Description: The BSG long route is a 100 mile loop ride starting and ending at the Valle Crucis Elementary School, approximately 5 miles south of Boone, North Carolina. The signature climb goes up to the gap at Snake Mountain, mile mark 50, reaching an 18-20% grade near the top.
Riders reaching the Cove Creek aid station (mile 78) after 2:00pm will be directed to the finish at Valle Crucis, resulting in a total distance ride of 83 miles.
Half Century: It includes the last 28 miles of the century route. Some of the local riders have told us that the new sections are among some of the most scenic around. This course is as challenging as our previous course with an elevation of 4,200 feet. We trust you will enjoy it!
Each rider must present a photo ID in order to pick up his/her own packet. Each rider must sign a waiver.
Packet pickup is FRIDAY June 22, 2018 at Watauga High School in Boone from 2:00pm-9:00pm.
Packet pickup on SATURDAY at the Start in Valle Crucis from 5:45am to 7:00am. If picking up your packet on Saturday morning, be aware of traffic delays into Valle Crucis.
The 100 mile ride starts at 7:30 am and the 50 mile ride starts at 7:45 am at the Valle Crucis Elementary School on Saturday, June 23.
Parking for Blood Sweat and Gears will be in a grass field off of 194 about .8 of a mile from the start. You must park in designated parking areas. Caution tape will block off areas not allowed. If your vehicle is parked in an undesignated area, your vehicle is subject to towing. Parking is limited and we encourage car pooling and early arrival.
Hat Trick registrants receive a mirror hang tag to get access to preferred parking at the Valle Crucis Community Park or the left hand side of the school.
Online registration opens February 1, 2018 at 6:00am. We anticipate selling out both rides very quickly.
Route Control / Markings: The ride route is marked with signs only. Most turns have local fire or law enforecement personnel to keep you on course.
Aid Stations: The rides are fully supported with 6 aide stations (we have an unofficial aid station at the top of Snake Mountain but with limited supplies) on the 100 mile route and 3 on the 50 mile route with food, beverages, and port-a-johns. See the ride Map or Route Directions for their specific locations.
SAG Support: The SAG volunteers’ goal during the Blood Sweat and Gears event is to provide assistance for riders. Not all SAG volunteers have experience with bike repair. SAG vehicles will carry a cell phone, tubes, air and minor first aid kits. Boone Bike and Touring and Magic Cycles provide bike techs along the route, but they may not be stationed where you break down. If you need special chains, tubes etc. be sure to carry them with you. Cell phone service may be sporadic in areas. Please come prepared.
Rules: The BSG is an open-road ride. Obey the North Carolina traffic laws and watch for motoring traffic at all times. Bicycle helmets are required.
BSG prohibits the use of earbuds. While you may be jammin' you put yourself and other riders at risk.
Finish Times: Each rider should mount their ride number on their handlebars to ensure we get a good read of your chip. The more creative you get in trying to find alternate ways to mount the number the risk you take in not getting an accurate finish time.
Rider goodies: Pre-registered riders will receive a t-shirt, water/food along the route, and a meal at the end of the ride. You may purchase BSG apparel and other goodies on Friday and Saturday at the BSG store.
After the ride: At the finish, there are no showers. Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute will be seeking donations by giving post-ride massages in the gym. Food and drink are provided as well.