Blood Sweat & Gears
Blood Sweat & Gears • The BSG is a challenging to strenuous 90 mile loop ride starting and ending at the Valle Crucis Elementary School, approximately 5 miles south of Boone, North Carolina. The cumulative climbing elevation is 6629 feet with the climb up to the gap at Snake Mountain, mile point 50, reaching an 18-20% grade near the top.
Highlights of the route include a 21 mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The terrain is constantly changing with hills of all lengths and curves too numerous to count. The cumulative climbing elevation is 13,000 plus feet. Proceeds from the ride benefit the Jeremy Dale Fisher Fund and The Russell Fund, established by the Watauga County Chapter of the American Red Cross, which provides assistance to local families that are displaced by fire, flood or similar disasters.
BSG offers a demanding route, which showcases the mountain communities of Watauga County, North Carolina; highlights of the route is a strenuous climb over the 4,500 foot gap at Snake Mountain, and a 10 mile “flat” on old US 421. A 50 mile, 4,200 feet elevation, “Half Century” is available for those who prefer the sanity of a challenging but shorter route. Both rides are fully supported with aid stations and SAG support. Blood Sweat and Gears is planned and executed by BSG Events, Inc. BSG Events is fund raising non-profit. Net proceeds from the ride are donated to local charities in the High Country.
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• Lodging at The Mast Farm Inn
• Lodging in Valle Crucis, North Carolina
• Boone Bike & Touring
• Magic Cycles
• Headquarters Bike & Outdoor
• Rhoddie Bicycle Outfitters
Boone Area Cyclists • www.themastfarminn.com/booneareacyclists • Come Roll With Us! Our club is located in Boone, North Carolina – the heart of the Western North Carolina High Country. We are the club for cyclists of all ages, abilities, and styles of riding – commuters, mountain bikers, road cyclists, leisure riders, and anyone else who just likes to ride bikes. We are also a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Take a look around our website and join today.
Watauga Leisure Biking Club • www.themastfarminn.com/watauga-leisure-biking • We are proud to be selected as one of Biking.Com’s North Carolina Top 50 Cycling Clubs. We are a group of recreational cyclists of varying abilities who enjoy biking and sightseeing. Watauga Leisure Biking Club is an informal club consisting of cyclists of varying ages and abilities who enjoy biking and sightseeing. Cyclists of all skill levels are invited to join. You do not need to reserve a spot, just show up at the designated meeting spot at the appointed time.
Biking The Country Roads of Watauga • www.themastfarminn.com/biking-country-roads • From the charming village of Valle Crucis to the banks of the Wild and Scenic New River, enjoy the sights and beautiful landscapes of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. This is the ideal guide for the leisure cyclist and the automotive sightseer to explore Watauga County.
Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park • www.themastfarminn.com/rocky-knob-park • Rocky Knob is an 185 acre park in Boone, North Carolina. In 2010, Watauga County, in partnership with the Watauga County Tourism Development Authority, received a grant from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund to assist with the acquisition and development for Rocky Knob Park. Rocky Knob hosts 6-8 miles of mountain bike trails, three shelters, an adventure playground, and picnic areas.
Boone Bike & Touring • www.themastfarminn.com/boonebike • 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.
Magic Cycles • www.themastfarminn.com/magiccycles • Magic Cycles, founded in 1993 by Michael Boone, is a locally owned and operated, full service bicycle retailer and repair shop located in downtown Boone, North Carolina.
Make Your Own History at The Mast Farm Inn
Historic Farmhouse, Cottage & Cabin Lodging, Invigorating Retreats & Workshops, Memorable Elopements, Weddings & Honeymoons • The Mast Farm Inn is an award-winning Historic Hotels of America® boutique hotel, and Select Registry® country inn, specializing in historic lodging, weddings, elopements, honeymoons, retreats and workshops, in Historic Valle Crucis, North Carolina. The Mast Farm Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places, as is the entire historic district of Valle Crucis in which it is located; a world-renowned rural mountain village, in the western North Carolina Blue Ridge Parkway mountains.
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