Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Upcoming Rides in WNC Released!

The following information was just received from Blue Ridge Bicycle Club’s Publicity Officer. If you are visiting the area or a local rider, there looks to be something here for everyone!

Weekly Rides and More! May 27 – June 3
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For additional upcoming rides, including  non-club major local events,
visit the website calendar: http://plus.calendars.net/blueridgebikes
(Be sure to click on an activity on the calendar
for the details, which will appear inside a popup)
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Thur: Cloudy with scattered afternoon showers and T-storms, 60%.
     Lo: 62
     Hi: 81
Fri: Partly cloudy with morning showers, 30%.

     Lo: 57
     Hi: 76
Sat: Sunny.
     Lo: 59
     Hi: 79
Sun: Mostly sunny.
     Lo: 62
     Hi: 81
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Thursday May 28

SPRING FAT BURNERS: Weaverville/Mitchell
Departs sharply at 7:00am from the large parking lot in front of Office Depot, located at

Innsbruck Mall on Tunnel Road (behind Burger King).
We’ll carpool/drive to the 8:00am start in Weaverville. We'll probably use the ole route

down 80 to Burnsville, and not Little Switzerland, which will give us more time for lunch on Mitchell.

http://www.blueridgebicycleclub.org/cue_sheets/buncombe/weaverville/weavervillemtmitchellfatburner.pdf
Wes Garbee 274-5315 or wgarbee1@charter.net

These rides leave by 8:00am and we try to be back by 6:00pm. These are not races; these are all day

leisure rides to shake off the winter doldrums. All rides are about 100 miles and have 7-8,000 feet

of climb.

Mountain Sports Festival 5/28-5/31
Staging Area is at Carrier Park on Amboy road in Asheville.
Whether you’re a hardcore athlete or a newbie trying an event for the first time, the Mountain

Sports Festival offers something for you. From intense trail running to laid-back disc golf, from

adventure racing to the Iron Kids events, from high speed track racing to whitewater kayak

clinics; there is something here to entertain and challenge you!

Free music and kid events all weekend long.
CONTACT: Christen McNamara 828-251-4029 or email: info@mountainsportsfestival.com
http://www.MountainSportsFestival.com

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Saturday May 30

Bike Lane Cleanup
Hosted by the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club:
Meet 8:30am at the Clingman Avenue Cafe in the River Arts District for breakfast.

We will begin our cleanup at 9:00am.
Please bring gloves, shovels, brooms, and clippers.
Come out and meet some people and help keep our bike lanes clean and safe!!
Ellen Bailey at 253-3303 or ebailey@mtnarea.net

WOW: Not So Hard River Ramble Lite ($5 ride)

Weekend On Wheels
Begins 9:00am at the Ingles on US-64 in Etowah. A moderate ride (REI 43) of 33.3 miles,

total 1294’ climbing. We'll have lunch, BRBC members receive $5.00 towards lunch.

Non-members can join for $5.00 off the membership fee.
Cue sheets: http://www.blueridgebicycleclub.org/cue_sheets/henderson/etowah/notsohardriverramblelite.pdf
Jason Wilde at Jason@mountainhomecare.com

Wheel Ride for Food (Part of the Mountain Sports Festival)
To raise money to provide food and services to local homebound elderly.

Begins at 8:30am at Carrier Park (the old racetrack)
Early registration $40.00 / Day-of registration $55.00
Price includes ride, raffle, souvenir shirt, sweet swag bag and lunch!
65 mile and 32 mile routes beginning from Carrier Park, in conjunction with the Mountain Sports

Festival, and takes riders through scenic parts of North Asheville, Weaverville, Marshall, Ox Creek,

Town Mountain and downtown Asheville before returning to Carrier Park.
Registration can be done through ACTIVE.COM or by calling Terri Bowman at Meals On Wheels: (828)253-5286.

http://www.mowabc.org/events/wheel-ride-for-food
The ride is organized and managed by local cyclists and volunteers.

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Sunday May 31

DREAM BICYCLE DEMO/EXPO
Your best chance to compare and test the best in road and mountain bikes, for free!!
Come out from 10:00am – 4:00m to Alexander Bike Park for this Demo and Expo,

all supported by the largest bicycle manufacturers and local bicycle retailers.
Sponsored by the Western NC Bicycle Dealers Association as part of the Mountain

Sports Festival.
Alexandar Mountain Bike Park is located on Hwy 251 (Riverside Drive), 3/4 mile

past the Alexander Post Office.
Craig Friedrich at 828-254-2771 or craig@skicountrysports.com
http://www.skicountrysports.com/Asheville/

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Tuesday June 2

SPRING FAT BURNERS: Marion/Mitchell
Departs sharply at 8:00am from Liberty Bicycles, on Hendersonville Rd.
We’ll ride out though Fairview, down to Old Fort, backroads to Marion, up Hwy 80 to the Parkway,

on to Mitchell, then home on the Parkway.
You’ll need lights for the tunnels and a jacket for Mitchell’s unpredictable weather.
http://www.blueridgebicycleclub.org/cue_sheets/buncombe/asheville/libertymtmitchellfatburner.pdf
Wes Garbee 274-5315 or wgarbee1@charter.net
These rides leave by 8:00am and we try to be back by 6:00pm. These are not races; these are all day

leisure rides to shake off the winter doldrums. All rides are about 100 miles and have 7-8,000 feet of climb.

CASUAL Road Bike Ride from Fletcher Park
Begins promptly at 10:30am from Fletcher Park, located off of Howard Gap Road.
For folks who want to enjoy the company of others. Ride about 2 hours, 16-25 miles,

no-one gets left behind. No ride in inclement weather or if under 40 degrees & windy.
CALL FIRST. Claudia at 274-2453 claudianix@libertybikes.com

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HEADS UP !!!!

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Sunday June 7: FLETCHER FLYER
Presented by the BRBC and the WNC Bicycle Dealers Association
Full Century (100 miles), Metric Century (62 miles), and Half Century.

Rain or shine, HELMETS REQUIRED.

Register Online: http://www.active.com/page/Event_Details.htm?event_id=1717621&assetId=F0063076-5CF0-4B15-8049-DDBEA72D9596

Saturday registration/packet pick-up from 10:00am to 3:30pm.
Ride Day Registration/packet pick-up opens at 6:30am.
Routes: Full, metric and half century rides that wind through the valleys south of Asheville. It is

the least Hilly ride in Western North Carolina, but it has plenty of rolling hills to keep all riders

interested. There is terrific mountain scenery without the long mountain climbs.

Well stocked rest stops along all routes, SAG support, after ride meal and snacks (included).
Complete details at http://www.blueridgebicycleclub.org/ff/

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WEEKLY RIDES
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*** Notice the Time Change ****
THURSDAY MORNINGS: Fletcher Blue Sky Road Bike Ride
Meet Thursday mornings and depart promptly at 10:30am
for this road ride. Route and meeting place will vary each
week, so either contact John or watch the listserv for this
week's meeting location and route.
CALL OR EMAIL JOHN IF WEATHER IS QUESTIONABLE.
Ride distances vary from 20 to 35 miles, and the ride pace
will average 12-15 mph.
No one will be left behind.
John Loia 696-0877 or JohnL9@mchsi.com

**** New Ride ****

THURSDAY AFTERNOONS: Sunset Mountain Road Bike Ride

This is a show-n-go ride, meaning it may not have a regular attending ride leader.

Meet 5:00pm in the parking lot behind Asheville Brewing and Pizza, located on

Merrimon Avenue. Ride up Sunset Mountain using low trafficked streets to Town

Mountain Road, then up the Parkway to the first tunnel. Return using the same route.

Contact Rick Hester at 776-4071 or rhester7@charter.net
SATURDAY MORNINGS: Gary Arthur Ledges Park Road Ride (33-35 miles)
Departs at 9:00am from Ledges Park, located on Riverside Drive
6.5 miles off of the UNCA Exit on I-26 (Hwy-19/23).
Ride north beside the French Broad River to Marshall, where
we'll stop for coffee and to regroup. The return route will
include Ivy Hill and subsequent roads.
Jones P. Byrd at jbyrdlaw@charter.net
SUNDAY AFTERNOONS: Folk Art Center Road Ride
Departs sharply at 1:30pm from the Folk Art Center on the
Blue Ridge Pkwy. This is a Show-n-Go ride which means there may not
be a regularly attending leader. Call or email Bill beforehand to check.
The route this year will vary each week, distance will range between
25-35 miles. Pace will be about 12 mph. Some of the routes suggested
are the Town Mountain Sunset route, various routes to Black Mountain,
and the Parkway to Elk Mountain or Ox Creek Road, just to name a few.
Bill Crownover 713-8504 or billcrownover@bellsouth.net
TUESDAY MORNINGS: CASUAL Road Bike Ride
Liberty Bicycles is a BRBC Business Member:
http://libertybikes.com/index.cfm
Begins promptly at 10:30am at Liberty Bicycles.
For folks who want to enjoy the company of others.
Ride about 2 hours, 16-25 miles, no-one gets left behind.
No ride in inclement weather or if under 40 degrees & windy.
CALL FIRST.
** EXCEPTION: On the first Tuesday of each month this ride
meets and leaves from Fletcher Park, same time.
Claudia at 274-2453 claudianix@libertybikes.com

Until later,

- Zeke

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