2020 BSG RIDE DETAILS

Blood Sweat and Gears, aka BSG, celebrates the 22nd annual ride on June 27, 2020. If you have any questions that are not answered by the information on our website, please email our ride director, Jeff Viscount at jviscount.bsg@gmail.com.

BSG VIP CLUB

New for 2020, riders can register as a member of the BSG VIP Club. VIP Club membership is limited to the first 150 riders that register for one of the VIP Club options. Members will receive several special perks reserved exclusively for BSG VIP Club members. This year, Valle Crucis Community Park will host our post-ride activities this year. As a VIP Club member, you will receive;

  • Preferred parking at the Valle Crucis Community Park
  • Exclusive access to restrooms  and changing room at the park
  • Fast Track Packet Pick-up – VIP Club members will have an exclusive packet pick-up on Friday afternoon
  • Continental breakfast and a VIP only pre-ride rest stop on the morning of the ride.
  • Exclusive BSG Swag bag filled with awesome swag from BSG and our BSG sponsors.

LIMIT: 150 – We will only have 150 of these exclusive memberships available. Cost will be $175 per rider which includes your ride registration and all of the VIP Club perks. Your additional donation will help BSG to continue providing financial support for the under-served and unmet needs of the High-Country community.

Note: VIP Club members carpooling with non- members will still have access to the preferred parking. Non club members will not have access to the additional perks even if carpooling with a club member.

BSG Rider Requirements and Safety Rules

  • All riders participating in BSG are required to display their assigned bib number on the bicycle they are riding and also on the back of their jersey. We provide both jersey and bike bib numbers.
  • All riders participating in BSG are required to wear bicycle helmet that meets industry standards.
  • Headphones, radios and/or any other noise amplification or personal listening devices are strictly prohibited during the ride. Exceptions made only for medical devices such as hearing aids.
  • All riders participating in BSG are required to understand and obey all traffic laws as they apply to cyclist in both NC and TN.
  • BSG does not provide a closed course. Use caution at all intersections, railroad crossings and steep descents.
  • BSG is designed for participants riding a multi-geared bicycle with rim or disc brakes. Traditional road bikes and others that are similar in design are best suited for the steep climbs and fast, winding descents of BSG. Purpose built tricycles and hand cycles are allowed. We do not allow non-traditional bicycles such as unicycles, elliptical type cycles or any cycle built to carry more than two (2) riders. We do not allow roller blades, skateboards, hover boards or any other similar type of non-pedaling devices.
  • E-bikes or “Electric Assisted Bicycles”: BSG allows the use of Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes as defined by NCGS 20-4.01 7(a).
  • All riders participating in BSG agree that while riding in this event, they will always operate their bicycle in a way that allows the rider to maintain control of their bicycle while riding on any segment of the course, including steep descents and sharp turns, for their own personal safety and the safety of others around them.

95-Mile Long Route Cut-Off Time

Important: Riders that have registered for the 95-mile long route, understand and agree, that in the event they have not reached the short/long route split at mile 33.3 by 10:30am, they will not be allowed to continue on the 95-mile long route. Riders that do not make the cut-off will be directed onto the shorter route where they can continue to ride with full support until finished. The cut-off time will be adjusted if the ride start is delayed.

Registration Transfer Policy

Important: BSG Events, Inc. has a strict No Refund policy. Registered riders that can no longer participate in the event can transfer their registration for the same current year event to another rider at any time for an additional $35 transfer fee.

BSG Events, Inc. will only recognize registration transfers that are completed through the BSG registration site. Please login to Bikereg.com/bsg to complete a transfer. Third party transfers are not allowed. It is important that our event safety personnel know who they are attending to in an emergency situation. Not knowing is frustrating and time consuming. For this reason, we require that all transfers be completed through our registration website. Bib numbers are assigned to registered riders for identification purposes. This is the only way for ride personnel to quickly and accurately identify you and to notify emergency contacts. Handing your bib number to a friend on the morning of the ride may seem OK, but in the case of an emergency, it could prevent us from providing you with the best care possible.

Chip Timing 

BSG provides timing chips for non-competitive timing purposes. Riders should mount timing chips according to the instructions provide with each chip to ensure correct timing. BSG is not responsible for incorrectly mounted timing chips or timing chip errors of any kind.

After The Ride

Please enjoy all post ride activities including a free post ride meal. Look for all new, expanded post ride activities in 2020. We also offer changing rooms so you can change out of your kit. We do not have showers.

Volunteers

BSG is powered by volunteers that help make BSG possible every year. Community partners like Ashe and Watauga county Sheriffs and Rescue Squads help keep our riders safe along the routes. Numerous local area volunteer fire departments host our aid stations and keep the riders smiling as they click off the miles. From pre-ride planning to the final clean-up, our volunteers help make the difference that keeps our riders coming back year after year. We can never say it enough but thank you to the hundreds of volunteers that make the Blood Sweat and Gears ride a great experience for so many.

If you’re interested in finding out more about how you can volunteer for the 2020 Blood Sweat and Gears ride, please contact our ride director at jviscount.bsg@gmail.com.

FAQ’s

  • Registration

    Online registration opens on February 15th at 7:00am.

  • Packet Pickup

    Friday June 26th: 3:00pm – 9:00pm at Watauga High School located in Boone, NC. (MAP)

    Saturday June 27th: 6:00am – 7:00am at Valle Crucis Elementary School. (MAP) Please be aware of traffic delays driving into Valle Crucis on Saturday morning and plan accordingly if you are picking up your packet on Saturday morning.

    Be aware of traffic delays into Valle Crucis and plan accordingly if you are picking up your packet on Saturday morning.

  • Packet Pickup Policy

    BSG policy requires that each rider pick up their bib numbers and timing chip in person. Each rider will be required to present a valid photo ID and sign our event waiver and release at packet pick-up. Unfortunately, we cannot make exceptions to this policy. Riders CANNOT pickup bib numbers or timing chips for any rider other than themselves.

  • Transfer Policy

    BSG Events, Inc. has a strict No Refund policy. Registered riders that can no longer participate in the event can transfer their registration for the same current year event to another rider for an additional $35 transfer fee.

  • Start / Finish Line

    Valle Crucis Elementary School (See map below)

  • Ride Start Times 

    95 – Mile Route Start is 7:30am

    45 – Mile Route Start is 7:45am

  • Parking

    Parking locations and maps will be available soon.

  • Can I register if I miss the online registration cut-off? Yes, walk-up registration will be offered at both packet pick-ups for those that missed online registration but still want to ride. Walk-up registration on the day of the event will be $110. Check the website for packet pick-up details.

  • When is the best time to attend packet pick-up? We encourage everyone to attend the Friday afternoon Packet Pick-up if possible. If you plan to attend packet pick-up on Saturday morning, please be aware of delays due to traffic in Valle Crucis. Saturday Packet Pick-up opens at 6:00am.

  • Can I get a refund or transfer my registration? BSG Events, Inc. has a strict no refund policy but we do allow registered riders that can no longer participate in the event to transfer their registration for the same current year event to another rider. There is an additional $35 tranfer fee. All transfers must be processed through the Bike Reg online registration system. BSG Events, Inc. cannot be responsible for, or honor, third party transfers outside of this system.

  • Can I change the distance after I have registered? Route Changes Up/Down can be made at packet pick-up. There is a $10 fee to move up or down.

  • Do I have to pick-up my bib numbers and timing chip in person? BSG policy requires that each rider pick up their bib numbers and timing chip in person. Each rider will be required to present a valid photo ID and sign our event waiver and release at packet pick-up. Unfortunately, we cannot make exceptions to this policy. Riders CANNOT pickup bib numbers or timing chips for any rider other than themselves.

Valle Crucis Elementary School
Start / Finish Site Venue Map

Venue

Valle Crucis Community Park
Post-Ride Celebration

VCCP