'Hell of the High Country'

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Article Published: Apr. 11, 2013 | Modified: Apr. 21, 2013
'Hell of the High Country'

Boone-Roubaix offers a unique course that consists of 50 miles of quiet country roads with unparalleled views, including 10 miles that are unpaved.

Photo by Weldon Weaver, courtesy of Pirate Race Productions

On April 20, the High Country becomes Hell Country.

Boone-Roubaix, known as the “Hell of the High Country,” returns for its fourth year next Saturday, offering cyclists from around the country a chance to take on the dirt roads and steep climbs of the North Carolina High Country.

Riders from 15 states, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, New York and Ohio, are already signed up to ride in this scenic and tough race.

Thanks to the support of Performance Bike, this year, recreational riders will have a chance to test themselves while enjoying the stunning vistas of the Boone area at a leisurely pace in the new “Gran Fondo” event, which will immediately follow the race on the same course.

Pirate Race Productions is excited to once again partner with the Appalachian State University student Wine to Water chapter to donate proceeds from the event to help provide clean drinking water to communities around the world.

Boone-Roubaix offers a unique course that consists of 50 miles of quiet country roads with unparalleled views, including 10 miles that are unpaved.

“Boone-Roubaix is different because of the course,” said Patrick Beeson of Mock Orange Racing in Winston-Salem. “You don’t ride on gravel or dirt roads in a typical road race, but it’s also different because of the laid-back atmosphere, which is more akin to a mountain bike race and not one on skinny tires.”

Melissa Cooper of Storm Racing in Durham is hoping to improve her second place finish in 2012.
“I had a great time at Boone-Roubaix last year,” she said. “I’m looking forward to racing it again.”

The race starts at the High Country Fairgrounds, located off Old U.S. 421 in Boone. To help riders around the course, the Performance Bike Spin Doctors will be on hand providing mechanic support, and rest stops will be stocked by Hammer Nutrition, Paceline Chamois Butt’r and Perform Pain Relief.
For added inspiration, Boone Brewing Company is hosting the post-race party at the finish line, and there will be more than $2,000 in cash awards and prizes from Performance, Capo Cycling Apparel, Panaracer tires and more.

Participants can register for the race and Gran Fondo online at http://www.bikereg.com for $50 through Thursday, April 18. Registration will also be available on race day, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for $60. For more information, including the course map, highlight videos, directions and lodging information, visit http://www.booneroubaix.com, or like the Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/booneroubaix.

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