Come ride in the RAW!
...the 15th annual Rides Around Wilkes
Saturday, June 7th, 2008
YMCA Express at West Park
North Wilkesboro, N.C.
Grueling climbs, thrilling descents and beautiful back roads await you Saturday June 7th, 2008 as the Brushy Mountain Cyclists Club presents the 15th annual Rides Around Wilkes (RAW) road cycling event.
Routes are scenic and challenging
The 15th annual RAW includes 25, 40 and 75 mile routes through the foothills of Northwest North Carolina. The 40 and 75 mile routes include challenging climbs through the Brushy Mountains south of Wilkesboro. With three routes of varying length and difficulty, there's a ride just right for you.
25 Mile Route
The 25 mile route loops through the rolling hills south and east of Wilkesboro, offering views of the Brushy Mountains and the Blue Ridge. No long climbs, but there are plenty of shorter hills to test your mettle. The 25 mile route has a rest stop midway.
40 Mile Route
The 40 mile route is a loop with a scenic out-and-back section midway. Test your early season form on two challenging climbs to Windy Gap, the route's high point. Fill your need for speed with two daring descents. The RAW 40 features two rest stops: one at the foot of the Windy Gap climb and a second at the turn-around point at the Old Jarvis Store.
75 Mile Route
The 75 miler winds through the fields, forests and orchard country of rural Wilkes, Iredell and Alexander Counties.
The RAW 75 crosses the spine of the Brushy Mountain range twice, putting you to the test on two tough climbs:
The climb to the crest of the Little Brushies at Windy Gap has a steep hairpin curve and double-digit grades.
The ascent into the heart of orchard country is four miles long, with several steep stretches.
Between the two big climbs, you'll tackle wave after wave of rolling hills, with 4,300 feet of climbing overall.
But the RAW 75 isn't all torture. Grind your way to the top of the Brushies and your reward is a long, winding descent into Wilkesboro. You'll rush into the valley on smooth asphalt at speeds of 40 m.p.h. and more. What a way to end a ride!
2008 RAW will be bigger and better than ever
The 2008 RAW returns to the YMCA Express facility at West Park, just off U.S. 421 Business in North Wilkesboro. The YMCA Express offers plenty of parking, hot showers and a riverside location for the post-ride meal. Click here for directions
The 2008 RAW features accurate chip timing by RMS. See how you stack up against other riders or compete as part of a team. Event results will be posted at the finish line and online.
Bring the entire family...2008 RAW adds bike rodeo, fun ride
Kids will enjoy the Seth Teague Memorial Bike Rodeo at West Park from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. the day of the RAW.
Check out the fire trucks, emergency vehicles and helicopter
Free bike helmets
Free helmet fit checks
Free raffle for new bikes
Free minor bike adjustments and repairs
Free Kids IDs
Safe, car-free bike riding on the adjacent Yadkin River Greenway
The Seth Teague Memorial Bike Rodeo is presented by the Wilkes County Safe Kids coalition in cooperation with BMCC.