BUCKET LIST EVENTS

BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY EPIC

LOCATION
VIRGINIA/NORTH CAROLINA
DATES
SEPT 16-22, 2019
DAYS
7
AVG DAILY DISTANCE
75-100 MILES
AVG DAILY EVLEVATION
6500-10000 FT

Come challenge your fitness on the Blue Ridge Parkway riding all 469 miles, a bit more, and roughly 51,000 vertical feet of climbing in 5 days!

  • Blue Ridge Parkway Cycling
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Cycling
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Cycling
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Cycling
ABOUT THE EVENT

There are few more amazing places to ride a bicycle than the Blue Ridge Parkway in the late summer and early fall.  In true bucket list fashion we will endeavor to ride all 469 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRPW) from the Northern end to the Southern end in 6 days.  This is no small undertaking as each day will also include 7000+ feet of vertical as we ride though Virginia and North Carolina.

Our route will be point to point with end of day stops at local hotels and B&B’s.  Fitness will be a must for this event so be sure to do your homework over the summer months!


PRICE: $4999

DEPOSIT: $1500

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DETAILS


ABOUT THIS INCREDIBLE TRIP

From the moment you arrive in Virginia, CTS has you covered. The whole point of the Epic Endurance Bucket List is to provide you with all the tools and amenities you’ll need to be successful.

WHAT’S INCLUDED
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  • Hotel Accommodations
  • All Meals
  • Ground Transportation To/From Airport
  • Luggage Transport Hotel To Hotel
  • Professional Mechanic Support
  • Support Vehicle
  • Sports Nutrition And Hydration
  • CTS Jersey
  • Daily Bike Tune & Wash
  • Bike Build & Prep for Shipping

NOT INCLUDED
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ROUTE DETAILS

Day 0 – CHECK IN DAY – 9/15/2019

Check In Time: 3:00-5:00 PM

Where: Hampton Inn Brevard Lobby

Arrival Description: Arrival and check in will be at the Hampton Inn Brevard. We will get your bikes assembled if need be and get you set in your rooms

Camp Overview Meeting @ Brevard Hampton Inn Lobby @ 5:30-6:00PM

Dinner at Local Restaurant @ 6:30-7:30PM

Day 1- Transfer and Warm Up Ride Day

Mileage: 15-20 miles

Elevation Gain: 1000-1500 Ft

Time Range: 1-1.5 hrs

Brief Ride Description:  After our transfer to the northern end of the BRP, we will take a short leg opening ride to prepare for the upcoming days. Pace will be easy to moderate today.

Lunch on road

Dinner at Local Restaurant @ 6:30-7:30PM

Day 2 – Waynesboro Va/Rockfish Gap to Peaks of Otter Va 9/17/2019(MP 0-85.9)

Mileage: 85-90 miles Elevation Gain: 9000 Ft

Time Range: 5-6+ hrs

Brief Ride Description:  After a short transfer from our hotel to the BRP, the group will be treated to long range views of the Shenandoah Valley and loads of ribbony asphalt. After numerous “rollers” to get the day started we will head down to the lowest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway nearing the James River at 650 feet. This is a great time to enjoy the descent and refuel for after that we will climb 3000 feet in 13 miles up Apple Orchard Mountain!

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Breakfast at Hotel @ 6:00-8:00AM

Lunch on road

Dinner at Local Restaurant @ 6:30-7:30PM

Day 3 – Peaks of Otter Va to Tuggle Gap/Floyd Va (MP 85.9-165.3)

Mileage: 82-88 miles

Elevation Gain: 7000-8000 Ft

Time Range: 5-6+ hrs

Brief Ride Description: Today’s ride takes us along the BRP still in Jefferson National forest and to the eastern edges of Roanoke, Virginia (Star City of the South).  We roll along the ridge for 15 miles until we descend into the valley ultimately encountering our next long climb for today. (7.8 miles and 1811 feet) Destination: Floyd, VA via Tuggle Gap

Breakfast at Hotel @ 6:00-8:00AM

Lunch on road

Dinner at Local Restaurant @ 6:30-7:30PM

Day 4 – Tuggle Gap to Glendale Springs NC (MP 165.3-259)

 

Mileage: 94-100 miles

Elevation Gain: 8000-9000 Ft

Time Range: 5-6+ hrs

 

Brief Ride Description: Today is the longest ride which includes crossing state lines.  Enjoy the staccato nature of the BRP today as you pass by the Mabry Mill (MP 176.2) and prepare for a moderate 7.9 mile, 1292 feet climb starting around mile 64. Tonight we rest our weary bodies in Glendale Springs, North Carolina

 

Breakfast at Hotel @ 6:00-8:00AM

Lunch on road

Dinner at Local Restaurant @ 6:30-7:30PM

Day 5 – Glendale Springs NC to Little Switzerland NC (MP 259-334)

Mileage: 76-80 miles

Elevation Gain: 8000-9000 Ft

Time Range: 5-6+ hrs

Brief Ride Description: Our ride today will have us passing close by Blowing Rock, NC and skirting the north western edge of the Pisgah National Forest. We will ride over the Linn Cove viaduct at MP 304.4, a seven mile section of the BRP designed to protect the fragile ecosystem of Grandfather Mountain and Linville Falls. Today’s ride culminates with a 4.1 mile/-1152/-5.7% descent as we prepare to bed down for the night in Little Switzerland, a summer resort town replete with sweeping panoramic views of deep valleys and distant ranges similar to those found in the Swiss Alps.

Breakfast at Hotel @ 6:00-8:00AM

Lunch on road

Dinner at Local Restaurant @ 6:30-7:30PM

Day 6 – Little Switzerland NC to Hampton Inn Brevard (MP 334-411.8)

Mileage: 90-95 miles

Elevation Gain: 9000-10,000 Ft

Time Range: 5-6+ hrs

Brief Ride Description: As we leave the “old world charm” that is Little Switzerland we head deeper into the Pisgah National Forest toward Asheville and Brevard. As we go by the highest point on the east coast, Mt Mitchell, at 6684 ft tall at MP 355 we’ll descend almost 20 miles to the outskirts of Asheville and the French Broad river valley. Eight tunnels and breathtaking views along another 15 miles and 3616 feet of elevation lead us to Pisgah Mountain.  We’ll “drop down” 15 screaming descent “bonus” miles off the BRP to our hotel for the evening right near our CTS Brevard offices.

Breakfast at Hotel @ 6:00-8:00AM

Lunch on road

Dinner at Local Restaurant @ 6:30-7:30PM

Day 7 – Cold Mtn Overlook to Cherokee NC (MP 411.8-469.1)

Mileage: 60-70 miles

Elevation Gain: 6500-7000 Ft

Time Range: 5-6+ hrs

Brief Ride Description: Our final ride day has us taking a quick shuttle ride back up to the parkway and headed south.  We have a signature 8.4 mile climb at 5% average grade highlighting some of the highest points on the BRP with Waterrock Knob and Richland Balsam. And what better way to end your epic ride adventure than to descend for 10 miles (-6% grade) to MP 469.1 just outside of Cherokee, NC!  Congratulations on completing your ride. Celebrations will now commence with a quick lunch, pats on the back and shuttle back to Brevard for the celebratory dinner and ride stories to share to last a life time.

Breakfast at Hotel @ 6:00-8:00AM

Lunch on road

Dinner at Local Restaurant @ 6:30-7:30PM

Camp Concludes after our final dinner on Sunday September 22nd 2019

BUCKET LIST EVENTS

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FAQs

If you have additional questions, our Athlete Services will be happy to answer them:
athleteservices@trainright.com  //   866.355.0645

A non-refundable $1500.00 deposit is due at time of registration.

The first portion of the remaining balance will be charged to the credit card on file 90 days prior to camp start date. The remainder will be charged to the credit card on file 45 days prior to the camp start date.

Cancellation:

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If you are shipping your bike, please make sure it arrives at CTS by Thursday September 12, 2019 so we can have it built and prepped in time for camp.

Airport Transportation Arrival & Departure: Please plan to arrive into Asheville Regional Airport OR Brevard if you are driving yourself by Sunday September 15th 2019 to ensure you are ready to leave on Monday the 16th. We will have accommodations beginning on the 15th for you.  We are also happy to get you back to AVL on Monday the 22nd 2019.

  • Recommended Gearing: 34/50 and a 11-30/32 cassette
  • Rear tail light with multiple settings including flashing mode
  • Front bike light with 500 Lumens or higher for multiple tunnels and BRP required
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