It’s just about a month away until the 2011 Blue Ridge Brutal bicycle race will send bikers, volunteers, and emergency personnel to all ends of the county in support of this annual event.
This year’s event is set to get underway on the morning of August 13. This year, riders will be on roads in Ashe and Alleghany counties, including the Blue Ridge Parkway.
As has been the tradition over the last few years, there will be three different events that racers can enter. Bikers can be part of the 50, 75, or 100-mile races across the countryside. The race will begin and end at the Ashe County Civic Center with riders arriving anywhere from 6:15 a.m. until 7:45 a.m. to pick up timing chips and rider packets. For the event, helmets are mandatory and all traffic regulations must be observed.
Without the countless hours of volunteer help, this event would not be possible. Volunteers will be set up at rest stops to hand out food and water, while others will be on the course assisting bikers with mechanical problems, illnesses, and injuries that may be sustained on the grueling ride.
After the BRB races are over, daring individuals can then take on Mount Jefferson in an uphill assault on the steep mountain, trying to make it to the top the fastest. Only 25 individuals will be allowed to compete in the mountain climb. The 25 riders will be chosen on a first come, first serve basis.
For more information on the 2011 event, visit the Blue Ridge Brutal website at http://www.ashecivic.com/2011-brb.html. Registration can be done on the website as well. For those that register before August 1, the fee is $50. After Aug. 1, the fee will be $60.