We have been exploring in this region all year and it is about time that we show off what we have found and enjoyed. Join us for a challenging, yet rewardingly scenic day on your bike with fellow cyclists, close to home!
Distance and Terrain: 70 Miles and about 5,500 ft.* of climbing on paved and gravel roads (about 50%/50%). The terrain is hilly. The first 25 miles are full of rolling hills with some short steep grades. As we make our way South for the remaining 45 miles the the hills become longer and larger - gradual at the start then, steep toward the top. Note the famous saying, “what comes up, must come down.” Some of the steep descents on this ride, particularly the steep descents on gravel, are more technical than the hardest ascents. Two examples would be the descents down Dry Fork Rd at Mile 33, and Adkins-Hoffer Hill Rd at Mile 44. These are not opportunities to show off your descending speed… these descents are steep, uneven, and loose so your caution level should be very high on these!
*Ride with GPS claims 4,500 ft.
Suggested tire size: This is personal preference, however, we believe 30mm - 45mm tires are in the ideal range for this route. Could you do it on skinnier or fatter tires that that? Sure… but it will likely be less comfortable and more difficult for you, and who really wants to be less comfortable for 70 miles of hills and gravel?
Self-Supported: Like all of our rides, this is a self-supported ride in which case you are responsible for your own completion of the ride regardless of any mechanical, or physical issue you may come across. Your suggested emergency back-up plan should include a friend/family member to ride with, a friend/family member to call in case you need to be picked up, and/or some friendly people skills so you can convince a local for a ride/help.
Navigation: Cue sheets will be provided. The GPS route link can be found here.
Food and Water Stops: There are two spots to fuel up along the ride. At mile 17.5 there is a nice gas station and an IGA, and at mile 40 there is a Marathon Station.
Creak Crossing: It is going to happen and it is going to happen within the first 10 miles. If you don’t want to have wet feet all day, come prepared.
Ride Start Time: 9:00 AM
Parking Location: Peebles Highschool. If you need a restroom, stop by the McDonalds on your way in from State Route 32 as the school will be closed.