Start Line Address: 203 Clark St, Blowing Rock, NC
Join us for the inaugural Globe Gravel Challenge- a new ride that is rewarding for both it's challenging nature and it's scenic beauty! Ride the route like a race, or take it as easy as you can...the choice is yours. After you complete the ride, be sure to spend time in historic downtown Blowing Rock. As a part of the "Savor" weekend, there are plenty of events to keep you and your family entertained. Make sure to take advantage of the coupons in your registration packet, and experience all the lovely shopping and dining options the town has to offer.
The ride will start and finish in downtown Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Route will lead participants South on US-321 for 7 miles before turning onto the scenic and winding gravel of Waterfalls Road and Kirby Mountain Road. Once in the valley, riders will have the option of following a short or long course.
The long course riders will rip through the community of Collettsville and follow Johns River back towards the Blue Ridge. Once through the community of Globe, riders will face the featured gravel climb of which the ride receives its name, the vaunted (and dreaded) Globe Road. Globe Road ascends 5-miles leading into Blowing Rock, with a total elevation gain of 2,017 feet and an average grade of 7%.
The shorter course riders will take a right turn up and over Globe Mountain Road, before reaching Collettsville. Within four miles of being in the Globe Valley, you will be at the base of Globe Road- ready to tackle the same challenging climb as the long course riders.
Both routes are marked and fully supported with on course marshals. The long course has 3 aid stations and the short course has 2 aid stations. Multiple water hand ups will be available along the Globe road climb.
The finish line will be right at the summit right after riders make a left off of Globe road. The finish line will play host to a finishers party where riders are welcomed to recover, enjoy refreshments and cheer on their fellow finishers before heading over to the post ride party and lunch at the Blowing Rock Market.
Proceeds to benefit the Middle Fork Greenway, a project led by Blue Ridge Conservancy and High Country Pathways to build a greenway from Blowing Rock to Boone.
Packet pick up will be at Rhoddie Bicycle Outfitters on Friday, May 4th from 4pm to 8pm. and at the Start line at Broyhill Park Pavilion on Saturday, May 5th from 6am to 7am.
The Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Blowing Rock, or Rhoddie Bicycle Outfitters are not responsible for any equipment damage or voiding of warranties caused by the uneven gravel surfaces. While many of these roads are typically well groomed, those conditions can change in a few day's notice. Up to date road conditions will be provided on Rhoddie Bicycle Outfitters social media. Gravel bikes, cyclocross bikes, and hardtail mountain bikes are strongly recommended. A minimum of a 28 tooth cog as your "easy gear", as well as at least 28mm tires are also strongly recommended. If you have any additional questions regarding equipment needs, don't hesitate to call Rhoddie Bicycle Outfitters: 828.414.9800.