ASHE COUNTY — The Ashe County Arts Council will host the Blue Ridge Brutal on Aug. 8 at 8 a.m. for cyclists seeking a challenging ride that is not for the faint of heart.
Although all three rides offered by the Blue Ridge Brutal are considered challenging, cyclists will be able to view some of the most beautiful scenery in North Carolina while reaching distances of 57, 75 and 100 miles long.
Each ride begins at the Ashe Civic Center in West Jefferson and gives riders the opportunity to ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway for at least 20 miles.
The Blue Ridge Brutal will also offer an additional event named the Assault on Mt. Jefferson which will be open to only 80 riders. The 3.1 endurance climb has an elevation gain of nearly 1,500 feet and is comparable to a category two climb. Over 50 riders have already registered.
Sponsors for the Blue Ridge Brutal include: Boondocks Brewing Tap Room and Restaurant, Life Store Banking Insurance, Skyline Membership Corporation, Zaloo’s Canoe’s, 4 Seasons Vacation Rentals Real Estate Sales, Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, Boone Bike and Touring, Holiday Inn Express, The Hotel Tavern, Kimberbees, Magic Cycles, Leviton, Ashe Memorial Hospital, SSSink., Mount Jefferson Presbyterian Church, American Emergency Vehicles (AEV), GE Avaition and United Chemi-Con.
Boondocks Brewing will again be providing a Brutal Brew. Riders will receive one free beer and a Blue Ridge Brutal pint glass.
Riders who participate in the event will be supported by the Ashe County Amateur Radio Club, Rescue Squads from all over the county, and SAG wagons. Riders will receive a hot meal, tee shirt, water and support of many volunteers.
There will be on-site registration at the Ashe Civic Center in West Jefferson on Friday, Aug. 7 from 5-8 p.m. and before the event on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 6-8 a.m. The ride is limited to 500 participants and approximately 250 riders have already registered for the event.
The event is a fundraiser for the Ashe Civic Center which is managed by the Ashe County Arts Council. The Arts Council will present over 20 performance events and the Ashe County Little Theater will present four theatre productions in 2015-2016. The Ashe Civic Center is also used by the community for fundraisers, benefits, beauty pageants, dance recitals and musical events of all kinds. Proceeds from the Blue Ridge Brutal help support the operations and maintenance of the Ashe Civic Center.
For more information or to register, visit www.blueridgebrutal.org.
Hannah Myers can be reached at 336-846-7164 or on Twitter @cmedia_hmyers.