The Ascent The Hardest Hill Climb in the South
Race Type: Other
Bike Surface: Road
Course: 9.25 mile bike, 3.7 mile run, 0 mile run
Start: 11:00 AM
Location: Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Address: Blue Ridge Mountain Club
Individual Price: 20/25
Course Info: Two separate races on the same day: Bike starts at 11, run starts at noon. Both courses use a brand new, buttery smooth road with incredible scenery around every bend. Unlike other hill climbs, we have the luxury of a two lane road that we can close, meaning your friends and family can watch from anywhere on the course, and you can ride - or drive - down from the top. Registration for both the run and the bike are available at Active.com for only $20 and $25 until April 1 with NO PROCESSING FEES! The Ascent Facebook page will have updates about both the running and bike races.
More: The Hardest Bicycle Hill Climb in the South is 9.25-miles, with 3,200 feet of ascending and 700 feet of descending, yielding an average grade of 5.9 percent with a maximum pitch of 17.5 percent. The Ascent bike race is the second stop in the King of Pain Cycling Series.
New for this year is a running race that will start at Watson Gap Pavilion and go to the top, for 3.7 miles with 1,300 feet of ascending. The run is the second stop in the High Country Summit Series along with the world famous Bear 5 Mile Run up Grandfather Mountain and The Knob in downtown Boone.
Directions: From US-321/US-221 in Blowing Rock
Take Blue Ridge Parkway North 3.7 miles
Turn right on Sampson Rd
Road sign hard to see – turn before signs for Aho Gap and Friendship Church
Follow Sampson Rd 1.1 miles
Bear left onto State View Road (across from Tanawha)
Follow to Reynolds Blue Ridge Welcome Center on Right (finish line)
Descend Reynolds Road 3.7 miles to the Watson Gap Pavillion (run start, bike mid-point)
Register: Click here
Website: The Ascent The Hardest Hill Climb in the South
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