Welcome to Blood Sweat & Gears
The BSG is a challenging to strenuous full English century - 100 mile loop ride starting and ending at the Valle Crucis Elementary School, approximately 5 miles south of Boone, North Carolina. The route roughly circles Boone through the outskirts of Watauga County, the heart of North Carolina's High Country. The terrain is constantly changing with hills of all lengths and curves too numerous to count. The cumulative climbing elevation is 8,800 feet (as measured by a Garmin Edge 500...thanks to Dave Wright), with the climb up to the gap at Snake Mountain, milepoint 63, reaching an 18-20% grade near the top.
BSG offers a demanding route, which showcases the mountain communities of Watauga County, North Carolina; 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.
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 aide stations and SAG support.
BSG, on behalf of our riders, sponsors, and volunteers, is supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & Western North Carolina.
Their mission ..... "grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy."
Our mission .... To help!
Check out the BSG custom gear!
Click here to view the BSG custom gear. You can purchase these items while registering or on their own by clicking on on Custom Gear.
Majority of the proceeds from BSG benefits 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. Donations are also made to the Volunteer Fire Departments that have been long supporters of BSG.
Love our ride and want to try our run?
Check out the Watauga County Red Cross Run 4 The Red Marathon and Half Marathon (www.run4thered.com)! The run is on September 14th, 2013 in Valle Crucis, NC and is a fundraising run for the Watauga County Red Cross. We hope to see you there!
Don't want to ride but still want to be involved?
Have you considered volunteering? Slots are still open for the 2013 Volunteer Team. Please click here to register.