Blood Sweat and Gears 2023!
We want to express our deepest gratitude to the riders, sponsors, volunteers, and first responders that made the return of BSG an amazingly fun and safe event. BSG will return again on June 24, 2023. Until then, Thank you. Ride safe and have fun!
Remembering Sonny Sweet
We would like to give our heartfelt condolences in remembrance of Sonny Sweet, who passed away early this week after a long battle with cancer. Sonny was the driving force behind the development of our ride from its inception in the late ‘90s and has been an incredible figure in helping our community here in the high country through numerous organizations. His legacy will live on in our community forever.
A short interview with Sonny from 2015 can be found HERE. We will include a moment of silence at the beginning of the ride this year in honor of Sonny.
From humble beginnings, BSG has grown into the North Carolina High Country’s premier cycling event. Starting and finishing in historic Valle Crucis, home of the Mast General Store, BSG offers incredibly scenic views, epic climbs, and some of the best cycling that North Carolina has to offer.
BSG showcases the mountain communities of Watauga and Ashe counties. The ride consists of two routes. A very challenging 95-mile route and a 45-mile route that is shorter on mileage but still big on the challenge. Both routes include epic area climbs but the signature climb of BSG, Snake Mountain, awaits only the strongest riders that accept the challenge of our 95-mile route.