New route, same brutal challenge for racers


By Nathan Ham - nham@jeffersonpost.com



A pack of riders travel up Buffalo Road early in the afternoon.


Nathan Ham | Jefferson Post

A group of riders slow down for a sharp curve on the 102-mile route.


Nathan Ham | Jefferson Post

WEST JEFFERSON — The weather was mostly dry and the temperatures were cooler than usual for this time of year, but you can bet there were still a bunch of tired cyclists after Saturday’s Blue Ridge Brutal race.

The race organizer expected a turnout of close to 400 racers for the event.

Weather forecasts earlier in the week did not look very promising for a dry race, however other than a few sprinkles here and there, most of the racers were able to stay dry during the race.

This year’s 100-mile route featured a few new turns that kept the cyclists out of the bulk of the road construction taking place on Highway 221. The 2017 route also eliminated bikers having to travel on Deep Ford Road, Highway 194 in Lansing and Highway 88 in Warrensville.

To replace those roads, racers spent nine miles traveling on Highway 113 North and Highway 93 North for 2.3 miles. After taking Old Highway 16 to Jefferson, the cyclists turned onto Highway 88 there and eventually turned onto Buffalo Road where the familiar course of travel remained the same with riders traveling across Three Top Road to Highway 194 in Todd and then back to West Jefferson from there.

The Jefferson Post will have complete race results for the 102, 72 and 55-mile races as soon as they are made available to us.

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.

A pack of riders travel up Buffalo Road early in the afternoon.
http://www.jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_Brutal-1.jpgA pack of riders travel up Buffalo Road early in the afternoon. Nathan Ham | Jefferson Post

A group of riders slow down for a sharp curve on the 102-mile route.
http://www.jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_Brutal-2.jpgA group of riders slow down for a sharp curve on the 102-mile route. Nathan Ham | Jefferson Post

By Nathan Ham

nham@jeffersonpost.com

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