The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club is proud to present one of the most scenic and challenging century rides in the Commonwealth of Virginia. On June 28th, 2015, cycling enthusiasts from near and far will gather to celebrate the life of our club founder, Artie Levin. This annual event is dedicated to the memory of Artie’s life, and his many contributions to the Roanoke Valley and surrounding communities. If 100 miles on a bicycle is hard to comprehend, there are 3 other routes (50, 35 and 15 miles) one of which should suit your interests.
The Artie Levin Memorial Century will start at the beautiful Green Hill Park located in Roanoke County and wind for 100 miles through neighboring Montgomery County. Riders will encounter 6 rated climbs, and approximately 6,000 feet of elevation gain along the way. Riders will see the highest elevation at about the halfway mark as they climb Old Catawba Mountain Road with an elevation of 2,000 feet above sea level. The full century features a few of the favorite routes of area cyclist featuring Bradshaw Road and Old Blacksburg Road.
The 50, 35 and 15-mile routes will start on the same road as the Century route and diverge along the way. See route maps for details.
New for 2015 is the KOM competition up Old Catawba Road. KOM jerseys will go to the top male and female competitors in both adult and juniors categories. The overall fastest rider gets an Industry 9 i25 TL wheelset valued at over $1100. If you’re not up for the KOM, you still will want to do the climb because everyone who completes it will be eligible for giveaways at the end of the ride. Swag includes tire pumps from Lezyne, and goodies from Just the Right Gear and Underdog Bikes.
The Century will have rest stops at the 44- and 72-mile marks. The 50-mile route has a rest stop at the 25-mile route. The 35- and 15-mile routes do not have rest stops.
The Century and 50-mile routes will start promptly at 8:00 am. The 35- and 15-mile routes will start promptly at 9:00 am.