NOTE: Sag support ends at 5 PM. Choose your route accordingly!
Thanks to Marty Biggs of the Ridge Rollers Velo for
help on the elevation profiles.
1) 75 Mile Loop
The 75-mile loop is a challenging ride to the top of
three local mountains. The grade on
these mountains averages between 6-8% for the length of the climbs (2.2 to 3.5
miles). In places the grade will run
12-15%. Low gearing is recommended.
CAUTION! STEEP AND DANGEROUS
Your safety and the safety of riders around you depend on your descending at a safe and controlled speed. There have been very serious injuries to riders who have lost control on the descent of these mountains. Pilot Mountain is particularly dangerous due to its very sharp hairpin curves. It is easy for even experienced riders to overshoot these curves if they are not prepared. Do not cross the yellow line and do not exceed the speed limit (25 mph) descending these mountains. We are relying on you, the rider, to ride in a professional manner so that this ride can continue for many years to come.
The cumulative elevation gain for the 75mile loop is 9,280 ft. (measured by GPS).
For comparison, I have listed some other popular mountain rides:
For comparison, I have listed some other popular mountain rides:elevation gain taken by bicycle computer (specialized P-Brain). These numbers may be slightly lower than measurements taken by GPS.
Three Mountain Metric
elevation gain is 8600 feet
Three Mountain Metric 75 miles elevation gain is 8600 feet
Blood, Sweat and Gears 101 miles 9908 feet
Brutal 100 105 miles 10,167 feet
Hilly Hellacious 100 miles 9281 feet
Bridge to Bridge 105 miles 11,739 feet
6 Gap Century 100 miles 11,657 feet
Chea Challenge 100 miles 9,501 feet
Mt, Mitchell 100 miles 12,255 feet
Mountains of Misery 104 miles 12,880 feet
mile Cue Sheet (route directions)
75 mile map
View a route map, Google map, elevation profile, etc at Map My Ride http://www.mapmyfitness.com/view_route?r=184973242
2) 95 Mile Loop
The 95-mile loop includes all the challenging climbs of the 75 mile loop with additional mileage. The 75 and 95 mile loops ride together for the first 55 miles and then separate. The additional mileage has several steep hills and rollers. It is a good test of strength and endurance. There is a new rest stop in the new section of the 95 mile loop. The total elevation gain for the century route is 11,017 feet as measured by GPS.
95 mile Cue Sheet (route directions)
95 mile map
View a route map, Google map, elevation profile, etc at Map My Ride http://www.mapmyfitness.com/view_route?r=879155443
3) 41 Mile Loop
The 41-mile loop is a shortened version of the 75-mile loop without any mountain climbs. This loop is suitable for cyclists of all abilities. The elevation gain for this loop measures 3,615 feet by GPS.
41 mile map