August 16, 2014

Start Times - 7:30 Hawk, Panther, Rabbit - 7:45 Trout


Ride Information - Rabbit

Rabbit - 25.8 miles

Total Elevation Gain: 1200 Feet

This is a wonderful ride for those wanting to experience the beauty of the mountains without the long miles and more difficult climbs. Make no mistake, this ride is not for the "true beginner" but great for those new to cycling who may want to challenge themselves with a few climbs and enjoy the beautiful scenery that comes along with summer in the mountains!

The Rabbit ride begins 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. Here the Rabbit riders will take a right on to Riverside Drive and follow alongside the beautiful Pigeon River until making a right onto Crabtree Church Road where riders will have a moderate climb and descent to their only rest stop of the day at Mile 16.7 located at Crabtree United Methodist Church. Once through the 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. Riders will then take a right onto Richland Creek road and follow the river before coming to an intersection at Highway 209. Riders will then turn left onto Highway 209 and make their way back to Lake Junaluska to continue on to the much deserved finish line!

Route Map and Cue Sheet

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