August 15, 2015

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Ride Information - Hawk

Hawk - Century - 105.7 miles

Total Elevation Gain: 9600 Feet

Our most challenging, yet breathtakingly gorgeous ride, The Hawk, is our signature century ride that has drawn riders near and far to experience this one-of-a kind ride! Riders will experience some of the most beautiful sections of Haywood County featuring mountain, valley and farmland views as well as over 30 miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Hawk will begin at Lake Junaluska with a mostly flat ride through the Jonathan Creek community. Riders will then turn on to Coleman Mountain Road and experience their first climb and descent of the day at Mile 8 where they will continue on into the Iron Duff community at what locals know as “Frog Level” on to Iron Duff Road. Along Iron Duff road you will coast along rolling hills with one moderate climb then will descend and cross over the bridge and take a left onto Riverside Drive. Along Riverside Drive you will enjoy the scenes of the beautiful Pigeon River before beginning another moderate climb into the Panther Creek community. Gorgeous views and a stunning descent await you here! Riders will then come to an intersection where they will turn right and head into the Fines Creek community where the first rest stop is located at Mile 22.2 at the Fines Creek Community Center. Once through the Fines Creek rest stop, riders will experience one of the more difficult climbs of the ride up and over what is known as “Rushfork” on Highway 209 beginning at approximately Mile 24. The descent is truly breathtaking and totally worth the climb up Rushfork! At mile 29.3 riders will come to the second rest stop of the day at Crabtree United Methodist Church. Once passing through the second Rest Stop, riders will continue on Highway 209 for a short distance before turning left on to Golf Course Road and then a right onto Hyder Mountain Road for a couple of moderate climbs before a nice descent back down to river level. After descending down Hyder Mountain Road, riders will then bear left before the bridge and continue on Hyder Mountain Road rolling along beside the river into the town of Clyde where riders will make a right hand turn across the bridge at Charles Street and an immediate left on to Broad Street where they will reach the third rest stop at the Clyde Pavilion at Mile 35.6. Once through the Clyde Pavilion rest stop, riders will make a right hand turn on to Main Street in Clyde where they will cross a set of railroad tracks and continue straight through a busy 4 way stoplight intersection. Please use caution here and obey all traffic signals. Riders will then coast along through the Poison Cove area of Clyde and then will begin their first steep climb up and over Stamey Cove. After the gorgeous descent down Stamey Cove riders will then take a right on to River Road (Highway 215) for a couple of miles before turning left onto Wells Road then a right onto Highway 110 passing through some beautiful farm land along your way into the Bethel community. Once in the Bethel community you will pass through a 4 way stoplight intersection with Hwy 276 continuing straight on to Love Joy Road. The next 5-6 miles will take you through the valley where riders will experience rolling hills, farmland and gorgeous countryside views before making a short climb up to Lake Logan. Once by Lake Logan, you will be a short distance away from your second rest stop at Burnette Siding Baptist Church at Mile 50.5. Make sure you have plenty of fuel to make the next 10 miles which is a steady, continuous climb up to the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Once riders have made it up to the Parkway, there will be a rest stop located at Mile 62.4 to refresh and get ready for the next 33 gorgeous, yet challenging miles on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Along the parkway, you will pass by well known points such as Devils Courthouse, Haywood-Jackson Overlook, Richland-Balsam Overlook (this is the highest point on the Blue Ridge Parkway!) and Waterrock Knob. There will be two other rest stops along the Blue Ridge Parkway for your convenience located at miles 70 and 89. Riders will exit the Blue Ridge Parkway at Soco Gap and make the long descent back into the town of Maggie Valley. Over the next 5-7 miles, riders will then continue along Highway 19 through Maggie Valley and on into the Lake Junaluska grounds to the much deserved finish line!

Notice
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The Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) regulations require the following: The bicycle operator must exhibit a white light or reflector visible at least 500 feet to the front and a red light or reflector visible at least 200 feet to the rear during periods of low visibility, between the hours of sunset and sunrise, or while traveling through a tunnel. Bicycles must be ridden single file except when passing or turning left and well to the right-hand side of the road. Around mile 80 there is a BLIND TUNNEL that will absolutely require a front light as riders will not be able to see which way is up when in the tunnel. Please purchase beforehand a front headlight prior to arriving for the ride. Vendors will have a limited number of these headlights.

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