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Blue Ridge Brutal Bike Ride begins at 8 a.m. Saturday

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Each August, hundreds of bike riders from across the southeast gather at the Ashe County Civic Center to take on 100 miles of scenic blacktop back roads as part of the Blue Ridge Brutal 100.



Originally published: Aug. 8, 2013
Last modified: Aug. 8, 2013

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The Blue Ridge Brutal Bike Ride is an annual fundraiser event for the Ashe Civic Center. 

This year, the ride is scheduled to take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.


Cyclists choose among three routes, 100 miles, 75 miles or 57 miles.


About three-fourths of the cyclists choose the 100-mile ride.


Approximately 50 riders choose to continue riding up to the top of Mount Jefferson after they've finished their chosen route. The Assault on Mt. Jefferson is a popular addition to the Ride. 


The routes follow a part of the Blue Ridge Parkway, parts of Laurel Springs, Warrensville, Todd and Highway 221 into West Jefferson.


For locals, the ride organizers want residents to be aware of these visitors to the area. 

Many cyclists bring their families, spend the weekend here, eat in local restaurants and make purchases in the shops.


Organizers also urge locals to stay alert when driving beside riders on the road. Extra caution is advised when passing the bike riders on the highways.


"These visitors to our area are the best people ever," said John MacConnell, president of the Civic Center board of directors. "They generally tell us on the after-ride evaluations that the whole ride experience is a lot of fun. They say that it's a wonderful day, wonderful scenery, wonderful people and that they can't wait to do it again."


The Civic Center organizers appreciate the strong welcome and support extended by the people of Ashe County for this bike ride. 


Considering the marketing efforts and the pre-registrations to date, organizers predict 100 more riders this year than in past years. 


For more information or to get involved as a volunteer, call (336) 846-2787.

 
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