Blood, Sweat and Gears returns this weekend

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Article Published: Jun. 21, 2012 | Modified: Jun. 24, 2012
Blood, Sweat and Gears returns this weekend

Photo by Rob Moore |

The annual Blood, Sweat and Gears returns this Saturday, drawing 1,250 cyclists and dozens of supporters to the High Country for the 14th annual ride.

The grueling 100-mile ride begins again this year at 7:30 a.m. Saturday in Valle Crucis, winding through the county and featuring a jaw-dropping climb up Snake Mountain before slipping into Tennessee and heading back.

A 52-mile route also provides a challenge for a second group of 500 riders.

The annual event is so popular that the 750 slots in the century ride sold out in about seven hours, and the half-century sold out in about 10 hours.

According to event officials, this year’s event will draw visitors from 29 states, including many from North Carolina and Florida, along with some from California, Arizona and even parts of Canada.

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