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Bridge to Bridge Century Ride(3 posts)

Bridge to Bridge Century RideMV99
Jun 24, 2003 5:01 AM
Myself & a very good friend of mine are thinking about doing the ride . Is it worth the 750 mile road trip to do ? any past experiences to share would be greatly appreciated.
Is it worth a 750 mile drive ?McAndrus
Jun 24, 2003 8:25 AM
Personally, I'd say no but, having said, that - it is a very nice ride, particularly if you like to climb.

It's around 50 miles of rolling hills then a long climb of 7 or more miles to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Then another 30 or so beautiful miles on rolling roads on the Parkway. (Sorry, I'm fuzzy on the exact mileage.)

The final two miles are probably are some of the steepest paved roads in the east. Grandfather Mountain is an absolute brute of a climb but there's always a nice crowd at the top cheering your accomplishment.

The ride is very well run and includes corner watchers to keep the riders moving, water and banana hand-ups, and food stops.

If you're competitive, there's always a fast lead group that goes at a furious pace and for that group is not just a ride, it's a race.

I had a lot of fun doing it and I may do it again someday but I wouldn't drive that far for it.
Is it worth a 750 mile drive ?ridgerider
Jun 24, 2003 5:19 PM
The Bridge-to-Bridge is a very challenging ride, but the point-to-point format makes it logistically a bit challenging, as well. Are you open to another ride in northwest N.C.? Many of us in the area regard the Blood, Sweat and Gears as the High Country's finest century ride. It lacks the dramatic finish atop Grandfather Mountain, but has plenty of climbing from the get-go, great scenery and superb support. This year's BS&G is Saturday, June 28th; check it out at For general information about road riding in the area and a calendar of all the area road cycling events, visit