In 2019, BSG introduced two new challenging routes. The results were better than we ever imagined. The new routes were safe, scenic and fun while maintaining the challenge that BSG is famous for.

Riders can choose from the epic 95-mile route or the shorter but still challenging 45-mile route. Both routes start and finish at the Valle Crucis Elementary School in Valle Crucis, NC, and share the same roads for the first 33 miles before the 95-mile route turns right towards Snake Mountain.

Riders on both routes will enjoy the area’s best climbs, including Mast Gap, Rush Branch, and Georges Gap. Maps, route file links, and cue sheets for each route are provided prior to the ride each year. Check back for updated route details and information as we get closer to the 2023 ride date.


95-Mile Long Route Cut-Off Time

Riders registered for the 95-mile long route understand and agree that if they have not reached the 45-mile / 95-mile route split (mile mark 33.3) by 10:30 am, they will be redirected to the shorter 45-mile route and will not be allowed to continue on the 95-mile long route. Riders that are redirected can continue to ride with full support until finished. The cut-off time for the 95-mile route will be adjusted if the ride start is delayed for any reason.


All routes are subject to change. BSG Events, Inc. reserves the right to change or modify the routes offered at anytime prior to or during the ride for safety purposes.

  1. Use RideWithGPS.com to view the course and export GPS or TCX files for your devices. Access to files does not require a paid subscription.
  2. All routes start and finish at the Valle Crucis Elementary School. Chip timing is provided for non-competitive, personal timing purposes only.
  3. We highly recommend downloading route files for navigation. All routes are marked and cue sheets will be available at the start of the rides.
  4. We provide route files using Ride with GPS for your convenience. Discrepancies in some ride parameters, including elevation data, may occur when comparing ride data across dissimilar platforms. Please contact info@bloodsweatandgears.org if you have any questions regarding routes or route files.

Route Markings

All routes are clearly marked before, at, and after each turn. Riders should use caution at all intersections even if the intersection is being controlled by local law enforcement officers or first responders. Not all intersections will be controlled. It is the rider’s decision how and when to enter any intersection.

Aid Stations / Rest Stops

Both routes are fully supported with Aid Stations, SAG support, and limited mechanical support. Aid stations will provide water, sports drink, fruit, and snacks. Facilities are available at each Aid Station.

SAG Support

SAG (Support And Gear) support is provided for both routes. SAG support does not provide mechanical assistance but will move riders forward to Aid Stations where mechanical support is available. SAG support can only move riders forward on the route. Riders returning to the start/finish area after abandoning the ride may be delayed. All riders should have a bicycle in good working order and carry a spare tube with the correct stem length for the wheels being used.