Blue Ridge Breakaway Registration to Open March 1st

By Haywood County Chamber of Commerce | Feb 27, 2013
Courtesy of: Beth Brown Photography A cyclist on the Blue Ridge Parkway during the 2012 Blue Ridge Breakaway.


The Haywood Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Blue Ridge Breakaway, scheduled for August 17, 2013. The cycling event which brought 500 riders to Haywood County last August will open registration March 1, 2013. Riders are encouraged to take advantage of early registration discounts and secure their spot in the 2013 Blue Ridge Breakaway.

According to a review on, “This (the Blue Ridge Breakaway) was an awesome event.  The entire experience exceeded all my expectations. It was superbly organized. The route was picturesque, challenging, and traffic was light.  I cannot say enough good things about the way this ride was put on.  The volunteers were so gracious and supportive. I can't wait until next year's event.”

The event will feature a Century (105 miles), Metric Century (65 miles), 40 miles and a 24 mile ride. All routes will begin at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center which is conveniently located off of Interstate 40 and Highway 23/74. Riders will explore the mountain valleys near the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Pisgah National Forest, and in the shadow of Cold Mountain. The Century ride will also include 30 miles on the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway with a cumulative elevation gain of 9,600 ft.

“The 2013 Blue Ridge Breakaway will provide outstanding views, incredible roads, and friendly people all at mountain cool temperatures!” said 2013 Ride Director, Cecil “Zeke” Yount.  “Consistently rated one of the best rides anywhere by past participants, the Breakaway will get your heart rate up and keep it there as you enjoy the beauty of the surrounding mountains, the rushing creeks to your right and left, and the daring descents from peak elevations.”

Riders may pre-register online at  Additional route descriptions, maps, and cue sheets are also available online.

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