the Country Roads of Watauga with Ole Gade and Roni Ellis, full of beautiful color photos and detailed routes. Click here to visit the Watauga Leisure Biking web page and view the ride schedule.
6 Hours of Warrior Creek • The newest and toughest local mountain bike trails await you as the Brushy Mountain Cyclists Club presents this fourth annual mountain bike endurance race.
Ride Around Wilkes (RAW) • Grueling climbs, thrilling descents and beautiful back roads await as the Brushy Mountain Cyclists Club presents the 19th Annual Rides Around Wilkes (RAW) road cycling event.
Cycle to Serve Challenge • The Annual Cycle to Serve Challenge takes place in Lenoir, NC. Participate in either the 63, 40, or 25 mile rides providing an organized scenic ride though the foothills of rural Caldwell County.
Annual Burn 24 Hour Challenge Mountain Bike Endurance Relay Race • People of all skill levels will enjoy the BURN Challenge events because of the great atmosphere, excellent riding and team camaraderie. Plus, with the Team Strategy prizes, you don’t have to be a front-runner to be in the prize pool!
Blood, Sweat, and Gears • A demanding route, which showcases the mountain communities of Watauga County, North Carolina, requires over 9,000 feet of total climbing. Highlights of the route include a 21-mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway, a strenuous climb over the 4,500-foot gap at Snake Mountain, and a 10-mile “flat” on old US 421.
The Watauga Lake Triathlon • The Annual Watauga Lake Triathlon takes place in Butler, TN. The event includes a 1000 meter swim in a pristine lake, 35 kilometer hilly bike ride, and a challenging 8 kilometer run.
The Bridge to Bridge • Test your abilities with this grueling course which starts at the Lenoir mall and ends at the top of Grandfather Mountain.
Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to the Coast” • The 2012 Cycle North Carolina “Mountains to the Coast” ride is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, September 20th (check-in) to Saturday, October 6th, 2012.
The Boone-Town Throw-Down at the High Country Fair Grounds • Cyclocross, the steeplechase of bike racing! This race is part of the NCCyclocross Series— more detailed information will be posted once the series begins. Typically Boone Bike hosts the third race in the series, sometime around Halloween!
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